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“I hope there’s guys disappointed in there. There had better be, because we found ways to lose two games here and we’ve got to find ways to win games.”
-Flames coach Brent Sutter after losing to the Wings last night. More on the game from Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun.
from Tim Sassone of the Chicago Daily-Herald,
The Blackhawks will attend Tuesday’s taping of The Tonight Show with Jay Leno as a team after they practice in Anaheim.
A meet and greet with Leno is scheduled following the show for the players and other members of the Hawks’ traveling party.
As of Monday there were no plans to have a member of the Hawks as a guest with Leno, such as Patrick Kane or Jonathan Toews.
“We’re working on that,” a Hawks spokesman said.
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from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
In all the discussion about head shots that dominated the NHL agenda last week, one point consistently came up, from both hawks and doves – that only a handful of players are responsible for the vast majority of the questionable (and potentially) suspension-worthy hits that occur in the game; and they fall into the repeat-offender category. The conundrum, for the NHL, is that one of its shining lights also just happens to be one of those players. That will cause a lot of sleepless nights for Colin Campbell as he riffs on the question that first came up in The Sound Of Music: How do you solve a problem like Ovechkin?
Frisco, Tex.—Dallas Stars center Mike Modano underwent surgery today for an appendectomy and will be out of action indefinitely. He is not expected to play in the Stars’ home game vs. San Jose on Tuesday evening.
Modano, 39, did not practice with the team today. He has appeared in all 68 of Dallas’ games this season (one of three players to do so; also Loui Eriksson and Stephane Robidas), scoring 13 goals and 13 assists for 26 points with 20 penalty minutes.
Hits, saves and goals that made the highlights from the last week in the NHL.
via Tarik El-Bashir tweet,
Ovechkin has been suspended two games by the NHL.
TORONTO (March 15, 2010) – The National Hockey League announced today that Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin has been suspended for two games, without pay, for a reckless hit on Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Brian Campbell during NHL game #1022, March 14.
The incident occurred at 12:16 of the first period. Ovechkin was assessed a major penalty for boarding and a game misconduct on the play. Campbell was injured on the play.
added 6:11pm, from the Capitals PR department,
Statement from George McPhee, Washington Capitals vice president and general manager
“We have no problem with the way Alex tried to finish his check. Unfortunately, an injury resulted. We are disappointed with the suspension but do not want to comment further.”
from Bill Roose of DetroitRedWings.com,
The Red Wings have three days off this week, smack dab in the middle of their final road swing through western Canada this season.
Instead of staying in Calgary after Monday’s game, or heading to Edmonton early for Friday’s game, the Wings will spend a few days in the picturesque city of Kelowna, British Columbia.
And the welcome mat will certainly be extend to the Wings, especially coach Mike Babcock, who returns to Canada this week for the first time since he coached Team Canada to an Olympic gold medal last month.
“Everybody is excited to see Mike as a gold medal winner, and the Red Wings,” said Bruce Hamilton, the president and general manager of the Western Hockey League’s Kelowna Rockets.
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
So, you’re the NHL. Your sport just had the most watched hockey game in three decades in the United States.
You follow up that golden Olympic Sunday on Feb. 28 with an opening fortnight in March that would make the world’s best PR person want to run for the hills.
• March 7: Pittsburgh’s Matt Cooke levels Boston star Marc Savard with a devastating hit, reigniting the talk of head shots, etc. The hit just happens to occur on the eve of the NHL’s GM meetings where head shots are the headlining topic.
A woman came up to me at the grocery store and chewed me out, telling me if I thought I was going to take Mike (Fisher) away from Ottawa, I had another thing coming, and she wasn’t kidding. She let me know she loved him and he was going to stay here, period, no matter what I said. She might have been kidding, but she wasn’t being funny.”
-Carrie Underwood via TheBoot.
NEW YORK (March 15, 2010)—Vancouver Canucks right wing Mikael Samuelsson, Phoenix Coyotes right wing Lee Stempniak and Nashville Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne have been named the NHL ‘Three Stars’ for the week ending Mar. 14.
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