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The Devils can’t be stopped right now, posting back-to-back 4-3 overtime wins Thursday and Friday against Boston and Pittsburgh. Star-Ledger beat writer Rich Chere takes a look at the hottest team in the league.
Q: Seriously, what’s going on with Jamie Langenbrunner? Six goals in three game? Back-to-back OT game-winners?
The All-Star break and a few telephone calls from Langenbrunner’s friend and former Devils massage therapist, Juergen Murz, has apparently relaxed the 33-year-old captain. At this point in his career, Langenbrunner can fall into offensive slumps, but he has always been the type of player who scores important goals….
Q: This Shanahan signing’s working out, huh?
Interesting thing about that. Shanahan came at virtually no cost to the Devils, so they had nothing to lose and everything to gain. He has been sensational so far and his presence alone had raised the confidence level of the team when it finds itself behind the eight ball. I’ve noticed that Shanahan has his own motivation at this point. He never passes up the chance to point out that many people thought he was finished and suggested he retire.
more on the Devils…
NHL games start today at 12:30pm ET when the Wings take on the Capitals and ends about 1:00am Sunday with the Blackhawks/Sharks game.
See the full schedule below…
from Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun via the Edmonton Sun,
So much for the Battle of Alberta being fun.
Legal issues got in the way of a little bit of joy this week.
The gang at Fan960 came up with a funny song in light of the Edmonton Oilers’ 10-2 drubbing at the hands of the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday.
(With Weird Al Yankovic-style, they used the song Lola by the Kinks and turned it into GOALA.)
Well, seems the neighbours to the north didn’t like it, not many of the Oiler-nation faithful and certainly not the team.
The Calgary radio station had to pull it down from its archives because the song used copyrighted material from the radio broadcast, the play-by-play calls of various goals, a complaint the Oilers made to the NHL, which in turn contacted the gang at Fan960.
from Wendel Clark at the Toronto Sun,
In looking back at the period of my career when I had the privilege of calling Doug Gilmour a teammate with the Maple Leafs, one thing will always stand out.
During the back-to-back seasons of 1992-93 and ‘93-94, when we made it to the conference final on each of those occasions, Dougie was more than just the best player on our team. He was arguably the best player in the entire National Hockey League.
That might be construed as a bit of a bold statement. But for me, looking back, I didn’t see anyone better during those two seasons….
Two months ago, I had the honour of having a banner with my No. 17 go into the rafters. Tonight, Dougie’s No. 93 will go up there too.
It is very well-deserved, Dougie. Congratulations.
added 9:22am, On a lighter note, check out the Gilmour look from 1993 at Empty Netters.
from Mark Everson of the NY Post,
The response was a surprising, “No response.”
That’s what Brent Sutter said to the rumble that this could be his last season as Devils New Jersey Devils coach.
Sutter is believed to have next season remaining on a lucrative contract, but the question is out there among NHL team officials.
Sutter seemed bemusedly astonished when asked, but his philosophy remains to take his situation a year at a time.
He is believed to feel keenly the absence of his family, back in Alberta, British Columbia, where much of the rest of his sizable clan accounts for a significant portion of the provincial population.
from Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch,
The Jackets a year ago had a similar record, and it was a mirage. This year, the reek of legitimacy is not necessarily measured on the ice, or in the standings. Really, it is in the stands. Everyone in the building last night knew the Jackets were merely adequate but, save for a few scary moments in the third period, nobody thought they were going to lose….
Jackets fans understand mirages because that is all they have seen since they picked up the damned flag. So it is they who know what is real.
“The lesson I’ve learned here,” Hitchcock said, “is you can go around in circles asking if Columbus is a hockey town. What this is is a blue-collar sports city. Look at all the favorites over the years—Tyler Wright, Kevin Dineen, Jody Shelley. It’s a blue-collar town. These folks know the difference between what is and is not real effort. We work hard, we hear it. We don’t work hard, we hear it. Loud and clear.”
from Bruce MacLeod of Red Wings Corner,
Marian Hossa fits perfectly in Detroit. He fits in a locker room full of Mr. Congeniality candidates. His style of play—a big goal-scoring winger who focuses on defense—is exactly what this team was lacking.
Marian Hossa’s next contract will be a long-term one. He wants to settle in one place. He wants exactly what Henrik Zetterberg got earlier this week. And he’d love to settle in Detroit.
But there’s a good chance that won’t happen. Not here, at least.
Hossa is at the wrong time—in the salary-cap era—and the wrong place—a team loaded with high-end signings that leave little cap space.
from Sam Carchidi of Broad Street Bull,
In his last 14 games, Niittymaki is 10-2-2. He has started three of the Flyers’ last four games, and his emergence makes one wonder if the Flyers would try to deal Marty Biron (15-10-5, 2.88 GAA, .905 save percentage) before the March 4 trade deadline.
Biron can become an unrestricted free agent after the season. He has had an up-and-down regular season _ much like last year. Biron, of course, raised his game in the first two rounds of last year’s playoffs and carried the Flyers to the Eastern Conference finals.
The Flyers would like to acquire a big, physical forward or defenseman.
a little more on the Flyers…
via Daryl Reaugh of Razor With An Edge,
Petite, sexy-cougar anthem songstress Karen Newman has stood next to Marty Turco at the start of every Stars game at Joe Louis Arena and belted out the anthem on a Red Wing red carpet…until last night.
Over the years Marty has heard her voice, then the goal horn repeatedly - followed by the crusty tones of rink public address man Bud Lynch announcing Red Wing goals. It was like a symphony of negativity, the soundtrack of an 0-8-2 record.
So when some unremarkable young female singer stepped from the zamboni tunnel to sing last night it was like an auditory surrender to the eardrums of Turco and the Stars.
No Karen Newman – no Wings victory. Coincidence?
We can’t mention Karen without mentioning her website too!
from Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette,
If the Canadiens are to snap a season-long four-game losing streak tomorrow afternoon against the Los Angeles Kings, their effort must start between the goalposts of Price, who gets the start. The NHL sophomore is a better goaltender than he’s shown in the two games since last weekend’s all-star break, and in the game before that.
He knows it. His coach knows it. His teammates know it.
Fourteen goals allowed for an .849 save percentage is not the goalkeeping the Canadiens need, or that Price expects of himself.
“Carbo just told me not to put it (all) squarely on my own shoulders,” he said of their masque-à-tête. “He told me I need to be better. And I know that. It’s the truth. He said, ‘You can’t put all the pressure on yourself because everybody has to be better.’ “
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