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from Tony Gallagher of the Vancouver Province,
After a team gets up two or three goals in this league, there is always a parade to the penalty box on marginal calls in favour of the trailing team. In this case, it was the Colorado Avalanche who were the benefactors.
As soon as the second period began, suddenly the Canucks, who didn’t need to take any penalties, found themselves down and then down two men and the Avalanche were back in the game on a power-play goal.
The Avs were the same struggling team a step behind the play as they were in the first period, but the officiating kept the game close until Vancouver had to play so much defence and worry so much about taking a penalty that they got tentative and Colorado got their legs.
from Tripp Mickle and Eric Fisher of SportsBusiness Journal,
The NHL and Madison Square Garden are close to completing a settlement in their contentious, two-year-old legal battle over new media rights, a letter filed with U.S. District Court shows.
Terms of the settlement aren’t disclosed in the letter, but it does say that the settlement is expected to be completed by the end of March, at which time documentation of it will be submitted to the court and the lawsuit will be dismissed.
Sources familiar with the pending settlement say that it will see MSG cover all of the league’s legal fees, which are more than $15 million. Additionally, MSG will receive a seat on the NHL’s digital committee, NHL governors will be given the right to motion for anonymous votes on issues put before the board, and ownership groups will be able to propose a 30-day waiting period before the board votes on an issue brought forward by the NHL.
continued and thanks to SBJ for making the link available to KK readers…
from E.J. Hradek of ESPN,
When the Wings beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-0 to the dismay of a packed house at Nationwide Arena on Sunday, they cracked the 100-point mark for an NHL record ninth consecutive season.
Think about that.
It’s an impressive feat under any circumstances. I think it’s even more impressive when you consider the Wings have done it as they’ve transitioned from a Steve Yzerman-Brendan Shanahan-Brett Hull team to a Pavel Datsyuk-Henrik Zetterberg-Johan Franzen squad. And they’ve done it as the league has changed from a clutching-and-grabbing circuit that operated without a salary cap to today’s post-lockout NHL.
To me, that makes the feat absolutely mind-boggling. It really is a special accomplishment for the Ilitch family, GM Ken Holland and the entire group in Hockeytown.
“I don’t care who plays Detroit, if (the Red Wings) decide they’re going to play that way, nobody’s going to beat them. Nobody’s going to beat them in a (playoff) series if they’re going to play that way. Teams are going to be lucky to win games against them.
“They played a deliberate game. They played with work ahead of skill, and when you have their skill level, it’s pretty devastating if you’re the opposition.”
-Columbus coach Ken Hitchcock after losing to the Wings 4-0 yesterday. More on the game from Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch.
from Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun,
“I don’t know what’s going on,” said left winger Curtis Glencross amidst the fallout of Saturday’s ugly defeat.
“It’s obviously something we have to go back to the drawing board about, do a lot of video the next few days, and get back to the old game we played.
“We’re giving up too many scoring chances, and that’s the biggest problem. You’re not going to win if you keep giving up too many scoring chances.”
Remember how well they played after digging out from the mid-November debacle in San Jose? A major part of that turnaround was a commitment to defence.
from Tarik El-Bashir of the Washington Post,
Brian Pothier got his life back when the headaches and dizziness suddenly subsided in December, almost a full year after he suffered the fourth documented head injury of his professional hockey career. Now the Washington Capitals defenseman is on the verge of regaining something else: his NHL career.
continued and watch an interview with Pothier by Mike Vogel below…
from Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun,
Here’s a rundown on the awards races as the season winds down.
Injuries have pretty much taken Brodeur and Roberto Luongo out of the equation. Kiprusoff is just eight wins away from tying Brodeur’s single-season record for victories (48) but his goals against (2.88) is lofty. Lundqvist, Nabokov, Backstrom, Ward and Mason all are having fine seasons.
SUN PICK: Tim Thomas (Bruins). He entered play yesterday dominating the league stats, ranking fourth in wins (30) and first in save percentage (.932) and goals against (2.06).
from Dan Wood of Ducks Blog at the OC Register,
A 1-0 loss to the San Jose Sharks wasn’t the only thing that left a sour feeling in the Ducks’ locker room Sunday night.
Ducks right wing Corey Perry accused Sharks goaltender Evgeni Nabokov of using his skate to deliver a kick to Perry’s arm after play had stopped near the San Jose net during a Ducks power-play opportunity late in the third period.
“Everything was over,” Perry said. “I was still lying there on my knees. All of a sudden, Nabokov just turned and kicked me. He rolled onto his side and kicked me with his right leg. He hit me with his toe.”...
“I didn’t kick him,” Nabokov said. “I was moving my legs to get up, to get out of there, so whatever he was saying is his problem.
“Ask him what he did.”
from A.J. Perez of USA TODAY,
Question: Before you were traded last summer, you spent the first six seasons of your career in Carolina. What was it like to spend time in a market that takes its hockey a little more seriously than Raleigh, N.C.?
Cole: It’s obviously different on a day-to-day basis. There’s a lot more media coverage. They tend to overanalyze things a little bit more than other markets. At the same, it was exciting. It keeps you focused on the details and you make sure you’re working hard up there because they’re pretty savvy and recognize when a player isn’t working hard every night.
from Michael Russo of the Star Tribune,
Wild veteran Andrew Brunette faces major right knee surgery after the season.
While General Manager Doug Risebrough and Brunette declined to identify the exact injury, it’s believed Brunette’s playing on a partially torn anterior cruciate ligament that may be fully torn.
“At the end of the year, we’re going to have to make a decision whether he’s going to need surgery or not,” Risebrough said. “It’s up to him, but he’s had two incidents of sprains, so that shows you a dysfunction of some sort.”...
Asked why he doesn’t shut himself down, Brunette said: “It’s the same approach I take to every hockey game I play. I want to play. I’m part of this team and I want to help this team win. I would sell myself short if I didn’t try to help this team. You’ve got to look yourself in the mirror, and if I can get out there, I can help this team.”
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