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from the Worcester Telegram & Gazette,
In a matter of just five days, they have done a real Jekyll and Hyde, morphing from a confident, successful, cohesive bunch into a fragile, unorganized band of losers who suddenly find themselves on the ropes with rubbery knees.
Can these be the same Bruins who won their sixth straight game just last Saturday? With the exception of the absence of injured defenseman Aaron Ward, it’s the same roster and the same coach, but an entirely different karma.
from Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette,
The team arranged for the players to invite one person to enjoy a few days in the desert. While many players invited their wives or girlfriends, Christopher Higgins, Mike Komisarek, Bryan Smolinski, Maxim Lapierre and Ryan O’Byrne invited their fathers.
“It’s a great idea,” said Bob Higgins, a New York City fire captain and longtime fan of the Canadiens.
“Other teams do it, but I noticed a little while ago that the New York Rangers had something like this and they went to Buffalo. Phoenix is definitely a better choice.”
While most people are concerned about the playoff race, there is player movement talk going on.
Spector covers it all…
from the Calgary Sun,
There was no tongue-lashing, no screaming, no sticks thrown into the stands before storming off.
Keenan simply told the Flames to return to their digs. The session was over and done before the clock struck 11:30 a.m.
“I feel when we’re here, it’s a privilege to be at the arena. It’s a privilege to play in the NHL. It’s a privilege to coach in the NHL,” Keenan said. “When you’re asked to work for 30 minutes, I want you to work. If you’re not going to work, it’s not really productive to do anything but get off the ice.
“They’re off for the day and they’ll be back tomorrow.”
Players were ordered not to discuss what took place or what was said in the room, which you can bet wasn’t peaches and cream, although one player said it “wasn’t Mike Keenan of 1989”.
from the Buffalo News,
The ninth-place Sabres are three points out of the final Eastern Conference playoff position with less than a month remaining. The standings are tight from sixth through 11th, and the Sabres’ conclusion might be the most unenviable of all.
The Sabres’ remaining opponents entered Thursday’s games with a record of 270-208-61, which means they picked up points in 61.4 percent of their games — the highest for the six teams fighting for three playoff spots. Boston’s opponents were next at 61.1, followed by the New York Islanders (60.8), New York Rangers (59.9), Philadelphia (59.7) and Washington (59.1).
via Lord Stanley’s Blog at the News & Observer,
Eric Staal has apparently escaped a serious injury after he was hit head-first into the boards from behind by Aaron Voros.
With 14:01 to play in the game Voros ran Staal into the boards in front of the Minnesota bench from behind.
After lying on the ice in front of the Minnesota bench, Staal skated gingerly to the Carolina bench as a five-on-five brawl broke out on the ice. As the referees sorted out the mess, Staal could clearly be seen saying “I’m fine” to his teammates.
Voros, though, may be in trouble. He received a major penalty for boarding and likely faces a suspension from the NHL.
video added 3/7/08...
from Jeff Gordon of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
In a civilized society, no NHL team should be forced onto the road in March for a nine-game, 20-day, zig-zagging excursion covering 8,178 miles….
It all started with a 4-1 loss in Detroit on Wednesday night. After finally winning a game at home, the Blues had to travel overnight to Motown through wintry weather, check into their hotel in the wee morning hours and then play later that day.
Not surprisingly, the Blues lost their legs against the free-wheeling Wings.
From Detroit, the team headed across the continent to Vancouver
from Craig Custance of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution,
Now, their season is all but over after Wednesday’s loss to Carolina ended any realistic hopes of making the playoffs. Mathematically, they’re still alive, but that’s about it.
So why the collapse? If only it were one thing.
1. Accountability: It’s a word that is starting to creep more and more into the discussions around the team — as in there isn’t enough accountability. Bob Hartley was held accountable for his 0-6 start when he was fired. Now, the Thrashers haven’t won in eight games at the most crucial point in the season, and nobody’s job currently seems threatened.
According to Chris Chelios, who was just on WDFN, Darren McCarty is back in Detroit and said he would not be surprised to see Darren with the team tomorrow.
A2Y will probably have more on this later this evening.
from Pierre LeBrun of the CP via the Globe and Mail,
“Tomorrow night is going to be phenomenal,” Hawks GM Dale Tallon told The Canadian Press on Thursday. “The fans are excited again and they should be — these kids play an entertaining game. It’s fun to watch them.”
Some 22,000 fans are expected to cram into the cavernous United Center as the young-and-gun Hawks take on the mighty San Jose Sharks — winners of seven straight.
“Tomorrow night we’re sold out and supposedly we’re going to have the biggest crowd in a long time,” said Hawks head coach Denis Savard. “It’s a great feeling. The credit goes to the players, they’re the ones who changed this around here.”
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