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from David Pollak of Working the Corners,
The game-winning shootout goal by Joe Pavelski featured a nifty move where he applied the brakes in front of Ducks goalie Jonas Hiller, then fired a quick shot that he couldn’t stop. The puck never stopped moving forward, but whether Pavelski did was subject to debate.
As was whether that mattered.
The Ducks were unhappy, but they weren’t exactly sure whether they were entitled to be.
“We don’t [know the rules]. That’s the problem,” Ryan Getzlaf said afterward. “Everything’s interpretation. I can’t even make a comment on it because I don’t really know what the rule is. Whatever they think is the rule that night.”
Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau knew the rule – puck must keep moving forward, but not necessarily the player – but allowed as to how his view of it would change based on what side of the shot he was on.
“I thought he stopped,” Boudreau began. “It’s not a vague rule but it’s a weird rule that you are allowed to stop but the puck is not allowed to stop. He came to a dead stop, but they OK’d it in Toronto.”
more on the game... and watch the shootout goal below...
LATE GAME HEROICS
Three close games saw a goal scored in the final minute of regulation on Saturday:
*Capitals forward Nicklas Backstrom notched a short-handed, game-tying goal with 48.5 seconds left in the third and Alex Ovechkin scored 2:07 into overtime as Washington rallied for their second straight win past regulation. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the last Washington player to score a shorthanded, game-tying goal in the final minute of regulation was Michal Pivonka on Jan. 24, 1990.
* Mike Cammalleri scored the game-winning goal, his 10th of the season, with 23 seconds remaining in regulation as Calgary ended Los Angeles’ franchise record-tying 11-game point streak.
After the first period of the late game on HNIC, Don Cherry and Ron MacLean get together again to talk hockey.
Last night topics included the play of Drew Doughty, the Paciorettty goal and Getzlaf and Perry.
from Michael Russo of the StarTribune,
This time, I really mean it. It seems every year for the past three, I write a column on this being the “Year of the St. Louis Blues.”
Turns out I was just ahead of the game — or completely wrong.
Two years ago, St. Louis’ 109-point season was spoiled in a sweep in the second round by the eventual Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings. The Kings again dispatched the Blues last season in a hard-fought 4 vs. 5 matchup in Round 1.
This year? Nobody’s beating the Big, Bad Blues.
At 18-4-3, they’re one of the best teams in the NHL, a well-balanced team from top to bottom with four lines that can be rolled, a deep defense corps of six and two great goaltenders in Jaroslav Halak and Brian Elliott.
Offensively, they rank second. Defensively, they rank fifth. Their power play stands atop the rest. Their home rink has been a place of dominance.
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from Sam Kasan of PittsburghPenguins.com,
“In a month I’ll see the doctor and see more of what he thinks I should do,” Vokoun said in the BB&T Center Press Box Saturday night. “Then it’s up to me to weigh the pros and cons and make a decision. In six months it would be tough to come back before the season is over. We’ll see.”
Vokoun left practice Sept. 21 after he noticed swelling in his thigh. He was taken to the emergency room where a blood clot was diagnosed. Vokoun underwent a procedure to fix the problem. Since that time he’s been resting and recovering in his home in Florida.
“I feel great,” Vokoun said. “I’m still taking the medication, but I feel good. Hopefully everything is going well as far as I can tell.
“Once every two weeks I get my blood drawn and they check the level. That’s basically all I’m doing.”
All I can say is Wow and Bravo!
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