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from Kristen Odland of the Calgary Herald,
... if you were smart enough to stick around on Saturday night, smart enough to know what the Calgary Flames seem to be capable of this 2014-15 season, you would have been treated to quite the show.
After falling behind 4-2 halfway through the third period to the freak-of-nature Jaromir Jagr, old friend Michael Cammalleri, and the New Jersey Devils, the comeback kids managed to erase a two goal deficit, extend the game in overtime, and prevail 5-4 in a shootout.
Frankly, it was enough excitement to give a guy a few grey hairs.
“Nevermind the grey hair,” said the visibly rattled and relived head coach of the Flames. “I have to get my heart checked. Again, I don’t know how they do it but they found a way again.
“We’re not making it easy but we’re making it interesting.”
Below watch the game highlights plus the Traveling Jagr's were in Calgary too...
Final score, New Jersey defeats Washingotn 1-0.
Great reach with the glove...
Watch the goal below...
from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,
Devils left wing Mike Cammalleri admitted today that he did not feel well initially after taking an elbow to the jaw from Dallas’ Jamie Benn in a 3-2 shootout loss Oct. 24, but didn’t tell anyone on the team about it in hope he could play through it.
Cammalleri didn’t miss a shift in that game and even took the Devils’ first shot in the shootout (which they lost 2-0). He then played in the team’s 3-2 overtime win the next night in Ottawa as well before informing the Devils he wasn’t feeling right.
He’ll be back in the Devils’ lineup tonight in Boston after missing six games with a suspected concussion.
“I just tried to get through it, maybe against my better judgment,” Cammalleri said. “I just tried to hope that it would get better, I would feel better and just try to get through it. I was lying to myself, probably.”
continued and some Ryane Clowe talk too...
from Rich Chere of NJ Advance Media,
Three straight losses and a difficult upcoming schedule could, for the first time, put Devils coach Pete DeBoer on the hot seat.
But what about general manager Lou Lamoriello and his role in the Devils' 6-6-2 start?
Here are 5 questions for the GM:
Is there a trade to be made?
Injuries to some key players have depleted the team. And a few other players may be healthy, but they have struggled. There must be someone out there to be acquired that can give the team a jolt before it falls into an early-season hole from which it cannot escape. We know: It's not easy to make a trade these days. Firing the coach always gives a team a jolt, but is DeBoer really to blame with the roster he has at his disposal?
The Situation Room in Toronto has no control of plays like this since the referee ruled incidental contact of the goalie.
Agree or disagree, the final say on a play like this should be made by the Situation Room where they have access to replays like this.
If the NHL wants to get as many calls right as possible, things have to change. We are seeing these types of calls on a nightly basis.
from Rich Chere of NJ Advance Media,
As Schneider gears up for his ninth consecutive start Tuesday night against the Penguins, it is clear that he is getting the work load he craved before agreeing to sign a 7-year, $42 million contract extension with the Devils last summer.
It appears likely that he will play at least 70 games if he stays healthy, but is he prepared?
“I’m very prepared,” Schneider told NJ Advance Media. “You try to take it game by game, or in smaller segments. If you think about it as an 82-game season it gets pretty overwhelming and you sort of lose focus on what’s coming up next. For me it’s more about the next game than trying to figure out what I’m going to feel like 30, 40 50 games in.
“For now I feel good. These last few games I’ve actually felt more like myself in a good rhythm and seeing the puck well. So I have to continue that. Like a lot of guys say, the more you play the better you feel. I’m hoping I can keep it up.”
You would think the goal would not be allowed but truthfully I don't know the rule on this.
The NHL Situation Room only ruled on this and no mention of a hand pass....
Situation Room initiated a video review to further examine a play at the Dallas net. Video review showed that the net was displaced after the puck crossed the Stars goal line. According to Rule 78.4 "The goal frame shall be considered in its proper position when at least a portion of the flexible peg(s) are still inside both the goal post and the hole in the ice". Good goal New Jersey.
Watch the goal below...
from Jeff Z. Klein of the New York Times,
It is a long way from Nunavut to Newark.
For Jordin Tootoo, that unusual journey took him from the tundra through junior hockey stardom, a brother’s suicide, struggles with alcoholism and eight seasons as a fast-living fan favorite with the Nashville Predators.
Now Tootoo, the only Inuk to play in the N.H.L., is a little-used 5-foot-9 forward trying to extend his career with the Devils.
He tells the story of that journey in “All the Way: My Life on Ice,” an autobiography written with the prominent Canadian sportswriter Stephen Brunt that was published this week.
“I am very honored to be a role model for the North and for the aboriginal community,” Tootoo, 31, said during an interview after a Devils practice last week. “And for me to open up and tell my story may inspire others from small towns or in the North who face some of the same problems I’ve had.”
Paberback edition available at Amazon (KK affiliate link)
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