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John Erskine: Pugilist, Sniper, Mustachioed Warrior

Forget Darryl Sittler’s 10-point performance of 30 some-odd years ago…

I believe it is entirely possible that Washington’s John Erskine may have had the greatest hockey game in the history of the planet last night.

No, his stat line won’t wow you but this game-winner against Atlanta was just icing on top of a cake that already included layers of an epic scrap with Eric Boulton and the all kinds of awesomeness that is the Erskine ‘stache.

Take in the fight, please:


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  Tags: brian+elliott, david+jones, eric+boulton, evgeni+malkin, john+erskine, marian+gaborik, peter+budaj, ray+whitney, vernon+fiddler

Oilers & Rangers Square Off

In the 3rd period with the Rangers leading 5-2.

Started with Avery against Smid.  Fight was over, TV went to commercial break and gloves and sticks scattered all over the ice when they come back.

At time of posting, Rangers up 8-2 with a Gaborik hat trick.

11:18 NYR Sean Avery : Fighting (maj)
11:18 EDM Ladislav Smid : Fighting (maj)
11:18 NYR Sean Avery : Misconduct (10 min)
11:18 EDM Ladislav Smid : Misconduct (10 min)
11:18 EDM Zack Stortini : Fighting (maj)
11:18 NYR Brandon Prust : Fighting (maj
11:18 NYR Brian Boyle : Fighting (maj)
11:18 EDM Theo Peckham : Fighting (maj)

Oh yes, Derek Boogaard and Steve MacIntyre have fought twice too.

added 3:30pm, video of the fights below…

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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Lightning/Maple Leafs, 11/09/10

From a Tampa Bay Lightning perspective, all was quite good at the St. Pete Times Forum last night and, while a 4-0 shutout for the home squad makes the latter parts of Good/Bad/Ugly slightly more difficult for yours truly, we’ll take it. (And it sure beats most of the G, B & Us put together in years past where the Good was often a stretch and the Bad and Ugly could have gone on for days.)

Now then…

The Good

What started as an outright joke, as in, “Steven Stamkos is currently on pace for 98 goals this season,” is becoming less funny and more scary good serious with every tally for the 20-year-old Lightning superstar. With two more last night, Stamkos’ early season line of 13 goals and 11 assists for 24 points is better than Crosby, better than Ovechkin, better than the entire league and setting a breakneck pace that, as everyone’s new favorite hashtag, #stamkosmath, is documenting by-the-second (well, sort of) on Twitter, projects roughly to a 76-goal, 141-point total over 82 games. (In the interest of showing marksman-like precision, #stamkosmath actually dictates that 91’s projected numbers are 76.142857 goals and 140.57143 points.)

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  Tags: dan+ellis, derek+boogaard, dominic+moore, eric+staal, mike+smith, nate+thompson, simon+gagne, simon+gagne, steve+downie, steven+stamkos

JJ’s Three Cheers: 11/06/10 (And a Look Ahead to Southeast Games Tonight)

Gotta play catch-up again first, as yesterday’s minor league update took longer than expected and robbed from some of my otherwise-set-aside-for-writing time. Alas, it’s Saturday morning’s edition of JJ’s Three Cheers.

From Thursday’s games first:

***Cheers to Ottawa’s Jason Spezza, who put up a goal and four points in total, factoring in on all of his club’s offense as the Senators downed the New York Islanders 4-1. Losers of six straight (and outscored 20-5 in their last five contests), consider that quality start to the season officially neutralized and then some for the Isles.

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  Tags: benoit+pouliot, brandon+dubinsky, jaroslav+halak, jason+spezza, loui+eriksson, mathieu+garon

Reaction To The Carcillo Hit

from Chuck Gormley of Flyer Files,

“Do I have a problem with it? Sure, why wouldn’t I?” Tortorella said. “We get these (head shot) tapes sent to us during the summer and at the beginning of the year. Why send them? It’s a waste.”

Replays indicate Carcillo got his elbow up on Fedotenko, who was falling to the ice when contact was made.

“I saw him in the middle of the ice and the puck was there,” Carcillo said. “He kind of went down right when I got to him. My elbows were in. I know it looks bad, but I didn’t try to hit his head or anything.

“I don’t think anything (Tortorella) says is going to change anything. It is what it is. It’s not like I took strides toward him. I know they’re cracking down on that, so I imagine I’ll get a phone call.”


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Video- Carcillo hit on Fedotenko Tonight

Ruslan Fedotenko was OK after staying on the ice for a bit.  Not penalty to Carcillo.

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Afternoon Line

“Fans, for the most part, aren’t very patient.  But I think they can see the development we’ve got going on here. A lot of these guys have been drafted by us, and we’re still waiting for other players to come up.”

-New York Rangers GM Glen Sather.  Much more from Sather by Pierre LeBrun of ESPN.

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JJ’s Three Cheers: 11/02/10 (and an Anti-Cheers for Danny Briere)

Our morning salute to the stars of a night ago, it’s JJ’s Three Cheers for Tuesday, November 2nd:

***Cheers to Vancouver’s Roberto Luongo, who shut out the reeling New Jersey Devils with 30 saves in the Canucks’ 3-0 win. Luongo bested Team Canada teammate Martin Brodeur, who was beaten on a penalty shot by Henrik Sedin, in fine fashion, to close the door on another loss for New Jersey. (People are realizing that the Devils are 3-9-2 and that Ilya Kovalchuk is averaging a goal every fourth game and a point every other, right? Uuuuuuuuuuugly!)

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JJ’s Three Cheers: 11/01/10 - Plus Thoughts on Tampa’s Continued Hot Start and Stamkos Contract Talk

Perhaps you enjoyed a day of rest from NHL hockey yesterday. Or, more likely, you were angered, annoyed or even lost at some point last night, with not a shot on goal to be had anywhere. (Or maybe, even, you were like me: Incensed at an awful showing in your weekly football picks – and I mean awful – and left without the catharsis of switching to a different sport at day’s end, left only to the comfort of Dexter and his serial-killing ways… Whatever the case may be, we (or I, that is) have some catching up to do with JJ’s Three Cheers overdue from Friday and Saturday.

Now then, quickly, from Friday first:

***Cheers to Atlanta’s Dustin Byfuglien, whose transition back to defense has gone quite well in his new home. On Friday night, Byfuglien netted the O.T. winner in fantastic fashion for Atlanta, on an end-to-end rush reminiscent of legendary offensive defensemen of years gone by, to top Buffalo 4-3. (I’ll link it twice, actually, because you need to make sure you’ve seen this play.)

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  Tags: alex+ovechkin, claude+giroux, dustin+byfuglien, henrik+lundqvist, jay+mcclement, jeff+skinner, steven+stamkos

What To Do With Todd White?

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Todd White’s future as a Ranger is in doubt after coach John Tortorella admitted last night that he doesn’t know exactly how to use the 35-year-old center who was acquired this summer from Atlanta in exchange for over-35 cap albatross Donald Brashear and minor leaguer Patrick Rissmiller.

“I’ve got to figure out exactly what I’m going to do with Todd White,” Tortorella said before the Rangers’ 3-1 Garden victory over the Devils for which the veteran was scratched in favor of 26-year-old, fourth-line call-up Jeremy Williams, who got 3:43 of ice. “I don’t have him in a spot where I’m certainly giving him a fair chance to show me what he has.

“I don’t know what he is as a player. It really isn’t fair to him. I don’t think he has a ton of confidence in his play and I have a lot to do with that as far as the spots I’ve put him in and how I’ve spotted him in certain areas.

“I’m concerned about his speed and I’ve talked to him about that. But I don’t think I’ve given him a fair shake.”


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