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from Damian Cristodero of the Tampa Bay Times,
Asked it he had anything to prove to Tampa Bay, he said no.
"It's not about proving anybody wrong," Lecavalier said. "I want to prove (the Flyers) right. (The Lightning) made a business decision. I don't have anything against them. They do everything the right way. The thing for me was to move on. That's all."
In 14 seasons and 1,037 games with the Lightning, Lecavalier, the No. 1 pick of the 1998 draft, had 383 goals (a team record), 491 assists and 874 points.
The four-time All-Star was captain from 1999-2001 and 2008-13. He was the first Tampa Bay player to score 50 goals (52 in 2006-07, when he won the Rocket Richard Trophy) and played on the 2004 Stanley Cup team.
"The memories I'll have for the rest of my life," he said. "It gives you a taste. You win one and now you want to win another one."
from Marcus Hayes of the Philadelphia Daily News,
Their ancestors helped develop the game centuries ago. There have been Indians in the NHL for 60 years.
But not until today will two Natives meet as head coaches in the NHL.
They are First Nations men, to be precise; that is the correct nomenclature in Canada. Sabres coach Ted Nolan is an Ojibwe from Ontario. Flyers coach Craig Berube is part Cree, and from Alberta.
"It's huge," Nolan said upon his arrival in Philadelphia yesterday. "The significance of it is not really what it means to me, or Craig Berube, but what it means when you think of what our ancestors went through."
from Kerry Fraser of TSN,
While it "appears" that Kyle Turris' shot "quite possibly" crossed the goal line based on the heel position of Nicklas Grossmann's skate, various angles of video do not provide the necessary conclusive evidence to overturn referee Paul Devorski's initial call on the play and allow a goal.
While it is more probable than not that the puck crossed the goal line, the fuzzy depth perception that we gain once the puck deflected off Grossmann's left skate and went airborne provides a lack of conclusive evidence that is required to allow a goal through video review. The men in the NHL's Situation Room cannot make their decision based on any "logical assumptions" but must clearly see the puck enter the net. Even with various camera angles that are available, that process is made much more difficult once the puck leaves the ice surface and takes flight.
continued and watch the play below...
In my opinion, I would have given Chris Kunitz. Not so sure if this qualifies as a distinct kicking motion.
Scroll to the :15 second mark to watch the play start.
from Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,
“Sometimes you hear the football analogy, when it’s a rivalry, ‘Well, it really doesn’t matter where the records are at or where the teams are at. You’re playing a rival, and they’re coming into your building,’” Penguins coach Dan Bylsma said Tuesday.
“This feels exactly like that. … You’re not really so focused on their record or how they’ve been up or down.”
Philadelphia has won six of the eight regular-season games these teams have played at Consol Energy Center, so it is understandable that the Penguins aren’t taking the Flyers’ troubles at face value.
Predictably, they insist they are not enjoying watching a team they despise like no other sputter and struggle — “I don’t pay that much attention to what other teams are going through,” right winger Pascal Dupuis said — and that they don’t expect the Flyers to continue spiraling downward indefinitely
“There’s too much talent and too many experienced guys there,” defenseman Brooks Orpik said. “It’s not really a young team. I don’t see it going that long. I think they’ll snap out of it.
“Whether or not they can make a good enough run [to reach the playoffs] … sometimes when you get in a big hole, it’s tough to get out of.”
Did this hit by Belov deserve a match penalty?
Almost 4 minutes of Ed Snider, watch below...
from Bob Ford of the Philadelphia Inquirer,
Paul Holmgren took his seat in the upper reaches of the Wells Fargo Center on Thursday night and once again, just like you, he waited for the madness to end.
The Flyers came into the game against the New Jersey Devils having scored the fewest goals in the league, and exited it the same way. It is a team-wide slump that cost coach Peter Laviolette his job after just three games. It is a continuing problem that has nailed them to the bottom of an eight-team division that might advance only three teams to the playoffs. The season is still young, of course, but aging quickly.
"It doesn't make sense to me. We're all scratching our heads. I don't know what to call it, but we need to get out of it," the Flyers general manager said before the 3-0 loss. "It doesn't make sense with the people we have who have scored in the past, and not just one-hit wonders, but guys who have done it consistently. Right now, as a group, we're struggling."
from the CP at The Hockey News,
With 22 black-and-white pages, Fred Shero changed hockey.
Before Shero coached the Philadelphia Flyers in the 1970s, NHL teams didn't do much in the way of systems. His playbook and standard for fundamentally sound hockey, more so than hitting or fighting, won the Broad Street Bullies two Stanley Cups.
"Freddy revolutionized the game," said former defenceman Joe Watson, who played seven years under Shero. "We never had assistant coaches till he came in. We never talked about a system until he came in. We never had practices the day of the game, we'd come to the rink but very seldom ever went out on the ice. Freddy brought this to the forefront."
Shero, who will be posthumously inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame Monday, set the tone for his teams with a playbook that led off with "Fundamental Rules." Watson remembered when the Flyers had 10 rules to follow, but by the 1975-76 season, the list grew to 16.
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