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“He can still play; his skills haven’t eroded that much. When you’re healthy, it’s harder because you know you can still play. But now you’ve got to get a team to buy into that. And when you can’t find somebody, it’s a blow to your ego.
“Guys that get to 40 and are healthy and can still play at a high level … I know guys in different sports that have gone through that. They still think they can play, but suddenly there’s not offers. It’s a really hard thing to accept. I got lucky — my body was falling apart.”
-Grant Fuhr on Martin Brodeur. More on this topic from Luke Fox of Sportsnet.
BOSTON, MA – Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today, Sunday, November 2, that the club has signed Head Coach Claude Julien to a multi-year contract extension. Chiarelli made the following statement on the extension: "This morning, Claude and I finalized the terms of a multi-year contract extension agreement for him. We have worked at this for a few months, but there was never any doubt in my mind that this would get done. Claude is one of the top coaches in the NHL and has consistently shown a passion for winning through his coaching. Coaching is a difficult profession at the best of times and what Claude does in implementing structure in his systems, and having a solid defensive foundation while allowing freedom in offensive play is no easy task. During his time with the Bruins, he has excelled in maintaining this difficult balance, and his longevity here speaks volumes. He has coached the Bruins to a Stanley Cup and a Cup Final appearance and our goal to win with him at the helm remains the same as we move forward."
from erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune,
The league did take a step in that direction during the summer when it opted to use a more liberal interpretation on pucks that are directed in by a skate with officials looking for a more defined “distinct kicking motion” when plays are reviewed in the NHL Situation Room.
Perhaps it is time to start looking at another rule that needs to go — the intent to blow the whistle.
According to Rule 78.5, apparent goals shall be disallowed “when the referee deems the play has been stopped, even if he had not physically had the opportunity to stop play by blowing his whistle.”
This just seems defeatist to take a potentially legitimate goal off the board because the official was about to blow the play dead, but never actually followed through with the act.
It happened twice this week on goals that were negated on plays that would have been quick whistles, let alone quick “intent” to blow a whistle.
The Flames confirmed earlier today that Ferland has a concussion.
You can watch the hit below while we wait for the NHL to catch up on videos explaining the suspensions today.
added 3:14pm, NHL suspension video is below.
Here is an Orpik hit from last night...
Watch the hit below if you missed it late last night and also watch what Ference says post-game about the hit.
Five clubs overcame a deficit (at any point in the game) to earn a victory by tight margin on Saturday:
* After falling behind 2-1 in the second period, the Lighting scored three of the next four goals, paced by two points from Tyler Johnson (0-2—2) and Nikita Kucherov (1-1—2), defeating the Capitals en route to their third consecutive victory. Johnson shares the League-lead with 13 assists and is tied for fifth with 14 points. Jason Garrison scored for the second straight game, both of which have been game-winners. Ryan Callahan also tallied for the Lightning as the club improved to 9-0-0 when he scores since being acquired at the 2014 Trade Deadline.
* Trailing 2-1 after 40 minutes, Adam Henrique tied the game and Adam Larsson scored the game-winner less than two minutes later to lift the Devils to a 3-2 win over the Blue Jackets. New Jersey also overcame a third period deficit on Thursday versus Winnipeg en route to a 2-1 shootout victory. The Devils improved to 10-4-3 all-time against the Blue Jackets, including a 6-0-2 mark at home. Cory Schneider stopped 32 of 34 shots to improve to 8-2-1 with a goals-against average and save percentage in his career against the Blue Jackets.
* James Reimer stopped 45 shots, including all 26 he faced in the third period, and Peter Holland broke a 2-2 tie in the final frame to lift the Maple Leafs to their third consecutive victory. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Maple Leafs are the first team to surrender at least 25 shots in the third period without allowing a goal since Oct. 22, 2008 when Florida's Craig Anderson stopped 26 shots vs. Ottawa. Holland’s goal was his first of the season and second winning tally of his career (also Nov. 11, 2011 vs. VAN while with Anaheim). Toronto has consecutive wins against Chicago (also 7-3 win on Dec. 14, 2013) for the first time since winning four straight from Apr. 6, 2001 to Feb. 12, 2003.
"We got behind early, made a couple mistakes, got behind early and chased the game. That's happened too many times to us this year. We don't look like a good team when we do that."
-Dave Tippett, head coach of the Arizona Coyotes after losing to Carolina 3-0.
"There's lots of glaring holes in our game, pretty embarrassing."
-Shane Doan of the Arizona Coyotes.
more on the game from Sarah McLellan of the Arizona Republic...
Arizona is 3-6-1 and in last place in the Western Conference. They have only scored 22 goals while allowing 37.
from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,
Ryan McDonagh, the team’s most indispensable player other than Henrik Lundqvist, is going to be out for an extended period of time after suffering a separated shoulder going into the rear wall on a tough but clean Evander Kane check at 11:46 of the first period.
It’s the same shoulder McDonagh injured last year on the Alexandre Burrows hit in Vancouver on April 1 that sidelined the defenseman for the final five games of the regular season and probably would have kept him out longer at another time of the year.
Meanwhile, Kevin Klein already had left the game at the 3:12 mark of the first, suffering from the after-effects of blocking a Jacob Trouba shot just 38 seconds into the match. Klein, whose ailment initially has been diagnosed as a “foot contusion,” will undergo an MRI exam on Sunday. So will McDonagh.
But with the Blueshirts already playing without Dan Boyle, who sustained a broken hand in the season opener, and John Moore, who has four games remaining on his suspension for Monday’s head shot against Erik Haula, the Blueshirts’ blue line hasn’t looked thinner since the bad old days of Roman Ndur and Chris Tamer.
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