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from Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer,
For the first time this season, a huge crowd of reporters gathered around Radko Gudas' locker Thursday, waiting for the Flyers' rugged defenseman to leave the ice after practice.
"You guys waiting for Ogie Ogilthorpe?" cracked Flyers forward Ryan White.
Ogilthorpe was a goon in the iconic 1970 movie Slapshot.
Gudas, 25, drew a crowd because the NHL suspended him for, well, a goon-like play, a hit to the head of Ottawa's Mika Zibanejad during Tuesday's third period.
"It's a fast game," Gudas said. "Accidents happen."
For all his feistiness, Gudas has had more good moments than Ogie ones this season.
Fact is, he has been one of the Flyers' most pleasant surprises.
"Gudie is a guy who drags guys into the fight, that's one way to put it," coach Dave Hakstol said, meaning his 6-foot, 204-pound defenseman inspires his teammates to play with an edge. "He's always very competitive. He's a heavy, physical body back there, and I think he's been a significant part of our D corps."
With 2 1/2 minutes of slow motion action from the past week in the NHL.
from Steve Buffery of the Toronto Sun,
I almost feel like a traitor writing this.
But the truth is, the last few years, it’s been increasingly difficult to sit through an NHL game - and this from a guy who grew up playing and loving the sport.
There’s something about the NHL game that turns me off now. Hockey people talk about how the skill level has never been higher. And they’re right. But that’s part of the problem - all these big, fast-skating players, and the fact that they’re all playing suffocating, tight checking systems, have choked out space and time and with it offence and creativity. There’s no room for dashing offensive play anymore. Why do you think 4-on-4 hockey is so exciting? Because there is room to create. There’s room to skate.
Not only is goal production down this year (2.65 goals per game), the types of goals we see are often less than spectacular. The idea now seems to be just try to get the puck towards the net and hope for a deflection or a rebound. But even getting shots on goal is increasingly difficult with 10 big guys crowding the defensive zone and wingers diving at shots. So many shots and passes are blocked now it’s maddening.
from Hometown Hockey (where you can watch additional videos),
As a child, Wayne Gretzky went to Greenbrier Elementary School in Brantford … One of his favourite teachers with Dennis Nash. Wayne, who hasn’t been back to the school since 1973, visited the students, teachers and Mr. Nash for a surprise visit.
Just over two minutes of highlights from those games.
Buflygien received two for roughing.
Chicago broadcast is below...
via the Situation Room Blog,
At 12:50 of the first period in the Winnipeg Jets/Chicago Blackhawks game, video review determined that Chicago's Marcus Kruger kicked the puck into the Winnipeg net. According to Rule 49.2 "A goal cannot be scored by an attacking player who uses a distinct kicking motion to propel the puck into the net." No goal Chicago.
from Frank Seravalli of TSN,
“If you ask any player, I think they prefer to play their natural position,” Stamkos said Saturday. “For me, it’s just easier to create speed from my game when I’m in the middle. Again tonight, I didn’t do much offensively, but we found a way to win and make some plays defensively.”
He added: “I’m going to go out there and do what I’m asked to do. I’ve played there before, so it’s at a point now where you see the lineup on the board, you do anything you can to go out there and win.”
Head coach Jon Cooper clearly prefers Stamkos on the right side, even though Cooper admitted the Lightning are “lacking centres, period” in the absence of Tyler Johnson and Cedric Paquette due to injury. He said there were a host of reasons for the switch, adding “when guys aren’t scoring, you try to open up ice for them.”
“It’s team-first, always,” Cooper said. “I don’t know, you ask any player, ‘Would you rather get the minutes or the position?’ and…I think if you ask anyone, they don’t care about where they play, it’s as long as we’re winning.”
That may not necessarily be the case with a star like Stamkos. His position and philosophical difference with Cooper is believed to be a major sticking point in his ongoing contract negotiations. Stamkos, 25, can become an unrestricted free agent after this season.
When asked about the fine for spearing Brad Marchand, Prust responded with "best money I ever spent", perhaps half-joking.
from Hometown Hockey,
Zamboni Machines are a staple in any arena. No matter where you go, you can count on a Zamboni machine to be there. BUT, there are many things about these machines that you probably never knew. Here’s a list of the 10 facts we learned from our trip to the Zamboni factory this week in Brantford, Ontario.
1. Zamboni machines were invented in California.
Believe it or not, Zamboni machines were invented in California. Frank Zamboni and his brother opened an ice rink in 1940 and after realizing how tedious the process of resurfacing the ice rink was at the time, he began to build a machine that could simplify the process. In the summer of 1949, the Zamboni Model A was officially unveiled.
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