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from Tim Panaccio of CSNPhilly,
On his very first shift after sitting out nine games as a healthy scratch, the Flyers' defenseman went into the corner to make a defensive play and fell down.
Danny Briere tried to step over him and caught Del Zotto with his skate, slashing him on the left side of his neck.
“I wanted to take an angle on [Briere],” Del Zotto said. “I don’t know if I clipped a skate but went down and he skated away and I felt his blade hit my neck.”
It could have been a lot worse than the 20 or so stitches, but Del Zotto did not play again until the start of the second period.
At least he wasn’t seriously injured.
Del Zotto posted two pictures on instragram a few hours ago, see them below, not pretty.
Don Cherry and Ron MacLean discussed the first period of the Winter Classic and the hockey stick along with a few other topics.
from Chip Alexander of the News & Observer,
Ever wonder what it feels like to block a shot in the National Hockey League?
To take the full brunt of a slap shot from, say, Alexander Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals or Evgeni Malkin of the Pittsburgh Penguins?
“Imagine taking the rubber mallet in your dad’s tool shed, putting it in the freezer for a few hours, then getting hit as hard as you can with it,” Carolina Hurricanes defenseman John-Michael Liles recently said. “That’s how it feels.”
Shot-blocking has become something of an art form in the NHL as more players are willing to step in front of hard, frozen rubber coming their way.
“It’s not a trend. It’s now a requirement by all teams,” Washington Capitals coach Barry Trotz said. “In the old days guys used to ‘flamingo’ a lot. But the equipment is a lot better now and it’s something that’s in our game.
“A shot block is a high commitment. And if you value high commitment in sport, that’s something you value.”
Ted Leonsis is a self-made man who’s reached virtually every goal he’s set out to accomplish. While he remains focused on bringing a championship to the US capital, his main goal is to finish something he started over three decades ago after a life-changing experience.
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The latest reports say the game will start on time, which is probably around 1:15pm ET.
In case you are looking for the game on you TV guide, the game is on NBC in the US and CBC and TVA in Canada.
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
Take a look at the NHL's scoring leaders. Jakub Voracek, Tyler Seguin, Claude Giroux, Ryan Getzlaf. OK. Keep going. Down, down, down, oh, there's Sidney Crosby.
The defending Hart Trophy winner is enduring an unusual point drought and sits 12th in league scoring. After a torrid start to the season, Crosby has just four goals in his last 26 games. The paucity of goals (he is tied for fourth with 27 assists) makes you wonder if this is some sort of lingering issue with a wrist injury that plagued him during the playoffs last spring.
Not that he is the sort to make excuses. Still, the bright side, if you're a Pens fan, is that even with Crosby off the mark near the midpoint, the Penguins, who defeated the Carolina Hurricanes 2-1 on New Year's Eve in a game that saw Crosby held off the score sheet, remain tied with the New York Islanders for the top spot in the Metropolitan Division and one point off the top point total in the Eastern Conference.
read on for Custance on Nick Foligno, LeBrun on USA/Canada WJC and Strang on Clint Reif
from Alex Prewitt of Capitals Insider,
For all the unfamiliar blanketing the Capitals – the pregame bus ride to a home game, the scores of family members in town during the regular season, even the relative hype surrounding a matchup with a Western Conference opponent – the players must also handle the unique experience of playing outdoors.
Rather than pressed against the boards, slamming them after every hit, fans sit hundreds of feet away. The distance causes their sound to travel in ways foreign to the skaters. Score a goal, wait a second, then hear the roar.
“It’s almost like a wave coming in,” said the Rangers’ Carl Hagelin, who’s played in five outdoor games since he was 18 – two in college and three in the NHL.
“Out in the middle of nowhere,” is how the Tampa Bay Lightning’s Matt Carle described it, because even inside a stadium stuffed with far more people than Verizon Center can hold, the ice is often silent. The glass blocks out any sound the wind didn’t already carry away.
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CAPITALS FACE BLACKHAWKS IN WINTER CLASSIC
The Capitals play host to the Blackhawks in the 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C. This matchup pits two of the hottest clubs in the NHL – the Capitals have earned points in 11 of their past 12 games dating to Dec. 4 (8-1-3), while the Blackhawks are 13-2-1 in their last 16 outings dating to Nov. 26. Overall, these teams have split their last 10 head-to-head meetings dating to March 12, 2004 (WSH: 5-4-1, CHI: 5-3-2). That includes a 3-2 victory by the Capitals in their first and only other matchup of 2014-15 on Nov. 7 at United Center.
from Corey Masisak of NHL.com,
When the Chicago Blackhawks were ascending to the top of the NHL, they had a franchise to measure themselves against, to model their progress after.
That franchise was the Detroit Red Wings, which was the elite organization in the League for a long time. Whether it was on-ice success or a wealth of intangible measures, the Blackhawks wanted what the Red Wings had.
It wasn't really until Chicago beat Detroit in the second round of the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs and won a second title that the little brother-big brother dynamic disappeared from that rivalry.
After two championships and four trips to the Western Conference Final in six seasons, the Blackhawks, along with the Los Angeles Kings, have become a franchise others measure themselves against. The Blackhawks will meet one of those teams Thursday in the 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic at Nationals Park.
"I think the Blackhawks are probably the gold standard right now in the National Hockey League with success on the ice and success off the ice, having a strong following," Washington Capitals coach Barry Trotz said.
Michal Jordan is as tough as they come. Despite breaking a finger earlier in the game against the Penguins, he still returned to play. And Chris Kunitz welcomed him back by slashing him on the same hand later.
Watch below, not for the squeamish...
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