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from Mark Zwolinski of the Toronto Star,
Luke Schenn’s fight with Tyler Kennedy in the second period last night was a crowd pleaser, but the Leafs were far less enamoured with Kennedy’s actions prior to the bout.
Toronto GM Brian Burke phoned NHL disciplinarians last night seeking a review of the incident at 9:36, which the Leafs feel was instigated by Kennedy.
“(Burke) called the league and they are investigating,” Leafs coach Ron Wilson said after the Leafs’ 5-4 win over Kennedy’s Penguins.
“In my opinion, he (Kennedy) came off the bench and instigated the fight, so we’ll see what the league’s investigation finds.”
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from Empty Netters,
Obviously the Penguins have not lived up to this season’s lofty hopes and are struggling to stay in the Eastern Conference’s top eight. Things like that will suck the fun out of any locker room.
But regardless of the differences between that squad and the current crop of Penguins, there seems to a general lack of fun or joy on this team. At least on the ice. We don’t know how they get it back. Winning games like last night’s blow out of the Rangers is a good start. When you’re having fun, winning games just seems to be an easier task.
Pittsburgh Penguins’ forward Matt Cooke has been suspended two games for a hit to the head of Carolina Hurricanes’ forward Scott Walker.
added 5:47pm, Official Release
TORONTO (January 27, 2009) – Pittsburgh Penguins forward Matt Cooke has been suspended for two games, without pay, as a result of a blow delivered to the head of Carolina forward Scott Walker during NHL Game #687, Jan. 20 against the Carolina Hurricanes, the National Hockey League announced.
Cooke was assessed a minor penalty for interference against Scott Walker at 12:58 of the first period. Walker left the game and did not return.
Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, and based on his average annual salary, Cooke will forfeit $12,903.23. The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.
Cooke will miss games against the New York Rangers on Jan. 28 and New Jersey on Jan. 30. He will be eligible to return Jan. 31 at Toronto.
from E.J. Hradek of ESPN,
Ovechkin’s unexpected public interaction with Malkin had to catch most puck-watchers by surprise. The two Russian-born stars have been estranged over a personal matter that neither player was too interested in discussing. The feud caught the eye of fans and media when both players went out of their way to hit each other in recent games between the Caps and Pens.
According to one source, Thrashers captain (and fellow Russian star) Ilya Kovalchuk brokered the peace deal between Ovie and Geno. In playing the part of the peacemaker, Kovalchuk might have been looking toward the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. The three snipers figure to be a big part of Team Russia’s gold-medal hopes.
more on the Saturday night festivities in Montreal…
Transcript courtesy of the NHL.
Q. Just, I guess, a comment from you on your decision to come here this weekend. There’s been some talk that perhaps if you didn’t come, you wouldn’t be eligible to play in the Penguins’ next game.
SIDNEY CROSBY: Yeah, my plan was to come here from the moment that I decided that I wasn’t going to be able to play due to injury. I’d had a talk with Gary Bettman as to the capacity of me being here, what it was going to be.
I obviously wanted to be here, but still want the focus to be on the guys that are here, too, and not the fact that I’m coming.
I’m happy to be a part of it. I’m probably not here playing like I would like to be, but it’s the second-best thing and I’m happy to be here anyway.
Q. Pavel Datsyuk and Nick Lidstrom will be kept out of their next game on Tuesday evening. How do you feel about that? And did you and Gary discuss that if you didn’t come and take part in some of the events, that that would be the issue for you? And I think you play Wednesday next week.
Glasnost! Perestroika! You see, there’s no animosity between Pittsburgh Penguins star Evegni Malkin and Alexander Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals. They’re like two little Fonzies, those two. Look at those vice-like grips; it’s like they can’t let go.
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For the second straight year the NHL All-Star game will be without one of the game’s biggest stars as Sidney Crosby has pulled out of this weekend’s mid-winter classic in Montreal.
MONTREAL (Jan. 22, 2009)—Martin St. Louis takes the place of Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby, who received a record number of votes in All-Star fan balloting but will not participate due to injury.
NHL Network profiles one of the NHL’s signature voices, play-by-play man Mike Lange of the Pittsburgh Penguins tonight at 7:30 ET.
Is it just me or is NHL darling and Reebok pitchman Sidney Crosby just a really good player and not a superhuman, best of breed, sport transfer?
Maybe he’s getting more pressure than praise.
Whatever is at work, I just expected more domination and must-see moments from the “Next One”. His young, flashy Russian rivals seem to have cornered the market on that.
Sid the Kid - more hat than cattle so far.
-Daryl Reaugh of Razor With An Edge
from Stan Fischler of Game On,
Don’t call me a quack just because The Maven smiles at the prospect of Ducks flying into The Garden on Tuesday night.
No matter that the Blueshirts otherwise successful road trip ended with a 3-0 defeat on Sunday at The Igloo.
The Rangers have endured 3-1-1 in their last five games and return to Seventh Avenue respectably atop the Atlantic Division. There’s no point sitting in the corner and sulking about that, is there?
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