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via the Mercury News,
Sharks forwards Mike Grier and Claude Lemieux are returning to the lineup just in time for the Sharks’ final push for the Presidents’ Trophy.
Both forwards have been out since March 3 and missed 17 games. San Jose entered Tuesday night’s game at Colorado with a three-point lead on Boston for the NHL’s best record.
Grier was out with a knee injury, while the 43-year-old Lemieux had an upper-body injury.
from Randy Youngman of the OC Register,
Referees Dan O’Rourke and Chris Lee, the guys wearing the decorative orange armbands Sunday night, apparently had a plane to catch.
Or maybe they had to be escorted to a local hospital for emergency surgery to have small metal objects removed from their digestive systems.
What other reason could there be for the refs ignoring the muggings outside the San Jose goal crease in the closing seconds of the Ducks’ 3-2 loss to the Sharks at sold-out Honda Center?
They must have swallowed their whistles.
added 9:55pm, from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,
No supplementary discipline has been imposed against the Ducks or San Jose Sharks for their misdeeds at the end of the Sharks’ 3-2 victory Sunday at the Honda Center, and it’s likely no suspensions or fines will be imposed at all.
A league executive who requested anonymity because he didn’t want either team to view him as biased in one direction or another said he didn’t see anything that crossed the line that most concerns the NHL now: injuries to the head. The final say will come from Colin Campbell, if there’s anything to say, which there might not be.
from Dan Wood of Ducks Blog,
Among the NHL’s many mysteries is how the Ducks can be playing by far their best hockey of the season and yet, over the past three games, have drawn only four power-play opportunities.
The club’s frustration reached a breaking point at the conclusion of Sunday night’s 3-2 loss to the league-leading San Jose Sharks at Honda Center.
After a debatable holding penalty on Ducks left wing Drew Miller led to a power-play conversion by Sharks winger Jonathan Cheechoo that snapped a 2-2 tie at 13:19 of the third period, the Ducks spent the game’s final 80 seconds controlling the puck in the offensive zone, pressing for an equalizer that never came.
It might have been different had veteran San Jose winger Jeremy Roenick not mugged Ducks center Ryan Getzlaf in the slot during the waning seconds. There was no penalty call.
“I don’t think Ryan Getzlaf is going to miss a wide-open one-timer,” Ducks defenseman Ryan Whitney said. “He’s going to at least get his stick on the puck unless he’s hooked. He’s not just going to whiff.”
Referees Dan O’Rourke and Chris Lee handed out a combined 64 penalty minutes, including four misconducts, to four players from each side following a ruckus after time expired.
continued and watch video below of the end of the game fracas…
from Dan Wood of the Ducks Blog,
Ducks right wing Corey Perry laughed.
He said he hadn’t seen last month’s Yahoo! Sports interview with Evgeni Nabokov in which the San Jose Sharks goaltender called Perry a “crybaby.”
“I don’t even care,” Perry said when relayed the details Thursday night after he had scored the lone shootout goal in a 6-5 Ducks triumph over the Vancouver Canucks at GM Place. “I’m not even listening to that. He can say what he wants. It’s — whatever.”
Perry accused Nabokov of kicking him after play had stopped during a 1-0 Sharks victory March 15 at Honda Center. Nabokov denied it, and the NHL announced no supplementary discipline for either player. Perry had cross-checked the back of a prone Nabokov’s legs before the alleged kicking incident.
from Steve MacFarlane of the Calgary Sun,
Starting as friendly banter between Joe Thornton and Brian Boucher, the joking morphed into a full-fledged competition.
“We were rating guys bodies. I think I gave him a six or something like that,” Boucher said after yesterday’s morning skate at the Saddledome.
“He was devastated.
“It turned into, ‘Let’s see who’s the better athlete.’ “
It’s Boucher who’s a little devastated right now, trailing the 10-event contest with a record of 0-2-1, losing in ping-pong, golf and settling for a controversial tie in timed push-ups.
“I’m in desperate need of a win,” Boucher said.
The team isn’t.
from David Pollak of the Mercury News,
The Sharks came from behind Saturday night to beat the Phoenix Coyotes 3-2 at HP Pavilion for a franchise-record 109 points — two more than the Detroit Red Wings in the battle for NHL supremacy with both teams having seven games to play.
But the victory could come at a price as center Patrick Marleau was injured late in the first period, tried a few shifts in the second and did not return.
“I just tweaked something in the lower body and that’s it, that’s all I can give you,” Marleau said after the game. “It was kind of a contact play, but not big contact.”
Coach Todd McLellan described Marleau as day to day, adding he probably would not be able to skate at today’s morning practice before the team leaves for a two-game trip to Calgary and Edmonton.
more on the Sharks and their victory over the Coyotes…
from David Pollak of Working the Corners,
Captain Patrick Marleau won’t be in the lineup Wednesday night as he is staying back in San Jose to be with wife Christina for the birth of their second child.
But you should see Jeremy Roenick out there against the Blackhawks. Coach Todd McLellan hedged slightly — “JR will be a game time decision, but he’s looking like he’s ready to go.” — but Roenick spent practice on a third line with Travis Moen and Ryan Vesce, and also got some time in on the power play.
more on the Sharks…
from David Pollak of Working the Corners,
The fight began with Staubitz pursuing the Predator (Tootoo) pest across the ice. When they finally went at it, you could almost feel the punches up in the rafters as Staubitz connected with punch after punch, forearm after forearm. Tootoo got an excused absence from the penalty box as he headed to the dressing room for stitches and who knows what other treatments. He didn’t return until the third period, and even then saw limited action.
So was it triggered by anything specific?
Jeremy Roenick on being drafted as an 18 year old…
“I was scared to death. I actually just came out of my junior year of high school and I was about 155 pounds, I was really small, so when I came in the league, I came in with these giant men that had hair all over their body, beards.
I can barely grow a couple of hairs on my face.”
Much more on Roenick by Jessica Ayala of the Spartan Daily (San Jose State Univ.).
Instead of a full practice at HP Pavilion on Wednesday, the Sharks met for 90 minutes in the locker room. The extended session included the entire hockey department from Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson to the coaches, players and staff.
Following the meeting, a few players took to the ice for an optional skate. The Tuesday night 4-3 loss in Phoenix wasn’t the entire reason for the gathering, but it was likely the impetus for the session.
added 3/19/08 at 8:53am, More on the meeting from David Pollak of Working the Corners.
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