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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.
“There isn’t a guy in there that should be proud of their effort in the first 20 minutes. It starts with leadership. The coaches are the leaders. We have captains in the locker room that have to make sure they’re prepared to play. And everybody individually has to take some responsibility and it’s not there right now. It’s disappointing.”
-Sharks coach Todd McLellan after last night’s loss to the Coyotes. More from David Pollak of Working the Corners.
from Dan Wood of Ducks Blog at the OC Register,
A 1-0 loss to the San Jose Sharks wasn’t the only thing that left a sour feeling in the Ducks’ locker room Sunday night.
Ducks right wing Corey Perry accused Sharks goaltender Evgeni Nabokov of using his skate to deliver a kick to Perry’s arm after play had stopped near the San Jose net during a Ducks power-play opportunity late in the third period.
“Everything was over,” Perry said. “I was still lying there on my knees. All of a sudden, Nabokov just turned and kicked me. He rolled onto his side and kicked me with his right leg. He hit me with his toe.”...
“I didn’t kick him,” Nabokov said. “I was moving my legs to get up, to get out of there, so whatever he was saying is his problem.
“Ask him what he did.”
via Dickie Dunn at SanJoseSharks.com,
As for the breakdown between San Jose and Detroit, there is one difference in how they’ve reached their 96 points. The Sharks have reached the total in two more games. What does that mean? Let’s say San Jose finds three of four points in those two extra games and goes 10-5-0 the rest of the way. That would mean the boys from Hockeytown would have to win at a 12-3-0 pace to surpass the Sharks. In addition to the one point lead both have on Boston, Detroit has one game in hand and San Jose has three.
When looking at their respective schedules, it would appear San Jose could have the upper hand. In their 15 remaining contests, Detroit has nine games left against playoff squads and six against those currently on the outside looking in. San Jose’s 17 games contain only five against current playoff teams and 12 against teams who wouldn’t make it if the season ended today.
“We won finally and that’s a real good thing. We’ll take the win, but I’m disappointed in the way we carry ourselves. We’re a club that’s won a lot of hockey games for a reason. We should be playing with a lot of confidence. We’ve earned the opportunity to be confident and to play confident and make the right plays at the right time. But right now we’re fragile.
“Hopefully this gets us out of it. I’d like to see some guys step up and swing the bat. When the games on the line, they want to be up to bat, hit the single or the double that scores the winning run rathern than walking and getting to first.
“I want to see guys take the challenge on a little bit more.”
-Sharks coach Todd McLellan after defeating the Wild in OT last night. More on the Sharks from David Pollak of Working the Corners.
There is a different level of talking depending on who is in net for each contest, but the message is usually the same.
“It depends on who is playing,” said Marc-Edouard Vlasic. “They both (Evgeni Nabokov and Brian Boucher) talk. Both will let you know if you have time. There is more talking if you’re playing five-on-five.”
Without the verbal assistance from Nabokov or Boucher, it can be tough to tell who is charging up ice from the other team.
“If someone is on me, the goalie talking makes my job easier,” said Vlasic.
“If the puck is going around the net, we’re not sure if a guy is coming from the other side,” said Boyle. “He keeps us from getting run over and getting injured.”
from David Pollak of Working the Corners,
The Sharks’ charter flight was scheduled to leave San Jose 14 minutes ago, but Evgeni Nabokov and Rob Blake were staying behind.
Bottom line is that it looks as if last week’s statements on Nabokov’s condition turned out to be overly optimistic, though Coach Todd McLellan did qualify everything by saying Mother Nature would have the final say as to when his No. 1 goalie returns.
Blake was having his “lower extremity” examined after he was struck by a slap shot in the back of his foot or leg on the same play in which Joe Thornton scored late in the second period of Saturday night’s 3-1 loss to Vancouver.
via TSN, The Philadelphia Flyers have nullified the trade they made on March 4 for defenceman Kyle McLaren. The 31-year-old did not pass his physical, according to Flyers GM Paul Holmgren.
McLaren had been sent to Philadelphia from San Jose in exchange for a sixth round pick at this year’s draft.
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