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from the AP via the Akron Beacon Journal,
After refusing to comment following the Sharks’ fisticuff-filled 5-2 loss to the Predators on Friday night, Wilson reacted incredulously Saturday to Trotz’s repeated attempts to blame the series’ physical tone and vindictive episodes on the Sharks.
“The rhetoric coming (from Trotz) is that we went there to start a street brawl, which is comical,” Wilson said after the Sharks’ 4 a.m. return from splitting the first two games in Nashville. The best-of-seven Western Conference series resumes Monday.
“Our responses aren’t about beating anybody up or any of that baloney. We took home ice from them. The pressure is on them now. We’re still in the driver’s seat. ... We’ll win the game on the ice.”
from Bob McKenzie of TSN,
The first-round series between the San Jose Sharks and Nashville Predators has been a very intense one early on, and there was more fuel on the fire after Alexander Radulov’s hit from behind on Sharks forward Steve Bernier Friday night.
Was it a suspension-worthy offence? I would say yes.
Now the number of games that Radulov should be suspended for depends on what the value of a playoff game is compared to a regular season game.
from the AP via Yahoo,
San Jose forward Steve Bernier had to be helped off the ice after being hit into the boards with his head snapping back before he fell face-first Friday night in Game 2 against the Nashville Predators.
Bernier was at the sideboards, working for control of the puck when he was first hit by Nashville defenseman Dan Hamhuis. Then Nashville rookie Alexander Radulov came up and hit Bernier in the back, snapping the forward’s head back and forth at 4:44 of the second period.
continued and the latest report was Bernier was taken to the hospital with head and neck problems.
from the Mercury News,
Right wing Jonathan Cheechoo participated in the Sharks’ morning skate and his status for Game2 later today against the Nashville Predators will be a game-time decision.
“I won’t know till I see how it reacts,” said Cheechoo, who sustained a sprained right knee in Game 1 on a hit from Predators forward Scott Hartnell. “I’ll see how it feels this afternoon. If it feels good, then you never know. If it gets worse, then obviously I can’t go.”
added 8:17pm, Cheechoo is in the lineup.
from the AP/TSN via TSN,
San Jose Sharks leading goal-scorer Jonathan Cheechoo underwent an MRI on Thursday and is listed as day-to-day with a knee sprain.
Cheechoo, who was not using crutches but was heavily wrapped, is listed as ‘‘extremely doubtful’’ for Game 2 but a final determination on that won’t be made until Friday.
added 7:00pm, from the AP via the Santa Barbara News,
San Jose coach Ron Wilson had no problems sharing his anger.
‘‘But the league apparently has addressed it, and we’ll just go forward. Cheechoo, I don’t know when he’ll play. Hopefully he’ll be able to come back this playoff. I don’t know right now,’’ Wilson said.
Asked if that meant Cheechoo wouldn’t return in this best-of-seven series or this postseason, Wilson said he did not know. Game 2 is Friday night in Nashville.
Predators coach Barry Trotz studied eight different angles of the collision near the Nashville blue line nine minutes into the second period. Hartnell was ejected and given a five-minute major for kneeing.
‘‘The more I look at it, the more I realize it’s probably not even a penalty. He went to hit him, Cheechoo tried to get out of the way. Unfortunately, they locked knees, and Cheechoo got the worst of it. In terms of the elbow in the face, which I think was claimed, he hit his mouth on the ice,’’ Trotz said.
from the Mercury News,
There were so many things happening at once Wednesday night for the Sharks, Evgeni Nabokov did not really have time to think. He could react. But not think.
This was probably a good thing for him and the Sharks, considering where their thoughts might have wandered. Earlier in the day, they learned that their 73-year-old goalies coach, Warren Strelow, had died following complications from a stroke. Nabokov had taken it as hard as anyone.
Mid-way in the 2nd period, Jonathan Cheechoo hit by Scott Hartnell. Hartnell gets 5 for kneeing and a game. Cheechoo went off with no pressure on his right leg.
added pics at 10:02pm…
update 11:10pm, from the AP via TSN,
The Sharks said Cheechoo was being evaluated, and his return to the best-of-seven series opener was uncertain. Cheechoo led San Jose with 37 goals this season, and came in with 20 points in 13 games.
added 8:48am 4/12/07, via the Tennessean,
“It was an unfortunate accident,’’ Hartnell said. “I think it will show in the video that it was pretty clean. I was going to hit him in the upper body and I didn’t stick out my knee to get a piece of him.’‘
Said Sharks Coach Ron Wilson: “When you stick your elbow in his face and put knee on knee that’s an intent to injure. That’s why he got kicked out of the game.’‘
from the San Jose Sharks,
San Jose – It is with great sadness that the San Jose Sharks organization must announced the passing of goaltending coach Warren Strelow, following a series of illnesses.
Strelow, 73, passed away peacefully early this morning in Worcester, Mass., surrounded by his family.
The Strelow family plans to hold a memorial to celebrate Warren’s life following the conclusion of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Funeral arrangements are pending at this time.
“As we mourn the passing of our friend Warren Strelow, we celebrate the substantial contributions he made towards the success of the San Jose Sharks over the past 10 seasons,” said Sharks President and Chief Executive Officer Greg Jamison. “Our deepest condolences, along with our thoughts and prayers, reside with his family. He will be greatly missed.”
from the Mercury News,
Now, as the Sharks begin the 2007 Stanley Cup campaign today in Nashville, Rivet shakes his head when asked about Sports Illustrated calling Thornton one of five NHL stars whose reputations are on the line this postseason.
“That’s media mumbo-jumbo,” said Rivet, pausing long enough to come up with a printable phrase. “It’s disgusting to even hear that. He’s a warrior.”
Over his career, Thornton has 27 points in 46 postseason games. Nine of those points came in 11 playoff games with the Sharks a year ago, earning praise from his coach and teammates. But fairly or unfairly, the label lingers.
“That perception comes from a prior time and place,” Sharks General Manager Doug Wilson said.
more... I couldn’t pass up that headline…
From San Jose Mercury News,
Craig Rivet never found much to celebrate when spring rolled around during his 11 seasons in Montreal.
The weather was still miserable in April, and it usually matched the mood of the Canadiens’ fans and media who sometimes seemed personally offended by anything less than perfection.
“It’s not a good thing,” the veteran defenseman said. “It’s a very tough place to play. ... That’s Montreal for me. It’s a city of, ‘What can you do for me right now?’”
During his first six weeks with the San Jose Sharks, Rivet has been reintroduced to the simple joys of professional hockey…
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