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from Tony Gallagher of the Vancouver Province,
The Vancouver Canucks weren’t very good at Rogers Arena Thursday night — but then neither was referee Chris Rooney.
You see, his ‘game management’ wasn’t very good, judging by what NHL referee Tim Peel has been saying when he chats with bloggers on the record.
According to Puck Daddy, Peel says that the NHL evidently tells it’s referees when certain penalties are appropriate and when they’re not. And while we are not privy to these ‘game management’ guidelines or whatever they might be called, we would assume that when the home team is down 2-0 late in the second period having had only two scoring chances in 38 minutes, calling an unsportsmanlike penalty on one of the most sportsmanlike captains in the history of the NHL from afar to put them down two men for a full two minutes wouldn’t be recommended.
What could Henrik Sedin possibly have said to bring about such a severe, game-impacting call? We’ll let your imagination run with it while you consider the ramifications of what Peel really said to Greg Wyshynski in a story that went largely unnoticed around the league. Instead, everyone got all excited about a picture of Peel with Wyshynski hoisting a drink which went viral, something the officials and media have done for years, albeit without the pictures and quotes.
While the NHL referee wasn’t quoted directly in the story other than the ‘game management’ reference, the pretty clear implication from the piece was that there are times in certain games when a penalty should be called, but not in others. You know, flexible rules depending upon who is winning and what the game situation is. No word on whether that ‘management’ stretches as far as which teams are playing but there are certainly no end of fans who might think it does....
“I was surprised he called it,” said Henrik, who indicated he didn’t think he had ever received an unsportsmanlike penalty in a similar situation in the past. “I used the “F” word but I’ve said a lot worse things to a referee than that. As I said, I was surprised.”
Watch the game highlights below...
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
The San Jose Sharks continue to play their way out of the comfort zone and into playoff danger.
Their 3-1 loss to the red-hot Calgary Flames at the Saddledome on Wednesday dropped the Sharks into third place in the Pacific Division, just two points ahead of the fourth-place Vancouver Canucks, who currently holds down the second and final wild card spot in the Western Conference. And the Canucks have three games in hand. The Flames poured three goals past Alex Stalock in less than nine minutes in the second half of the second period to secure their third win in a row.
The Sharks, meanwhile, lost for the second straight game after falling in a marthathon shootout to the Edmonton Oilers on Monday. That sets up an interesting tilt for the Sharks on Thursday night in Vancouver.
continue for more including LeBrun on the Flames, Custance on the Kings and Strang on the Rangers...
by Mike Shackil,
In this day and age, we hear constantly about how athletes are breaking the rules and doing the wrong things. While there are plenty of athletes doing the wrong things, there are plenty of athletes who are also doing great charitable work in their communities. Sports figures such as Jim Valvano, Peyton Manning, and Walter Payton have set the standard for athletes and their charitable work.
from Curtis Pashelka of the Mercury News,
Sharks coach Todd McLellan provided a status update on injured players Tommy Wingels and Justin Braun on Tuesday, and the news wasn't encouraging.
Wingels and Braun, who both suffered upper body injuries during Monday's 5-2 loss to the New Jersey Devils, will be out "weeks" according to McLellan, with the Sharks clinging to a Western Conference playoff position.
At 6:39 of the second period, Braun blocked a shot by New Jersey forward Mike Cammalleri and left the ice for good 19 seconds later at the next stoppage.
Wingels was slashed by Devils defenseman Jon Merrill on what appeared to be his left hand or wrist with 11:47 left in the third period as the Sharks were on the power play.
"I'm concerned about our drive right now, the life that we bring to the rink and to the games,. I don't know if you want to call it passion, but just that internal drive per person isn't where it needs to be right now. And these are important games."
-Todd McLellan, head coach of the San Jose Sharks after a 5-2 home loss to the New Jersey Devils. More from David Pollak of the Mercury News.
from Kerry Fraser of TSN,
From his position behind the net, referee Watson's initial instinct was to wave off the goal. Something obviously didn't smell right for him as he looked through the back of Reimer and Nazem Kadri. The ref immediately looked for input from the other members of the officiating crew. A decision to allow the goal must have resulted from that conference.
Since video replay is unable to rule upon a potential violation of goalkeeper interference, their only input on this play was to establish that the puck entered the net, hence the "good goal" terminology. General managers, please provide the referees with the capability to more accurately determine the presence of goalie interference through a video monitor located in the penalty box. Your team just might be recipients of the next "dirty goal" that is allowed unjustly.
Watch the goal below...
from Kevin Kurz of CSNBayArea,
Dan Boyle picked a good time to return to San Jose, considering he’d like to stick it to some of his former teammates.
The 38-year-old defenseman will be playing as a visitor at SAP Center for the first time since Jan. 16, 2006, and not only is he playing his best hockey of the season after a pair of health issues, but the Rangers are the NHL’s hottest team, with 12 wins in their last 13 games.
“There’s a lot of guys that talk smack for six years, and it will be fun to be on the other side of it,” Boyle said with a smile on Saturday morning. “You want to make sure you get the win, because there are a lot of guys that have big mouths and they are going to rub it in your face for a little while. We won’t get that chance to settle the score again for another year.”
Kevin Kurz of CSNBayArea answered a few tweets/emails...
Is Marleau's fall off in goals attributed to his new role to make room for the younger skaters?
Not at all, and Marleau’s role on the team, at least on the ice, has remained the same. He’s still primarily on the second line wing with center Logan Couture when everyone is healthy, and he’s a mainstay on the top power play unit.
Marleau’s goal production, of course, has fallen off a cliff. The team’s highest paid player in terms of actual salary at $7 million, Marleau is on pace for 14 goals, which would be his lowest total since scoring 13 in 74 games in his rookie season of 1997-98.
The even-keeled veteran doesn’t seem overly concerned, saying over and over that the chances are there. And, while he’s had some open looks in recent weeks during his one-goal-in-20-games slump, I went back and looked at the seven goals he scored this season, and compared them with the Sharks’ hottest scorer of late – Melker Karlsson.
Of Marleau’s seven goals, three have come on the power play, while one was with the goalie pulled for an extra attacker. Obviously, there’s more room to operate in the offensive zone in such situations.
continue for more on Marleau and other Sharks related topics...
"There's some high-end players on our team that really have to pick it up, and there's also some role players that have to pick it up. We all have to grow as a group, and we have to get better in a lot of areas if we expect to compete against teams like St. Louis."
-Todd McLellan, head coach of the San Jose Sharks, after a 7-2 loss to the St. Louis Blues. More on the game from David Pollak of the Mercury News.
Marc-Edouard Vlasic's goal with 4.5 seconds remaining in regulation gave the San Jose Sharks a 3-2 win over the Winnipeg Jets.
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