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from Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Province,
Tortorella is in the crosshairs because of a 2-11-1 slide, his tunnel tirade to get to Bob Hartley that didn’t help morale and a preoccupation with push and pace. It has led to a rash of injuries and indifferent play and the inability to maintain consistency or have anything left in the tank.
Ryan Kesler, Daniel and Henrik Sedin rank first, seventh and ninth respectively in average ice time among all NHL forwards. Henrik is playing through bruised ribs, Daniel has a season-threatening hamstring ailment, and Kesler’s commando style invites injury. On top of that, the Canucks are 3-20-1 when trailing after two periods, have the 25th-ranked power play and 28th-ranked offence.
Those are fireable offences.
It’s probably why Tortorella held a heartfelt and lengthy post-practice talk with his players in the far corner of Rogers Arena. No yelling and screaming in trying to save the season — and his job.
“It’s about not giving in and the responsibility of being a professional,” Tortorella said of the exchange.
added 10:57am, from Cam Cole of the Vancouver Sun,
“Individually I guess it’s been a tough start for me. I’ve gotten my looks, but they haven’t gone in, and it hasn’t been good enough.”
“No one is going to give you anything; you have to go out and earn it. Getting chances this time of year is definitely not good enough.
“I expect more out of myself. I’m going to keep working at it.”
-Martin St. Louis of the New York Rangers on his lack of production since being traded. More from Larry Brooks of the New York Post.
from Bruce Arthur of the National Post,
Most of hockey dealt with the Peverley situation perfectly. The NHL postponed the game, as it should have; other teams expressed support, as did players; the medical staff and medical policies of the NHL were both lauded. Perfect. It could have been so much worse.
But there’s this strange strain of hockey fandom that demands something else. It happens every time; people will say, “basketball players, on the other hand …” and then we’re off, again. Lazy, soft, selfish, whatever. It raced all over Twitter again Tuesday; pictures of LeBron James and Peverley side by side, a variation on an old theme: LeBron is soft, unlike hockey players. Some hockey fans have this need to denigrate other sports — basketball, mostly — when it comes to loving their favourite sport.
Remember the Jonathan Toews-LeBron James meme that arose after their respective championships last season? It was a Twitter picture of a handwritten sheet that claimed Toews said “we” 14 times and never said “I” in his post-championship-winning press conference, while LeBron said “I” 18 times and never said “we.” It was gleefully re-tweeted by hockey fans, by hockey broadcasters, by hockey players, by thousands and thousands.
Funny thing: in LeBron’s post-game transcript he said “we” 16 times, by my count; in his on-ice interview on the CBC right after winning Toews said “I” five times. And neither number meant anything.
So why do hockey fans do this? Why does basketball, a sport in which Canada is surging, need to be torn down to lift up hockey? There’s a racial component underlying some of it, which is sad and ignorant, but why? Is it insecurity? A need to create and fend off an other?
from Sam Donnellon of the Philadelphia Daily News,
The NHL disallowed a goal that it clearly could see went in in a different manner than the referee's perception because, well, rules are rules.
"The playoffs on the line and you make a call like that?" said Jakub Voracek, who made the pass into the crease. "It's a bleeping joke. When the buzzer went on, I was 100 percent sure it was going to be a goal. Because Hartsy was driving the net with [the Devils' Anton] Volchenkov and I don't think Hartsy went into Brodeur by himself. It was a battle for a loose puck and I cannot believe it was not a goal."
Here's what the replay showed: Hartnell and Volchenkov driving toward the net together in the game's final minute, banging each other off balance as the puck arrived in Brodeur's crease, each player banging into Brodeur as well, Volchenkov's legs giving a puck loose under Brodeur's pads the final push into the net.
"Volchenkov put all his weight on me and I had to step on him," Hartnell said. "I just tried to get it on net. You look at it 100 times and I'm pretty sure 100 times you're going to say it's a goal."
more and watch the play below...
via the Situation Room Blog,
At 9:37 of the first period in the Toronto Maple Leafs/San Jose Sharks game, the Situation Room initiated a video review because the puck entered the Toronto net. The referee informed the Situation Room that he was in the process of blowing his whistle to stop play while the puck was under James Reimer's body in the crease. According to Rule 78.5, apparent goals shall be disallowed "when the Referee deems the play has been stopped, even if he had not physically had the opportunity to stop play by blowing his whistle." This is not a reviewable play therefore the referee's call on the ice stands - no goal San Jose.
These types of calls have to become reviewable now.
the goal of the NHL is to get the call right, but the language of the rule doesn't allow a change to be made on plays like this.
James van Riemsdyk takes a big hit from his own teammate, Dion Phaneuf.
Here is the hit and below, Phaneuf talking about it after the Leafs' 6-2 loss to San Jose.
from Dave McCarthy of TSN 1050,
"The big take away from this meeting is the managers are really happy with where the game is right now,"said NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly.
Throughout the week, GMs have expressed an interest to lessen the number of games decided in a shootout. To that end, a recommendation is expected to be put forth to have teams switch sides to begin overtime (the same as in the second period), hoping that a team's bench being further from their defensive zone will lead to more goals.
"I would say that's going to be recommended for sure," St. Louis Blues GM Doug Armstrong confirmed.
So far, 18 of 30 teams have scored their largest number of goals under these conditions in the second period.
Also given consideration was doing the dry scrape of the ice prior to the overtime period to provide for better ice conditions instead of waiting until before the shootout; however, due to the potential of lengthening games, that item will continue to be discussed.
from James Armstrong of Global News,
Michigan police have reportedly found a truck matching that of missing OHL player Terry Trafford behind a Walmart in Michigan.
The missing player’s father, Roy Trafford, told Global News Tuesday that his son’s body was found as well.
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
Jiri Fischer was at home in suburban Detroit with his 7-year-old son Monday night, catching up on all the NHL action and scores.
"Then the big news hit. I watched the video right away," Fischer told ESPN.com on Tuesday in the aftermath of Rich Peverley's scary collapse and cardiac resuscitation.
Impossible to ignore were the flashbacks to his own near-tragic cardiac episode in 2005 while playing for the Detroit Red Wings.
"The two videos are similar, except I'm getting chest compressions while being unconscious on the bench and they carried Rich into the locker room," said Fischer, before adding about watching Monday's video: "Scary, goose bumps ..."
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