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via the NHL,
Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Dion Phaneuf will have a hearing Tuesday morning with the NHL's Department of Player safety for a hit on Boston Bruins defenseman Kevan Miller during a game Sunday night at Air Canada Centre.
The incident occurred at the 17:39 mark of the third period when Phaneuf struck Miller in the back near the end boards in the Boston end. Miller left the game and did not return.
There was no penalty called on the play.
The following grounds are being considered for supplemental discipline: boarding. However, the Department of Player Safety retains the right to make adjustments to the infraction upon review.
from Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun,
Even a few of the many, many Maple Leafs fans in attendance had to be a wee bit embarrassed by the way their team broke a tie early in the second period Saturday night at Canadian Tire Centre.
Why there was no penalty call on Nazem Kadri for hauling down Zack Smith just inside the Toronto blue line -- springing the 2-on-1 break that put the visitors up 2-1 on the scoreboard -- is anyone's guess.
But look, referees are not really zebras, they are human, they make mistakes. The bothersome part isn't so much them ignoring or missing the Kadri Kan Opener (somewhere Bryan McCabe had to be smiling) but that Brian Pochmara couldn't just turn away when Smith ripped into him for the error. Instead, he gave Smith an unsportsmanlike minor and a misconduct.
Brian buddy, you gotta grow some skin when you mess up. At the very least, you've got to nail Phil Kessel for an unsportsmanlike, too, when he skates over and laugh's at Smith in the penalty box.
continue for more Ottawa talk..
Below, watch Kadri as he trips/hooks Smith causing a turnover and a Kessel goal...
via the Pittsburgh Penguins twitter,
Evgeni Malkin is day-to-day with a lower-body injury.
Malkin will not be playing tonight vs. San Jose, per #Pens coach Bylsma.
via the Toronto Maple Leafs twitter,
Carlyle: Kessel will play tonight. Bozak out indefinitely with an oblique strain. Orr out with an elbow injury
With the NHL having paid Wayne Gretzky the remaining funds owed to Wayne Gretzky from the Phoenix Coyotes, the rumours of his next NHL destination are in full swing.
And they're pointing to the NHL's biggest market: Toronto.
With Gretzky paid out for what is believed to be $7 to 8 million, Gretzky may be eager to get back into the NHL and TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger reports that the Maple Leafs are very much interested in The Great One's services.
But could it actually happen?
Dreger spoke with TSN Radio 1050 Toronto's Mike Richards this morning, stating that there is a fit between Gretzky and the Leafs.
The process begins...
First Rany Carlyle post-game...
Watch the Pacioretty goal below...
All I can say is Wow and Bravo!
The first 2014 Winter Classic spot will appear during the Rangers/Bruins game this afternoon.
from Kerry Fraser of TSN,
While a minor penalty could have resulted to Evgeni Malkin for his deliberate and intentional contact with Jonathan Bernier (69.2) an argument could be made that Malkin was digging for what he thought to be a 'loose' puck and no penalty would result. Either way (penalty or not) a clear violation of goalkeeper interference took place and the goal should have been waved off.
This dirty goal is just another example for the ongoing need to allow the referee(s) to conduct a video review when goalkeeper interference is suspected. If a Coach's Challenge was allowed, Randy Carlyle would have rightly tossed the flag instead of just blowing a gasket to no avail.
more and watch the goal below...
ESPN Hockey Insiders express their views from last night...
@ESPN_Burnside: Folks have been predicting one form or another of a Detroit Red Wings collapse for a decade now. These dire predictions often accompany a period of tepid play, a lack of scoring and poor goaltending that seem (to some observers) to portend a long-term disaster. All the Red Wings do in the face of such murmurings is right the ship and move on. So it was Wednesday night in Detroit, where the Red Wings had been brutal all season, that they jack-hammered the hottest team in the Eastern Conference, the Boston Bruins, 6-1....
@Real_ESPNLeBrun: The bloom is officially off the rose for the Toronto Maple Leafs, who blew 4-1 and 5-3 leads in Pittsburgh while failing to register a single shot on goal in the third period and overtime en route to a demoralizing 6-5 shootout loss on Wednesday night....
@KatieStrangESPN: One thing I am thankful for? That I am not in Jack Capuano's shoes. No doubt his seat has to be getting pretty toasty after the Islanders' fourth straight loss, 3-2 to the Winnipeg Jets on Wednesday night. Capuano is regarded as a passionate coach, but I'm just not convinced he has the experience necessary to mold the Islanders into a consistent playoff team....
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