-The holidays had some NHL fans in crazy moods. In Pittsburgh Tuesday night, with the Maple Leafs and Hockey Night in Canada visiting, there were well over 1,000 Leaf fans at Mellon Arena to watch their heroes go up against Sidney Crosby.
Don Cherry, a noted Crosby critic, went out onto the ice with host Ron MacLean prior to the game for the intro into HNIC's broadcast. It was a gutsy move, given Cherry's recent licks on Crosby. The Leaf Nation in attendance rallied around the end boards entrance where Cherry emerged and gave him a big welcome. But Cherry's anti-Crosby comments rankled some in Pittsburgh and one local was mad enough to toss a beer at him. He hit the mark, but Cherry took it like a sport and laughed it off.- via the Toronto Star
-"Joe is virtually impossible to contain down low unless you're committing a penalty," Wilson said.
"He's being pinned to the boards and that's a penalty. If they can do that kind of stuff to Joe, then we're going to have to teach our defensemen how to commit a penalty without committing a penalty."- San Jose coach Ron Wilson on Joe Thornton
-Red Wing goalie Manny Legace faced 22 shots Friday night in his rehab start with Grand Rapids. Manny gave up two goals, said he was getting the rust out and was promptly returned to the Wings after the game.