-"Ziggy, he's a strange bird. He's a guy that I think, on a winning team, would be a great player. On a losing team, sometimes if he didn't feel he had a chance to win, he wasn't 100% into it. He, in my eyes, was one of the best offensive players I ever played with. He's a very special talent. But a lot of the game is mental with him."- Mathieu Schneider (Detroit Free Press)
-"They've got a huge problem," Jaques Lemaire said after the Wild's practice Thursday. "And it's not the referees' fault. The league has a problem with the officiating. We have a major problem, and I don't know how we're going to solve it."
With referees forced to move faster and watch increasingly quicker sequences all over the ice — all the while avoiding injury as they work in dangerous conditions — it's impossible for them to see as much as they used to, Lemaire said.
"It's just too much for the refs," he said. "They can't see everything that's going on. And they will respond to that by saying, 'We can miss calls, and it's always been like that.' And that I understand. You can miss calls. But you can't miss 15 of them in a game."- Pioneer Press
-Robitaille scored three goals for his 15th career hat trick and passed Marcel Dionne to become the Los Angeles Kings' career leading goal scorer Thursday night in a wild 8-6 victory that snapped the Atlanta Thrashers' five-game winning streak.
''It's certainly something I'll cherish forever,'' Robitaille said. ''It was an amazing night. Nights like this are always fun when you win on top of it. I wanted it to happen earlier, but it was special to do it at home. I have so many great memories here.''- AP