-Tampa's goalie John Grahame's father, Ron Grahame, played goalie for Boston, Los Angeles and Quebec from 1977-81. Washington G Brent Johnson's father, Bob Johnson, played goalie for St. Louis and Pittsburgh from 1972-75.
When the younger Grahame and the younger Johnson started in net Saturday, it marked the first time two sons of former NHL goalies played against each other.- via the Tampa Tribune On a side note, Johnson is also the grandson of the late Red Wing great Sid Abel.
-Former Blue Jackets coach Dave King, who coaches Pittsburgh property Evgeni Malkin in Magnitogorsk, Russia, told the Pittsburgh Tribune Review that Malkin is leaning toward coming to the NHL next season. It will take some doing, as Malkin’s Magnitogorsk contract runs through 2007-08 and there’s still no transfer agreement between the Russian federation and the NHL.
-"We're not looking behind us now, we're not going to look behind us at all," right wing Steve Sullivan said. "We're trying to catch Detroit. We're trying to make sure we've got home-ice advantage. There are still (28) games left in the season, so there is a lot of work to be done. We have the guys in the room to do it."- The Tennessean
-Heads up to the Red Wings radio flagship station- Ken Holland was not named the general manager of the Team Canada Olympic team. He is the GM for Canada's IIHF World Championship team. The tournament will be held in Riga, Latvia, May 2006.
-Petr Prucha suffered a right knee injury on a knee-on-knee hit from Turner Stevenson with 5:33 remaining in the second that will not only sideline him for up to six weeks, but will prevent him from representing the Czech Republic in the Olympics. The devastated 23-year-old rookie left the arena on crutches.- Larry Brooks, NY Post