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from Dave Feschuk of the Toronto Star,
Goaltenders, sans their comically sized gear, are arriving in the league taller and taller. Witness June’s NHL draft, wherein 10 of the first 12 goaltenders selected were listed at six-foot-three or more. In the past five NHL drafts there’ve been 108 goaltenders chosen. Precisely five of them have been listed at less than six-feet tall.
Facts like these are well known by Jeff Reese, the former Maple Leafs goaltender who played 176 NHL games in the 1980s and ’90s at an anachronistic five-foot-nine. Reese, now goaltending coach for the Dallas Stars, was mulling the tall-man trend earlier this season after a morning skate at the Air Canada Centre.
“Eventually,” said Reese, “some guy is going to come along that’s seven feet tall and athletic and he can almost play the whole game on his knees. That’s in the future.”
via Dave Hodge of TSN,
And enough's enough with what I'll call "frivolous" coach challenges for alleged goalie interference. There are so few goals scored in some games that coaches seem to be thinking they might as well give it a try, because what's to lose but a timeout and the chance to challenge later. It has reached the point where just about every goal is followed by a question mark--Will it be challenged?
Last night, Pittsburgh's Mike Johnston had no reasonable chance of getting a Columbus goal wiped out, and the same was true for an appeal made by Edmonton's Todd McLellan in Detroit. Mind you, we've seen some mystifying calls that did cancel goals, so all aspects of the highly controversial issue continue to need a….pardon me….review.
The results of mine are as follows: If it's not a goal, it must be a penalty. If it's not a penalty, it must be a goal. An unsuccessful coach's challenge brings a delay of game penalty, much the same as an unsuccessful stick measurement.
Below, watch both the Pittsburgh and Edmonton challenges...
from Michael Arace of the Columbus Blue Jackets,
It had stick fights, fistfights, boiling bad blood, vocal baiting and post-whistle whining. It had pucks hitting the referees in the helmet — three times — by accident. It had Brandon Dubinsky cross-checking Sidney Crosby in the neck, maybe not by accident.
It had Evgeni Malkin throwing haymakers at Jack Johnson — while Johnson’s arms were held by a linesman. So, it had dancing bears.
It also had overtime, a first for the Blue Jackets this season. It had a comeback victory for the home team, a rarity for the Jackets this season. It had a packed house at Nationwide Arena, another rarity. In fact, it was the first sellout since the opener.
The Jackets beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 2-1 before an announced crowd of 18,205 on Friday night. Cam Atkinson scored the winning goal at 2:42 of overtime. Dubinsky assisted to put an end to a Duby kind of game.
“That’s the way it always is against these guys,” Dubinsky said. “They’re hard-fought games. Both teams create scoring chances, power plays, blocked shots, fights, scrums — it was a little bit of everything. We wouldn’t expect anything less against the Pens. That’s the way it always is when we plays those guys.”
Below, watch the Malkin fight plus game highlights...
But they gave up 2 goals with less than two minutes left in regulation then lost in OT to the Chicago Blackhawks.
from Eric Stephens of the OC Register,
“We should’ve won the game. We were up 2-0 and lost the game. It’s not about Chicago. It’s about playing our game, putting a team away and finishing it. They got a penalty called at the end of the game and they score. They’re a good team. They won the Stanley Cup for a reason. It’s a simple as that.”
- Ducks winger Andrew Cogliano
(on the Blackhawks coming back on them again …)
“It’s not that it’s them. It’s the way that two goals in the last minutes and then an overtime goal again. It’s pretty frustrating.”
(on the final two minutes …)
“We’ve got guys that went to the conference final last year that were on the ice. … We’ve got to have better composure when we get the puck. We got to go to spots and make plays, not just throw it to them. That’s what we ended up doing in the last two minutes. Panicking and throwing it to them.”
Game highlights are below...
The first nine shots turned into goals, the tenth shootout attempt failed. The Florida Panther defeated the New York Islanders 3-2.
Here is the complete shootout...
via George Richards of the Miami Herald,
"Aw man, if they scored one more goal and I think I was coming out,” Luongo joked about giving up four in a row. “I was going to let [Al] Montoya take over, throw up my hands. But this was a big game for us before we hit the road. We played solid, didn’t give them much. They’re a good team, and we stuck with it."
from Michael Russo of Russo's Rant,
I was so unenthused watching this game (not because of the Wild’s performance but just how bad of a game it was to watch), I’m just going to let you read the quotes I transcribed if you don’t mind. Not sure I can write too much more about this one.
-- But Yeo’s quotes were candid, frank and alarming.
He said this was “probably what we need right now to be honest with you. Might sound funny, but I look at the first part of the season, I think our record was a little misleading. I think there were a lot of inconsistencies in our game. I think the early part of the year you get away with that stuff, and you try to show the video and you talk about things and maybe it gets a little bit better, but when you’re winning games, I don’t think those things really sink in. What happens is I think we’re playing the same game probably that we were at the start of the year, but the league gets better and so right now we’re not getting away with those things.”
On the poor puck management: “This has gone on all year. All year. You win a game, have a little success, but you show the clips and you say we’re not going to get away with this, we’re not going to get away with this, … so now it’s not.”
Watch Yeo post-game below...
Most of the highlights consist of the key play of the game.
From Sportsnet: Brandon Dubinsky of the Columbus Blue Jackets cross-checked Sidney Crosby in the back of the head, and Dubinsky got 2 minutes for cross-checking:
And nothing came of it, both get two for roughing.
A few jabs were thrown before Kesler layed down his gloves.
from Curtis Pashelka of Working The Corners,
Sharks defenseman Justin Braun will miss an undetermined, but presumably short, amount of time after he was treated for a staph infection in his left elbow earlier this week.
With severe swelling in his elbow, Braun said he underwent a 20-minute procedure for the infection Wednesday morning, as doctors cleaned out the elbow and began to treat it with antibiotics.
Braun said he cut his elbow Nov. 10 when the Sharks hosted the New York Islanders. He needed stitches and didn’t think much of the cut. But by the time the Sharks returned from their road trip after Sunday’s win over the Columbus Blue Jackets, Braun said he “didn’t feel very good. And turns out it was infected, so, just bad luck with the whole situation.”
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