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via Lord Stanley’s Blog at the News & Observer,
Eric Staal has apparently escaped a serious injury after he was hit head-first into the boards from behind by Aaron Voros.
With 14:01 to play in the game Voros ran Staal into the boards in front of the Minnesota bench from behind.
After lying on the ice in front of the Minnesota bench, Staal skated gingerly to the Carolina bench as a five-on-five brawl broke out on the ice. As the referees sorted out the mess, Staal could clearly be seen saying “I’m fine” to his teammates.
Voros, though, may be in trouble. He received a major penalty for boarding and likely faces a suspension from the NHL.
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from Jeff Gordon of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
In a civilized society, no NHL team should be forced onto the road in March for a nine-game, 20-day, zig-zagging excursion covering 8,178 miles….
It all started with a 4-1 loss in Detroit on Wednesday night. After finally winning a game at home, the Blues had to travel overnight to Motown through wintry weather, check into their hotel in the wee morning hours and then play later that day.
Not surprisingly, the Blues lost their legs against the free-wheeling Wings.
From Detroit, the team headed across the continent to Vancouver
from Craig Custance of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution,
Now, their season is all but over after Wednesday’s loss to Carolina ended any realistic hopes of making the playoffs. Mathematically, they’re still alive, but that’s about it.
So why the collapse? If only it were one thing.
1. Accountability: It’s a word that is starting to creep more and more into the discussions around the team — as in there isn’t enough accountability. Bob Hartley was held accountable for his 0-6 start when he was fired. Now, the Thrashers haven’t won in eight games at the most crucial point in the season, and nobody’s job currently seems threatened.
According to Chris Chelios, who was just on WDFN, Darren McCarty is back in Detroit and said he would not be surprised to see Darren with the team tomorrow.
A2Y will probably have more on this later this evening.
from Pierre LeBrun of the CP via the Globe and Mail,
“Tomorrow night is going to be phenomenal,” Hawks GM Dale Tallon told The Canadian Press on Thursday. “The fans are excited again and they should be — these kids play an entertaining game. It’s fun to watch them.”
Some 22,000 fans are expected to cram into the cavernous United Center as the young-and-gun Hawks take on the mighty San Jose Sharks — winners of seven straight.
“Tomorrow night we’re sold out and supposedly we’re going to have the biggest crowd in a long time,” said Hawks head coach Denis Savard. “It’s a great feeling. The credit goes to the players, they’re the ones who changed this around here.”
From Columbus Alive:
On our City Limits blog at ColumbusAlive.com, we’ve been writing a lot about Columbus’ quest for some sort of marketable identity. So we couldn’t resist this telling tidbit, reported by Tom Reed in Saturday’s Dispatch:
Ken Hitchcock’s most humbling moment as Blue Jackets coach came in this radiant city on the Pacific Coast [Vancouver, British Columbia].
Hitchcock was trying to clear Canadian customs last summer when the agent asked him his occupation. He told the man he coached the NHL franchise in Columbus.
The agent grew suspicious and countered by saying, “There’s no NHL team in Columbus.”
via Blue Notes at Newsday,
Brendan Shanahan agreed that the reason for the parity in the East was the point available in regulation ties, overtime and shootout losses. “The negative is that teams may play for the point in the last four or five minutes of regulation,” he said. “Teams in most markets—-the Floridas, Toronto—-are still in it. And fans enjoy the four-on-four overtime. Overall, the positives supercede the negatives—-for now.”
Mike Milbury, hockey analyst for NBC, TSN and NESN—and also formerly a NHL player, coach and GM—will be the guest on the NHL Hour today. Hosting the show today will be Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly.
The NHL Hour broadcasts live Thursdays from 4-5 pm ET on NHL Home Ice, (XM channel 204) and NHL.com. The show will re-run on XM Satellite Radio and NHL.com, with archived shows available for download via a podcast on NHL.com.
From at the NY Post,
In three of the last four NHL postseasons, a sixth seed (Flames, 2004), a seventh seed (Ducks, 2003), and an eighth seed (Oilers, 2006) became conference champions, so Jagr gets it: It’s all about getting in, the more barely the better.
“That means you’ve been playing playoff games already, good preparation,” he said, then smiled. “But you have to make it.”
That’s why the Rangers New York Rangers pay Jagr the big bucks, for impeccable analysis like that.
from Adam Proteau of the Hockey News,
But words cannot express how utterly exhausted I’ve grown of listening to NHL fans – make that all sports fans – attempt to chalk up nearly every lost game or squandered opportunity on the boys in Black and White.
At the risk of getting into ABC After School Special-territory, how difficult is it for people to understand that nobody’s perfect, and because of that, there never will be an error-proof system for policing games?
Have we not learned from Hockey Night In Canada host Ron McLean, a onetime serial ref-ripper, who, despite being a Level 5 referee himself, only truly understood the challenges officials face after the league allowed him to serve as a referee for a pre-season game in 2006?
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