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Buffalo Fan Reacts To Tucker Hit

Mark at BFLOBLOG expresses his view of the Tucker hit on Hecht last night. Mark is a Sabres and makes some very good points.

The NHL has decided that they are not going to suspend Toronto’s Darcy Tucker for his knee-on-knee, intent to injure hit on Buffalo’s Jochen Hecht in Monday night’s game. That means that Tucker will be on the ice for Toronto’s next game while Hecht sits at home and rehabs his MCL for the next fourteen days.... There is also the very real possibility of violence in the stands between Sabres and Leafs fans during that game. Leafs fans come down to Buffalo by the busload for these games and there are numerous drunk and obnoxious fans in the stands (on both sides). That creates an atmosphere ripe for fights. The league isn’t so ignorant that they don’t realize the implications of their inaction. Therefore, I have to believe that they welcome the controversy and potential violence (on the ice and off) that they have created.
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Fighting Way Down But Tough Guys Still Around

from the CP via CJAD,

Fighting is down 42 per cent in the new NHL, where you don't dress if you can't keep up. There were 858 fighting majors handed down this season through Monday night, down from 1,471 through the same number of games in 2003-04. "The thing about the new NHL is that we've had our ice time reduced," says Edmonton's Georges Laraque. And the dean of the NHL tough guys doesn't like it.
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I Notice A Resemblance

You might be surprised who Sean Avery looks like! image

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Datsyuk Out

Wings announced today Datsyuk out with lower body injury- 7-10 days. update 4:35pm, Just saw the Wings release, minimum of 7-10 days, will be re-evaluated at that time. added 5:01pm, via Sportsnet,

Detroit Red Wings center Pavel Datsyuk suffered a lower body injury late in Monday's 2-1 shootout victory over Calgary. Datsyuk is expected to be out of the lineup a minimum of 7-10 days and will be re-evaluated at that time.

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Another Award For Emery

from the NHL,

Ottawa Senators goaltender Ray Emery, who led all goaltenders in victories with a 12-2-2 record, 2.09 goals-against average, .925 save percentage and two shutouts, has been named the NHL Rookie of the Month for March. Emery edged Washington Capitals left wing Alexander Ovechkin (11-13--24 in 15 games), Boston Bruins right wing Brad Boyes (8-11--19 in 16 games), Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby (5-13--18 in 14 games), San Jose Sharks right wing Steve Bernier (10-6--16 in 15 games) and Montreal Canadiens center Chris Higgins (10-4--14 in 16 games).

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Hecht Out Two Weeks

from the AP via the Globe and Mail,

Sabres forward Jochen Hecht will be lost for two weeks with a sprained MCL in his left knee. Hecht was hurt by a controversial hit from Toronto's Darcy Tucker in the third period of Buffalo's 3-2 shootout win over the Maple Leafs on Monday night. After the game, Buffalo coach Lindy Ruff lashed out at Tucker, saying he wanted the player suspended and fined. The league informed the Sabres Tuesday no disciplinary action would be taken. "That really bothers me," Ruff said following practice Tuesday. "I disagree with it. They agreed that his elbow grazed the head, and to me, that's a shot to the head. When you're going after somebody's head, you've got intent to hurt. Don't tell me the knee is accidental after that. He knew exactly what he was doing, and should pay a price for it."
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Witt Suspended

from the Tennessean,

Predators defenseman Brendan Witt has been suspended by the NHL for one game because of a hit on Columbus forward David Yyborny in Nashville’s 3-1 loss Monday night. Witt, who will sit out tomorrow night’s game in Chicago, said he disagreed with the ruling. Witt’s first-period blue-line check, on which he appeared to hit Vborny’s leg with his knee, left Vyborny with a Charlie horse. It had Columbus Coach Gerard Gallant calling for a suspension.

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Red Wings On NBC Tonight

from the Hockey News,

The fictional Sacred Heart hospital finds itself in the middle of a takeover by the Detroit Red Wings, as numerous cast members of the show Scrubs will adorn the team's jerseys during tonight's episode.
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On The Comeback Trail

Is Terry Crisp thinking about a comeback? That's Bubba Pete Weber on the left and Terry Crisp on the right, AKA as the Nashville TV broadcasting team. image

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Consider The Consequences

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

On the heels of Monday night's 1-0 loss to the Los Angeles Kings, for maybe the first time all season, the real possibility that Vancouver could actually miss post-season play has to be considered. ...So now they have five days to regroup for their five-game sprint to the finish line that needs to include more discipline, more urgency and simply, more production from the players that are supposed to make a difference: Morrison, Markus Naslund and Todd Bertuzzi. The time for soul-searching is over, gentlemen. The time to put some wins on the board better begin right now.
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