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The Blue Jackets had lots to say about Nashville winger Jordin Tootoo, who took a run at defenseman Rostislav Klesla and had two fights in the third period, one with Jan Hejda and another with Jason Chimera….
Hitchcock had lots to say about Tootoo after the game. He even took a swipe at his good friend Barry Trotz, coach of the Predators. Here’s what he said: “That’s embarrassing. (Tootoo) is too good a player to do that stuff. I find it really embarrassing, but the (Predators) must allow it, so what the heck. I just don’t like the clown shows.”
Trotz, when asked about Tootoo taking a shift with 45 seconds left, said: “It wasn’t to send a message or anything. It was just to get him some ice time.” Apparently, this was delivered with a straight face.
from William Houston of the Globe and Mail,
...Hughson and Simpson were the first Hockey Night team to announce two NHL games in a day, and, perhaps, the first anywhere.
But single announcers have done it before. Unlike Hughson and Simpson, however, they found themselves in mad, hectic dashes to reach the second venue.
In the 1990s, Mike (Doc) Emrick called an afternoon Flyers game in Philadelphia for Fox Television, after which he planned to rush to a New Jersey Devils game at the Meadowlands that night. But time was tight, so a police escort was arranged to take him to a heliport 15 blocks from The Spectrum.
From the New York Times, a few words from the representative bloggers of all the NHL teams still fighting for their playoff lives:
Included in the west is my own overly-optimistic blurb on the Canucks. But I think my favorite of the bunch would have to be from the Edmonton Oilers blogger… gotta love that hockey hate…
from Stan Fischler at the Hockey Journal,
Never thought we’d utter these words, but we will. Who’s better – Roberto Luongo or Tomas Vokoun? What we like about Tom is that he’s not ashamed to credit his back-up, Craig Anderson, for launching the streak that put Florida back in the playoff race. …
The Red Wings rate a Standing O for a remarkable season. Our concern: Can Dom Hasek carry them in the playoffs? …
If the NHL had a Tough Luck Trophy, the “winner” this year – sad to say – would be Buffalo’s Tim Connolly. Add Chicago’s Martin Havlat and Toronto’s Carlo Colaiacovo to the list. …
via Working the Corners,
Not only did Jonathan Cheechoo skip the morning skate, he didn’t even make the trip. Patrick Rissmiller did both and will be in his usual spot alongside Torrey Mitchell and Mike Grier.
Keeping Cheechoo off the plane makes all the sense if the soreness remains in the head and neck areeas after that hit by Anaheim’s Chris Kunitz. Still, it does raise a red flag.
from Jim Kelley at Sportsnet,
The Ottawa Senators are in Buffalo Tuesday and the Sabres will be in Ottawa on Thursday to complete a home-and-home scenario that is one of the many reasons this season-ending run in the NHL has been so entertaining across the entire National Hockey League.
The best part: hockey fans in most every city across the league can enjoy something similar.
It’s all in the schedule, baby.
continued... Meanwhile, the Detroit fans are ready for the playoffs to start, now!
From Adam Proteau’s mailbag at The Hockey News:
I was wondering if Cristobal Huet would return to Montreal after he is a free agent in July? [...]
Dianne B., Ottawa, Ont.
The only way Huet returns to Montreal is if Carey Price quits hockey to join a Zen Buddhist retreat, and Jaroslav Halak receives an eight-year, $80-million restricted free agent offer from Kevin Lowe in the off-season.
added 5:03pm, We had two Morning Lines, so why not two Afternoon Lines…
from Adrian Dater at All Things Avs,
He blew up at me several times, probably the biggest being after I wrote of his also-legendary incident when he smashed up the office of Bob Hartley in 1999, in Anaheim.
Roy smashed up Hartley’s office with his goalie stick, after being pulled briefly in a game, one in which the Avs won but Roy didn’t get credit for the victory. The Avs did a good job of keeping it quiet, but a few days later I got word of it and wrote about it. Roy not only came after me, he went on a kind of witch hunt around the team as to who leaked it. A few people were falsely accused, and it was a full-blown circus in the locker room for a while.
From Thomas LaRocca at NHL.com:
“I was nervous,” O’Ree said of his taping. “I was more nervous than in my NHL debut. I had my lines all down pat and then they changed the script and then changed it again.
“This was my first acting appearance and it was fun; but I would much rather be on the ice playing hockey.”
Spoken like a true hockey player.
Also appearing in the episode was New Jersey Devils goaltender Kevin Weekes. He was also in the scene with O’Ree, helping the two main characters, Drew and Chris, with directions to see the New York Islanders play Wayne Gretzky’s Edmonton Oilers in the early 1980s.
from the CP via 660 News,
The Quebec Major Junior Hockey League has suspended Quebec Remparts coach Patrick Roy for five games for his role in a weekend brawl.
The league said today that Roy is being suspended for “prejudicial conduct” related to his team’s scrap with the Chicoutimi Sagueneens on Saturday….
Jonathan Roy was suspended for seven games for barrelling into the Chicoutimi goaltender and pummelling him with repeated blows.
Update 2:52pm ET: From Marty Henwood at Hockey.com,
When it comes to the Roy family, apparently the apple doesn’t fall all that far from the tree.
A piece of friendly advice to the Roy clan? Time to put in a call to the doc and seek a little anger management, provided the caller can stay on the phone long enough prior to dropping an f-bomb and hanging up.
Update 5:02pm ET: From the CP,
Quebec’s director of public prosecutions has launched a criminal investigation into the junior hockey brawl that netted suspensions for former NHL great Patrick Roy and his son, among others.
The province ordered the investigation after the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League suspended Roy, the Quebec Remparts coach, for five games for his part in an ugly brawl involving his son.
Update 6:38pm ET: From CJAD,
“I certainly regret not taking better control of the situation,” said Roy.
Roy did not respond to suggestions he egged his son on, but says he accepts the league’s ruling.
“My goal is to never make this sort of mistake again,” he said.
*And more, posted earlier today on KK, from Jeff Marek (including video link).
From Erik Erlendsson at The Tampa Tribune,
Experience and instincts are a large part of reading the situation. Knowing angles to avoid the hit, knowing where your defensive partner is to make a quick play on the puck, even putting on the brakes to minimize the damage, are all factors. Decisions are made in just a few seconds.
Many times, the option isn’t going to be pleasant.
“You are not scared, but you take a look to see who is breathing down your neck,” Lightning defenseman Shane O’Brien said. “You know your job as a defenseman is to get to the puck first, but if he is right on you, sometimes you can slow down a little bit and let him get right on your back. That way he doesn’t have that stride-and-a-half to bury you.”
more… on all the strategies of being—and checking—a defenseman.
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