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from Scott Cruickshank of the Calgary Herald,
Despite being desperate for points, the Flames wasted Game 50, surrendering a third-period goal, falling 2-1 in Friday’s humdrum affair at the Saddledome.
“Bottom line — with one goal, you’re not going to win many games in this league,” said Mark Giordano. “I don’t know what else to say. We have to create more. We have to score more goals.
“Two goals against is pretty good on most nights.”
Quickly, though, they must hop to their feet, snatch up their hat, swat the dust off their dungarees, and regroup for Saturday’s skirmish against the Canucks in Vancouver.
“That’s a big game, a (Pacific Division) game, against a team we’re trying to catch,” said Dougie Hamilton. “We’ve got to turn the page, learn from this one, and play better.
“Obviously, we’re trying our best to win.”
So we’ve heard.
Below, watch coach Bob Hartley post-game and game highlights rolled into one video...
from Eric Stephens of the OC Register,
Here’s what you need to know about the Ducks’ 5-2 win over the Arizona Coyotes on Friday night:
THE GAME IN 140 CHARACTERS OR FEWER
- Once the second period began, the offense kicked back into high gear and took advantage of a leaky Coyotes defense and shaky Anders Lindback.
QUOTE OF THE NIGHT
“I think Bruce has found a good mix in terms of finding guys to create depth throughout the lineup. I think our team is really hard to defend right now.”
- Ducks winger Andrew Cogliano
STAT OF THE NIGHT
- The Ducks have the NHL’s longest active win streak at six games and they’ve scored 35 goals over their past nine games.
Watch the game highlights below...
Just over two minutes of action from the NHL games played on Friday night.
from Tim Layden of Sports Illustrated,
Over the last four decades, American sports fans have transformed themselves from a populace that dresses almost exclusively in civilian clothing and pays to watch athletes perform in uniform, to one that dresses—in significant numbers—exactly like those athletes. This weekend’s Super Bowl will be overrun by fans in XXL Broncos and Panthers jerseys, just like last weekend’s NHL All-Star game was awash in sweaters from teams around the league. Theirs has been a multi-billion dollar metamorphosis that radically altered the appearance of stadiums and arenas across the nation. It is, anecdotally, most pervasive in the NFL and the NHL, marginally less so in Major League Baseball and the NBA (the latter at least in part because of the less utilitarian nature of the basketball top). Jersey-wearing by fans is such normative behavior in the modern sports culture that its absurdity—dressing like players? Really?—has long been snowed under by its ubiquity. “We have reached the point where if you are the one not wearing the jersey, you are the one who stands out,” says Christian End, associate professor of psychology at Xavier, who has studied fan behavior.
But how did we reach this point? And when did it all begin?
from Kristina Ruterford of Sportsnet,
Max Domi skates along the boards at morning practice and flashes a grin before he stops short of the blue-line. A kid wearing glasses and a white Coyotes sweater runs over and pushes his face up against the glass. When No. 16 moves up in line for a passing drill, the kid moves with him, shuffling in his sneakers.
This is not a scene you’d expect to see in Hockeytown. In Arizona, maybe. But here in Detroit there are only five Coyotes fans in the stands watching an off-day skate, and three of them wear the sweater of the dynamic winger who’s played just half a season in the NHL. After practice, Domi signs autographs and talks with his fans. He’s the last Coyote to take his skates off.
Domi looks like a natural because he is. The 20-year-old is as prepared as one could possibly be for this life, thanks to being the son of former Toronto Maple Leafs fan favourite, Tie. But Domi is the first to admit you can never be entirely ready for your rookie year in the NHL, even if you text regularly with Mats Sundin.
"We know it's going to be tough to make the playoffs, but we see that as a challenge. We're going to give all we've got."
"If anyone doubts our intensity, our desire to succeed, and our desire to win tomorrow, I'd be disappointed."
"We're going to fight. We're going to fight until the end."
-Michel Therrien, head coach of the Montreal Canadiens via tweets from the Canadiens.
from Kevin Allen of USA TODAY,
Trades are going to be completed before the Feb. 29 (3 p.m. ET) deadline because contending general managers can’t resist the temptation to improve their teams before the playoffs.
But here are five reasons why we may not see as many deals this trade season:
Too many teams in contention
Several teams that were supposed to out of contention, including the New Jersey Devils, Carolina Hurricanes and Philadelphia Flyers, are still in the playoff hunt. If the Devils are competing for a playoff spot, how can they move Lee Stempniak, who is tied for the team lead in points? The Hurricanes might have to keep Kris Versteeg, their highest-scoring forward.
Impending unrestricted free agents Mikkel Boedker and Boyd Gordon would seem like prime rental players if not for the fact that the Arizona Coyotes can still make the playoffs in the forgiving Pacific Division. The Coyotes need Boedker, the team’s top point producer, up front. The Vancouver Canucks may not move Dan Hamhuis, an unrestricted free agent this offseason. The point: There could be fewer players available.
Happy Birthday Don Cherry.
JAGR, LUONGO CLIMB ALL-TIME CHARTS IN PANTHERS’ VICTORY
Jaromir Jagr posted 1-2—3 and Roberto Luongo made 36 saves to continue their climbs up the NHL’s all-time charts and lead the Panthers to their fifth consecutive victory.
* At 31-15-5 (67 points), the Panthers again moved seven points ahead of the idle Lightning (28-18-4, 60 points) and Bruins (27-18-6, 60 points) – who also won – for first place in the Atlantic Division.
* Jagr (738-1,101—1,839) became the sixth player in NHL history to record 1,100 assists. He also moved within three goals of tying Brett Hull for third place all-time and within 11 points of tying Gordie Howe for third place in League history.
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