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Red Wings coach Mike Babcock boiled the game down thusly: “There is such a fine line in this league now. If you don’t have your whole team show up you’re not going to win. I never ever say this, but tonight was the first night in a long time that we didn’t have enough people to compete, and that’s unacceptable.”
via the Calgary Flames,
Avalanche tough guy Scott Parker went out in the second period to do his thing—stir it up. He got it when he cross-checked Dion Phaneuf in the throat and then jabbed his stick at Phaneuf while he was on the ice.
In comes Eric Godard for the anticipated heavyweight bout, in which Parker gets the upper hand. Problem for Parker is he took a major for the crosscheck so it didn’t help his team in the power play department.
Word out of Denver was that Parker could face further discipline under the intent to injure rule for his crosscheck on Phaneuf.
The Flames also received the news that Godard would be suspended for two games because he received his third instigator penalty of the season.
Coincidentally, all three players were involved in a pushing and shoving session during the warm-up.
from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution,
Don Waddell confirmed that he had a meeting with Marian Hossa’s agent Ritch Winter this week and that talks of a contract extension for the All-Star forward are progressing. Hossa is scheduled to become the NHL’s premier free agent this summer, but Waddell is optimistic it won’t get that far.
“It’s progressing, and as long as we continue to have the kind of talks that we had, they’re very upbeat and on target with where we’re headed, then at some point here we’ll be able to announce a deal,” Waddell said.
Senators coach John Paddock on the goaltending of Martin Gerber last night…
from the Ottawa Citizen,
“I didn’t like the goals, it’s that simple,” he said, also referring to the sharp-angle goals from R.J. Umberger and Scott Hartnell earlier in the game. “Those kinds of saves have to be made. Routine saves have to be made. He has been doing that all year, he has been dong a good job for us all year and he has also made the spectacular saves. He’s just like half a dozen other guys on the team right now. He’s just not getting it done.
“I’m not happy with it at the moment, but I’m not overly concerned. You don’t go from having 13 wins and (one of the best) save percentages and just become bad. Those things happen. That will be turned around for sure.”
more on the Sens…
from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
If the Toronto Maple Leafs fire GM John Ferguson Jr., they won’t put just anybody on the Hogtown hotseat.
The talk among league executives is the Leafs won’t make a move on the GM front unless they secure a big name—such as Mark Messier, Steve Yzerman or Ron Francis, a former Leaf—to take the reins.
“The Leafs need to have somebody with star power,” said an NHL executive.
“If they’re going to put somebody into that seat who hasn’t done it before, they need to have a marquee name.”
continued plus more NHL talk, including trade rumors…
from Dan Barnes of the Edmonton Journal,
I’m guessing the NHL will take a dim view of this series, what with the extramarital sex and drug use. A trailer that has appeared on YouTube depicts a veteran player snorting a line of cocaine. Actress Kristin Booth confirmed there is an edginess to the scripts but did it while praising the CBC for taking a chance on the independent, shot-on-film production by Toronto’s Screen Door Studio.
“There’s a lot of sex, a lot of scandal, a lot of drugs. It’s pretty racy,” she told reporters in Toronto last week….
“This is the first I’ve heard of it. Based on your description, I would think the NHL will be very unhappy about it,” said Oilers GM Kevin Lowe
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
Maybe someone can provide one good reason for Alex Ovechkin to sign a new contract with the before becoming a restricted free agent on July 1, because we sure can’t think of any.
Ovechkin, stuck in a hockey market in DC that’s as irrelevant now as it was before the lockout and therefore denied a suitable stage to showcase his brilliance, isn’t going to make more money by signing with the Caps than he would by inviting offer sheets this summer.
continued plus more NHL talk including this,
Dialogue has resumed between Scotty Bowman and the board of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment aimed at working out a deal so the nine-time Cup-winning coach and one-time player personnel director would become the Toronto club’s president and director of hockey operations, Slap Shots has been told.
from the Toronto Star,
Leafs GM John Ferguson emerged from an hour-long, post-game meeting with coach Paul Maurice last night to announce that the club will stay the course with its coaching staff and roster.
After an alarmingly bad performance in a 5-1 loss to Phoenix at the Jobing.com Arena, there was a strong sense that something had to give.
But Ferguson expressed confidence in his roster and the team’s ability to turn around what is now a three-game losing streak and losses in six of the last seven games.
from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,
But the X factor here, frankly, is that the Bruins are winning, and they are doing so with a very slim margin. For the most part, that margin is: 1. goaltending and 2. Claude Julien’s coaching.
For the few goals the team scored in the first quarter (51 in 20 games), it didn’t have much business owning an 11-7-2 record. Even average netminding by Thomas would have had the Bruins in a struggle to be 9-9-2 (right where they were through 20 games last season). Less-than-average netminding by Thomas, and they’re somewhere around 6-12-2, keeping company with the Capitals at the bottom of the barrel.
more Bruins and NHL talk…
From The Sports Nework,
LA lost a home-and-home set by scores of 4-3 and 6-3 before the lights went out on the offense. The Kings were then shutout by Phoenix, 1-0, and Dallas, 3-0, in consecutive games and didn’t score in their 4-1 loss against the Coyotes on Wednesday until there was 4:53 left on the clock in the first period.
Matt Moulson’s goal, his third of the year, halted Los Angeles’ scoring drought at 138 minutes and 26 seconds.
“We’re having a tough time scoring and it’s very frustrating,” said goaltender Jason LaBarbera. “We’re not playing that bad, but not playing that well, either.”
At the LA Times, it’s noted that Kyle Calder might be back tonight, which may add a spark to the Kings’ powerplay, which has struck for zero goals in its last 14 tries.
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