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from Bob Duff of the Windsor Star,
For one of the rare times in his career, Sergei Fedorov won’t be participating in the Stanley Cup playoffs.
The World Championships are in Moscow, offering Fedorov the rare chance to represent his homeland on home ice.
At 37, there aren’t going to be many more chances to play for Russia in Russia and Fedorov admits, it’s an intriguing scenario.
“It’s not something I’ve really discussed with the media, but it’s a possibility,” Fedorov said before his Columbus Blue Jackets lost 3-0 to the Detroit Red Wings Tuesday at Joe Louis Arena.
A romantic possibility to be sure, but Fedorov is hedging.
Thinking with his heart has caused Fedorov nothing but heartache in the past.
from Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette,
What could be more exciting than a winner-take-all showdown between the Canadiens and the archrival Toronto Maple Leafs for one of the final playoff spots in the Eastern Conference?
While the Canadiens play tomorrow night against the Rangers in New York and the Leafs visit the Islanders, it appears that Saturday night’s game in Toronto will decide one of the final spots.
“It will be the most important game a lot of the players on this team have ever played,” said Koivu, who showed that he wasn’t brooding over being benched in the latter stages of Saturday’s 4-3 win over Buffalo.
“If you think of the rivalry between us and the Leafs with the game on national TV, you can’t ask for anything more.”
from the OC Register,
Word came Tuesday that veteran center Todd Marchant, who had played the past three games after missing 17 because of an abdominal strain, will be out indefinitely because of what has been diagnosed as a torn groin muscle.
“It’s not great news,” Coach Randy Carlyle said.
Marchant, 33, sat out six games in late December and early January because of what the club termed a strained groin. Though all three injuries have been in the same area, they are “distinctly different,” Marchant said.
“I knew on Sunday that something just wasn’t right,” Marchant said. “I don’t know whether this could have been happening over years. I mean, let’s face it, 14 years and 900 games, it’s going to take its toll.”
Marchant planned to meet with team doctors today to discuss treatment options, which might include season-ending surgery.
from the blog of Helene St. James at the Detroit Free Press,
I think it’s safe to say Red Wings forward Henrik Zetterberg won’t play again before the regular season ends.
Mike Babcock said after Tuesday’s game that Zetterberg would not play Thursday at Chicago, leaving only Saturday’s game against Chicago remaining before the regular season ends.
from the Chicago Daily Herald,
Today, in the first installment of our three-part series on the Hawks, we look back on a time when the franchise meant something in the city — and Chicagoans overflowed with pride when wearing that Indian head sweater.
’60s and the last Cup
It has been 46 years since the Hawks won the Stanley Cup.
That’s three years before the Beatles came to America, three years before the Ford Mustang hit the roads, eight years before man walked on the moon.
Yes, it has been a long time.
Newspapers looked different, too. Today there are special sections when a team reaches the playoffs — back then The Chicago Daily Tribune devoted only about 60 percent of its front page to the Hawks when they clinched the Cup with a 5-1 victory over Detroit.
from the Toronto Sun,
There was blood oozing from Matt Stajan’s face and steam coming out of John Ferguson’s ears.
All thanks to Philadelphia Flyers forward Ben Eager.
A livid Ferguson needed all his composure to keep from publicly ripping referees Bill McCreary and Greg Kimmerly for allowing Eager’s head shot on Stajan late in the third period to go unpunished.
“At some point I’m just going to have to open my mouth and pay the (bleepin) fine,” the Maple Leafs general manager said, referring to the potential financial consequence of criticizing officials.
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
But if the Rangers weren’t at their best, neither was Tom Renney. Apparently fearing the Isles’ physical game, the coach did not dress his best lineup, instead choosing to scratch Petr Prucha so that he could use both Ryan Hollweg and Colton Orr.
It was an astounding decision by Renney, who prior to the match stated that the Rangers would need to take charge rather than watch what the Islanders would do, yet who himself reacted to what he thought the Islanders might do instead of forcing his opponents to contend with his team’s best lineup.
from the Tennessean,
After positioning themselves in a race for the President’s Trophy, the Predators are now desperately clinging to the Western Conference’s fourth seed.
Trotz acknowledges that there is likely to be a lot of finger-pointing in the Predators locker room in the next few days, but despite its recent tailspin Nashville is not ready to call it quits.
“Everybody is going to be doubting everybody in our room,” Trotz said. “Our group has to stay galvanized, fix what we can fix and have a real good effort on Thursday (vs. St. Louis).”
from the News & Observer,
There will be no title defense. Tuesday’s 3-2 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning made sure of it, the Hurricanes blowing a two-goal lead to put themselves on the brink of playoff elimination. Fifteen minutes after they left the ice, their embarrassment was assured when the Montreal Canadiens completed a 2-0 victory over the Boston Bruins.
“It’s a weird feeling, a tough feeling that our year is over,” Hurricanes defenseman Mike Commodore said.
“It’s just really disappointing, I guess, to sum it up. It’s tough to find the words right now. We had a great season last year. I guess it was the best year last year, and we kind of followed it up by the most disappointing.”
from Unnati Gahndi of the Globe and Mail:
The woman behind hockey legend Wayne Gretzky says the intense media coverage of her alleged involvement in a U.S. gambling ring blew things “out of proportion.”
In her first in-depth interview since the coverage of the betting scandal hit the stands last year, Janet Jones tells Chatelaine magazine that the media scrutiny put a strain on the family, including the couple’s five children.
“It’s unfair that Wayne and I have had a great marriage for 20 years and a nice family, and the people in the media could care less if they are trying to cause friction in your marriage, trouble in your family, and make your kids feel a certain way,” she told Chatelaine in a story published in the May issue.
“That was a little hurtful because it was like, ‘Why? What have we ever done to you?’ “
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