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Calgary’s Brian Burke joins the HC panel to discuss the Dion Phaneuf hit and other similar hits, saying it’s primarily the forward’s fault for turning the last second, and much more.
Watch the 21 minute video below from the BOG meetings...
Sidney Crosby when asked this question...
Is it necessary for a player to start a fight after a teammate is hit legally?
"That’s been around for years. I don’t see a problem with that. I don’t see a problem with Thornton going over to [Orpik] and asking him to fight. That’s the response. But to do what he did was totally unnecessary. It’s terrible. I’m sure he knows that more than everybody. He’s made a living at protecting his teammate and sticking up for them. But to confront [Orpik] and ask him to fight, I think every team wants a player like that. There’s nothing wrong with that. But to do what he did to him is not acceptable. He could have done the exact same thing and gotten a two-minute minor for five shifts in a row. There’s nothing wrong with it. … there’s nothing with [Orpik] saying no either. He’s got to play 25 minutes a night against top guys."
more from Crosby at Empty Netters...
I will post more detaisl when available.
added 1:09pm, Watch below as Brendan Shanahan explains the suspension...
NEW YORK (December 9, 2013) – Carolina Hurricanes forward Jeff Skinner, Edmonton Oilers forward Taylor Hall and Vancouver Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo have been named the NHL's 'Three Stars' for the period ending Dec. 8.
HARDING, WILD CONTINUE HOME DOMINATION
The Wild were outshot 38-13 but Josh Harding made a season-high 37 saves and Zach Parise scored his 13th and 14th goals of the season helping Minnesota improve to 13-3-2 at home this season.
* Harding improved to 13-1-0 at Xcel Energy Center this season with a 1.25 goals-against average and .945 save-percentage. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, he is the only goaltender in Wild/North Stars history to win 13 of his first 14 home decisions. He is now 34-10-2 in 46 career decisions in Saint Paul, including a 27-5-1 mark since Jan. 27, 2010.
* Harding has an overall record of 16-4-3 this season with a League-best 1.50 goals-against average. His 16 wins are tied for second.
from Katie Strang of ESPN New York,
In wake of yet another demoralizing loss, the Rangers invoked one of hockey's old standbys for a wayward team -- holding a closed-door player meeting after the final buzzer ended on a 4-1 dud to the Capitals.
Understandably, the Rangers had some things to discuss.
Both the desperation and urgency that has been lacking was on the agenda. The vital points squandered at home, too. Passive play and poor compete level. The list goes on and on.
But in the end?
"We can talk all we want," coach Alain Vigneault said, seemingly bewildered by the monotonous mediocrity that has befallen his team....
"With the personnel we have right now, we need to play a smart, high-percentage, good puck-movement game. If we can do that, we can be very effective, That's the type of personnel we have at this time."
Note that he said "at this time," because it is hard to imagine that nothing will change if this skid continues.
No call, two minutes or a penalty shot?
from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,
The fact Valeri Nichushkin is the first 18-year-old to play for the Stars since the franchise moved to Dallas in 1993 tells you he’s different.
The fact he’s the first Stars rookie to score four points in a game since Jere Lehtinen did it in 1996 tells you he’s gifted.
The fact teammates believe he’s only scratching the surface of his potential tells you he’s special. Maybe very special.
“Val’s play continues to grow. For me that’s really important,” Stars coach Lindy Ruff said after Nichushkin had a goal and three assists in a 5-1 win over Philadelphia on Saturday. “He made a couple of really good plays on those goals, and physically, he’s been dominating some battles.”
Nichushkin learned the game on Russia’s bigger rinks and only started playing in North America this season. That might have been a factor in his being held to two points and a minus-3 in his first 12 games. Since then, he has 13 points and is plus-12 in the past 15 games.
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
- Welcome news for the Detroit Red Wings: Centre Pavel Datsyuk is scheduled to return to the lineup Tuesday for the second of back-to-back games against the Florida Panthers. The Red Wings lost the first to Florida, which left them with just five home victories in their first 17 appearances at Joe Louis Arena, with six losses coming in regulation and six others in overtime. Datysuk has missed seven games with a concussion. With Henrik Zetterberg sidelined at least two weeks with a herniated disc in his back, the Red Wings need all the offence they can get. They’re still waiting for a meaningful contribution from the ex-Panther, Stephen Weiss, brought in as a free agent to provide offence and stuck with just four points in 25 games. The fit just looks awful right now
- Anaheim went on the road and won two big games back-to-back against Central Division powers Chicago and St. Louis. Ryan Getzlaf continues to produce goals at a record pace and defenceman Francois Beauchemin, out for the past eight games with an upper body injury, is about a week away from returning.
- The Islanders play the Ducks Monday and with every successive loss – it’s eight in a row after a 3-0 blanking by the Kings Saturday – the pressure mounts on coach Jack Capuano. The Islanders have won just four of 19 since general manager Garth Snow sacrificed first- and second-round picks along with Matt Moulson to rent Thomas Vanek for the rest of the season. If Capuano doesn’t survive, the candidates to replace him reportedly include former Flyers’ coach Peter Laviolette (who previously coached the Islanders a decade ago) and former Leafs’ coach Paul Maurice, currently between gigs after coaching in Russia last season.
Duhatschek also writes about Jarome Iginla returning to Calgary,
Even if it is the holiday season, and he is going home for the holidays in a way, Jarome Iginla will tell you: He isn’t an overly sentimental sort.
As a result, he likely won’t be shedding tears on Tuesday night when the popular former member of the Flames makes his much anticipated return to Calgary as a member of the Boston Bruins. “Although,” says Iginla, with his familiar laugh echoing over the long-distance telephone line, “I guess you never know.”
from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,
- In New Jersey on the Winnipeg Jets’ recent road trip, Evander Kane had to be dragged out by a team public-relations representative to speak to the media after getting the winning goal, his first goal since late October, and offered up two-word or one-sentence answers, then walked away. Is this diva ever going to grow up?
- Teemu Selanne’s farewell tour is soup for the soul, seeing the classy first-ballot Hall of Famer for the last time in lots of rinks, but Selanne finally looks human at 43. He can still skate, but he has three goals in 24 Anaheim Ducks games, and he’s playing the fewest minutes of his career, an average of 14 per game. Against the Chicago Blackhawks on Friday, he didn’t get on the ice 4-on-4 in OT and had just 15 shifts in 65 minutes.
- I keep thinking the Ottawa Senators will unload forward Milan Michalek, who is having a miserable year (four goals, minus-13) to the Phoenix Coyotes, with whom Milan would be with his brother, Zbynek, in exchange for a young defenceman and a different type of forward. Milan was traded for Dany Heatley. Now, neither can’t score.
Also from Matheson,
Oliver Ekman-Larsson is the best defenceman nobody knows.
He belongs in the same grouping as Ryan Suter and Duncan Keith, Shea Weber and Zdeno Chara. Drew Doughty and Alex Pietrangelo. But the Coyotes blueliner toils in one of the NHL’s outposts in Phoenix, not in Toronto, New York, Montreal or Chicago, where almost nobody sees him on national TV.
But while the 22-year-old Swede might be well under many NHL fans’ radars, he’s well-known to other players.
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