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“I’m pulling for a Canadian team to win the Stanley Cup. We need a Canadian team to win the Cup. It would be great for hockey. I know it’s been a long time.”
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GIBSON HELPS DUCKS RECLAIM FIRST PLACE IN NHL STANDINGS
John Gibson made 37 saves – two shy of his career high set on Sunday at DAL – to lead the Ducks past the Canadiens and to their seventh victory in their past eight contests.
* At 42-17-7 (91 points), the Ducks leapfrogged the idle Predators (41-17-7, 89 points) to reclaim first place in the NHL standings. Anaheim also leads the League with 42 wins; the club set a franchise record with 54 victories (and 116 points) in 2013-14.
* Gibson, who fell 1:41 short of his third career shutout, improved to 6-1-0 in his last seven outings (1.84 GAA, .942 SV%). Overall, he has a 12-5-0 record in 18 career appearances (2.22 GAA, .929 SV%).
from Katie Strang of ESPN,
Granted, it's been a small sample size, but Andrew Hammond has certainly emerged as a very promising goaltender for the Ottawa Senators organization. Hammond, who was thrust into NHL action for Ottawa last month after injuries to both Craig Anderson and Robin Lehner, made his seventh consecutive start Wednesday night and led the surging Sens to a 3-1 win over the Winnipeg Jets.
Hammond is now 6-0-1 with a .957 save percentage and a 1.35 goals against average for Ottawa, making for a mighty interesting scenario when both Anderson and Lehner return. Ottawa will have some interesting decisions to make this summer, and Hammond has played well enough to give the Sens something to think about when it comes to the club's future between the pipes.
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from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,
Upon further review, Dion Phaneuf, Elisha Cuthbert and Joffrey Lupul would like to see something positive spring from the Twitter firestorm that engulfed them this week. Something that will educate people about the perils of social media, according to their lawyer.
And then there are people like me who believe this will never happen until the person who started this particular contretemps with a defamatory tweet about the two Toronto Maple Leafs players and Phaneuf’s wife and all the other Internet offenders are figuratively nailed to the legal cross.
If anything, the events on social media this week, from the Leafs tweet that exploded on TSN’s NHL trade-deadline show to a similar controversy with the Chicago Blackhawks to the vile comments about Curt Schilling’s daughter when the former baseball pitcher praised her on Twitter, show that people need to realize Twitter, Facebook, Instagram et al. are not private conversations between a few people but a public forum where they have a legal responsibility to make sure they do not libel anyone.
Journalists were bound by this obligation long before the Internet opened a worldwide forum to everyone with a keyboard or a smartphone. But too many bloggers, tweeters, citizen journalists or whatever else they like to be called are too slow to realize they now have the same responsibility.
You cannot casually repeat some scurrilous rumour making its way around the Web forums without opening yourself to legal action.
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COLUMBUS, OHIO -- Columbus Blue Jackets right wing David Clarkson will be sidelined four to six weeks due to a torn oblique muscle suffered in Tuesday night’s game against the Washington Capitals, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today.
Clarkson, 30, collected 14 penalty minutes in three games with the Blue Jackets after being acquired by the club on February 26 from the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for right wing Nathan Horton. He has registered 112 goals and 84 assists for 196 points with 969 penalty minutes in 547 career NHL games, including 10-5-15 and 106 penalty minutes in 61 games this season.
Florida Panthers goalie Roberto Luongo is getting more imaging done on an apparent shoulder injury and will be meeting with an orthopedic doctor.
According to TSN Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie, if the prognosis is not good Florida general manager Dale Tallon may trade for a goalie. McKenzie noted in a tweet that trades are permitted post-deadline but the player is not playoff eligible.
Luongo was hurt during Tuesday's 3-2 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Also hurt during the Leaf game was backup goalie Al Montoya. McKenzie says that Montoya is likely out for weeks.
The Panthers recalled netminders Dan Ellis from the AHL and Sam Brittain from the ECHL to attend the team's practice on Wednesday morning. Head coach Gerard Gallant said that Ellis will start on Thursday against the Dallas Stars.
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