Posted on: January 24, 2012 11:49 pm
Edited on: January 24, 2012 11:58 pm
By: Adam Gretz
Questionable plays that involve Matt Cooke are going to get more attention than plays that don't involve Matt Cooke because, well, his reputation is what it is, and that's just the way these things work, for better or worse.
That's why this boarding call on Barret Jackman with just a little over a minute to play in the third period of Pittsburgh's 3-2 shootout win in St. Louis on Tuesday night is at least worth another look. Not only because it involved Cooke, but also because it was a big call at a big moment in what was at the time a physical, hard-fought game that was on the verge of going to overtime.
This is the play that earned Cooke a two-minute minor for boarding. The question becomes how much of Jackman's faceplant into the glass the result of a hit from behind, and how much of it was due to any sort of embelishment from the Blues' defenseman or a last second turn? Based on the replay angles it almost appears as if Cooke's initial contact is from the side, and not a hit from behind.
Even though he was initially shaken up, Jackman eventually returned to the game.
Because every play gets looked at by the league, this will get another look from the NHL's disciplinary czars, but this seems to be more on Jackman than Cooke, who has continued to be on his best behavior this season. Even with this penalty on Tuesday night, he's still only registered 16 penalty minutes this season. He had over 100 in each of his first three seasons with the Penguins.
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Posted on: October 14, 2011 2:37 pm
Edited on: October 14, 2011 4:05 pm
RUN, MARK, RUN!: Rangers (and Oilers, of course) icon Mark Messier announced on Thursday that he will be running in the next New York City marathon on Nov. 6. He's doing it to benefit two charities, the New York Police & Fire Widows' and Children's Benefit Fund as well as the Tomorrows Children's Fund. Messier says he has no goals -- that's a first! -- and would just like to finish. (NHL.com)
WE DON'T NEED NO STINKIN' DIVISIONS: This might be the most interesting realignment prosposal I have seen to date. This idea calls for the banishment of divisions from hockey, that way you don't have teams being forced to play so ofen in other time zones, a la Dallas, Detroit and Nashville. (Hockey News)
MINI PAVEL: The Red Wings had a classic giveaway for Thursday night's game against the Canucks, handing out Pavel Datsyuk bobbleheads. "Awesome," Datsyuk said about his appearance. "Lots of tan. Looks like me in summertime." Nice keepsake for Red Wings fans. (Detroit Free Press)
HOMETOWN HERO: While Jaromir Jagr didn't return to his original team in Kladno, Czech Republic to play this summer, he is making a very big impression on his old club. To help save the struggling team, Jagr purchased a 70 percent ownership stake in the team, leaving the locals a happy group. (J.J.'s Knights)
TORONTO TROUBLE: Cody Franson was openly sharing his frustration last week that he is the seventh defenseman for the Maple Leafs after they acquired him from Nashville in the offseason. Coach Ron Wilson's response? “He plays the next game and the rest is up to him,” Wilson said of Franson’s status with the team. “He put a lot of pressure on himself talking this week. Now he’s got to perform.” (Globe and Mail)
TOUGH SPOT: The St. Louis Cardinals are currently doing battle with the Milwaukee Brewers in the NLCS, leaving Blues tough guy Barret Jackman in a tough spot. He played a little with Brewers outfielder Nyjer Morgan when Morgan was still giving hockey a shot. "He was one of those guys you loved to hate because he had so much energy," (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
OVER THE HILL: Chicago Blackhawks veteran Sean O'Donnell just turned 40 on Thursday and for a short while was on the roster the same time as 18-year-old Brandon Saad. Here's a look at the differences in generations from each of their favorite TV shows to hockey heroes. (ESPN Chicago)
NEW TRADITION: The Islanders are putting a new twist on an old hockey tradition. The idea launched by captain Mark Streit, the Isles are now lining up to create a human tunnel for the announcement of the Three Stars of the game. Here's the rendition after Thursday's rout of the Lightning, including a John Tavares imposter.
Photo: Detroit Red Wings Twitpic
Tags: Barret Jackman, Brandon Saad, Brian Stubits, Chicago Blackhawks, Cody Franson, Daily Skate, Detroit Red Wings, Jaromir Jagr, John Tavares, Mark Messier, Mark Streit, New York Islanders, New York Rangers, Pavel Datsyuk, Philadelphia Flyers, Realignment, Ron WIlson, Seaon O'Donnel, St. Louis Blues, Toronto Maple Leafs
Posted on: May 27, 2011 7:32 pm
A few weeks ago we told you about the St. Louis Blues organization and players pitching in to help in the recovery from the tornado that hit St. Louis by donating $20,000 to the relief efforts. They are at it again.
In the wake of the tornadoes that devastated Joplin, Mo., the Blues are holding a food drive on Wednesday. Per stltoday.com:
It's unfortunate the Blues have tragedies to keep getting involved in, but the fact they are helping should be commended. It's a nice gesture and hopefully meeting some of the team members and/or getting a free ticket will be enough to get a few extra people to pitch in.
Here's hoping this is the last time the Blues have to join any relief effort, the people in the middle of the country could really use a break.
-- Brian Stubits