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Posted on: March 28, 2011 4:31 pm
Edited on: March 28, 2011 5:45 pm
 

Pavelski clinches Bracket Challenge among NHLers

Like a good chunk of the nation, none of the four NHL players who participated in CBSSports.com’s Bracket Challenge  have a team left in contention. 

That means Sharks center Joe Pavelski (37 correct, 59 points) earns the bragging rights no matter what happens later this week in Houston. He finished eighth among the 35 celebrity participants through the second weekend of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament. 

Teammate Dany Heatley (34 correct, 55 points) in 12th overall and Buffalo Sabres goalie Ryan Miller is 30th (32 correct, 43 points). Columbus Blue Jackets winger R.J. Umberger (29 correct, 39 points) dropped a spot and is officially in the basement. 

None of the 35 celebrity participants have the champion they selected left in the tournament. 

NCIS:Los Angeles actor Eric Christian Olsen is in the lead with 39 games picked correctly and 69 points, four points ahead of second-place President Obama. 

The top athlete is Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander with 38 right and 60 points. 
Posted on: March 28, 2011 2:51 pm
Edited on: March 29, 2011 3:24 pm
 

Exclusive Q&A: Sharks GM Doug Wilson

San Jose Sharks general manager Doug Wilson performs his daily duties just as he did during his 16-season NHL career. He doesn’t wear a helmet. Just like those days on the blue line with the Chicago Blackhawks and Sharks, that’s not always a good thing. The Sharks had been the trendy pick the last few seasons to win the Stanley Cup, although the franchise has been hammered for their shortcomings come playoff time. The Sharks, who went to the Western Conference finals for the second time in franchise history a season ago, are surging of late and begin the week atop of the Pacific Division by four points over the Phoenix Coyotes. Wilson spoke with CBSSports.com’s A.J. Perez about visors, possibly the toughest division in hockey and the headshot rule that led to the suspension of two of his star players. 

Q: The Dallas Stars (currently two points out of eighth place) are the only Pacific Division team without a playoff spot. Do you think the Pacific -- which has a shot to become the first division to get all of its teams into the postseason -- is the toughest in hockey?

Wilson: “Points are tough to get, for sure. There are no easy games in the division or the Western Conference. That includes Edmonton, which has a lot of good young players. The Pacific is arguably the most competitive in the league. We knew that coming into the year that it would be difficult and it’d be hard to win as many games as we wanted to.”

Q: With so many teams having a shot at the playoffs this late in the season, how much is that a nod to the salary cap?

Wilson: “We knew the environment we live and operate in. We’re competing at a high level of hockey. There are a lot of really good teams and each is trying to get better. It’s more competitive now than just a few years ago. I think everybody has elevated their level of play. There’s parity. You can’t look at the game schedule and assume anything. It’s quite a change and it’s been great for the fans.

“There are so many one-goal games. There is just so much talent in this league and with the rules, I think it’s pretty exciting hockey. The game is really never over. There are so many great young players that I think we sometimes forget how this good of a game this is. The (salary cap) gets dissected, but the game also hasn’t had this many talented players.”

Q: Last offseason, the league made regulation and overtime wins the first tiebreaker. (Under the old system, shootout wins were counted.) The move lessened the importance of shootout victories, although that extra point is still meaningful this time of the season. Do you like the change?

Wilson: “That’s what we all agreed upon. I would like to see more and more games decided in overtime. I think that’s something we’d all like to see. A tiebreaker for shootout wins is just not exciting for fans. This is the stretch run. I think in many cases the extra shootout point will still determine if a team makes the playoffs.”

Q: Two of your top forwards, Joe Thornton (Nov. 5) and Dany Heatley (March 16), were each suspended two games this season for blindside hits to the head of an opponent. Do you think the league’s players get the dangers of such collisions and has Rule 48 helped?

“The majority of players got it fairly quickly. What we’re trying to do is make the game as safe as possible. This is a fast game with big players and injuries are going to take place. We just have to find a balance. We aren’t going to eliminate all injuries or take away hitting, which is a big part of the game. A few players crossed the line and that had to be addressed.”

Q: You were grandfathered into the league’s helmet requirement since you were already in the league when the rule came into being in 1979. Would you wear one now even if you weren’t required?

Wilson: “I would and it would be one with a shield, too. The speed of the game has changed and everybody can shoot the puck. Player safety is concern for all of us. We want the players to play as hard as they can. At the same time, it’s tough to see the injuries like the one to (Vancouver Canucks center) Manny Malhotra. We recommend and encourage our players to wear shields. I wish they all would. All parties involved should be looking out for the players’ best interests.” 

Photo: Getty Images
Posted on: March 21, 2011 4:24 pm
 

Pavelski atop bracket heap among NHLers

San Jose Sharks forward Joe Pavelski finished the first weekend of the NCAA men's basketball tournament in solid shape, leading the three other NHL players who particpated in CBSSports.com’s Bracket Challenge

Pavelski is seventh overall among the 35 celebrity brackets compiled. He got 33 games correct out of a possible 48 and enters the Sweet 16 with 43 points. All of his Final Four teams -- North Carolina, Duke, Kansas and Florida -- remain in contention. 

That's not a bad start for Paveklski, who also tapped as one of the NHL's three Stars of the week on Monday.

Teammate Dany Heatley and Buffalo Sabres goalie Ryan Miller are tied in 16th (39 points), Columbus Blue Jackets winger R.J. Umberger is 34th (37 points.), just ahead of last-place Special K Daley of the Harlem Globetrotters.

Overall, President Obama leads with 49 points, predicting 39 games correctly. 
-- A.J. Perez
Posted on: March 17, 2011 2:57 pm
Edited on: March 17, 2011 3:17 pm
 

NHL players remain (mostly) loyal in NCAA picks



Joe Pavelski can’t be called a homer. 

The San Jose Sharks forward (above left) is the only one of the four NHL players to fill out the CBSSports.com’s Bracket Challenge who did not pick his alma mater to win it all. Pavelski, who attended the University of Wisconsin, has the Badgers falling in the fourth round to Florida and penciled in Duke to win the NCAA men’s basketball championship.

His Sharks teammate and fellow Badger Dany Heatley has Wisconsin beating Duke in the finals. Buffalo Sabres goalie Ryan Miller has his Michigan State Spartans winning their third national title by beating rival Ohio State. (The odds of those schools winning it all, according to VegasInsider.com, are 35/1 and 60/1, respectively.) 

Columbus Blue Jackets forward R.J. Umberger (above right) has top-seeded Ohio State overtaking Louisville in the championship game, so it was fairly easy for him to stay faithful to his collegiate roots.

The Eye on Hockey blog will be upating how these four players' brackets are holding up as March Madness progresses.

-- A.J. Perez

Photo: Getty Images
Posted on: March 17, 2011 2:11 pm
Edited on: March 17, 2011 3:22 pm
 

Bruins' Marchand suspended two games for elbow

Boston Bruins forward Brad Marchand became the second player in as many days to be suspended for elbowing an opponent in the head. 

Marchand received a two-game ban for his elbow deleivered to the back of the head of Columbus Blue Jackets winger R.J. Umberger on Tuesday. The suspension announced Thursday follows an identical suspension to San Jose Sharks forward Dany Heatley

“I understand where the league is coming from,” Marchand told CSNNE.com's Joe Haggerty. “They’re obviously cracking down on head hits right now. I’m disappointed to miss a couple of games and it’s always frustrating to have to watch your team play.

“But I understand why it happened. The biggest thing is to regroup now and get ready to play when I’m called back to action.”

No penalty was called on the collision that occurred midway through the second period. Umberger remained in the game.

Marchand will forfeit $6,330.64 in salary. 


Posted on: March 16, 2011 7:48 pm
Edited on: March 16, 2011 7:50 pm
 

Sharks' Dany Heatley suspended two games

San Jose Sharks winger Dany Heatley was suspended two games Wednesday, a day after he delivered an elbow to the head of Dallas Stars forward Steve Ott

The collision occurred with about four minutes left in regulation of the Sharks’ 6-3 victory on Tuesday. Ott passed the puck to center ice and was elbowed by Heatley soon thereafter. 

Heatley will forfeit $80,645.16 in salary as he sits out Thursday’s game against Minnesota and Saturday’s game against St. Louis. He's the second big-name Sharks forward suspended this season for such a hit. Sharks center Joe Thornton received a two-game ban in November after a collision with St. Louis Blues forward David Perron.

Posted on: March 4, 2011 2:51 am
Edited on: March 4, 2011 3:10 am
 

Morning skate: Is this finally San Jose's year?



The San Jose Sharks, winners of the Western Conference the last two seasons, didn't look like they'd contend for much more than a low playoff seed, if that, just a few weeks back. 

Then Antti Niemi, the goalie the Sharks acquired from the Stanley Cup champ Chicago Blackhawks last offseason, took over. The Sharks have won 17 of the last 20 games -- all with Niemi in net -- including Thursday's 3-1 victory over Detroit Red Wings at HP Pavilion. Niemi (above) made 26 saves in his latest win.

The Sharks have won eight in a row, are tops in the Pacific Division and now sit three points behind the Red Wings in the Western Conference. (Here's a look at our playoff tracker.) 

The Sharks have integrated defensemen Ben Eager (acquired in from the Atlanta in January) and Ian White (acquired from Carolina last month) and are relatively healthy, minus defenseman Dan Boyle (upper-body injury) and goalie Antero Niittymaki (groin). Both are expected to return soon. The taht has a solid stable of forwards -- including Dany Heatley, who had a two-goal effort on Thursday -- and a capable defense. 

For a team that was a trendy pick for the few seasons to win it all, could this be the season where the Sharks advance to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time in franchise history? Maybe even win it all?

Or, are the Sharks just teasing us again?


A PLEA IN PHOENIX: After about two years, the Phoenix Coyotes ownership saga could be coming to an end. That's if a citizen watchdog group drops it objections over how the City of Glendale is helping finance the transaction via a sale to of $116 million in bonds. FOXSportsArizona.com's Matt Swartz reports the Glendale Mayor Elaine Scruggs and Greater Phoenix Economic Council leader Barry Broome spoke at a news conference on Thursday where they urged the Goldwater Institute not to follow through their threat of a lawsuit, which could prevent investor Matthew Hulsizer from taking over the team. Hulsizer said he intends to keep the team at Jobing.com Arena, although any more delays ups the chances that the league-controlled franchise that once called Winnipeg home could be headed back north of the border. 

GILLIES HEARING TODAY: New York Islanders enforcer Trevor Gillies is scheduled to meet with NHL officials in Toronto this afternoon to discuss Wednesday's blindside hit of Cal Clutterbuck of the Minnesota Wild. (Link to hit here.) TSN.ca reports that such in-person meetings usually mean a suspension of five or more games is on the horizon. Gillies had just returned from a nine-game suspension for a blow to the head delivered to Pittsburgh's Eric Tangradi on Feb. 11. Because of that, Gillies will be treated as a repeat offender. 

LINE CHANGES: Jason Arnott has acclimated himself pretty well in Washington. His slapshot late in the third period led the Capitals past the visiting St. Louis Blues, 3-2. That makes it one game-winning goal and a primary assist on a game-tying tally in Tuesday's victory over the Islanders since he arrived from New Jersey. . . . Philadelphia forward Kris Versteeg scored twice against his former club, but the Maples Leafs rookie goalie James Reimer made a key glove save in the closing seconds to preserve a 3-2 victory. The Leafs, who dealt Versteeg before the deadline for a first-and third-round picks, moved two within three points of eighth place in the East. . . .  The Buffalo Sabers, unable to score on a power play late in regulation, failed in thier bid to move into eighth place in the East, as Carolina won, 3-2, in OT. 
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