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Posted on: March 29, 2011 2:45 am
Edited on: March 29, 2011 4:47 am
 

Morning Skate: At 40, Selanne still has some zip



This was the same player who flirted with retirement the past few offseasons?

The Finnish Flash is a little less of a blur at age 40, though Teemuu Selanne had more than enough pace to victimize the Colorado Avalanche. He became the first player 40 or orlder to net three goals and  two assists in a game as the Anahiem Ducks squeaked past the Avs, 5-4, on Monday, a victory that moved Anaheim back into seventh place in the Western Conference.

It was his 22nd career hat trick and first since Oct. 29, 2008. His final marker was vintage Selanne. Selanne took a rebound at the side of the net and with little room to work he shifted to his backhand and flipped the puck over Avs goalie Brian Elliott with five minutes left in the third period for his 235th career power play goal. Here's a look at the replay.

“When you get older you're not so greedy anymore,” Selanne said in a broadcast interview after the game. "You get two goals and you kind of stop playing. When you're old and try to get a hat trick it's almost embarrassing. When I was young I really wanted hat tricks.”
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He was young the last time he scored on a penalty shot, something he did in first period. His last successful penalty shot came while he was a member of the Winnipeg Jets in 1993.

A lot has changed for Selanne in the 18 years since, although he still wears the same old Jofa helmet.

He was traded to the rival San Jose Sharks in March 2001 and left for the Colorado Avalanche, where he joined former Ducks linemate Paul Karyia for 2003-04 season. That one-year experiment was hampered by injuries and Selanne rejoined the Ducks for the 2005-06 season. He’s has been skating in Orange County even since -- minus the 2007-08 season when he joined midway through -- and was on the 2007 team that won the franchise’s first Stanley Cup title. 

Selanne has continued to add to his Hall of Fame resume. Here's a quick rundown: 
  • He scored two more late goals last week to become the first player in NHL history with four-game tying goals in the final three minutes of regulation in one season.
  • Selanne is 14th all-time in goals (634), 49th in assists (701), tied with Mike Gartner for 29th in points (1,335).
  • His 235 power play goals are the seventh-most all-time. 
  • His 75 points this season (28 goals, 47 assists) is the third most by any player 40 or older, although he still has a ways to go befor he catches record-holder Gordie Howe (103 points)


And those at the Honda Center Monday didn't want to see those numbers stunted via retirement as fans chanted, “One more year!”

“We're not going that far yet,” Selanne replied.

MONDAY'S RESULTS
Chicago 3, Detroit 2 (OT)
Anaheim 5, Colorado 4

-- A.J. Perez

Photo: Getty Images  
Posted on: March 28, 2011 2:46 am
 

Morning Skate: Chicago makes push minus depth

At some point, the personnel departures had to catch up with the Chicago Blackhawks

Kris Versteeg, Andrew Ladd, Ben Eager, Antti Niemi , John Madden, Brent Sopel and Dustin Byfuglien were either dealt or let go after the ‘Hawks won the Stanley Cup last season, mostly for salary cap reasons. Still, Chicago rallied midseason and were all the way up to fourth place in the Western Conference as recently as March 14.

The Blackhawks have played .500 hockey in the four games since -- including a 2-1 loss to the Anaheim Ducks on Saturday -- and enter tonight’s game against the Detroit Red Wings in the eighth and final playoff spot in the West. 

The slip coincides with recent injuries to Patrick Sharp (knee) and Dave Bolland (concussion). 

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  • Eye on Hockey: Vancouver's Hamhuis concussed
  • Pens extend shootout win streak
  • Detroit's Howard day-to-day
  • CBSSports.com playoff tracker

  • Minus the depth of a season ago, the Blackhawks could very well join the 2007 Carolina Hurricanes as the only teams in the last 72 years to miss the playoffs a season after hoisting the Stanley Cup. 

    The Blackhawks, however, are hardly focusing on who they don’t have in the lineup and are looking toward what they have to do to make it into the postseason, Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune reports
    “Maybe we go .500 and maybe that's not good enough," winger Patrick Kane said. "That puts us at 96 and we don't get in. Hopefully, we'll be better than .500."

    So somewhere between four and eight victories would appear to get the Hawks a postseason berth. They have three games remaining against the Wings, and one each against the Bruins, Blue Jackets, Lightning, Canadiens and Blues.

    "It would be nice to win a lot of them," Kane said. "You don't want to put a number on it because you don't want to set any expectations for yourself that are too low. We have to worry about Detroit right now and try to get two points there. It's a tough schedule remaining. You can't look past anyone." 

    The Blackhawks have 88 points, a point ahead of the Calgary Flames and two points up on the Dallas Stars.  Chicago has the second-toughest strength of schedule (.597) -- calculated by points percentage of future opponents --  for the remainder of the season, according to the NHL. 

    Chicago coach Joel Quennville appears to be shuffling around the players he has at his disposal, Jess Rogers of ESPN Chicago reports

    Kane and Jonathan Toews were put with Troy Brouwer at practice on Sunday. Marcus Kruger centered a line with Bryan Bicklel and Marian Hossa. Michael Frolik centered the third line with Jack Dowell and Thomas Kopecky at the wings. Viktor Stalberg, who had been playing with the first line in place of Sharp, moved to the fourth line with Ryan Johnson and Fernando Pisani

    The changes come a day after the forward Corey Perry – part of the Ducks’ top line -- scored twice with Blackhawks’ No. 1 line on the ice. 

    The ‘Hawks could get Sharp, injured March 20 against the Phoenix Coyotes, fairly soon. Quennville said this weekend that Sharp was making “rapid progress.” But the same can’t said for Bolland, who took a hit to the head March 9 that led to a two-game suspension for Tampa’s Pavel Kubina, is apparently still suffering concussion-like symptoms and Quennville said there was no change in his status. 

    SUNDAY’S RESULTS
    Pittsburgh 2, Florida 1 (SO)
    Atlanta 5, Ottawa 4 (SO)
    Vancouver 4, Columbus 1
    Boston 2, Philadelphia 1

    -- A.J. Perez   

    Posted on: March 25, 2011 3:09 am
    Edited on: March 25, 2011 11:53 am
     

    Morning Skate: Fireworks lacking in Beantown

    The sequel is never as good as the original. In the case of the Boston Bruins vs. Montreal Canadiens, the last one wasn't that good either.

    Thursday's “rematch” between the Canadiens and Bruins again wasn’t competitive, not that many remember Montreal eased to a three-goal win on March 8. No, that game was all about Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara's check that sent Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty off a padded divider between the benches. The collision left Pacioretty with a broken bone in his neck, a concussion and a good portion of Quebec in an uproar.

    It was payback time Thursday, right? Not quite. Chara, who was not suspended for the collision with Pacioretty, was the games No. 1 star with three assists as the Bruins extended their Northeast Division lead with a 7-0 victory. On a night that featured three shootouts in games that will help determine the postseason order, what transpired at TD Garden wasn't nearly as compelling. 

    There were a couple roughing penalties and Montreal’s Paul Mara and Boston’s Gregory Campbell were sent to the box for fighting, but those things happen in just about any blowout.

    "We just went out there, we were focused on doing it right," Bruins coach Claude Julien told CSN New England. "And for us, it's a win that we needed, for all the right reasons, standings and everything else. I think our guys felt good about our performance tonight, and rightfully so."
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    Even as police in Montreal investigate whether Chara violated any laws with his check a couple weeks ago, Boston authorities won’t be involved this time --- unless somebody wants to file a missing team report. The Bruins dominated in every facet, including nearly doubling up the Habs with 41 shots on net. Boston goalie Tim Thomas, one of the leading candidates for the Vezina Trophy, made 24 saves for his eighth shutout of the season. 

    There was a confession after the game, but nobody was Mirandized. 

    Veteran Bruins forward Mark Recchi told The Boston Globe he intentionally tried to take the heat off Chara when he told  a sports talk station that Montreal embellished the severity of Pacioretty’s injuries, comments that drew strong rebuke from the Habs’ locker room earlier Thursday. 

    "Well, I have to be honest with you guys, I wanted to take the heat off Zee for a day,'' Recchi told reporters afterward. "I'm a big boy. And I think anyone who knows me, knows that I have great respect for the Montreal organization. I played five years there. I have great respect for Doctor [David] Mulder, the medical staff there.

    "I had five great years there,'' Recchi said of his time in Montreal. "I took the pressure off Zee. In 22 years, I've respected all my teammates, all the players I play against. My record has shown that. For 22 years. I just took the pressure off Zee for one day, I'm a big boy, I can handle that.''


    Chara told The Globe he appreciated the gesture: 

    "I obviously don't know exactly all the comments,'' Chara said of the remarks Recchi made on 98.5 The Sports Hub. ``But he's such a great teammate and such a respected guy and leader. It's a thrill to have him. We all learned so much from him. He's obviously the next Hall-of-Famer and such a classy guy. Like I said, I can't thank him enough to be my teammate and be part of this team, and helping all of us to be better.''


    HILLER PULLED IN RETURN: Jonas Hiller, who hadn’t played a game since Feb. 13 as he was sidelined with vertigo, lasted only 11 minutes, 39 seconds into Thursday’s game in Nashville. He allowed three goals on nine shots before Dan Ellis was tapped to enter the game. Ellis actually took the loss in the Preds’ 5-4 victory. 

    "I didn't think he saw the puck," Ducks coach Randy Carlyle told Eric Stephens of The Orange County Register. "I understand his first game back, it's not easy to pull him. In my mind, you don't do that against him. You do it for the rest of the team. That's what I always say."


    THURSDAY’S RESULTS
    Pittsburgh 2, Philadelphia 1 (SO)
    Ottawa 2, NY Rangers 1 (SO)
    Atlanta 2, NY Islanders 1
    Boston 7, Montreal 0
    Nashville 5, Anaheim 4
    St. Louis 4, Edmonton 0
    Toronto 4, Colorado 3   Phoenix 3, Columbus 0 
    Los Angeles 4, San Jose 3 (SO)

    -- A.J. Perez

    Photo: Getty Images
    Posted on: March 24, 2011 3:07 am
    Edited on: March 24, 2011 3:46 am
     

    Morning Skate: Desjardins sports rare number



    Andrew Desjardins' goal was just another tally in a 6-3 San Jose Sharks victory Wednesday that further dimmed the Calgary Flames’ chances of the making the postseason -- at least until the 24-year-old center skated away from the net after his first career goal.

    That’s when one of the rarest jersey numbers in hockey history came into full view: No. 69. 

    Desjardins is thought to be one of only two players in NHL history to don the number. The other, according to azhockey.com, was enforcer Mel Angelstad, whose hockey career spanned all of two games with the Washington Capitals during the 2003-04 season. 

    Desjardins told CBSSports.com after last night’s game that it wasn’t by design -- or at least his design. 

    “I came into camp last summer and that’s what I got,” said Desjardins, minutes after his first career point of any kind in the NHL. “As numbers go, that wouldn’t have been my choice.”
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    Desjardins, however, wasn’t about to complain about the unusual digits. 

    His route to the NHL was hardly direct. Desjardins went undrafted out of juniors and played a season in the Central Hockey League for the Laredo Bucks. He caught on with the Sharks’ AHL affiliate, the Worcester Sharks, in 2008-09 and has played there ever since --  minus a five-game stint in the ECHL -- and he usually wears No. 22.

    Desjardins made his NHL debut Jan. 3 with the Sharks and was called back up on March 7 -- the same day his former linemate in Worcester, John McCarthy, was sent down. The two players, along with Dan DaSilva, made up Worcester’s “Crazed Rats” line. 

    “I’m not exactly sure how that started,” said Desjardins, who grew up in Lively, Ontario. “A coach or somebody said our line was tenacious and chased the puck down like crazy rats. It just kind of stuck. Fans started to call us that and they even made signs and brought them to the games.”

    Now, Desjardins just has an odd number, one that he hints he may attempt to change if he sticks with the club.

    “You just have to laugh about it,” Desjardins said. “It’s not something I looked at and said, ‘Oh, awesome!’ You just have to take a step back and think that you’re playing in the NHL and not worry what’s on your back. My friends and family haven’t been too bad about it. It’s just something you don’t see every day.”

    Wednesday’s was Desjardins' 10th NHL game and it came against a Flames team that entered tied with two others -- the Anaheim Ducks and Dallas Stars -- for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference. He may be new to the NHL, but it didn’t take him long to sense the Flames’ urgency. 

    His goal midway through the first period -- where he took a pass at his own blue line, skated up the boards, spit two defenders and beat  Flames goalie Miikka Kiprusoff over the blocker -- put the Sharks up 2-1.  A goal by Cory Sarich tied the game about four minutes later before the Sharks pulled away. 

    “To be able to play in these types have games has been exciting and challenging,” Desjardins said. “(The Flames) didn’t give up and every game has been like that. That’s the way hockey is this time of year. There are a lot of desperate teams.”

    The Ducks, who have been one the league’s most exciting teams to watch over the last several days, reached overtime with a tally by Teemu Selanne with seven seconds left before rookie Cam Fowler clinched a 5-4 victory over the Stars in OT. That leaves the Ducks alone in eighth with 87 points, one point ahead of the Stars and two in front of the Flames. 

    WEDNESDAY’S RESULTS 
    Vancouver 2, Detroit 1
    Chicago 4, Florida 0
    Anaheim 4, Dallas 3 (OT)
    San Jose 6, Calgary 3

    -- A.J. Perez

    Photo: Getty Images
    Posted on: March 23, 2011 1:36 am
    Edited on: March 23, 2011 1:54 am
     

    Morning Skate: Rookie Reimer keeps Leafs going



    Toronto Maples Leafs rookie goalie James Reimer must be doing something right if he's getting compared to a Transformer.

    A couple “Optimus Reim” posters were spotted Xcel Energy Center Tuesday night where Reimer turned in a 29-save performance in a 3-0 Leafs victory over the Minnesota Wild, the Toronto Star reports.

    The 23-year-old from Arborg, Manitoba, is the chief reason Toronto still has a shot at its first postseason berth since before the lockout. He had fair amount of admirers as friends and family members made the 540-mile trek from his hometown.

    “You always want to win and always want to put on a good show for family, especially when they drive a long way,” Reimer told the newspaper. “They’re the ones who put in the time and effort into my life and into my hockey career.”
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    Reimer is 11-3-4 over his last 18 decisions and his three shutouts have come since Feb. 3. Not bad for a guy who was sent down to the AHL three times this season.

    The Leafs finished the night in 10th place in the East, five points behind the eighth-place Buffalo Sabres. The Leafs have eight games remaining and it’s a safe bet Reimer will get a chance to start in each of those -- especially when you factor in the outrage when coach Ron Wilson started J.S. Giguere in a loss to Florida last Thursday.

    Beyond the playoff push, Reimer has also emerged as a candidate for the Calder Trophy. The discussion for the league's top rookie has been dominated by Carolina Hurricanes forward Jeff Skinner, San Jose Sharks forward Logan Couture, New York Islanders forward Michael Grabner and Sabres forward Tyler Ennis.

    Unlike those skaters who are on lines with talented teammates, Reimer is often on his own --- like when he turned away two shorthanded breakaway chances on Tuesday. But what'll hurt his Calder hopes is his short resume.

    He'll play at most 37 games, fewer than Chicago's Corey Crawford, Philly's Sergei Bobrovsky and Washington's Michal Neuvirth --- all rookie goalies with solid stats on playoff-bound teams.

    But if he gets the Leafs into the playoffs, that'll cover up his short job history and transfrorm him into Calder contender. 

    COOKE AFTERMATH: It appears New York Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh feels for Pittsburgh Penguins forward Matt Cooke, who was suspended Monday for the rest of the regular season and the first round of the playoffs for an elbow he delivered last weekend to McDonagh’s head. 

    He spoke with Rangers broadcast outlet MSG before Tuesday’s game (Here’s the quote transcribed by TSN.ca): 

    “You're trying to get good momentum going into the playoffs or keep your playoff spot and that was a close game at the time and momentum could go the other way. I think he's trying to make a big hit and he just caught me wrong. I don't think it was his intent.

    "The suspension … it is what it is. The league is really pushing to get these hits out of the game. If that's a statement, it's a pretty big statement, for sure."


    Earlier in the day, Pittsburgh's two newspapers (The Post-Gazette and Tribune-Review) reported Cooke expressed regret for the collision: 

    "I realize and understand, more so now than ever, that I need to change," Mr. Cooke said. "That's what I wanted my message to be."

    "I'm fortunate that Ryan McDonagh wasn't hurt," he said. "I don't want to hurt anybody. That's not my intention. I know that I can be better. ... I made a mistake, and I'm the one who's accountable for that. And I take full responsibility for it."


    WEST END: Four points separate the fourth-place Phoenix Coyotes and 10th-place Calgary Flames entering play Wednesday. At the same point last season, that margin between the same two places in the Western Conference was 19 points.


    TUESDAY'S RESULTS
    NY Rangers 1, Florida 0
    Boston 4, New Jersey 1
    Carolina 4, Ottawa 3
    Washington 5, Philadelphia 4 (SO)
    Buffalo 2, Montreal 0
    NY Islanders 5, Tampa Bay 2
    Nashville 3, Edmonton 1
    Toronto 3, Minnesota 0
    Colorado 5, Columbus 4 (SO)
    Phoenix 2, St. Louis 1

    -- A.J. Perez

    Photo: Getty Images
    Posted on: March 21, 2011 1:47 am
    Edited on: March 21, 2011 1:00 pm
     

    Morning Skate: How long should Matt Cooke sit?



    Zero? Eight? The 10 remaining games the Pittsburgh Penguins have left in the regular season and the playoffs? 

    Exactly how long Pens forward Matt Cooke will be suspended for his elbow to the head of New York Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh Sunday afternoon overshadowed a solid day of hockey as all six games on the slate had some sort of playoff implications. Here's a look at the hit  in case you missed it. 

    Cooke, the third rail that he is, will do that to a news cycle. 

    A look at his checkered past -- which goes well beyond the fact he’s only been forced to sit 10 games during his career -- and there’s no way Cooke can be considered a victim. Still, he picked the worst time in league history to blindside a player, even though McDonagh remained in the game. Cooke received an elbowing major and a game misconduct for the third-period hit. 

    Pens GM Ray Shero is just a few days removed from advocating a ban on all head hits  -- including hits similar to the check that has kept Pittsburgh superstar Sidney Crosby out for more than two months with a concussion -- at the league's general managers meeting. Majority owner Mario Lemieux even offered up a tiered fine system for teams whose players are suspended by the league. 

    That fact it occurred on national TV where NBC analysts Eddie Olczyk and Pierre McGuire labeled the hit as dirty doesn’t help either. 

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    "I don't think you can talk about eliminating headshots as an organization and not expect that to be examined," coach Dan Bylsma told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review . "It looks to be contact right to the head. The league will look at that at treat it as such."

    The Pens will likely soon get the ”clear and strong message” Lemieux wrote was lacking from the league after the NHL’s  response to last month’s fiasco between his team and the New York Islanders

    If just about any other player -- maybe outside of maybe New York Islanders enforcer Trevor Gillies --  delivered the hit, this wouldn’t have lit up Facebook and Twitter like it did. The perceived hypocrisy for a team advocating for more stringent rules governing head hits despite continuing to employ Cooke was just too much for fans and pundits alike not seize upon. 

    Here’s a quick roundup of opinions:

    Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal :  
    If this isn’t a suspension for the rest of the season, then the NHL’s Lord of Discipline, Colin Campbell, is really going soft. Maybe the real message for Cooke, though, would also be a detention for the playoffs, when the games really matter — when Cooke will hurt not only himself but his teammates by his absence in a lineup that is already short-staffed.

    TSN’s Darren Dreger :
    With the red-alert sensitivity to head hits, especially illegal head hits like the one that earned Cooke a major and game misconduct, it's conceivable the Penguins veteran, a repeat offender with a reputation for delivering cheapshots, could earn a 10-game suspension or more. That's based on league-wide reaction. 


    Former NHL player Jeremy Roenick :

    “I feel bad for Mario. He stuck his neck on the line to clean up dirty plays and his own player again puts him in a tough situation.”


    Alec Schall, agent for injured Montreal Canadiens player Max Pacioretty

    “Should NHL rules protect players like Cooke or Crosby? I say let's protect (Cosby) and when we want flying elbows to the head we can watch MMA.”


     Mike Brophy of Rogers Sportsnet :

    The eyes of the hockey world will be on the NHL's hockey operations department to see how it handles the latest Cooke catastrophe. Anything shy of a major suspension (minimum 10 games) will not be met with support.

    “I didn’t see him coming,” McDonagh said of Cooke. “I had no idea. I know it hurt, that’s for sure.”

    I don't think you can talk about eliminating headshots as an organization and not expect that to be examined," coach Dan Bylsma said. "It looks to be contact right to the head. The league will look at that at treat it as such.

    SUNDAY'S RESULTS

    NY Rangers 5, Pittsburgh 2  
    New Jersey 3, Columbus 0  
    Nashville 4, Buffalo3 (OT)  
    Montreal 8, Minnesota 1
    Anaheim 5, Calgary 4 (OT)  
    Chicago 2, Phoenix 1  

    -- A.J. Perez
    Photo: Getty Images
    Posted on: March 18, 2011 4:30 am
    Edited on: March 21, 2011 1:01 pm
     

    Morning Skate: String of suspensions may continue

    Apparently, the fact the NHL doled out suspensions on consecutive days didn't stop the questionable hits on Thursday.

    Nashville Predators forward Patric Hornqvist delivered an elbow (or at least a shoulder) to Boston Bruins forward Tyler Seguin late in the first period, a collision that resulted in a gash near Seguin's ear that required stitches. North of the border, Tampa Bay Lightning captain Vincent Lecavalier was tossed after a two-hand chop delivered to Montreal defenseman P.K. Subban

    So much for deterrent value. 

    San Jose Sharks forward Dany Heatley was suspended Wednesday and Boston Bruins forward Brad Marchand received a ban on Thursday, each receiving two games for blindside hits to the head. 

    And Hornqvist, who received an elbowing major and a game misconduct, appears to be the most likely between two players ejected Thursday to be on tap for another ban. (The collision takes palce about 45 seconds into this replay .)

    "I came into the room, and (the trainer) said 'nice ear lobe, it looks its falling off' and I got stitches," Seguin told CSNNE's Joe Haggerty after the Bruinhs fell, 4-3, in overtime. 

    Haggery reports that the Preds tried to explain away the hit.
    Preds coach Barry Trotz attempted to claim that his player “pulled his elbow in” at the last minute on the hit, but that leaves no explanation for how the 19-year-old’s ear was gruesomely ripped open and sewn together after the game. Perhaps it was the leprechauns on St. Patrick’s Day, eh Barry?

    While it wasn’t a headshot, Lecavalier didn’t exactly deliver a love tap to Subban. Here's the video of the incident .  

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    Lecavalier received a slashing major and a game misconduct after two-hand hack to Subban. Subban, who received slashing minor on the play, went to the locker room before he returned to the game.

    Damian Cristodero of The St. Petersburg Times reports on what Lecavalier said preceded the slash and his reaction to the ejection:

    "He slew-footed me a couple of times in front of the net," Lecavalier said of Subban. "And when I went around the net, he slashed me twice on the wrist, and that's when I turned around and slashed him back."

    Subban went down holding his left arm. But the Lightning said its replays showed Subban was slashed on the thigh.

    "I don't know about getting kicked out of the game," Lecavalier said. "Obviously, he came back, and he was well on the next shift." Subban was unavailable to reporters after the game.


    PACIORETTY PROGRESSING: Max Pacioretty, the Canadiens forward carted off after his head collided with a stanchion last week, could be back as soon as the playoffs, Habs coach Jacques Martin told reporters on Thursday. 

    “Good news today regarding Max Pacioretty,” Martin told The Montreal Gazette . “He’ll be able to return to training with contact within four to six weeks of his injury.”

    That would mean he’d be able return to full practices as quickly as April 5, five days before the end of the regular season. Martin added that Pacioretty, who suffered a broken bone in his neck and a severe concussion, would “be on complete rest” until Saturday and would follow the league’s new concussion protocol that dictates a player’s route back to game action after a concussion. 

    That’s certainly not bad for those who watched as he lay on the ice and wondered if the 22-year-old would be able to walk -- let alone play hockey --  again.  

    THURSDAY’s RESULTS

    Atlanta 4, Philadelphia 3 (SO)  
    Detroit 2, Columbus 0  
    Florida 4, Toronto 0 
    Ottawa 3, New Jersey 1 
    Montreal 3, Tampa Bay 2 (SO) 
    Nashville 4, Boston 3 (OT)  
    Dallas 5, Chicago 0  
    Phoenix 3, Edmonton 1 
    Calgary 5, Colorado 2
    San Jose 3, Minnesota 2  
    St. Louis 4, Los Angeles 0  
    Posted on: March 17, 2011 4:25 am
    Edited on: March 17, 2011 11:00 am
     

    Morning Skate: NHL won't enter no-spin zone

    You can understand why Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford immediately raised his stick in protest after Tampa Bay Lightning's Martin St. Louis did his twirl between the circles and scored on a shootout last week. 

    "It was pretty close," Crawford told  ESPNChicago.com's Jesse Rogers . "It looked like maybe he stopped for a second and then kept going. They think they made the right decision so we just have to live with it."




    A player can stop during the shootout as long as the puck keeps moving forward. USA TODAY’s Kevin Allen reports that NHL director of hockey operations Colin Campbell will attempt to clarify that rule. 

    "The hard part is interpreting the puck stopping and it will be interpreted by video review," Campbell said. "When we first introduced shootouts the challenge was they were new and we had a number of questions to answer. This is one of the last lingering questions, what's acceptable and what is not."

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    The Pittsburgh contingent is not a fan of the spin. 

    "It's about entertainment, I understand that," Pittsburgh general manager Ray Sherosaid. "But when I see Pavel Datsyuk on the shootout, he is probably the most entertaining player I've seen, and he's never done a spinorama."


    In a week where (baby) steps were taken to limit concussions, this seems like a minor matter to fiddle with -- especially since shootouts are limited to the regular season. But for those teams competing for the last few slots in each conference, that extra point means something this time of year. 

    EXPANDED REVIEW: Some general managers on the final day of their meetings in Boca Raton, Fla., expressed interest for video review of double minor  high-sticking calls, according to The Canadian Press
    "We've had situations where on video review it's the other player's stick and it's a hard call on the ice," said Colin Campbell, the NHL's senior vice-president and director of hockey operations. "We said we can live with it for 82 games, but in the playoffs that's a pretty big turnaround if you get the wrong call. The referees have supported us on that, they would like some help on that.

    "That's our plea in hockey operations." It appears the biggest issue to be worked out is whether a video review would be triggered by referees, a coach's challenge or automatically with every double minor for high-sticking assessed.


    WEDNESDAY’S RESULTS
    Toronto 3, Carolina 1  
    Detroit 3, Washington 2  
    Vancouver 4, Colorado 2
    Anaheim 2, St. Louis 1
     
     
     
     
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