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 Posted: Mon Feb 11th, 2013 03:32 pm
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clawmaster wrote: clawmaster wrote: Leafs are beating the Habs 2-0 in the 1st period.

Leafs won 6-0.

The Leafs are 6-1 on the road but suck at home at 1-4.

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The National Hockey League has decided no further discipline is warranted towards Toronto Maple Leafs forward Mikhail Grabovski over an alleged biting incident that occurred during Toronto's 6-0 win over the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday night.

According to the League it could not be determined whether or not Grabovski actually bit Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty.

The hearing was originally scheduled for Sunday afternoon but was postponed by a day. The hearing was instead held by phone on Monday.

Grabovski will be in the Maple Leafs' line-up on Monday night when they host the Philadelphia Flyers.

The alleged incident took place during a third period scrum when several players came together after the whistle and Pacioretty grabbed Grabovski's face with his bare hand and pulled at the Leafs' forward.

Grabovski received a 10-minute misconduct and a roughing minor after the scuffle. Pacioretty was also issued a 10-minute misconduct.

Pacioretty said he received a tetanus shot after the game as a precaution.

Members of the Maple Leafs stated that they did not see Grabovski bite Pacioretty, but they added that he was clearly provoked.

The Maple Leafs and Canadiens will meet next February 27 on TSN.

 

 


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lobo316 wrote: clawmaster wrote: clawmaster wrote: Leafs are beating the Habs 2-0 in the 1st period.

Leafs won 6-0.

The Leafs are 6-1 on the road but suck at home at 1-4.

Leafs trounced The Flyers.



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I wonder if Claude Giroux was a one-year wonder? He's been pretty shitty so far this year from what I've seen of him.



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One big reason for the great starts by Boston and Chicago are their strong penalty killing. Both teams currently lead the NHL with a 92.9 efficiency. Oddly enough the Islanders are 3rd with an 89.5 average.



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Hawks lose to Anaheim in a shoot out. Now 10-0-3.



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Bruins lost in the shootout as well.. still 1st in the Northeast at 8-1-2

They STILL can't score on the Power Play... it legit is driving me nuts... I know they won the Cup with like one PP goal the whole post season, but still, they pass and pass and pass on it, but never shoot it... old time hockey tells me they should shoot it early and often and play the rebounds.



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stone2k wrote:
Bruins lost in the shootout as well.. still 1st in the Northeast at 8-1-2

They STILL can't score on the Power Play... it legit is driving me nuts... I know they won the Cup with like one PP goal the whole post season, but still, they pass and pass and pass on it, but never shoot it... old time hockey tells me they should shoot it early and often and play the rebounds.


Rumours have it that PC is trying to get John Carlson from the Capitals to help out the PP. And even with tonight's loss they still have taken 18 out of a possible 22 points ( .818 winning pct. ) so far.



EDIT - I love this reaction from Jack Edwards after Marchand tied the game up with less than a minute to go.


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CanadianHorseman wrote: stone2k wrote:
Bruins lost in the shootout as well.. still 1st in the Northeast at 8-1-2

They STILL can't score on the Power Play... it legit is driving me nuts... I know they won the Cup with like one PP goal the whole post season, but still, they pass and pass and pass on it, but never shoot it... old time hockey tells me they should shoot it early and often and play the rebounds.


Rumours have it that PC is trying to get John Carlson from the Capitals to help out the PP. And even with tonight's loss they still have taken 18 out of a possible 22 points ( .818 winning pct. ) so far.



EDIT - I love this reaction from Jack Edwards after Marchand tied the game up with less than a minute to go.



I love Jack Edwards on the telecasts... I know many don't like him, but he is a "homer" in the tradition of Johnny Most imo... not as good as Fred Cusack of course, but still good.

edit.. Brick is solid too IMO... I like when he calls the color on "National" Bruins games that aren't on NESN

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CanadianHorseman wrote:


Looks like he brought his anal dildo with him to the game.

It's Jack Edwards, so no surprise there.



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Carolina Hurricanes off a 4-1-1 road trip in First place in the Southeast division and Eric Staal looking good getting a point in almost every game this season. 



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Sorry, but any announcer who jumps up and down after a goal like that should be fired on the spot. They should be showing some level of professionalism, and not celebrating like the drunks in a local tavern.

Jets still suck. Not enough offense, and the penalty kill stinks.



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history has been made in the NHL

 

 


COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The Columbus Blue Jackets hurried to make history.

Just more than 24 hours after firing Scott Howson, they announced the hiring of Jarmo Kekalainen of Finland as the first European to be a general manager in the National Hockey League.

Kekalainen, director of amateur scouting with the St. Louis Blues 2002-10, held a news conference Wednesday in his native Finland at the same time the Blue Jackets Blue Jackets held theirs in Ohio.

"One of my dreams since I hung up my skates has been to be a GM of an NHL team sometime. Now that dream has come true," Kekalainen said in Helsinki at the home arena of the Jokerit club, where he's been GM since 2010. "I'm really happy and pleased, even proud, that I've been give this chance."

The 46-year-old, who played sparingly in the NHL, worked closely with Columbus director of hockey operations John Davidson with the Blues. When the Blues hired Doug Armstrong as general manager in 2010 instead of Kekalainen, Kekalainen returned to Finland to take over as GM of Jokerit in Finland's top league.

"Jarmo and I have a relationship that goes back a number of years, most recently with the St. Louis Blues organization where he was an assistant general manager and in charge of the amateur draft," Davidson said. "I look at Jarmo as a person who has a world of experience. Thirty per cent of the players in our league are European. He's very intelligent about the world of hockey, not only in Europe but also in North America."

Kekalainen's current team is in first place. So badly did Kekalainen want to return to the NHL as a GM, that he had an unwritten agreement with the club's owner that he could be let out of his contract if a GM job developed in the NHL. He is expected to arrive in Columbus as soon as travel and visa issues are resolved.

"I'm humbled but at the same time have faith in myself. I believe I've deserved this opportunity through my own hard work," he said. "Now I'm going to roll up my sleeves and go there and build a team out of the Columbus Blue Jackets that seriously aims to win the Stanley Cup."

He'll face a number of challenges.

Under Howson, the Blue Jackets made the playoffs in 2008-09 but have fallen to the depths of the league since. They had the worst record in the league a year ago, have a record of making a mess of things at the draft and in trades. Attendance has fallen; there are published reports that the club sold between 7,000 and 8,000 season tickets this season.

The Blue Jackets are 4-7-2 in this lockout-shortened season and leave Wednesday to begin a six-game Western swing that starts in Los Angeles on Friday night.

The club does have three first-round picks in this summer's amateur draft.

"We feel here that we know how important the draft is, especially with a deep draft and this one is a deep draft," Davidson said. "He'll become a major voice regarding the upcoming draft. That certainly played into it. That's a part of it, but it's certainly not all of it."

Howson, a 52-year-old Toronto native, was hired as executive vice-president and general manager on June 15, 2007. He took the place of Doug MacLean, who had guided the franchise from its inception, through its first NHL season in 2000-01 and the next five campaigns.

He was in charge in 2008-09, when the Blue Jackets went a franchise-best 41-31-10 and made the playoffs with star forward Rick Nash and Calder Trophy-winning goalie Steve Mason leading the way.

But the club then fell on hard times and last season was an NHL-worst 29-46-7.

Midway through the season, Howson revealed that Nash, the team's captain, had asked to be traded. It took months before Nash was dealt along with a minor league defenceman and a conditional third-round pick to the New York Rangers for forwards Artem Anisimov and Brandon Dubinsky, 21-year-old defenceman Tim Erixon and a first-round pick.

The Blue Jackets won their opener this season at Nashville, and earned another point in their second game. But they lost eight of 10 games before Monday night's surprising 6-2 victory over San Jose -- scoring as many goals in one night as they had in their three previous games combined.

"I'm anxious to get down to work and meet this new challenge," said Kekalainen, who lived in the U.S. for 13 years before his return to Finland.

He played 55 games in the NHL as a left wing over six seasons with the Ottawa Senators and Boston Bruins.

"I know Jarmo's going to have success," Davidson said. "He's a driven man."

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PITTSBURGH -- The Ottawa Senators lost a lot more than a game.

Star defenceman Erik Karlsson went down with a left Achilles injury when he was cut by a skate blade late in the second period in the Senators' 4-2 loss to Pittsburgh on Wednesday night.

"It's a tough blow," Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson said. "Obviously, the way he's playing and how much he means to our team, it feels terrible and I feel really bad for him."

The Norris Trophy winner last season as the NHL's top defenceman, Karlsson was cut by Penguins forward Matt Cooke's skate blade as the two tangled along the boards. The Senators said Karlsson will need surgery.

"We all know who's involved in it," Ottawa coach Paul MacLean said about Cooke. "That's just the way it is. The injury to Erik was unfortunate and it happens on a nothing play that could've potentially been whistled down."

Cooke has been suspended several times for much criticized hits, some of them involving head-shots that injured opposing players. In 2011, Cooke was suspended for the Penguins' final 10 regular-season games and the first round of the Playoffs after an elbow to the head of New York Rangers' defenceman Ryan McDonagh.

Karlsson fell to the ice and was in visible pain after tangling with Cooke. He needed help getting back to the bench and displayed frustration, throwing his stick against the boards before disappearing down the runway.

"Him and I were engaged and he went down screaming," Cooke said. "I didn't even know what happened. It's a complete accident and obviously I feel terrible about it. It has happened a few times over the past couple years and it's scary."

The Senators stood up for their teammate in the third as Chris Neil took penalties for roughing and a 10-minute misconduct after tussling with Cooke.

"I think at the end of the day you kind of expect it," Penguins star Sidney Crosby said. "I don't think anyone was shocked to see Neil go after him, but unfortunately that's kind of how it works sometimes."

http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=415943

 


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http://prohockeytalk.nbcsports.com/2013/02/13/trade-devils-bring-back-ponikarovsky/

Trade: Devils bring back Ponikarovsky

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Feb 13, 2013, 8:30 PM EST

The New Jersey Devils decided to trade for Alexei Ponikarovsky for the second time on Wednesday. GM Lou Lamoriello originally brought the big Russian to New Jersey on Jan. 20, 2012.

The Winnipeg Jets received the Devils’ fourth-rounder in 2014 and their seventh-round pick in 2013 for the 32-year-old forward, according to the Bergen Record’s Tom Gulitti.

Ponikarovsky wasn’t working out well for the Jets, with just two goals and and a little under 12 minutes of ice time pre game in 12 contests. He averaged 14:45 minutes between the Devils and Carolina Hurricanes last season.

The Jets acquired Eric Tangradi, 24, from the Pittsburgh Penguins earlier today, adding extra motivation to part ways with Ponikarovsky.

New Jersey represented a solid home for him for a portion of 2011-12; he scored 18 points in 33 regular season games and nine in 24 playoff contests.

That wasn’t enough to bring him back in free agency, although Lamoriello told Gulitti that the team wanted to do so before the Jets inked him to a one-year, $1.8 million contract.

With Dainius Zubrus, 34, on the mend, Ponikarovsky should get a chance to play a bigger role in New Jersey than he did with Winnipeg.



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