Sergei Zubov injured at 14:48 of the 1st Period
Ilya Kovalchuk ejected at 14:48 of the 1st Period
Pavol Demitra injured at 18:36 of the 1st Period
Martin StLouis ejected at 18:36 of the 1st Period
Todd Bertuzzi injured at 02:37 of the 4 Period
Dear me. That's a lot of big time players getting injured/kicked out.
HUGE effort all around! Leafs win 5-2 to stay in the playoff hunt! Roman Cechmanek played well for the win, but didn't recieve any stars (in his last 5 wins, he had 5 first stars). Instead, the honours went to Doug Weight, Mikael Renberg, and Jozef Stumpel, with two points each. Stumpel has continued to play well, much to the chagrin of his detractors, who were so against his addition to the lineup.
In baby Leaf world, another loss in continuation with the recent trend.
Re-signed=Signed another contract
It does make a difference: They're opposites.
Location: I ain't playing nose tackle in a 3-4 defence
OILERS ENDURANCE RESULTS IN CLIPPING WINGS
Oilers finally rewarded for solid effort
Well it was a scenario all too familiar to Oiler fans this season. The team was playing a solid game generating a lot of offence, but was unable to distance themselves from the opposition on the scoreboard. But in the last 10 minutes of todays contest vs. the Wings the Oilers perserverence finally paid off as the Oilers were able to score 3 times in the last 10 minutes and collect a 5-2 win over the Detroit Red Wings. Again the Oilers relied on a balanced attack in which no one player collected more than 2 points, and no players were any worse than even in the +/- department. Martin Broduer playing for the third time in as many days collected his 30th win of the season. Broduer playing only because vacationing GM Sylvanfan goofed with his lines before hitting the golf course in sunny Vancouver was okay in stopping 22 of 24 shots for the win. The Oilers received goals from Frolov, Leetch, Roberts, Ohlund and Bates Battaglia. Vincent Lecavalier and Bobby Hoilk both posted two assists for the Oilers. The Oilers outshot the Wings 42-24 on the night, but thanks to spectacular goaltending from Sean Burke the Wings were in the game until the final minute. The win was costly as the Oilers lost both Tony Hrkac and Brian Leetch to the Red Wings thug play. Both players will be assessed during an off day tommorrow before travelling to Anaheim to face the white hot Ducks.
__________________ "I don't think it's me personally, I really don't,"
Raiders QB JaMarcus Russell
Wings get killed again. Not only losing bad to the weaker teams in the league but getting plastered by the better ones. With two players tossed and another hurt in todays game Detroit ran out of gas. The press box is getting crowded with players on IR. With the GM growing more and more frustrated with his current line up its one more loss away from a complete overhaul.
Is This the Playoffs?
When the dust settled - nothing had been resolved.
In what turned out to be an extremely bitter contest, the Habs and Bruins rekindled their historical rivalry. The only thing missing was a goalie fight. But keep the faith, the same two teams are set for the next round this "Friday Night is Fight Night." The contest started off as a clean, hard hittign afair. Until the 14:48 mark of the first period. Ilya Kovalchuk came from across the ice to catch Sergi Zubov with an elbow to the head, sending him spinning like a drunk figure skater. Zubov is listed day to day with a pulled groin. The result was a double minor and a game misconduct. On the ensuing powerplay, the recently re-united Zhamnov and Sergei Berezin connected to put the Habs on the board.
Only a few minutes later, Martin St. Louis took "an eye for an eye" a little too far. hitting Pavel Demitra from behind. Demetra fell aqwardly into the boards and tweaked his hip (day to day). St.Louis was sent to the showers. With both teams each missing two top players (Kovalchuk-ejected, Demitra-injured, Stlouis-ejected, Zubov-injured) they returned to the ice for the second period tied 1-1.
The Habs took the lead again on an even strength goal by Brad Richards. The lead would last until late in the second period. Todd Bertuzzi took his second penalty when he ran Lidstrom into the endboards on an icing call. The feud between the usually docile Lidstrom and Bertuzzi was on going. Earlier in the period Bertuzzi had taken a minor penalty for roughing when he tried to rake Lidstoms eyes in a scrum in front of the Bruins net. With big Bert in the box, Lidstrom fired a shot from the point which cleanly passed Jose Theodore only to hit the post and bounce right to Glen Wesley's stick. Wesley was able seperate himself from his cane long enough to put the puck into the empty net. 2-2 end of the second.
The third period saw more battles but no goals. Bertuzzi was assessed a major penalty for attacking Lidstrom from behind. The Canadiens, without their top defenseman (Zubov) basically tried to circle the wagons, they were outshot 9-3 in the third period.
Overtime proved to be as eventfull as regulation time. The Habs were hemmed into their own end for most of the first two minutes. However, the Bruins managed only 1 shot on net. Halfway through the overtime period Todd Bertuzzi and Alexei Zhamnov broke in on a 2 on 1. with Nick Lidstrom the only man back. Bertuzzi went wide on Lidstrom and feathered a pass into the slot for Zhamnov. Zhamnov picked up the puck and made a smooth move on goaltender Tommy Salo, slidding the puck into the net, for what appeared to be a victory. However, while Zhamnov was thinking about icing the game, Lidstrom was getting even. Lidstrom speared Bertuzzi in the groin causing the big man to slide into the net. The referee blew his whistle. Repeated looks at the instant replay show the puck was clearly across the line prior to Bertuzzi's rag doll body hitting the net. However, the referee, anticipating the contact, had blown the whistle prematurely. Upon realizing that his return to the Habs uniform had been spoiled, Zhamnov went crazy. Tossing his stick and gloves in the air and chasing referee Wynn Beantown around the ice. Zhamnov was handed a misconduct and a 2 minute minor. Bertuzzi is listed as day to day.
The habs held off the Boston attack for the remainder of overtime Theodore stopped 5 more shots on route to a 33 save performance and first star of the game. When the dust settled it was 2-2.
The two battered club have a day off to recoupe but will be right back at it Friday Night.
With the Win the Sentors are back in the mix for the Playoff scramble. We are now tied with the Bruins and Islanders and sit only 4 points out of 3rd place.
The Game saw the Avs take a 2-0 lead before the Senators rebounded to make it 2-1. We then fell behind 3-1 on a goal by Sedin.
It was at this point that the Senators rallied. Scoring 3 unanswered goals to take the win.
Nick Boynton was the games first star with 2 assists
Ossi Vaananen was the games 2nd star after scoring his 9th goal of the year.
Vaclav Varada was the Games 3rd star. He recorded his 16th goal of the year.
New comer Ryan Smyth scored his 12th goal of the season and first as a Senator in his first game. New comer Morrision also got an assist in his first game as a Senator.
The negative from this game was an inury to both Jovanovski and Morrision.
Morrision playing his first game is lost for a week with a borken Jaw after an undetected vicious elbow. Jovo is out Day to Day after taking an earlier Elbow from Quint who got a Game misconduct on the play.
Good thing we now have 2 days off to recover before a contest vs the Penguins.
Marian Gaborik scores his 30th of the season as the Hurricanes drop yet another game on their recent skid this time to the Leafs. “We seemed to have had a bit of a break from the old injury bug of late and hopefully this fortune continues” commented Canes’ GM Hanna after the game. “There’s still a couple area’s of details that we need to brush up with in practice, but overall the team is playing better then we expected”
The Hurricanes are awaiting the arrival of the 2004 Sergei Priakin Award winner Scott Thornton to return to the line-up and bring an end to this session of injuries that have plagued the Hurricanes Line-up for well over a month. “I really don’t remember who is my nature center” said star forward Milan Hejduk “with all the jumbling of line trying to ice a healthy line-up that I’ve seen so many faces lining up to my left that it’ll be nice to be able to ice a line for a couple nights and get some familiarity back”.
Once again the Hurricanes found themselves sitting in the penalty box this time against the Leafs. Could it be that the recent skid by the once scoring mad Canes have become frustrated and prone to be taking more penalties, or are the Canes just looking to erase their once Lady Byng image and trying to appeal to the local Canucks residing in Carolina.