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Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Headlines For 3/12/08

It seems as if the headlines post from yesterday was a hit and as promised I will continue to put up a few headlines from each day and give the witty commentary that you've all come to know from me.

So let's get right into it:

Oilers' Cogliano Scores 3rd OT Game Winner In A Row

It's times like this that I realize why I love sports in the first place. Andrew Cogliano set an NHL record last night. Did you know this record even existed before I just told you? Unless you're the Schwab, I don't think you did.

I'm actually very impressed with this, but if you're the Blues and you know that the kid has struck in overtime in each of the previous two games, how do you let him get open in the slot like he did last night?

Edmonton's recent streak keeps them in a playoff fight, though their chances are pretty slim of getting in. They are currently seven points out with 12 games to play.

Price Blanks Devils 4-0

OK, some of you may recall my rant on the Habs for trading away Cristobal Huet and going with Carey Price who's only 20. I am beginning to think I may have been a bit hasty.

His recent play is mirroring how well he played earlier this season when I picked him up for the first time in my fantasy league. However, I will not fully retract the rant until I see how he does in the playoffs. He has all the tools and makings of being an absolute stud in the NHL, but careers are made and broken in the playoffs.

Crosby, Talbot Out Against Buffalo, Sykora Questionable

This is basically going to be an AHL battle between two teams that have been plagued by injuries.

The Sabres lost two defensemen most likely for the year over the weekend in Jaroslav Spacek and Dmitri Kalinin. Spacek is out indefinitely with a chest injury and Kalinin could be out a couple weeks with a shoulder problem.

Sabres enforcer Andrew Peters has been suspended for one game which he will serve tonight against the Penguins. Peters' suspension stems from the team's last game against the Rangers and an altercation with Colton Orr.

The Pens will be without Sidney Crosby and Maxime Talbot tonight and Petr Sykora is listed as questionable. Crosby expects to play in the team's next game against the Flyers where Marian Hossa is expected to return as well.

Stars' Ott Suspended For 3 Games

The NHL has suspended Steve Ott for three games after a vicious hit on Avalanche defenseman Jordan Leopold.

I'm glad the NHL is taking action like this. This was another hit to the head incident. The concussions in the league are bad enough already (just ask Simon Gagne who's suffered three this season alone) without guys going at each other's heads. There is no place in the game for hits like this at all.

Heatley's Hat Trick Sinks Bruins

I'm approaching this from my fantasy match-up standpoint. I have Daniel Alfredsson who normally plays with Dany Heatley. Alfie has sat out the last few games with back spasms, including last night. Seeing Heatley go nuts last night was bad enough knowing that I missed out on some points that will no doubt come back to haunt me later in the week.

As if it couldn't get any worse, the guy I'm playing in the first round of the playoffs has Heatley. This was the final kick to the groin that left me whimpering last night and Gopher gloating like he actually won the championship already despite being on bye this week.

Congrats Heatley on the hat better get Afie his due when he comes back this week to make up for last night.

1 comment:

Apryl DeLancey said...

Yeah - I'm glad the NHL is not putting up with dirty hits! The game is physical and dangerous enough without intentional crud like that!