Hockey Notes - January 31st edition
PHOTO - BEHIND THE JERSEY
- Christy Hammond of Behind the Jersey posted photos her father took from the front row of the 2-1 Detroit Red Wings win over the Vancouver Canucks on Thursday. Photo used with permission.
- LCS Hockey version 3.0 will be relaunched soon. Visit the Best of LCS Hockey for more on the online hockey publication that started it all.
- Jason Arnott scored with 35 seconds left in overtime to give the Dallas Stars a 3-2 win over the San Jose Sharks in Dallas on Monday night.
The win was the fifth straight for the Dallas Stars [35-15-2, 72 points], who sit one point behind the Detroit Red Wings [34-13-5, 73 points] for the best record in the Western Conference. The loss was the third straight for the San Jose Sharks [23-19-7, 53 points], who are 8 points behind the Colorado Avalanche [28-19-5, 61 points] for the 8th playoff seed.
- The OLN round table discussed the San Jose Sharks on Monday night's broadcast, while the Sharks-Stars game was underway. Here are the rough quotes:
When San Jose got Joe Thornton, I thought they would be great. They are not getting it done in goal. Nabokov has not been good, and Toskala has not been good. - OLN studio analyst Pierre McGuire
15-7-3, that is not bad. Only 48 games played, the least amount of games played in the Western Conference. I see them making it. - OLN studio analyst Neil Smith
- Sharks Try to Surface From Deep - Los Angeles Times.
The Sharks, an NHL team official said, talked with the Tampa Bay Lightning about swapping Nabokov for a veteran defenseman two weeks ago. The trade speculation gained speed when Nabokov sat out the Sharks' game against the Lightning on Jan. 16. The story was Nabokov had a sore groin, and goaltender Nolan Schaefer was recalled from the minors. Nabokov, though, declined to acknowledge the injury to reporters the next day, saying, "I feel fine."
The deal seemingly fizzled and Schaefer was sent to the minors days later.
"Sometimes, I question the actual sanity of some of this stuff," Shark Coach Ron Wilson said. "There are [teams] who try to gain advantage by saying some stuff that is absurd."
- Josh Langfeld [2G, 9A, 39GP] was released by the San Jose Sharks on Monday. On Tuesday, the Boston Bruins claimed the 6-3, 215 pound left wing. Langfeld scored two goals against Boston on January 10th.
The Boston Bruins have claimed right wing Josh Langfeld off waivers from the San Jose Sharks, it was announced today by Bruins General Manager Mike O'Connell. O’Connell also announced that goaltender Craig Anderson has been claimed off waivers from Boston by the St. Louis Blues. Langfeld, 28, is expected in Boston for practice tomorrow (10:00 a.m. at Ristuccia Arena in Wilmington MA). He has played in 39 games with the Sharks this season with two goals and nine assists for 11 points and 16 penalty minutes. Both of his goals were scored in Boston in a 6-2 Sharks win on January 10 earlier this month.
- Alexander Korolyuk was named by Team Russia GM Pavel Bure as an Olympic replacement for the injured Alexei Zhamnov. From the IIHF:
January 30 -- MOSCOW, Russia -- Team Russia GM Pavel Bure has told the paper Sovietski Sport that goaltender Maxim Sokolov (SKA St. Petersburg) will replace the injured Nikolai Khabibulin (Chicago) on the Russian team for Torino 2006 while forward Alexander Korolyuk (Vityaz Chekhov) has been named as replacement for Alexei Zhamnov, also injured. Bure also informed that one of Denis Kulyash (Dynamo Moscow) or Sergei Zhukov (Lokomotiv Yaroslavl) will replace injured defenseman Dmitri Bykov (Danmo Moscow).
- Carnival of the NHL #18, The Sawchuk Edition, is up at the new Red Wings blog Abel to Yzerman. The former Navy Chief Petty Officer takes an informative look around the hockey blogosphere.
- The AHL Allstar Game festivities begin at 8PM ET tonight with the 2006 CCM AHL All-Star Skills Competition. The AHL Allstar game will be held on Wednesday at 8PM ET.
AHL Allstar Rosters:
2006 Canadian AHL All-Stars
# Pos Name Team
3 F Mark Hartigan - Syracuse
4 D *Nathan Paetsch - Rochester
9 F Martin St. Pierre - Norfolk
10 F *Kirby Law - Houston
11 F *Eric Fehr - Hershey
12 D Bruno Gervais - Bridgeport
14 D Curtis Murphy - Houston
15 F Layne Ulmer San - Antonio
16 F Jeff Tambellini - Manchester
17 F Denis Hamel - Binghamton
20 F Junior Lessard - Iowa
21 F *Jimmy Roy ("C") - Manitoba
22 D Braydon Coburn - Chicago
25 F Donald MacLean - Grand Rapids
26 D *John Slaney - Philadelphia
28 D Lawrence Nycholat - Hershey
29 D Andy Delmore - Syracuse
33 G *Wade Flaherty - Manitoba
34 D Richie Regehr - Omaha
35 G Dany Sabourin - WB/Scranton
75 G Yann Danis - Hamilton
84 F Corey Locke - Hamilton
2006 PlanetUSA AHL All-Stars
# Pos Name Team
3 D Mike Mottau - Peoria
4 D Filip Novak - Binghamton
5 D *Noah Welch - WB/Scranton
7 F *Erik Westrum - Houston
8 F Aleksander Suglobov - Albany
9 F Ryan Vesce - Springfield
11 F Keith Aucoin - Lowell
15 F Valtteri Filppula - Grand Rapids
16 F Libor Pivko - Milwaukee
18 F Patrick Rissmiller - Cleveland
21 F *John Pohl - Toronto
22 D Thomas Pock - Hartford
26 F *Jiri Hudler - Grand Rapids
29 G Al Montoya - Hartford
31 G Vitaly Kolesnik - Lowell
33 F Eric Healey ("C") - Providence
35 G *Pekka Rinne - Milwaukee
37 D Denis Grebeshkov - Manchester
41 F Ryan Shannon - Portland
52 D *Sven Butenschon - Manitoba
89 F Patrick O'Sullivan - Houston
The AHL Allstar Game will be broadcast live on NHL Center Ice. There also will be a free live webcast of the skills competition and the Allstar Game offered from B2 Networks. The B2 Networks schedule for regular season AHL Cleveland Barons games can be found here.
- Free webcast of All-Star Classic - TheAHL.com.
- Baby-faced trio powering Barons - TheAHL.com.
- Sharkspage 2006 ECHL Allstar Game photo gallery and highlights.
- According to Anaheim GM Brian Burke, the soon to be Anaheim Ducks might lose "in excess of $15 million (US)" this season. Burke also commented on the trades of Sergei Federov and Petr Sykora:
Asked why he traded popular forwards Sergei Fedorov and Petr Sykora, Burke responded: "When you take over a team that has had largely a losing tradition, as we have, you have to shovel out the stable before you start showing the horses. We are in that stage now.
"We've had to get some people out of here that did not want to be here. Some people who did not fit the blueprint of the type of team I need to have."
The Anaheim Mighty Ducks face off against the San Jose Sharks Wednesday at 7:30PM.
- Ducks Skate on Rideau Canal in Ottawa - Mightyducks.com.
- From Kukla's Korner on NBC's Saturday NHL broadcast ratings:
NHL on NBC for the games of January 28th had a 1.3 rating and a 3 share. Same as the first week and better than last week.
With the Stars up 2-1 in the shootout, and Henrik Zetterberg up for the Wings, it was nail biting time for Stars fans. Turco forced him to the right, and lost his stick trying to poke check Zetterberg as the puck slid past the right side of the net. The referee waived his arms, the players began celebrating, the NBC announcers said thank you, good night, and NBC cut away to golf.
One problem. The officials later ruled that Turco threw his stick while trying to make the save. Zetterberg was credited with a goal. Play resumed. Offwing compares the incident to the infamous Heidi affair, and notes that the game was cut away from immediately on Center Ice as well.
- From the Onion:
NHL Players Protest New Goaltending Penalty
NEW YORK—Less than six months since players returned from a yearlong lockout, hockey is once again in turmoil following last week's announcement that "goaltending," or attempting to obstruct a shot on goal or impede the puck's progress with one's body or stick, would become a two-minute minor penalty, a rule change that went into effect Monday.
"Increasing scoring with rule changes and cracking down on obstruction is one thing," said Phoenix Coyotes goaltender Curtis Joseph, who claims his job is being banned by the league. "But to take a page from the NBA and just outlaw goaltending outright… Maybe it's just me, but I think that rule just plain goes against the spirit of hockey." Veteran NHL centers, forwards, and some defensemen took issue with Joseph's remarks, claiming he was still angry over being penalized seven times in the Coyotes' Monday night game against Dallas, in which Joseph had zero saves and lost 88-105.
This is so believable, it took a few seconds before it registered as a parody.
- Red and Black Hockey covered the recent Ron Francis tribute night. RAB posted a photo of all the Carolina Hurricanes wearing a #10 in the pregame skate, and Francis's #10 being raised to the ceiling prior to the start of the game.
It was a nice end to a wonderful night. The ceremony was very nice, and at the same time, low key. Throughout the game, all the typical jumbotron entertainment was replaced with video messages to Ron from many current and former players.
During the second intermission, I ran in to Aaron Ward. According to his account, he'll be back on the ice in "seven to ten days". It'll be awesome to have him back, but once he comes back, it means that we won't have room for Babchuk. It'll be a little sad because I've really liked what I've seen from that guy.
While the Canes were winning their game, so were the Lightning. We were unable, then, to stretch our lead to 20 points. However, the Canes were able to stretch their Eastern Conference lead over Ottawa to four points. However, it must be taken into consideration that Ottawa has three games in hand on Carolina.
[Update] A press release from the ECHL:
Thunder's Moreland Named Reebok Hockey ECHL Goaltender Of The Week
PRINCETON, N.J. - Jake Moreland of the Stockton Thunder is the Reebok Hockey ECHL Goaltender of the Week for Jan. 23-29. The 26-year-old went 1-0-1 with a 1.44 goals-against average and a .968 save percentage as the Thunder went 1-0-2.
After making 41 saves in a 3-2 win at San Diego on Jan. 27, the 6-foot-2 and 190-pound Moreland had a career-high and team record 51 saves in regulation and overtime in a 2-1 shootout loss to Long Beach on Jan. 28.
Moreland made his first ECHL All-Star appearance and stopped all 12 shots he faced in the second period to help the National Conference beat the American Conference 7-6 on Jan. 25 at Save Mart Center in Fresno, Calif. He is tied for third in the ECHL with two shutouts and ranks 20th with a goals-against average of 3.11 while he is 5-11-4 with a save percentage of .913.
In his fourth professional season, Moreland is 36-23-10 with seven shutouts, a goals-against average of 2.56 and a save percentage of .921 in 77 regular season games with Atlantic City and Stockton and is 1-1-0 with a goals-against average of. 1.38 and a save percentage of .926 in two games with Worcester of the American Hockey League.
The native of Grand Forks, N.D. played four seasons at St. Cloud State from 1999-2003 finishing with a record of 26-17-1, four shutouts, a goals-against average of 2.77 and a save percentage of .902. Runners Up: Matt Underhill, Alaska (2-0-0, .50 GAA, .982 save pct.), and Davis Parley, South Carolina (2-0-0, 1.50 GAA, .960 save pct).Also Nominated: Sean Fields (Gwinnett), Todd Ford (Pensacola), Mike Mole (Phoenix), Tom Lawson (San Diego), Justin Eddy (Utah), B.J. Boxma (Victoria), and Andy Chiodo (Wheeling).