Posts Tagged ‘Daniel Alfredsson’

2014 NHL playoffs preview: Boston Bruins vs. Detroit Red Wings

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Pavel Datsyuk of the Detroit Red Wings

The return of the wizardly Pavel Datsyuk (13) gives the Red Wings a puncher’s chance at an upset. (Getty Images)

By Michael Blinn

Regular season recaps

Oct. 5: Bruins 4, Red Wings 1

Oct. 14: Red Wings 3, Bruins 2

Nov. 27: Red Wings 6, Bruins 1

April 2: Red Wings 3, Bruins 2

Notable injuries

Bruins: D Dennis Seidenberg (ACL/MCL, indefinite), D Adam McQuaid (strained quad, indefinite), C Marc Savard (concussion, indefinite)

Red Wings: RW Mikael Samuelsson (shoulder, indefinite), C Stephen Weiss (sports hernia, indefinite), LW Henrik Zetterberg (back surgery, indefinite), D Jonathan Ericsson (finger surgery, indefinite), RW Daniel Cleary (knee sprain, indefinite)

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  • Published On Apr 15, 2014
  • Top Line: Luongo’s sensational debut; new Goal of the Year video; more

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    It looks like Roberto Luongo is settling in to playing in the Sunshine State again. (Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)

    It looks like Roberto Luongo is settling in to playing in the Sunshine State again. (Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    An annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:

    • Roberto Luongo earned his franchise-record 27th shutout in his return to Florida to lead the Panthers to a 2-0 win over the Sabres.

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  • Published On Mar 08, 2014
  • VIDEO: Red Wings’ Daniel Alfredsson loses teeth, picks them up off ice

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    By Nick Stoico

    Just a classic hockey moment Tuesday night in Newark. The Devils beat Detroit 4-3, but Red Wings forward Daniel Alfredsson lost a little more than the game.

    With about 3:00 left in the second period, New Jersey’s Andrei Loktionov wrestled with Alfredsson for inside position as the two glided into the end boards behind the the Detroit net. Loktionov’s feet got tripped up and as he went down, his stick came up sending the blade right into Alfredsson’s mouth.

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  • Published On Mar 04, 2014
  • Top Line: Inside Team USA’s selections; Winter Classic magic; more links

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    Bobby Ryan of the Ottawa Senators was snubbed by the US Olympic hockey team for the Sochi Games.

    Bobby Ryan’s snub by Team USA for the Sochi Games was a shocker. (Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    An annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:

    • Here are two of the best pieces you’ll read this year: USA Today‘s Kevin Allen and ESPN’s Scott Burnside were embedded with the Team USA staff during the Olympic selection meetings, giving them unprecedented insight into the hotly debated process, including why some noteworthy players didn’t make the final cut.

    • Bobby Ryan’s snub was a hot topic on Twitter, with current and ex-players expressing shock that the Senators sniper had been left off Team USA.

    • Cory Schneider took the high road after the U.S. passed him over in favor of Jimmy Howard.

    • Steve Simmons says the experience of yesterday’s Winter Classic will be hard to top.

    • Bad back or not, Daniel Alfredsson wasn’t going to miss this Classic.

    • The passion of the fans was the real story in Ann Arbor, according to Chris Johnston.

    • Bruce Arthur believes the beautiful, messy imperfections of the Winter Classic are what make it great.

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  • Published On Jan 02, 2014
  • The 13 biggest, most notable NHL team impact moves of 2013

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    Patrick Roy, Nathan MacKinnon and Joe Sakic restored hope to the Colorado Avalanche in 2013.

    Trio Grande: Patrick Roy, Nathan MacKinnon and Joe Sakic restored hope in Colorado. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    Change, for lack of a better word, is good. It brings focus to an organization. Keeps a room fresh. Creates competition. Brings a team closer to its goal. Gives the fans reason to believe … if not now, then next year.

    Here’s our list of the 13 most noteworthy, impactful changes that were made during the course of 2013.

    MORE: 13 best players | Hits | Goals | Games | Memes | Tweets | Weird moments | Most painful |

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  • Published On Dec 27, 2013
  • Top Line: Fighter rips ex-coach Bob Hartley; Alfie in Ottawa; more links

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    Bob Hartley, now coach of the Calgary Flames, was ripped by one of his former Avalanche players.

    Flames coach Bob Hartley is not remembered fondly by one his former players. (Marianne Helm/Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    An annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:

    • This piece by Mike Chambers and Adrian Dater of The Denver Post tackles the ongoing fighting/concussion debate with a solemn thoroughness. But what makes it a must-read are the damning comments that former Colorado enforcer Scott Parker directs toward his ex-coach, Bob Hartley. This isn’t quite the smoking gun that the concussion lawsuit lawyers need, but it paints a vivid picture of institutional neglect that the NHL’s attorneys should fear. Parker also makes Hartley, now coach of the Calgary Flames, look like a pretty sorry human being.

    • In a companion piece, Chambers illustrates the impact that outlawing fighting has had in American college hockey. It’s not pretty.

    • Dater doesn’t like the chances of the concussion lawsuit succeeding, or Patrick Roy’s behavior in the aftermath of Colorado’s loss to St. Louis last week.

    • Another former enforcer, Darren McCarty, has a new book out just in time for Christmas gift giving. To give you a taste of what’s inside, here’s an excerpt that details his memories of his legendary beatdown of Claude Lemieux.

    • Daniel Alfredsson was overwhelmed by the outpouring of affection from Ottawa fans prior to Sunday’s game…and then was booed whenever he touched the puck. Nice to see Sens fans know when it’s time to get down to business.

    • In case you missed it, here’s the Alfredsson pre-game tribute video. Nicely done, although I think it’s probably safe to retire “Beautiful Day” by now, don’t you?

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  • Published On Dec 02, 2013
  • Top Line: John Scott inspires Mike Milbury’s epic rant; more links

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    John Scott of the Buffalo Sabres is facing NHL suspension.

    Buffalo’s John Scott has become a bit of a lightning rod for scorn of late. (Bill Wippert/NHLI via Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    An annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:

    • Bucky Gleason counts John Scott and coach Ron Rolston among several Sabres who have no right being in the NHL in the wake of last night’s shameful showing against the Bruins. He also suggests that Buffalo look to Boston if it wants to know how a team should be properly rebuilt.

    • Nice job by Harry Scull, Jr., capturing the moment of impact in Scott’s hit on Loui Eriksson. This look like a hockey play to anyone?

    • Mike Milbury went on another epic rant after the game, arguing that Rolston should be fired immediately for his decision to use Scott. After watching the Sabres play a system-free game, there’s an argument to be made there even without invoking the coach’s decision to play that clod.

    • Joe Haggerty has some postgame reactions from Claude Julien, a semi-update on Eriksson, and a hot sports opinion on the value of Scott.

    • Sabres thug Patrick Kaleta got bad news from a judge yesterday. Some day, maybe even in our own lifetimes, he’ll get similarly disappointing news from Gary Bettman.

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  • Published On Oct 24, 2013
  • Top Line: Tim Thomas hurt…again; Lars Eller’s insult backfires; more links

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    Florida Panthers goalie Tim Thomas was injured again in a game against the Chicago Blackhawks.

    Florida Panthers goaltender Tim Thomas’s comeback has been a painful one so far. (J Pat Carter/AP)

    By Allan Muir

    An annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:

    • Tim Thomas looked sharp in another start for the Panthers, but couldn’t finish it off against the Blackhawks. Team sources aren’t offering specifics about his injury, but they did rule out the groin that sidelined Thomas earlier this month.

    • The Edmonton Oilers did look a bit like a junior team in the first period last night against Montreal, but used four unanswered goals to shove Lars Eller’s insult back down the throats of the Canadiens on the way to a big 4-3 win.

    • Edmonton’s Mark Arcobello is really, really quietly off to one of the greatest starts for a rookie in NHL history. Like, Sidney Crosby and Patrick Kane great.

    • Ex-goalies tend to make great color men and solid general managers, but Patrick Roy is one of the few to pursue coaching as a second career.

    • Jonas Brodin was hauled to the hospital, but later released, after taking a puck square in the mush last night. This is exactly what my mom was thinking of when she told me to forget about braces.

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  • Published On Oct 23, 2013
  • Top Line: Tim Thomas triumphs in return; PEDs in NHL?; more links

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    Tim Thomas won his NHL debut with the Florida Panthers.

    After a year away, Tim Thomas looked like his old self in Florida’s 4-2 win in Dallas. (Andrew Dieb/Icon SMI)

    By Allan Muir

    An annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:

    • Tim Thomas would have preferred to stop every shot he faced, but he was happy to get the win in his debut with the Florida Panthers.

    • Mike Heika really, really commits to the house-building metaphor as a means of reminding fans that the new-look Dallas Stars remain a work in progress.

    • More than a few surprising results in this ESPN player poll, but probably none more shocking than the revelation that 20 percent of players polled believe they have a teammate using performance-enhancing drugs.

    • Given all they’ve been through over the past four years, a 4-1 win over the Rangers was just the second-best part of opening night in Phoenix. The best? Not having to waste one single moment worrying about the threat of relocation.

    • Not saying the Caps shouldn’t take some satisfaction from pulling two points out of thin air last night in Calgary, but when you’ve been outscored 8-3 at even strength through two games and you’re cranking out turnovers like a bakery, there are a few issues that need to be addressed before Game 3.

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  • Published On Oct 04, 2013
  • Top Line: Henrik Lundqvist style tips; new outdoor game; more links

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    Henrik Lundqvist of the New York Rangers

    Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist recently gave ESPN’s Barry Melrose a makeover. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    An annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:

    • We all could benefit from a little style advice from Henrik Lundqvist, hockey’s own Beau Brummel, but there’s one guy who needs it more than most.

    • While rumors are circulating that Washington’s big announcement on Saturday could involve an upcoming Winter Classic, plans already are afoot for another outdoor game for the Penguins and Flyers, this time at Penn State’s Beaver Stadium.

    • With the Pens in Chicago for a preseason tilt on Thursday, the league cranked up the hype machine for their March 1 rematch at Soldier Field.

    • For once, Gary Bettman was able to speak without having to shout over the boos.

    • Jamie Benn’s not much of a talker, which might be why he’s exactly the right man to wear the C for the Dallas Stars.

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  • Published On Sep 20, 2013


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