Posts Tagged ‘Dany Heatley’

Top Line: Capitals melt down; the sad decline of Dany Heatley; more links

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Mikhail Grabovski (84) and the Capitals fell meekly to Rob Carr (2) and the Penguins. (Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Mikhail Grabovski (84) and the Capitals fell meekly to Matt Niskanen (2) and the Penguins. (Rob Carr/Getty Images)

By Allan Muir

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

• No Capitals were hurt last night, which might have been the only bright spot in Washington’s non-compete loss to the archrival Penguins. A bag skate might do them some good after being outshot 40-18.

• Alex Ovechkin knows what it’s like to go through a scoring slump, so he’s heard plenty of advice on how to break out of one. What’s surprising is that he’d share that advice with this guy.

• Is there a player who is providing less bang for the buck than the Wild’s Dany Heatley? Here’s why he’s gone from being a two-time 50-goal man to the league’s highest-paid fourth liner.

• Meet Stephane Waite, the man charged with bringing out the best in Canadiens goaltender Carey Price. This is a great look at the tactics of a goalie coach and the impact he can have on the success of an NHL team.

• After giving Seth Jones heavy minutes on their top pairing, the Predators decided it was best to slash the ice time of the rookie blueliner. Here’s why.

• Bernie Miklasz says Blues fans need to get past the cynicism that has been brought on by past failures and simply enjoy a team that’s off to the best start in franchise history.

• The NHL is looking into using new technology to ensure that it gets controversial goal calls correct.

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  • Published On Nov 21, 2013
  • Top Line: Sharks’ revenge on Lapierre; Patrick Roy’s record; more links

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    San Jose Sharks wheel out a stretcher for Dan Boyle after cheap shot by Max Lapierre

    The Sharks needed a stretcher for their fallen comrade Dan Boyle, but prevailed against the Blues. (Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

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

    The Sharks were shaken up after losing Dan Boyle to a vicious hit early in the game, but they maintained their focus to rout the Blues and earn their sixth consecutive win.

    • Rory Boylen digs up the video evidence of Max Lapierre’s past transgressions and says his cheap shot on Boyle is worth 10 games on the sidelines from player safety sheriff Brendan Shanahan.

    • Here’s the St. Louis perspective on the hit and the game.

    • Fortunately, Dan Boyle appears to be doing OK.

    • It was another record-setting night for Patrick Roy as the Avalanche moved to 6-0 with a hard-fought 3-2 win over Dallas. No small irony in this one, either.

    • While we’re on the Avs’ page, this piece on the not-so-glamorous life of a hockey beat writer is fantastic. Our ol’ buddy Adrian Dater is killing it with this intermittent series. This is a must read.

    • Mike Heika’s another writer who’s been at the absolute top of his game this season. Here’s his take on something old that these new Stars may have found in themselves after being kicked around for 20 minutes last night.

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  • Published On Oct 16, 2013
  • Top Line: Bryzgalov “doesn’t care” if he’s bought out, Kovalchuk back soon, more links

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    Ilya Bryzgalov's latest comments won't still well with Flyers fans.

    Ilya Bryzgalov’s comments to the Courier-Post on Tuesday may not sit well in Philadelphia, but they were misconstrued. (Marianne Helm/Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

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

    • Ilya Bryzgalov says he has no control over the future and isn’t giving a lot of thought to remaining with the Flyers after this season. Note: this initially drew heavily on the Courier-Post headline, which suggested that Bryz “didn’t care” about staying in Philly. Read the story and you’ll see why that wasn’t a fair characterization.

    • The Devils are 0-3-4 and have scored just 12 goals since Ilya Kovalchuk went on IR, so the news that he’s skating and will be back soon gives a boost to their sagging playoff hopes.

    • Remember that pic of Rihanna rocking a Senators jersey like it was a Betsey Johnson mini? Yeah, apparently that’s a thing now in Ottawa. It would be a lot less disturbing if it weren’t leading to the revelation of so many pasty man-thighs.

    • The Penguins clinched the Atlantic Division title with a 5-3 win over Carolina. They also got word that All-Star defenseman Kris Letang could return to the lineup later this week.

    • The return of Justin Faulk couldn’t stop the Hurricanes from dropping to 1-8 since signing Alex Semin to a long-term deal.

    • Ben Bishop stuck it to his former teammates, but let’s be honest: the big story out of the Lightning’s win was the first NHL goal for the wildly-coiffed enforcer Pierre-Cedric Labrie, right?

    • The Isles earned a gut-check win over the Flyers. This looks like a playoff team, doesn’t it?

    • They also announced plans for a preseason game in Brooklyn next fall against the Devils.

    • Sergei Bobrovsky posted his fourth shutout in his last 15 starts and the Blue Jackets snapped a two-game skid with a 4-0 win over the Sharks that puts them right back into the Western Conference playoff picture.

    • The Washington Capitals continued their late-season surge with a 3-2 win over the Habs. That’s five straight for the Caps and nine in their last 11, but here’s a reality check for the team’s fans: this was the first regulation win for Washington against a team currently in a playoff position. Wow.

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  • Published On Apr 10, 2013