Posts Tagged ‘Patrick Sharp’

Team Canada shakes up lines at day two of Sochi practice

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Sidney Crosby

Sidney Crosby’s spot is secure on Team Canada, but much of the lineup is undergoing changes. (Bruce Bennett/Getty)

Team Canada coach Mike Babcock threw his lines into the blender on the second day of practice in an attempt to find chemistry before Thursday’s Olympic opener against Norway.

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  • Published On Feb 11, 2014
  • Must-see video: Blackhawks surprise fans with pre-Olympic prank

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    By Allan Muir

    OK, so ultimately this ends up being an ad for the Illinois Lottery, but that coda does nothing to dilute the awesomeness of this bit starring Patrick Sharp and some unsuspecting Blackhawks supporters.

    The Hawks set up a video studio at a recent game to allow fans the opportunity to record a message of support for the team’s Olympians. But in an Allen Funtian twist, Sharp was waiting in the next room to offer up a personalized response of his own.

    Gape-mouthed shock ensues.

    Nicely done, Chicago.


  • Published On Feb 06, 2014
  • Top Line: Bombings cause Olympic jitters; NHL trade rumors, more links

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    An ambulance leaves the site of a trolleybus explosion in Volgograd, Russia, Monday, Dec. 30, 2013. The explosion left 10 people dead Monday, a day after a suicide bombing that killed at least 17 at the city's main railway. The explosions put the city on edge and highlighted the terrorist threat that Russia is facing as it prepares to host the Winter Games in February. Volgograd is about 650 kilometers (400 miles) northeast of Sochi, where the Olympics are to be held. (AP Photo/Denis Tyrin)

    Suicide bombings of a trolleybus and a train station in Volograd, Russia, killed 34 people. (Denis Tyrin/AP Photos)

    By Allan Muir

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

    • Suicide bombings last week in Russia have potential Olympians on edge with the opening of the Sochi Games a little more than a month away.  Alex Ovechkin, though, has faith in the ability of Russian authorities to keep athletes safe. He’s probably right, but the problem is that athletes aren’t likely to be the targets in Sochi.

    • Are James Reimer and Braden Holtby two of Canada’s three most qualified goalies heading into Sochi? That’s exactly what these fancystats suggest. I’m sure Steve Yzerman and the rest of the Hockey Canada brain trust will take this under advisement.

    • A report out of Detroit says that Team USA’s goalies are already set, and while the first two players on the list shouldn’t surprise anybody, the third name might.

    • Going to the Winter Classic tomorrow? Better bundle up.

    • The Winter Classic launches 62 days of action that will be critical to the league’s quest to push its annual revenue to $4 billion.

    • It could also help change opinions about Detroit, a city that desperately needs to show a different face to the world.

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  • Published On Dec 31, 2013
  • Stanley Cup Final: With Marian Hossa out, Blackhawks go cold in Game 3

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    Blackhawks fall 2-0 to Bruins in Game 3

    Ben Smith (left) did his best in Game 3, but couldn’t replace the injured Marian Hossa. (Elise Amendola/AP)

    By Sarah Kwak

    BOSTON — The surprise came just before the puck dropped in Boston’s 2-0 Game 3 win in the Stanley Cup Final on Monday night. After taking warmups, Blackhawks winger Marian Hossa never came back out of the tunnel and onto the ice at TD Garden. He appeared only on the list of scratches, presumably ailing. (Hossa is day-to-day with an upper-body injury, Chicago coach Joel Quenneville later clarified.) He was replaced by winger Ben Smith, who was making his postseason debut and playing in just his second game all year.

    GAME 3: Recap | Boxscore | Highlights | Photos | Complete schedule

    According to the Blackhawks, however, it was only a surprise to those outside their room. Captain Jonathan Toews said the team was aware all day that the man who shares the team scoring lead (7 goals, 15 points) this postseason might not play. They officially made the call just before game time, when Smith was told to get dressed and get warm.

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  • Published On Jun 18, 2013
  • Top Line: Leafs stand up to bullying Bruins, the fat walrus speaks, more

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    The matchup between Toronto’s Phil Kessel and Boston’s Zdeno Chara has been key this series. (Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

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

    • The biggest reason the Maple Leafs evened their series with Boston? Randy Carlyle played mad scientist with his lines in order to keep Phil Kessel away from Zdeno Chara. That was some serious tactical genius there.

    • With the Game 2 win in Boston, the Leafs served notice they won’t be intimidated by the Bruins any longer.

    • Nice moment in Boston before the game where Marathon bombing victim Jeff Bauman was honored as the team’s banner captain in a pre-game ceremony.

    • The “bug-eyed, fat walrus” took center stage in Ottawa ahead of the Senators’ Game 3 meeting with Montreal on Sunday. Sounds like he’s not very good with numbers.

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  • Published On May 05, 2013
  • NHL playoffs: Blackhawks easily handle Wild 5-2, take 2-0 series lead

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    Chicago goalie Corey Crawford stood firm against Zach Parise and the Wild in Game 2. (Warren Wimmer/Icon SMI)

    By Allan Muir

    The Chicago Blackhawks needed more than a win against the Minnesota Wild Friday night. They needed to prove, to themselves if no one else, that they could correct the mistakes that permeated their play in the series opener.

    Chances are they’re feeling a lot better after Game 2.

    The Hawks fired 77 shots toward Wild goalie Josh Harding. They pursued the puck relentlessly. They took full advantage of their speed and creativity. And they made Minnesota’s top players look like overmatched Pee Wees in a decisive 5-2 win.

    Here are four key takeaways from the game:

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  • Published On May 04, 2013
  • Top Line: Bruins-Blackhawks Cup Final, Canadians support fight ban, more links

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    Chicago Blackhawks and Boston Bruins

    Chicago and Boston, Original Six stalwarts, have never met in a the Stanley Cup Final. (Bill Smith/Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    A notated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:

    • The Stanley Cup dream final? How does Boston vs. Chicago sound?

    • The Blackhawks could be without top-six forward Patrick Sharp for three weeks after he suffered a shoulder injury against the Avs on Wednesday night.

    • It appears the majority of Canadians now support a ban on fighting in the NHL. Why does my phone never ring for these surveys?

    • The NHL wants visors to be mandatory. The NHLPA does not. Seriously. Chris Pronger said yesterday that he supported mandatory visors, but wouldn’t agree to it because if you let the NHL make rules unilaterally, you don’t know what they’ll do next. Yep, nothing worse than having someone looking out for your health and safety.

    • Pronger spoke yesterday at a press conference in Philly where he didn’t announce his retirement but enumerated all the reasons he’ll never play hockey again.

    • Ryan Getzlaf is a different person from the one who loafed his way through much of last season. Here’s what’s behind his amazing comeback.

    • Is Niklas Kronwall the leading candidate for the Norris Trophy? Really?

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  • Published On Mar 08, 2013


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