Jarome Iginla joins an exclusive club…Martin Brodeur has faith in PA director Donald Fehr…Canucks and Bruins stage lively rematch…Shane Doan reaches a notable milestone…Danny Briere and Kyle Turris drop the gloves…Capitals lose Mike Green again to injury…Kings shut out by lowly Blue Jackets…Steve Ott could face suspension…Small number of protestors at Canadiens game.
CALGARY SUN: Flames captain Jarome Iginla scored his 500th career NHL goal as his team downed the Minnesota Wild by a score of 3-1, becoming the 42nd player in NHL history to reach that milestone.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Great to see him score that goal on home ice. Congratulations to Iginla for this achievement.
TRIBLIVE.COM: New Jersey Devils goalie Martin Brodeur defending the NHLPA’s rejection of the NHL’s divisional realignment plan, expressing faith in PA director Donald Fehr, and downplaying suggestions this could be an indicator of the PA’s intention to play hardball with the league in upcoming CBA negotiations. “We all know we can’t have another stoppage,” he said. “Both sides know that.”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Read again what Brodeur said: “”We all know we can’t have another stoppage. Both sides know that.” That’s what is important to remember during the CBA negotiations. We’re going to read and hear a lot of prophesying of doom and demonizing of the league and the PA, but the bottom line is both sides don’t want to risk another work stoppage. It remains to be seen if they can avoid it, but I think it’s a very good possibility a deal can be implemented without another lockout or a players strike.
BOSTON GLOBE: Poor decisions doomed the Bruins as they lost their rematch to the Vancouver Canucks 4-3. Brad Marchand’s clip of Canucks defenseman Sami Salo resulted in two power-play goals by Vancouver. Marchand could face suspension for the hit on Salo.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Marchand hit sullied an otherwise intense, entertaining game between last season’s Cup Finalists, who clearly haven’t lost their distaste for each other.
AZCENTRAL.COM: Phoenix Coyotes captain Shane Doan achieved his first career hat trick as the Coyotes defeated the NY Islanders 5-1.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Hard to believe Doan never scored a hat trick in his long NHL career until last night. Good for him that he finally got one!
NBC SPORTS PRO HOCKEY TALK: Philadelphia Flyers forward Danny Briere and Ottawa Senators center Kyle Turris dropped the gloves and scrapped. The Flyers edged the Senators 3-2.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: These two rarely fight, so no one can complain that this was one of those staged fights between two goons. Evidently they just had enough of each other and decided to duke it out.
WASHINGTON POST: Capitals defenseman Mike Green was forced to leave yesterday’s game against the San Jose Sharks with tightness in his groin. Green had previous missed 23 games with a groin strain.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: This isn’t a good sign for Green, whose offensive contributions have been missed by the Caps this season and is a big reason why they’ve struggled.
LOS ANGELES TIMES: It may be time for new Kings head coach Darryl Sutter to crack the whip after his club dropped a listless 1-0 decision to the lowly Columbus Blue Jackets.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: No offense to the Blue Jackets, but the Kings are a much better team and have no reason to lose that game. Looks like a “bag skate” could be in their future, as they still aren’t playing up to their full potential.
THE SCORE: Dallas Stars forward Steve Ott could face suspension after hitting Edmonton Oilers forward Anton Lander in the head.
TORONTO SUN: Only 150 protestors showed up outside the Bell Centre prior to the Tampa Bay Lightning-Montreal Canadiens game to protest the Canadiens promotion of unilingual Randy Cunneyworth as interim head coach. The Canadiens won the game 3-1.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Looks like the only language Canadiens fans care about is the language of victory. I’d love to see Cunneyworth coach the Canadiens into a playoff berth and perhaps even winning a round or two, just to watch his critics squirm and to make it difficult for the Habs to fire him. I’d even love to see him coach the Habs to the Stanley Cup as that would really shut his critics up, but even I’m not that much of a fantasist.