JVR is really having a coming out party, eh? If last year’s Claude Giroux show is any indication, van Riemsdyk should have a big year next campaign. He has a five-game points streak now. Make that a five-game GOAL streak.

 

Brad Marchand has eight points in his last six games. He’s also a plus-8, which goes nicely with his plus-25 from the regular season. At the age of 22 (23 next week) he is, statistically, a candidate for a sophomore slump. But you don’t see any indication of that, do you? (I refer to a study I did last year that showed a clear trend towards a sophomore slumping if he is 21 years of age or older – just an indicator, not in stone)

 

Brian Boucher left with a hand injury last night, but returned for the third period. Bobrovsky’s brief stint saw him stop six out of six.

 

Are the Capitals considering Varlamov? Or is this more head games?

 

For those casual fans of junior hockey and those in deeper leagues:

 

The WHL Final is down to Kootenay (featuring Cody Eakin, WAS; Brayden McNabb, BUF; Max Reinhart, CGY) vs. Portland (Nino Niederreiter, NYI; Ryan Johansen, CBJ; Brad Ross, TOR; Craig Cunningham, BOS)

 

The OHL Final is down to Mississauga (Maxim Kitsyn, LA; Devante Smith-Pelly, ANA; Casey Cizikas, NYI) vs. Owen Sound (Garrett Wilson, FLA – last week’s player of the week; Joey Hishon, COL; Jesse Blacker, TOR; Scott Stajcer, NYR)

 

The QMJHL Final is down to Saint John (Jonathan Huberdeau, First Round this summer; Simon Despres, PIT; Jacob DeSerres, PHI; Stanislav Galiev, WAS) vs. the winner of Gatineau/Quebec (game tonight).

 

Gustav Wesslau, the Columbus goaltending prospect signed last year, has returned to Sweden where he will remain.

 

There’s hints of Alex Burrows moving back to the Sedin line as the Canucks try to find their offense against the stifling Preds.

 

McQuaid – misses the check big time. And ouch. He left the game:

 

 

How hard was this shot? Think in terms of light beams (to quote NHL Slapshot):

 

 


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shaun b said:

shingy
Guy Incognito Why don't you spend less time putting words in ppl mouths and more time paying attention. I said he "usually" causes the injuries not "every play he's ever involved in is an attempt to injure someone".

Also, try not explaining every little thing like your the "expert". Physics is a tough subject (not for you of course) but I understand body mechanics during quick plays. Junior hockey (ice) and college soccer (turf) helped me over the years.

Pretty smart pointing out that I made my mind up before even watching the replay. Very insightful.



May 04, 2011
Votes: -1

Hockey Hoser said:

Hockey Hoser
... The clip at the 0:54 is somewhat illusionary. Because of the angle of the camera, Richards leg appears longer and seems to drag. If you look at his leg from the other angles, he's cleary just pushing off and trying to avoid the hit. McQuaid whiffed.

@Guy Icognito: HOLY DRAGON SLAYER!!!
May 04, 2011
Votes: +0

shaun b said:

shingy
Richards Hater Good points guys. Well taken. More of the point I'm making is toward Richards as a person. I just can't stand him..lol. I believe he actually enjoys injuring people, he must. His history over the past few years for not being accountable is impressive. So, I have no problem believing he didn't actually leave the leg out but I definitely believe he would if he could, regardless of the possible long term injury to someone.
May 04, 2011
Votes: -1

Guy Incognito said:

Guy Incognito
reality check Please, Shaun... basic physics here: when you sidestep a hit, on turf or on ice, you have to push off with something in contact with the ground. It stands to reason that the last thing to follow you will be the foot that was used to push off. Lots of knee-on-knee hits that people get riled up about are really just incidental outcomes of one guy sidestepping and being left with a leg dangling out there.
You made your conclusion before even watching the replay - you knew what you wanted to see and in most slow-motion replays you can pick a frame that can be interpreted to your liking. Instead, watch the video pretending Richards is someone else (say... Datsyuk?) and see if you can't come to the basic conclusion that he simply dodged a hit. I agree that Richards is at least reckless with his hits and would entertain the argument that he's dirty, but that doesn't mean every play he's ever involved in is an attempt to injure someone. I believe you're a little bit out to lunch on this one.
May 04, 2011
Votes: +1

Darryl Atkinson said:

habsrule
Mcquaid In fact, although I am not a Richards fan, if you ask me, what you really see is McQuaid coming in for a hit, and really trying to throw a forearm/elbow at Richards, and when he missed, it put him so off balance that hitting Richards leg sent him flying... If he had got Richards with that hit, shaunb would have been happy, but the media, and half the league, would have been calling for a suspension.... He might be better off with a headache...
May 04, 2011
Votes: +0

hockey said:

hockey
Shaun B Bruins fan here and I cannot see any sort of malice on the mcquaid play, even in super slow motion. As far as I can tell richards has his full attention on the puck. Just unfortunate, thats all there is to it.
May 04, 2011
Votes: +1

Rob Harold said:

Redrobster
... Shaun, You previously stated that you can't stand this guy so much, you'd like to be part of the Mike Richards Non Fan club and he is a maggot. It seems that you may be slightly biased in forming an opinion on this play.
I'm not a Bruins or Flyers fan so I think I have a pretty non-biased opinion. It looks like he sees the hit coming out of the corner of his eye at the last second and throws his upper body out of the way and his leg ends up being the last thing that comes with him. I think if Richards had of tried to just step out of the way, he would have led with his leg and his upper body would have been the last part to get out of the way of the huge incoming hit and he would have been nailed.
I just don't see how he could of planned that on that play... just my $0.02...
May 04, 2011
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shaun b said:

shingy
The Mike Richards Non Fan Club I can be serious, and at any speed. So, stop using slow motion to closely watch a play to see what really happens?...is that your advice.
Overly protective? I'm about as overprotective as George Parros. It's simply this, Richards is maggot when it comes to intentionally trying to injury players, he doesn't give sweet f@!k all about anyone. Lots of examples. So when someone gets injured next to him, he usually has everything to do with it.
May 03, 2011
Votes: -3

sentium said:

Dakkster
... shaun b, you can't possibly be serious. he just barely gets out of the way. look at it at normal speed, not in super slow motion where the people who watch get to put about a million pounds of intent into just a tiny body twitch, because it seems like it takes forever for that twitch to happen. richards just had time to push off with his right leg and then he pulled it in and in that time, mcquaid had gotten there. it happened in the blink of an eye and if you honestly think that richards had time to think "yeah, I'm going to leave my leg out so he flies head first into the boards" I really don't know what to say about the overprotective attitude among fans today. mcquaid missed a hit and injured himself on the boards. happens a fair amount of times every season. no malicious intent there.
May 03, 2011
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shaun b said:

shingy
The Mike Richards Non Fan Club I can't stand this guy so much that I had to look a closer at the McQuaid injury last night. To me it looks that once McQuaid missed and moved slightly pass Richards, Richards kept his leg out, without any obvious effort of course, just enough to trip up McQuaid. In real time or off angle it looks completely harmless, but if you go to the 54 second mark and watch that short 3 second period a couple of times, you'll see him keep his foot in there and trip him up sending him face first into the boards.
With anyone else besides Richards I would never give this a second look. But knowing how much this guys disrespects the long term health of his opponents, I thought it was worth a second glance. Maybe I'm crazy but he's a dirty sob who would reveal in knocking McQuaid out of the series. Now, as a GM, you would absolutely love this guy, but I'm not a GM.
May 03, 2011
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mick said:

hawkdog
playoff challenge on armchair pools Wow, just checked out the dobber playoff standing on armchair pools, i have moved from last to 9th!
May 03, 2011
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