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LaBarbera Wins Canucks Debut

jason-labarbera-150With all-star goaltender Roberto Luongo out with an injury the Vancouver Canucks have been doing all they can to pick up wins when possible. Backup Curtis Sanford has been hot – right up until he suffered a groin injury earlier this week, leaving the ‘Nucks without a netminder.

Enter the sloppy management of the Los Angeles Kings. The Canucks apparently offer the Kings a 7th round pick in 2009 for their backup, B.C. boy Jason LaBarbera and, believe it or not, the Kings accept.

Now, LaBarbera is no all-star but he is a solid young goaltender and his hot start against Nashville last night is a testament to that. Leading the Canucks to a 2-1 victory with 35 saves, LaBarbera’s place in the organization could lead to some interesting developments.

Martin St. Louis Cut By Skate

martin-st-louis-150Martin St. Louis of the Tampa Bay Lightning took a linesman’s skate in the face in the dying minutes of his team’s 2-0 loss in Ottawa after the linesman tripped and lifted his leg behind, connecting the blade with St. Louis. He left the ice immediately, bleeding heavily, and I haven’t heard anything since.

Here’s hoping he’s got a few stitches in the forehead as opposed something more serious. And here’s hoping we don’t see another one of these for a while; they’re hard to watch.

Winter Classic 2009 in 3 Weeks

Winter Classic 2009 Logo - 150Just a reminder that the Winter Classic 2009 at Wrigley Field in Chicago is fast approaching; the NHL has sent their ice-making team and final preparations are now being put into place. For those lucky enough to have witnessed last year’s game between Pittsburgh and Buffalo first hand will especially appreciate the coming bout between the Wings and the Hawks!

I’ll have full coverage of the game here including some live pics of the game in action!

NHL All-Star Voting

As it stands now the Eastern Conference is going to have five Habs on the starting line with Carey Price in net for the first period. Last night’s loss may be leaving you wondering if any of them deserve it but loyalty is loyalty!

No matter who you like for the starting lines, get your votes in!

NHL All-Star Fan Balloting- Click to Vote

Senators Risk Playoff Bump

After opening the 2007-2008 season at an exciting pace that resulted in a 15-2 start, the Ottawa Senators simply fell off. Scoring slowed down, goaltending troubles abounded and head coach John Paddock was eventually fired. The Sens ended the regular season on an ugly note, finishing 6th in the East after leading the conference almost all seasons.

The first round of the 2008 playoffs saw Ottawa pitted against the upstart Pittsburgh Penguins and things are not going well. Crosby, Gonchar, Malkin and Sykora have had the Senators’ card from the start and the young Pens team now sits at a comfortable 3-0 series lead going into Wednesday’s game.

While many Ottawa fans are hoping for some sort of comeback, they are quite likely to be the first team ousted from the post-season tomorrow in a clean four-game sweep; a disappointing loss after last year’s run at the Stanley Cup. The Sens will have some real soul-searching to do as they try to figure out why their all-star roster (including Dany Heatley, the highest paid player in the league this year) can’t seem to get it together.

See you next season Sens!

Chris Pronger Suspended

Resident goon Chris Pronger earned himself an eight game suspension after attempting to stomp Vancouver Canucks forward Ryan Kesler while he was one the ice in a game between the Ducks and ‘Nucks on Wednesday night.

Pronger will lose a whopping $609,756.08 due to the suspension; the cash will go instead to the NHLPA Player’s Emergency Assistance Fund. I do have to ask: with the size of the salaries in the NHL, what player would ever need an “emergency fund”?

This is the eighth suspension for Chris Pronger in his 14 season NHL career.

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