One week around the NHL Dec. 6- 12
Quote of the week
Bruce Boudreau told Caps 365 of Alex Ovechkin, “If you look at when we scored the second goal and the first goal, he was just as happy as anybody whether he was getting an assist or not, so I mean he just wants the team to win. I mean people outside of Washington may think differently.”
This was during a Caps 365 interview prior to the Caps 5th straight loss against the Avalanche. Gee, I wonder what makes people outside of Washington think so differently. Watch the video interview here
Entertaining Tweet of the week
TSN has released the lost Luongo poem about the Greenmen! Enjoy! http://bit.ly/hoJZMD
Tweeted by @TheGreenMen of Rogers Arena, the twitter page of the green men who can sometimes be seen in Vancouver.
See a video of Lunogo’s video poetry to the Arena regulars here
Players, trades, General Management
Marco Sturm from Bruins to Kings
Sturm, who has been playing for Boston since 2005, was traded to Los Angeles on Saturday following a week of rumors and for salary cap reasons, the New England Sports Network reports. After several successful seasons with the Bruins, Sturm has been out of the line up since May with ACL and MCL injuries.
Injuries Around the League
Patrick Kane, Chicago Blackhawks, left leg
Kane injured his leg last Sunday during the Hawk’s home game against the Flames just 23 seconds in, NHL.com reports. He was avoiding a check from Flame Cory Sarich and is rumored to be about for at least three weeks.
Andy McDonald, St. Louis Blues, Concussion
McDonald was hurt last weekend in a game against Edmonton, and the Blues disclosed on Tuesday, Dec. 7 that he would be out indefinitely due to a concussion. The concussion occurred during the overtime period when McDonald crashed into the leg of an Oiler and hit his head. It will be especially detrimental to the Blue’s offensive because as NHL.com reported he is tied for the team lead with 17 points.
Mikael Samuelsson, Vancouver Canucks, Concussion
It looks like concussions and the blues just seem to go together as Samuelsson will miss at least a week after being injured last Sunday against the Blues. It was reported to be a minor concussion and the three games missed this week were protocol, a further examination will determine the length of absence.
Games to look forward to
Pittsburgh v. Philadelphia, Tuesday 7 p.m.
The Penguins will be going for a crazy 13 straight wins against one of their historically most intense rivals, and could even be without star Evgeni Malkin. These two teams always bring the pressure when they meet, and Pittsburgh has lost two of the last three meetings on home ice. This game is in Philadelphia, giving the Flyers home ice advantage to the Pens who will not want to be breaking any of their on going streaks.
Detroit v. Chicago, Friday 8:30 p.m.
As of today, both teams are 6-3-1 in their last 10 and have been playing their way to fame in the Western Conference. Chicago will more than likely be without one of their stars, Patrick Kane, but these two teams still have plenty of talent to showcase in their Friday night match up in snowy Chicago.