Joe Pavelski making up for Thornton's woes

Pavelski.jpgRed Light District Hockey has a great article today on how Joe
Pavelski has stepped up for the San Jose Sharks, while Joe Thornton has
once again fallen off the face of the planet once the playoffs began.

“There was not going to be any quit on
our part,” Pavelski said. “We wanted this one. We knew we were going to
get our chances, a couple of chances. Let’s bury them when we get the
opportunity and they went in.”


He goes on to mention the dominant
performance of Pavelski’s line. Skating alongside Setoguchi and Clowe,
the “second” line combined for nine goals and 22 points and was a
plus-16 in the series to lead the San Jose attack.

Thornton had just three assists (one on an empty net goal) and was a
minus-4 in the first round against the Colorado Avalanche. After last
year’s 1-4-5 line and minus-3 in a first round, it’s no longer a joke
about Thornton’s inability to produce when the spotlight is on. It’s a
proven fact that Thornton, for whatever reason, simply folds when his
team needs him most.

If the Sharks have any hope of slaying their
postseason demons, they’ll need much more than a great performance by
Joe Pavelski and his line to do so. Somehow, any way possible, Thornton
will have to find a way to get over this massive hump he’s facing.

Kassian sent to hospital after being involved in car accident

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Montreal Canadiens winger Zack Kassian was involved in a car accident early Sunday morning.

According to the Montreal Gazette, Kassian was a passenger in a vehicle that ran into a tree.

The Canadiens have since confirmed the incident took place and have also mentioned that Kassian was taken to hospital.

A club official described his injuries as being “minor”.

“(Kassian) was all bloodied up and stuff. He was in a daze,” said Steve Petrenko, a resident of the street on which the accident took place. “He had a hard time walking, and he almost took a fall.”

This story will be updated when more information is made available.

Habs and Fleischmann agree on one-year deal

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The Montreal Canadiens announced that they have signed Tomas Fleischmann to a one-year contract.

According to TVA Sports, the deal is worth $750,000.

The 31-year-old was invited to camp on a professional tryout, but his preseason performance showed that he could still contribute at the NHL level.

Fleischmann found instant chemistry with new linemates David Desharnais and Dale Weise, and it looks like the trio will open the regular season as Montreal’s third line.

The veteran winger started  last season with Florida, but was traded to Anaheim on Feb. 28. He had a hard time cracking the Duck’s lineup and was a healthy scratch in most of their playoff games last spring.

Fleischmann scored eight goals and 27 points in 66 games last season.