Obviously, missing practice without a clear (or at least public) reason isn’t very professional, so Oshie deserves to pay the price. That being said, sometimes it is tough to deal with the steady stream of losing – especially during a tough season in St. Louis. People tend to forget the human element involved in that process … not to mention how much of a grind an 82-game season can be.
Korac caught up with Blues general manager Doug Armstrong and head coach Davis Payne, who addressed the issue.
Armstrong: “There’s a responsibility for the players. He didn’t meet that responsibility. He’ll pay the consequences as we move forward.”
Davis Payne: “We consider it (serious). I know Osh does as well. That’s the message. … These are not the type of actions that are required as a member of the St. Louis Blues, a member of this organization.”
Neither Payne nor Armstrong would elaborate much further on the subject.
Ultimately, it’s a regrettable moment for Oshie and the Blues, but maybe it will serve as motivation for the promising young forward to break through during the 2011-12 season. At this point, the rest of this season is all about moral victories and learning lessons anyway, so maybe this situation could be a blessing in disguise.
Despite tough fight, Stars hand Wild their sixth straight loss
This dominant win is a heck of a way for the Kings to begin an imposing seven-game road trip, which continues against the New York Islanders on Thursday. The Bruins probably want to burn the tape on this one themselves, as they’re about to head on a six-game road trip.
Per @EliasSports: @LAKings had 9 different skaters score in a game for 5th time in franchise history. Last: Jan. 21, 1987 vs. PIT (10-5 W).
Some hockey players resist the urge to wear a visor, at least if they’re given that choice.
Perhaps a few will say “Hey, Nathan Beaulieu will just punch it off anyway.”
Maybe not, but Beaulieu provided a rather unique moment in his fight with Cedric Paquette during the Montreal Canadiens – Tampa Bay Lightning game. You can watch that bout in the video above, and see a cut on the Lightning pest’s face from that blow.