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Clowe and Kaleta slapped on wrist, fined $2500

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In the midst of Crosby mania on Monday afternoon, Brendan Shanahan had a little dirty work to do in New York. San Jose Sharks forward Ryane Clowe was fined $2,500 for his slash on Stars’ defenseman Stephane Robidas on Saturday night. While Robidas was engaged with Sharks captain Joe Thornton, Clowe reached around and delivered a dangerous slash to Robidas wrist (insert “slap on wrist joke” here). Here’s video of the finable offense:

Clowe wasn’t the only player that felt Shanahan’s wrath on Monday afternoon. Sabres pest Patrick Kaleta was also fined $2,500 for his transgressions on Saturday. Kaleta received a high-sticking penalty for his stick work on Derek Morris—the minor penalty was the least of his concerns. If Kaleta keeps getting fined and suspended, he’s going to be paying the Players Assistance Fund just to play in NHL games.

Commodore rips into Babcock on social media

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Former NHL defenseman Mike Commodore may have been coached by Mike Babcock, but that doesn’t mean he’s a fan of Mike Babcock.

Commodore played in just 17 games for the Detroit Red Wings during the 2011-12 season and that was enough for him to muster up some pretty harsh feelings toward his old coach.

As Babcock’s new team, the Toronto Maple Leafs, were being spanked in Detroit on Friday, Commodore took to Twitter to show fans just how much he was enjoying his former coach’s struggles.

Things got especially interesting after Red Wings rookie Dylan Larkin scored just 20 seconds into the second period to give Detroit a 3-0 lead.

“3-0 nothin Babs you posing arrogant piece of (bleep),” said Commodore via his Twitter page. “Welcome back to the rink where everyone that met you hates you.”

Commodore wasn’t done there:

And there was much, much more.

To get a look at all of Commodore’s Babcock-bashing tweets, click here.




Friday’s loss serves as ‘harsh lesson’ for Blue Jackets

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Late in the third period of Friday’s game against the New York Rangers, things were looking good for Columbus.

Brandon Saad, who the team acquired from Chicago this off-season, scored his first goal of the season to give his team a 2-1 lead with under four minutes remaining in the contest.

Unfortunately for the Jackets, that’s as good as it would get.

The Rangers responded with three unanswered goals from Oscar Lindberg, Kevin Hayes and Mats Zuccarello to spoil Columbus’ home opener.

“When something like that happens at the end, I think we’re gonna be a better team because of it,” defenseman Ryan Murray told reporters after the game. “It’s a harsh lesson, but it’s a good one.

Luckily for Columbus, they won’t have to wait very long to try and get their revenge.

The Blue Jackets and Rangers will finish off their home-and-home series at Madison Square Garden on Saturday night, which might not be such a bad thing for Columbus.

“It’s good that we get another chance tomorrow,” Saad said after Friday’s game. “We were high on emotions (after the go-ahead goal) and they scored and it took the wind out of our sails, but we have to keep playing. We have to learn to keep doing our thing, regardless of the score.”