Marty Turco put his Italian vacation on hold to back up Tim Thomas for the Boston Bruins. What a life. (Boston.com)
With NCAA free agents coming into vogue again, it makes sense to look at how the best ones have fared recently. Wayne Scanlan reports that things haven’t been going too well for Hobey Baker Award winners in the NHL lately. (Postmedia News)
Thomas Boswell ventures a rare opinion regarding the Washington Capitals: they shouldn’t panic. (The Washington Post)
The St. Louis Blues have been one of the NHL’s best 5-on-5 teams, but their special teams units haven’t produced at an elite level. That’s been changing lately, which is prompting Ken Hitchcock’s gang to think bold. (NHL.com)
Mike Fisher is on pace for the best season of his career – not counting previous off-ice accomplishments such as landing Carrie Underwood, of course. (Predators Insider)
“Nope,” Dubinsky said. “You know, I’ve played the same way my whole career and I’m not going to change. The next time I have an opportunity to play (Crosby), I’m going to play him hard.”
In case you’re wondering, that next opportunity comes on Dec. 21 in Pittsburgh, assuming that both players are healthy and not suspended.
One can understand Dubinsky’s perspective, although such honesty would be that much more interesting if there’s another incident with Crosby. His initial reaction to the hit was interestingly candid, admitting that his “stick rode up” on his adversary.
Would that stance – which, from a harsher view, might seem flippant to Dubinsky’s critics – open the door for a bigger future bit of a discipline?
Maybe, maybe not … but at least his comments aren’t as inflammatory as what John Tortorella said (at least on the record).
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