Joel Quenneville

Quenneville on overtime: “It’s tough on the ticker”

The beauty and agony of playoff overtime hockey is that any innocuous blooper of a shot can go in and end the game (if not the season, if not the playoffs as a whole).  Few simple statements capture the mood quite like Joel Quenneville’s description of how it feels to watch your team go through five straight OT periods, as Chicago has against the Phoenix Coyotes – including tonight’s 2-1 victory.

“It’s tough on the ticker,” Quenneville said.

That’s a funny response, although it is a little unsettling considering the fact that Coach Q dealt with a pretty scary bleeding ulcer last season.

Hopefully Q’s heart is strong because, chances are, there will be some tense moments in Game 6 and (he hopes) Game 7. Perhaps improving upon a 1-for-17 power play would calm his nerves a bit too, though.

Report: Ex-NHLer Aaron Ward arrested for assaulting female (Updated)

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Aaron Ward, a 16-year NHL veteran that appeared in over 800 career games, has been arrested for assault on a female, per WNCN.

Ward was arrested on Friday in Cary, North Carolina and also charged with interfering with emergency communication, according to the report.

Currently working as an analyst for TSN, Ward spent five years of his career in Carolina, helping the ‘Canes capture the Stanley Cup in 2006.

Update: Per WRAL, Ward’s wife called 9-1-1 after the two had a confrontation around 1 p.m. ET. Police confirmed Ward was arrested at his home in Cary.

Video: Hextall comments on AHL d-man Pyett, who was diagnosed with sarcoma in leg


PHILADELPHIA (AP) Defenseman Logan Pyett of the Philadelphia Flyers’ AHL affiliate has been diagnosed with a form of cancer and will be out indefinitely.

The team said Friday the 27-year-old Canadian has a sarcoma in his upper leg. Flyers general manager Ron Hextall says the club offers “heartfelt thoughts and prayers.”

Pyett signed a one-year contract with the Lehigh Valley Phantoms after being at the Flyers’ training camp. He was selected by Detroit in the seventh round of the 2006 NHL entry draft. He signed as a free agent with the New York Rangers in 2012 and spent two seasons in the Kontinental Hockey League.