Don’t expect the NHL to say much publicly during this week’s planned CBA talks. According to CSNPhilly.com’s Tim Panaccio, the league plans to go the “silent route” with “the less said publicly, the better off.”
At most, Pancaccio reports the NHL may release the odd statement, a la Bill Daly’s “we talked about a lot of stuff and plan to talk about more stuff” (not his exact words, but pretty much) note that followed this weekend’s meetings.
Common sense tells us this is a good sign, as much of the talk that’s been done publicly during the work stoppage has been for the purpose of disparaging the other side.
With their mothers traveling on the road trip — Matt Bartkowski‘s mom, Beth, has become a cult hero in Vancouver after another priceless media interview — the Canucks took back-to-back wins, moving them right back into the thick of the playoff fight in the Western Conference.
Up by a goal in the third period, defenseman Alex Biega played the hero, pulling the puck out of the crease after it got by Ryan Miller on a backhand shot from Kyle Chipchura, maintaining Vancouver’s lead.
Phaneuf burned on Zetterberg game-winner in Sens debut
“I put my stick there, he put (the puck) under and he made a good shot. I’ve got to have a better stick in that situation, but you’ve got to give him credit for that play.”
Phaneuf finished the night with a minus-one rating and two hits in almost 22 minutes of ice time, putting him second among Sens defensemen in that category behind Erik Karlsson, who played a whopping 33:30.
Phaneuf drilled Red Wings defenseman Danny DeKeyser with a hard slap shot early in the third period.
DeKeyser played one more shift — all of 10 seconds — before exiting the game.
Blashill says DeKeyser has a bruise, not a break. Will know more tomorrow, but probably day-to-day