Author: Joe Yerdon

Henrik Lundqvist

Lundqvist to use same pads in Sochi, says critics are ‘ignorant about the game’


New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist will bring NHL-sized goalie pads with him to Sochi for the Winter Olympics.

The (likely) Swedish starter has heard theories about why he hasn’t looked as good this season as he has in the past and the change in pad size is one that’s become popular.

As Larry Brooks of the New York Post shares, Lundqvist isn’t amused by that theory.

“The people who said that the pads were the reason I was not playing well, or said I’d been good before because I’d been cheating, maybe I’d care if they weren’t ignorant about the game and the position,” Lundqvist said.

Lundqvist said you close your pads at the knees and not at the top and adds, if anything, the size regulations have helped him out.

Just to note, his .917 save percentage so far this season is his lowest since 2008-09 when he finished at .916. His 2.46 goals-against average is the highest its been in his NHL career.

At the very least, we know Lundqvist won’t blame his equipment for how he’s doing, but that won’t stop the theories.

Burish ready to return to Sharks lineup this week

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The San Jose Sharks are about to get Adam Burish back in the lineup.

Burish has yet to play in a game this season after suffering a herniated disc in the first preseason game in September. As Kevin Kurz of shares, Sharks coach Todd McLellan is eager to see what he can do.

“I don’t think his year last year was the best that he’s had, and I think he’s extremely hungry,” McLellan said. “I’ve seen it in his work ethic and commitment level to come back from this injury. I think he can give us an energetic boost.”

Last season, Burish had three points in 46 games and had no points in six playoff games for San Jose. He’s a fourth line player but one that provides Stanley Cup-winning experience on a team that’s missing that aspect for the most part.

If he can help them win some faceoffs and irritate opponents, that will give the Sharks a little added edge to their game.

Leafs place Ashton (hand) on IR


To make room for David Clarkson in the Leafs lineup tonight, the team put forward Carter Ashton on injured reserve with a hand issue.

This season has been a tough one for the 29-year-old power forward. He missed the first 10 games of the season due to a suspension and received another two-game suspension in December. He has scored three goals and has eight points in 36 games.

Clarkson signed a seven-year, $36.75 million deal as a free agent in July.