If you were engaged by college basketball last night, you may have missed the featured NHL game in which Boston jumped Henrik Lundqvist and the Rangers for an early 3-0 lead...only to lose
4-3 5-3 in regulation [ed. Sorry, forgot the EN goal]. Great playoff-like entertainment for the average hockey fan; crap result for the average Smurfs hater. The Bruins play the Islanders Wednesday night.
Other odds and ends:
- Cheers to Jeremy Colliton, Bridgeport Sound Tiger all-time leading scorer. (On that note, Michael Fornabaio's weekly chat is at 2:30 today.)
- More on Frans Nielsen winning the Bob Nystrom Award [official site]
- From time to time I mention without elaboration that hits and takeaways/turnovers and such things are very unreliable stats, league-wide, because the recording varies from rink to rink. Here's a few posts elaborating on that [Columbus Dispatch, roundtable at Behind the Net]
- Warm up your lottery and 1st-round strategy with these names. [NHL link via FanShot]
- Now even the coaches are hurt (Jack Capuano in a walking boot) [Newsday, $5 please] Looks like Frans Nielsen will still be out, and many of us hope he's just shut down for the final week.
7th Woman on Rick DiPietro doing on-ice work with Mark Streit.
- Chris Botta's SNY/Point Blank interview with Bill Torrey. Earlier: his interview with Matt Donovan's Denver coach George Galackiewiczskistein (from just before he turned pro).
- PHWA Protest over the Isles and Botta: Puck Daddy's Wyshynski on why it's "important" ... though I can't figure why other PHWA members think it's big yet won't join the protest | Newsday's Neil Best | VoIF blog | ESPN's Burnside.
NCAA Frozen Four:
- Jason Gregoire talking about teammate Corben Knight...Winnipeg Free Press calls Gregoire "one of NCAA's best two-way players" ...
- Q&A with Anders Lee, playing back home this weekend. ... More on the Irish's Minnesota natives.
More from around These Here Parts
- In hindsight, Tim Jackman or Zenon Konopka? (Or how about option C -- Richard Park *and* Zenopka?)
- And: Is Kyle Okposo not the sniper some had hoped? No really, is Kyle Okposo not the sniper some had hoped? [FanPosts]
- And: Tracking the lottery tiebreaker. [FanPost]
- And: Larry Brooks on how foul it is for the NHL to do a "History" commercial praising on-ice criminal Dale Hunter. [FanShot]
We may put our tinfoil hats on later. Watch out.