Our felled Czech. Here's hoping for a full and speedy recovery!
[Updated with IIHF rules and video support of headshot policy @10:40 AM EDT ]
For those who missed yesterday's news from the world championships, Radek Martinek suffered a concussion and hematoma and will most likely miss the remainder of the world championships in Austria. [Fanshot Here] Unfortunately, there is little chance of sending cousin Mike (or is it Miche?) or the stache to Austria as is typical Islander pugilistic wont. It is however, refreshing to see that Latvian defenseman and Atlanta Thrashers prospect Arturs Kulda was suspended for 3 games by the IIHF for the vicious hit in a timely and decisive manner with none of the typical gibberish and buffoonery we are used to seeing out of Colin Campbell and the powers that be in the NHL. I would assume in a short tournament like the world championships that 3 games is like 20 games in the NHL equivalency scale that tells us that one playoff game is like two regular season games...it's a little early for math though, so I'll leave that up to you.
Today's playoff action finds us another matinee as Detroit at San Jose begins at 3pm (NBC). San Jose has a 1-0 advantage in the series that marks the return of Henrik Zetterberg (who missed all of round one) and Johan Franzen (who missed one game) for the Red Wings. Dwayne Roloson and the Southlander (Lightning) boys are in Washington at 7pm (Versus) looking to improve their 1-0 series advantage. This fanshot examines the "sellers remorse" created from Sean Bergenheim's recent playoff tear.
Video of the Martinek hit and background on IIHF rules and video support of the IIHF headshot policy and some general links and Islander news and mentions...guess which Sound Tiger signed a contract in Europe....Enjoy your Sunday.
Martinek is expected to leave the hospital today and appears to be "okay". Unfortunately, this comes at a time where he doesn't have a contract for next season and depending on his recovery, could impact his playing/contract status for next year. Good luck for a speedy recovery for Radek.
NHL / IIHF Rules Comparison - NHL.com - All-Access Vancouver
Outstanding comparison of rule differences between IIHF/NHL. Scroll down for Barding/Charging/Hitting from Behind/Headshot rules.
IIHF Headshot Rules
Video support of rule 540
Charity Point Index 2010-2011 - PensBurgh
A look at what would happen if we turned the clock back to the 1998-1999 season for scoring methods in the NHL for 2010-2011. Spoiler, we would have been in line for Nugent-Hopkins.
Draft tracker: 5 questions with Tyler Wotherspoon, Portland Winterhawks - Buzzing The Net - Junior Hockey Blog - Yahoo! Sports
A Nino Niederreiter teammate who is a 'shut-down defenseman'. I'm sure we are probably scouting him a bit since our scouts are watching Nino anyway...thoughts?
U.S. Men's National Team Blog | Home of the U.S. Men's National Team
Interviews with players and head coach Scott Gordon after the US 5-1 win over Austria in their first game of the World Championships. (Scroll down a bit)
Sources: Lou will make safe choice to lead Devs - NYPOST.com
Brooks takes two lines to bash the Isles and question the idiocy of those who think Michael Grabner had a better rookie year than P.K. Subban. [fanshot discussion here]
Steve Simmons says... | Hockey | Sports | Toronto Sun
In which Simmons contemplates the Leafs giving offer sheets to Stamkos, Weber or Doughty. Also, a brief campaign for John Tavares for the 2014 Olympics and praise for Roloson/Bergenheim.
I'm Saving Hockey: A BTN May 1st Recap - Behind The Net
Behind the net has some fun with "Ben's Grandpa" who is the curmudgeonly, anti-statistical voice of the site.