Â• Detroit's Dominik Hasek has been a penalty factory of late, averaging one negative assessment in each of his last five games. (If you're a stickler for details, he got one for diving, three for illegally playing the puck and one for unsportsmanlike conduct when he smashed his stick Â– after being penalized, of course.) I thought goalies were supposed to get you out of penalty kills, not into them.
Â• Sidney Crosby recently has been making a great case for himself in the Â“Sid or OvieÂ” debate. But the white flag hasn't yet been raised at Alex Ovechkin's camp. Crosby had a four-point performance Friday, but the Russian star had all three goals in Washington's 3-2 overtime win over Atlanta the same night.
Â• It was fairly transparent why Tom Renney left Henrik Lundqvist twist in the wind for Toronto's first eight goals Saturday; the sophomore goalie all but pulled himself after allowing four Islanders goals in the first period Dec. 3 and the Rangers coach was illustrating the value of staying around to fight.
Still, I kept waiting for Lundqvist to skate to the bench and tell Michael Nylander in their native Swedish that this was the last game he'd play for the Blueshirts.
Â• I realize the Flyers' defense has been decimated by age and injury this season. However, there's no rational explanation I'm aware of for acquiring middling blueliner Alexei Zhitnik Â– not to mention, his pricey contract Â– and dealing away a younger, cheaper, equally so-so Freddy Meyer to the Isles.
Â• I'm a proud Torontonian. This city does a lot of things right, and has a lot of brilliant people inside its boundaries. That said, sometimes I see or hear something that forces me to re-evaluate whether my hometown and I share the same future.
That happened this weekend, when I saw a story in one of the local papers that said: Â“Due to overwhelming demand, a second (comedy) show has been added for Larry The Cable Guy.Â”