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If none of y’all read Greg Wyshynski’s hockey blog on Yahoo!Sports, then we simply cannot be friends anymore. Puck Daddy is a staple in my daily blog-check, and in today’s Puck Headlines, he included this little gem which, blame it on me just waking up from a nap if you so wish, left my cheeks hurting from sheer ridiculousness. It may not make you laugh out loud, but instead make you do a I’m-smiling-like-a-retarded-orangutan-and-I-can’t-stop type thing. Or make you seriously question my sanity.

Martin Chabada is a prime example of what will become of you if you get drafted by the Islanders. He currently plays in the Swedish Eliteserien, and this is probably the only time he’ll ever be talked about on any hockey blog. Either that, or you get paid obscene amounts of cash to sit on the bench for 15 years and everyone calls you the name of a popular series of porn movies (first prize to anyone who gets what I’m referring to).

(Ed. Note: What’s first prize?)

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OK they lost.  It was bound to happen eventually.  Let’s just move on and see if they can rebound from such a terrible outing.

There are a few roster changes to note:

  • Stephen Valiquette will get the start tonight to give Henrik Lundqvist a break for tomorrow’s game in Detroit.
  • Lauri Korpikoski will be scratched with an arm or shoulder injury.
  • Nigel Dawes and Dan Fritsche will most likely be the wingers on the third line centered by Ryan Callahan.
    • This would be Ryan’s first game as a Center for the Rangers.
  • Patrick Rissmiller and Petr Prucha are the healthy scratches.

There will be no changes made to line of Naslund-Gomez-Drury.  I think Renney is going to give them 1 or 2 more games before he breaks them up.

Look for fatigue to start playing a bigger role in games.  This is the Rangers’ 5th game in 8 nights and is their 7th game of the season.  The Maple Leafs are only playing their 4th game of the season and 3rd game in the same 8 days.  Their last game was on Monday night against the St. Louis Blues.  They lost 5-4 in the skills competition.

Ryan Hollweg will not play tonight as he is serving his second suspension this season.

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The Sabres downed the lackluster Rangers last night by a score of 3-1.  The Rangers only managed 9 shots through 2 periods, and never seemed to get it together.

The turning point came midway through the 2nd period with the game tied at 1, when Paul Mara dropped his gloves and unleashed a barrage of punches on Patrick Kaleta.  The problem was Kaleta just keeled over and took the punches without dropping his gloves.  Mara received five for fighting and a game misconduct, while Kaleta was not penalized.  The Sabres scored on the ensuing power play, and never looked back.

Were Mara’s actions justified?  Decide for yourself:

If you recall, Patrick Kaleta was the player who took a run at Paul Mara at the Garden last February.  The result of that questionable hit was that Mara needed facial surgery and missed 12 games.  Mara’s take, “If you look at last year, he late hit me and left his feet.”  (I’m not so sure about the assertion that Kaleta left his feet, but it was definitely a late hit.  Anyway, you can decide for yourself by clicking the link above).

What happened last night?  Mara took exception to Kaleta taking another run at him, claiming that Kaleta left his feet again.  But Kaleta missed.  So, what made Paul Mara so angry?  Well, if you believe Mara, in the ensuing scrum, before Mara dropped his gloves, Kaleta asked Mara “how his face was.”  Ouch.

Mara’s parting shot:

If he was a man he would’ve dropped the gloves, and stayed in there. But I did what I had to do, and that’s it. . . If he was a man he would’ve stood in there, but he can leave his feet whenever he wants, and run around, but he doesn’t have the guts to do anything about it.

What does everyone else think?

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We now know that the cause of death was chronic ischemia, a medical condition in which not enough blood gets to the heart or other organs.  It is unclear whether anyone knew of this condition or whether Cherepanov’s team or the Continental Hockey League should have taken precautionary measures.  From Mike Eckel of the AP:

Moscow regional investigator Yulia Zhukova said officials would look into why Cherepanov was playing with ischemia, and said officials could open a criminal investigation.

The Russian authorities are also looking into whether negligence played a part in Cherepanov’s death.  From the same article:

Pavel Krasheninnikov, who sits on the Russian Hockey Federation’s supervisory council and is a member of the State Duma, said there was no ambulance on duty at the arena where Cherepanov’s Russian team, Avangard Omsk, was playing.

He asserted that emergency workers took too long to respond and didn’t have a defibrillator, a machine used to shock the heart. It was unclear how much time it took paramedics to respond.

“There are elements of negligence here,” Krasheninnikov said in televised comments.

It sounds to me like there might be a cause of action against the team (Avangard Omsk), the league (the Continental Hockey League), and the medical personnel involved.  It’s terrible that such a tragedy could have been avoided.

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The 1st video is Cherepanov’s last shift, which was pretty uneventful.  FYI, Cherepanov is wearing #7.

The 2nd video is his last minutes on the bench. Warning: the 2nd video is disturbing. RIP Alexei.

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The Rangers 2007 first round draft pick died today near the end of Omsk’s KHL game. He and Jaromir Jagr collided right before the incident.

From Puck Daddy:

According to comments on SportBox.ru it was [Jaromir] Jagr’s elbow. Jagr is Cherepanov’s teammate. Apparently Jagr didn’t see him. Afterwards Jagr was shouting “Wake up Alexei” and was in tears.

From Rangers Report:

We are extremely saddened by the tragic passing of Alexei,” Glen Sather said in a statement. “On behalf of the New York Rangers organization, I would like to extend our deepest sympathies to his family. Alexei was an intelligent, energetic young man, with tremendous talent and an extremely bright future.

From TSN:

Sources in Russia tell TSN that the ambulance that is normally at all games had already departed and had to be called back.

It is not clear exactly how long it took for Cherepanov to be transported from the rink to the hospital but one source in the arena told TSN it was “probably 15 or 20 minutes.”

Also, there is some question as to whether defibrillators at the arena were in good working order.

No further details are available at this point.

I expect the Rangers will do something before tonight’s game against the Devils.

All of us here at 5-hole are deeply saddened by the news. Our hearts go out to the family and friends of Alexei. This is truly terrible news.

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Aside from trading R.J. Umberger to Columbus and Sami Kapanen retiring, not very much went on with the Flyers this offseason.  Yes, last season they shot from the league basement to the Conference Finals, but they still got thrashed by our back-up goalie whenever we played them.   Stevie V posted a 3-0-1 record against them, including 2 shutouts and earned himself the nickname ‘Flyer Killer’.  And, since the team hasn’t changed much, hopefully this trend will continue.  By all accounts, Renney has already decided to start the Big Valvosky tonight against Skating Orange Turds Broadstreet Bullies.

 

Last Rangers game:

a 4-2 win over the Chicago Blackhawks in which the newly dubbed ‘Playstation Line’ kicked some ass, totaling 3 goals and 4 assists for 7 points.  Sweet tits, man.  Lundqvist made 30 saves on 32 shots, and puck control was beastly the majority of the night.  Me likey.

Eric EDIT!

Found this over at meltyourfaceoff.net.  It has to do with Sarah Palin dropping the puck at the game tonight in Philly. It’s hilarious.

More to come later including pictures from last night’s game.

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