Sunday, October 22, 2006


Carolina Hurricanes' Justin Williams, left, wraps his stick around from behind the goal to score on New York Islanders goaltender Rick DiPietro (39) as Miroslav Satan (81) and Tom Poti help on defense during the third period in NHL hockey action Saturday, Oct. 21, 2006 in Uniondale, New York. The Islanders won 4-3 in overtime. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)After their worst start in 17 years (1-6-1), Flyers GM and annoying jerk Bobby Clarke quit and fired coach Ken Hitchcock on his way out (who had just signed a 3 year contract). Like Domi, he finally realized that he's a dinosaur in this league and it's time to hang it up. See ya! I stand by my prediction that they're missing the playoffs-they are horribly slow, the Sabres were skating circles around them. Some other notes:

Goalie's Gone Wild! I made a joke while attending Game 1 of the 2000 Devils/Stars Stanley Cup Finals when Eddie Belfour was pulled, saying "Now I can tell my grandkids I saw Manny Fernandez play." (The Stars coach at the time? Ken Hitchcock.) Well, the joke's on me because the Wild finally lost their first game Saturday, and The Man is 6-1 with a 1.60 GAA/.945 SV.
Got Malkin? Geez, I can't wait to see these shirts in Pittsburgh (right next to the Big Ben 'Drink Like A Champion Today' shirts). But plenty of other teams now wish they had Russian rookie Evgeni Malkin, who has scored in each of his first 3 games.
Senators re-elected. Off to an iffy start, they completely blew the Devils off the ice, scoring 6 against Marty before the 2nd period was over en route to a 8-1 win. I'll hold off on my excitement until they make it to the Stanley Cup finals.
No relation to John Maine. Rick "The Franchise" DiPietro finally notched his first win on Saturday in 4 tries (4.11 GAA). It's not his fault his dumb ass owner gave him a 15 year contract, who wouldn't sign on the line for that? So I'm going to stop bashing him, primarily because I want to see the Isles back in the playoffs, and secondly because he's an American from the state of Maine. (Lewiston/Auburn, Cities of the Androscoggin! Sorry, it's a local Maine commercial, you had to be there.)
Home Grown. Speaking of American players, the New Jersey Devils have the most with 15 currently on the active roster.
It's Tricky. In this video about trick shots, it appears Oiler prospect Robbie Schrempf has got some skills. I can't wait to see something like this in a shootout.

Hold on, isn't that a high stick? When he goes around his shoulder, it's way above the crossbar. (And while we're at it, you can't legally do that on the golf course, although that's impressive.)

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