Boston 6-9 behemoth Zdeno Chara's rub-out of Montreal's Max Pacioretty certainly seemed careless and reckless enough to warrant a suspension, but the NHL deemed the player's concussion and broken vertebrae an unfortunate result from a "hockey play."
Whatever you think of that, it was still absurd when Air Canada wrote a letter to the NHL threatening to end its corporate sponsorship with the league. Commissioner Gary Bettman came back with a zinger of his own, saying cutting ties was the company's prerogative as it was the NHL's prerogative to have many of its teams stop using Air Canada charters.Do you see what I see?
Unsolicited, Washington coach Bruce Boudreau went after a couple of Tampa Bay Lightning players before a game last week.
"They lead the league in power-play attempts because guys like [Steve] Downie -- if I was a referee I'd never make a call on him ever. He dives every two seconds. [Steven] Stamkos dives every two seconds. You start to get a hate on for guys like that."
Later that night, Washington's Alex Ovechkin clearly embellished during one collision.A new skill set
Edmonton star rookie Taylor Hall is done for the year after spraining his ankle during a fight with Columbus' Derek Dorsett.
Former Oilers tough guy Dave Semenko thinks it's good when the skilled players sometimes take care of business themselves.
"Wayne [Gretzky] didn't fight guys that tough," Semenko said. "He went with pint-sized Neal Broten one night and looked over at me on the bench. I yelled back 'You're on your own.' "
|Cincinnati||0||Top 6th Inning|
|San Diego||1||Bottom 6th Inning|
|San Francisco||2||Bottom 6th Inning|
|Colorado||3||Top 7th Inning|
|Chicago WSox||1||Bottom 6th Inning|
|Milwaukee||2||Bottom 6th Inning|
|Milwaukee||0||Bottom 5th Inning|
|Texas||7||Top 5th Inning|
|Oklahoma City||81||4th Qtr 7:27|
|St. Louis||7:00 PM|
|Los Angeles||7:00 PM|
|Fla Gulf Coast||60|
|La Salle||56||2nd Half 3:50|
|Canisius||47||2nd Half 14:10|
|Michigan State||49||2nd Half 15:26|
|Albany||33||1st Half 0:38|
|William & Mary||29||1st Half 2:47|
|Penn State||8||1st Half 10:30|
|Western Carolina||5:00 PM|
|Boston College||5:00 PM|
|South Dakota||6:00 PM|
|Ga Southern||7:30 PM|
|Western Ill||8:30 PM|
|South Dakota St|
|Mount St Marys||75|
|(18) Oklahoma St||61||FINAL|
|(12) Kentucky||69||2nd Half 0:01|
|Winthrop||36||1st Half 0:26|
|Texas||6||1st Half 13:50|
|(7) West Virginia||7|
|St Francis-NY||5:00 PM|
|(10) Duke||6:00 PM|
|(2) Notre Dame|