April 3, 2012INDIANA SPORTS PAGE
April 3"Just when you thought nothing else could go wrong in a season when the Canadiens are No. 1 in the National Hockey League in man-games lost, there's a report that franchise goaltender Carey Price is suffering from a concussion. Price skipped practice Monday with what the team described as a "therapy day" and the team admitted later in the day that Price was being monitored for headaches. That announcement followed a Radio-Canada report that Price had a concussion. Price collided with a teammate during a practice last Thursday but he played Friday in New York."
April 3"The Red Wings will be without defenseman Kyle Quincey for Wednesday's game in St. Louis. As expected, Quincey was suspended for one game by Brendan Shanahan, NHL operations vice-president, for charging Florida forward Tomas Kopecky during Sunday's 2-1 Wings shootout victory. Quincey was given a major penalty and game misconduct on the play, which left Kopecky shaken. Kopecky did return to the game."
April 3"Blue Jackets defenseman James Wisniewski practiced with the team without limitations today and will return to the lineup against Phoenix on Tuesday after missing seven games because of a head injury. Wisniewski was struck in the face by a shot and forced to the leave the game during the third period of a shootout win at Calgary on March 18. He said today that he did not want to end the season on such a negative note and that his concussion symptoms has subsided. The Blue Jackets, in turn, reassigned defenseman Cody Goloubef to AHL Springfield. Goloubef was an emergency recall on Saturday and made his NHL debut at St. Louis on Saturday, less than hour after arriving to the Scottrade"
April 3"The NHL playoffs are right around the corner and the Flyers are finishing strongly. Now if they can only get healthy. Already missing their hot goalie and several other players because of injury, the Flyers lost two more important pieces during Sunday's 6-4 win in Pittsburgh. Defenseman Nick Grossmann and center Danny Briere joined an injury list that included goalie Ilya Bryzgalov, defensemen Chris Pronger, Andrej Meszaros and Andreas Lilja, and forwards James van Riemsdyk and Tom Sestito."
April 3"When they needed to avoid a trap game, the Kings called on the backbone between their pipes. The Kings blanked the upstart Edmonton Oilers 2-0 on Monday in front of 18,118 fans at Staples Center and behind Jonathan Quick's league-leading tenth shutout of the season. Devan Dubnyk, who came into Monday with 7-1-2 record in his past 10 starts, stopped 35 of 37 Kings shots. In the L.A. net, Quick made saved all 19 bids he faced. Quick deflected the attention of leaderboards and Vezina Trophy talk after the game. "I guess it's an honor to be up there but it's a credit to how well this team played in front of me," Quick said. "You look at my last two shutouts, we faced 18 or 19 shots and not too"
L.A. Daily News
April 3"Flyers coach Peter Laviolette has been fined $10,000 by the NHL for his actions late in Sunday's 6-4 win over the Penguins in Pittsburgh. As the game erupted into a line brawl in the closing minutes of the third period, Laviolette grabbed Max Talbot's stick from the Flyers' forward's hand, and smashed it across the boards. A piece of the stick went sliding across the ice."
April 3"Penguins assistant coach Tony Granato was fined $2,500 by the NHL and Philadelphia head coach Peter Laviolette was assessed a $10,000 fine by the league for their part in a skirmish near the end of Sunday's game at Consol Energy Center. With players engaged in fights or wrestling matches following a hit by Penguins winger Joe Vitale on the Flyers' Danny Briere, Laviolette and Granato jumped up onto the dasher boards and the end of their respective team benches and screamed at each other. The events happened with 1 minute, 3 seconds left in regulation of a 6-4 Flyers win. Vitale's check was not penalized."
April 3"It's better than winning Mega Millions at least. That is how the Avalanche is choosing to look at their chances of making the Stanley Cup playoffs. According to sportsclubstats.com, the Avs have a 5.1 percent chance of making the playoffs. Essentially what has to happen is: the Avs have to win their final two games and have the Dallas Stars and San Jose Sharks each go 1-2 in their final three games. Like we said, better than wining Mega Millions. "We're still thinking positive thoughts in here," Avs forward Matt Duchene said. "We have a shot. Maybe not the best, but we are going to keep believing.""
April 3"This has become the annual rite of spring for the Calgary Flames. They aren't getting ready for the playoffs, so the question turns to the future. The most important one is easy: Will the captain be back when next season begins? Jarome Iginla doesn't have that answer, but he isn't the one making the decisions either. Sure, the face of the Flames does have a no-trade agreement and could quash any deal presented to him, but if the organization wants him gone, he would probably go. When asked Monday after practice whether he expects to be back in Calgary next fall, Iginla rambled nonsensically for a moment before stating he would like to be here."
April 3"If the Florida Panthers win their game Tuesday night against the Winnipeg Jets, they'll make the NHL playoffs for the first time in a dozen years. Despite those implications, Panthers goalie Jose Theodore said he and his teammates are approaching Tuesday's game the same way they've approached the past 17 games. "For the last month, every game we're playing we're saying it's the biggest game of the year," Theodore said. "Until you clinch that playoff spot, the last month, every game's been huge.""
Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel
April 3"Dwayne Roloson saved his best for last, while for Steven Stamkos, the best is yet to come. The veteran goalie and the young superstar enabled the Tampa Bay Lightning to end their home schedule on a positive note Monday with a 4-2 victory against division-rival Washington in front of an announced sellout crowd of 19,204 at The Forum. The Lightning won their 25th home game of the season to tie a franchise record. Stamkos scored the game-winner with 63 seconds remaining and then added an empty-net goal with two seconds left to lift his total to 58 on the season, the second-highest goal total by anyone in the league since 1996."