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This week around the NHL.
By DAMIAN CRISTODERO
Published January 14, 2007
A fighting chance
Not to glorify violence or anything, but the talk of Calgary recently was the way enforcer Eric Godard on Tuesday dropped Wild heavyweight Derek Boogaard with a series of chopping right hands. Think such stuff is gratuitous? Listen to Godard's teammates after a 3-0 victory.
"That's huge for Godard to go out there and do the job he did," center Daymond Langkow said. "That's a huge momentum swing for us. You could just feel it on the bench. Guys were pumped."
Said defenseman Mark Giordano: "It was really an emotion builder and got the team going."
Panthers hear slurs
Back in mid December Panthers players vowed to grow mustaches until their win total grew from 10 to 20. That hasn't happened, but all players except Olli Jokinen and Ville Peltonen had shaved their mustaches.
That is until Jokinen said members of the Canucks called them "gay" during a Jan. 7 game.
"There were a couple of idiots over there," Jokinen told The Palm Beach Post. "Obviously you don't hear Markus Naslund calling anybody gay. He wouldn't do that. But that's what this game has come to now. There's a lot of new players. There's not as much respect as there used to be."
Odds and ends
The Ducks do not believe goalie J.S. Giguere (groin), defensemen Chris Pronger (broken foot) and Francois Beauchemin (lacerated spleen) will be back before the All-Star break. ... Dallas star Mike Modano will be out a while with an injury to a flexor muscle that connects the spine to the hip. ... The Blues, tied for last in the West, are 4-0 against the East. ... Speaking of the Blues, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported the team sold 4,500 tickets to Saturday's game after announcing free concession food through the second intermission.
They said it
"I think at some point in time here we're going to have to let our game be what it is. I think it's a hell of a game now." - Senators coach Bryan Murray on the suggestion to widen the nets.
"I was looking for champagne in the room. I said to the boys, 'If we win, don't be throwing your sticks and helmets up in the air.' " - Wild left wing Brian Rolston after Thursday's win over the Canucks that snapped an 11-game road losing streak.
A new ring was added to the base of the Stanley Cup to start the season, and a ring off the top was removed. That was bad news for 13 championship teams from 1941-53, as the ring that commemorated their success was relegated to a display in the Hall of Fame vault.
According to a story by the Canadian Press, the new ring was added to make room for a new crop of winners and features the Hurricanes as the 2005-06 champs and a notation for 2004-05 that reads, "Season Not Played."
The Cup's current form - with a bowl, three tiered bands, a collar and five uniform rings - was fashioned in 1958. The ring retired to the Hall joins the 1928-40 band bumped to make room for the 1992 Penguins.
The removed rings are flattened and put in a glass display in the vault that also houses the original Cup donated in 1892 by Sir Frederick Arthur Stanley.
Phil Pritchard, the Hall of Fame's curator and so-called Keeper of the Cup, told the Canadian Press he has heard all the arguments against fiddling with the trophy, especially that it disrespects the accomplishment of winning.
But he said the Cup moves around so much, a more compact trophy is easier to handle. And he related something former Islanders great Bryan Trottier once said:
"He said at 3 feet high and 35 pounds, it's the perfect size to hold over your head and hoist it. It's pretty hard to argue with a guy who's won the Stanley Cup six times."
By the way, the ring containing the Lightning's 2004 title should be safe for another 50 to 60 years.