vendredi 30 mai 2014

Hockey humour (VINE) - Referee get's pissed off !!! #hockey #icehockey #pissedoff #angry #referee #nhl

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Player of the day : Ed Ronan #player #day #hockey #habs #ch

Edward Robert Ronan (born March 21, 1968) is a former professional hockey player from 1991-1998.

As a high school player at Andover Academy, Ed Ronan was a standout forward who was picked up in the NHL Draft albeit well down the line by the Montreal Canadiens in 1987.

But Ronan preferred to complete his education before considering a career in pro hockey. As such, he attended Boston University where he studied by day and played hockey as an offensively solid forward on the side.

It wasn't until the 1991-92 campaign that the young winger finally turned pro in the Habs' chain with the Fredericton Canadiens of the AHL. During his first two seasons in the organization, Ronan made steady improvements to his game that gradually won him increased opportunities to skate with the Habs in Montreal. His role with the club was that of a third- and fourth-line winger aimed more at opposing lines than at opposing goaltenders.

By 1993-94, Ronan had established himself as a respectable defensive forward. He got in his first complete season in the NHL without reference to the minors. But early in the following season, he was knocked out of the lineup with an injury. As a result, he only managed to appear in 30 contests.

By the end of the season, he was placed on waivers and claimed by the Winnipeg Jets.
In Manitoba, however, Ronan never got much ice time during his 17 games with the club. Instead he spent most of the 1995-96 campaign with the Springfield Falcons of the AHL. Again, he was placed on waivers at the end of the season and, this time, was claimed by the Buffalo Sabres who dispatched him to the Rochester Americans of the AHL.

Ronan remained in the minors until near the end of the 1996-97 campaign when he was called up to join the Sabres ahead of the playoffs. His six games of post-season play were his last in the NHL. At the start of the 1997-98 season, he was sent to play for the Providence Bruins of the AHL where he retired at the end of the year.


Montreal vs Rangers : Rangers oust Habs, advance to Stanley Cup final for first time since 1994 #habs #rangers #hockey #playoffs

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Max Pacioretty was sitting with his hands on his thighs in a quiet corner of a quiet dressing room. Discarded balls of hockey tape were on both sides of where he sat, a used white towel was crumpled on a seat nearby, speckled with someone’s blood.

“It’s frustrating,” he said. “You want to do so much, but there’s only so much you can do.”

The Montreal Canadiens had done more than many expected just by making the playoffs — the only Canadian NHL team to do so — then by sweeping through the first round, by emerging from a grudge match with their hated rivals and by threatening to climb from a 3-1 series deficit in the Eastern Conference final. On Thursday night, though, they could do no more.

They seemed disjointed and oddly flat in a 1-0 loss to the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden, eliminated from the conference final in six games. The Rangers advanced to their first Stanley Cup final in 20 years on the 20th anniversary of their last NHL title.

Meanwhile, the streets in every Canadian NHL city will endure their 21st consecutive summer without a Stanley Cup parade. Several have come close, tiptoeing to within a few games, but none have won it since the Canadiens won their last, in 1993.

“It hurts,” said Canadiens coach Michel Therrien. “And it hurts more when you’re close.”
Montreal passes were off by feet and not inches in the first period, during the rare trips to the offensive zone. Brendan Gallagher, the 22-year-old winger who helped the team to get to Game 6, was sending passes into empty space. Even by the middle of the second period of a still-scoreless game, it felt like the team was hanging off the edge of a cliff.

The Canadiens opened the playoffs with an unexpectedly easy romp past the Tampa Bay Lightning, aided by the fact the Bolts had lost starting goaltender Ben Bishop to an injury. Montreal then battled the Boston Bruins for seven games, escaping elimination twice and winning Game 7 in enemy territory.

Their fortunes changed in the conference final. Montreal lost starting goaltender Carey Price to injury in the opener. And from his stall late Friday night, Pacioretty suggested beating the Bruins had an effect that lingered: “Maybe you feel a little bit too good about yourself.”

Montreal lost the first two at home to New York. And it never caught up.

The Rangers were in command from the opening shift on Friday. Derek Stepan hit a post behind Dustin Tokarski near the end of a power play. Tokarski was the last fingernail hanging onto the cliff, the last reason the Canadiens still had hope.

They came close with five minutes to play in the second period. Michael Bournival and Thomas Vanek had a two-on-one, with Rangers defenceman Dan Girardi desperately in pursuit. Girardi dove and he appeared to tip the puck toward the net.

Goaltender Henrik Lundqvist had been pulled two nights earlier. He allowed four goals in a 7-4 loss in Game 5 and his mental status was a talking point before the game. With the game still in doubt in Game 6, though, Lundqvist whipped his blocker around like a flyswatter to knock the puck away. It took multiple replay viewings to appreciate what he had just done.

“We played so well the entire game,” Lundqvist said, “for me it was more about just being focused on the few shots they had and in the second period.”

And what he did was allow the Rangers to take a 1-0 lead into the third period. The dam finally broke with two minutes to play before intermission. The Rangers were working on the boards and working quickly. A pass from Ryan McDonagh whipped around the end boards to Brian Boyle, who fired quickly to Dominic Moore, in the slot.

Moore scored.

The Canadiens sputtered in response. They were still being out-shot two-to-one near the end of the third period. Brandon Prust, in his first game back from a two-game suspension for a dangerous hit, took a late slashing minor. The time melted away quickly.

We didn’t put forth a great defensive effort the game before,” McDonagh said. “It’s tough to win when you give them a lot of looks like that.”

As the arena emptied into midtown Manhattan, the Canadiens were left in the familiar silence of the losing room.

“I say this every year and it’s becoming too much, but sometimes you’ve got to learn what it’s like to lose and how bad this feels to know how hard you’ve got to push to win,” said Canadiens defenceman Josh Gorges. “When you get older and you’ve been through it enough times, it gets harder and harder because the window gets smaller and smaller.”

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Canadien : C'est fini! #hockey #serie #fini #habs #ch #canadien #rangers

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Le Canadien de Montréal croyait à l’impossible, mais cette équipe courageuse a finalement rendu l’âme.
Les Rangers de New York ont brisé le rêve d’une première présence en finale de la Coupe Stanley depuis 1993 pour le CH en l’emportant 1-0 lors du sixième match, jeudi au Madison Square Garden.
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Pour la quatrième fois depuis le début des séries, le Tricolore faisait face à l’élimination. C’était la fois de trop.
«Je suis fier de cette équipe, de cette organisation, mais pour l’instant, ça fait terriblement mal», a déclaré Josh Gorges.
Les Rangers ont contrôlé la très grande majorité de cette sixième rencontre.
Depuis la fin du cinquième match, Alain Vigneault promettait que son équipe reviendrait à sa réelle identité. Sur le plan défensif, les «Blueshirts» ont signé un sans-faute.
Henrik Lundqvist a eu à bloquer seulement 18 tirs pour obtenir son premier jeu blanc des séries. Il a réalisé un petit bijou en deuxième période contre Thomas Vanek.
«Il faut rendre crédit aux Rangers, nous étions incapables de générer de l’attaque dans ce match, a analysé Michel Therrien. Sur le plan défensif, ils ont joué un match parfait.»
Après 20 ans d’attente, les Rangers retournent à l’étape ultime. Ils attendront maintenant de connaître l’identité du vainqueur entre les Kings de Los Angeles et les Blackhawks de Chicago.
Dustin Tokarski n’a absolument pas à rougir de sa performance. Le remplaçant de Carey Price a été le meilleur joueur du CH à Manhattan.
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Dès les premières secondes du match, les «Blueshirts» ont dicté le jeu. Le Norvégien Mats Zuccarello a d’ailleurs cogné à la porte de Dustin Tokarski.
Après 10 minutes, les Rangers malmenaient le CH 8-1 au chapitre des tirs au but, mais c’était toujours 0-0 dans la colonne des buts.
Inspiré par Tokarski, le Tricolore a tranquillement regagné ses couleurs. Alex Galchenyuk, qui a touché la cible à ses deux derniers matchs, a décoché un bon tir du revers, mais Lundqvist n’a pas bronché.
Un poteau, un exploit, un but
Derek Stepan, l’homme à la mâchoire bionique, a fait augmenter le rythme cardiaque de Michel Therrien au début de la deuxième période.
Le centre des Rangers a vu Tokarski effleurer la rondelle, qui a ¬ensuite terminé sa route sur le poteau.
Toujours à égalité 0-0 à mi-chemin dans le match, Thomas Vanek a connu un regain de vie.
Sur une descente à deux contre un avec Michaël Bournival, Vanek a cherché à lui refiler la rondelle. Dan Girardi a bloqué sa passe en plongeant sur la glace.
Au même moment, la rondelle a bondi dans les airs. C’est à cet instant que Lundqvist a signé un arrêt spectaculaire.
Le «Roi Henrik» a volontairement jeté son bâton pour mieux réaliser une petite roulade. Dans un arrêt digne des acrobaties de Dominick Hasek, le gardien a stoppé la passe de Vanek avec son bloqueur.
Encore une fois, c’était une question d’un centimètre ou deux.
À la fin de la deuxième, les Rangers ont finalement décoincé le pointage grâce au travail de leur quatrième trio. Embourbé dans son territoire depuis trop longtemps, le CH a finalement cassé.
Dominic Moore, un ancien du Tricolore, a profité d’un relais précis de Brian Boyle pour marquer son troisième but des séries.
Un but, c’était finalement assez pour les Rangers. En troisième période, ils ont réussi à fermer le jeu pour obtenir leur billet vers la finale.

jeudi 29 mai 2014

Hockey (VINE) - Patrick Roy come Angry after a goal against him #nhl #hockey #icehockey #angry #goalie

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Player of the day : Sergei Makarov #player #day #hockey #russia

Sergei Mikhailovich Makarov (Russian: Серге́й Михайлович Макаров; born June 19, 1958 in Chelyabinsk, Soviet Union) is a Russian former ice hockey right wing and two-time Olympic gold medalist. He was voted one of six players to the International Ice Hockey Federation's (IIHF) Centennial All-Star Team in a poll conducted by a group of 56 experts from 16 countries.[1]

Makarov was trained entirely in the Soviet Union. He won two World Junior Championships, and was named the best player during his second victory in 1978. Makarov was also on the gold-winning Soviet national ice hockey team in the World Championships in 1978, 1979, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1986, 1989 and 1990 and in the Canada Cup in 1981. At the Winter Olympics, he won the gold medal in 1984 and 1988 and a silver in 1980 as a member of the USSR team. In the Soviet Union, Makarov played 11 championship seasons with CSKA Moscow (Red Army), winning the Soviet player of the year award eight times, MVP three times, and leading the league in points nine times and goals three times. Together with Igor Larionov and Vladimir Krutov, they formed the KLM line, one of the most talented and feared lines ever to play hockey. He was awarded Order of the Red Banner of Labour (1984).[2]

In 1989, Makarov was allowed by the Soviet Union to join the National Hockey League and the Calgary Flames.

 He won the Calder Memorial Trophy as rookie of the year at the age of 31 (as a result, the rules were changed and now only players under 26 qualify for the award – the Makarov Rule). At 25.9% his shooting percentage was the highest of all NHL players, including Gretzky.

Makarov also played for the San Jose Sharks from 1993 to 1995. For the 1995–96 season Makarov was dropped from the Sharks’ roster and did not play and became an assistant coach for the Russian national team during the World Cup. In the time Makarov was in the NHL, nobody over the age of 31 scored more goals.

After separating from his first wife Vera in Calgary, he met Mary, who had worked for the San Jose Sharks in the ticket sales. They married and had two children, Nicky and Katya.
In the 1996–97 season, Sergei made two comeback attempts, first with the Dallas Stars, for whom he played four games, followed by playing for HC Fribourg-Gottéron in Switzerland's Nationalliga A with former teammates Viacheslav Bykov and Andrei Khomutov.

Makarov is again divorced, and is living in Russia. His ex-wife and children, son Nicky and daughter Katya, still live in California. Makarov still works as a certified player agent who acts as a liaison for young Russians wanting to play in North America.

In 2001 Sergei was inducted into the IIHF Hall of Fame during the Ice Hockey World Championship in Germany.


Montreal vs Rangers : Canadiens ‘ready for anything’ in Game 6 #hockey #nhl #ch #canadien #habs #rangers #playoffs

Canadiens goaltender Carey Price was back on the ice Wednesday morning in Brossard before the Canadiens’ optional practice. Price, who is recovering from a knee injury suffered in Game 1 of this series, did some lateral movements across the ice and also manned the net with goaltending coach Stéphane Waite shooting pucks his way.

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The Canadiens’ playoff hopes will be on the line again Thursday night when they face the New York Rangers in another elimination game.

Whatever the outcome in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference final, it’s hard to imagine a carbon copy of Tuesday’s game that featured a total of 11 goals.

The Habs staved off elimination with their 7-4 win.

Canadiens coach Michel Therrien said he liked a lot of things from the game — how his team was involved offensively and how the players handled themselves on the power play.

“The defensive aspects are always something that you can work on and improve very quickly,”
Therrien said before the Canadiens left for New York on Wednesday.

The Canadiens built what briefly looked like a comfortable 4-1 lead on Tuesday, blew it when the Rangers scored three times in under five minutes, then surged ahead when Rene Bourque scored two more goals and earned a hat trick.

The Rangers lead the best-of-seven series 3-2 and head into Thursday’s game with the chance to eliminate the Canadiens on home ice at Madison Square Garden (8 p.m. CBC, RDS, TSN Radio 690).

The Canadiens have to make sure they’re sharp in front of their net and not “giving those Grade-A chances,” defenceman Josh Gorges said.

“But I don’t think we want to change too much, just be a little sharper in a few areas.

“We’ll be ready for one of those tight-checking games, which I’m sure it will be again — one of those hard-fought games that we’re going to have to make sure that we’re even better than we were last game,” Gorges added.

The Canadiens need to be better defensively, David Desharnais acknowledged.

“But I like our compete level, and that’s what’s important,” he said.

Two of the games in the series have ended in overtime. A third game saw nine goals scored and another had 11.

“We’ve seen a lot of different hockey, a lot of different kind of games throughout this series,” Canadiens forward Lars Eller said.

“So you’ve got to expect everything and be ready for anything. Nothing should catch you by surprise by now.”

“But for us, we want to see a lot of the same things that we did yesterday going into the next game. (Tuesday night) was probably the best game we’ve played in this series. So if we keep doing a lot of those things then I think the end result will be good.

“I think it’s been completely unpredictable,” Eller said of the series.
“Game 1 was just a game you want to forget and just a game where everything that could go wrong went wrong.

“Then we played really good Game 2, lose. Didn’t play very good Game 3, won. Game 4, up in the air, could have gone either side. And Game 5 we played the best hockey in this series. Some games have been not very many goals. And some games 10 goals have been scored. It’s been a weird series.”

Bourque led the Habs’ offence in Game 5 and sealed their victory with his hat trick.

“Even at the end of the regular season, we saw Rene engaged in the game a lot more, moving his feet, being physical, going hard to the net,” Therrien said.

“He’s doing a lot of good things. You can’t expect a player to score three goals every night or score every game. But even when he doesn’t score, he’s playing solid hockey. He’s getting involved physically. And definitely last night, for me, that was leadership. It was a huge game for us. He came up big, and that’s good not only for him, but for us. I really appreciate his effort last night.”

Alex Galchenyuk, who missed six weeks with a knee injury and returned to action in Game 2 of this series, also played well on Tuesday, scoring the Canadiens’ first goal.

He’s getting better every game and that’s a great sign, Therrien said.
Tuesday’s game was definitely Galchenyuk’s best, the coach added.

“He was involved in the play. He was making plays in tight. He’s got good skill. He was competing.”

Notes: Canadiens goaltender Carey Price was back on the ice Wednesday morning in Brossard before the Canadiens’ optional practice with goaltending coach Stéphane Waite and Graham Rynbend, the team’s head athletic therapist. Price, who is recovering from a knee injury suffered in Game 1 of this series, did some lateral movements across the ice and also manned the net with Waite shooting pucks his way.

Brandon Prust will be back in the lineup Thursday night after serving a two-game suspension for his hit on Rangers forward Derek Stepan, who suffered a broken jaw on the play. Therrien said defenceman Alexei Emelin, who didn’t play Tuesday due to an undisclosed injury, would travel to New York with the team.

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Montreal vs New York - Match #6 : la clé devant le but ? #hockey #nhl #ch #canadien #habs #rangers #playoffs

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D'un côté Henrik Lundqvist, de l'autre Dustin Tokarski. Un gardien expérimenté qui a encore à prouver qu'il peut gagner «le grand match» et un gardien dont le nom demeure inconnu aux quatre coins de la LNH ?

Qui préféreriez-vous aligner au sein de votre formation pour un match aussi important que celui de ce soir au Madison Square Garden ?
Lundqvist a été retiré du match #5 en deuxième période après avoir alloué quatre buts en 19 tirs. Il sait très bien qu'il sera visé du doigt si les Rangers laissent filer cette série après l'avoir menée 3-1.

Tokarski inébranlable

Dans le tourbillon de cette deuxième période, les Rangers ont remonté au score et Michel Therrien, lui, a continué de faire confiance à son jeune gardien.

Après que les Rangers eurent créé l'égalité 4-4, Tokarski est ensuite demeuré de glace.

«Je suis toujours calme comme ça, a-t-il lancé, quand on lui a demandé s'il lui arrivait d'être nerveux. Je me concentrais pour arrêter le tir suivant parce que je savais que le prochain but pouvait faire la différence.»

Mémoire à courte durée

En troisième période il a été à la hauteur, particulièrement au moment où le CH a dû se défendre à court de deux patineurs.

«Le gardien doit être le meilleur joueur en infériorité numérique. Les gars ont réussi quelques buts en supériorité numérique. C'était à mon tour de faire ma part», de dire le numéro 35 du CH.

Les Rangers, eux, ont décidé d'effacer tout souvenir du dernier match. «Vous devez avoir la mémoire courte en séries, analysait le défenseur Dan Girardi. On se concentrera pour un bon entraînement, jeudi matin, en prévision du match.»

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mercredi 28 mai 2014

Hockey humour (VINE) - Message to Derek Dorsett after Snows a Kid #hockey #humour #nhl #snow #kids #message

Hockey card of the day : Jaromir Jagr (Rookie Card) 1990-1991 OPC #card #hockey #trade


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Player of the day : Tim Kerr #player #day #hockey #rightwing

Timothy E. Kerr (born January 5, 1960) is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey right winger who played 13 seasons in the National Hockey League (NHL) for the Philadelphia Flyers, New York Rangers and Hartford Whalers. He reached the NHL's prestigious 50 goal plateau on four occasions during his career.



Playing career

Kerr was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Philadelphia Flyers in 1980. Though initially a winger with hands that could bruise an opponent's face as well as beat an opposing goaltender, it took three seasons before he staked his reputation as a lethal sniper. Kerr missed the majority of the 1982-83 season with knee issues and a broken leg, but turned things around starting in 1983-84.

That's when he began his team-record run of four consecutive 50-goal campaigns, in the process setting the NHL single-season record for power-play goals with 34 in the 1985–86 season.
During the first round of the '85 playoffs, against the New York Rangers, Kerr set a still-standing NHL single-game record by scoring four goals in a span of 8:16 in the second period of an eventual 6-5 victory at Madison Square Garden which enabled Philadelphia to sweep the best-of-five series.

The next season was particularly interesting, in that in September of 1985 he was hospitalized with aseptic meningitis at the outset, but recovered sufficiently to set a career best of 58 scores. The following year, Kerr again victimized NHL goaltenders for 58 goals, finishing second in the NHL to Wayne Gretzky.

Kerr was an almost unmovable presence in the slot during his prime. Hockey Hall of Fame center and New York Islanders star Bryan Trottier once joked that the only way to stop Kerr was to wrap chains around his arms and legs. But Trottier retracted that statement almost immediately by saying that that still probably would not stop him.

However, Kerr's ascension into the ranks of NHL superstars was hindered by injuries and bad luck. In the 1985 playoffs, a knee injury hampered his ability to play in the final two rounds of the postseason. In 1987, a shoulder injury suffered in the second round cost him the entire final two series against the Montreal Canadiens and Edmonton Oilers. As a result of the setback, Kerr endured five shoulder operations in a 14-month period and missed all but a handful of the 1987-88 regular season, while being largely ineffective in Philly's seven-game loss to the Washington Capitals in the Patrick Division Semifinals. While Kerr would rebound and play 69 games and score 48 goals in 1988-89 -- a feat which earned him the Bill Masterton Trophy for perseverance and dedication to the sport -- he never again played more than half the schedule the rest of his career.

He was left exposed in the 1991 expansion draft, and after being claimed by the San Jose Sharks, was quickly dealt to the New York Rangers. One more season with the Hartford Whalers ensued, before his retirement at age 33. Additional personal tragedy struck and provided a somber end to his Flyers tenure. On October 16, 1990, his wife, Kathy, died at the age of 30 due to a fast-spreading infection, ten days after the birth of their first child, a daughter named Kimberly.
Kerr finished his playing career 10th all-time in goals per game (minimum 500 games played) with 370 goals in 655 NHL games.



Post-playing career

Kerr is the owner of Tim Kerr's Powerplay Realty in Avalon, New Jersey, which sells and rents homes in both Avalon and Stone Harbor, New Jersey. In addition, Kerr owns the Pensacola Ice Flyers and part-owner of the Mississippi Surge, teams of the Southern Professional Hockey League. There he maintains homes in Avalon, near his business, and Moorestown Township, New Jersey with his wife, two daughters and three sons.[1]



Awards and honours




  • Holds NHL single-season record for most power-play goals (34 in 1985–86)
  • Holds Philadelphia Flyers team record for most 50-goal seasons (4)
  • Shares NHL playoff record for most goals in a period (4 on April 13, 1985)
  • Holds NHL playoff record for most power-play goals in a period (3 on April 13, 1985)



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Habs vs Rangers : Party time isn't over in Montreal as Habs force Game 6 #habs #hockey #rangers #playoffs

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It grew progressively more chaotic the closer you got to the Bell Centre, with a street party thriving through sporadic bursts of rain. There was a tent with a mechanical bull, a tent with beer and a tent giving free Montreal Canadiens tattoos — the holy trinity for anyone looking for a wild night.

It was end of days. The Canadiens were facing elimination. It might as well be a party, be a bit of fun in the face of the end. And that is exactly what happened.

Rene Bourque scored three goals for the first playoff hat-trick of his career, delivering the host team to a 7-4 win over the New York Rangers in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference final. In short, he helped to save their season.

Montreal will travel back to Manhattan for Game 6 on Thursday, with a chance to tie the series and send it back one more time for a Game 7 at home on Saturday. That would possibly be one of the most electric evenings in recent hockey history.

Nothing has been assured in this series, of course, and there is no reason to think that will begin now. Rangers centre Derek Stepan was another example of the unexpected, scoring twice in defeat in his first game back after undergoing surgery to repair a broken jaw.

The animosity between the teams continued building. Rangers defenceman John Moore was ejected for a head hit on Canadiens winger Dale Weise midway through the third period. Weise was wobbly, caught by defenceman P.K. Subban.

“John is definitely not the type of player to try to hurt someone,” said Rangers coach Alain Vigneault, “but it was a late hit and it was the right call on the ice.”

The crowd was livid.

It was hard to overstate the feeling of importance attached to the game in Montreal, a city where every second car seemed to have a Canadiens flag flapping from a side window. It was not just the cars, either: Banners hung in store windows, from the back of fire trucks, and one stood three storeys high on the top of a downtown construction project.

A church on the east side of town posted a notice on its front door. It invited anyone who wanted to listen to the game to do so from the comfort of the church. Doors were to open at 7 p.m., one hour before the puck dropped at the city’s primary venue of worship.

In following that vein, the day had begun with talk of a saviour. Carey Price appeared in full pads on the ice at the team’s suburban practice facility early Tuesday morning, with two members of the team’s staff watching closely.

He had not played since the series opener and, despite early speculation, he was not able to play in
the elimination game. As coach Michel Therrien said, it was only part of what the doctors had prescribed in his rehabilitation, and not a miracle come to life.

That left the burden squarely on the shoulders of Dustin Tokarski, the 24-year-old rookie who has been in net since Game 2. He stole Game 3 in New York, and nearly did it again in Game 4, before Martin St. Louis fired a perfect shot past him in overtime.

On Tuesday, the Canadiens did their best to relieve some of that burden. Montreal skaters fired up ice to start the first period. Alex Galchenyuk, who hit a crossbar late in the third period of Game 4, deflected a Subban shot to give Montreal the 1-0 lead.

The Canadiens carried a 2-1 lead into first intermission. They built it all the way up to 4-1 in the second period, on a cruise back to Manhattan for Game 6. Montreal chased Henrik Lundqvist from the net after Tomas Plekanec, Max Pacioretty and Bourque scored.

“You know what? Rene Bourque played a great game,” Canadiens coach Michel Therrien said. “On the forecheck, he took the man. He was moving his feet … he’s a very good scorer, so definitely that was a great performance by him.”

Montreal was doing everything its players had pledged they would do; creating traffic in front of the net, clearing the zone when necessary and staying on the attack. It worked in the second round, they said, when the Canadiens fought off a pair of elimination games to oust the Boston Bruins in seven games.

“We’ve been there, two weeks ago,” Therrien had said. “And it’s about preparation. It’s about attitude.”

They had it and then they found some more.

And then, in a span of less than five minutes of the second period, they lost it. Rick Nash was credited with a goal when the puck deflected off Canadiens defenceman Josh Gorges and past Tokarski. They kept pushing, with Stepan scoring his second of the game before Chris Kreider — the series villain who knocked Price out in Game 1 — scored to tie it.

 Bourque stopped the backward flow with five to play in the second. And his third gave a renewed sense of belief seven minutes into the third period. Hats rained down to the ice, the crowd rediscovered its full voice again.

It was bedlam. Chaos. It was a party, just as it was when the night began.

Canadien : Toujours vivant ! #ch #canadien #rangers #playoffs #habs

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Certains joueurs ont le don de choisir le bon moment pour s’illustrer. Avec son équipe adossée aux câbles, Rene Bourque a livré sa meilleure performance depuis qu’il porte l’uniforme du Canadien.
La fierté du Lac La Biche y est allée d’un tour du chapeau, se permettant même de marquer le but gagnant, menant le Canadien de Montréal à une victoire de 7-4 sur les Rangers de New York. Un gain cependant acquis non sans difficulté.
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La troupe de Michel Therrien ayant évité l’élimination, Bill Daly, adjoint au commissaire Gary Bettman, n’a eu d’autre choix que de remballer le trophée Prince-de-Galles, remis aux champions de l’Association de l’Est.
La sixième rencontre entre les deux formations sera présentée, jeudi soir, au Madison Square Garden.
Le réveil de l’attaque massive
Coulé par son attaque massive limitée à un seul but en huit occasions dimanche, le Canadien s’est assuré de ne pas revivre le même cauchemar.
Alex Galchenyuk a profité de la première punition du match, décernée à Chris Kreider, pour ouvrir la marque.
Puis, puni pour obstruction sur le gardien, Mats Zuccarello venait tout juste de sortir du cachot lorsque Bourque a inscrit son premier de la soirée, le quatrième des siens.
Victime de quatre buts sur 19 tirs, Lundqvist a cédé sa place à Cam Talbot lors de l’arrêt de jeu suivant.
Circulation lourde
Le gardien a effectivement mal paru sur les buts de Tomas Plekanec et de Max Pacioretty (quelle passe de Brendan Gallagher sur la séquence!). Au moins, les attaquants du Canadien peuvent se vanter de lui avoir fait la vie beaucoup plus dure que lors des matchs précédents.
Ils ont constamment mis de la circulation devant le filet des Rangers et se sont montrés insistants près du demi-cercle du Suédois.
Stepan, le miraculé
Dans le camp des Rangers, Derek Stepan a surpris tout le monde en reprenant son poste à peine cinq jours après avoir subi une fracture de la mâchoire.
L’athlète de 23 ans s’est assuré de ne pas faire qu’acte de présence. Il a aidé son équipe à demeurer dans le match en faisant scintiller la lumière rouge à deux occasions.
Mais le miraculé n’a pas été le plus prolifique joueur des visiteurs. Kreider, le mal-aimé des Montréalais, a enregistré quatre points, dont un but.
Son but venait couronner une poussée de trois des Rangers inscrits en 4 mins 24 s, faisant passer le pointage de 4-1 à 4-4.
La foule, enthousiaste, s’est alors tue. Jusqu’à ce que Bourque redonne les devants au Tricolore avant la fin du deuxième tiers et ajoute à l’avance des siens au retour de l’entracte.
Weise titubant
Exceptionnel depuis son arrivée dans la série, Dustin Tokarski, également déjoué par Rick Nash, n’a pu réaliser autant de miracles que lors de ses apparitions précédentes.
La bonne nouvelle, c’est que Lundqvist n’était pas, lui non plus, dans sa meilleure forme.
À mi-chemin de la troisième période, Dale Weise a été sonné par une mise en échec de John Moore similaire à celle que Brandon Prust avait servie à Stepan.
Cette fois, les arbitres n’ont pas raté l’action chassant le défenseur des Rangers pour cinq minutes.
David Desharnais a complété la marque dans un filet désert.

mardi 27 mai 2014

Hockey card of the day : Wayne Greztky (Rookie Card) 1979-80 TOPPS #card #hockey #trade



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Hockey Goal - Owen "Cowboy" Nolan Called His Shot (Babe Ruth), Top Corner On Hasek #hockey #goal #call #baberuth #icehockey

Player of the day : Claude Lapointe #player #center #day #hockey #icehockey

Claude Lapointe (born October 11, 1968) is a Canadian former ice hockey player. In his career, Lapointe played for the Quebec Nordiques, Colorado Avalanche, Calgary Flames, New York Islanders, and Philadelphia Flyers.



Early life

Lapointe grew up in the city of Lachine, Quebec. As a child all he did was play hockey. As a teenager his first job wasn't an average job. It was playing in the QMJHL. Players in this league got paid just like players in the NHL do, just not as much money. Other than this, Lapointe had no other occupations other than hockey.. He was offered a scholarship by the University of Michigan but he refused it.


Playing career

He was drafted by the Nordiques (now the Colorado Avalanche) in the 12th round of the 1988 NHL Draft, with the 234th overall pick. Lapointe spent most of his NHL career with the New York Islanders. He was there from the 1996–97 season to the 2002–03 season.

While with the New York Islanders, he received many honors such as many NYI Fan club MVP awards and three Bob Nystrom awards, which is awarded to the player who most exemplifies leadership, hustle, and dedication. He also received awards for reaching the 800 game mark, (over 1000 NHL games including reg. season, playoffs, and pre-season), over 100 goals. Other achievements include being named Assistant captain with the Islanders, ranking among the Top 3 in the NHL for face-off win percentage for 15 years consecutively - his entire NHL career. Similarly, Lapointe was among the league's elite in terms of physical conditioning. In 1999, he represented Canada at the IIHF World Hockey Championships in Norway, only to lose to Sweden in the bronze medal game.

Lapointe is a strategic player with great anticipation skills, incredible skating skills and played every shift with intensity. He had an in-your-face hockey style but was well-liked and well-respected by coaches, teammates, referees,and management around the league. During the 2002–03 season he was traded to the Philadelphia Flyers and in 2004, Lapointe retired from the NHL.



Personal life

Lapointe has 2 sons: Kirk (21) and Kody (20). He is currently engaged with a late 2011 wedding planned. Lapointe coaches and trains aspiring hockey players both on ice and off ice. His unique training and technical approach has raised eyebrows and gotten much notice from Junior and NHL GMs. Lapointe's ability to rapidly develop and hone talent far exceeds the norm - He consistently takes Midget BB kids and transforms them into high Midget Espoir and AAA draft choices in as little as 3 months with targeted on and off ice regimens. Lapointe credits his motivational approach and his attention to detail as the keys to successfully understanding what each player needs to keep them improving beyond what they think they are capable of achieving.



Career statistics


Quiz hockey (5 question rapides) 27 mai 2014 #quiz #hockey #sports #icehockey

Voici un petit jeu facile et rapide je vais vous posez cinq questions sur le hockey et je donnerais les réponses au prochain questionnaire en ligne !

1 - Comment s'appelaient les frères Stastny ?

2 - Combien de joueurs ont atteint le plateau des 200 points en une saison ?

3 - Quel joueur a marqué 3 buts ou plus à 26 reprises chez le Canadien ?

4 - Kirk McLean a connu ses de gloire avec quelle équipe ?

5 - Dans quel domaine Enrico Ciccone a-t-il davantage fait sa marque dans la LNH ?

Voici les questions du précédent questionnaire et les réponses :

1 - Quel est le nom de l'amphithéâtre dans lequel jouent les Blackhawks ?

Réponse : United Center (Capacité de 20 500)

2 - Quelle équipe a gagné la coupe Stanley en 1991 ?

Réponse : Penguins de Pittsburgh (4-2 contre Minnesota)

3 - Quel joueur a marqué le plus de buts dans l’uniforme du Canadien ?

Réponse : Maurice Richard (544 buts en 978 parties)

4 - À quelle équipe appartenait Stéphane Fiset avant de se joindre a Los Angeles ?

Réponse : Avalanche du Colorado (Échangé contre Éric Lacroix)

5 - Quel Québécois s'est mérité le trophée Conn-Smythe en 1986 et 1993 ?

Réponse : Patrick Roy 

Montreal vs New York : Lundqvist busy being fabulous #playoffs #hockey #goalie #habs #rangers

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Standing at a lectern on a riser far from the lights of Manhattan, Michel Therrien laid out what he saw as a path to hope for the Montreal Canadiens. Scoring first is the key, the coach said, before conceding, “usually to win a hockey game, you need to get three goals.”

His team has not won a game this spring when it scores fewer than three goals, including its Eastern Conference final series with the New York Rangers. Montreal is on the verge of elimination heading into Game 5 at home on Tuesday night, in large part because of a very significant barrier to getting those three goals a game.

And it might be the best-looking barrier in hockey.

Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist has kept the Canadiens to fewer than three goals in all three New York wins. He allowed three goals in his only loss of the series, but two of those beat him only after taking odd bounces off bodies in front of his net.

Lundqvist had the best save-percentage in the playoffs on Monday. He had allowed three goals in only four of 18 games — stingier than Los Angeles Kings starter Jonathan Quick (eight times in 17 games) and Chicago Blackhawks starter Corey Crawford (seven in 15) heading into their meeting Monday night.

And now, Lundqvist is one win from his first appearance in the Stanley Cup final.

“It’s exciting ... to know that you’re one game away,” he said late on Sunday night. “You have to motivate yourself to get to a level where you’re helping the team, and that’s pretty good motivation right there.”

Lundqvist arrived at the lectern in Manhattan 40 minutes after the Rangers emerged with an overtime win in Game 4. His teammates had already met with reporters in the dressing room, and his coach had already taken his turn. Everyone else was a warm-up act for him.

In 2012, People magazine named Lundqvist one of the sexiest men alive, describing him as “just the man to heat up the ice” despite all of his clunky goaltending equipment. The 32-year-old has also appeared in Vogue and on The Late Show with David Letterman. He has also prepared an apple pie on air with Martha Stewart, with the host asking him how many “fabulous blocks” he had made in the
previous night’s game.

“New York fits him,” Swedish centre Henrik Zetterberg told Sports Illustrated two years ago. “He wears it well, like his suits. The culture, the food, the fashion ... if he wins (the Stanley Cup), just give him the key.”

Lundqvist wore a tailored grey suit to the lectern on Sunday night, his beard trimmed, his hair styled to the point where someone might wonder where he was headed, at midnight, on a Sunday. The answer, even if he was headed home: Probably somewhere fabulous.

He has made a home in New York, where the Rangers lucked into a franchise goaltender with the 205th pick in the 2000 NHL Draft (the Islanders, that other team in New York, picked goaltender Rick DiPietro first overall that year).

With his win on Sunday, Lundqvist tied Mike Richter (41) for the most playoff wins in franchise history. Earlier in the season, Lundqvist became the team’s all-time leader in regular season wins (309) and shutouts (50).

“I’ve been part of it for nine years, and I’m going to be part of it for a long time, I hope,” he said with a smile. “I’m just really proud to be out there with those guys and hopefully can keep it going a little more.”

He has not been infallible against the Canadiens. Defenceman Francis Bouillon beat him on a clean shot from inside the faceoff circle on Sunday night, and Alexei Markov beat him cleanly from the other side in the previous game.

Most of the eight goals the Canadiens have scored, though, have been through traffic, or through fortunate bounces.

“He’s like any goalie, he’s great at making the first save,” Canadiens captain Brian Gionta said. “You’ve got to get screens, tips and rebounds on him. And you’ve got to make sure that you get second and third opportunities. That’s how it is across the board with all the goalies now.”

Teammate Tomas Plekanec said that means the Canadiens will have to spend more time near the net, getting in his way, obstructing his view.

“We’ve just got to keep wearing him down, keep in front of the net,” he said. “That’s one thing we can to more, too: We can put more pucks in the crease.”

They are down to their final chance. If the Canadiens fail, the Rangers will advance to the Stanley Cup for the first time since 1994, this being the 20-year anniversary of the team’s last NHL championship. The action would shift to Manhattan, where Lundqvist is known simply as “The King.”

“You don’t think about what’s ahead,” he said. “You’re just going in and trying to do your job here. It’s going to be a tough game ... I look forward to that challenge.”

Canadien vs Rangers : « On ne veut pas leur laisser le moindre espoir » - St-Louis #hockey #serie #canadien #rangers

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Les joueurs des Rangers de New York se sont déjà retrouvés au bord du gouffre plus tôt pendant les présentes séries éliminatoires de la Coupe Stanley et ils ne sont pas dupes, ils devront offrir leur meilleure performance s'ils souhaitent éliminer le Canadien dès mardi.
Le vétéran Martin St-Louis, qui a joué les héros en marquant le but décisif en prolongation lors du quatrième match, dimanche, a rappelé que les Rangers tiraient de l'arrière 3-1 en deuxième ronde contre Sidney Crosby et ses Penguins de Pittsburgh, avant d'être propulsés en finale de l'Est.

« Le troisième match (perdu 2-0 contre les Penguins) avait fait très mal, et le match suivant n'avait guère été mieux, ce qui fait qu'on s'est retrouvé le dos acculé au mur à 3-1, s'est souvenu St-Louis. C'est à ce moment qu'on a cessé de s'en faire à propos du match précédent, du match suivant, et qu'on s'est mis à se concentrer uniquement sur le prochain match. On a fait du bon boulot pour rester les deux pieds sur terre et je crois que ça nous a aidé à poursuivre notre route. »

Le Lavallois et ses coéquipiers savent donc dans quel état d'esprit sont les joueurs du Tricolore à l'aube du match no 5, et il reconnaît que les Rangers devront « vivre dans le moment présen t» et « garder la pédale au plancher », s'ils souhaitent mettre un terme à la série le plus rapidement possible. Sinon le tapis pourrait rapidement leur glisser sous les pieds et ils pourraient vivre à leur tour le cauchemar des Penguins.

« On sait comment ils se sentent. C'est pour ça qu'on ne doit rien prendre à la légère, a dit St-Louis. On ne veut pas leur laisser le moindre espoir. Je ne crois pas que c'est un avantage, mais je crois que nous sommes conscients de la situation à laquelle nous sommes confrontés.

« Et puis, on n'a rien accompli encore. On se le répète sans arrêt, a ajouté l'ailier droit âgé de 38 ans. C'est une série au meilleur des sept matchs, et non des cinq matchs. On sait que la quatrième victoire sera la plus difficile à aller chercher, et en conséquence il va falloir connaître notre meilleur match. »

St-Louis a d'ailleurs rappelé qu'à l'exception du premier match de la série, ils avaient tous été chaudement disputés. Ce ne sera donc pas la motivation qui risque de faire défaut au moment de sauter sur la patinoire du Centre Bell mardi.

En ce sens, l'entraîneur des Rangers Alain Vigneault a indiqué qu'à ce stade-ci des séries éliminatoires, il n'a plus à faire de discours flamboyant pour motiver ses joueurs. Ses joueurs sont conscients de l'importance du match de mardi, et Vigneault a indiqué qu'il allait préparer son équipe en conséquence.

C'est ainsi qu'il a indiqué que Derek Stepan, qui a été opéré pour réparer une fracture à la mâchoire subie lors du troisième match, avait fait le voyage à Montréal en compagnie de ses coéquipiers. Rien pour atténuer les reproches du Canadien, dont Daniel Brière, qui avait qualifié la blessure du centre no 1 des Rangers de « louche ».

Vigneault a toutefois tenu à préserver le mystère entourant la possibilité qu'il soit en uniforme lors du cinquième en rappelant que Daniel Carcillo, qui a écopé d'une suspension de 10 matchs, avait lui aussi voyagé avec l'équipe.

Seul l'attaquant J.T. Miller, qui a violemment heurté le poteau à la droite de Dustin Tokarski lors du quatrième match, est demeuré à New York pour soigner une blessure « au haut du corps ». En conséquence, les Rangers ont rappelé le joueur de centre du Wolf Pack de Hartford Oscar Lindberg.

lundi 26 mai 2014

Hockey RUSSIA (VINE) Two coach want to fight !! #russia #hockey #icehockey #coach #fight

Player of the day : Dave Babych #player #defense #day #hockey #icehockey

David Michael Babych (born May 23, 1961) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey defenceman who played 19 seasons in the National Hockey League (NHL). He is currently an assistant director of player personnel with the Vancouver Canucks.[1] He played in two NHL All-Star Games and played for the Winnipeg Jets, Hartford Whalers, Vancouver Canucks, Philadelphia Flyers and Los Angeles Kings. He is the younger brother of former NHL player Wayne Babych. He was the first NHL player to wear the number 44 on a permanent basis.

Playing career



Winnipeg Jets

Considered a franchise talent after a standout junior career in the Western Hockey League (WHL) with the Portland Winter Hawks, Babych was selected second overall in the 1980 NHL Entry Draft by the Winnipeg Jets. At the time of his selection, Babych and his brother Wayne (taken 3rd overall in 1978) were the highest-drafted pair of brothers in NHL history, a record since broken by Pierre and Sylvain Turgeon and the Sedin twins (Daniel and Henrik). Babych stepped into the Jets lineup immediately as a teenager during the 1980–81 season, turning in a stellar rookie campaign in which he finished second on the club with 38 assists and led all Winnipeg blueliners with 44 points. Babych went on to lead all defenders on his team in scoring in each of his first 10 NHL seasons.

In 1981–82, Babych emerged as a star on a revitalized Winnipeg team which improved by 48 points with the addition of superstar rookie Dale Hawerchuk, setting franchise records for defencemen with 19 goals and 68 points in helping the Jets to their first-ever NHL playoff berth. Key to his improvement and development was the acquisition of veteran Serge Savard, a future Hall of Famer, to serve as his partner on the blueline. 1982–83 would be better yet, as he led the Jets with 61 assists and broke his own club record for defensive scoring with 74 points. He was also voted in as a starter for the Campbell Conference at the 1983 NHL All-Star Game.

Babych played in the All-Star game again in 1984, and turned in another excellent season, although he missed 14 games due to injury. In 1984–85, the Jets would have their best season ever, finishing fourth in the NHL with 96 points, and Babych - now forming a dynamic partnership on the blueline with former Norris Trophy winner Randy Carlyle - finished the year with 62 points to lead the team's defenders in scoring for the fifth consecutive season. He excelled in the 1985 playoffs, leading the team in scoring as they won their first-ever playoff series before being ousted by the Edmonton Oilers.


Hartford Whalers

Despite registering 16 points in his first 19 games to start the 1985–86 season, Babych was dealt to the Hartford Whalers for Ray Neufeld. Unpopular with Winnipeg fans at the time, the move would be a terrible one for the Jets as Neufeld was never more than a depth player for them and was out of the NHL by 1989, while Babych continued to excel for nearly another 15 years.

In Hartford, Babych continued his stellar play, finishing the season with 69 points - the second-highest total of his career - and was named the team's top defender. In 1986–87, he missed time with injury and finished with a career-low 41 points. However, he bounced back the following year to record another 50-point season, good for second on the Whalers in scoring. He was named the Whalers' top defender again in 1988–89, and led the team in playoff scoring with six points in four games. In 1989–90, he finished the year with 6 goals and 43 points, his 10th consecutive season over 40 points.

Babych suffered a serious wrist injury in 1990–91, requiring surgery shortly after the start of the season, causing him to miss 40 games. He then suffered a severely broken thumb almost immediately after his return, ruling him out for the rest of the campaign. He only appeared in eight games all season, recording six assists.


Vancouver Canucks

After missing almost all of the previous season to injury, Hartford exposed Babych in the 1991 NHL Expansion Draft, where he was selected by the Minnesota North Stars. However, he was almost immediately dealt to the Vancouver Canucks for Tom Kurvers.

While Babych was no longer the front-line defender he was earlier in his career, he continued to be a steady and valued contributor during his seven years in Vancouver, capable of showing flashes of his former offensive ability. Babych became the only defender in Canucks history to record a hat trick during the regular season, a feat he accomplished on November 22, 1991, against the Calgary Flames (Doug Halward also recorded a hat-trick for the Canucks in a playoff game). He finished the 1991–92 season with five goals and 29 points (second amongst Vancouver defenders, behind Jyrki Lumme), and was a key factor on a vastly improved Canuck team which won their division for the first time in 17 years. He also added eight points in 13 playoff games.

Injuries limited Babych to just 43 games in 1992–93, but he bounced back in 1993–94 with 32 points, his highest total since 1990. He continued to play inspired hockey in the playoffs as Vancouver reached the Stanley Cup Finals, scoring the biggest goal of his career on June 9, 1994, in Game 5 of the Finals against the New York Rangers. After the Rangers came back from a 3–0 deficit to tie the game, Babych jumped into the rush and buried a pass from Pavel Bure to score the game-winning goal. It sparked a comeback in the series for Vancouver, who would narrowly lose the series in seven games.

Babych continued to toil steadily on the Canucks' blueline for another four seasons, although the team's fortunes went into decline. Most notable for Babych was a surprise offensive resurgence at the start of the 1995–96 campaign, which saw him amongst the league's highest-scoring defenders through the first month of the season.



Philadelphia Flyers and Los Angeles Kings

With the Canucks well out of the playoff race at the end of the 1997–98 season, the team dealt Babych to the Philadelphia Flyers for a low draft pick in order to give him a chance to play for a contending team. However, Babych missed a substantial amount of time after breaking his foot blocking a slap shot soon after his arrival in Philadelphia, and the Flyers were knocked out of the playoffs in the first round.

Babych continued to serve as a depth defender for the Flyers in 1998–99, before being dealt to the Los Angeles Kings at the trade deadline. He finished his final season with two goals and 8 points in 41 games between Philadelphia and Los Angeles. He had a brief stint in Switzerland in 2000 before retiring.

Babych finished his career with 142 goals and 581 assists for 723 points in 1195 NHL games, along with 970 penalty minutes. He added 21 goals and 41 assists for 62 points in 114 playoff games.




Babych made his home in North Vancouver[disambiguation needed], British Columbia, following his retirement.[1] In December 2009, he was hired to work in a part-time capacity with the Vancouver Canucks as an assistant specializing in defencemen to director of player personnel Dave Gagner.[1]


 Lawsuit against the Flyers

Babych sued the Flyers and the team's orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Arthur Bartolozzi, in 2002, claiming that improper medical care for his 1998 foot injury shortened his career. Bartolozzi misdiagnosed the injury as a bone bruise rather than a fracture, and gave Babych painkillers so he could suit up for the first round of the playoffs. Babych claimed for many years that playing through the injury caused permanent damage which prematurely ended his career. Claiming that the Flyers and Bartolozzi had defrauded him, he sued for $2 million in lost wages. The Flyers were dismissed as a defendant before trial when a judge ruled there was no evidence of fraud on their part. While a jury found no evidence of fraud Bartolozzi's part either, it found that he failed to follow accepted standards of care and awarded Babych US$$1.02 million in lost wages and US$350,000 for pain and suffering in November 2002.[2]

Personal life

Babych, who is of Ukrainian ancestry,[3] was born in Edmonton, Alberta.
Dave and Wayne Babych are also brothers-in-law, as they married twin sisters. They have since divorced their first wives and started new families.
Babych had a small role in the movie Slap Shot 2.[4]