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SLY NOTES: SETTING AN EXAMPLE

Tuesday, 12.08.2009 / 3:07 PM / Blogs - Kevin Sylvester
By Kevin Sylvester  - Sabres "Hockey Hotline" Host
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SLY NOTES: SETTING AN EXAMPLE
Adam Mair (Getty Images)
♦ Lindy Ruff phrased it appropriately after Monday’s shutout loss to New Jersey, “It was a clunker”.  There’s not much more to say after that.  The best comment about it from a player came today (Tuesday) when Thomas Vanek stated that the fans pay good money to see them play and deserve a lot better.  You don’t hear that everyday from professional athletes.

♦ I think it’s unbelievable that Martin Brodeur is now tied with Terry Sawchuk with 103 career shutouts and will become the all time leader with the next donut he hangs on an opponent.  I also wonder how many he would have if he didn’t play for the franchise that developed the trap and played it perfectly for so many years.  That’s not to question his greatness, toughness, and leadership, but you have to wonder.

Patrick Kaleta was penalized for boarding against the Devils.  It was a bad call.  The hit was clearly shoulder to shoulder, and seemed to be whistled on reputation.  I just hope the referees notice when he misses near the boards, because some are on purpose to avoid penalties and/or injuring an opponent when they turn their back at the last second.

♦ Coaches and parents of kids playing hockey should point out the example Adam Mair is setting.  Mair was placed on waivers November 9th, went unclaimed and remained with the team that deemed him expendable.  Did Mair pout? No. He worked harder and has been in the lineup the past six games, four of them wins, and earned over 12 minutes of ice time against the Devils because of his hard work.  Sports are full of stories like Mair’s and it’s important to point them out every single time.  

♦ The Chicago Blackhawks visit this week and they are loaded.  Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews, Marian Hossa, Patrick Sharp, Kris Versteeg, John Madden, Cam Barker, Brian Campbell, Duncan Keith, Brent Seabrook, Brent Sopel, and so on.  They are going for the Cup and better this year, because the cap is going to be an issue next season and players will need to be moved to fit the big stars under the cap.  Give Stan Bowman credit for getting Kane and Toews signed together for five more years.  Both could have made more next summer, but likely learned from free agents of past summers that the money may be greener, but the grass may not be.  

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Hodgson 72 20 24 -26 44
T. Ennis 80 21 22 -25 43
D. Stafford 70 16 18 -19 34
C. Ehrhoff 79 6 27 -27 33
C. Stewart 63 15 11 0 26
C. Conacher 79 7 19 1 26
T. Myers 62 9 13 -26 22
Z. Girgensons 70 8 14 -6 22
M. Foligno 74 7 12 -17 19
J. McBain 69 6 11 -13 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
M. Neuvirth 4 8 2 .921 2.78
J. Enroth 4 17 5 .911 2.82