The Dump and Chase – 02/23/2011

Shocker in Gloomtown Motown

Nothing’s shocking about San Jose’s 4-3 win over Detroit last night but, c’mon, we had to run this screengrab. Joe Thornton had a three point night and scored his 300th career goal, making him the 18th active player to reach that milestone.

Erik Johnson’s Revenge, Peter Stastny’s Disapproval

If inflicting some sort of payback on Blues GM Doug Armstrong was one of Erik Johnson’s priorities, then I guess you could say that he was successful. Johnson scored against his former team in Colorado’s 4-3 win over St. Louis last evening. Via Post-Dispatch:

“It was a very wonderful feeling to score against your old team in your old building in your first game back after the trade … after an emotional trade … a trade I didn’t expect,” Johnson said. “It’s a great way to cap off the night.”

On a related note, ex-Nordiques Peter Stastny ripped Colorado management for last week’s Blues-Avalanche trade in an interview with St. Louis radio station KMOX:

“This young team was ready to challenge, almost, for a Stanley Cup this season. They were so good. All they needed was some more chemistry, and some synergies. Instead, they destroyed the team. I mean, that was a one-way deal. Mr. Armstrong will look like a genius. I don’t know what they were thinking in the Colorado organization. I should not have said this, but I’m so, so mad what they’ve done to this team. They’ve moved the team about two to three years back again.”

The Haunting of Khabibulin

Minnesota’s Pierre-Marc Bouchard Linus Omark’d the pants off Nikolai Khabibulin on late third period breakaway, putting the Wild up 4-1 on the helpless Oilers. Call him a hotdog if you’re a grump, but Khabibulin should have seen this one coming.

Looks like Pierre-Marc Bouchard was Omarking in the NHL long before Linus.

That MS-DOS Shootout Info Page I Built in Computer Class Back in ’89

NHL Shootouts is a website sure to help you burn a few hours. [Via ThePensblog]

Tootoo on “Right Track” Following Rehab

According to his mother, Nashville Predators forward Jordin Tootoo is progressing well after a stint in the NHL’s substance abuse program. Tootoo’s mother via CBCSports.ca:

“It will be quite difficult, but he said he’s determined and he’s learned a lot from that program, and I think he’s found himself on the right track now.”

All-Black Hockey Team? All-Black Hockey Team

Gunaxin presents a make-believe roster
of current black (read: not white) NHL hockey players in the spirit of Black History Month. I only take offence to the exclusion of Fred Brathwaite on the grounds that he plays in Germany.

Fists Bloody Fists

Nolan Yonkman from Punnichy, Saskatchewan gets punchy with Jody Shelley and busts him open!