Sure, Vince Vaughn has always looked like he’s a perpetual insomniac and is on two hours of sleep, but this is getting a little ridiculous.
If we keep spreading rumours, maybe teams will talk about injuries
The philosophy is a simple one: just keeping spreading false information so that any information comes out. That strategy led to Philadelphia Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren having to bat away rumours that Chris Pronger suffered a second break in his hand.
“It seems people can throw anything at a wall and see if it sticks,” said Holmgren, who’s wise to our games.
Pronger participated in a full practice for the first time Monday morning since surgery to repair a broken bone in his right hand. He’s making steady progress, and likely isn’t far away, but the towering defenceman still won’t be suiting up for Game 3.
Gasp! black-and-gold sticks!
Michael Cammalleri has a zen-like quality prior to games. He’s so zen that he fights evil space invaders with laser beams.
So it’s not surprising to hear that he’s a little obsessive with his sticks. Bruce Arthur of the National Post tells the story of Cammalleri’s black-and-gold sticks that he received from Easton just prior to the playoffs, and just before the Habs took on the Bruins.
“I was the first guy in the league to use it … I’m one of their contract guys, and [Zdeno] Chara is too, but he doesn’t even have this yet,” said Cammalleri after Montreal’s pre-Game 3 morning skate. “And [Easton's representatives] were like, ‘Do you want to use it?’ And I was like, ‘Yeah, I’d love to. I’ll use it.’ And they said, ‘If you switch to it, you can’t switch back, because we don’t want to see the first guy who went to it switch back.’ I said ‘No, I tried the stick’ — I didn’t see the graphics — ’I love it. Give me the stick, I’ll use it.’
“And then it comes in black and yellow.”
The walking wounded are skating in Montreal
So there’s this Zdeno Chara guy, and he may or may not play tonight for the Bruins. That’s kind of a big deal.
But Montreal is also dealing with a few bumps and bruises. Andrei Kostitsyn sat out Game 2 are being nailed with a Chara howitzer, and Jeff Halpern has been out with a lower-body injury. Both took the morning skate today and will be game-time decisions.
Breaking: Sidney Crosby will not play in Game 3 against Tampa Bay
Sure, Sidney Crosby is a megastar, and every breath he takes around a hockey rink is now newsworthy. But haven’t we gone beyond the point where declaring him “out” for each game is necessary? Nope.
Madison Square Garden is overrated
The hallowed grounds of the Garden don’t scare Bruce Boudreau.
“Well, the one thing, its reputation is far better than the actual building,” the coach said. “I mean, it’s nothing. The locker rooms are horrible. The benches are horrible. There’s no room for anything. But the reputation of being in Madison Square Garden is what makes it famous. Also, our building’s a lot louder, too. So I mean, they can say what they want, but it’s not that loud in there.”
We’re sure the fine, polite people of New York will not see this is a challenge to their reputation and try to drop more curse words per second than Boudreau. Yep, everything should be nice and calm after Rangers fans are given two days to work themselves into a frenzy before Game 4 Wednesday night.
Friends in other sports are not permitted
Apparently there’s criticism of the Lightning wearing Minnesota Twins paraphernalia lingering somewhere out there around the Interwebs. The alleged foul took place when a few Lightning players showed up in the opponent’s attire when the Tampa Bay Rays hosted the Twins over the weekend. At the bottom of a notes column in the St. Petersberg Times the perpetrators were identified as Dwayne Roloson, Steve Downie, Mike Smith, and Steven Stamkos.
The four players were invited to the game by Twins first baseman Justin Morneau, a long-time friend of Roloson. As Raw Charge writes, there’s a pot somewhere in Tampa Bay, and it called a kettle black.