This early-morning blog comes to you from the airport in Toronto two hours before my flight to Washington leaves — so check for typos (remember Buffalo?!).
Couldn’t work this into my story last night but Pavel Kubina left Tuesday’s game against the Maple Leafs. There was no update following the game but I saw him walking to the team bus. He didn’t appear to be limping, but I have no idea the exact nature of the injury. He played just 12:39 in the 3-2 win.
I will get an update but not until Thursday’s morning skate. The Thrashers will not practice today. Only the four players who missed Tuesday’s game – Slava Kozlov, Eric Boulton, Chris Chelios and Evander Kane – will skate.
So the Bruins pulled out an overtime win over the Devils to stay two points up on the Thrashers. Why do I think that everyone will be watching the Bruins-Capitals game a week from Sunday to find out the Thrashers’ playoff fate?
No games tonight that will affect the Thrashers standings but Thursday will be big. Thrashers are at Capitals, Bruins host Panthers and Flyers are at Islanders.
One moment from last night’s game that I’m not sure TV captured. After Tim Stapleton missed on a breakaway chance, I looked over at the bench to see coach John Anderson jumping up and down and stomping his foot. I asked him about it after the game. He said he wanted to see the kid score – especially against his former team. Also, he admitted, the goal would have made him breathe a little easier in a close game.
Time to solicit a little help from you again. I have to nominate a player for the Bill Masterton Trophy given by the hockey writers each year. It’s for the player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to hockey. Last year Steve Sullivan won the award after missing almost two years with a back injury.
Let me know who you would nominate for the award this year and I will consider. I appreciate the help.
Let’s get this posted and I will check back later.