Archive: January, 2010
TORONTO – Even though they spent most of their media availability after today’s morning skate denying it, the Maple Leafs want blood.
It's painfully obvious. You need to look no further than their transactions yesterday to know that.
They were clearly embarrassed when they were outworked, outhit and outmuscled by the Flyers in a 6-2 loss last week. It probably didn't help that they were beaten by the NHL's worst team, Carolina, on Tuesday.
FSN Pittsburgh has suspended an employee, the son of a former Penguins player because of a goal-review incident last week against the Flyers at Mellon Arena, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Lowell MacDonald Jr., son of former Penguins player Lowell MacDonald and a member of FSN's telecast staff, was indefinitely suspended by the network. The controversy was a review of a play to determine if Simon Gagne scored a goal in the the second period of a Flyers' victory. FSN Pittsburgh had a replay that showed the puck crossing the goal line but the replay was not sent to the NHL review booth in Toronto. The replay was not aired on local television until after the review was concluded.
The Post-Gazette reported that in a statement, FSN Pittsburgh said, "There is nothing more important than the integrity of the game. During last Thursday's game against the Philadelphia Flyers, a definitive replay of a Flyers goal was not aired prior to the conclusion of the official review and, as a result, a Flyers goal was not awarded. Fortunately, this did not change the outcome of the game. Nonetheless, FSN Pittsburgh's failure to provide video to the league officials in a timely fashion was wholly unacceptable. FSN Pittsburgh has addressed this matter and has taken steps to ensure that such a failure does not occur again."
The NHL is investigating Fox Sports Net Pittsburgh for not sending all available camera angles to league headquarters in Toronto for Simon Gagne’s apparent goal that was under review against the Penguins last Thursday, league spokesman Gary Meagher confirmed to the Daily News.
FSN Pittsburgh, who had the game’s only video feed, sent all of the camera angles of the replay except the one that clearly showed the puck over the goal line.
Comcast SportsNet elected to not use their own video feed during the game, one CSN employee said on Monday. CSN would have been able to send their own replays to the NHL's War Room in Toronto if they had used their own feed.
PITTSBURGH – After the Flyers’ morning skate on Wednesday at the Wachovia Center, Ray Emery said that he thinks he will be ready to play on Saturday night against Tampa Bay.
If you’ve read my work recently, you can probably tell that I tend to err on the side caution and like to play Mr. Conservative with regards to injuries.
Alas, I am a sports writer and not a general manager.
Flyers forward Claude Giroux has the flu and is "probable" for tonight's game at Pittsburgh, according to general manager Paul Holmgren.
Giroux was spotted at Philadelphia International Airport this morning; the rest of the team flew to Pittsburgh last night after the Flyers' 6-2 win over Toronto. Giroux remained behind an extra night because of the flu.
To read why tonight's game is so pivotal for the Flyers, click here.
PITTSBURGH - Here’s a newsflash for you: the Toronto Maple Leafs are not going to make the playoffs this season.
Neither are the Carolina Hurricanes. It’s a good bet the Tampa Bay Lightning will be trading their composite sticks for composite golf clubs come April.
The Rangers and Islanders are toss-ups to qualify in the jam-packed Eastern Conference.
BOSTON – We’re just a few minutes from the Flyers and Bruins taking the ice for warmups here at Fenway Park.
It looks now (11:45 a.m.) like the 2010 Winter Classic will go off without a hitch. There are light clouds with great visibility as Fenway is already starting to fill with fans. At one point this morning, the sun was actually breaking through the clouds. The current temperature is 31 degrees but feels like 24 with the wind chill.
The National Weather Service is calling for light snow or flurries during the game. That shouldn’t present a problem. It snowed in Buffalo at the first Winter Classic on Jan. 1, 2008, which caused minor delays during the game to clear the snow buildup off the ice.
Get observations direct from Fenway Park as Frank Seravalli of the Philadelphia Daily News sends dispatches via his Twitter account throughout today's Winter Classic between the Flyers and the Bruins. Game time is 1:00 p.m.