Archive for April 14th, 2008

Monday, April 14th, 2008
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With the Rangers on a 5-on-3 powerplay Sean Avery parked himself in front of Devil’s goalie Martin Brodeur to distract and keep him from seeing the play. On Monday the league ruled that strategy is not allowed.

This is a common tactic which forwards employ in order to gain an advantage while their team is on offense. The difference between the typical play and Avery’s performance was that the agitator had his back completely turned on the play, ignored the action on the ice, and focused solely on keeping Brodeur from seeing the action.

“Nobody should have to play hockey with a stick an inch from your face,” Brodeur said. “But it wasn’t a bad play. While he was doing it, I couldn’t see anything. The two misses were just luck, I couldn’t see a thing.”

Brodeur and Devils’ head coach Brent Sutter both complained to the refs about the play. They replied that while it was conduct they didn’t condone they didn’t know …

Joba Leaves Team After Father Collapses

Yankees Rumors & News

Sad news today as Joba Chamberlain has returned home to Nebraska after learning that his father, Harlan Chamberlain, has been hospitalized and is listed in critical condition, according to the Daily News. The newspaper reports that Joba spoke to his sister following Sunday night’s game at Fenway Park and broke into tears as manager Joe Girardi attempted to console him.

As many fans know, the elder Chamberlain was afflicted with polio as a child, has lost much of the use of the left side of his body as a result, and is confined to a motorized scooter.

Harlan raised Joba as a single dad.

Yanks Dig Up Jinxed Jersey…For a Good Cause

Yankees Rumors & News

Turns out the New York Post has reputable reporting after all.

After initially issuing a firm denial and even deriding the Post’s exclusive that a renegade Red Sox fan had buried a David Ortiz jersey at the site of the new Yankee Stadium, the Yankees were forced to acknowledge the veracity of the report when two construction workers corroborated the story and pinpointed the location of the jinxed jersey.

In a bit of quick thinking, the Yankees quickly organized an “excavation ceremony” and unearthed the Sox shirt, which will be shipped back to Boston and auctioned to benefit the Jimmy Fund, Boston’s primary charity.

Well played, Evil Empire.

Yankees Catch More Injuries

Yankees Rumors & News

A routine slide might have caused a major problem for the Yankees as they are expected to send Jose Molina to the DL after he strained his left hamstring during the forth inning Sunday.

Molina has been filling in behind the plate on nearly a regular basis this year after Jorge Posada strained his shoulder and cannot throw out runners. He’s been doing a good job too. After going 2-for-4 on Sunday Molina is batting .364 and he leads the team with seven doubles.

The Yankees are expected to call up Chad Moeller from the minor leagues to replace Molina. Moeller is a 33-year-old journeyman who last played with the Los Angeles Dodgers and has a career .224 batting average. He was signed by the Yankees the same day he was released by the Washington Nationals this past March 10, 2008.

There is no expected date for Posada to return, but he is not expected to start behind the plate Monday night because his shoulder is still barking. …

Game 3 to the Devils

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The Devils are back in it. By taking what would be called a high scoring game between the two teams, New Jersey has pulled to within one game as they were finally able to solve Henrik Lundqvist Sunday.

Not since the first round of the 2005-06 playoffs have the Devils been able to score more than two goals off of Lundqvist. They beat him because of a pair of lucky bounces that went off the Rangers own skaters.

Early in the first period Sergei Brylin got credited with a goal that bounced off of Ranger centerman Blair Betts’ stick. The Devils got lucky again 6:01 into overtime when John Madden sent the game winning goal toward the net that went in off of Marc Staal’s skates to give them the game 4-3.

The Devils also got a pair of power play goals by Patrik Elias and Zach Parise. Elias tied the game at two in the second period and just …

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