Events From the NHL Last week

1. RYPIEN TAKES LEAVE OF ABSENCE

No details have been made available from the Vancouver Canucks who on last Thursday gave bruising winger Rick Rypien a leave of absence. This six-year veteran who has one assist this season got suspended for six games earlier this year when he got physical with a fan in Minnesota. Rypien, who has been a healthy scratch for three straight games will be taking his second indefinite leave of absence in the last three years. “Rick is a valued member of the organization and the club will continue to support Rick in every way possible.”
“Rick is a valued member of the organization and the club will continue to support Rick in every way possible,”

2. TORTORELLA PULLS NO PUNCHES AFTER LOSS TO THE LIGHTNING

New York Rangers coach John Tortorella didn’t hesitate in criticizing his team after they dropped a 5-3 road game against the Tampa Bay Lightning. “We couldn’t even make a pass,” Tortorella said. “We couldn’t even chip a puck in. we just looked brain-dead through the first part of that game. Why? I don’t know… I wish I had the answer.” Gaborik, who has four goals and 10 points in 11 games was singled out for his play by Tortorella. “He’s supposed to be our best player,” Tortorella said. “I looked at their players, and they were pretty good tonight. I didn’t see our best players.”

3. RECCHI REACHES 1,500 CAREER POINTS

At 42 years of age Mark Recchi doesn’t seem to be slowing down. This 21 year veteran reached the 1,500 point plateau in helping his Boston Bruins defeat the Florida Panthers 3-1. Recchi who has played in 1,591 NHL games becomes only the 13th player to hit the 1,500 point plateau. “It’s pretty nice when it comes on a big win like that,” Recchi said. “You get the two goals and it’s important ones and that makes it even more special.”

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