Bruins’ Mark Recchi now 12th on NHL scoring list

 

Boston Bruins’ veteran forward, Mark Recchi, continued his steady climb up the NHL scoring ladder; when on Saturday night he registered his 1,532 career point, on an assist, in the Bruins 3-0 victory against the Chicago Blackhawks. With that point Recchi, who has 576 goals and 956 assists in his career, passed hall of famer, Paul Coffey, and moved into 12th spot on the all-time scoring list. Not surprinsgly, individual accomplishments aren’t his prime objectives at this time. “I’m hoping we get on a long run. I’t’ll be real easy for me,” the 43 year-old said about whether he would retire or not. If we win a championship, I’m gone.” Recchi, who has also played for the Pittsburgh Penguins, Philadelphia Flyers, Montreal Canadiens, Carolina Hurricanes, Tampa Bay Lightning, Atlanta Thrashers and the Bruins, is within shot of former defenceman, Ray Bourque, who ended his hall of fame career with 1,579 points. “It’s unbelievable if you think about it. It’s big names that he’s passing,” said Bruins’ forward, Patrice Bergeron. “It’s an unbelievable amount of points.” Boston, who will win the North East Division, were paced by defenceman, Zdeno Chara and Johnny Boychuk, who in the second period scored less than three minutes apart, to stake the Bruins to a 2-0 lead. In the third, Boston, who have a great shot at winning the Stanley Cup, salted the game away; when Nathan Horton scored the third and final goal of the game. Getting the shutout was veteran, Tim Thomas, who now has 25 in his career and two in his past three games. “I don’t think he’s ever been bad for us this year,” Bruins coach, Claude Julien, said. “He’s been good sometimes … but he’s been great most of the time.” With Thomas playing so well and Recchi on a mission, this Bruins team has as good a chance … as any … to lift the Stanley Cup in triumph this coming June.

Jeter closing in on the elusive 3,000 hit club

Sometime this summer future hall of fame shortstop, Derek Jeter, will remarkably become the first New York Yankee to reach the magical 3,000 hit plateau. Starting on Thursday afternoon, against the Detroit Tigers, the countdown will be on as the well respected captain is only 74 shy of becoming only the 28th member of that elusive club. “I’ll try to enjoy it, I guess,” said Jeter, who will more than likely reach the milsestone sometime in June. “I think in the past I’ve pretty much tried to block it out and not pay attention to it. For myself, I’ll appreciate the journey and have fun with it. The great thing is … it’s a hit thing. Every time you’re up there, you’re trying to get a hit anyway.” Jeter, who is coming off a subpar season, registered his first hit back on May 30, 1995 against Tim Belcher and the Kansas City Royals. Jeter, who weathered a nasty contract squabble this off -season with New York, expressed his desire to reach the plateau at Yankee Stadium in front of the home fans. If he stays injury free and avoids an early season slump, then it’s quite possible that it can happen sometime between the June 7-16th homestand; when they play a  series against the Boston Red Sox, Cleveland Indians and the World Series finalist, the Texas Rangers.  This spring Jeter has been productive and looks refreshed as he hit around the .300 mark. “Some of the balls he’s pulled with authority,”  said Yankees’ manager, Joe Girardi. “I’ve noticed that he seems to get to it better now. I think it’s something that pitchers are going to have to think about.”

Kings’ Kopitar will undergo ankle surgery

 

The Los Angeles Kings’ chances of lifting the Stanley Cup this coming June took a significant hit when their best player, Anze Kopitar, suffered  torn ligaments and a badly sprained ankle. Kopitar, who leads the offensive charge with 25 goals and 73 points this year, suffered the injury last weekend in a game against the Colorado Avalanche. He became tangled up with defenceman,  Ryan O’Byrne, and fell on his ankle in an awkward fashion. Two days later an MRI revealed that Kopitar, who had played 330 straight games, would need surgery on, what the Kings were calling, a high ankle sprain. “There’s quite a hole  going to be there now; with him out of the lineup for some length of time,” said Kings’ coach, Terry Murray. “But I’ve been through these kinds of things before, with top guys being out because of injuries. The character of the team needs to step up. ” Besides Kopitar, the Kings, who are tied with the Nashville Predators for fifth in the Western Conference, have also lost another top scorer, Justin Williams. Williams, who had 57 points on the season, injured his shoulder earlier this month against the Calgary Flames. He is scheduled to miss at least two more weeks; while Kopitar will miss at least five to six weeks.

Bruins’ Marc Savard having memory problems

 

Boston Bruins veteran forward is not ready to call it a career, despite currently dealing with memory loss as a result of his latest concussion.  This 33 year-old, who in February suffered his second concussion in less than a year, is currently on the long term injury reserve list.  According to various sources Savard, who has scored two goals and 10 points, is currently worried about his recent memory loss problems. Still he isn’t ready to make any decisions regarding his career. “I’m not going to make any decision about my future until I get some more medical stuff done, said Savard, who has scored 207 goals and 499 assists while playing for the New York Rangers, Calgary Flames, Atlanta Thrashers and Boston Bruins. I’ve just got to be patient going forward. My agent talked to me a lot, and he gave me time to think about a lot of things. It’s going to be tough … especially watching them play.” Savard suffered his latest concussion on January 22 when playing against the Colorado Avalanche. He was checked heavily into the endboards by defenceman, Matt Hunwick. (Savard’s former teammate). Back on March 7, 2010, Savard was the victim of a cheap hit by Pittsburgh Penguins forward, Matt Cooke, and as a result,  missed the final 18 games of the regular season and a round of the play-offs, due to a concussion. Last summer Savard was still experiencing post concussion symptoms, including feeling sleepy all the time and dealing with bouts of depression.

Momma Gouche is Back for the Playoffs!

A (CANADIAN) STANLEY CUP?      I am back and ready for a great play-off run for Stanley.  Chances have never been so near, for quite some time, for The Cup to runeth over the Canadian border. With an astounding 107 points, going into the final chase for the play-offs, our native sons have put on quite a performance. True … Momma Gouch has predicted the Washington Capitals will win it all, (and they are certainly high up as a contender), but what a fete if the Canucks can bring it home. The Leafs, unfortunately, have now lost all hope of making the play-offs, and Ottawa, Calgary and Edmonton are long out of the race. I picked the Hawks last year … and … won! Well that was last year … and I am now ready to switch my loyalties back to where they belong. Let’s keep the Flag waving!

Sakic returns to the Avalanche organization

 

The Colorado Avalanche made their best acquisition when, earlier this week, they announced that future hall of famer and former Avalanche captain, Joe Sakic, will be taking a front office job as the executive adviser. Sakic, who spent his entire 20 year career with the Quebec Nordiques/Colorado Avalanche franchise, will be assuming the front office position after the season. “Joe has been the face of our franchise for two decades,” Avalanche president Pierre Lacroix said about Sakic, who retired almost two years ago. “He led our organization to success with his contributions both on and off the ice. Right after his retirement we kept him involved, and now his presence and contributions to our team will be a huge asset going forward.” Sakic, who served as the team’s captain for 16 years, led the Avalanche to Stanley Cups in 1996 and 2001. During that magical 2001 season Sakic also had success on the international circuit where he helped Canada win gold at the 2002 Salt Lake Olympics. Unfortunately the Burnaby B.C. native is coming into a position that has the Avalanche badly struggling. After making the play-offs a year ago Colorado, who slumped drastically in January, head into the final two weeks of the season seeded second last in the league. ” I feel that now is the time for this new challenge,” said Sakic, who scored 625 goals and 1,641 points in his career. “The fact that the Avalanche is giving me this opportunity shows how much they trust my background and hockey experience. I look forward to this new expanded role with the franchise.” There is no question that this is a move Colorado fans will definitely like.

Bruins’ Recchi fires shot at Habs’ Pacioretty

Thursday night’s grudge match between the Montreal Canadiens and Boston Bruins promises to be a definite must see among hockey fans. Part of the reason is due to the controversial remarks that veteran Bruins’ forward, Mark Recchi, made on Wednesday, in a radio interview, regarding Canadien’s forward Max Pacioretty injuries on March 8th in the the game against the Bruins. Pacioretty sustained a concussion and a cracked vertabra in his neck. Recchi, who has never been one to cause controversey, suggested on Wednesday afternoon, on a radio show, that the injury, which was caused on a hit from Bruins’ defenceman, Zdeno Chara, was embelished. “Well, I mean, he does have a fractured vertebra, but the concussion was really a non-factor, said Recchi, who has 13 goals and 45 points on the season. “Maybe for a day he felt it and then he was fine a couple days later. I believe … yeah … they were trying to get Zdeno suspended, and they embellished it a little bit. I guess in terms of that side, you have to look at it and I guess they were trying to do what they could to get him suspended.” While Canadiens’ defenceman, Hall Gill, and coach, Jacques Martin, didn’t have much to say about it, the same can’t be said for Habs’ defenceman, Paul Mara. “We heard those comments yesterday,” Montreal Mara said. “A player with a broken vertebra and has been knocked out on the ice for 3 or 4 minutes. How do you question the integrity of a hockey team, and that we’re embellishing it? It is really questionable coming from a guy who’s 42 and has been around the league for so long. He’s entitled to his opinion and we’re entitled to ours, but in Montreal we really know the truth.”