An international flavour to this week's Stellicktricity with many who were guests this past week on Hockey Night in Canada Radio
.Sedin calls out Thornton
The normally non-controversial Henrik Sedin
of the Vancouver Canucks had no problem taking a shot at Joe Thornton last week.
I asked Sedin about the sequence where Sedin and Thornton were discussing events with the referee in a recent Vancouver-San Jose game. Some observers felt that Joe Thornton should have been assessed an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for continually rubbing his glove and/or poking his glove in Sedin's face as the discussion continued.
"I couldn't believe what he was doing and I don't think the referee could either", Sedin told us. "I know of no other captain in the NHL who would have so little class like Thornton exhibited."
For Sedin that was an uncharacteristic but well-deserved verbal shot.Eller relives big night Lars Eller
of the Montreal Canadiens joined us on HNIC Radio the day after his memorable five-point night
(including four goals) in the Habs' big 7-3 win over the Winnipeg Jets. His highlight-reel goal was his fourth of the night when he scored on the spin-o-rama play on a penalty shot.
Eller has never had a penalty shot attempt prior to this.
"I made up my mind before I started that I was going to do the spinorama, it seems to work most of the time and I felt good about my chances", Eller told us.
He appreciates that new coach Randy Cunneyworth has provided him with the opportunity to play with stronger offensive players.
Eller is one of six current NHL players who were born in Denmark: Mikkel Boedker of Phoenix, Jannik Hansen of Vancouver, Philip Larsen of Dallas, Frans Nielsen of the New York Islanders and Peter Regin of Ottawa.Lupul prizes consistency
We are past the half way point of the season and Joffrey Lupul
can no longer be considered a short lived surprise. After 40 games, Lupul remains fourth overall in the NHL scoring race with 47 points (19 goals, 28 assists).
Lupul told us on HNIC Radio that there is one little known mark that he takes special pride in. That is that he is the NHL player who has gone pointless in the fewest number of games this season. Lupul has failed to score at least one point in just eight of the Leafs' 40 games this season, tops in the NHL. Lundqvist shines
The NHL Winter Class and the HBO 24/7 Series gave us great insight into many of the key personnel and characters on both teams.
It struck me more how the understated Henrik Lundqvist has become the face and star of the New York Rangers. It seems like most fans figured that New York is the perfect place for someone like Sean Avery's "act." That New York fans like their stars colourful and, at times, outrageous.
Having lived there for two years at one time, I find that more fans embrace star players who are "themselves." That is why Lundqvist fits the bill. The low-key Swede is actually a star in the bright lights of New York City... by being himself! Parent praises Plante
There were many highlights in the Philadelphia - New York Ranger alumni game as well. One was the brief appearance by legendary Flyer goaltender and Hall of Famer Bernie Parent
. Though he hadn't played goal in an alumni game in decades, Parent played about five perfect minutes where he stopped all six shots that he faced.
Parent joined us on HNIC Radio and said the ovation he receive that afternoon will rank as one of his all-time memories. He was also quick to give credit to his goaltending mentor and idol who he says made him the elite goaltender that he was.
"The two years I played with the Toronto Maple Leafs made the difference," Parent told us. "Jacques Plante was my goaltending partner and he showed me and taught me how he played the game and that brought me to a higher level. I owe all my success to his teachings". Rask catches fire
Don't know if Jacques Plante, Bernie Parent or Henrik Lundqvist or anyone has ever had a streak like Tuukka Rask of the Boston Bruins has entering this week.
Here are Rask's unbelievable statistics for the last five games that he has started:
A won-lost record of 5-0; 3 shutouts; a goals against average of 0.23; a save percentage of .992; he has allowed just one goal in the last 129 shots he has faced and he has allowed just one goal in his last 276:08 minutes of action.St. Louis questions Boucher
Was a thrill to get my first TV gig on Hockey Night in Canada
as the rinkside reporter for the Montreal Canadiens 3-1 win over Tampa this past Saturday in Montreal.
I found it interesting in the morning skate that Martin St. Louis was in an animated discussion with coach Guy Boucher about something that didn't appear to sit well with St. Louis.
The loss extended the Lightning losing streak to three games and obviously Boucher has bigger problems than critics like the Flyers mocking his system
in a game earlier this season. St. Louis is about as respected a player as there is in the NHL and Boucher would be wise to keep him onside.
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