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Foligno, Crosby feud over
OTTAWA Senators forward Nick Foligno says his run-in with Pittsburgh Penguins star Sidney Crosby three weeks ago is forgotten.
"I think that's over and done with. That was a long time ago and I think it was all kind of blown out of proportion," Foligno said in advance of today's rematch against Pittsburgh.
"I said what I said and they had their answer, and it's over with. So, I don't expect anything. We've just got to try to win that game."
Foligno labelled Crosby a hypocrite for his actions late in the Penguins' 6-3 win on Nov. 26, upset that Crosby, just back from a 10-month concussion absence, had hit him in the face with an elbow.
Crosby replied by saying it was an innocent play that happens dozens of times in the course of a game.
It all seems like water under the bridge now, especially with Crosby once again out of the lineup with another concussion, suffered against the Boston Bruins on Dec. 5.
"I feel bad, it's tough," said Foligno. "You don't want to see anybody out with a concussion, especially him. He's the best player in our game."
Roenick tells players to smarten up
JEREMY Roenick has weighed in on the debate over concussions in the National Hockey League and the former player's comments on NHL.com should be required reading for everyone connected with hockey -- particularly the players.
"We can no longer ignore the stupidity of the hits that are still happening today despite the fact that the players know the concussion aspect is such a big part of the game and sports in general," wrote Roenick.
"You saw Chris Stewart get suspended for hitting Niklas Kronwall from behind. You saw Andy Sutton get suspended for jumping in the air -- a six-foot-six and 240-pound defenceman jumping in the air -- to hit Alexei Ponikarovsky. These hits are absolutely unnecessary and the stupidity is beyond belief."
Roenick, who admits that he was no angel in his playing days, went on to write: "There are too many hits from behind near the boards. There are too many elbows to the head. There are too many blindside hits. It's one thing to hit strong and hard, but it's another thing to throw elbows, have knee-on-knee hits, hits from behind, cross checks on defencemen who are four feet from the boards. I'd like to know when is the respect factor going to come back into the game?"
Oilers insist Khabibulin is tired, not hurt
PERHAPS it was just coincidence that the Edmonton Oilers team doctor flew into Phoenix on the day veteran goaltender Nikolai Khaibublin would again watch the game from the bench.
Perhaps the doctor was brought in to see winger Taylor Hall and defenceman Corey Potter through their first games back in the lineup after extended layoffs.
Whatever the reason, it was Devan Dubnyk who started Thursday's game against the Phoenix Coyotes. It was the first time this season Dubnyk has had two straight starts.
Oilers head coach Tom Renney said once again after the morning skate that there was nothing wrong with Khabibulin, other than he was going to get in another practice day in San Jose before moving into the net against the Sharks on Saturday.
"I want to make sure that Nik is, in fact, ready," said Renney. "He's had a day of (practice shots on Wednesday) and a morning skate. We'll get him to practise tomorrow and we'll have a morning skate in San Jose and he'll go there, I think."
Stamkos surprised by Anisimov's apology
ARTEM Anisimov did a dumb thing.
The New York Rangers forward, a week ago, scored on the Tampa Bay Lightning. Then turning around his stick, and, pretending it was a rifle, he mock-shot at the visitors' net.
This, predictably, created a ruckus.
None of that is news to Steven Stamkos, who, after all, was there. But what the Bolts' star didn't know?
That, post-game, Anisimov stood up in the home dressing room and choked out a heartfelt apology to the rest of the Rangers.
Stamkos, like millions of others Wednesday night, saw this back-stage drama played out in HBO's 24/7 series, featuring the Rangers and the Philadelphia Flyers.
"For me, it was really cool to see his reaction to his teammates, how sincere his apology was," Stamkos said. "That makes you look at that whole issue on a different level."
-- Postmedia News