REDlines: Weekend Wrap Up, Shootout Win, Ference, Concussions.


Is Don Cherry bringing the “puffy shirt” back?

Tomas Kopecky said before Saturday night’s game that the Florida Panthers needed to play with more desperation.  As a two time Stanley Cup Winner (Detroit, Chicago), he knows what he’s talking about.  The win over Winnipeg in overtime was a nail biter that maybe could have been averted….nonetheless, we’ll take the two points as well as the boost of confidence in winning it in the shootout.  (Do you know I hate shootouts?).  The win surely made the flight home a much more pleasant one, and helps to give the Panthers a better feeling about themselves going into Tuesday’s game against Philadelphia.  The slump isn’t over, but the win is a start in the right direction.

News Around Sunrise:

* A crucial part of the season gets is here, only to be broken up by the All-Star break.  Sun-Sentinel.

* Kris Versteeg like playing in Winnipeg apparently.  On Frozen Pond.

* The Canadian “spin” on the win over the Jets.

Links after the jump

Around The NHL:

* Andrew Ference gets three games for a reckless hit on Ryan McDonaghPuck Daddy.

* Watch Shanny’s explanation here.

* Daniel Briere is added to the list of players that are now concussed.  Admits he’s not feeling good.  Puck Daddy.

* Olli Jokinen has been “sober” for six years, and is feeling and playing better.  Slam Sports.

* Down Goes Browncompares the All-Star captains.

* Alex Ovechkin and Zybnek Michalek are facing suspensions for these hits.  Puck Daddy.

* The Blackhawks lost to Nashville on Saturday, and Chicago fans are a bit nervous as Jonathan Toews is day to day with an upper body injury.  Sun-Times.

* Malkin heklps Penguins defeat Capitals.  CBC Hockey.

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Tags: Coach's Corner Florida Panthers Jonathan Toews Hurt Kris Versteeg Tomas Kopecky

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