Â• Line of the entire All-Star break goes to Washington superstar Alex Ovechkin, who was asked by TSN whether he planned to hit anyone during the notoriously contact-free game:
Â“Probably (my) teammate (Daniel) Briere,Â” he said.
Hockey, golf, humorÂ…is there anything Ovechkin does that he doesn’t excel at?
Â• I thought it was a shame Michelle Branch’s microphone conked out early in her band’s rendition of the U.S. national anthem Wednesday night at the All-Star Game. Then I heard her and her Wreckers partner sing one of their songs during the second intermission. Now I don’t think the pre-game mic miscue was nearly as much of a shame.
Â• Ron MacLean’s proposal for NHL conference realignment and expansion had some positives to it, but awarding Halifax a franchise before Quebec City or even Kitchener-Waterloo was not one of them. For a variety of reasons, those two cities deserve to be ahead of the Maritime city.
Â• A boatload of kudos to Oilers chairman Cal Nicholls for calling out Gary Bettman over the league’s failure to revise its schedule for next season.
Nicholls was absolutely correct in saying the commissioner should’ve pressed owners harder for a change. Bettman certainly had no problem demanding unity when the topic was removing Bob Goodenow from the NHLPA.
Â• Jason Blake’s stick has landed the Islanders winger in a lot of trouble lately. First, it jabbed its way into Sidney Crosby’s gut before the all-star break. Then, it removed Roberto Luongo’s goalie mask in the All-Star Game. Whether it was an accident or not, I’d expect Blake to keep it firmly on the ice for the next while.
Â• Headline seen on cnn.com Wednesday:
The boy in question wasn’t named. But, tellingly, Dominik Hasek Jr. refused to comment.
K, myself being a Michelle Branch fan. I must agree that it was a shame her mike cut-out. But her partner is to blame for the awefullness of their performance. I was able to pick out Michelles voice from the poor-pathetic-just-a-pretty-face-singer-of-a-partner