Brent Seabrook (photo by Leech44 via wikipedia commons)
The National Hockey League has suspended Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook for three games for a hit he made on St. Louis Blues center David Backes on Saturday.
The 29-year-old received a five-minute major and a game misconduct penalty for a vicious elbow to Backes’ head. Backes did not return to the game after being helped off the ice.
(courtesy NHL, Detroit Red Wings)
You can always count on the Detroit Red Wings to be making a playoff push every year.
Moved to the Eastern Conference this year along with the Columbus Blue Jackets, The Red Wings defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning, 3-2 on Sunday afternoon.
Detroit takes over seventh place from the CBJ with a record of 35-26-14 for 84 points. Columbus drops to eighth who have a record of 38-30-6 for 82 points.
The Red Wings received goals from David Legwand, Joakim Andersson and Gustav Nyquist.
Marian Hossa (photo by Dinur Blum via wikipedia commons)
Chicago Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa has been a superstar everywhere he has played in the NHL, Ottawa, Atlanta, Pittsburgh and Detroit. He can score at anytime from anywhere on the ice.
The 35-year-old was having another solid season with 24 goals, 26 assists in 57 games. He was on his way to achieving 1,000 points for his career with just 15 more when an injury put him out of action.
In Saturday’s win over the Pittsburgh Penguins, Hossa suffered an upper-body injury which will keep him out of action for 2-3 weeks.
Lindy Ruff (photo by Arnold C. Buchanan-Hermit via wikipedia commons)
When Lindy Ruff was an NHL hockey player for the Buffalo Sabres and New York Rangers, he gained a reputation as a player for his toughness, character and hard work on the ice as a left winger/defenseman.
He brought that same mentality behind the bench as one of the top coaches in the league.
Monday night, his Dallas Stars team defeated his former club, the Sabres, 3-2. The win earned the 54-year-old Ruff his 600th career win. Overall his record as a coach is 600-454-88 in 16 years.
Ruff was the head coach at Buffalo for 15 years, from the 1997-98 season until the middle of the 2012-2013 season. On February 20, 2013, the Sabres announced that Ruff had been relieved of his coaching duties. That ended his tenure as the NHL’s longest active-serving coach with one team and he was second only to Gregg Popovich of the San Antonio Spurs of the NBA as one of the longest-employed coaches in all of the four major sports in North America (NBA, NHL, NFL, MLB).
Ted Nolan (photo by Buchanan-Hermit, Aaron Y via wikipedia commons)
The Buffalo Sabres got off to a rough start this season at 4-15-1, the worst in franchise history.
NHL owners are impatient with a start like that and thus general manager Darcy Regier and head coach Ron Rolston were fired.
Enter into the picture was interim coach Ted Nolan for his second stint with the team.
The Sabres are still on the losing end of the stick with a record of 16-34-7 but have played better under Nolan at 12-19-6.
Current general manager Tim Murray has said that the club is having discussions about lifting the interim tag from Nolan’s job status.