Â• Looks as if all those who've been calling for Andrew Raycroft's head on a goalie stick will have to wait at least a few games longer. The Leafs' starter was the best player on the ice when Toronto doubled up Tampa Bay on Tuesday and there's no reason to suspect he isn't capable of playing that way every game. But as is true with all NHL goalies, he'll need the help of the guys in front of him to continue the consistency.
Â• It will be interesting to see what, if any, punishment Islanders winger Jason Blake receives for spearing Sidney Crosby in the gut during New York's 5-2 loss to Pittsburgh Tuesday. If the league comes down especially hard on Blake, it only adds credence to the theory that it punishes non-stars who run afoul of its laws worse than the stars (hello, Alex Ovechkin taking out Daniel Briere) who do.
Â• Hey, the NHL actually got name-dropped on American Idol last night! Granted, it was a mention from the father of a potential candidate in Minnesota (he would've rather his son be playing for the Wild than warbling, he said) who wound up singing like gravel-voiced former NHLer Dave Manson. But at this point, the league should be pleased with whatever honorable or dishonorable mention it can get.
Â• After a brief glimmer of hope, the Blackhawks are back in familiar, horrific territory. With their 5-4 loss to Columbus Tuesday night, Chicago now has dropped seven in a row and nine of its last 10. The Wirtz Curse continuesÂ…
Briere took matters in his own dirty little hands and speared Ovechkin in the guts the next game. None of the media-people calling for punishment for Ovechkin's hit, not even Mr. Proteau, took note of it or called for measures to keep people from intentionally injuring one of it's most exciting players. So much for your theory of Ovechkin getting special treatment by the league. It's simply not true. Proof: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hxi77lWJdaw