Proteau's Blog: Sinful Dom

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• Detroit's Dominik Hasek has been a penalty factory of late, averaging one negative assessment in each of his last five games. (If you're a stickler for details, he got one for diving, three for illegally playing the puck and one for unsportsmanlike conduct when he smashed his stick – after being penalized, of course.) I thought goalies were supposed to get you out of penalty kills, not into them.

• Sidney Crosby recently has been making a great case for himself in the “Sid or Ovie” debate. But the white flag hasn't yet been raised at Alex Ovechkin's camp. Crosby had a four-point performance Friday, but the Russian star had all three goals in Washington's 3-2 overtime win over Atlanta the same night.

• It was fairly transparent why Tom Renney left Henrik Lundqvist twist in the wind for Toronto's first eight goals Saturday; the sophomore goalie all but pulled himself after allowing four Islanders goals in the first period Dec. 3 and the Rangers coach was illustrating the value of staying around to fight.

Still, I kept waiting for Lundqvist to skate to the bench and tell Michael Nylander in their native Swedish that this was the last game he'd play for the Blueshirts.

• I realize the Flyers' defense has been decimated by age and injury this season. However, there's no rational explanation I'm aware of for acquiring middling blueliner Alexei Zhitnik – not to mention, his pricey contract – and dealing away a younger, cheaper, equally so-so Freddy Meyer to the Isles.

• I'm a proud Torontonian. This city does a lot of things right, and has a lot of brilliant people inside its boundaries. That said, sometimes I see or hear something that forces me to re-evaluate whether my hometown and I share the same future.

That happened this weekend, when I saw a story in one of the local papers that said: “Due to overwhelming demand, a second (comedy) show has been added for Larry The Cable Guy.”



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