Update (4:18 PM): Ansar Khan has more on Fabian Brunnstrom’s decision to spurn winning in favor of playing time. - Matt
Update (4:16 PM): Mike Chen provides some perspective on the Avery Rule. - Matt
Update (3:54 PM): Further followup: the “Sean Avery Rule” is now official. - Matt
Update (12:39 PM): Highly-touted Red Wings prospect Dick Axelsson has gotten in trouble with the law in Sweden. As a result, he’s been kicked off the national team for the world championships and it looks like this may hurt his chances of coming over to North America this summer. (via Snapshots) - Matt
Update (11:27 AM): Followup: Bettman says the League will look at making what Avery did unsportsmanlike conduct or goaltender intereference.
Good. Just so long as they don’t do anything further to limit proper screening as practiced by Tomas Holmstrom. - Matt
Update (11:17 AM): Followup: Ken Holland confirms that the Wings are out of the running for Fabian Brunnstrom. - Matt
… James Mirtle comments on the latest Sean Avery shenanigan.
Judging by that replay, Avery has completely foregone the whole team concept. He basically took himself completely out of active participation the power play with his mimicry of Brodeur there.
… The Flames staged a major comeback last night in San Jose. I have to say, I loved reading that this morning.
… Kulka has footage of the hit that helped change the momentum in favor of the Flames.
… The Devils were one of two teams that avoided going down 3-0 in their series yesterday. They beat the Rangers 4-3 in the first overtime.
… The Bruins also avoided a 3-0 hole yesterday by defeating Montreal 2-1 in the first overtime.
… Philadelphia evened up their series with Washington yesterday with a 2-0 win on the road. During the period and a half or so that I was able to catch, Martin Biron was incredible and the Caps were more like a bunch of individuals than a team.