Suffice it to say, Dany Heatley won’t be invited to a Murray Christmas dinner on either side of the continent anytime soon. Heatley’s much publicized demand to be traded from Ottawa propelled him into a strausphere of hatred previously only occupied by Alexei Yashin and everyone wearing the Blue Maple Leaf. He was no longer in Bryan Murray‘s good graces, and last night he earned the ire of Bryan’s brother Terry, head coach of the Los Angeles Kings.
With a little over three minutes remaining, the Sharks forward tripped Kings defenseman Alex Martinez by kicking his feet out from behind. Heatley was penalized on the play, but Murray ripped Heatley in the post game presser about how dangerous the play was and that there was no place in hockey for slewfooting. Terry Murray called the play “a gutless play” and those type of plays are how players break a leg or blow out a knee. Perhaps Murray was just angry that his team lost its second in a row at home and now trail 3-1 going back to San Jose.
AROUND THE RINKS
After professing that there could be an All-Canadian Stanley Cup Final, the Habs and Canucks are 0-4. Boston evened their series with the Canadiens at 2 with an OT winner by former Hab Michael Ryder. The Blackhawks laid a second straight beat-down on Vancouver to get to within one game and give Canucks fans a real scare.
Tonight, two teams will gain the upper hand and two teams will move to the brink of elimination in game 5s. Both the Philadelphia – Buffalo and the Anaheim – Nashville series are deadlocked at 2 games apiece. Philly and Anaheim are the hosts as they try to take the upper hand.
Also, the Binghamton Senators will attempt to prolong their season for another game as they travel to Manchester to face the Monarchs in game 6 of their playoff series, trialing 3-2.
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