Don’t have a lot of interviews for you today because A) I spent a lot of time working on a story I’m doing next week and B) What else is there for the boys to say after that Montreal game and a day off?
For the same reason, John Tortorella’s post-practice press conference was short, because there weren’t many questions to be asked.
Brad Richards (maintenance day) and Brandon Dubinsky (sick) were not on the ice.
I had a chance to speak briefly with Michael Sauer about the bizarre non-icing play in Montreal. He was shocked. He said he never heard any officials tell him to move the puck, only heard Martin Biron tell him to not touch it, and was surprised that the defending team could be punished on a play like that when the team with the power play chooses to not pressure the play at all.
I told him that, supposed it hadn’t been an icing. Suppose he was just back playing the puck, the the team on the power play sat back? Why wouldn’t he just sit back there and kill the clock? Same thing, right? But Sauer agreed with me, and said he thought of this at the time, that the officials were a little touchy after the whole Philadelphia-Tampa Bay 1-3-1 incident a couple of weeks back.
Anyway, here’s John Tortorella: