Monday, February 19, 2007

Hey Peeps and anyone else checking in. A special "Hey" goes out to Hazel Mae.

For those of you who haven't been here before, Monday entries take a look back at the week that was in professional sports and highlight some of the outstanding performances from the world of hockey, football, baseball and European football (soccer). To those who have risen above the rest, we award them with an honourary "Hazie" - these lucky winners have the title of "Hazel's Hero" bestowed upon them.

While Hazel hasn't officially OK'd this week's winners, we'd like to think she give her trademark smile (ya THAT smile) and thumbs up.

Detroit Red LW Henrik Zetterberg was named the NHL's First Star of the Week for the second straight week. "Zets" had another outstanding week scoring four goals and adding four assists in three games - Zetterberg registered a point on all eight goals the Wings scored last week. From a personal perspective, his hat-trick performance on Saturday sealed a Pro-Line scorers ticket for we really like him this week.

Anaheim Ducks RW Teemu Selanne was named the Second Star of the Week. Selanne tied Zetterberg for most points last week, scoring four goals and four assists in four games. While Anaheim has been struggling of late, the Finnish flash has been steady if not outstanding.

Colorado Avalanche C Joe Sakic was named the Third Star of the Week. Like the other two stars, Sakic had eight points in four games - two goals and six assists - including a five point night against the Calgary Flames last Thursday which killed our Three Play AND a great Pro-Line ticket. Oh well, we still like Sakic - one of the classiest players in the NHL...a true champ.

Carolina Hurricanes C Rod Brind'Amour reached a milestone in Montreal on Saturday, scoring his 400th career goal. I've said this before, but Brind'Amour is one of the ultimate foot soldiers in the NHL - he's been good everywhere he has played, and never gets enough recognition for his play.

Toronto Maple Leafs C Mats Sundin scored his 521st career goal on Saturday against the Oilers - putting him at 28th on the all-time goal scorers list. Sundin, like Brind'Amour, has never gotten the credit he really deserves for being one of the games very best players - its changing though, as fans and media have acknowledged that he is playing the best hockey of his career right now while he carries the Maple Leafs towards a playoff berth.

New Jersey Devils G Martin Brodeur is proving why he is, without a doubt, the best goaltender in the world - in the new NHL, with all of the power play opportunities and scoring chances, Brodeur recorded his 11th shutout last week. Brodeur is closing in on the one record thought to be unattainable - the all-time shutouts record of 103 - at this rate, he'll break the record sometime next year and cement his entry into the Hall of Fame as one of the best, if not THE best, goalie the NHL has ever seen.

Nashville Predators GM David Poile deserves a lot of credit for beating every other NHL GM (even Brian Burke) in the Peter Forsberg sweepstakes - in a time where every GM, other than Burke, seems hesitant to pull the trigger on a big trade, Poile fleeced the Flyers last week (you have to think that Bob Clarke had final word on the trade) in getting Forsberg and only losing a third to fourth line player from his roster. The Flyers traded Forsberg for an underachieving forward who may never pan out, a junior defenceman who is projected to be a number 3-4 D man at best, and a late 1st and 3rd round pick in what is being projected as a very weak draft year. Poile is taking aim at the Stanley Cup - he understands that the window of opportunity is limited. Paul Holmgren (and Bob Clarke) didn't do their homework on this one - if Nashville wins the Cup, this could go down as one of the worst trades of all-time...Bob Clarke's legacy as a GM/VP in the NHL.

That's about it for tonight gang - no chumps this week; we are still in a sun shiny world after a GREAT weekend on Pro-Line. Have a great one peeps!

Hazel, I hope things are groovy in your world.

Song of the Night on Hazelspeeps - shoot me now, I heard a bad muzak version of it at work today and can't get it out of my head; don't ask me how I knew the song.

Tell Me Lies - Fleetwood Mac

Peesth Out...Buh Bye!


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