this week: a dog like a robot and the guy who’s not god

Ace de Québec: Boy with stick and skates on the street of the provincial capital, circa the latter 1950s. (Photo: Rosemary Gilliat Eaton, Bibliothèque et Archives Canada)

Ace de Québec: Boy with stick and skates on the street of the provincial capital, circa the latter 1950s. (Photo: Rosemary Gilliat Eaton, Bibliothèque et Archives Canada)

Drew Doughty’s 2014 playoff motto was “The heart doesn’t get tired.” That’s not news, I guess, unless you hadn’t heard it before. It’s etched in his Stanley Ring, so that he at least will never forget: #HeartDoesn’tGetTired it says there.

Colorado went to Montreal on the weekend, with their coach Patrick Roy, but without winger Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau, who was already there. He’d played for the Avalanche for two seasons before a trade in the summer made him a Canadien. Reminded by reporters that Roy had said that he wasn’t a top-six forward for the Avalanche, Parenteau responded.

“He’s entitled to his opinion, and that’s not to say that I respect it,” he told The Gazette. “His opinion, it’s not the truth. This guy is not God, it’s not him who invented hockey, either.”

Buffalo lost 5-1 to Anaheim. “That,” said Buffalo coach Ted Nolan when it was all over, “was like an NHL team playing a pewee team.”

Toronto, meanwhile, lost 4-1 to Detroit on Friday night. Said, Leafs’ defenceman Jake Gardiner afterwards: “It seemed like they had more players on the ice than we did.”

Not a lot of South Floridians went to see the Panthers play at their rink this last week, which made for a sorry sight for cameras panning across empty seats. Announced attendance for the game against Ottawa Monday night was 7,311, the smallest in the team’s 21-year history. @FlaPanthers had a message afterwards for the few, the loyal, the lonely:

Loyalty is best earned on the back of virtue, honor and integrity. Together, we climb. Thanks to all who came. #FlaPanthers

Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston revealed that Toronto defenceman Cody Franson is, quote, unafraid to use his body and possesses a booming shot. He also has excellent on-ice vision.

Carolina called up 23-year-old centre Brody Sutter this week, Duane’s son, making him the ninth Sutter to play in the NHL. “There will be more,” Uncle Darryl warned from Los Angeles.

In that Detroit loss, it was widely agreed, the Leafs were outplayed from the moment the puck dropped. Towards the end of the game — and for the second time in this young season— a less-than-gruntled fan threw a Leafs’ sweater to the ice. From the broadcast booth, former goaltender Greg Millen said it was tough to watch. “The ultimate insult for a player is that. For a lot of them. For sure.”

Maybe because the cast-off sweater bore Dion Phaneuf’s number 3, he was the guy the reporters sought out in the dressing room.

“I think it’s disappointing to see,” Captain Phaneuf said. “I think there are better ways of voicing their displeasure. Anytime you lose in the National Hockey League, as players we’re not happy about it. The fans have a right to be upset; they come to support us; they want to see winning hockey and we want to win for them, but when we don’t play well, it’s unfortunate when jerseys are thrown on the ice. It’s not the majority of fans … but I don’t like seeing it.”

(He didn’t specify what those better ways — booing, probably?)

Cody Franson had a 56.25% CF against Henrik Zetterberg at ES (5v5 and 4v4) in that Friday night game, by the by.

New York Rangers’ goaltender Henrik Lundqvist spoke about his rough week. “I lose my structure,” he said, “when we as a group lose our structure.”

David Staples from The Edmonton Journal was spreading the word that the only Oilers forwards playing decent two-way hockey right now are Gordon, Pouliot, Perron, and Joensuu.

Boston went to Montreal, where they lost 6-4. “That’s not us,” said Bruins’ defenseman Torey Krug. “We’re a team that prides ourselves on our defense. When we’re spaced out and in our defensive zone, bad things are going to happen. We didn’t collapse to the front of the net like we normally do, and shame on us for that.”

The Boston Globe reported that an idiot with laser pointer tried to distract Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask. Also, angry Milan Lucic took a bad penalty at the end of game. Entering the penalty box, he “made an obscene gesture with his right hand. He finished the ill-advised moment by appearing to mimic raising the Stanley Cup.”

Christopher Curtis from Montreal’s Gazette said that “the outrage over what Lucic did with his hands is that our reaction seems to reveal more about us than the character of a Boston Bruins forward known for colouring outside the lines.”

In Sweden, Mats Sundin may have bought a four-year-old champion gelding trotter. That was the word this week from Aftonbladet, though they didn’t seem entirely certain. If it’s true, he paid about Cdn$146,112 for Nimbus CD.

Алексей Емелин was in the news this week, talking about the ups and downs of the year gone by in a (Moscow) Sport Express interview headlined “ В этом году — одни огорчения.” Sorry — that’s Alexei Emelin (from the Montreal Canadiens) and This year — some disappointments (the Sochi Olympics).

He said he’s happy in Montreal, though the intensity of scrutiny from fans and press has taken some getting used to. He’s just speaking English so far, no French yet — though his young daughter is taking it in school.

Sport Express also talked to former Red Wing Slava Kozlov, who at 42 is playing for Atlant Mytishchi in the KHL. Question: what’s your secret, vis-à-vis the great shape you’re in in your forties?

I won’t unveil any secret and you won’t find one. The reason is simple: there are no secrets. I managed to get to 42 still playing most likely due to my genes. There is nothing supernatural in my offseason regime. My father was a coach and I copied from him. I also got something from my experience in America. I decided for myself when I need to run or to lift weights. I do squats and press bench, like everyone else. You can work out for an hour even if you’re on vacation. I also pay attention to my diet.

Okay, then: playing for Spartak Moscow, Dominik Hasek lived near McDonald’s, where he ate a lot. You?

I’m not a fan of those places.

Kozlov did confess his love of dogs. Which led to the obvious next question: what’s the most intelligent dog you ever met?

I used to work out with a conditioning coach. His shepherd was outstanding. It amazed me a lot, it was like a robot! It was so well-trained that according to my coach, it was worth 50,000 dollars. He spent a lot of time studying and training his dog. He gave me some good advice in how to communicate with dogs.