The Washington Times - December 3, 2007, 10:33PM



\ The Board of Governors approves a new schedule format for next season with a 26-4 vote. It is essentially an old model with six games against divisional opponents and at least one game against every non-conference team.\


\ The Commish, Gary Bettman, tells Reuters the league may not take a break for the 2014 Winter Olympics. Players are not looking forward to two weeks in a Russian resort city on the Black Sea?\


\ The Nashville Predators sale to a mostly local group is approved while the deal in place for the Tampa Bay Lightning falls apart. Does selling a team every go smoothly?\


\ Scott Hartnell becomes the fourth member of the Philadelphia Flyers to “earn” a suspension, and Riley Cote is No. 5. Apparently that was the number it took for the league to issue a warning. \


\ Roberto Luongo records back-to-back-back shutouts for the surging Vancouver Canucks. But at least Todd Bertuzzi and Alex Auld are playing well the Florida Panthers. Oh wait, nevermind.\


\ 30. Los Angeles Kings: Alexander Frolov goes on IR and now Jason LaBarbera is hurting (Last Week: 30)\ 29. Washington Capitals: Caps dominated at Florida, but still needed a fluky goal to win (28)\ 28. Phoenix Coyotes: Back to reality in the desert with three straight losses (21)\ 27. Calgary Flames: This Mike Keenan experiment was supposed to go better, no? (22)\ 26. Atlanta Thrashers: Losses in four of five after hot start with Don Waddell behind the bench (24)\ 25. Tampa Bay Lightning: Vinny Lecavalier can talk to Southeast buddies Alex Ovechkin and Ilya Kovalchuk about lighting it up on a bad team (20)\ 24. Edmonton Oilers: Swept Anaheim to exact revenge against Chris Pronger (well, not really) (29)\ 23. Pittsburgh Penguins: It is only a start, but Marc-Andre Fleury has allowed one goal in his past two games (26)\ 22. Florida Panthers: The Caps finally kept Richard Zednik off the scoresheet on Saturday (23)\ 21. Toronto Maple Leafs: Mats Sundin sets a new franchise-best scoring streak (27)\ 20. Buffalo Sabres: An 8-1 whipping of Carolina looked like the Sabres of old (25)\ 19. Anaheim Ducks: Defending champs have shown flashes, but still not right (15)\ 18. Columbus Blue Jackets: Hamstring injury slows hot start from Pascal Leclaire (10)\ 17. San Jose Sharks: Four straight wins followed up by three straight losses (11)\ 16. New York Islanders: Still last in the NHL in goals, but Rick DiPietro has been excellent (14)\ 15. Nashville Predators: Beat Detroit one Thursday and Ottawa the next (17)\ 14. Boston Bruins: Marc Savard, Zdeno Chara signings starting to pay off (16)\ 13. Colorado Avalanche: Call up T.J. Hensick was a scoring machine at Michigan (12)\ 12. Montreal Canadiens: Carey Price will see regular action with injury to Cristobal Huet (8)\ 11. Chicago Blackhawks: A natural hat trick will make people learn how to pronounce Byfuglien (it is Buff-lin, by the way) (9)\ 10. New Jersey Devils: That Martin Brodeur guy is still pretty good, eh? (18)\ 9. Philadelphia Flyers: Still pretty good without him, but Simon Gagne\0x2019s eventual return will make this team scary (4)\ 8. Vancouver Canucks: Not to be forgotten in Roberto Luongo\0x2019s impressive play is Markus Naslund’s 11 goals (19)\ 7. St. Louis Blues: At 8-1-1 in their last 10, no one out West is hotter (13)\ 6. Dallas Stars: Won three of five during tour of Atlantic Division cities (7)\ 5. Ottawa Senators: Six losses and counting in the other capital city (2)\ 4. New York Rangers: Toronto radio station retracts report about Sean Avery’s comments to Jason Blake (5)\ 3. Carolina Hurricanes: Shutout at MSG much better result than shellacking in upstate New York (3)\ 2. Minnesota Wild: When Marian Gaborik is healthy, this team is pretty good (6)\ 1. Detroit Red Wings: Chris Osgood has one, yes one, regulation loss in 15 starts (1)\


\ HART TROPHY (Playoff edition)\

\ 1. Henrik Zetterberg, Detroit\ 2. Henrik Lundqvist, N.Y. Rangers\ 3. Mike Richards, Philadelphia\

\ HART TROPHY (Non-playoff Edition)\

\ 1. Vinny Lecavalier, Tampa Bay\ 2. Ilya Kovalchuk, Atlanta\ 3. Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh\


\ 1. Pat Kane, Chicago\ 2. Tobias Enstrom, Atlanta\ 3. Jonathan Toews, Chicago\


\ 1. Henrik Lundqvist, N.Y. Rangers\ 2. Chris Osgood, Detroit\ 3. Roberto Luongo, Vancouver\


\ 1. Ted Nolan, N.Y. Islanders\ 2. Jacques Lemaire, Minnesota\ 3. Andy Murray, St. Louis\

\ GET TO KNOW…\ A few minutes with Brooks Laich of the Washington Capitals\

\ Brooks Laich was born in Wawota, Saskatchewan and was a sixth-round pick by the Ottawa Senators in the 2001 draft. He played one game for the Senators before being traded to Washington with a second-round pick for Peter Bondra. Laich has 19 goals and 46 points in 178 career games.\

\ Q: Favorite player growing up?\ A: It was Mario Lemieux and then when I was little more grown up it was Doug Gilmour.\

\ Q: Favorite team?\ A: The Leafs - my dad was a Leafs fan so I was a Leafs fan\

\ Q: Favorite city to play in?\ A: It has to be Toronto or Montreal because of the atmosphere and the history\

\ Q: Favorite food?\ A: Steak, barbequed back home on the open flame\

\ Q: Favorite car?\ A: Just my truck (A Cadillac Escalade) NOTE: Matt Bradley chimes in “It is a 1976 Escalade, the first one ever made.”\

\ Q: Favorite video game?\ A: James Bond for Nintendo 64 with the four-player multiplayer. That was the best. I quit playing video games after that. It doesn’t get any better.\

\ Q: Favorite goal?\ A: I scored my first shift in the World Juniors [against Sweden], but the one that takes the cake was my first NHL goal in Montreal.\

\ Q: Favorite fight?\ A: I don’t know. I wish there was one where I beat the snot out of somebody and skated off all tough, but that’s never happened.\

\ Q: Biggest fear/phobia?\ A: Bees, maybe. I hate it when bees come around and try to sting me.\

\ — Corey Masisak