Monday Mailbag - 4/9/2012

Monday, 04.9.2012 / 10:58 AM PT
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Monday Mailbag - 4\/9\/2012


Here is The Daily Chomp's Monday Mailbag answering your questions sent in by Twitter (tweet @SanJoseSharks using #AskSJS), Facebook, or email.

Recently someone was fined for a "slew foot" on Ryane Clowe. I checked my  HOCKEY FOR DUMMIES book and the word "slew" appeared nowhere. What does "slew foot" mean?
-RBN

TDC: Slew Footing is a term in hockey used to describe a player being taken down essentially by way of a hook or trip. A common example may be when two players are fighting for position, one player uses his own skate to push the back heel of the other player's skate, resulting in the other player losing his balance and falling to the ground. Typically this is done in "sly" fashion as to avoid looking like an obvious penalty.

In the play you referenced, Ryane Clowe was racing for the loose puck along the boards in a game against the Phoenix Coyotes. Coyotes forward Alexandre Bolduc was trailing Clowe in the race. As both players began to extend their stick out to make a play, the referee ruled that Bolduc used his stick to push the back heel of Clowe, thus sending Clowe to the ice in an uncontroled crash into the boards. Bolduc was given an 2:00 minute minor penalty for hooking on the play.

Bolduc was later fined by the NHL for the play. You can read the article here.

Who chooses the "3 Stars of the Game"?
- RBN

TDC: The "3 Stars of the Game" are chosen differently depending on the home arena throughout the NHL. In San Jose, Sharks radio play-by-play broadcaster Dan Rusanowsky choooses the "3 Stars". It was an honor bestowed upon him when he first arrived with the team. Rusanowsky explained how he was chosen by the late Tim Bryant in a recent blog entry:

Tim really respected the radio and television part of the equation. When I arrived in 1991, he immediately told me that he wanted the radio voice of the Sharks to pick the three stars at home games. “You’re at every game, you call a good game, and you know the game,” he said. “You can handle the professional responsibility. I want someone like that to pick the stars here.” I have always been honored to do so, and it has always been important to me.

Rusanowsky commonly uses former Sharks former and current radio partner Jamie Baker to assist him in naming the "3 Stars".

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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 51 24 7 228 221 109
2 y - STL 82 51 24 7 239 197 109
3 x - NSH 82 47 25 10 226 202 104
4 x - CHI 82 48 28 6 220 186 102
5 x - VAN 82 48 29 5 236 220 101
6 x - MIN 82 46 28 8 227 198 100
7 x - WPG 82 43 26 13 223 204 99
8 x - CGY 82 45 30 7 237 213 97
9 LAK 82 40 27 15 218 197 95
10 DAL 82 41 31 10 257 257 92
11 COL 82 39 31 12 209 223 90
12 SJS 82 40 33 9 224 226 89
13 EDM 82 24 44 14 193 276 62
14 ARI 82 24 50 8 165 267 56

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Pavelski 82 37 33 12 70
L. Couture 82 27 40 -6 67
J. Thornton 78 16 49 -4 65
B. Burns 82 17 43 -9 60
P. Marleau 82 19 38 -17 57
T. Wingels 75 15 21 -7 36
T. Hertl 82 13 18 -5 31
M. Nieto 72 10 17 -12 27
M. Karlsson 53 13 11 -3 24
M. Vlasic 70 9 14 12 23
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Niemi 31 23 7 .914 2.59
A. Stalock 8 9 2 .902 2.62
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