Daily Cupcakes- December 14th, 2011

A recap of the Avalanche's win against the Sharks.

"I had my plan to come down the right side and kind of go low block," Landeskog said. "Luckily it was open and got the shot off. It was a great feeling when I saw it go in."

It was the rookie’s first chance in a shootout.

"It was clutch," Duchene said. "It’s his first-ever shootout attempt and he goes in and buries it."

Hejduk scored on the first try of the shootout and Joe Pavelski tied it in the third round.

Matt Duchene wants to forget the most recent road trip.

Colorado will be getting one of its key offensive players back tonight against the Sharks, as Paul Stastny is returning from a torso injury that caused him to miss the last three games.

Stastny, who has seven goals and eight assists in 27 games, will center a line with Matt Duchesne and T.J. Galiardi on the wings.

"Obviously, we get a big part of our team back," said Duchense on Tuesday morning. "It’s going to add to our offense and our two-way play up front."

"We missed him over the course of the last three games on that trip so it will be good to get him back in there," said Sacco.

I found this to be interesting, it is only for the Canadian Juniors though.

The 42 players invited to the final selection camp for Canada’s entry in the 2012 world junior hockey championship are an impressive group.

A total of 38 of them were drafted by NHL clubs in 2010 and 2011, 15 of those in the first round, 10 in the second. More than half have already played for Canada. Eight are team captains, 19 are alternate captains.

But on Tuesday, seven were told they’re not good to play for this year’s team. On Wednesday, 13 others will get the same message as the roster is trimmed to its final 22 players.

For many, it will be the first time in all their years of hockey that they’ve been cut from a team.

And lastly, Theo Fleury wants a writer of the Montreal Gazette to be fired.

Theoren Fleury is calling for the firing of a Montreal Gazette sportswriter who called the former hockey star "hypocritical" in a column over recent remarks Fleury made about the justice system’s handling of Graham James, the former junior hockey coach who sexually abused Fleury and other players.

In an article that appeared in the Gazette and other newspapers Tuesday, Pat Hickey called out Fleury for saying Canada’s justice system didn’t do enough to keep James behind bars. Fleury cited James’ pardon after being convicted of sexual assault in 1997 against three players, including another former National Hockey League player, Sheldon Kennedy. James was sentenced to 3 1/2 years in prison and given a pardon in 2007.


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