Daily Cupcakes- January 5th, 2012

CALGARY, CANADA - JANUARY 3: Max Frieberg #14 of Team Sweden scores the game tying goal on Sami Aittokallio #30 of Team Finland during the 2012 World Junior Hockey Championship Semifinal game at the Saddledome on January 3, 2012 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Team Sweden defeated Team Finland 3-2 in a shootout. (Photo by Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)


The Colorado Avalanche's prospect Aittokallio took the WJC loss hard.

For almost 70 minutes of ice time on Tuesday, Sami Aittokallio looked like Superman in his 55-save performance for Finland in its 3-2 IIHF world junior semifinal shootout loss to Sweden.

Standing in front of the media after the game, he was all humanity.

The 19-year-old Colorado Avalanche prospect’s jersey hung off of him, his Finnish baseball cap shielded his eyes and his shoulders heaved as he fought back the tears.


CBC has bits from around the league, including some on concussions.

We are all learning together in the hockey community more facts and information associated with concussions, the more we learn we also discover just how much we don't know.

Who would have thought that Matthew Lombardi would be able to get back to the NHL and play early this regular season? Certainly not the Nashville Predators, who were keen to unload his contract in a trade with the Leafs over the summer. While Lombardi's return (he has played in 20 regular season games with the Leafs) has been a pleasant surprise, that isn't always the case.

It seems like nobody foresaw neither Marc Staal of the New York Rangers nor Peter Mueller of the Colorado Avalanche being out so long. Fortunately Staal returned for the Winter Classic.

A story with the focus on Dwayne Roloson.

Part of the story of hockey, Dwayne Roloson said, sweating by his locker stall, is that skaters on a team can succeed or they can fail, but "it’s usually the goaltender that either reaps the rewards … or reaps the reaper."

A year after becoming the surprise story of the National Hockey League’s regular season, and seven months removed from the end of an improbably deep run into the playoffs, the Tampa Bay Lightning have been fighting for survival. The team stumbled out of the gate, and Roloson — or his playing time, anyway — has already met the reaper.

And coaches should know by now that speaking ill of referees get them into trouble. Thirty thousand worth, apparently.

Rangers coach John Tortorella was fined $30,000 (U.S.) by the NHL for critical comments of the league and the officials in New York's Winter Classic victory over Philadelphia.

Just hours after Tortorella publicly apologized for his remarks, the NHL came down hard on the combustible coach Wednesday night.

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