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This Week In The NHL: Cause Of Lokomotiv Crash Found To Be Pilot Error

Sarah Sotoodeh |
November 6, 2011 | 11:44 p.m. PST

Associate Sports Editor


Martin Brodeur is back on the ice after a shoulder injury that kept him off the ice for three weeks (Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons).
Martin Brodeur is back on the ice after a shoulder injury that kept him off the ice for three weeks (Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons).
Well folks, it's that time again--time for your weekly update on all things hockey.

-The cause of the September 7 crash that killed the entire Lokomotiv Yaroslavi hockey team, and all but one of the flight crew, was found to be pilot error. The report released noted that the pilot pressed the brakes during takeoff and as a result, the plane could not get enough altitude, according to the Associated Press.

-New Jersey Devils goalie Martin Brodeur played in his first game back, a 3-5 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs on November 2, after recovering from a shoulder injury. The injury occurred three weeks prior, during the first period of the Devils vs. Los Angeles Kings game on October 13.


-Ilya Kovalchuk of the New Jersey Devils is out with a pulled leg muscle. The forward left the Devils vs. Philadelphia Flyers game on November 3 during the third period.

-Another Devils player, goalie Johan Hedberg, was injured during the same game. Hedberg suffered from a stiff back during the middle of the third period.

-A third Devils player, defenseman Andy Greene, is out with a lower body injury.

-James Van Riemsdyk of the Flyers injured his knee after colliding with the boards, following a hit by Buffalo Sabres defenseman Robyn Regehr on November 2.

-Detroit Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall was injured during the November 1 game after getting hit in the face by Mikko Koivu’s shoulder or elbow.


-Goalie Pekka Rinne re-signed with the Nashville Predators for a seven-year, $49 million contract on November 3.

-Kronwall had a busy week--in addition to getting injured, he was re-signed by the Detroit Red Wings for a seven-year, $33.25 million contract.


-Patrick Kaleta of the Buffalo Sabres has been suspended for four games without pay, after an illegal hit to Philadelphia Flyers Jakub Voracek’s face during the first period of their November 2 game. Kaleta, a forward, will forfeit more than $19,000 and will be eligible to play November 12 against the Boston Bruins.

-Andy Sutton of the Edmonton Oilers has been suspended for five games without pay, after he hit Gabriel Landeskog, a forward for the Colorado Avalanche, in the head. The Oilers defenseman will forfeit more than $57,000 and will be eligible to play on November 11 against the Detroit Red Wings.

-Los Angeles Kings left-winger Ethan Moreau has been fined $2,500 for boarding Chris Kunitz of the Pittsburgh Penguins during their game on November 5.

Goal of the Week

Phoenix Coyote Lauri Korpikoski puts 100% into his shots, and is this week’s recipient of the prestigious Goal of the Week. After you see his amazing goal, the honor should come to no surprise. The left winger scored one goal in the Coyotes 4-1 victory over the Colorado Avalanche on November 2.

Save of the Week

New Jersey Devils goalie Martin Brodeur made a show stopping save with his stick against Phil Kessel of the Toronto Maple Leafs. See Brodeur’s spiderman-like reflexes for yourself.

Games To Watch

New York Islanders @ Boston Bruins

The Bruins beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 7-0 a few days ago, so does this mean the're back on track? See for yourself on Monday, November 7 at 4:00 p.m. (PT) on Versus.

Los Angeles Kings @ San Jose Sharks

The Northern versus Southern California rivalry goes strong as the Kings head to the Bay Area seeking a much needed win.  The game starts at 7:30 p.m. (PT) on Fox Sports West.

Philadelphia Flyers @ Tampa Bay Lightning

Watch the game on Wednesday, November 9 at 4:30 p.m. (PT) on Versus and see if Steve Stamkos and company can fend off the Flyers.

Carolina Hurricanes @ New York Rangers

If you haven’t heard about Sean Avery’s prodigal return back to the NHL, see him in action on Friday, November 11 at 4:00 p.m. (PT) on MSG or FS-CR.

Vancouver Canucks @ Anaheim Ducks

Make Friday night a double header and watch the Canucks take on the Ducks on November 11 at 10:30 PM (ET) on Prime.


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