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The Vancouver Canucks Are 3-0-0

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province,

After three games, the Canucks, incredibly, sport a 3-0 record with two overtime wins and one shootout victory, but please be aware elephants give birth with less effort. On Tuesday, the new-look Blues and the new-look Canucks hooked up in a 2 1/2-hour tractor pull that was straight out of the dead-puck era before, a) Horvat scored the tying goal with just under three minutes left and, b) Henrik Sedin was credited with the game-winner in extra time after combining on a nifty sequence with his brother and Chris Tanev.

OK, by overtime, most everyone had forgotten the protracted tedium to which the fans had been subjected. But any mystery about how the Canucks will approach this season should be removed by now, and if you were wondering, we’ll give you a hint.

Don’t expect a lot of 6-4 games.

“We’re not giving up near as many shots in the home-plate area (in front of their net) and we’re generating a lot more off our turnovers,” Horvat explained. “Structurally, we’re way better this season (and we know that means).


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Videos- A Frustrating Night For The Buffalo Sabres Topped Off With Sean Monahan’s OT Goal

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News,

Of course, the Sabres felt Monahan shouldn't have even been on the ice at that point. A few seconds before the goal, he got the puck away from Sam Reinhart by drilling the Buffalo winger from behind into the end boards. Referee Brad Meier simply stood and watched.

"There has to be a call there," Lehner said. "He hits him from behind. It's fairly clear. We get judged day by day and I just think it was a terrible ref performance today, absolutely terrible."

Coach Dan Bylsma certainly agreed. Asked by a Calgary reporter for his view on what led to the winning goal, a stern-looking Bylsma shot back, "The cross-check in the back? That's what it looked like from where I was at."

more on the game...



Below, watch the Frolik goal which was waived off by an early whistle but the officials huddled and reversed the call.

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Video- Shea Weber’s Introduction In Montreal

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Frank Seravalli of TSN,

It was an emotional night - like every opener seems to be in Montreal. The faithful 21,288 roared when Weber was introduced for the first time to his new hometown after last June’s seismic trade with P.K. Subban. You could tell the normally stoic Weber was touched with the ovation that was louder than all others except the sidelined Price.

“That was special,” Weber said.

Scroll to the 7:20 mark of the video to see the introduction of Shea Weber...


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Video- Mike Smith Suffers Lower-Body Injury

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Sarah McLellan of azcentral sports,

The severity of Smith’s issue has yet to be determined with the team calling it a lower-body injury. Smith will be re-evaluated Wednesday in Montreal, the second stop on the Coyotes’ season-long, six-game road trip.

“It’s too early to get any diagnosis yet,” coach Dave Tippett said. “We’ll make sure we do our due diligence and find out what it is, and we’ll probably have more tomorrow.”


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Video- Vincent Trochek’s Good Shootout Goal

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times,

The officials waved it off, even before Trocheck collected the puck and put in the second effort. The Lightning started to celebrate and leave the ice.

"We thought it was done," Stamkos said.

But the goal was reviewed and it was ruled that Trocheck kept the "puck in motion towards the goal before his shot attempt." Rule 24.2 says, "once it is shot, the play shall be considered complete."

"It was close," Lightning coach Jon Cooper said. "After watching it now, it's a toss of the coin. But in the end, it all worked out. There's no controversy."

The Lightning did go on to win the game later in the shootout.


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  Tags: vincent+trochek

Video- Jacques Demers Passes The Torch In Montreal

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Very nice moment and so good to see Demers with a huge smile.


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Detroit’s Top Line Early In The Season

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Three players with much to prove have joined together to form a potent combination for the Detroit Red Wings three games into the season.

Darren Helm's line, with Thomas Vanek and Gustav Nyquist, has been the team's most dangerous unit. That line has been great; game in and game out, they've been our best line even," coach Jeff Blashill said. "Vanek is real strong on the puck. He's won a lot of puck battles. If he does that, he's going to be real successful. Helm's got tons of energy and Nyquie has been real good as well."...

Helm has three goals and four points, Vanek has two goals and five points and Nyquist has three assists.

"I don't know what's clicking," Vanek said. "Each guy brings a little something else. I think Helmer is good on faceoffs, he works hard and obviously (in Monday's 5-1 victory over Ottawa) we saw he can shoot the puck as well. Then I think Nyquie and I can make plays from our off-sides and we can read off each other well. So far it's working good."

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NHL Short Notes

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa became the 44th player in NHL history to reach the 500-goal plateau when he scored a second-period power-play goal against the Flyers. Hossa is just the fourth active player to reach the milestone, behind Jaromir Jagr (749), Jarome Iginla (612) and Alex Ovechkin (526).
* Hossa is also within reach of two other career milestones – he sits seven assists shy of 600 and seven points from 1,100.
* ICYMI: A breakdown of Hossa’s 500 career goals by franchise opponent.

Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin (1-1—2) and Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane (1-3—4) – the top two goal-scorers from last season – each recorded their first goal of 2016-17. Ovechkin led the League in 2015-16 with 50 goals, capturing the Rocket Richard Trophy for the sixth time in his career and fourth consecutive season. Kane, last season’s Hart Trophy winner, reached career highs in goals (46), assists (60) and points (106) in 2015-16 en route to becoming the first U.S.-born player in NHL history to lead the League in scoring. 

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Cotsonika profiles Thomas Vanek and discusses his quest for redemption

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

As part of their "NBCSN Rivalry Night" coverage, NHL.com posted three articles regarding tonight's Red Wings-Rangers game (8 PM EDT on NBCSN/TVA Sports/97.1 FM).

In the first article, NHL.com's Kevin Weekes examines "pluses and minuses" for both teams; in the second, NHL.com's John Kreiser offers 5 reasons to watch tonight's game; and the third article, from NHL.com's Nicholas J. Cotsonika, profiles Thomas Vanek, who's trying to find redemption with the Red Wings:

"I wanted Thomas Vanek on this team," [Wings coach Jeff] Blashill said. "He brings an elite offensive ability that's hard to get when you don't draft high. … I just said that I thought the things that he was good at were things that we could really use, and if he worked, if he paid attention to detail, if he played defense, it was going to work out great."

Vanek remained confident in himself. He appreciated those who showed confidence in him and liked the Red Wings' history of cerebral, skilled hockey.

"I still know I can score and make plays in this league," Vanek said. "[When] I know I can't do that, then it's time to retire. I felt good the last two years, but sometimes … It wasn't the right fit for some reason in Minnesota. I think the role I was in wasn't the one I was used to. I'm not faulting them. I had my downs too, and I'll take my share of blame. …

"I talked to several teams at the beginning of the summer. The few I talked to all expressed that they still believed in me, and I think just hearing that motivates you as an athlete. At the end of the day, I just picked Detroit because I liked the way they played in the past, the way they play the game."

Cotsonika continues, explaining why Blashill targeted Vanek...

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The overnight report: Red Wings-Rangers set-up

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Detroit Red Wings face off against the New York Rangers this evening (8 PM EDT on NBCSN/TVA Sports/97.1 FM) aiming to win for the first time in six games at Madison Square Garden--and the Wings will be under the spotlight as there are all of 2 NHL games on the schedule this evening.

The 1-and-2 Wings will be facing a 2-and-1 Rangers team that's coming off a 7-4 victory over the San Jose Sharks on Monday.

NewYorkRangers.com's Matt Calamia sets up tonight's game from the Rangers' perspective:

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