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The St. Louis Blues Grind Out A Win Over The Florida Panthers

from Jeremy Rutherford of The Athletic,

Well, your club began the game with 19 players — one fewer than a regular NHL lineup — due to salary-cap restrictions. You were facing the Florida Panthers, one of the top teams in the league standings. That team outshot you 20-5 in the first period, but your rock-solid starting goaltender kept you in the game. That goalie left because of an injury in the third period and was replaced by a journeyman netminder who hadn’t played in the NHL since March 2020. You lost a defenseman, too, and finished the game with just 17 players. But somehow you won the drama-filled game, 4-3, in overtime.

That game.

“Well, you know guys battled, and I’m proud of them,” said Berube, finally relenting a bit. “They worked and came through.”

By nature, NHL coaches are somewhat stoic, and Berube typically fits that description. But this did not look like someone who had witnessed what 16,372 at Enterprise Center had just watched — one of the grittiest performances turned in by the Blues in many years.

No, this looked and sounded like someone whose team entered the night without seven players, either injured or on the COVID-19 protocol list, and learned that he could be without one or two more.

After the Blues lost Robert Thomas to what sources have told The Athletic is a hip injury, Berube announced that goalie Ville Husso left with a lower-body injury and defenseman Jake Walman with an upper-body injury.

The injury to Husso appeared serious, and if he’s headed to the injury list, the Blues would be without starter Jordan Binnington (COVID-19) and his backup when they face Detroit on Thursday.

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The Calgary Flames Could Not Hold On To A Lead

from Mike Koreen and Eric Francis of Sportsnet,

It took eight minutes for the Calgary Flames to turn a 3-1 second-period lead into a 4-3 deficit they couldn’t claw back from.

It took even less time for the coach to point out how it was possible.

“Our defence had a really rough night,” said Darryl Sutter following Tuesday’s 5-3 loss in San Jose against the Sharks.

“The six defencemen played like an exhibition game.”

Hoping to wrap up a four-game western roadie with their third win, the Flames started the evening by doing plenty of what this team has staked its first-place season on.

They opened the scoring 97 seconds in and proceeded to outshoot and outchance their opponents en route to a 3-1 lead four minutes into the second.

And then it turned.

At a time when it appeared the Flames would ride it out with a smothering finish, they squandered a power play and allowed three quick goals to a Sharks team that would have had no business being in the game if not for Adin Hill and his 40 saves.

This was a game the Flames should have been able to close out, and they knew it.

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NHL Short Notes

Trevor Zegras and Sonny Milano combined to score a first-of-its-kind goal in Anaheim’s win against Buffalo, with Zegras sending an alley-oop pass to Milano over the Sabres’ net.

Morgan Rielly assisted on four of five Maple Leafs goals to record his fourth career outing with at least four helpers – the most among all defensemen since he entered the NHL in 2013-14.

* The Lightning rallied late and Andrei Vasilevskiy became the second goaltender in NHL history to record 60 wins in a single calendar year (regular season and playoffs combined).

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Video- Jujhar Khaira Taken Off On A Stretcher

Clean hit, his head hits the ice hard.

 

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Video- Sonny Milano Goal, Trevor Zegras Assist

Wow.

 

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Video- Jason Spezza Suspended Six Games

Kneeing

 

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TSN Insiders Tonight

The TSN Hockey Insiders discuss why Maple Leafs assistant GM Laurence Gilman's stock is on the rise with many GM vacancies around the NHL, why a Gilman-Mike Gillis reunion could be a possibility in the Canucks' front office, how Jack Eichel's recovery timeline leaves open an Olympic possibility with Team USA, how NHLers are weighing their own Olympic decision, and much more.

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Team China Will Play In The Olympic Hockey Tournament

via Sportsnet,

The International Ice Hockey Federation confirmed that China will be granted a host exemption for the men's hockey tournament at the upcoming Beijing Winter Games.

The status of the Chinese men's team was up in the air in recent weeks due to questions about the team's eligibility and competitiveness.

The team is made up mostly of players on the KHL's Kunlun Red Star -- including several North American-born players. Kunlun competed in two test games against KHL opponents in mid-November with IIHF officials closely monitoring to determine if the team would be competitive against NHL competition in the Olympics.

The 12-team men's hockey tournament features three groups of four teams. China is in Group A with Canada, the United States and Germany -- the reigning silver medalists.

I expect the lights will start flickering in the arena when the score is 1-0, they may go out at 15-0.

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Nothing Has Changed

from Stan Fischer of The Fischler Report at the Hockey News,

During lunch with Gary Bettman, I told him that I had a beef with the officiating.

The commissioner then reached into his vest pocket and pulled out an envelope with a letter inside.

"I'm going to read you the letter," the National Hockey League's boss said, "and I want you to guess who wrote it."

It was a tough read; flowing with zebra criticism and concluding with demands for reform.

"Now take a guess," Bettman confidently went on, "and guess who?"

Knowing my longtime buddy and his candor, I snapped, "It's gotta be Brian Burke."

The Commish shook his head and handed me the missive. Instantly, I blushed. It was written by Rangers manager-coach Lester Patrick in the year 1933.

"You see," noted The Lord of Hockey, "nothing has changed."

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We Remember Peal Harbor

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Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.

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