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Another Win For The Calgary Flames

from Eric Francis of Sportsnet,

The Calgary Flames have not trailed in a hockey game since the season opener.

Flames fans may have a hard time comprehending that little nugget, given the team’s history of poor starts to games and seasons.

But then, who would expect anything less from a team that possesses two lads atop the NHL’s scoring lead?

Yes, another hard-to-fathom fact, as Andrew Mangiapane and Elias Lindholm tied Alex Ovechkin with their seventh goals of the year in Tuesday’s 5-3 win in New Jersey....

Despite opening the season with a pair of losses, the 4-1-1 Flames are now just one point behind Edmonton atop the Pacific division.

It’s a surprising development for a team that spent the last handful of training camps talking about the perils of trying to play catch up in today’s NHL.

“I think that’s been key to our success the last five games -- we’ve been able to get that first goal and roll from there,” said Lucic, including the team’s overtime loss in Game 2 as part of their point streak.

“I think we’re doing a good job with our preparation and establishing our play right from the drop of the puck. It’s the players, but (Coach) Darryl (Sutter) puts a lot of emphasis on us having a good start. That’s always huge. Your confidence, your ability to make plays, your swagger, it’s always easier and better when you have the lead. It’s something we need to continue to emphasize moving forward.”

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The Seattle Kraken Defeated The Montreal Canadiens For First Home Win

from Andy Eide at NHL.com,

The Seattle Kraken won at home for the first time with a 5-1 victory against the Montreal Canadiens at Climate Pledge Arena on Tuesday.

Brandon Tanev scored twice, Yanni Gourde had a goal and an assist and Philipp Grubauer made 23 saves for the Kraken (2-4-1), who had lost four in a row, including their home opener, 4-2 against the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday.

"We got off to a good start, which always helps in your home building to build some momentum, especially with the crowd that we have behind us," Seattle coach Dave Hakstol said. "It was a good start, and we were able to play a pretty good first period. The big difference tonight, compared to a couple of nights ago, is we were able to build on that lead."

Mike Hoffman scored, and Jake Allen made 21 saves for the Canadiens (1-6-0), who opened a four-game road trip.

"It wasn't pretty," Montreal defenseman Ben Chiarot said. "Right from the beginning, they had us on our heels. We knew coming into the rink they'd be excited. Tough travel coming across the county and a time change, (but the) bottom line is they outskated us the entire game."

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NHL Short Notes

* The Kraken scored five goals at Climate Pledge Arena en route to winning their first-ever home game.

Nikolaj Ehlers netted a game-tying and go-ahead goal in the final two minutes of regulation to lead his team to victory, a feat only five other players in NHL history have accomplished. 
 
* Flames teammates Andrew Mangiapane and Elias Lindholm each scored in a road victory and moved into a tie with Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin (7) for the NHL’s goal lead this season. 

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Trust Is Now An Issue For The Chicago Blackhawks

from Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune,

It will take years for the Chicago Blackhawks to remove the stench of the organization’s mishandling of sexual assault allegations against former video coach Brad Aldrich.

After a bombshell report by investigators from Chicago law firm Jenner & Block revealed that former Hawks President John McDonough, general manager Stan Bowman and former coach Joel Quenneville were all part of a meeting discussing the allegations in May 2010 — yet did nothing about it until the Stanley Cup Final had concluded three weeks later — the only thing the Hawks owners can do is beg for everyone’s forgiveness and find a leader who can bring trust back to the organization.

Their first step Tuesday — after Hawks Chairman Rocky Wirtz and his son, CEO Danny Wirtz, made sure to let everyone know they knew nothing of the allegations until the first lawsuit was filed this past May — was to get Bowman to hand in his resignation, replacing him on an interim basis with Kyle Davidson.

Bowman in turn released a statement in which he basically blamed McDonough for not handling the incident. Thus he leaves the Hawks in the same manner he operated as their GM, with a smirk and no real acceptance of responsibility for his actions.

For years Hawks fans wondered how the Wirtzes could continue to allow Bowman to run the franchise into the ground with so many poor free-agent signings and trades. Now we know. Their respect for Bowman is so deeply ingrained, they allowed him to resign instead of firing him, as any other corporation would do to an employee involved in a similar mishandling of an alleged sexual assault.

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TSN Insiders Tonight

The TSN Hockey Insiders discuss the fallout from the Blackhawks' investigation, including the timeline on Gary Bettman's planned meetings with Kevin Cheveldayoff and Joel Quenneville, how concerned the Jets are about the impending meeting involving their GM, what's next for USA Hockey with Stan Bowman stepping down as GM for the Olympic team, and more.

Watch at TSN

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Stan Bowman Steps Down As GM Of U.S. Hockey

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Stan Bowman informed USA Hockey late this afternoon that he is stepping down as general manager of the 2022 U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team.

“In light of what’s happened today, I think it’s in the best interests of USA Hockey for me to step aside,” said Bowman. “I’m grateful to have been selected and wish our team the very best in Beijing.”

“We thank Stan for all his efforts,” said Pat Kelleher, executive director of USA Hockey. “He’s been a major contributor to American hockey for a long time.”

USA Hockey expects to announce a replacement for Bowman in the near future

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Afternoon Line- Don Cherry

"I'd like to talk about Matthews for a minute," Cherry started. "The leading scorer last year, the leading scorer of the whole league last year, Rocket Richard. Now everything was going good he used to be dressed, I'd have to say him and Lundqvist were 1 and 2 in getting dressed, pretty sharp guys.

"Evidently it was pretty tough for him to get dressed, $10-million and he can't get dressed? So, you see him coming in now, he used to come in with [Mitch] Marner all the time, now he comes in alone, and you can't say he's a slob, it [looks] like he's going to a barbecue or something like that, and I just don't understand it."

Don Cherry on his latest podcast.  Steven Psihogios of Yahoo has more.

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Changes In The Chicago Blackhawks Organization

Stan Bowman, President, Hockey Operations & General Manager and Al MacIsaac, Sr. Vice President, Hockey Operations, have stepped-down from the Chicago Blackhawks.

 

added 2:45pm, Stan Bowman statement is below.

added 2:47pm, NHL Statement below, $2M fine for the Blackhawks too.

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Changes Coming In Chicago Due To Independent Investigation

Rick Westhead tweet,

The Chicago Blackhawks say they wi release the findings of an independent investigation into allegations of sexual abuse and a cover up in the organization at 1 pm local time today.

 

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Another Loss For The Toronto Maple Leafs

from Terry Koshan of the Toronto Sun,

The end remains nigh.

Or so one would think with the 2021-22 Maple Leafs, who are not a good hockey team right now.

The Leafs aren’t — spoiler alert — a Stanley Cup contender in the making.

Not with another loss, this one a 4-1 result at PNC Arena in Raleigh, N.C., on Monday night against the Carolina Hurricanes.

Toronto, which now boasts a record of 2-4-1, ends its three-game trip on Wednesday in Chicago against the lowly Blackhawks. A fall in the Windy City and you have to wonder if winds of change won’t blow through the organization to some degree....

“I thought our guys competed at a much higher level,” Leafs coach Sheldon Keefe said. “Unfortunately, it’s still not high enough.

“(The Hurricanes) set the standard, really in the league, in that regard.

We got a real sense of what a Stanley-Cup contending team looks and feels like. Our guys had to deal with that all the way through.

“I think we leave here a better team.”

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