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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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NHL Short Notes

T.J. Oshie and Drake Batherson each scored three goals in the same game to mark the season’s first duelling hat tricks, as the Capitals and Senators combined for 12 goals. 

* The NHL has four teams at 5-0-0 or better for the first time after the Panthers, Hurricanes and Blues all won Monday to keep pace with the idle Oilers as the only undefeated teams left in the League. 

* The Canadiens make their return to Seattle – where they played in the 1919 Stanley Cup Final – as the Kraken look to win their first game at Climate Pledge Arena. 

 

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Video- Goals Of The Week

Three minutes to watch,

 

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Video- The Life Of Tim Peel

via the YouTube page of KSDK News,

Tim Peel was a referee in the NHL for more than 20 years.

 

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Stars Of The Week

NEW YORK (Oct. 25, 2021) – Winnipeg Jets left wing Kyle Connor, Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid and New York Islanders goaltender Ilya Sorokin have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending Oct. 24.

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Coming Clean

from Colin White Wilson at The Players' Tribune,

I wasn’t fully honest with you.

When I shared my story here last year, I was holding something back.

I opened up about my OCD. My retirement from hockey. My successes and my failures. But I left something out. And I justified it in my head because I didn’t want it to dilute my message — or my goal to help people. I told myself it wouldn’t make sense, that it wasn’t necessary. But I was lying to myself. The truth is … man, the truth is simple: I was ashamed. Deeply ashamed. I held it close, scared of what people might think of me.

The truth is, I was an addict.

And when I saw the story in the The Boston Globe about Jimmy Hayes’ autopsy, everything that I’d suppressed about my own addiction came flooding into my mind. I’m two-and-a-half years sober — and in a way, I guess, I thought I had beat it. But you never beat it. You just live with it. And what happened to Jimmy … it could have happened to any of us. It could have happened to me.

I texted his dad and his wife, Kristen, the morning that article came out, and I let them know how powerful it was — how brave they were to share what they did. I’ve known Jimmy since I was 16, and he was a great, great person. Everyone cared about him so much. I can’t speak highly enough of the Hayes family. They are all great people.  And I know they want to help, just like I do. Because we’re in the middle of a massive opioid and mental health crisis. Those two things are inherently connected. And I believe the first step toward change is honesty and vulnerability.

I let myself down the last time I did this. I won’t do it again.

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It Is Getting Tense In Toronto

from Cathal Kelly of the Toronto Star,

It’s okay to lose a few. Just don’t lose badly. If you do lose badly, be gracious. Toronto fans are totally fine rooting for a loser, but they don’t like losers who lip back.

That doesn’t sound hard, but the Leafs couldn’t manage it for six games. Now we are into all confrontation, all the time.

The speed wobble started after Friday’s loss to San Jose. Leafs coach Sheldon Keefe was asked about the “lazy” effort of newcomer Nick Ritchie.

The right way to answer this question in Toronto is whatever way you can do that without creating pull quotes. Keefe couldn’t do it.

First, he took umbrage: “That’s not an appropriate question.”

Oh, I’m sorry. I didn’t realize we were all sitting cross-legged in the circle of trust. You wouldn’t want to offend a guy who makes millions in the entertainment business by critiquing the quality of his entertaining.

That would have been fine, but Keefe’s red mist was coming up. He had to stick one in at the end: “You should be asking as many questions about Matthews and Marner today as you should be about Ritch.”

Oh dear.

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Struggles Continue For The Vegas Golden Knights

from David Schoen of the Las Vegas Review-Journal,

The Golden Knights showed flashes of turning the corner Sunday.

They registered more than 40 shots on goal for the second time in three games and cleaned up many of the defensive mistakes in the final two periods.

But it still wasn’t good enough.

The Knights couldn’t get a puck past goalie Ilya Sorokin and lost 2-0 to the New York Islanders in front of an announced crowd of 17,699 at T-Mobile Arena.

It was the fourth straight loss for the Knights, the first time that’s happened since Pete DeBoer was hired as coach Jan. 15, 2020. At 1-4, they also matched 2018-19 for their worst start in franchise history.

“When I look at our game, I thought we took a step last game and another tonight,” DeBoer said. “If you look at our record, are we a 1-4 team that’s going to miss the playoffs and have 50 or 60 points? I’m going to say we’re not. I think on all aspects, we want to just keep improving every day and judge all those things at the end of the year.”

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The Chicago Blackhawks Have Yet To Win A Game This Season

from Phil Thompson of the Chicago Tribune,

The Chicago Blackhawks saw one hallowed streak come to a halt while laying claim to one of the worst streaks in NHL history.

The Hawks smashed the 2000-01 Washington Capitals’ record of 350 minutes, 25 seconds without holding a lead to start a season. After the Hawks’ 6-3 loss to the Detroit Red Wings on Sunday night at the United Center, the new record stands at 360:57.

And counting.

It was the Hawks’ sixth straight loss to open the season as they tumbled to 0-5-1 for a league-worst .083 points percentage....

It’s hard to imagine a more nightmarish scenario for Hawks fans: the most goals allowed all season (six) to their most hated rival (the Red Wings) on their home ice, which saw its sellout streak end.

Meanwhile, the hot seat has become a scorcher for coach Jeremy Colliton, whose defense fell into shambles in front of goalie Marc-André Fleury, who has seen better days.

Asked if he believes the organization still has faith in him, Colliton said, “Of course.”

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NHL Short Notes

* Red Wings rookie Lucas Raymond showed up to his team’s Original Six showdown Sunday and left with three goals, four points and joined some elite company in the process.

* Undefeated no more. The Bruins and Predators played the role of spoiler and handed the Sharks and Wild their first loss of the 2021-22 season, respectively.

* The Hurricanes and Blues look to become the third and fourth teams to start 5-0-0 in 2021-22. No season in NHL history has featured four teams accomplish the feat.

 

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