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from NHL.com,

The return of the NHL and the first games played in the Scotia North Division drew record TV ratings in the United States and Canada on Wednesday.

The opening game of the season, between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Philadelphia Flyers, averaged 972,000 viewers on NBCSN in the United States, making it the network's most watched regular-season game ever.

NBCSN's opening night tripleheader, which included the Chicago Blackhawks against the Tampa Bay Lightning and the St. Louis Blues against the Colorado Avalanche, averaged 774,000 viewers, making it the network's most-watched multigame opening night on record.

The first two games between teams in the North Division, made up of the seven NHL teams based in Canada, drew record numbers on Sportsnet in Canada.


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Video- What A Way To Get Your First NHL Goal

Kirill Kaprizov with the game winning goal in OT against the LA Kings.


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Not The Start The New York Rangers Wanted

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

This was a performance that wasn’t worth even a 24-hour wait, let alone the 313 days between appearances at the Garden by the Rangers.

But then, this wouldn’t even count as an appearance by the Blueshirts — who pulled a no-show in the season opener, losing 4-0 to an Islanders team that essentially had a 60-minute stroll through the park on Thursday.

If you’re looking for an excuse for this debacle — in which Igor Shesterkin allowed goals on the third, fifth and seventh shots he faced while his teammates lollygagged — don’t bother.

There are no excuses for the Rangers, spared the indignity of being booed out of the building only because customers are not permitted at the Garden. This was an amateurish performance by a team that was not prepared to compete against the conference finalists.


Watch the highlights below.

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NHL Short Notes


* The opening night of the 2020-21 NHL season drew record-breaking viewership both stateside and north of the 49th parallel.

Connor McDavid scored the first hat trick of 2020-21 while reigning Art Ross Trophy winner Leon Draisaitl had four assists on another high-scoring night in the NHL.

Tim Stützle, who turns 19 today, is expected to make his NHL debut in this season’s first ‘Battle of Ontario’ game as Ottawa becomes the final Canadian team to hit the ice in 2020-21.

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TSN Insiders Tonight

Why are teams calling the Panthers about forward Aleksander Barkov? What options do prospects have to showcase their talents? How will John Tortorella's recent comments affect Columbus' approach to Pierre-Luc Dubois? TSN Hockey Insiders Pierre LeBrun, Darren Dreger and Frank Seravalli discuss this and more.

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Let Them Play, Call The Rule Book Or Somewhere In The Middle?

from Luke Fox of Sportsnet,

Which side of the thin line your sympathies lie depends on a list of factors as long as Zdeno Chara’s stick.

The score on the board.

The importance of the game.

The amount of time left on the clock.

Whether you view the NHL rulebook as gospel or guideline.

The star power and grudge history of the specific players involved.

The number and types of penalties previously called against each side up until that point.

And, more often than not, the laundry you cheer for.

Take another look at the stiff cross-checks NHL superstar Auston Matthews absorbed from Montreal Canadiens defenders Shea Weber and Ben Chiarot in the final moments of regulation during Wednesday’s season opener while trying to gain a scoring stance at the net-front during a tied-up tilt:...

“Great to see NHL hockey back last night. Such amazing athletes & so much speed & skill in the game now,” tweeted Jeff Jackson, an Orr Hockey Group agent who help negotiate monster contracts for Canadian franchise faces Connor McDavid and Matthews.

“But watching the abuse that star players take is hard to watch. Felt like the 80’s with the cross checks in the back & the hacking & slashing. NFL protects QB’s? Why don’t we?”

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Right Decision Made To Play This Season

from Sam Thompson of GlobalNews,

Jets owner Mark Chipman told 680 CJOB that resuming play despite the uncertainty of the pandemic was the right decision to make, although he agrees with Bettman that it’ll be a costly one for the league’s 31 teams.

“It’s pretty simple arithmetic. You know, as a league, more than 50 per cent of our revenues come from the game itself — from the attendance at games and the ancillary revenues that are produced at a game. And we’re going to be without those this year,” Chipman said.

“So the commissioner, I think, (was) just trying to be honest and direct that we would have been far better off not playing from a financial perspective. Having said that, I think it was the consensus of the league that we were better off forging ahead.

“It would have been very, very difficult to not play in many respects. So I feel like we’ve made the right decision, but it’s going to be a costly one.”


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Video- Our First Player Safety Hearing Of The Season

Watch it below.

added 8:22pm, Two games for illegal check, video explanation is below.

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Sloppy Play In Philadelphia’s Win Over Pittsburgh

from Seth Rorabaugh of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

Observations from the Penguins’ 6-3 loss to the Flyers:

This contest was not the best display of hockey. Sure, it was entertaining, particularly if you live east of Harrisburg. There were lots of goals, plenty of skating and relatively little defense.

It looked like something from the 1980s, particularly when you consider how poorly the Penguins used to play in Philadelphia in that era. The only things missing were mullets and brown goaltender pads.

But it was sloppy. There wasn’t a ton of cohesion on either side of the puck. The Penguins and Flyers looked exactly like two teams that had a brief training camp after largely being off the ice for the better part of 10 months.

That will probably be how this season goes for the entire league, at least in the early stages.


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A ‘Lazy’ Loss For The Colorado Avalanche

from Mike Chambers of the Denver Post,

Opening its 25th-anniversary season at home with a new uniform ensemble didn’t go well for the Avalanche on Wednesday.

Those Stanley Cup expectations might have gone to Colorado’s collective heads.

“We just got outworked,” Avs coach Jared Bednar said.

The St. Louis Blues, those proud 2019 Stanley Cup champions, dominated the first period and scored twice in the third to skate away with a relatively easy 4-1 victory at Ball Arena.

“We just didn’t have enough guys compete tonight,” Bednar said. “Right from the start, not ready to go. Lazy habits, hoping it was going to be easier than what it was. It showed.”


Game highlights are below.

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