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Video- When Goalies Go Roaming

Entertaining to say the least,


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The Buffalo Sabres Are Without A Win After Four Games

from Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News,

It's only mid-October but you can already feel the exasperation bubbling in the Buffalo Sabres' dressing room.

The Sabres don't have much going on right now in the wake of Thursday's 3-2 loss to the San Jose Sharks in SAP Center that opened their four-game road trip. They're 0-3-1, tied with Arizona for the worst record in the NHL and off to their worst start since 2013. They have nine goals in four games and three players have accounted for all of them.

"We've got to just figure a way to be sick of losing," said Jack Eichel. "I know I'm sick of losing. There's a lot of guys that are sick of losing. There's a difference between playing hard and playing hard and smart. We've got to execute our game all the way through the lineup, myself included."

There were no good-job, good-effort backslaps after this one even though the Sabres did substantially tidy things up on the defensive end. There was no epidemic of odd-man rushes like we saw in their previous two games. No breakdown of the power play to allow yet another backbreaking short-handed goal.


Highlights from the game are below...

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Video- Joel Quenneville Losses Offside Challenge And Is Not Happy About It

from Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times,

According to the league’s explanation for the decision, it was ruled that Brent Seabrook — who had fallen down while Zucker went past him — had carried the puck into his own defensive zone, thereby nullifying the offside per Rule 83.1. But the puck had merely banked off the prone Seabrook’s skate.

“He didn’t carry it and didn’t have possession, so I disagree with that ruling,” a seething Joel Quenneville said. “Plus it was offside. I mean, why didn’t he blow the whistle? Unless he knew that rule and thought he had possession? Or he thought he carried it or controlled it?”

Quenneville had no regrets about challenging the goal, even though it wound up all but deciding the game.

“I wasn’t worried about that [penalty],” Quenneville said. “I still don’t think it should have been a goal.”

more on Chicago's 5-2 loss to Minnesota...

Watch the offside challenge below...

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NHL Short Notes

Home Team in Caps
TAMPA BAY 5, Pittsburgh 4
FLORIDA 5, St. Louis 2
NASHVILLE 4, Dallas 1
Minnesota 5, CHICAGO 2
Winnipeg 4, VANCOUVER 2
Detroit 4, ARIZONA 2
SAN JOSE 3, Buffalo 2

Panthers goaltender Roberto Luongo made 37 saves to earn his 454th career win and move into a tie with Curtis Joseph for fourth on the NHL’s all-time list among netminders.

* Luongo, who began his career with the Islanders (7 W), is the franchise wins leader for both the Canucks (252 W) and Panthers (195 W).

* Luongo made his 968th career NHL appearance, three shy of tying Terry Sawchuk (971) for third on the all-time list among goaltenders.

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Video- Martin Hanzal Hit On Yannick Weber

Martin Hanzal gets five and a game for interference.


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The TSN Insiders Tonight

via TSN,

The TSN Hockey Insiders discuss the likelihood of Auston Matthews signing a bigger extension than Connor McDavid, whether William Nylander will get a deal done with the Leafs before Matthews, why Nikita Kucherov could eclipse Steven Stamkos' big payday in Tampa Bay, and much more.

The more includes slashing penalties up 495% as compared to last season but power plays up only 18%.

Watch at TSN...

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Ready For More Expansion Talk?

from John Shannon of Sportsnet,

There are just too many numbers that add up to adding another team and I suspect some owners will be pressing the commissioner to look at it, now.

Here are some of those numbers:

4 and 10: Houston (No. 4) and Seattle (No. 10) are the largest TV markets in the United States without an NHL team.

4: The number of years left on the league’s TV deal with NBC, and you have to think the value of the league’s media rights stand to grow if it’s in more and bigger TV markets. There’s also the possibility that both Fox and ESPN might be interested once again in a U.S. national hockey deal.


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Brendan Smith On Being A Healthy Scratch The Last Two Games

from Justin Tasch of the New York Daily News,

There was only so much Brendan Smith was willing to say about being scratched the last two games. Smith, on the first year of a four-year, $17.4 million contract, admitted he was surprised and “frustrated” because every player would rather play than not. But then came the question of whether his removal from the lineup just three games into the season was warranted.

“Warranted? I don’t know how to answer that,” said Smith, who will return to the lineup Friday in Columbus after he played an awful opening period in Toronto last Saturday. “You know what I think? I think that I should’ve played better in the first period — should’ves a tough word. I could’ve played better, and I think the team would’ve liked to have played better because it would’ve put us in a better position. I think everything that you do, there’s pros and cons, there’s consequences to everything. A lot of times you can get knocked off the horse. You’ve just got to get back on.”


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Video- Will The Players Adjust To The Slashing Enforcement?

What do you thinkg of this call on JVR?

Okay with it or is this one example of calling it too tight?


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Morning Line- Ryan Kennedy On Smaller Defensemen

...the NHL world has definitely opened up over the years. Whether it’s Karlsson, Ellis or Jared Spurgeon, or the next wave of Mete, Girard and Butcher, it’s the skills and the skating that are getting noticed over the height and the weight on the blueline.

-Ryan Kennedy on the smaller defensemen making an impact.  Read more from Kennedy...

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