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from Jeff Z. Klein of the New York Times,
The players say that any problems have been addressed and that they are united now. But a degree of stress still seems evident as the Sharks make an early-season swing through the metropolitan area, which ends Sunday at Madison Square Garden against the Rangers. The players stiffen when they sense the inevitable questions coming with each city they visit.
“It made for good TV,” defenseman Scott Hannan said of the reports of internal friction. “That was last year. Everyone in here, everything’s great.”
Referring to the Sharks’ perennial playoff woes, forward Tommy Wingels said: “I don’t know why we haven’t cleared that hurdle. But unfortunately we’re not going to be given another opportunity for many months now, until the playoffs are to begin. We’d love to fast-forward there.”...
During the summer, McLellan relieved Thornton of the captaincy, with the responsibility delegated to a number of alternates. Wilson said the Sharks were “going young.”
Before Saturday’s game against the Devils, Thornton said: “It was disappointing, but life moves on. It hasn’t affected me as a guy or as a player.”
Wilson also said he gave Thornton the chance to leave the Sharks if he did not want to be part of the youth movement. Thornton, 35, said he chose to stay for a simple reason. “I had a three-year contract — that’s pretty much it,” he said, laughing.
"It was a selfish act. I think it takes away from all the positives from the game. I'm obviously not proud of what I did there"
"I know [the Canadiens fans] can get under your skin sometimes, but they are great fans. They are what make the games fun"
- Milan Lucic via tweets from Joe Haggerty.
added 4:04pm, video of the Lucic talking about the incident is below...
from Alex Prewitt of the Capitals Insider,
The summer signings of Matt Niskanen and Brooks Orpik came with intended secondary consequences for the Washington Capitals, trickling down to the rest of the defensive corps.
The expected logjam at the depth chart’s bottom has somewhat been sorted already, with Nate Schmidt starting the past three games, John Erskine and Jack Hillen taking healthy scratches, and a host of once-NHLers returning to Hershey.
The Capitals also wanted to even out their blue line ice time, a difficult proposition last season given the league-high 14 defensemen who played. Now, with a top five defined from the moment Niskanen and Orpik signed their deals, the players see a welcome balance.
“I think that’s the luxury that we have now,” defenseman Karl Alzner said.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS: GOALIES STEAL FRIDAY SPOTLIGHT
Minnesota’s Darcy Kuemper established a franchise-record shutout streak and three veteran goaltenders -- Vancouver’s Ryan Miller, Florida’s Roberto Luongo and Nashville’s Pekka Rinne -- posted shutouts on a night highlighted by goaltending performances.
* After posting consecutive shutouts in Minnesota’s first two games, Kuemper had his season-long shutout streak snapped at 4:02 of the third period at Anaheim. His stretch of 163:46 is the longest individual single-season shutout streak in Wild history (he was off the ice for 0:16 in MIN's opening two games). The team shutout streak of 164:02 fell short of the franchise record (169:20) by just 5:18.
* Kuemper stopped the first 66 shots he faced this season and 70 of 72 overall for a 0.67 goals-against average and .972 save percentage. At age 24, he became the youngest goaltender in NHL history to post shutouts in each of his team’s first two games of a season.
from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,
Now it's a five alarm fire.
Five games. Five losses.
Worst start in franchise history.
It was one of those “other than that, Mrs. Lincoln, how did you enjoy the play?” type of nights.
A lot of things which were wrong with the team in their first four games were right this night....
“It's always about the points,” said coach Dallas Eakins of the standings.
“But we're certainly not going to be kicking ourselves in the face after a game like that.
“It was an even battle. I thought we had a lot more gamesmanship tonight.”
Eakins didn't look like the captain of a sinking ship.
Randy Carlye said post-game Kozun has a possible high-ankle sprain but an MRI today will reveal the damage.
Miss any of the action from Friday's games?
Here is a quick way to catch up on them and all is good except for mentioning the Leafs/Wings game was at the JLA.
from Rich Chere of NJ Advance Media,
Is there reason for Devils fans to be excited about their team now that the home opener is just hours away?
The players think so.
“Yeah. I think we have a good foundation here, starting with the back end,” goalie Cory Schneider said. “There are the young guys on the blue line and myself. Hopefully I’ll be here for a long time.
“I think it is something to look forward to. We made a couple nice additions up front. Cammi (Mike Cammalleri) has been hot at the start and we’ve needed every single one of his goals so far.
“We liked our team last year. We just didn’t quite get the breaks. I think we really feel we’re a better team and we’re better for having gone through what we did last year.”
via Michael Russo of Russo's Rants,
... at the end of the game, Ryan Kesler, being Ryan Kesler, took a gigantic long run at Mikael Granlund and creamed him along the boards. Parise immediately jumped to Granlund’s defense.
Kesler got a major for charging and Parise a major for cross-checking and a game misconduct. We’ll see if anything comes of that Saturday.
“Game’s over. It’s stupid,” Parise said of the Kesler cheap shot at Granlund.
from Greg Cohen,
With the Boston Bruins currently on the road, they will return home on Tuesday when they will welcome the San Jose Sharks at the TD Garden in a East vs West matchup. The Bruins are coming off a very successful regular season campaign in 2013-14 as they earned the President’s Trophy by finishing the regular season with league’s best record with 54 wins overall. However, the Bruins after dispatching the Red Wings in five games in the first round of the playoffs, were upset by the Montreal Canadiens in a hard fought seven game series. Boston Bruins tickets on the secondary market will be below the season average for both of the week’s upcoming games.
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