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2 - Or fewer goals surrendered by Rangers rookie goalie Cam Talbot of Caledonia, Ont., in each of his first seven NHL starts. Talbot is the first goalie since Frank Brimsek accomplished the feat in his first 12 stars with the 1938-39 Bruins.
9 - Times in 27 outings the Senators have scored first this season. Only Florida (eight), Carolina (seven) and the Buffalo Sabres (five) have scored first in fewer games this fall.
21 - Assists in November for Pittsburgh's Evgeni Malkin. The last player to register that many assists in a calendar month was Wayne Gretzky for the Los Angeles Kings in January 1996.
1, 178, 426, 682, 1,108 - Games played, goals, assists and points - all franchise records - for Daniel Alfredsson during his time with the Senators.
12-0-1 - Record for the San Jose Sharks with Brent Burns in the lineup.
6-3-4 - The Sharks' record when Burns was sidelined with a facial injury.
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from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
Goalie gaffes seem to be all the rage these days and on Saturday, there were two more faux pas that played endlessly on the highlight reels and profoundly affected the outcome of games. When did this Keystone Cops routine become so commonplace?
Here at the Staples Centre, Los Angeles Kings goaltender Ben Scrivens – who has been exceptional filling in for the injured Jonathan Quick – stumbled trying to play the puck during a five-minute power play and fell flat on his backside. His fall permitted the Flames’ Paul Byron to scoop up a loose puck and feed it to Blair Jones for a shorthanded goal, which broke a scoreless tie in what finished as a 2-1 Calgary victory.
Up the coast in San Jose, in a showdown for first place in the Pacific Division, it was more of the same, this time with Jonas Hiller in the featured role. The Anaheim Ducks were on a second-period power play when Hiller skated out to the right face-off circle to move the puck up to his defence. A routine play usually except this time, he turned it over to the Sharks' penalty killers, Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau, who played pitch and catch with each other before Marleau eventually deposited the puck in the empty net. The Ducks would tie the game in regulation to earn a point, but ultimately lost the game in a shootout.
According to Flames’ goaltender coach Clint Malarchuk, the evolving nature of the NHL game is the reason you’re seeing so many of puck-handling errors.
“Teams are so pressed and pressured for offence now that when the puck goes in deep, they want it turned around right away the other way,” said Malarchuk. “I know what we tell our goalies: ‘Play the puck. Play it and play it well.”
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The Edmonton Journal's "Hockey World" columns now hit the web as a set of blog entries, and Paul covered this week's first entry, which discusses the play of Los Angeles Kings goaltender Ben Scrivens. Overnight, Matheson posted a slate of "Short Shifts" and a "This 'n' That" entry, and the former offers bite-sized observations in the, "I was thinking that, too!" department...
An NHL pro scout, after watching the Buffalo Sabres, said: “Ryan Miller is about all they’ve got. He’s playing unreal.” So where do the Sabres send the goalie at the trade deadline? Are the New York Islanders on his list of teams he’d play for? Are the Nashville Predators, if Pekka Rinne is out for longer than they thought?
- I find it interesting that the NHL was dead-set against those 12-year contracts for players, making a term of eight years for their own free agents and seven years for another team’s players the maximum, but jumped for joy when Rogers came up with the same 12-year, $5.2-billion TV deal.
- Defenceman Shea Weber will have a visor on when he returns to the lineup. The hockey gods smiled on him when David Perron’s shot hit the Nashville Predators’ captain around his right eye. He escaped major injury. Why any D-man would ever go without a visor is a mystery to me, with all the errant pucks. Marc Staal also got lucky last year when Kimmo Timonen’s deflected shot nailed him.
- Tri-City Americans goalie Eric Comrie, Mike’s younger half-brother, has a routine at every stoppage where he comes to the bench and gets down on one knee, away from the other players, a la Tim Tebow. “It’s always the same place. I do some breathing exercises, trying to maintain my energy,” said Comrie.
It continues as well.
George here on the late shift. These stories hit the wires yesterday, or so their time-stamps state, but they weren't posted here...And if they aren't posted here, I tend to assume that the Nick Lidstrom of blogging has seen 'em and chosen to let them pass as they've hit a particularly repetitive tone.
The Denver Post does indeed tread upon some familiar ground in echoing Sports Illustrated's "50 Landmark Hockey Fights" with a series of articles about fighting, and it includes a similar Stu Grimson-penned endorsement of fighting to the one Grimson penned for SI, but it goes along the same path on a slightly different tack. I think they're worth reading.
Adrian Dater and Mike Chambers list their own "landmark fights," offer a "history of fighting in hockey," and they note the trio of enforcers who've passed away recently in Mark Rypien, Derek Boogard and Wade Belak, and yes, again, Grimson makes his mark with a new endorsement of hockey's version of self-policing, but all of the articles speak from a post-NHL alumni concussion lawsuit-filing perspective--including a Sunday notebook's version of Dater suggesting that the lawsuit is unlikely to reach its aim--but Dater and Chambers offer what I can only describe is a startling split in perspectives given that they speak to Avs enforcers Patrick Bordeleau and Cody McLeod about keeping their opponents honest...
from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,
Scrivens lost his first game in regulation in nine starts on Saturday when he lost an edge and fell on a short-handed goal and then the Calgary Flames’ Mike Cammalleri was left alone in the last 25 seconds to tuck the puck in, but stuff happens.
He was supposed to be a caddy for Quick, playing every fourth game or so. But he’s got a 1.52 goals-against average and .944 save percentage and he’s playing every night, with two Shakespearean quotes on his mask — one from MacBeth, the other from King Lear. Both are famous kings in literature, of course, and Scrivens has a painted quill on top of his head gear for an added touch..
The eclectic goalie can’t keep up with all the media calls for his time, which eats into his current reading — a physics book, The Elegant Universe: Hidden Strings, Hidden Dimensions and the Quest for the Ultimate Theory by Brian Greene and The Self-Illusion: How the Social Brain Creates Identity by Bruce Hood.
He has also read Ken Dryden’s wonderful book, The Game, too, because the goalie (along with fellow Hall of Famer Joe Nieuwendyk) is the most illustrious hockey alumnus of Cornell University, where Scrivens went to school.
from Jack Todd at the Montreal Gazette,
My first concern was that the 12-year, $5.2-billion deal would spell the death of Hockey Night in Canada and eventual doom for the CBC — concerns that were much allayed after I read Brendan Kelly’s interview with former Montrealer (and dedicated Habs fan) Scott Moore, president of broadcasting for Rogers.
In one sense, Moore’s task should be easy. He has to sell hockey to Canadians, in a country where 98.2 per cent of the folks over age 10 are hockey fans and 95.7 per cent of those are in need of a good 12-step program. And although we like to think of ourselves as a hockey nation, we’re really a nation that watches hockey on TV. On a busy Saturday night, there might be 100,000 people in NHL arenas across the country, but millions watch on television.
The hard part for Moore will be to sort out the mess that is Hockey Night in Canada — and Saturday night’s HNIC telecast of the 4-2 Canadiens win over the Toronto Maple Leafs should give him plenty of food for thought.
First, we had Don Cherry (whose career has been one extended money grab, raking it in with his Rock ’Em, Sock ’Em videos without paying the guys who do the actual fighting a cent) accusing the players who filed a concussion lawsuit against the NHL of a money grab. Roughly three days after I defended Cherry for the one and only time, he made me regret my words.
Cherry is an out-and-out Leafs fan, but if the rest of the broadcast offers some balance, you can ignore Cherry. Saturday night (hush, people), the play-by-play and the commentary from Jim Hughson, Craig Simpson and Garry Galley were fine, as they usually are. They pointed out what the Habs did right and the Leafs did wrong.
It was when we got to the Hotstove that the telecast ran off the rails.
Ryan Garbutt of the Dallas Stars was involved in a collision with Ilya Bryzgalov which forced the Edmonton goaltender to leave the game.
from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province,
Great moments in unintentional comedy, Rogers wonk Keith Pelley insisting his company’s new $5.2-billion TV deal with the NHL won’t affect its journalistic standards.
I, for one, believe him. Then again, I believe Jim Morrison and Jimi Hendrix have been living in the south of France for the last 40 years and have their own band.
And finally, you wonder if Gary Bettman will acknowledge the debt: The NHL commissioner and his league owe their financial success to Canada’s insatiable appetite for hockey.
The new Rogers mega-deal emphasizes that point with the subtlety of a sledgehammer, but it also raises some profound questions. Almost certainly, Bell Media, TSN’s parent company, which was shut out of the new contract, will begin clamouring for a second franchise in Toronto. You might say they’re owed.
TVA, which is owned by Quebecor, also overpaid greatly for the French-language rights, and that’s being interpreted as the first step towards a new franchise for Quebec City.
With the Rogers deal, Canada and its seven franchises will represent almost half the league’s overall revenues next year. That number would also grow exponentially with new teams in Toronto and Quebec.
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from David Pollak of Working the Corners,
The game-winning shootout goal by Joe Pavelski featured a nifty move where he applied the brakes in front of Ducks goalie Jonas Hiller, then fired a quick shot that he couldn’t stop. The puck never stopped moving forward, but whether Pavelski did was subject to debate.
As was whether that mattered.
The Ducks were unhappy, but they weren’t exactly sure whether they were entitled to be.
“We don’t [know the rules]. That’s the problem,” Ryan Getzlaf said afterward. “Everything’s interpretation. I can’t even make a comment on it because I don’t really know what the rule is. Whatever they think is the rule that night.”
Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau knew the rule – puck must keep moving forward, but not necessarily the player – but allowed as to how his view of it would change based on what side of the shot he was on.
“I thought he stopped,” Boudreau began. “It’s not a vague rule but it’s a weird rule that you are allowed to stop but the puck is not allowed to stop. He came to a dead stop, but they OK’d it in Toronto.”
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