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Afternoon Line- Matt Halman On Anton Khudobin

After Khudobin started the season 2-0-0, some were coming out of the woodwork to compare him, in stature and style, to Tim Thomas. Yeah, maybe he’s Tim Thomas – on acid. Because the way he plays, and especially the way he played against Buffalo, one has to assume Khudobin is seeing three or four pucks out there. And maybe they’re even disguised as white rabbits.

The sprawling and battling, the snow angels, and the rolling and diving outside of the blue paint are all well and good … when they’re done as a reaction to the puck, not in anticipation of a shot that may not come. 

-Matt Kalman of CBS Boston on Boston goaltener Anton Khudobin.  More on the game and Khudobin at CBS Boston.

Below, watch the game highlights of Boston's 5-4 loss to Buffalo.

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Brian Boyle Cleared For Practice

via the New Jersey Devils,

New Jersey Devils forward Brian Boyle (Chronic Myeloid Leukemia) has been cleared for full participation in practice. He will join the team for today’s practice at RWJBaranabas Health Hockey House.

There is currently no timetable for his return to game action.

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Another Win For The Vegas Golden Knights

from Jesse Granger of the Las Vegas Sun,

The Golden Knights are taking on the personality of their city — they’re becoming known for late nights.

Late Saturday night, Golden Knights forward Reilly Smith slid a pass just underneath a diving defenseman’s stick right to teammate William Karlsson, who buried the puck into the back of the net for a game-winning, overtime goal.

The Golden Knights’ 3-2 victory over the St. Louis Blues was their second straight overtime win, and made them 3-for-3 in games stretching beyond regulation on the year....

It’s appropriate the first major professional sports team in Las Vegas’ history goes for broke when it gets late. The players’ explanations for why they’ve been so successful in overtime are similarly fitting.

“Luck,” Smith laughed, perhaps only half-joking. “Just kidding. We’re doing a good job just keeping teams to the outside. They had some chances and (Oscar) Dansk made some big saves. It’s just the last shot that goes in and luckily we’ve had the positive luck the last few games.”...

The Golden Knights won the game, but lost their second goaltender this season to injury. Malcolm Subban, who had 37 saves on Saturday, injured his leg early in the third period while stretching to save a shot that went wide of the net.

Rookie goalie Dansk entered the game with no NHL experience and the team nursing a 2-1 lead despite being severely outplayed throughout the game.


Watch the game highlights below...

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Videos- Top Action From Saturday’s Games And Coach’s Corner

The top NHL action from Saturday, five minutes long.



Below, watch Coach's Corner...

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NHL Short Notes

Home Team in Caps
NY RANGERS 4, Nashville 2
PHILADELPHIA 2, Edmonton 1
Buffalo 5, BOSTON 4 (OT)
OTTAWA 6, Toronto 3
TAMPA BAY 7, Pittsburgh 1
NY ISLANDERS 5, San Jose 3
Los Angeles 6, COLUMBUS 4
Florida 4, WASHINGTON 1
DALLAS 4, Carolina 3
Chicago 4, ARIZONA 2
Minnesota 4, CALGARY 2
VEGAS 3, St. Louis 2 (OT)

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Video- Saturday Headlines

via Sportsnet's YouTube page,

The Hockey Night in Canada panel discuss the Montreal Canadiens not willing to make a "panic" trade, give an update on Matt Duchene, Brian Boyle, and Cam Fowler and more.


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More Data Please

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

It is inconceivable the NHL hasn’t been able to install chips in the puck and in skates that would yield real-time measurement and display of the speed of shots and of players. The league is missing an opportunity to capitalize in an industry whose customers have an insatiable desire for a combination of video and data.

Connor McDavid was measured by Sportsnet in Canada at 25.4 mph on an opening night rush up the right side against Calgary. It sure seemed fast. But relative to the rest of the league, how fast was it? Was the jet propulsion as extraordinary as it seemed?

What is the next fastest rush speed generated by a player? Who is the next fastest player, not in a skills competition oval, but on the ice in a real-time situation? What about Auston Matthews?

Who knows.

more plus other topics...

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Saturday Night Hockey Notes

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

- After the first 88 games Wayne Gretzky played in the NHL, he had scored 52 goals. Mario Lemieux, in the same numbers of games, had 54. Auston Matthews scored his 45th goal in his 88th game. But the NHL Matthews plays in scores 2.89 goals per team, per game. The NHL Gretzky entered in 1979 scored 3.45 a game while Lemieux walked into a league in 1984 that scored 3.78 goals a game.

- Imagine what a Swedish defence would look like were NHL players at the upcoming Olympics: Erik Karlsson, Victor Hedman, Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Mattias Ekholm, Anton Stralman and probably one of Oscar Klefbom, John Klingberg or Nik Hjalmarsson.

- Jeremy Jacobs is going to the Hockey Hall of Fame. Can anyone explain why?


On a personal note, thank you to many of you for the well wishes.  It has been a bad few days for me but I am trying to get on the bike again and continue what I do at KK.

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Look out for Los Angeles

From NHL.com's Lisa Dillman:

Los Angeles Kings forward Adrian Kempe thought about it for second or two and did the time zone math in his head on Wednesday at Staples Center.

"It is morning back in Sweden," Kempe said.

And so, there's a good chance that hockey fans in his native country, as well as friends and family, did not sleep through his first NHL hat trick in the Kings' 5-1 win against the Montreal Canadiens. Kempe added an assist for a four-point performance and his linemate, Michael Cammalleri, also had four points (two goals, two assists) against his former team.

If it were morning in Sweden, it is also a new day dawning for the Kings.

Los Angeles is off to a 5-0-1 start, the best in its history. The Kings are the only NHL team without a loss in regulation, and moved past the idle Vegas Golden Knights to take possession of first place in the Pacific Division and Western Conference.

Just like everyone envisioned, right?

"I don't think there's one person that would have predicted that we've done what we've done," Kings defenseman Drew Doughty said. "I'm pretty sure I know from hearing other people talk, that every single team counted us out of the playoffs, counted us out of even competing for a playoff spot. We knew about that a little bit and wanted to prove everyone wrong. We've got so much work to do and it's so early to talk about that. But I'm not surprised."


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Bruins Rask-less giong into game vs. Vancouver

From NBC Sports Boston's Joe Haggerty:

The string of injuries for the Bruins continues as Tuukka Rask (upper body) is out for tonight’s game against the Vancouver Canucks at TD Garden after getting trucked by Anders Bjork in practice Wednesday.

Rask was wobbly-legged while being helped off the ice after the violent collision and the 21-year-old Bjork looked like he’d also needed a couple of stitches on his chin after bloodying his practice jersey.

The big concern is Rask still being evaluated by Bruins medical personnel for a possible concussion. It will be Anton Khudobin stepping in place for him against the Canucks with Providence Bruins netminder Zane McIntyre serving as his backup.

“Tuukka is out tonight. He’s going to get reevaluated today and we’ll have a better idea tomorrow,” said Bruce Cassidy. “Anton will start [against the Canucks].”


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