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Morning Line- Bruce Boudreau

“A lot of it, I’ve always believed, is self-preparation. I know we haven’t played a lot of games and all that stuff, but you can make excuses all day long. These guys are professionals, and they shouldn’t be doing that.

“It’s a mindset. We can’t be thinking scoring every time we’re out there. We have to think ‘defend,’ especially when you have a lead. It’s been addressed [Friday], it’s been addressed [Saturday] about leads in the third period. It’s been addressed every day this week. And they didn’t …’’

-Bruce Boudreau, head coach of the Minnesota Wild on their slow start to the season.  Rachel Blount of the Star Tribune has more.

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Video- Malcolm Subban After His First NHL Win

via Sportsnet's YouTube page,

Malcolm Subban got his first NHL win, nearly a shutout, and spoke afterward about keeping his cool as the game progresses.

 

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The Buffalo Sabres Get In The Win Column

from Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News,

The final seconds were ticking off the Honda Center clock Sunday night and Phil Housley was able to escape coach mode and allow himself a smile.

Housley reached out to shake the hand of associate coach Davis Payne, who made sure to wait for the final horn before giving Housley an enthusiastic shake back. Housley then turned to his left. First-year NHL assistant Chris Hajt gave him a big shake and an even bigger hug that had plenty of meaning behind it. Hajt has known Housley since he was a tot and his father, Sabres Hall of Famer Bill Hajt, was playing as one of Housley's first defense partners in the NHL.

Housley's first win as an NHL player came as an 18-year-old with the Sabres on Oct. 16, 1982, a 9-2 drubbing of the Washington Capitals. One day shy of the 35th anniversary of that game, the 53-year-old Housley's Buffalo career reached another milestone with his first win as the Sabres' head coach.

"It feels great but I have to tip my hat to the guys in that locker room," Housley said after the Sabres gave their rookie bench boss No. 1 in the NHL with a 3-1 victory over the Anaheim Ducks. "The guys really gutted it out to get a win tonight."

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NHL Short Notes

SUBBAN EARNS FIRST NHL WIN IN GOLDEN KNIGHTS VICTORY
Making his first start of the season, Malcom Subban made 21 saves to earn his first career NHL win and help the Golden Knights become the first team in the expansion era – and third in NHL history – to win four of its first five games in its inaugural season.

* Elias notes that the Golden Knights joined the Canadiens (4-1-0 in 1917-18) and Rangers (4-1-0 in 1926-27) as the only franchises in NHL history to record four wins in the opening five games of their inaugural season.

* The Golden Knights, Canadiens, Rangers and 1967-68 Kings (3-0-2) are the only clubs to collect at least eight points through five games in their inaugural season.

* Subban, who fell 30 seconds shy of a shutout, was selected in the first round (24th overall) by the Bruins in 2012 and played two games with the club before being claimed on waivers by the Golden Knights on Oct. 3.

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VGK Place Fleury And Marchessault On IR, Make Corresponding Moves

VEGAS (October 15, 2017) - Vegas Golden Knights General Manager George McPhee announced today, October 15, the following roster transactions: The team has placed goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury and forward Jonathan Marchessault on the injured reserve list and the team has recalled goaltender Maxime Lagace and forward Alex Tuch from the American Hockey League's Chicago Wolves.

Fleury (concussion) and Marchessualt (lower body injury) are expected to miss at least a week.

Lagace and Tuch both joined the Golden Knights on Sunday and are expected to be available for today's game against Boston at 4 p.m. PT

added 12:52pm, Below, watch how Fleury suffered the concussion.

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Video- Peter Laviolette Not Happy With Chicago’s Tying Goal

from Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times,

Predators coach Peter Laviolette was furious about the equalizer, as Hartman had ripped Matt Irwin’s stick out of his hands and flung it behind the net, leaving Irwin defenseless against Sharp’s shovel shot.

“Playing an unbelievable game to that point and [to] have it taken away from us like that is ridiculous,” Laviolette said.

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The Edmonton Oilers Are Having Issues All Over The Ice

from Jim Matheson at the Edmonton Sun,

After Milan Lucic scored with some resounding uppercuts to the face of Ottawa’s Mark Borowiecki after the Senators defenceman picked the fight in the game’s first minute, it went downhill in a hurry as the Senators out-shot them 9-1 and out-scored them 2-0 in the first 10 minutes en route to a 6-1 beat-down.

"I don't know if I have any answers with what went wrong," said Lucic. "You can come up with any excuse or cliche at this point but at the end of the day it comes down to the attitude and emotion we bring to the game."

"This early in the season we're really being tested with some adversity but feeling sorry for ourselves and having self-pity won't get us out of this...goals aren't coming easy for us, and we're not clean and sharp in the defensive or neutral zone, allowing guys to walk into our zone," he said.

Nice clean, accurate analysis.

The Oilers started with a 3-0 shutout over Calgary in the season-opener where they looked a well-oiled machine but since they've been outscored 14-5. On the season, only three forwards--Connor McDavid (3), Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (2) and Leon Draisaitl, out with concussion symptoms (1)--have scored....

Cam Talbot was gone after four goals and 23 shots over 41 minutes and while he couldn't be faulted on Mike Hoffman's two (he's got eight goals in eight career games against Edmonton) or others by Derrick Brassard and Kyle Turris, he's still given up 11 goals in his last 73 shots his first-game shutout over the Flames.

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The Washington Capitals Give Up Eight Goals To The Philadelphia Flyers

from Isabelle Khurshudyan of the Washington Post,

The Capitals’ 8-2 loss to the Flyers on Saturday night highlighted that the Capitals as a whole may require an exercise in patience. The team is forced to lean on inexperienced defensemen learning on the job with its blue line depleted, and rookie mistakes are understandable and expected. The forwards have had some issues with puck management through six games, and Saturday’s game was Washington’s worst showing in that area....

Goaltender Philipp Grubauer was peppered with 37 shots. The last time the Capitals allowed eight goals in regulation was on Jan. 25, 2006. Saturday night’s game in Philadelphia was an early-season test for the Capitals. While the Flyers were fresh and energized to play their home opener, Washington was playing its second game in two nights in the first back-to-back set of the season.

The turnovers increased in the second half of the game, just as players got tired, and it was a recipe for disaster.

“We were absolutely stupid with the puck,” Coach Barry Trotz said. “We deserved every ounce of that.”

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Do The 1-5-0 New York Rangers Need A Change?

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

There is no indication that a change behind the bench or in the uniformed personnel is imminent, but everyone’s antenna should be up around the Garden because what we’ve seen from the Rangers is not even close to good enough.

“I can’t think about whether there could be changes. That’s not my job or focus,” Mats Zuccarello said after the Blueshirts fell to 1-5 with Saturday night’s 3-2 defeat to the Devils at the Garden. “For me as an individual and for us as a team, we have to go day by day and try to improve.

“When you lose five out of six any time, it’s tough, and it’s probably tougher when it comes at the start. We’re just not playing well enough.”

It is difficult to determine whether the Rangers, who dominated the young and fresh Devils for the first 25 minutes and the final 15, but yielded three goals while going AWOL for those other 20 minutes, need shock treatment — Darryl Sutter, anyone? — or simply a tune-up.

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Carey Price Not At His Best

from Mike Boone of Hockey Inside/Out,

Yes, there have been big saves and flashes of brilliance.

But the Canadiens, as currently constructed, need stellar play every night from the guy who eats up $10.5 million of their salary cap.

Simply put, through five games Carey Price has not been Carey Price.

And unless their heretofore All-World goaltender recaptures the form that justified that gargantuan contract, this team will miss the playoffs.

And deprive us of what might be a great Toronto-Montreal series.

more on the Habs 4-3 OT loss to the Leafs and at the Montreal Gazette too...

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Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.

From breaking news to in-depth stories around the league, KK Hockey is updated with fresh stories all day long and will bring you the latest news as quickly as possible.

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