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from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
More details should emerge later today about the extent of Drew Doughty’s upper-body injury, but in the meantime, it looks like it could be another busy day for Colin Campbell, the NHL’s chief disciplinarian, reviewing videotape and trying to administer the NHL’s new commitment to getting blindside head shots out of the game.
Doughty, the Los Angeles Kings’ defenceman and early-season Norris Trophy favorite, was injured in the opening period of Wednesday’s 4-3 win over the visiting Carolina Hurricanes on a play that looked enough like Shane Doan’s suspension-worthy hit on Dan Sexton to come under official NHL scrutiny. The league, at least, thought Doan’s blindside hit was suspension-worthy and fell afoul of the new blind-side head-shot rule. Doan’s view was that he was merely taking Sexton’s ice away, and that he’d skated himself into good enough position so that the Anaheim Ducks’ forward could see the contact coming. In Doan’s view, it was a legal check.
Replays of the hit that Hurricanes’ forward Erik Cole delivered on Doughty hit was at the very least late - really late, long after Doughty had given up possession of the puck.
added 3:22pm, Reports state Doughty out at least a week but no injury information released.
Today’s three cheers for last night’s top performers in NHL action:
***Cheers to Chicago’s Marty Turco, who made 36 saves and held the fort for the ‘Hawks in the shootout for a 2-1 decision over the Vancouver Canucks. Turco only had to make one save in the breakaway tiebreaker, on Mikael Samuelsson, but Roberto Luongo stopped none at the other end and the Blackhawks earned the extra point in turn. Luongo was good during the actual game, making 31 saves of his own and earning third star honors, but what’s going on with his early season numbers? A 3.38 goals-against and an .888 save percentage isn’t exactly the Bobby Lu Canucks fans expect, nor is the 2-3-2 mark for their club. Surely, it’s only a matter of time before he (and the team) turns it around. (Right?)
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via Rich Hammond of LA Kings Insider,
It’s still a little difficult to piece together exactly what happened with the hit by Erik Cole on Drew Doughty in the first period, the hit that forced Doughty from the game. Terry Murray was uncharacteristically tight-lipped about the play after the game, which leads me to believe that he was biting his tongue and didn’t want to comment on the play.
Of the injury, Murray said only, “It was the Cole hit, in the neutral zone. Doughty carried the puck out of our zone, and the puck had long gone. He didn’t have it for a long way when the hit happened.”
Another video, same angle, but looped is below…
A toast to those who shined last night (albeit 10:00 in the morning!) It’s time, once again, for JJ’s Three Cheers.
***A collective cheers to the Carolina Hurricanes, who rode a complete team effort, with five different goal-scorers and 11 players with at least one point, to a 5-2 decision over the Sharks in San Jose. Chad LaRose led the way with a goal and two assists and Cam Ward stopped 41 San Jose shots in the win for Carolina, who will finally finish a seven-game, three-country adventure after stops in Los Angeles tonight and Phoenix on Saturday.
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from Craig Custance of The Sporting News,
They’re winning because Jonathan Quick arrived at camp in better shape, ready to fight off the talented Jonathan Bernier as the Kings’ starting goalie. So far, Quick is 3-0-0, with a 0.97 goals-against average and .963 save percentage.
They’re also winning because Plan B in the post-Kovalchuk recruitment might be better than Plan A.
They’ve played strong defense, allowing six goals in four games. The penalty kill has been outstanding, killing off 18-of-20 power plays.
Mitchell is paired with Drew Doughty, and last year’s free-agent addition Rob Scuderi is paired with Jack Johnson. It gives Murray a poised veteran with each of his developing franchise defensemen.
The balance is paying off.
Today’s salute to the performances of yesternight, honoring those who shined in leading their clubs to victory:
***Cheers to Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman, who is showing marked improvement early this season and who was named first star in Tampa’s 5-4 win over the visiting Dallas Stars last night. Hedman managed a pair of assists and led all skaters in ice time, sparking an offensive rush on several occasions and, most importantly, playing adept defense in his own end. It is early, as we must continue to note for all who have had fast starts, but Hedman’s growth in year two will play a major factor in the Lightning’s fortunes. So far, with few hiccups, they must be pleased. (Note: They are. Coach Guy Boucher singled Hedman out with post-game praise after the Dallas game.)
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“He came and touched base with our whole team and kind of gave us the short-term plan for right now, for how the P.A. is going and how he sees himself taking over. That’s my third or fourth time talking to him, throughout the meetings and everything this summer. I’m real impressed. He has a pretty good presence about him, with his knowledge and experience, and I think that rubs off on the guys and makes the guys pretty excited about where this is going. I think everybody is real happy about him coming on board and helping us out.”
-Matt Greene, LA Kings union rep on Donald Fehr. Via Rich Hammond of LA Kings Insider.
This morning’s three cheers for those that shined in yesterday’s action:
***Cheers to Anaheim’s Corey Perry, who broke a 2-2 tie late in the third with his third goal of the season to lead the Ducks to a win over Phoenix. Perry also managed an assist in the game and was a plus-3 for Anaheim, who got 36 saves from goaltender Jonas Hiller in victory. Speaking of…
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Today’s three cheers (a little late because, you know, a dad’s gotta take his two-year-old to Sesame Street Live every now and again) for the NHL’s top performers from a night ago:
***Cheers to Toronto’s Phil Kessel, whose overtime tally toppled the Rangers in New York, improving the Leafs’ stellar start to a perfect 4-0-0. The OT winner was Kessel’s second of the game and fourth of the season and the former Bruin also added an assist earlier in the contest. Clarke MacArthur also scored for Toronto - the impressive fifth goal of the year for the Buffalo/Atlanta castoff
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from Rich Hammond of LA Kings Insider,
When the even-keel, fatherly Terry Murray publicly calls out a player, you know he’s really not happy. Today, Murray took a relatively benign question about Wayne Simmonds’ production (or lack thereof) and scoring chances this season and issued a fairly strong-worded analysis of Simmonds’ play through the first three games of this season. Simmonds has zero points in three games, and had only one shot on goal before his three-shot effort against Atlanta on Tuesday…
MURRAY: “I need Simmer to be a better player than what he is right now. We’ve had a couple of meetings, he and I, and the assistant coaches have sat down and reviewed some video. The most important thing for him is to get his feet going, get skating better, on a more consistent basis. When he’s playing that straight-line game with an edge, with grit and battling along the boards, that’s the best kind of player. Right now, he seems to be a little hesitant in his game, and as a result you get caught in between and it looks real bad.
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