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It’s time, once again, to raise a glass and offer a toast (figuratively, of course – or not) to the NHL’s stars from a night ago:
***Cheers to Mathieu Garon of the Columbus Blue Jackets, who warded off a Philadelphia Flyers comeback attempt to the tune of 28 saves after goals from rookie Kyle Wilson (his first in the NHL) and Derick Brassard established an early 2-0 lead for the home squad. At 5-3-0, the Blue Jackets are still buried beneath Nashville, Detroit, Chicago and St. Louis in the Western Conference’s Central Division standings, making last night’s key performances from their backup goaltender and a couple of young stars that much more important.
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Brown received five for illegal check to the head, a ten and game misconduct.
Miettinen is OK.
The only video I could find of the Wayne Simmonds butt-end on T.J. Galiardi last night. If you go full screen, you can see it much better.
“My opinion is that everyone has made a big issue out of this and I think there’s other things that are going on in our game that are much more severe, whether it’s headshots—and I keep going back to that—and the lack of action on that. It’s something we’ve seen the NFL start to do and hopefully our league follows suit. The game’s faster, guys are bigger, it would be nice to see if they protected the players a little more.”
-LA Kings defenseman Willie Mitchell on the Rick Rypien suspension. More from Helene Elliott of the Fabulous Forum.
from Rich Hammond of LA Kings Insider,
Given the time of day — beyond 4:30 p.m. in the East — it’s highly unlikely that Carolina’s Erik Cole will receive any supplemental discipline for his hit on Drew Doughty last night. Looking at the video clip, it seems clear that the hit was late. The question would be whether it falls into any of the other categories that would qualify it for discipline. Apparently, the league has decided it does not. This morning, I asked Terry Murray whether he had gotten a further look at the hit and what he thought of it.
continue for Murray’s thoughts…
If you missed the announcement earlier, Doughty is out at least a week and the word concussion is being brought up.
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.
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