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“I think we all looked at the game, and we all saw the goals — some of it, there were bad goals, and some of it, there’s the odd mistake. We got ourselves in a 3-3 hockey game, and they scored their winning goal on something that should’ve been called interference before they scored on that faceoff. So it kind of takes the momentum away from us.
“But it doesn’t matter what the situation is — we’ve got to be better defensively. The amount of goals — from the goaltender on out, defense, the forwards coming back — we’ve just got to be better. It used to be our strength, and right now it’s our weakness.”
-Claude Julien, head coach of the Boston Bruins after today's 6-3 loss to Tampa Bay. The Bruins are now without a point after 3 games. Much more from the Bruins by Jess Isner of BostonBruins.com.
from Michael Russo of the Star Tribune,
Wild assistant coach Darryl Sydor pleaded guilty and was convicted of second degree driving while impaired Monday. He’ll serve at least 15 days at the Anoka County Jail beginning Friday.
"I apologize to my family, friends, the Minnesota Wild and the fans," Sydor said in a statement. "I am deeply saddened and humbled by my actions. Recovery is giving me the opportunity to redeem myself to all I have hurt. The support I have received has been overwhelming and I couldn’t be more thankful. The entire Minnesota Wild organization has stood by me and supported my family through this very difficult time. I can’t thank them enough for that. I am putting recovery first for myself and my family, and with that, everything else will fall into place."
Carl Newquist, the prosecuting attorney for the City of Fridley, said Sydor was sentenced to 365 days in jail, 60 of which were executed. The remaining 305 days were stayed for four years, the term of Sydor’s probation.
As part of the plea agreement, Sydor will serve a mandatory 15 days. The balance of the 60 days will be staggered in 15-day intervals the next three Octobers. However, if Sydor can establish that he has maintained sobriety each year that he reports, the judge can waive the next 15-day executed jail term.
Statements from Sydor and the Wild are below...
What do you think, are the refs being too lenient with the penalty shot calls?
You will see a better angle of the call in the gif below, but first the video.
PK was just about to end for the Tampa Bay Lightning...
David Pastrnak thought he had Brian Boyle pretty well covered...
added 3:48pm, Tampa broadcast of goal is below...
from Scott Powers of ESPN,
With some meaningful hockey finally upon us, here’s a look at what happened in the Western Conference last week:
WHO'S LOOKING GOOD
Patrick Kane, Chicago Blackhawks: Kane is obviously not allowing his circumstances off the ice to impact his play on it. While he continues to be under investigation for an alleged sexual assault, he began the season with an NHL-best six points in three games. He totaled three goals and two assists in wins over the New York Islanders on Friday and Saturday after losing the season opener to the New York Rangers. Picking up where he left off, Kane was tied for the league lead in points last season when he fractured his clavicle and missed the final 21 regular-season games. The highest he’s ever finished in points is fifth.
Zach Parise, Minnesota Wild: Parise had a season-opening effort to remember. With the Wild trailing the Colorado Avalanche 3-0 after one period and later 4-1, Parise led the Wild to a 5-4 victory by recording his third career hat trick....
WHO'S LOOKING BAD
Edmonton Oilers: No one expected the Oilers to begin league domination this season, but it’s been a real slow start, especially offensively. The Oilers have scored once in two games. Taylor Hall is tied for third in the league with 12 shots on goal, but doesn’t have anything to show for it. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins was credited with Edmonton’s lone goal on a fluke play. On the power play, he lost a faceoff but when Blues defenseman Alex Pietrangelo tried to clear the puck, it bounced off Alexander Steen and past Brian Elliott.
Los Angeles Kings: The Kings took a 1-0 lead on the San Jose Sharks on Wednesday, but it went all wrong from there....
CONDON LEADS CANADIENS PAST SENATORS IN NHL DEBUT
Mike Condon made 20 saves, including nine in the third period, to backstop the Canadiens past the Senators in his NHL debut.
* Condon, a 25-year-old native of Needham, Mass., spent last season with the Hamilton Bulldogs (AHL), where he compiled a 23-19-6 record in 48 appearances (2.44 GAA, .921 SV%, 4 SO). He also played four seasons at Princeton University, where he went 18-22-8 in 53 outings (2.67 GAA, .923 SV%, 3 SO).
* “It was exciting. I thought the guys played an awesome game,” Condon said. “A lot of energy going into the game, but after that first shot comes all the interior monologue just quiets down and all your training takes over. After the first shot, I was just having some fun.”
* Tomas Plekanec (2-0—2) scored twice in the opening frame, including his 32nd career game-winning goal. Plekanec registered three multi-goal performances last season: Oct. 8 at TOR (2-0—2), Jan. 17 vs. NYI (2-2—4) and Feb. 7 vs. NJD (2-0—2).
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
As the NHL emerges from its first weekend of play, I'm wondering what the odds would have been a week ago that the Los Angeles Kings, Pittsburgh Penguins, Boston Bruins, Columbus Blue Jackets and Anaheim Ducks, all picks to make the playoffs (at least in our grid), would be a combined 0-for-9 and outscored 35-11? Probably no greater than the odds that the Arizona Coyotes, Winnipeg Jets, San Jose Sharks and Florida Panthers would be a combined 7-0, having allowed just seven goals between them while rocking opponents with 29 goals of their own. The question is whether it's harder to dig out of an early hole or more difficult to continue riding that early rainbow. And perhaps most importantly, which of these teams is most likely to reverse their early trend one way or the other?
continue for Craig Custance, Pierre LeBrun and Scott Powers on the same topics...
from Scott Cullen of TSN,
A Rangers rookie makes an immediate impact, Colorado's young scorers, Abdelkader, Trochek, lineup news, Fantasy tips and more in Scott Cullen's Statistically Speaking.
Oscar Lindberg - The Rangers' rookie centre has tallied four goals through three games, forming an effective line with J.T. Miller and Viktor Stalberg early in the season. After a 56-point AHL season last year, Lindberg is ready for NHL duty. He's not ready to score at this kind of pace.
Gabriel Landeskog, Nathan MacKinnon - Colorado's pair of rising young forwards led the way in Saturday's 6-3 win over Dallas, with Landeskog (2 G, 2 A) and MacKinnon (1 G, 2 A) combining for three goals at even strength.
Justin Abdelkader - In two wins, over Toronto Friday and at Carolina Saturday, Abdelkader scored four goals and added an assist. Linemate Henrik Zetterberg recorded five assists in those Red Wings victories.
Goaltenders: It was ugly in a hurry at Florida Saturday, as Flyers G Steve Mason gave up four goals on eight shots at Florida…Maple Leafs G Jonathan Bernier was pulled after allowing three goals on nine shots at Detroit Friday…Kings G Jonathan Quick allowed four goals on 22 shots vs. Arizona Friday…Hurricanes G Cam Ward surrendered four goals on 19 shots against Detroit Saturday…Stars G Antti Niemi gave up six goals on 28 shots at Colorado Saturday.
from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
Hours before the Senators owner appeared Sunday night at centre ice at the Canadian Tire Centre with his children Anna, 16, and Olivia, 13, ahead of the club’s home opener against the Montreal Canadiens, the 56-year-old Melnyk sat down with the Sun for an exclusive one-on-one interview at his Ottawa hotel.
Speaking for the first time since a lifesaving liver transplant on May 19 at the Toronto General Hospital (TGH), Melnyk revealed during the two-hour discussion his health issues really started with a stroke in January and by early April he learned he needed the transplant in order to live.
“I’d never been sick a day in my life until I was 50 years old and even then it was nothing major,” said Melnyk.
When he became ill, Melnyk was going downhill fast and his closest friends urged him to get help. He was having trouble sleeping, difficulty eating and felt sick to his stomach most of time. He went to see a friend at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Toronto in late January to find out what was wrong.
“He said, ‘You look like (crap) and I said, ‘Well thank you, so do you.’ But I can get away with that because I’m sick,” he said with a smile.
It was at that point he learned he’d had a stroke. He received treatment and then moved to a rehabilitation centre in Toronto where he remained until late-March. While he was supposed to be getting better, his health continued to decline and he had symptoms typical of patients whose liver wasn’t functioning properly.
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