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Price makes a statement as Habs enter the win column

Carey Price is back. If there was any doubt that he would be up to the challenge – and there was – he put his critics on notice last night, with a remarkable 36 save performance against Pittsburgh in a 3-2 victory. Save after save, Price demonstrated poise and athleticism, rebounding after each Pittsburgh goal to shut down the impressive Penguins offence. Indeed, after the game coach Jacques Martin commented that Price was the reason Montreal won.

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  Tags: benoit+pouliot, carey+price, josh+gorges

Brad Winchester Catches Teammate Cam Janssen With An Elbow

Janssen wast taken to a local hospital for tests and observation.

added 1:39pm, via Jeremy Rutherford tweet,

Janssen out two weeks with concussion and sternum contusion.

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Backups Need To Win

from Kevin Allen of Mucking and Grinding,

Detroit isn’t the only city where the backup goalie’s performance will be monitored closely. There is more dscussion about having a quality backup than I’ve heard in the NHL.

  And I’ve been around al long time.

  The desire to reduce the workload of starting goalies seems to be a theme this season. The New York Rangers paid $1.75 million to land Marty Biron to back-up Henrik Lundqvist. New Jersey GM Lou Lamoriello spent $1.5 million to convince Johan Hedberg to be Marty Brodeur’s understudy.

  How many years has there been debate about whether Miikka Kiprusoff plays too much in Calgary?

  It’s as if the NHL has suddently discovered that if you want to be a top NHL team, you need a backup who can win, not just play.

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JJ’s Three Cheers: 10/10/10

Today’s three cheers for those who deserve as much from their performances of a night ago:

***Cheers to Derek Stepan of the New York Rangers, who burst onto the NHL scene last night with a hat trick in his first career game. Dallas’ Fabian Brunnstrom was the last player to manage three goals in his NHL debut and Stepan became the fourth player in league history to accomplish the feat. That it came against the reigning Vezina Trophy winner in Buffalo’s Ryan Miller, too, makes the performance that much more impressive. If Stepan’s contributions in the early-going are any indicator, New York will fare far better than some of us may have predicted.

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Banner Raised Along With Expectations

from David Haugh of the Chicago Tribune,

This was the time, with the banner raised above the Stanley Cup, when every Blackhawk in the building seemed to fully realize the meaning of the experience often referred to as once-in-a-lifetime.

Except that it can’t be once-in-a-lifetime, of course.

The core of the Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman worked so hard to keep intact during the summer of salary-cap hell is too young and too skilled to refer to what they just went through in those terms. Once-in-a-lifetime sounds too limiting for a franchise whose stars are in their early 20s.

So a banner wasn’t the only thing raised for Chicago hockey perpetuity. Up went the expectations for good

more and watch the banner being raised below…

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Sunday Points

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

• When the Blackhawks lost pro scout Steve Smith to the Oilers coaching staff, they hired former Red Wings associate coach Barry Smith to look after the Western Conference teams. Barry Smith, who won two Cup rings with the Penguins and three more in Detroit when he worked with Scotty Bowman, is between coaching gigs. He was most recently in St. Petersburg, Russia, for three years.

• Kyle Wellwood, who was on a tryout in Phoenix but was beaten out by Kyle Turris, took Ray Bourque’s son Chris’s job when he signed in Russia. Chris, who got tired of trying to make the Capitals with little success, signed in Lugano, in the Swiss League.

more hockey points…

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Wake Up Phoenix

The Coyotes and Bruins wrap up their Prague trip by playing at 10:00am ET today.  The game can be viewed on the NHL Network.

Then at 8:00pm, the Kings visit the Flames and the Panthers go up against the Oilers.

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Wisniewski With The Hit Of The Night

Stars Coach Marc Crawford said after the game that the recipient of the hit, Jamie Benn, was fine.

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Sunday Morning Notes

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

• This is the 17th NHL season for the Florida Panthers: Only once in all those years have the Panthers won more games in a regular season than they lost. And you wonder why they can’t sell tickets

• Everyone’s new favourite team, the Edmonton Oilers, got themselves in hot water with the NHL with their board advertising in Game 1 of the regular season. Turns out the Oilers sold an add to Bodog, the online betting service, a violation of league rules.

a few more hockey notes…

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Now What New Jersey?

from Rich Cher of the Star-Ledger,

Losing the first two games of the season (one in overtime) while allowing 11 goals is a concern.

Possibly losing three players in one game is a legitimate crisis for the Devils.

They may have to play Monday afternoon’s game against the Pittsburgh Penguins without 20 players.

That’s because the Devils have serious salary cap issues and cannot just bring up players from the minors or sign someone like Adam Mair without clearing enough cap room.

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