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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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Morning Line- Rick Tocchet

“I’m kind of embarrassed for the fans, you don’t want to babysit players but it’s just got to get harder around here. Whether it’s harder practices, whether you want to put curfews, all that baby stuff. I hate doing that stuff but if that’s what it takes, we might have to do it.

“Some coaches in the NHL, they skate the hell out of their guys and for whatever reason they come back the next night and they play well so maybe I’ve got to do that. Some guys want more than they’re giving right now and that’s something we’ve got to try to figure out quickly because we don’t want this thing to spiral out of control.”

-Rick Tocchet, head coach of the Arizona Coyotes after losing 6-2 to the Boston Bruins.  Craig Morgan of Arizona Sports has more.

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Video- If You Missed The NHL Action On Saturday

Just south of five minutes of action from the NHL games played on Saturday.


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NHL Short Notes

Home Team in Caps
WINNIPEG 2, Carolina 1
Toronto 4, MONTREAL 3 (OT)
TAMPA BAY 2, St. Louis 1
New Jersey 3, NY RANGERS 2
PHILADELPHIA 8, Washington 2
PITTSBURGH 4, Florida 3 
DALLAS 3, Colorado 1
Columbus 5, MINNESOTA 4 (OT)
CHICAGO 2, Nashville 1 (OT)
Boston 6, ARIZONA 2
Calgary 5, VANCOUVER 2
Ottawa 6, EDMONTON 1
LOS ANGELES 4, Buffalo 2
NY Islanders 3, SAN JOSE 1

Claude Giroux 
(2-2—4), Sean Couturier (2-1—3) and Scott Laughton (2-0—2) each scored twice and Jakub Voracek and Shane Gostisbehere collected three assists apiece to power the Flyers past the Capitals in their home opener. Philadelphia scored at least eight goals in its home opener for just the second time in franchise history (also Oct. 7, 1982: 9-5 W vs. QUE). It also marked the team’s highest goal output in any regular-season game since Nov. 5, 2011 vs. CBJ (9-2 W).

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Video- Saturday Headlines

via Sportsnet's YouTube page,

The Hockey Night in Canada panel discuss the NHL and NHLPA possibly getting rid of the All-Star Game, Jarome Iginla getting an invitation from Hockey Canada and Zdeno Chara.


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Video- Coach’s Corner Tonight

Don Cherry isn't happy with Todd McLellan calling out his star players in public.

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Hockey Notes On A Saturday

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

- There are two basic problems with the construction of the Montreal Canadiens. 1) No natural centremen; 2) Not enough quickness for today’s NHL.

- How is it that nhl.com, the league’s website, can’t seem to get player positions right? This isn’t new. I’ve chided about this before. There are five mistakes on the Maple Leafs roster, which lists 10 centres for a team that only plays five. If there are that many errors on one roster, how many in total are there for the other 30 teams?

- The early bet here: the Arizona Coyotes will finish with the worst record in the NHL, behind the Vegas Golden Knights.

- Before the lockout of 2004, and before there was a salary cap, Peter Forsberg and Jaromir Jagr were the highest paid players in the NHL, both earning $11 million a season.

And the reported value of the Toronto Maple Leafs at the time was $280 million US.

Twelve years later, as NHL payrolls have risen by 91% - and the value of NHL franchises have risen by 200-300% - the salary of the superstar players has remained relatively flat by comparison and the Maple Leafs are apparently worth more than $1 billion.

The simple way of looking at this: Owners have won, superstars, who sell the game, have lost, and have been taken for granted....

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The Mind Of NHL Coaches

from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,

Years of torturing had gotten to Vincent Lecavalier. During a team meeting in Carolina, Tampa Bay’s No. 1 center turned to his tormentor and blew out what been bubbling inside. It did not matter that Lecavalier was addressing his boss in front of every teammate.

He had to say it.

“[Expletive] you, Torts!”

John Tortorella, one of Concord’s most flammable products since the Revolutionary War, had been wondering when Lecavalier would fire back. Tortorella loved it.

“It was a three- or four-year process of battling with these guys,” said author Craig Custance. “There’d be times he’d create conflict when it wasn’t there. He thought it was good to have it out there. With Vinny, they’d have private meetings. It wasn’t until they started publicly battling in front of the team that they made progress.”

Tortorella’s button-pushing and Lecavalier’s boil-over moment is one of the anecdotes Custance chronicles in “Behind the Bench: Inside the Minds of Hockey’s Greatest Coaches.”

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