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from Yoo Jee-ho and Park Young-seo of the Yonhap News Agency,
Schneider told reporters Thursday "the biggest obstacle" is who will shoulder the expenses, such as transportation, insurance and accommodations, for some 150 NHL players if they do decide to compete here....
"I understand from the IOC's perspective that they don't want to pay players to come, but at the same time, players don't necessarily want to pay to come to the Olympics as well," Schneider said. "It's certainly not something that can't be overcome. We're optimistic that it will all work out in the end. Players love playing in the Olympics. That's why we've participated in the last five Olympics."...
Lynn White, group vice president of international strategy for the NHL, said PyeongChang organizers appear to be "well ahead of schedule with respect to the preparations for the Olympic Games." Schneider compared PyeongChang favorably to Sochi, the Russian host of the 2014 Winter Olympics.
"I think they're much further ahead at this point than Sochi, roughly a little over a year out (from the Olympics)," Schneider said. "I think we're very impressed with the progress and the facilities that we've seen. I think everyone is very dedicated to having a top-notch event. We'd expect nothing less coming here. I'd anticipate that early in the new year, we should have a decision."
Post-game stories had no mention of the incident, so we are left to guess. Could have been some words were exchanged or a rules violation.
from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,
Here in cautious Northern Alberta -- where folks have been burned numerous times by buying into a rebuild that would show some promise, then quickly go up in smoke -- they’re not real sure about how much credit they should give their Oilers right now.
“We’re seven games in,” cautioned the NHL’s leading scorer Connor McDavid, after another two-point night. “We’re 6-1 and that’s a good start, but that’s all it is.”
Really? Is that really all it is?
Down the hall in a Washington dressing room where the Capitals suffered their second straight regulation defeat — something that did not happen in the entire 2015-16 season — they saw a little more than that from Edmonton.
“Their structure is what’s really noticeable,” said Caps defenceman Karl Alzner. “They’re playing more aggressive. They’re playing rushes earlier and smarter. They’re battling really, really hard.
“The new building and everything, the team’s feeling good. You can see that with the urgency in their game.”
Goalie Cam Talbot, whose save percentage jumps to .927, made 34 saves and was beaten only by Ovechkin on a rebound. He’s giving Edmonton lights-out goaltending, the caliber of which this team has not received in a decade.
The game highlight package is not available at this point, but you can watch post-game interviews below after the 4-1 win by the Oilers over the Capitals.
via Brett Cyrgalis of the New York Post,
Girardi was the recipient of a monster hit from Boston forward David Pastrnak at 10:55 of the second period, when the Blueshirts were in the middle of their torrid comeback. As Girardi reached up to play the puck with his hand at the center line, Pastrnak’s shoulder drove right into his chin.
There was a minor penalty assessed for an illegal check to the head, and after going through concussion protocol in the locker room, Girardi returned with no ill effects.
“I don’t really know it makes contact with my face at first, but it is what it is, I’m kind of vulnerable,” Girardi said. “He’s going to try to make a hit. He just hit me in the front of the face, so it wasn’t like it was the side-of-the-head hit or something. As soon as I got up, I was fine.”
Josh Jooris suffered a separated shoulder in the game too, a 5-2 win over the Bruins.
Home Team in Caps
Montreal 3, NY ISLANDERS 2
NY RANGERS 5, Boston 2
EDMONTON 4, Washington 1
ANAHEIM 6, Nashville 1
WEBER, CANADIENS STAY HOT IN BROOKLYN
Shea Weber (1-1—2) scored the go-ahead goal with less than three minutes left in the third period to lift the Canadiens to their fifth straight victory and to a 6-0-1 mark this season. Montreal remains the only team without a regulation loss in 2016-17.
* Elias notes that the Canadiens, who set a franchise record by starting 9-0-0 in 2015-16, are the fifth team in NHL history to have back-to-back seasons in which they recorded at least one point in each of their first seven games. The other four: the Oilers (1983-84 & 1984-85), Lightning (2002-03 & 2003-04), Wild (2007-08 & 2008-09) and Sharks (2012-13 & 2013-14).
* Weber has recorded at least one point in six of seven games with Montreal and leads the club with 3-6—9 this season. All three of Weber’s goals have come on the power play, with two counting as game-winners.
from Eric Stephens of the OC Register,
“When you take the big picture, it’s a point on the road,” Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said. “And we didn’t play anywhere near what we’re capable of. We lost two players through the process.
“Our goaltender and penalty killing won us the point. Now you got to turn the page on this one and we got a big one tomorrow night against Nashville at home.”
It was costly. Getzlaf didn’t come out for the start of the third period. Television replays showed the Ducks captain hit on his left forearm by a shot in the second and Getzlaf missed a couple shifts before returning.
Meanwhile, Bernier left with an upper-body muscle injury suffered sometime in the first period. Carlyle said both players would be reassessed Wednesday morning and it was too early to say if either could be available to face Nashville or would be ruled out.
Bernier’s potential absence might require a call up of Dustin Tokarski from the Ducks’ AHL affiliate in San Diego. Gibson said he would be ready to go if called upon to start. He’ll need to bounce back quickly.
more on the game...
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
Babcock has staunchly defended Anderson publicly -- what else is he going to do? But you know that, behind the scenes, management has to be nervous to some degree, even a grizzled veteran like GM Lou Lamoriello. There's a lot riding on this investment in goal.
"I liked him in Anaheim," said an Eastern Conference goalie coach via text message of Andersen. "Was always concerned with his durability. Or his 'desire to play.' Anaheim protected their goalies well. But he still made saves, won the Jennings (Trophy) by a goal and he was excellent in the last game (last season) against the Caps to clinch (the Pacific Division). It's one thing to not make big saves. It's another to do uncharacteristic things and give up goals a junior could stop.
"I always say you don't lose your skills overnight," the coach continued. "It will turn if (Andersen) has any mental toughness at all.''
Added a Western Conference goalie coach via text message: "What I have seen (with Andersen) is busy feet. When he's not set, he has a tough time. I think he is one of the best. He has struggled, though.''
And finally, from an NHL scout: "He looks really active in the net right now. He's not allowing the play to come to him.''
from the BostonBruins,
Boston Bruins General Manager Don Sweeney announced today, October 26, that the team has recalled forward Austin Czarnik from Providence (American Hockey League). Czarnik is expected to join the team for their pregame skate and be available for their game at N.Y. Rangers on Wednesday, October 26, at 8 p.m.
Sweeney also announced the following update on forward David Backes :
"David Backes underwent the removal of the olecranon bursa from his elbow on Monday, October 24. His condition will be updated after the weekend."
And the kid got it right, drop the puck on the dot.
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