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from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,
It happens every time, doesn’t it, that injuries strike teams in areas in which they are most vulnerable?
It happened to the Rangers in training camp when Derek Stepan suffered a broken leg that will sideline him for at least the first 10 games, thus removing the club’s No. 1 center from an already quite thin depth chart down the middle.
And it happened to the Blueshirts yet again in Thursday’s pulsating, season-opening 3-2 victory over the Blues when Dan Boyle sustained a broken right hand that will sideline him for four-to-six weeks and thus force the Rangers to dip into a very, very questionable reserve list on the blue line that currently features Matt Hunwick as next up.
The injury to Boyle — blocking a Jori Lehtera shot 1:53 into the third period — will present a hurdle for the Rangers to overcome, but it surely did not dampen the club’s enthusiasm following the victory achieved on Rick Nash’s second goal of the night that broke a 2-2 deadlock with 1:50 to go in the third period.
continued and watch the video below to see how Boyle suffered the break....
With an assist on a goal by Mike Cammalleri, Jaromir Jagr passed Steve Yzerman (1755 pts.) on the all-time point list and is now the 6th highest scoring player in NHL history.
You can watch the goal below...
STAMFORD, Conn. – October 9, 2014 – Last night’s NHL opening night doubleheader on NBCSN was the best on record, according to The Nielsen Company, generating record ratings and viewership, as well as digital consumption.
Wednesday Night Rivalry’s Philadelphia Flyers-Boston Bruins matchup (7:27-10:06 p.m. ET) delivered 956,000 viewers and a 0.57 household rating, making it the most-watched opening night game on cable on record (data available since 1993) and the highest-rated NHL regular-season game ever on NBCSN. The game also set live streaming records for uniques and minutes consumed.
"I cut out games and watch games of not just me, but games in general with the intent to see body contact and things like that. It's amazing how with a split second either way, hits could be drastically different.
"It's just trying to make the right decisions in your brain before you put yourself in that position."
-Matt Cooke of the Minnesota Wild. More on Cooke from Chad Graff of the PioneerPress...
from Kerry Fraser of TSN,
The ref helmet cam is another piece of modern technology that provides a useful purpose within the game and I am pleased that it is being utilized. This camera shot not only enhances the television broadcast by taking the viewer directly onto the ice with sight and sound, but more specifically to gain a unique sightline on a play that is potentially shared by the referee. I offer the caveat "potentially" because while the helmet might be directed toward an area of the action it does not necessarily mean that the referee's eyes are 'lasered' into a specific location or segment of the play. Some of you might be rolling your eyes in disbelief at this suggestion but that is exactly what I'm talking about. Your head might not have moved as you rolled your eyes but I guarantee your focus of vision and attention most certainly would have changed.
A practical example how this might occur is during a scramble in the goal crease or as players crash the net. In this scenario the referee would drive toward the net along or preferably slightly ahead of the goal line from the corner to gain the best sightline on what might develop inside the crease. His various objectives would be to locate the puck and ascertain if it is playable; frozen; covered illegally by a defending player in the goal crease resulting in a penalty shot; goalkeeper interference or if another foul were to occur; and finally if the puck were to enter the net legally.
If you missed some of the video of the helmet cam in action, I did a post on it earlier today.
from Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times,
Veteran defenseman Eric Brewer is in an unfamiliar spot tonight, a healthy scratch for the season opener against the Panthers at Amalie Arena.
And it didn't sit well with Brewer, 35, who has played 15 seasons and 965 career NHL games....
The Lightning is going with 12 forwards and six defensemen, with Victor Hedman-Anton Stralman, Jason Garrison-Radko Gudas and Matt Carle-Andrej Sustr the pairings. Coach Jon Cooper acknowledged Brewer was understandably "pissed" about it, and Cooper didn't like doing it. But Cooper said with the Lightning depth, it needs everybody to play, and it was just Brewer's turn to sit.
"We talked about it, it was not an easy conversation," Brewer said. "But they made their decision. No details that are going to make it any easier. I don't like it. But that's the way life is."
Cooper said it'd be one thing if Brewer didn't work hard, or "rested on the fact he's played in the league for a long time." But that's not what Brewer is.
“They come down from the lake country of Canada, these tough young men with dentures and the quick eye for the girls. Most could skate as early as they walked, and their first flirtation with hockey was whacking a horse apple down a snow-covered street, the way an American kid would kick a can.”
That is how the Washington Post described hockey to their readers 40 years ago. (The Caps first season)
More from Sarah Larimer of DC Sports Bog at the Washington Post.
via Pierre LeBrun tweets,
Remember that NHL hockey ops is collecting video evidence, such as Kadri (off-side) goal last night, and will submit them to GMs in March.
Almost like a shadow operation but all the missed calls on goals, etc., are going into a big video file and will be presented at GMs meeting
The point will be to show GMs they have the video evidence if they choose to support extending parameters of video review for next yr
Watch the Kadri off-side goal below, scroll to the 1:45 mark for evidence...
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