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Two Recipients Named For The Lester Patrick Trophy

NEW YORK (Oct. 10, 2017) – The National Hockey League today announced Peter Lindberg and Dave Ogrean have been named the recipients of the 2017 Lester Patrick Trophy for outstanding service to hockey in the United States.

The annual award, one of the most prestigious in hockey, was presented to the National Hockey League by the New York Rangers in 1966. It honors the memory of Lester Patrick, who spent 50 years in hockey as a player, coach and general manager and was a pioneer in the sport’s development.

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Greg Wyshynski Hired By ESPN

ESPN press release

ESPN announced today it has hired award-winning writer and editor Greg Wyshynski to be a leading voice for NHL content, covering the league as a reporter and analyst across platforms. Along with fellow ESPN hockey reporter Emily Kaplan, Wyshynski will write NHL news and analysis each week during the season and be seen and heard across platforms, including SportsCenter. He will start at ESPN on Monday, October 16.

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The Buffalo Sabres Need Much More From Their Top Players

from Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News,

As the slogan sort of says, it's time to Sharpen Our Swords about the ungodly opening of this Sabres season.

It's only taken us three games to clearly deduce that, in fact, it wasn't all Dan Bylsma's fault. Even though the denizens of the dressing room at One Seymour H. Knox III Plaza wanted you to believe backward coaching was what last season was about.

Well, the supporting cast is quite a bit different, but almost all the players in starring roles are returnees. And other than Evander Kane, they haven't been remotely good enough.

Embarrassing actually seems too meek a descriptive for Monday's 6-2 loss to the New Jersey Devils, an atrocity that dropped the Sabres to 0-2-1 and has to have alarm bells ringing throughout the organization.

This is not how Phil Housley had to picture his career as an NHL head coach would start. And the improvements new General Manager Jason Botterill made on paper are flaming out on the ice, headlined by Nathan Beaulieu's egregious giveaways in back-to-back games that have turned into goals.


Below are the game highlights...

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The Puck Drops Tonight In Las Vegas

from Nicholas J. Cotsonika of NHL.com,

The message is all over the Las Vegas Strip, writ large, all caps, on signs and billboards and marquees. It stretches across the video board outside T-Mobile Arena, home of the Vegas Golden Knights.


It will be the theme for the Golden Knights' inaugural home opener against the Arizona Coyotes on Tuesday (10 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN360, TVA Sports, NHL.TV).

The Golden Knights will still walk a gold carpet and stage a fan march from the New York New York to T-Mobile Arena before the doors open. They will still highlight pride in Las Vegas in their pregame show, because they are the city's first major league pro sports team.

But they also had planned to play up their brand with medieval imagery, a knight pulling a sword out of a stone, the ice lighting up and cracking with special effects. That will now wait until their next home game, against the Detroit Red Wings on Friday.


added 9:13am, from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

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Video- A Big Win For The Toronto Maple Leafs

from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet,

“I think the big players do things in big moments just because they do what they do,” Mike Babcock was saying Monday in the hours before his Toronto Maple Leafs hosted the Chicago Blackhawks. “They don’t deviate. They just believe they’re meant to be there and the more heat that’s on, the more they like it, the more they relish the opportunity.”

Never mind that Babcock was responding to a question about Jonathan Toews when he provided the answer. Held up to a different light – after the Leafs had recovered from a sluggish start and erased a late deficit and skated the Blackhawks into submission – it applied more aptly to his own star centre.

While this wasn’t anything close to a “big moment” for a Blackhawks roster gilded with gold medals and diamond-encrusted Cup rings, it meant something here in Toronto. This was a chance to measure progress while staring down your heroes.

“This was a big game for us as far as who we were up against,” Matthews said after freezing the clock at 3:43 of overtime.

read on

Game highlights are below...

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Videos- Mike Smith Gets The Calgary Flames Over The Hump Against The Anaheim Ducks

from Eric Stephens of the OC Register,

Maybe all it took was a goalie who has beaten the Ducks often in the past to get the Calgary Flames to finally free themselves from the Honda Center spell.

Mike Smith was brought in to hopefully lift the Flames to the playoffs and beyond the first round but his job Monday night was simply to give Calgary a chance to break improbable and unimaginable losing streaks in a place that hasn’t been the happiest on earth.

It was a job well done.

All streaks eventually end and the Ducks’ mastery of the Flames did. Smith was largely why, making 43 saves for his first shutout with his new club in Calgary’s 2-0 win that snapped a 25-game winless drought against the host Ducks that stretched back 13 years in the regular season.

The last triumph for the Flames during the regular schedule came on Jan. 19, 2004, when the Ducks had Jean-Sebastien Giguere in their net and Roman Turek held it down for the Flames. Turek and Giguere have hung up their goalie pads long ago.

“When you play a team that long and you’re not on the winning part of it, it gets old pretty fast,” Smith said. “I know I’ve been on teams where it’s happened to me so I wanted to help this team get over that hump.”


Below, watch the extended game highlights plus videos involving Corey Perry and Kevin Bieksa...

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Is Joe Thornton A Fit For The New York Rangers?

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

Regarding the Rangers, whose logo could well be a question mark heading into Tuesday’s Game 4 of the season, at the Garden against the Blues:

1. It is a long way to the Feb. 26 trade deadline, 60 games through which the Blueshirts must navigate from here to there. But the inability of longshot 18-year-old Filip Chytil to materialize into a lighting-in-a-bottle find in the middle makes it very likely that general manager Jeff Gorton will be hunting for an upper-echelon veteran rental center as the season evolves.

And Joe Thornton fits the profile perfectly.

The Post has learned the Rangers and Thornton had several productive conversations during the 38-year-old center’s free-agency period last summer that extended into midday of July 1.


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Video- The Best From Last Night

Two and a half minutes long.


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NHL Short Notes

Home Team in Caps
Colorado 4, BOSTON 0
St. Louis 3, NY ISLANDERS 2 (SO)
New Jersey 6, BUFFALO 2
TORONTO 4, Chicago 3 (OT)
TAMPA BAY 4, Washington 3 (OT)
Winnipeg 5, EDMONTON 2
Calgary 2, ANAHEIM 0

With the score tied 2-2, Nikolaj Ehlers (3-1—4) scored three consecutive goals to record his second career hat trick and lead the Jets to their first win of the season. Ehlers became the third player in Jets/Thrashers history to record a natural hat trick, joining Ilya Kovalchuk on Nov. 11, 2005 vs. TBL and Marian Hossa on Jan. 15, 2008 at DET (both w/ ATL).

* Ehlers became the fifth different player to net a hat trick through the first six days of the 2017-18 season.

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Video- Auston Matthews With The Overtime Winner

Leafs were down 3-1, but Auston Matthews wins it in OT. Fun game to watch.



TSN version is below...

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