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Play Harder Is The Motto For The Los Angeles Kings

from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,

An 0-2 start is no reason to panic. But for the Kings, who finished two points behind Calgary last season for the third Pacific Division playoff spot, losing to San Jose and Arizona reminded them of the potential consequences of letting points slip through their gloved fingers.

"I think everyone understands in here that we haven't played very well in these first two games," team captain Dustin Brown said. "And a lot of it has a lot to do, especially in the first game, with our compete level, and that's unacceptable to have a low compete level.

"There's one thing since I've been here — even when we had those bad teams, we always played hard. And that's been addressed over the last couple days."

Brown said they didn't need a team meeting to reinforce the urgency of hitting stride soon and avoiding the trap they fell into last season, when they thought they'd make their annual late push and sneak into the playoffs. That was the feeling around the NHL too, that the Kings would go on a run and get in and wow, wouldn't they be dangerous.

Fine in theory, but they never made that run.


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All Jaromir Jagr

from Frank Seravalli of TSN,

Q: Most people go to Florida to retire. You decided to re-sign with the Panthers. What did you see in a 20-game audition that made you want to re-sign there?

Jagr: “I had a good 20 games. It was exciting. We were fighting for the playoffs. I had a chance to play with good, young, talented guys. Mostly, the way we play. I remember we had a chance to win every game. The young guys have potential.

“They had a chance to get better this year. Why not? I have fun. It’s a good place to play.”

Q: It’s been 23 years since you won the Stanley Cup. Most thought you would want to go to a contending team. Are the Panthers a playoff team? 

Jagr: “I think so. Otherwise, I wouldn’t come here. We’ve got 7-8 guys that are around the same age: 20, 21, 22. We’ve got some veterans. Lou (Roberto Luongo) in net.”

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The New York Rangers May Skip The Morning Skate

from Andrew Gross of The Record,

For the fourth straight game to open the season, the Rangers will not have a morning skate today other than their extras going on the ice.

Get used to that. There’s a good chance the archaic morning skate eventually goes the way of the dodo.

"Not opposed," veteran Rangers defenseman Marc Staal said on Monday.

Rangers coach Alain Vigneault hasn’t announced the formal cessation of full team morning skates. But Avalanche coach Patrick Roy did for his team last week, except for game days after the team did not practice the day before.

Once, morning skates could be used to round players back into playing shape for that day after, ahem, perhaps a late night out. But, nowadays, these hockey professionals are so attuned to fine-tuning their bodies that it’s no longer an issue.

For the uninitiated, in a typical full team morning skate, that night’s lines and defense pairs will take some rushes, some power-play work will be done with a couple of other drills thrown in to get the legs moving. The whole thing usually takes 25 minutes, maximum.


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Not What The Boston Bruins Expected

from Christopher L. Gasper of the Boston Globe,

The Bruins are stuck in the neutral zone right now, frozen between the team they used to be and the team they want to be. They’re in pucks purgatory, and it isn’t fun....

So far the Boston hockey reboot has failed to find the on switch and so the Bruins are off to their first 0-3 start since 1999. It’s only three games, far too small a sample size to condemn coach Claude Julien and the Black and Gold for the season. But you can practically see the Spoked-B spinning in place as the Bruins try to integrate new personnel and take a new approach for the go-go NHL under their old bench boss.

Change hasn’t been good for the Bruins.

When new general manager Don Sweeney trumpeted a more offensive look for the Bruins after missing the playoffs for the first time since 2007, this isn’t the use of the word he had in mind. Instead of a reboot, the Bruins were booed off the ice by the Spoked-Believers following a 6-3 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning in a Monday matinee at TD Garden.

The Bruins played a very unfamiliar brand of hockey for those who have watched them smother opponents and swaddle their own zone in defensive layers during Julien’s nine-year tenure. Monday, there were giveaways, soft goals, ill-advised penalties and even-strength ineffectiveness, all of which negated three power-play goals.

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The Baffling Slow Start For The Columbus Blue Jackets

from Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch,

The Blue Jackets, on Columbus Day, endured a thorough beating by one of the NHL’s youngest clubs and their backup goaltender, thanks to a parade of penalties and a wandering, listless approach with the puck in the neutral zone. A 4-2 loss Monday to the Buffalo Sabres dropped the Blue Jackets to 0-3-0 for only the second time.

“It’s extremely disappointing,” captain Nick Foligno said. “It’s unacceptable. That’s a word one of the guys used in the room between (the second and third) periods. We talked before the season about what we had to do, and we’re not doing it. I don’t know what the reason for that is, and I’m disappointed in myself. It’s got to start at the top and work its way through.”

The Blue Jackets were swept in weekend back-to-back games against the New York Rangers, thanks to a horrible finish Friday in the opener at Nationwide Arena and a horrible start the next night at Madison Square Garden.

Still, in those games, coach Todd Richards found some positives. But he walked out of the First Niagara Center in a different mood.

“For me, this one is concerning,” Richards said. “The way we performed, three games into the season with an 0-2 record and playing a desperate team on the road … I was expecting something other than this. I’m really disappointed coming out of this game.”

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Evening Line- Claude Julien

“I think we all looked at the game, and we all saw the goals — some of it, there were bad goals, and some of it, there’s the odd mistake. We got ourselves in a 3-3 hockey game, and they scored their winning goal on something that should’ve been called interference before they scored on that faceoff. So it kind of takes the momentum away from us.

“But it doesn’t matter what the situation is — we’ve got to be better defensively. The amount of goals — from the goaltender on out, defense, the forwards coming back — we’ve just got to be better. It used to be our strength, and right now it’s our weakness.”

-Claude Julien, head coach of the Boston Bruins after today's 6-3 loss to Tampa Bay.  The Bruins are now without a point after 3 games.  Much more from the Bruins by Jess Isner of BostonBruins.com.

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Darryl Sydor Pleads Guilty To Driving While Impaired

from Michael Russo of the Star Tribune,

Wild assistant coach Darryl Sydor pleaded guilty and was convicted of second degree driving while impaired Monday. He’ll serve at least 15 days at the Anoka County Jail beginning Friday.

"I apologize to my family, friends, the Minnesota Wild and the fans," Sydor said in a statement. "I am deeply saddened and humbled by my actions. Recovery is giving me the opportunity to redeem myself to all I have hurt. The support I have received has been overwhelming and I couldn’t be more thankful. The entire Minnesota Wild organization has stood by me and supported my family through this very difficult time. I can’t thank them enough for that. I am putting recovery first for myself and my family, and with that, everything else will fall into place."

Carl Newquist, the prosecuting attorney for the City of Fridley, said Sydor was sentenced to 365 days in jail, 60 of which were executed. The remaining 305 days were stayed for four years, the term of Sydor’s probation.

As part of the plea agreement, Sydor will serve a mandatory 15 days. The balance of the 60 days will be staggered in 15-day intervals the next three Octobers. However, if Sydor can establish that he has maintained sobriety each year that he reports, the judge can waive the next 15-day executed jail term.


Statements from Sydor and the Wild are below...

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Video- John Tavares Awarded A Penalty Shot

What do you think, are the refs being too lenient with the penalty shot calls?

You will see a better angle of the call in the gif below, but first the video.


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Afternoon Line- Darryl Sutter

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Video- Brian Boyle Brushes Off David Pastrnak

PK was just about to end for the Tampa Bay Lightning...

David Pastrnak thought he had Brian Boyle pretty well covered...



added 3:48pm, Tampa broadcast of goal is below...

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