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John Tortorella Not Happy With Blue Jackets Win Over The New Jersey Devils

from Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch,

It wasn’t pretty. It rarely is against the trap-happy New Jersey Devils.

But the Blue Jackets felt plenty fortunate — maybe even lucky — to have emerged with a 2-1 victory on Wednesday night before 13,567 at the Prudential Center.

And, even in victory, it appears that coach John Tortorella is wearing thin on patience.

“A number of things is maddening about our club right now,” he said. “I’m not going to talk about individuals. It was a team effort in sloppiness. We’re lucky we won.

“We have zero habits right now.”

Well, zero good habits, maybe.


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The Habs/Rangers Rivalry

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

Historical rivalries are shaped over time. For so long, the Rangers resided in Shantytown and the Canadiens in a palace. And so within NHL context, Boston has the rivalry with Montreal. Toronto has a rivalry with Montreal. Detroit has a rivalry with Montreal borne from those long-ago battles through the days of the Original Six.

But the Rangers?

Well, there’s a rivalry now.

Isn’t there? Hard to tell after these two, uh, stinkers.


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Video- The Dialogue Between Players And Refs

via Sportsnet,

Paul Devorski and NHL players talk about the dialogue between referees and players on the ice during play, and how heated moments can seem tense to outsiders but are just part of the relationship.


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Morning Line- Mike Yeo

“What happened was that we came out and played with half speed, half intensity, made hope plays, just threw the puck to them. We weren’t really willing to work and play honest and try to create. Mentally we were not sharp. Things that we draw up on the board and talk about, then we come out and we’re not ready.

“The intensity part is the main thing, because when that’s not there everything else is following suit.”

-Mike Yeo, head coach of the Minnesota Wild after a 3-2 loss to the Vancouver Canucks.  More on the game from Michael Russo of Russo's Rants.

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Lack Of Focus Hurting The Anaheim Ducks

from Eric Stephens of the OC Register,

Here’s what you need to know about the Ducks’ 4-2 loss to the Arizona Coyotes on Wednesday night:


“I’ve got to believe it’s the six inches between your ears. To be consistent mentally, you’ve got be focused for the whole game. You can’t just come in there, whether you play six minutes or 26 minutes … you have to come to play and be a pro. Right now we’ve got some guys that don’t come to play all the time. So coaches don’t have a lot of confidence in them. And consequently, they probably don’t have confidence in themselves.”

- Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau


- The Ducks have invested a lot of money in a number of players who aren’t delivering much of a return. It is beyond the lack of offensive production as that has run throughout the entire roster, save for the recently hot Corey Perry and the consistent Sami Vatanen. Veteran defender Kevin Bieksa simply has to be better, whether with decision-making in terms of moving the puck or his work in front of the Ducks’ net. Patrick Maroon’s ice time has plummeted behind his ineffectiveness and his turnover that turned into Anthony Duclair’s third-period goal blunted a comeback attempt. One positive sign is Ryan Kesler getting a good bounce off him for goals in consecutive games. But the chemistry that Kesler and Jakob Silfverberg created in the second half of last season and the playoffs has mostly been nonexistent in the offensive end. The team continues to show it's not nearly close to being a finished product.


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Matt Duchene On The Trade Rumors

from Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun,

"I can honestly say it probably bothered me for about 12 hours," Duchene said of hearing his name mentioned as a player that could be on the block. "And then it was over.

"It was because of the way I found out," he continued. "We won in Boston, and my first interview, first question the guy asked me was about trade rumours. I hadn't heard anything about it. So it was kind of sprung on me weird, and it took me a second ... it took me a little bit to digest it."

Duchene knows trades are "part of the game," but Wednesday morning, he was able to express just how much he wants to remain in Colorado.

"Obviously I love playing here," he said, "and I want to be here as long as possible, as long as we're able to put a winning team on the ice.

"I'm happy here. I want to be here. I want to be an Av. I feel like those two things are in place right now, so when that happened, probably right away it was tough, but after that it was motivation, if anything. I think my game was there before, but I was able to keep it there after, which was a good thing."


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Video- Montreal’s Carey Price Aggravates Lower-Body Injury In 5-1 Win Over The New York Rangers

via the CP at TSN,

Coach Michel Therrien said the 2015 NHL MVP and Vezina Trophy winner was sidelined by the same lower-body injury that kept him out for eight games earlier this month. This was his third game back.

"The medical staff was really comfortable and Carey was really comfortable to come back," Therrien said. "If we had any doubt, for sure, we would not take that risk. That's all we can say about it. He tweaked it again tonight. That's why we don't want to take any chance. It's still early in the season, so it's important for us when he plays, he's got to make sure he is healthy."


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The Edmonton Oilers Played Badly Against Carolina, Nail Yakupov Suffers An Injury

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

You know all that talk about the Edmonton Oilers being “visually better” on the ice this season? Well, in Carolina, the visuals weren’t pretty.

They are what it says they are in the standings, certainly with their no-show against the Hurricanes Wednesday.

They looked, numbingly, like cellar-dwellers in the 30th-precinct of the National Hockey League. You can talk yourself blue in the face about Jordan Staal’s hoper from behind the net that pinballed off the left skate of Griffin Reinhart and past goalie Anders Nilsson with 16 seconds left in the first period. Or the Justin Faulk pass to Jeff Skinner that ricocheted off his skate-boot and past Nilsson.

Or, the one-in-a-million chain of events 2-1/2 minutes into the second frame as linesman Matt MacPherson stumbled off a faceoff at centre-ice, and trying not to do a face-plant, reached for a lifeline. He grabbed Oilers winger Nail Yakupov, and Yakupov’s left leg bent awkwardly. Not a good play by the zebra, in hindsight, dragging down an unsuspecting player in a scrum.

While Yakupov never returned, he might not be as badly hurt as it looked on TV replay according to folks around the Oilers locker-room.

And that’s certainly not why the Oilers took a knee, losing 4-1 to the Hurricanes.


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Video- The Whistle Should Have Blown Devils/Blue Jackets

from Rich Chere of NJ.com,

The Devils trailed, 2-1, when a delayed holding penalty was being called against Columbus Blue Jackets winger Nick Foligno. Henrique ultimately scored the goal at 8:28, but the on-ice officials talked it over in a huddle.

That was something Devils coach John Hynes had never seen before.

"I haven't seen it," Hynes said.

Did he hear a whistle?

"No," Hynes said.

The goal was disallowed and referee Jean Hebert explained to Hynes that the whistle should have been blown when Blue Jackets forward Gregory Campbell touched the puck at 8:26.

"The referee just said they had touched it and hit it into the corner," Hynes said. "I have no more comment on the referee or the decision."

more on the play and the Devils did lose 2-1.

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Video- Highlights From The 13 NHL Games Played Last Night

A combined total of 72 goals, watch some of them...


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