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What do you think of the new look montage which played before the puck dropped last night?
from Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times,
...defenseman Victor Hedman suffered an upper-body injury in the second period, forcing him to miss the rest of the game, and likely the rest of this five-game, 10-day road trip, coach Jon Cooper said.
Hedman, the team's top defenseman, is heading back to Tampa to get re-evaluated for what's believed to be a hand injury. Considering how well Hedman was playing, entering Saturday among the league leaders with seven points, it's a huge loss. But Cooper said he has "complete confidence" his team can shoulder the load, and with Radko Gudas (lower body) expected back soon, they won't need a call-up.
"We're hoping for the best," Cooper said. "It's unfortunate, clearly. We're going to test our depth. It just puts a little more pressure on our d-core as a whole. I just really feel for him. It's just too bad."
Said captain Steven Stamkos: "That's obviously a huge loss. He's playing so well this year. He's a horse for us."
more on Tampa's win over Vancouver and below, watch how the injury occurred...
My question is, where are the Avalanche players?
One of the topics Ron MacLean and Don Cherry discussed were the goal nets.
Don Cherry said the net has become too top-heavy because they took 12 inches off of the back and that someone is going to get hurt the same way Mark Howe got impaled by the goalpost back in the day.
A few other topics including a look at Tyler Toffoli of the LA Kings.
from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,
- So Ken Dryden literally handed the torch to Carey Price at Thursday’s home opener in Montreal. This hopefully will work out better for the Canadiens then when Dryden figuratively handed the torch to Bunny Larocque and Denis Herron in 1979.
One game, winner take all.
Who do you want: Dryden or Patrick Roy?
I’ll take Dryden.
- Which team last year filed a complaint with the NHL, alleging circumvention committed by the Rangers when Martin Biron retired instead of accepting a demotion to the AHL and soon after took a job with MSG-TV?
- Of the 35 goaltenders to play at least 84 games since the start of 2011-12, Steve Mason has the fifth-worst save percentage at .908 while Ray Emery has the fourth-worst at .907.
If I didn’t know better, I would say that “Mr. Snider” has his eye on Connor McDavid.
more NHL talk including Marty Brodeur should go out on his terms...
from Jeff Z. Klein of the New York Times,
The players say that any problems have been addressed and that they are united now. But a degree of stress still seems evident as the Sharks make an early-season swing through the metropolitan area, which ends Sunday at Madison Square Garden against the Rangers. The players stiffen when they sense the inevitable questions coming with each city they visit.
“It made for good TV,” defenseman Scott Hannan said of the reports of internal friction. “That was last year. Everyone in here, everything’s great.”
Referring to the Sharks’ perennial playoff woes, forward Tommy Wingels said: “I don’t know why we haven’t cleared that hurdle. But unfortunately we’re not going to be given another opportunity for many months now, until the playoffs are to begin. We’d love to fast-forward there.”...
During the summer, McLellan relieved Thornton of the captaincy, with the responsibility delegated to a number of alternates. Wilson said the Sharks were “going young.”
Before Saturday’s game against the Devils, Thornton said: “It was disappointing, but life moves on. It hasn’t affected me as a guy or as a player.”
Wilson also said he gave Thornton the chance to leave the Sharks if he did not want to be part of the youth movement. Thornton, 35, said he chose to stay for a simple reason. “I had a three-year contract — that’s pretty much it,” he said, laughing.
"It was a selfish act. I think it takes away from all the positives from the game. I'm obviously not proud of what I did there"
"I know [the Canadiens fans] can get under your skin sometimes, but they are great fans. They are what make the games fun"
- Milan Lucic via tweets from Joe Haggerty.
added 4:04pm, video of the Lucic talking about the incident is below...
from Alex Prewitt of the Capitals Insider,
The summer signings of Matt Niskanen and Brooks Orpik came with intended secondary consequences for the Washington Capitals, trickling down to the rest of the defensive corps.
The expected logjam at the depth chart’s bottom has somewhat been sorted already, with Nate Schmidt starting the past three games, John Erskine and Jack Hillen taking healthy scratches, and a host of once-NHLers returning to Hershey.
The Capitals also wanted to even out their blue line ice time, a difficult proposition last season given the league-high 14 defensemen who played. Now, with a top five defined from the moment Niskanen and Orpik signed their deals, the players see a welcome balance.
“I think that’s the luxury that we have now,” defenseman Karl Alzner said.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS: GOALIES STEAL FRIDAY SPOTLIGHT
Minnesota’s Darcy Kuemper established a franchise-record shutout streak and three veteran goaltenders -- Vancouver’s Ryan Miller, Florida’s Roberto Luongo and Nashville’s Pekka Rinne -- posted shutouts on a night highlighted by goaltending performances.
* After posting consecutive shutouts in Minnesota’s first two games, Kuemper had his season-long shutout streak snapped at 4:02 of the third period at Anaheim. His stretch of 163:46 is the longest individual single-season shutout streak in Wild history (he was off the ice for 0:16 in MIN's opening two games). The team shutout streak of 164:02 fell short of the franchise record (169:20) by just 5:18.
* Kuemper stopped the first 66 shots he faced this season and 70 of 72 overall for a 0.67 goals-against average and .972 save percentage. At age 24, he became the youngest goaltender in NHL history to post shutouts in each of his team’s first two games of a season.
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