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The Florida Panthers Earned A Point

from Nicholas J. Cotsonika of NHL.com,

Tom Rowe walked into the locker room. A moment later, he walked out. The new coach had but a brief message for the Florida Panthers after a 2-1 shootout loss to the Chicago Blackhawks at United Center on Tuesday.

"He just kind of told us that if we play like that, we'll be on the other end, the winning side, more often than not," defenseman Keith Yandle said.

After all the negativity over the previous 48 hours following the firing of coach Gerard Gallant, this was a time to accentuate the positives: The Panthers played hard. They tied the game in the third period on a power-play goal by Jaromir Jagr. They finished with 39 shots on goal, tying for their second-highest total of the season. They earned a point. Had Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford not been First Star, they might have earned two.

Moral victory?

"Definitely," Rowe said after his first game as an NHL coach. "Really proud of the guys. The effort was incredible."

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The Edmonton Oilers Need More From Everyone Not Named McDavid

from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,

Tuesday night McDavid was brilliant in setting up Milan Lucic for a glorious opportunity in the second period. He scored one of the greatest goals of his young career on a partial breakaway early in the third. He also won a faceoff to pick up an assist on a second-period goal by Andrej Sekera.

It was the ninth multi-point game of the season for McDavid. And that made it 30.4 per cent of the games so far in his career.

If the team that head coach Todd McLellan says too often waits around for McDavid to do it had shown up with him for this game, he’d have owned the day against the hometown team he grew up cheering for as a kid in Newmarket, Ont.

Instead it was a tale of a visiting team outscoring the Oilers 4-2 to win only its second away game of the year and the home team that has now dropped to 5-6 in their brand new building despite a 7-4-2 record on the road.

Edmonton fans came to the game last night expecting a big night from No. 97, considering the frustration involved in his first NHL game against the Leafs in Air Canada Centre, a 3-2 overtime loss back on Nov. 1.

As the NHL season hits the quarter pole, people are producing their first lists of the season for NHL Award leaders and most have Carey Price and McDavid 1-2 for the Hart Trophy as most valuable player.

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Video- When You Take A Bad Penalty Late In The Game Down By One

Andrew Shaw....

 

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NHL Short Notes

TUESDAY’S RESULTS
Home Team in Caps
NY RANGERS 3, Carolina 2
COLUMBUS 5, Tampa Bay 1
PHILADELPHIA 3, Boston 2 (SO)
Buffalo 5, OTTAWA 4
DETROIT 3, Dallas 1
WINNIPEG 3, New Jersey 2
CHICAGO 2, Florida 1 (SO)
Nashville 5, COLORADO 3
Toronto 4, EDMONTON 2
VANCOUVER 5, Minnesota 4
ANAHEIM 2, Montreal 1
SAN JOSE 2, Arizona 1 (OT)
 
MAPLE LEAFS EMERGE (AGAIN) IN MATTHEWS-MCDAVID SHOWDOWN 
Auston Matthews (1-0—1) scored the opening goal less than six minutes into his second NHL meeting against Connor McDavid (1-1—2) to spur the Maple Leafs to their second straight victory.
 
* Matthews, who ranks second among rookies with 10 goals, has scored in three straight games (4-1—5) after going 13 contests without a goal. He ranks second among rookies in points (10-8—18), behind Patrik Laine (13-6—19) and teammate Mitch Marner (7-12—19).
 
* McDavid, meanwhile, extended his point streak to six games (6-6—12) with his ninth multi-point effort of the campaign to increase his League-leading point total to 11-20—31 (24 GP). He ranks second in the NHL with 1.14 points per game since the start of last season, behind last year’s leading scorer Patrick Kane (1.22).
 
Nazem Kadri (1-0—1), who stole the spotlight with 2-0—2 including the overtime winner in the first Matthews-McDavid showdown on Nov. 1, again scored the game-winning goal for Toronto.

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The TSN Insiders Tonight

from TSN,

Bob McKenzie and Darren Dreger have more on the Maple Leafs' willingness to trade a winger for a defenceman, Peter Holland's future in Toronto, the Coyotes being open to moving Anthony Duclair, and the expectations for the NHLPA to decline the NHL's proposal to extend the CBA.

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Tuesday Afternoon Hockey Thoughts

from Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet,

- San Jose broke a lot of its own rules in re-signing Brent Burns to an eight-year, $64M contract. Term longer than five years, signing bonuses all over the place and front-loading the money. Burns had a ton of leverage, and it’s very possible he left money on the table by not testing the market. But, don’t %&*$ with happy and the Sharks got to a point where next summer’s number-one free agent was thrilled to commit. The way I look at it is this: San Jose is built to be a legitimate, consistent Stanley Cup contender over the next four-five years. If you lose him, you can’t replace him. There is simply no one available that could have Burns’s impact on the ice and among the group. It would seriously damage the Sharks’ chances, so you take the plunge.

-  With Burns signed, the top free-agent defencemen are probably Washington’s Karl Alzner and Kevin Shattenkirk of St. Louis. Blues GM Doug Armstrong proved with David Backes that if he thinks his team is good enough, he’ll go for it. And we know Washington is all-in. The market for defenders is high, because it’s so hard to find them. Good ones will get what they want. Nick Kypreos reported last weekend Alzner is asking between $5.5M-$6M from the Capitals. I do think they value Alzner — a lot — but don’t see how they could get there without a major corresponding move. Could see Western Canada’s teams throwing themselves at him.

- As for Shattenkirk, in all of last summer’s rumours, I didn’t realize until last week that some teams were actually allowed to talk to him. As usual, the particular clubs and agent Jordan Neumann weren’t talking, but Arizona and Edmonton had their shot....

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Afternoon Line- Jack Eichel

"I'm looking forward to it. I've been waiting for a while, so it will be nice to play a game, it feels like it's been a while. What has it been, 21, 22 games? It's been a while. Just excited to get back into the game action and play instead of watch."

-Jack Eichel of the Buffalo Sabres on returning to the Buffalo lineup tonight.  NHL.com has more.

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Patrick Kane’s Repaired Image

from Danny Ecker of Crain's Chicago Business,

Patrick Kane has, by necessity, gotten pretty good at repairing his public image.

Gone are the headlines about the 28-year-old's off-the-ice conduct, replaced by thrilling goal highlights and commercial appearances, including recent ones for Chevrolet and hockey equipment brand Bauer. The turnaround comes just one year since a district attorney in upstate New York said he would not pursue criminal charges after investigating a Buffalo woman's allegation that she was sexually assaulted by Kane.

It's a familiar script for the Chicago Blackhawks star forward, who has had to rehabilitate a damaged reputation for the third time in his 10-year professional career. While last year's investigation was by far the most serious of his setbacks, it added to a track record that includes disorderly conduct for punching a cabdriver in 2009 and public displays of drunkenness that pervaded the internet.

While sexual assault accusations rarely stick to superstar athletes in courts of law, they can stick in the court of public opinion. In this case, Kane ran the image recovery play perfectly. He abandoned social media for eight months after the allegations surfaced in Buffalo, generally avoided media attention and was absent from ads. And he topped it off by turning in the best season of his career, winning the Hart Memorial Trophy as the NHL's most valuable player.

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Travis Moen Retires

TORONTO (Nov. 29, 2016) – Travis Moen announced his retirement today from the National Hockey League (NHL), following 12 NHL seasons.

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Sergei Bobrovsky On Pace To Play Around 72 Games

from Tom Reed of the Columbus Dispatch,

A month ago, Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella said he planned to keep Sergei Bobrovsky’s number of starts to a manageable 58 to 60 this season. 

Asked Monday if a goaltender who’s started all but two of 19 games could stay in the target range, Tortorella responded: “It’s doable.” Informed it would mean limiting his puck-stopping workhorse to roughly two of every three remaining games, the coach declared war on arithmetic. 

“I don’t do the math . . . I’m not a numbers guy,” he said. 

The good news for Tortorella and the Blue Jackets (11-5-4) is the goaltending “numbers” have been strong. The club ranks sixth in goals against average (2.27) and Bobrovsky’s statistics (2.15 GAA, .929 save percentage) are in line with his Vezina Trophy-winning season in 2013-14. 

He’s also on pace to play about 72 games, which seems like an unsustainable pace for a goalie with a history of groin injuries and one who has never started more than 57 games. 

“Bob is our No. 1 goalie and we’re going to monitor the situation very close . . . to make sure we don’t overload him or overwork him,” general manager Jarmo Kekalainen said. “But he’s going to play most of our games no matter who our backup is.” 

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