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Videos- Bad Goal Of The Night, Ouch Deflection And A Stuck Door

Vegas lost in a shootout.

 

 

Below, puck off the post, hits ref in the head and someone open the darn door.

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The Columbus Blue Jackets Suffered An Embarrassing Home Loss

from Steve Gorten of the Columbus Dispatch,

Tortorella walked into his postgame news conference and up to the podium after the 7-2 loss to the Oilers, spoke roughly four sentences and walked out.

“There’s no sense in me even trying to answer questions about this game,” Tortorella said. “Sorry about that. Have a good night.”

“We just weren’t ready to go,” Foligno said. “They fed it to us. It was a disappointing game, sloppy. No execution, no nothing. It wasn’t us.”

Inside the Jackets’ dressing room, players tried to make sense of a game in which they surrendered a season high in goals. Four came in the second period, and the most painful was Mark Letestu’s short-handed breakaway score less than a second before intermission and just nine seconds after the Jackets got a power play.

The home fans responded by booing their team, which had won six of its past seven at Nationwide Arena and 10 of 13 overall, off the ice.

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Below, watch Tortorella's statement and game highlights....

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Video- The Best From The NHL Games Played Last Night

Just south of 5 minutes long.

 

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NHL Short Notes

 

TUESDAY’S RESULTS

Home Team in Caps

BUFFALO 3, Ottawa 2
NEW JERSEY 5, Los Angeles 1
PHILADELPHIA 4, Toronto 2
WASHINGTON 5, Colorado 2
Edmonton 7, COLUMBUS 2
Tampa Bay 3, ST. LOUIS 0
MINNESOTA 2, Calgary 1 (SO)
CHICAGO 3, Florida 2 (OT)
Carolina 3, VEGAS 2 (SO)

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Video- Mike Babcock Gives The Linesman An Earful

Babcock did not like the puck drop leading directly to a Flyers goal.

 

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The TSN Insiders Tonight

The TSN Hockey Insiders discuss the likelihood of the Senators trading Erik Karlsson, Ottawa's need of recouping draft picks, the latest on Evander Kane potentially being moved, and injuries to a pair of Team Canada WJC returnees.

Watch at TSN.

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Evening Line- Pierre LeBrun

No question the priority remains for the Sens to try and sign Karlsson to a long-term deal as soon as possible this July, a year before his contract expires.

One way or another, his situation has to be ironed out by then, you cannot in a Canadian market allow a player of Karlsson’s superstar level enter next season in a walk year and expect that the ensuing mayhem surrounding that uncertainty won’t sink your team’s season.

-Pierre LeBrun of The Athletic. Read more (paid subscription) on Karlsson plus the Blues looking for help up front.

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The Problems With The Ottawa Senators And Edmonton Oilers

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

Less than a year ago they were Canada’s darlings.

A 98-point team in Ottawa that would push the Pittsburgh Penguins to double-overtime in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final, and a 103-point Oilers team whose journey ended just a period away from the Western Final. They were this country’s top National Hockey League entries back then, and destined in 2017-18 to break the 24-year run of American Stanley Cup winners.

Today, if you were to combine their percentage chances of making the playoffs in 2018, that number equals 10.8 per cent (according to the Sports Club Stats web site). The Oilers are at 3.9 per cent, the Sens at 6.9 per cent — both just this side of irrelevant, well before the kids are off for Christmas break.

Ottawa is on pace for 73 points, Edmonton just 71. Off of last season’s standings, that would place Ottawa 15th in the East, and Edmonton 12th out West.

Injuries, under-performing leaders, bad goaltending, and as a result, heavy questioning of the front office have afflicted both organizations.

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Afternoon Line- John Shannon

Houston has become the perfect city and arena for Bettman to move his most troubled team — the oasis in the desert for a troubled NHL franchise that won’t ever be viable in its present market. Your guess is as good as mine as to who that will be, though. Is it a team that begins with an “A” or a “C” or an “F”? We won’t know until the commissioner wants us to know.

Because you see Bettman, who I worked almost five years for and someone who is revered by billionaires, has a plan.

-John Shannon of Sportsnet where you can read more on this plus Seattle, Carolina and Quebec City too.

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Video- The Weird Side Of The NHL

Not your normal NHL clips.

 

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Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.

From breaking news to in-depth stories around the league, KK Hockey is updated with fresh stories all day long and will bring you the latest news as quickly as possible.

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