Kukla's Korner Hockey
Sportsnet's highlight package of the NHL games played on Saturday.
Don Cherry and Ron MacLean discussed last night's shootout between the Florida Panthers and the New York Islanders.
Next topic was P.K. Subban and Brendan Gallagher blocking shots with their hands and Cherry discussed the modern/old school gloves.
They moved on to talk goalies with Cherry saying Reimer is right up with many of the current, great goaltenders.
Cherry talked about how important it is to communicate on the ice, then pointed out a bad icing call against Edmonton last night against Detroit.
Next up was a few goals from Jamie Benn then Cherry introduced the video montage Sportsnet did last week.
Steal and a backhand.
Pittsburgh broadcast version is below...
from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,
- I don’t know why this amuses me, but it does: Phil Kessel and Leo Komarov are tied in goal-scoring with seven apiece. Komarov’s career high in goals is eight ... There wasn’t a 100-point scorer in the NHL last season. So far, Patrick Kane, Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn are all scoring at well beyond a 100-point pace ... Sidney Crosby is getting hot. He’s now tied for 95th in scoring, tied with Tyler Bozak, one point ahead of Morgan Rielly, one point behind the great Cam Atkinson.
- Can we please stop referring to Eric Staal as a No. 1 centre? He isn’t anymore. He has 14 points this season, had 54 last year, 61 the year before that. He’s closer to being Vinny Lecavalier than Ryan Getzlaf.
- Boston Bruins are the latest example: If you have strength down the middle, and the Bruins do with Patrice Bergeron and David Krejci, a lot of the other pieces just fall into place.
a few more hockey items mixed in with baseball and the CFL...
Old friend Johnny Boychuk broke two of Brendan Gallagher’s fingers on his left hand with one of his trademark blasts last Sunday. Gallagher will be out six weeks following surgery. It was unclear which of Gallagher’s digits were injured. But given the right wing’s feisty, in-your-face approach, it’s a good bet a middle finger was involved.
-Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe where you can read many more topics in Shinzawa's Sunday Hockey Notes piece...
I get along with most people, but there are some who I could not click with. Jacques Martin was one guy who made it pretty clear he had no use for me. Can’t explain why, but it happens and you deal with it. Darrell Walker and I had zero use for each other.
Pat Quinn and Brian Burke were challenging because, if you got on their bad side, it could be long-lasting. Quinn and I went a year without talking to each other when he was coach of the Leafs. But we sorted it out and had a strong relationship when he died. He was great to talk to.
Burke and I had a big blowup and went a long time without talking. But that thawed out, too. He and Quinn are challenging because they are good people, but they liked the whole us vs. them mentality and sometimes I was “them.”
To me, “challenging” is not necessarily a bad thing, because I don’t mind guys who do that. If you don’t like a question, say it. If you have a problem with me, tell me. We’ll sort it out. Mike Babcock is like that. He’s ripped some of my questions before, but it’s honest and makes for good TV. Bob Clarke, Bob Gainey and Steve Yzerman are others who’ve made it clear they haven’t always enjoyed some of the stuff I’ve done. That can be intimidating if you let it, because they are three giants of the game. But you deal with it and move on.
from David Staples of the Edmonton Journal,
... That’s a lot of talk about moving a player like Ryan Nugent-Hopkins from a lot of Oilers insiders, enough for me to think that there’s some fire to this smoke.
But in a 10-minute press conference today, Oilers GM Peter Chiarelli played down such rumours.
- Chiarelli said he’s disappointed with the team but has seen progress with the structure in terms of breaking out of Edmonton’s end and defending the neutral zone. “Obviously I don’t like our record. We’ve had a number of one goal losses and I think there’s a certain attitude and way to play to win those games and we don’t have it. I haven’t seen progression there.”
- “There’s been some disappointing performances,” Chiarelli said and later added the Carolina game was really disappointing “and that involves performances from players who should be better.”
- Need to make a move? “No, the last thing you want to do is just to go out and force a move to shake things up. I’m not averse to making moves and I’ve had a lot of conversations in the last two weeks. It doesn’t mean we won’t make a move, but to think, ‘Hey, I’ve got make a move to shake things up,’ I think that’s the wrong way to approach it. I have to take a global perspective on this thing.”
Patrick Burke with the explanation.
via Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News,
Alain Vigneault fired back swiftly, directly and fiercely Saturday morning at Claude Julien, responding to the Boston Bruins coach’s Friday comments that Henrik Lundqvist had done “some acting” on a right knee to the head from Bruins forward Brad Marchand.
“Well, (the Rangers public relations staff) filled me in a little bit on what was said after the game,” Vigneault said. “I mean it’s a little disappointing. Obviously everybody saw the knee to the head. The comments on Hank were very inappropriate. The way Hank conducts himself, on the ice, away from the rink, off the ice, the example that he sets. Who would you rather have as a son, Henrik Lundqvist or Brad Marchand? For him to say things like that about Hank, totally wrong, and probably Claude is getting a little older and needs to check his eyesight.”
EXTRA HELPINGS OF HOCKEY
After a one-day break, the NHL returned with a 12-game schedule Friday highlighted by eight contests that required extra time.
* According to the Elias Sports Bureau, eight games went past regulation on the same day for the first time since Feb. 22, 2007 (also 8 of 12). Two teams secured victories after 60 minutes on both days: the Coyotes, who defeated the Flames in overtime on both occasions (GWG: Shane Doan in 2007, Oliver Ekman-Larsson in 2015); and the Canadiens, who posted shootout victories on both dates (6-5 W at NSH in 2007, 3-2 W at NJ in 2015).
* Ten games were tied or within one goal during the third period (NYR-BOS, NSH-PHI, WPG-MIN, CHI-ANA, MTL-NJD, PIT-CBJ, EDM-DET, NYI-FLA, VAN-DAL and CGY-ARI).
* Three teams overcame a multi-goal deficit to earn at least a point (CHI, MTL and NYI). Of those clubs, two earned victories: the Blackhawks and Canadiens.
* Two players scored a tying goal in the final minute of regulation: Predators forward Mike Fisher (19:40) and Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith (19:33).
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