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Ryan Getzlaf And Jonathan Bernier Exit Game In The Ducks OT Loss To The Sharks

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from Eric Stephens of the OC Register,

“When you take the big picture, it’s a point on the road,” Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said. “And we didn’t play anywhere near what we’re capable of. We lost two players through the process.

“Our goaltender and penalty killing won us the point. Now you got to turn the page on this one and we got a big one tomorrow night against Nashville at home.”

It was costly. Getzlaf didn’t come out for the start of the third period. Television replays showed the Ducks captain hit on his left forearm by a shot in the second and Getzlaf missed a couple shifts before returning.

Meanwhile, Bernier left with an upper-body muscle injury suffered sometime in the first period. Carlyle said both players would be reassessed Wednesday morning and it was too early to say if either could be available to face Nashville or would be ruled out.

Bernier’s potential absence might require a call up of Dustin Tokarski from the Ducks’ AHL affiliate in San Diego. Gibson said he would be ready to go if called upon to start. He’ll need to bounce back quickly.

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Hockey People On The Play Of Frederik Andersen

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from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

Babcock has staunchly defended Anderson publicly -- what else is he going to do? But you know that, behind the scenes, management has to be nervous to some degree, even a grizzled veteran like GM Lou Lamoriello. There's a lot riding on this investment in goal.

"I liked him in Anaheim," said an Eastern Conference goalie coach via text message of Andersen. "Was always concerned with his durability. Or his 'desire to play.' Anaheim protected their goalies well. But he still made saves, won the Jennings (Trophy) by a goal and he was excellent in the last game (last season) against the Caps to clinch (the Pacific Division). It's one thing to not make big saves. It's another to do uncharacteristic things and give up goals a junior could stop.

"I always say you don't lose your skills overnight," the coach continued. "It will turn if (Andersen) has any mental toughness at all.''

Added a Western Conference goalie coach via text message: "What I have seen (with Andersen) is busy feet. When he's not set, he has a tough time. I think he is one of the best. He has struggled, though.''

And finally, from an NHL scout: "He looks really active in the net right now. He's not allowing the play to come to him.''


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David Backes Had A Burso Removed From His Elbow

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from the BostonBruins,

Boston Bruins General Manager Don Sweeney announced today, October 26, that the team has recalled forward Austin Czarnik from Providence (American Hockey League). Czarnik is expected to join the team for their pregame skate and be available for their game at N.Y. Rangers ‪on Wednesday, October 26, at 8 p.m.

Sweeney also announced the following update on forward David Backes :

"David Backes underwent the removal of the olecranon bursa from his elbow on Monday, October 24. His condition will be updated after the weekend."


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Video- The Best Moment In Boston Last Night

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And the kid got it right, drop the puck on the dot.


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A Bland Brand Of Hockey In Vancouver

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from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province,

Unless the Canucks are like a character in a John Woo movie and rip a mask off their face in December to reveal another identity, they’ve pretty much established who they are. The question is, can they pull this defence-and-goalie thing off for 5 1/2 months or are they fated for another slow descent in hockey hell?

So what’s it going to be, boys?

“You’re always concerned when you lose three in a row,” said winger Jannik Hansen, shortly after the Canucks’ 3-0 loss to Ottawa. “Yeah, we got off to a good start (with four straight wins) but, I don’t want to say we played mediocre teams, but they weren’t the same calibre we saw in California.

“It wasn’t good enough tonight.”

Tuesday night’s meeting with the Senators offered the worst and, er, less-worse aspects of the Canucks’ personality, but in the end, the lasting impression was a team which has started a downward spiral. The loss, their third straight, was one thing. But it’s the cumulative effect of those first seven games and the warts that have been revealed that is the real issue.

Where to begin?


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Frederik Andersen Continues To Struggle In Toronto

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from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet,

The volume will be turned up real loud now.

It’s bound to hit a pitch Frederik Andersen never previously experienced while spending three years tending goal for the Anaheim Ducks, or prior to that as he made his way from Denmark to Sweden and eventually North America.

This became his fate the minute he signed a five-year contract with the Maple Leafs over the summer, but the 27-year-old can be forgiven if he thought it would take longer than five starts before his first “crisis” arrived.

In Toronto, this is what happens when the goalie struggles. When he has a slow start to the season and allows seven goals on 24 shots, just as the jackals are circling.

Andersen hasn’t looked the least bit comfortable during his brief time in Leafs colours and acknowledged after Tuesday’s 7-3 loss to Tampa Bay that there’s a pretty good reason for that.

“Well, it’s definitely an adjustment,” he said. “But you’ve got to just keep doing what you’re doing. Don’t try to change too much. I think that’s something I’ve got to do better – just play my game and the results should come.”


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Not A Good Game For Malcolm Subban

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from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,

The last thing Claude Julien wanted to do was hook Malcolm Subban again.

On Feb. 20, 2015, Julien pulled Subban in his NHL debut after the goalie allowed three goals on six shots against St. Louis. On Tuesday against Minnesota, Subban’s second NHL start finished just like his first: with him on the bench and a three-spot on the wrong side of the scoreboard.

“I’m not going to lie. There’s some goals we thought our goaltender should have had,” the Bruins coach said after a 5-0 wipeout by the Wild at TD Garden. “But I’m not here to talk about a goaltender who’s in one of his first few games because he let in a couple bad goals. We were terrible in front of him. We weren’t any better. That’s the big picture. That’s more important.”


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The Future Looks Bright For The Canadian NHL Teams And Steven Stamkos Will Miss It All

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from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

So the reality is, folks, that by 2020 there are going to be exciting and probably formidable teams in Montreal, Edmonton, Calgary and Winnipeg, and possibly Toronto as well. Individually, you could have legitimate superstars in Price, McDavid, Gaudreau, Laine and Matthews. Maybe Puljujarvi, Bennett, Scheifele and Marner as well. That will surely help Rogers and its $5.2-billion investment, and create a wave of interest in Canadian teams unseen since the late 1980s and early 1990s.

My radio pal Bob McCown disagrees, but my belief is that if and when the Leafs rise to where Brendan Shanahan believes they will rise, the excitement created over the past 18 months by the Blue Jays will seem moderate by comparison. We’ll see, and this being the Leafs, of course, it may never happen.

So that’s what Stamkos will miss. Being a part of all that in his prime. The fact that all seven Canadian teams missed the playoffs last season made it easier last summer to glance at the hockey landscape in the Great White North and see desolation, defeat and pressure without reward. By contrast, the Lightning are an excellent franchise poised to win now, and the sunshine of Florida feels that much more comfortable than Canada in January.

But in a few years, that contrast will seem less vivid, and Canada will be where the NHL action will be. Folks and media in various U.S. hockey cities will sneer at what they will perceive to be an undeserved sense of shinny superiority up north, particularly in Toronto, and that’s okay. They’re probably right. We haven’t had a Cup winner since ’93, after all.

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Video- Highlights From Wings/Hurricanes Game Last Night

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10 1/2 minutes of extended highlights from Detroit's 4-2 win over Carolina last night.


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NHL Short Notes

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Home Team in Caps
PITTSBURGH 3, Florida 2
Minnesota 5, BOSTON 0
NEW JERSEY 5, Arizona 3
PHILADELPHIA 4, Buffalo 3 (SO)
DETROIT 4, Carolina 2
Tampa Bay 7, TORONTO 3
Calgary 4, ST. LOUIS 1
DALLAS 3, Winnipeg 2
Ottawa 3, VANCOUVER 0
SAN JOSE 2, Anaheim 1 (OT)
LOS ANGELES 3, Columbus 2 (OT)
With Philadelphia facing a 3-0 deficit in the third period, 19-year-old Travis Konecny (first NHL goal) and 38-year-old Mark Streit (1-2—3) each scored to help spur the Flyers to an eventual shootout victory.

* Elias says that the Flyers won after trailing by at least three goals in the third period for the first time since Dec. 19, 2013 vs. CBJ (trailed 3-0; 5-4 W). It also marked the third such comeback of the 2016-17 season, with Winnipeg claiming the others on Oct. 13 vs. CAR and Oct. 19 vs. TOR.

 * The Flyers, who also overcame a multi-goal deficit to win Saturday vs. CAR (trailed 2-0; 6-3 W), have at least evened the score in a game after trailing by multiple goals four times this season. The other instances: Oct. 15 at ARI (trailed 3-1; 4-3 OT L) and Oct. 18 at CHI (trailed 4-0; 7-4 L).

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