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The Unveiling Of Climate Pledge Arena In Seattle

from Matt Calkins of the Seattle Times,

It’s finally here.

After years of political tension and city-wide debates, after exploding budgets and construction delays, after a pandemic that did whatever it could to halt the opening — Climate Pledge Arena is ready.

No doubt that the birth of the NHL’s Kraken has energized and galvanized a sports-obsessed city that finally has a pro team to cheer for in the winter. But you have to think this town is equally stoked about the arrival of a state-of-the-art arena.

After all, many probably felt like this day would never come. They saw Chris Hansen’s Sodo project repeatedly torpedoed and figured a shiny new building was nothing more than a pipe dream.

But with the renovation of the old KeyArena, customers can expect an experience commensurate with a world-class venue. At least that’s what Oak View Group CEO Tim Leiweke is selling.

“This building is going to change the industry,” Leiweke said. “This could be one of the top two or three buildings in the world.”

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Wearing The ‘C’ In Toronto

from Damien Cox at the Toronto Star,

It should be more obvious than it is, shouldn’t it?

The leader of the Edmonton Oilers is Connor McDavid. Blake Wheeler is the man in Winnipeg. Alex Ovechkin has been in charge in Washington for years. Ditto for Sidney Crosby in Pittsburgh and Jonathan Toews in Chicago.

Patrice Bergeron succeeded Zdeno Chara in Boston. In Vegas, it’s Mark Stone. Even in Seattle, with the expansion Kraken, Mark Giordano is clearly the leader.

In Toronto, meanwhile, the leader is … who?

Officially, it’s John Tavares, the man with the C above his heart.

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The San Jose Sharks Win Again

from Curtis Pashelka of the Mercury News,

It perhaps says something about the Sharks and where they’re at right now as a team when they can play a decidedly less than perfect game and still come out with a victory.

That was the case Thursday as they gave up 24 shots in the final two periods and managed just one goal at even strength and still managed a 2-1 win over the Ottawa Senators at Canadian Tire Centre.

Kevin Labanc’s second-period power-play goal proved to be the difference as the Sharks improved to 3-0-0, their fastest start to a season since 2015-16 when they won their first four games.

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An Early Season Slump For The Chicago Blackhawks

from Ben Pope of the Chicago Sun-Times,

The United Center crowd loved Patrick Kane’s belated 1,000-games-played pregame ceremony Thursday.

They didn’t love much else about the Blackhawks’ 4-1 loss to the Canucks, booing the team off the ice. One woman screamed for coach Jeremy Colliton’s firing. The Hawks dropped their fifth consecutive game to start the season.

“It’s obviously frustrating, but we can’t feel sorry for ourselves,” Kane said. “We’ve got to find a way to dig ourselves out of a hole. . . . We’re pretty upbeat, as upbeat as you can be being 0-4-1. But you can’t really think about the record too much.”

The Hawks have not held a lead for a franchise-record 301 minutes to start the season and have trailed for 225 of those minutes. They’ve equaled their worst start, record-wise, since 1997 — a year buried deep within the franchise’s irrelevant era.

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No Points For The Montreal Canadiens Through Five Games

from Stu Cowan of the Montreal Gazette,

There’s a great French saying: “Quand ça va mal, ça va mal.”

Translation: When it goes badly, it goes badly.

Things are going very badly for the Canadiens, who lost 4-1 to the Carolina Hurricanes Thursday night in front of 19,174 fans at the Bell Centre. The Canadiens are now 0-5-0, their worst start since 1995-96, when they were also 0-5-0. The Hurricanes are now 3-0-0.

Sebastian Aho scored twice, while Andrei Svechnikov and — yes — Jesperi Kotkaniemi also scored for the Hurricanes, making things even worse. Tyler Toffoli scored for the Canadiens.

The Canadiens have now been outscored 19-4 in their five games and are the only team in the NHL without a single point in the standings.

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NHL Short Notes

Connor McDavid tallied twice to eclipse 200 career NHL goals and help the Oilers improve to 4-0-0 on the season. 
 
Sergei Bobrovsky also reached a noteworthy milestone Thursday as the Panthers pushed their season-opening winning streak to four games. 
 
* Friday’s four-game slate is highlighted by the Sabres looking to remain undefeated. 

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Tampa Bay Lightning Reveal Their Ring

Tampa, FL October 21, 2021 – Jostens is the proud partner of repeat Stanley Cup Champions the Tampa Bay Lightning. In a private ceremony this evening, players, coaching staff and ownership received their 2021 Stanley Cup Championship Ring.

“It is truly incredible to witness a team win back-to-back Stanley Cups, and the Tampa Bay Lightning have solidified their place once again in NHL history,” said Chris Poitras VP & COO of Jostens Professional Sports Division. “The relentless dedication, hard work and persistence displayed by the Lightning is reflected in their 2021 Stanley Cup Championship Ring, and Jostens is proud to reveal it is the largest ring by carats in our 125 year history.”

Returning to the NHL Playoffs in 2021, the Tampa Bay Lightning once more displayed incredible dedication and physical prowess. The Stanley Cup Final proved to be no exception with the Lightning reigning triumphant over the Montreal Canadiens to be crowned back-to-back Stanley Cup Champions. This feat, achieved by fewer than 10 other franchises in the NHL, deserved to be celebrated in even more spectacular fashion. Crafted in 14-karat white gold with diamonds and genuine sapphires, the Tampa Bay Lightning’s 2021 Stanley Cup Championship Ring boldly commemorates their place in Stanley Cup history.

“Our previous partnership with Jostens resulted in a spectacular ring and an overall fantastic celebration,” said Lightning CEO Steve Griggs. “It is a uniquely special opportunity to be working with them again less than a year later to celebrate our second Stanley Cup in two seasons. This ring is the culmination of a year of determination and sacrifices and pays homage to the dedicated fans of Bolts Nation.”

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TSN Insiders Tonight

How concerned are the Jets with the positive COVID-19 tests for Blake Wheeler and Mark Scheifele? Who are the six goalies on Canada's short list for the Olympics? Are the Sens shopping for more scoring? TSN Hockey Insiders Pierre LeBrun and Chris Johnston discuss this and more.

Watch at TSN

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Lack Of Goal Scoring An Issue In Montreal

from Travis Yost of TSN,

The Montreal Canadiens, as much as any team in the league, wanted a hot start to the regular season. How better to push aside concerns that last year’s momentum-fuelled playoff run was merely a combination of incredible puck luck and outstanding goaltending?

Their start has been anything but hot. The Canadiens – already undermanned with the losses of Shea Weber, Carey Price, and Paul Byron – have dropped the first four games of the year. Sometimes records in short windows don’t explain how well or how poorly a team is playing.

In this case, the four losses may be understating how poor Montreal has been. The team has been outscored 15-3 over those first four games, a wicked combination of converting on just 2.6 per cent shooting and 13 per cent shooting against. Unless Montreal can start outshooting teams on a 5:1 basis, it’s a gap that will guarantee a place in the draft lottery.

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Jack Hughes Has A Dislocated Shoulder

via the New Jersey Devils PR department,

On Tuesday night against Seattle, Jack Hughes suffered a dislocation of his left shoulder. A subsequent MRI revealed no further damage, and he does not require surgery at this time. He has begun physical therapy under the guidance of New Jersey's doctors and athlete care staff.

Jack will be re-evaluated next week in order to determine his further timeline.

He was placed on injured reserve today and updates will be provided when available.

added 10:29am, video of the injury is below...

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