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A 4-0 Road Trip For The Toronto Maple Leafs

from Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun,

With Sunday’s 5-1 win in Anaheim, they’ve not only swept three games in California, but all four on a trip that began a week earlier in Long Island.

They’ve now tied the franchise record with seven consecutive away victories.

“It’s a blast,” said goaltender Jack Campbell, who despite the lopsided score was needed to be clutch again in a mid-third period rally by the Ducks.

“Whether it’s home or on the road, everybody’s ready to go and it takes everybody to beat some of these great teams.

“We’re working hard and executing and we have to keep it going.”

The net result is sole possession of first place in the Atlantic Division, two points up on the idle Florida Panthers and tied for the NHL lead with Washington with 33 points. After a stumble in mid-October, including losses in their first three road tests, the Leafs extended the club record for most overall wins in a calendar month to 12, a nice 36th birthday present for general manager Kyle Dubas on Monday.

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Game highlights are below.

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The Fenway Sports Group Will Have Controlling Interest In The Pittsburgh Penguins

BOSTON, MA - The Pittsburgh Penguins and Fenway Sports Group (FSG), a global sports, marketing, media, entertainment, and real estate company, today announced that FSG has entered into an agreement to acquire controlling interest in the Pittsburgh Penguins hockey team. The deal, which is subject to approval by the National Hockey League (NHL) Board of Governors, is expected to close before the end of the year.

As part of the transaction, Mario Lemieux and Ron Burkle will remain part of the ownership group and will be closely aligned with FSG. Lemieux, a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame, will continue his role guiding hockey operations for the organization. In addition, continuity of leadership will be maintained among the club's senior management team of CEO David Morehouse, COO Kevin Acklin, President of Hockey Operations Brian Burke, General Manager Ron Hextall, and Head Coach Mike Sullivan.

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A Revived Ryan Getzlaf

from Mark Whicker of the LA Daily News,

This episode of “This Is Your Life” continues for Ryan Getzlaf.

The Ducks honored Getzlaf for his 1,000th point Sunday and have also honored him for his 1,000th game.

Trevor Zegras, 20, says he knows Getzlaf “hates” all the ribbon-cutting and commemoration, but “there’s going to be a lot more coming.”

Did anybody foresee this, just a few months ago, when the Ducks were becoming the Washington Generals in their own building, and when Getzlaf’s contract was ticking to a stop?

Instead, it says here that Getzlaf, 36, had 12 assists and 17 points in that purgatory season. He came to Honda Center Sunday with 18 and 19 this season, in 27 fewer games.

It’s often said that Getzlaf has borrowed some sonic youth from linemate Troy Terry and from Zegras and Jamie Drysdale.

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Below, watch the 1000 point ceremony for Getzlaf.

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More Of The Same From The Vancouver Canucks

from Iain MacIntyre of Sportsnet,

If their penalty killing doesn’t get the Vancouver Canucks, then Brad Marchand will. On Sunday, it was both. Only those two things.

Marchand, who has been bullying the Canucks since the 2011 Stanley Cup Final, did it again on Sunday, piling on to Vancouver’s miserable start to the National Hockey League season by scoring the tying goal in the third period and then setting up the winner in the Bruins’ 3-2 victory.

Those two power-play goals in eight minutes made it six straight road losses for Vancouver and eight defeats in nine games.

Marchand was on another level. And so too, sadly, are the Canucks, whose 6-14-2 start is a point worse than Vancouver’s 22-game record from the infamous 1997-98 season of chaos when Mark Messier and Mike Keenan came in, Pat Quinn and Trevor Linden left and half the roster ended up being traded.

Twenty-four years later, the team has performed even worse but without any of the upheaval -- yet.

Jim Benning is still the Canucks’ general manager and Travis Green the coach, who nightly has to go out and explain to reporters how this team is supposed to turn things around when there is little chance Green will be part of any solution.

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NHL Short Notes

Dougie Hamilton scored a special goal and Andreas Johnsson (2-2—4) had four points as the Devils defeated the Flyers during Hockey Fights Cancer Night at Prudential Center.

* Alex Ovechkin scored his 19th goal of the season to help the Capitals hurdle the Hurricanes for first place in the NHL standings.

* The Maple Leafs downed the Ducks to improve to 7-0-0 in their last seven games as visitors and match the franchise record for longest road winning streak.

 

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The Hammer Falls In Montreal

MONTREAL - Geoff Molson, Owner, President, and Chief Executive Officer of the Club de hockey Canadien, has announced that Marc Bergevin, Executive Vice President and General Manager, Trevor Timmins, Assistant General Manager, as well as Paul Wilson, Senior Vice President, Public Affairs and Communications, have been relieved of their respective functions, effective immediately.


 

 

added 3:56pm, Statement from Marc Bergevin is below.

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Sunday Morning Hockey Notes

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

- This is Alain Vigneault’s 19th season coaching in the NHL. The bet here is it will be the Philadelphia coach’s last.

- Very little is said about how great a defenceman Miro Heiskanen is in Dallas. Yep, Adam Fox is playing again at Norris Trophy form in New York, as are Cale Makar in Colorado, Roman Josi in Nashville, Charlie McAvoy in Boston, and forever Victor Hedman in Tampa. But when you watch Heiskanen against McDavid, it’s the best any defender in the NHL has played against the young legend.

- Time was, the job of general manager in the NHL was something like a senate appointment: You had it for life, or so it seemed.

Coaches got fired regularly, but rarely did general managers in the NHL lose their jobs.

That was before money got tight and salary caps became more prevalent and the panic level among owners seems to have reached an all-time high.

more on the last topic and other hockey notes...

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NHL Short Notes

Mikko Rantanen’s hat trick and Cale Makar’s three-point night helped the Avalanche score big again for their fifth straight home win. 

Lucas Raymond became the second teenager in Red Wings history to score an overtime goal, joining franchise legend Steve Yzerman.

* The Maple Leafs visit the Ducks on Sunday looking to match a franchise record for consecutive road wins, while the top two teams in the NHL get set to clash in Carolina.  

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Video- Did Brendan Lemieux Bite Brady Tkachuk?

via the YouTube page of Sportsnet,

Brady Tkachuk and Brendan Lemieux got into a tussle and fell to the ground, and Lemieux appeared to bite Tkachuk.

 

 

added 10:35pm, below, Tkachuk on the bite.

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Video- 32 Thoughts

via Sportsnet,

Jeff Marek and Elliotte Friedman discuss all the big news around the NHL including possible changes coming to the Canadiens front office.

Pluse the situation in Vancouver and the Hurricanes have interest in John Klingberg.

 

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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.

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