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No. 1 Star: Frans Nielsen, New York Islanders
Nielsen’s three third-period goals surged the Islanders past the Dallas Stars in a wild 7-5 game. The center scored the first two goals of the period to give New York the lead, and closed out the scoring with an empty netter with a second left in the game. Or so we were led to believe.
No. 2 Star: Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins
Sid opened the scoring and picked up assists on two third-period power-play goals as the Penguins blanked the Nashville Predators, 3-0. Marc-Andre Fleury had 25 saves.
No. 3 Star: Jaromir Jagr, New Jersey Devils
Jagr’s clutch overtime, power-play goal gave the Devils a 3-2 win over the Ottawa Senators. It was his 19th career overtime game-winner.
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The Ottawa Senators returned to the ice for the first time since the attack on the city on Wednesday, and took part in a memorable tribute to those affected by the tragedy -- a mutli-city ceremony that also celebrated the solidarity of Canadians.
Before their game against the New Jersey Devils on Saturday night, the Senators held a center ice ceremony to remember Cpl. Nathan Cirillo and Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent , including a moment of silence that featured images of the National War Memorial where the shooting began.
But the Senators weren’t the only Canadian team in action on Saturday night: The Toronto Maple Leafs were hosting the Boston Bruins, while the Montreal Canadiens hosted the New York Rangers.
The teams had discussed doing a coordinated tribute during the week, and on Saturday night fans at the Canadian Tire Centre, Bell Centre and Air Canada Centre synced up for a stirring rendition of “O Canada.”
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What happens when your economic engine begins to sputter?
By some estimates, roughly one third of hockey-related revenue is generated by the NHL’s seven Canadian teams. For several years, one of the reasons the League’s been fat and happy was the thriving Canadian dollar; but some claim that it could drop to $0.85 against the American dollar by next year.
Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette asks what the impact might be on the NHL as oil prices and the value of the Canadian dollar continue to plummet:
Because NHL salaries are paid in U.S. dollars, all the Canadian teams will feel a pinch, but there may be an unusual burden placed on well-heeled teams like the Canadiens and the Maple Leafs, who have the wherewithal to spend up to the cap. The Canadiens have already committed $56 million in salaries for next season and they have to negotiate second contracts for Alex Galchenyuk, Brendan Gallagher, Jarred Tinordi and Nathan Beaulieu.
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Jersey Fouls is our ongoing exploration of the rules and etiquette for proper hockey jersey creation and exhibition. If you spot what you think may be a foul in your arena, email a photo to us at email@example.com for inclusion in future installment.
Sometimes you get those Fouls that you know are Fouls but you can’t help but respect.
Like a New York Islanders jersey that blends an endorsement of their arena move with a tribute to the Beastie Boys.
Saw this at the Isles home opener. It will be, undoubtedly, the first of many Brooklyn references this year. Just hoping this is re-purposed Brad Isbister jersey and not a Clutterbuck.
R.I.P. Adam Yauch
(Coming Up: Carl Hagelin Fouls, flipping for Hurricanes, Jazz Hands and a simply terrible ‘69’ Sweater.)
And here … we … go.
The word is "ouch."
No. 1 Star: James Neal, Nashville Predators
Looks like James Neal is doing just fine without Evgeni Malkin as his center. The winger had a hat trick against the Chicago Blackhawks, giving the Predators all three of their goals in their 3-2 win. He now has five on the season. Pekka Rinne made 32 saves in the win.
No. 2 Star: Jonathan Quick, Los Angeles Kings
Quick posted his 33rd career shutout to earn the Kings’ franchise record over Rogie Vachon, as L.A. shut out the Buffalo Sabres, 2-0. Jeff Carter and Anze Kopitar had the goals.
No. 3 Star: Henrik Zetterberg, Detroit Red Wings
The captain was awesome in the third period: Scoring his third of the season; working hard to set up Pavel Datsyuk, who set up Niklas Kronwall for the game-tying goal; and forcing a turnover that led to Justin Abdelkader's game-winner against the Pittsburgh Penguins, 4-3.Sun, Oct 264:00 PM PDTOttawa at ChicagoPreview Game
Boston Bruins star defenseman Zdeno Chara left their 3-2 loss vs. the New York Islanders during the first period with an injury, and the news isn't good.
Chara was evaluated at a local hospital after the game. Speculation is that Chara was injured on this hit against John Tavares of the Islanders:
As you can see, there was some knee-on-knee action there.
Chara threw another check on that shift against Kyle Okposo, but didn’t skate again during the period.
“When you lose your captain and your best defenseman, there’s no doubt it’s going to have an effect on your team. You’re going to lose guys during the season. It’s going to happen. How you react to it and how you respond to it is what’s important.”
Ryan Miller faced the St. Louis Blues on Thursday night for the first time since his brief, underwhelming tenure there ended last season. And so, of course, he played outstanding in the Vancouver Canucks’ 4-1 victory over the Blues, including this incredible save against Jori Lehtera that led to a Nick Bonino goal the other way:
Miller made 31 saves in the win. Here's a bit longer highlight:
He was 10-8-1 for the Blues last season with a .903 save percentage, which dropped to .895 in their six-game loss to the Chicago Blackhawks. While the fans felt Miller’s time there was a bust, he enjoyed playing in St. Louis.Sun, Oct 266:30 PM PDTWashington at VancouverPreview Game
For a family of four, the price of attending an NHL game rose by 4.7 percent from last season, according to the latest Team Marketing Report analysis of the League.
TMR released its new Fan Cost Index for 2014-15 on Thursday, and found that a theoretical family of four would spend $363.58 on average to attend a game.
(At this point, we make the annual acknowledgement that the Fan Cost Index is built on the most gluttonous, materialistic family in the known universe: The FCI comprises the price of four general -- not including premium seats -- season tickets, two small draft beers, four small soft drinks, four regular-sized hot dogs, parking for one car, two game programs and two adult-sized caps.)
The Toronto Maple Leafs, as they do every year, lead the FCI at $572.58, which is up 1.9 percent. The Boston Bruins were second at $509.80, and Jeremy Jacobs has apparently decided to pass the lockout savings on to the fans by increasing their FCI by 14.8 percent.
They’re followed by the New York Rangers ($479.48), Chicago Blackhawks ($463.20), Vancouver Canucks ($456.35), Montreal Canadiens ($413.04) and Winnipeg Jets ($411.94).
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Sportsnet has a debate segment on its NHL coverage called “To The Point”in which Nick Kypreos and Glenn Healy argue different perspectives on hockey’s most pressing issues. Or if they run out of them, “Is Alex Ovechkin coachable?”
That was the topic on Wednesday night* during the Washington Capitals’ game at the Edmonton Oilers, one of the few games this season in which Ovechkin went scoreless.
Kypreos took the “I believe in Ovie” side, although he said Ovechkin is “not the sharpest knife in the drawer” and said it’s “his last chance to prove he’s not a coach killer.” Which sounds really ominous, until you consider that it doesn’t really mean anything except that he’ll get another coach or two or 10 before his contract runs out.
Healy attempted to make that point, although it was like giving a filet mignon to a hot dog vendor to cook. Here’s Healy on Ovechkin’s coachability:
“He is NOT coachable. Here’s the number that matters to me: $124 million that goes to 2021. The only one that’s got a longer deal than that is Rogers, OK?