- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy1 hr ago
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.
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy4 hrs ago
NASHVILLE – There was buildup, there were James Neal bobblehead dolls and there was a tribute video for Nick Spaling and Patric Hornqvist on Saturday night in Pittsburgh’s 3-0 win over the Predators at Bridgestone Arena.
And in the end, there was one constant for the Penguins – Evgeni Malkin scoring and looking really good doing so.
When the Penguins traded Neal in the offseason for Hornqvist and Spaling there were questions and queries – mostly around Neal and whether he could play without Malkin.
Hardly was there talk of how Malkin would look without his favorite 40-goal trigger man. It turns out just fine.
The hulking center – who started the year at wing and moved back to the pivot position – looked comfy with Pascal Dupuis and Blake Comeau.
“Geno is Geno. He makes everybody around him better,” Dupuis said. “Right now I’m the lucky guy (with him). I’ll take it.”
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy6 hrs ago
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.”
- Jen Neale at Puck Daddy7 hrs ago
Players on both the St. Louis Blues and the Minnesota Wild are experiencing flu-like symptoms and other physical ailments that have, or will, keep them out of action for a bit.
Star Tribune beat writer Mike Russo has a theory:
Might be time to put on the old tinfoil hat, kids. (Or hazmat suit, you pick.)
Like Russo, I am not a doctor or any sort of infectious disease specialist. Yes, the Wild and the Blues were in Southern California in the past week in the visitors locker rooms. As were the Bluejackets and the Sabres. Oh, and a few NBA teams for exhibition games at Honda Center and Staples Center. They all appear to be fine...for now.
Patient Zero for St. Louis appears to be Jori Lehtera. From Blues beat writer Lou Korac:
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy8 hrs ago
Flash back one week ago in San Jose. Everything was roses.
The captain-less Sharks were 4-0-1, including an season-opening win against the Los Angeles Kings. Everyone had supposedly bought into this new approach of stripping Joe Thornton of his 'C' and giving out three 'A's instead.
There is joy no more in San Jose. Three losses in a row was harsh. But getting beat 2-1 by hapless Buffalo at home Saturday? That's a real 'D'Oh' moment.
And even a former Shark ripped into his old team. NHL on NBC commentator Jeremy Roenick tweeted out some harshness towards San Jose. Behold...
I just turned on Sharks game! Are u serious???? Losing to buffalo??? 3 loses in a row and now losing to second worse team in the league?
Remember there's some history (and dislike) between Roenick and Sharks, um, alternate captain Partrick Marleau. But Roenick does have a point. When you lose to Buffalo at home, even this early, it's a warning sign.Sun, Oct 261:00 PM PDTColumbus at Los AngelesPreview Game
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy12 hrs ago
NASHVILLE – Is there a better person to compare differences between current Penguins goal scorer Patric Hornqvist and former Pens sniper James Neal than the best hockey player on the planet?
No, seriously, Sidney Crosby gave a unique perspective when asked Saturday morning before Hornqvist and Penguins faced off against the Predators and Neal. Both Hornqvist and Neal were traded for each other last summer.
“With Patty, he’s probably more of a guy who goes to the tough areas and goes to the crease a little bit more. I think Neal is probably more of a shooter. He likes to find soft areas in the slot, and with his shot, he doesn’t need to be maybe as close. I think he can get away with being a little further out and getting lost in coverage and that kind of thing,” Crosby said. “Other than that, they both play with an edge, they both aren’t afraid to be physical when they need to, so I would say they’re very similar except the only difference I would say is one probably does their body of work closer to the net, and the other guy further out trying to get lost in coverage.”
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy17 hrs ago
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.
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy1 day ago
No. 1 Star: Matt Duchene, Colorado Avalanche
The speedster scored a slick backhand breakaway goal and notched two assists in Colorado’s 7-3 win over Vancouver.
No. 2 Star: Corey Perry, Anaheim Ducks
Took sole possession of the top spot in the Rocket Richard Trophy chase with his ninth tally of the year. Also notched an assist in Anaheim’s 4-1 victory over Columbus. It was the Ducks' seventh consecutive victory.
No. 3 Star: Ben Bishop, Tampa Bay Lightning
Stopped 40 of 42 Winnipeg shots to lead the Lightning to a 4-2 win.Sun, Oct 2612:00 PM PDTColorado at WinnipegPreview Game
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy1 day ago
Through seven NHL games there was fear, worry and anxiety that Edmonton rookie Leon Draisaitl should, dare we say it, turn into another Nail Yakupov. After all, the 18-year-old Draisaitl, the No. 3 pick in the 2014 draft, had just two points.
Worry no more. In game eight he has scored.
Sarcasm aside, at very least we found out he has the whole celeberation thing down sort of like the 2012 No. 1 pick who has become somewhat of a pariah in Edmonton. Behold Draisaitl's first NHL goal, which was game-winner in the Oilers' 6-3 win over Carolina.
You gotta love the fist pump and him knocking down Andrew Ference ... but mostly the fist pump
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy1 day ago
Some scary stuff in Anaheim. Blue Jackets forward Cam Atkinson took a skate to the face from Ducks forward Ryan Kesler midway through the third period of Friday's contest. Linked is the gif from Gfycat.com. Warning, it's somewhat graphic.
The play clearly looked unintentional from Kesler's end. Atkinson fortunately wears a visor, and skated off the ice, but was looked at by a trainer. He went to the locker room clutching his face with a towel.
Notes Columbus Dispatch beat reporter Aaron Portzline who is on the scene, Atkinson appears to not have sustained damage to his eye.
Told #CBJ Cam Atkinson did not sustain any damage to right eye. Cut was below eye.
#CBJ Cam Atkinson is down and bleeding at 10:34. He's off to the room with a towel on right side of his head.