* The Capitals have been having some reaaaaal trouble solving Henrik Lundqvist for quite some time now:
— Stephen Whyno (@SWhyno) October 17, 2013
I’m not great at math, but I think that’s even longer than one full game.
Alex Ovechkin didn’t score, but he’s doing exactly what he needs to do: shooting like crazy. He put 8 shots on goal tonight– keeping himself on pace to shatter the single-season shot record (and probably crack 50 goals). Please perform a sample-size sanity check after reading this bullet point.
That link takes you to a Hockey-Reference page that shows Ovechkin has the numbers two and three all-time season shot totals (528 and 446 respectively – he also has the #6, #18, #39 and #40 seasons).
Number one all-time is Phil Esposito with 550. Ovi’s on pace for 585.7 this year.
* Brad Richards is off to a decent start this season, and he added to it last night with assists on both Rangers goals. That gives him seven points in six games.
* The Ducks started Viktor Fasth, who stopped 33 of the 35 shots the Flames took for a .943 save percentage.
* Two interesting time-on-ices of note: Dennis Wideman, in a game that ended in regulation was 25 seconds short of playing 30 minutes for the Flames, while the Ducks are being cautious with Teemu Selanne‘s wear and tear – he played under 12.
The Rangers snapped their three-game losing streak
The Rangers took down the Capitals in Washington last night, moving the team from D.C. to a less-than-sparkling record of 2-5. It probably feels like time to panic for their fans, but I took a glance at their schedule last night…
The Capitals upcoming schedule looks promising. CBJ, the Jets, Oilers then Flames next four. Then Van, followed by Flyers, Panthers, Isles.
— Justin Bourne (@jtbourne) October 17, 2013
…and it ain’t so bad. There are wins out there over the next few weeks, and winning heals all issues. (No it doesn’t, but it does stop people from fabricating problems, which is a start.)
Ryan Callahan did something great, then almost something hilarious
The Rangers’ captain is notorious for his hard work and willingness to go to the dirty areas (he’s also pretty skilled, as he showed last night by hitting Richards in the slot with a nice spin-o-rama pass), and it paid off for him on the Rangers second goal. He beat his check John Carlson out of the corner, and Richards attempted to hit him cutting to the net. The puck kicked up in the air, so Callahan put on a hand-eye coordination demonstration by batting it in.
Then he went for the monster celly, and almost ate s***.
Courtesy @cjzero, here’s a look at the near-disaster of a celly:
The Finnish Flash is on the board
Teemu Selanne scored his first goal of the season last night on a breakaway. It ended up being the game-winner in the Ducks 3-2 win over Calgary:
Dustin Penner scored a beauty
This is a beautiful full-ice give-and-go between Dustin Penner and Ryan Getzlaf. The Ducks captain will likely get the bulk of the love for his great backdoor feed to Penner, but for my money, the initial long-distance sauce out of the zone from Penner was the prettier pass of the two. Or it was at least equally as pretty. You know what I’m saying.
* The Boston Bruins and Florida Panthers play tonight. Not sure if this has come across your desk yet this year or not, but Tim Thomas plays for the Florida Panthers, and apparently he used to play for the Boston Bruins before that.
AND GUESS WHAT YOU GUYS:
— Florida Panthers (@FlaPanthers) October 16, 2013
I gotta believe Thomas really wants this one. I’m not exactly sure why I say that, I just feel like he’s probably created some reason in his mind about how him not being a Bruin anymore isn’t his own fault. Competitive people do that (remember how many people Michael Jordan took shots at in his HOF speech?), and we know he’s one of those dudes.
* David Pollack of San Jose’s Mercury News reported that Dan Boyle has flown home to San Jose for further medical evaluation and treatment. Pollack writes:
There were mixed signals on Boyle’s medical situation.
In an exchange of texts, Boyle sounded optimistic after being driven face-first into the top of the boards by St. Louis Blues forward Maxim Lapierre. The 37-year-old defenseman was knocked unconscious, then left the ice on a stretcher showing only a little movement as he exited through the Zamboni entrance.
“I’m OK. That was scary. Hopefully the symptoms will be very minor, if any, going forward” Boyle texted of the hit that occurred at 5:22 in the first period of San Jose’s 6-2 win over St. Louis.
As little as we know about how things currently stand, they’re more encouraging than the were in the moments after the hit, that’s for sure.
* NHL thuggy-pesty guy Patrick Kaleta is going to appeal his 10-game suspension because, frankly, it’s not like a challenge flag in football. What’s the harm in trying? Oh and also, Matt Cooke offered to help him change, which makes me think – Cooke putting on the Mother Theresa habit for the last couple years will make me absolutely loathe him if he violently suckers another player after all this. I’m glad he’s “reformed,” but it’s not like it’s been that long since an incident occurred.
* Ryane Clowe’s head issues are a real concern. He just signed that five year deal with the Devils, but he dealt with three separate concussion issues last season, and has now been placed on the IR by the Devils for the same issue. How much abuse can you let your brain take?