Ron Wilson thinks Brodeur didn't deserve such harsh treatment

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There’s no question that Canada was under immense pressure in the
Olympics, and after a stunning loss to the United States in round-robin
play that pressure became even more intense for Martin Brodeur. I’m not a
Canadian so I don’t have the emotional tie to the team that many had,
but even I was surprised at the level of vitriol spewed forth in the
direction of Brodeur, he of so many great victories throughout his

so was USA and Toronto Maple Leaf head coach Ron Wilson:

“We thought Canada was the best team,” he said. “We didn’t write them
off. But I tell you, reading all the papers, everybody else had them
written off.

“The biggest surprise to me is how everybody threw Marty Brodeur, the
greatest goalie in the history of the game, under the bus and backed
over him, and forward, backward, forward, backward. It’s the greatest
goalie that’s ever played and it almost tarnished his career on one
night. He didn’t have a good night, but part of that had to do with how
well we pressured them.”

You know, I don’t think I could have described it better myself.
“…under the bus and backed over him, and forward…”, that’s pretty
much how it went. As an American and watching that game, not once I did I
believe the loss was Brodeur’s fault. At least not completely.

some of the goals allowed were questionable, but the game really came
down to how much better Ryan Miller was on the other side of the ice.

guess since Canada won gold with Luongo in net then the correct choice
was made, but there’s no way Martin Brodeur deserved the criticisms he
received. I guess it really is a testament to the level of fanaticism
surround Canadian hockey; that perhaps the greatest goaltender of all
time could be torn down in an instant, just for losing a preliminary
game to the Americans.

Of course, had he played like Miikka
Kiprusoff did, then maybe I’d understand.

Of course: Ryan Suter wins it for Wild vs. ‘Hawks after those wild quotes

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You know what they say: “What a difference a game makes.”

Even in the 82-game marathon that an NHL regular season is, that can be true.

Ryan Suter admitted he went too far with comments during tough times, yet there he was on Tuesday night, grinning ear-to-ear after scoring the 2-1 goal that ended up being the game-winner.

Heck, people were even joking about things. The healing powers of winning, right?

As of this writing, this win places Minnesota in the last wild card spot, and they’re close to elbowing in on the Chicago Blackhawks (who own a standings point advantage, but have played two more games so far in 2015-16).

Jeremy Roenick labels this 2-1 win as a “team win” for Minnesota, and it showed on that 2-1 goal, as the Wild showed off some picture-perfect passing and a willingness to crash the net for rebounds.

Let’s face it, though; Devan Dubnyk deserves plenty of credit, too.

It won’t be easy in the Central Division, and things may get heated again. Still, this is the sort of win that may just help Minnesota build up some confidence.

Hey look: Flyers reel off three straight wins for first time in 2015-16

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When you’re talking about bright sides, most people believe that they boil down to the light at the end of the tunnel for the Philadelphia Flyers.

Sometimes it’s nice to enjoy a little success in the present while waiting for that bright future, though.

The Flyers are providing at least a burst of sunshine lately, as Tuesday’s 4-2 win against the Ottawa Senators gives them … (drum roll) their first three-game winning streak of this season.

Joy abounded.

Even in recent darker moments, Philly’s been pretty impressive on offense, so Flyers fans are likely relieved to see a relative offensive outburst.

Sure, it wasn’t all rainbows and unicorns – Radko Gudas might have gotten himself into some trouble, for instance – yet this is still a nice sign of life for a team expected to finish in the draft lottery.

If that fails … hey, the future may require shades.

This own-goal captures the start of Dougie Hamilton’s Flames career

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Here’s an understatement: things haven’t gone very well for Dougie Hamilton early in his first season with the Calgary Flames.

(It must feel like the opposite of Tyler Seguin in Dallas for Boston Bruins fans, but feel free to disagree in the comments.)

You could look at Hamilton’s meager offensive stats and break down his disappointing work through a very of “fancy” and traditional metrics …

… Or you could just fire up a projector and show this own-goal on a loop.

Senators lose Michalek, Zibanejad to injuries vs. Flyers

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It remains to be seen if the Ottawa Senators can avoid losing against the Philadelphia Flyers tonight, but either way, it’s been a costly night.

The Senators saw two forwards leave the game with injuries, as Milan Michalek and Mika Zibanejad were banged up on Tuesday.

Michalek may have gotten hurt blocking a shot while a Radko Gudas hit on Zibanejad left the Senators forward with an upper-body injury.

Gudas may get a call from the league for his infractions.

Update: Michalek’s issue could be significant.

The Flyers ended up beating the Senators 4-2, so a tough night for Ottawa.