Rink to Rink: prepare for overreactions

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Sports writers, bloggers, fans and assorted ragamuffins will often take one game to judge a trade  (or on opening day, a season). Yes, I filed the Philadelphia Flyers under “loser” for the deadline but some people on Twitter made it seem official after one bad game. Remember kids, a lot can happen in one game.

You know, like that time a bunch of scrappy Americans upset a Russian superpower …
Washington Capitals 3, Buffalo Sabres 1
Thanks, American hero Ryan Miller! OK, enough of that, now get back to work because you’ve already lost your first game back and the Sabres are 0-2 this week. (Hockey can be really cruel.)
Oh no, the Flyers are RUINED! Leighton was chased from the net in the second period after allowing 4 goals on 26 shots while David Booth powered the Panthers’ surprising outburst with 1 goal and 3 assists.
Games reviewed after the jump.

I’ll let Mike Babcock’s hilarious quote in the AP article linked above tell most of the story:
“We were poor. We were poor in goal. We were poor in the back end. We were poor up front. We were poor in the work ethic department.”
In other news, Ryan Kesler is my hero.
This game didn’t start off that badly for the Oilers, considering the fact that they dressed an astoundingly sub-par group of defensemen. They even had a 2-1 lead at one point in the second period. The Blackhawks eventually scored four unanswered goals to take the game but Devan Dubynk cannot take much of the blame; he turned aside 42 of 47 shots.
After a spotty (at best) Olympic run by Finland’s mandatory starting goalie Miikka Kiprusoff, the goalie allowed 4 goals on 21 shots. The Wild also managed to score 4 goals without a single PP opportunity. Not a great performance by the Flames. (Oh, and the other Finnish goalie – Niklas Backstrom? He earned a shutout.)
It took exactly one game for Peter Mueller to make both a good impression (PP goal) and bad impression (bad penalty) with the Colorado Avalanche. Nonetheless, Matt Duchene scored the game winner to take the win. Craig Anderson made 31 saves, proving irrefutably that he should have been in Vancouver watching Ryan Miller play for Team USA.

Jason Demers tweets #FreeTorres, gets mocked

Los Angeles Kings v San Jose Sharks - Game One

Following his stunning 41-game suspension, it looks like Raffi Torres has at least one former teammate in his corner.

We haven’t yet seen how the San Jose Sharks or the NHLPA are reacting to the league’s hammer-dropping decision to punish Torres for his Torres-like hit on Jakob Silfverberg, but Jason Demers decided to put in a good word for Torres tonight.

It was a simple message: “#FreeTorres.”

Demers, now of the Dallas Stars, was once with Torres and the Sharks. (In case this post’s main image didn’t make that clear enough already.)

Perhaps this will become “a thing” at some point.

So far, it seems like it’s instead “a thing (that people are making fun of).”

… You get the idea.

The bottom line is that there are some who either a) blindly support Torres because they’re Sharks fans or b) simply think that the punishment was excessive.

The most important statement came from the Department of Player Safety, though.

Bruins list Chara on IR, for now

Zdeno Chara

Those who feel as though the Boston Bruins may rebound – John Tortorella, maybe? – likely rest some of their optimism on the back of a healthy Zdeno Chara.

It’s possible that he’s merely limping into what may otherwise be a healthy 2015-16 season, but it’s definitely looking like a slow start thanks to a lower-body injury.

The latest sign of a bumpy beginning came on Monday, as several onlookers (including CSNNE.com’s Joe Haggerty) pointed out that Chara was listed on injured reserve.

As Haggerty notes, that move is retroactive to Sept. 24, so his status really just opens up options for the Bruins.

Still … it’s a little unsettling, isn’t it?

The Bruins likely realize that they need to transition away from their generational behemoth, but last season provided a stark suggestion that may not be ready yet. Trading Dougie Hamilton and losing Dennis Seidenberg to injury only make them more dependent on the towering 38-year-old.

This isn’t really something to panic about, yet it might leave a few extra seats open on the Bruins’ bandwagon.