Quick hits: Malkin dealing with foot injury

malkin.jpgLet’s take a little stroll through some of the other stories from today, shall we?

  • Penguins star Evgeni Malkin reportedly re-aggravated a foot injury after falling into the boards against the Carolina Hurricanes last night. The good news is that it seems to be a mostly minor problem. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette has more on his ailment.

“I lost my balance and hit the boards,” Malkin said Saturday after his team fell, 3-2, to Carolina at Mellon Arena “It’s a little bit sore. It’s a little bit of bad luck, but it’s OK.”

Malkin iced the foot after the game. He expects to sit out the team’s practice today but likes his chances of being able to play Monday at Detroit — the Penguins’ first trip to Joe Louis Arena since June 12 when they won Game 7 of the Stanley Cup final.

Am I alone in thinking the Pens should err on the safe side here? The Penguins didn’t need to win their division last year to win the Cup, so why not be careful with Malkin? Just saying, everyone, just saying.

  • It’s kind of strange to think that the Colorado Avalanche “settled” for Joe Sacco when Patrick Roy decided not to coach the team. The Denver Post looked back at that situation and discussed (quite logically) the fact that he’s probably going to have some good job security because of the team’s unexpected playoff run.
  • But now that the Avalanche seems likely to claim a playoff spot in the first season of Sacco’s coaching tenure, and the first season since Greg Sherman was promoted to succeed Francois Giguere as general manager, Sacco not only is what passes for secure in a ridiculously insecure league – he’s a legitimate candidate for the Jack Adams Award, which goes to the NHL’s coach of the year.

    Eh, I might have to disagree with Terry Frei on him being the coach of the year (it has to be Dave Tippett, in my opinion), but overall it’s a good point.

    Just how much does Lubomir Visnovsky appreciate being out of Edmonton?

    “For the life, it’s unreal,” Visnovsky said Saturday. “Look at the weather every day. Look at me. I’ve got shorts and sandals on. In Edmonton, it’s so cold right now.”

    For the record, it was a balmy 50 degrees in Edmonton late Saturday afternoon and 69 degrees in Anaheim. But the point was made.

    Sorry, Oilers fans.

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      The Buzzer: Pacioretty continues hot streak

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      Players of the Night:

      Max Pacioretty, Montreal Canadiens: Here’s a name you haven’t seen often in these parts this season. But Pacioretty had two goals tonight, the opener for the Canadiens and the game-winner with 1:18 left in the third period to give the Canadiens a 3-2 win over the Washington Capitals. He also added an assist on Montreal’s other goal. Truth be told, Pacioretty has been sizzling lately with six goals and an assist in his past six games.

      John Gibson, Anaheim Ducks: Gibson had a quiet night for the most part until the third period, but he was stellar when called upon and made 23 saves, including a second-period beauty (which you will see below) to help his team to a 2-1 win against the Los Angeles Kings.

      Highlights of the Night:

      James Neal had all the moves to help the Vegas Golden Knights secure a point on the road in a 4-3 overtime loss to the Florida Panthers.

      John Gibson got just enough on this puck to redirect it off the post and out for quite the save:

      Factoid of the Night:

      MISC:

      Scores:

      Panthers 4, Golden Knights 3 (OT)

      Canadiens 3, Capitals 2

      Ducks 2, Kings 1


      Scott Billeck is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at phtblog@nbcsports.com or follow him on Twitter @scottbilleck

      Henrique, Kesler too much for Quick, Kings in 2-1 Ducks win

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      Jonathan Quick did all he could.

      The posts behind him helped on a couple occasions, but Quick was everything the Los Angeles Kings needed to break out of their five-game losing streak, which they entered Friday wearing like a ball and chain.

      But while Quick was solid in the crease, making 29 saves, the men in front of him couldn’t replicate their goalie’s performance in a 2-1 loss to the Anaheim Ducks.

      The Kings have now lost six straight and just two of their past 10 and are tied with four teams, including the Ducks, who sit on 53 points and just outside the final wildcard spot in the Western Conference.

      The Ducks-Kings rivalry has become quite the grind ’em out slugfest over time, and despite their recent downward spiral, the Kings weren’t going to roll over and die when the puck dropped, even if they played 24 hours earlier.

      This rivalry doesn’t allow for one team to not show up, despite whatever mitigating circumstances may be available.

      And neither team was giving the other any allowances, evidenced by a 0-0 scoreline after 40 minutes.

      The Ducks struck first in the third frame as Adam Henrique finally willed a puck behind Quick, who had puzzled Anaheim’s offense for 42 minutes and change.

      Henrique’s individual effort on the goal began a few seconds earlier as he won a foot race to the puck to get it into the Ducks’ zone, dove to make sure it stayed there and they got up and went to the net, where he picked up a loose puck that and put it in the back of the net for a 1-0 lead at the 17:55 mark.

      That lead was shortlived, however.

      The Kings struck back two-and-a-half minutes later as some extended offensive zone time by the Kings resulted in Alex Iafallo flicking a puck up and over John Gibson off a rebound to ruin his shutout bid at 4:48.

      The Ducks would get the final say.

      Jakob Silfverberg‘s excellent forecheck kept the Kings from clearing the puck out of their zone.

      The puck found its way to the point, where Francois Beauchemin unleashed a high point shot that was redirected down and under Quick by Ryan Kesler for the eventual game-winner.

      Gibson’s night may have been a little quieter than his counterpart 200-feet away, but he was on point when he needed to be, making 23 of 24 saves, including getting just enough on Iafallo’s second-period shot to steer it off the post and out to keep the game 0-0 at that point.


      Scott Billeck is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at phtblog@nbcsports.com or follow him on Twitter @scottbilleck

      WATCH LIVE: Los Angeles Kings vs Anaheim Ducks

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      Los Angeles Kings

      Adrian KempeAnze KopitarDustin Brown

      Tanner PearsonTrevor LewisTyler Toffoli

      Alex IafalloNick ShoreMarian Gaborik

      Kyle CliffordTorrey MitchellAndy Andreoff

      Derek ForbortDrew Doughty

      Jake MuzzinAlec Martinez

      Kevin Gravel– Christian Folin

      Starting Goalie: Darcy Kuemper

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      Anaheim Ducks

      Rickard RakellRyan GetzlafCorey Perry

      Andrew CoglianoRyan KeslerJakob Silfverberg

      Nick RitchieAdam HenriqueOndrej Kase

      Chris WagnerAntoine VermetteJ.T. Brown

      Cam FowlerKevin Bieksa

      Hampus LindholmJosh Manson

      Francois BeaucheminBrandon Montour

      Starting Goalie: John Gibson

      Red Fisher, as told by those who knew him

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      Red Fisher is a mythical name in sports journalism.

      Fisher’s death on Friday at 91 sent shockwaves through the National Hockey League community, and stories upon stories — snippets of Fisher and his life — began circulation around the Internet, many on Twitter by those who worked alongside him and those who had the pleasure to speak with the man.

      Fisher’s life will be immortalized in print in the coming days. Michael Farber wrote this beautifully done piece for the Montreal Gazette already today. A must-read.

      Here’s what his contemporary’s are saying, those that revere him and the people who Fisher made an impact on in so many ways: