Crosby not surprised by Capitals loss to Habs

Crosby4.jpgI’m sure this will get some attention, although it really isn’t that
big a deal in the big scheme of things.

to Craig Custance of Sporting News
, Sidney Crosby says he’s not
surprised that the Capitals lost to the Montreal Canadiens. After all,
the Penguins didn’t look too sharp themselves, and lost to the Senators
in their own game.

“No,” Crosby said. “It’s the playoffs. There’s always
favorites and things like that but it’s one game. A lot can happen in
one game. It’s the team that’s able to be consistent, the team that’s
able to adjust. It’s one game. You have to win four. It’s not easy to do

There are a lot of similarities to what
happened to both the Penguins and the Capitals in game one, and it
seemed that both teams had trouble getting past the pressure that has to
be weighing them down. The Senators and the Habs, on the other hand,
were playing loose and confident and were able to stun two of the top
teams headed into the playoffs.

Dropping like flies: Johnson, Killorn hurt in Bolts’ exhibition

Montreal Canadiens v Tampa Bay Lightning - Game One
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You probably know the drill: injury updates are murky in the NHL basically from the moment a puck drops.

We’ll learn more once the 2015-16 season begins, but at the moment, Saturday might have served as a costly night for the Tampa Bay Lightning. Both Tyler Johnson and Alex Killorn went down with injuries stemming from a 3-2 pre-season win against the Florida Panthers.

“Guys were dropping like flies,” Steven Stamkos told the Tamba Bay Times.

These could be minor situations – just about any ailment will sideline a key asset this time of year – yet one cannot help but wonder if the Lightning might limp into this campaign.

Nikita Kucherov is dealing with his own issues, so that means at least minor issues for one half of the Bolts’ top six forwards.

It’s believed that more will be known about these banged-up Bolts sometime on Sunday.

Raffi Torres gets match penalty for being Raffi Torres

Raffi Torres

With knee issues still limiting him, Raffi Torres isn’t as mobile as he once was. Apparently he still moves well enough to leave the usual path of destruction.

It’s the pre-season, so it’s unclear if we’ll get a good look at the check, but Torres received a match penalty for his hit on Anaheim Ducks forward Jakob Silfverberg.

Most accounts were pretty critical of the San Jose Sharks’ chief troublemaker:

It’s too early to tell if Silfverberg is injured. If he is, that’s a significant loss for the Ducks, as he really showed signs of fulfilling his promise (especially during the 2015 playoffs).

As far as Torres goes, he’s hoping to play in the Sharks’ season-opener. Wherever he ends up, he’ll certainly make plenty of enemies on the ice.

Whether it was because of that hit or just the general distaste shared by those sides, it sounds like tonight’s Sharks – Ducks exhibition is getting ugly, in general:

This post will be updated if video of the hit becomes available, and also if we get a better idea of Silfverberg’s condition.

Update: Bullet dodged?