Boyle: Goal was "worst thing that could happen"

BoyleSad1.jpgAs soon as the Sharks and Avalanche game was complete, ended by the
flukiest goal I’ve ever seen in hockey, all mediums of social media
exploded. Hockey fans have control of nearly all of them, and
immediately Dan Boyle became a trending topic on Twitter in the United
States. If you know anything about trending topics on Twitter, then you
know how big a deal this was.

And it’s unfortunate that it had to
happen to Dan Boyle. This wasn’t Matt Cooke, Chris Pronger or any other
player that you love to hate who you can feel bad about seeing this
happen to. No, this was one of the classiest and hardest working
defenseman in the NHL, a player instrumental to Team Canada’s gold medal
win and to the defensive success of the Sharks all season long.

can’t even imagine what he was feeling or going through. He was
reportedly pale and a bit shaken, as would be expected, and says this
own-goal was downright shocking. Per Mike
Chambers of The Denver Post:

I don’t really know what
happened,” Boyle said of his inadvertent overtime “shot” that caromed
off Sharks goalie Evgeni Nabokov and into the net for the Avalanche’s
shocking 1-0 victory. “It was pretty much the worst thing that could
happen to a player, you know?”

After further thought, Boyle came
to this conclusion: “I was trying
to go hard and around, and I don’t know if it hit a stick or what, but
that’s pretty much the worst thing that could happen.”

I know that everyone is pointing and giggling at Boyle and what has
to be some curse over the Sharks, but I’d like to know what the heck
Evgeni Nabokov was doing on the play. It’s not like Boyle was all alone
with the puck on the boards; Ryan O’Reilly could have easily snatched
the puck and put the same shot on net.

Whatever the case, it
gave is this

Teuvo time: Teravainen to open with Toews, Hossa

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Teuvo Teravainen has played both center and right wing over the course of his brief NHL career.

Now, he’s got a new position — left wing — and a pair of shiny new linemates to boot.

Teravainen will open the year playing alongside captain Jonathan Toews and right wing Marian Hossa, per the Sun-Times.

The move could be a boon for the young Finn. Several ex-Chicago wingers thrived playing alongside Toews and Hossa, most notably Brandon Saad and Patrick Sharp.

It’ll be interesting to see what kind of production Teravainen, who just turned 21 last month, can manufacture on Chicago’s top line. His numbers from last year weren’t spectacular (nine points in 34 games), but he did a solid job of racking up points en route to the Stanley Cup, with 10 in 18 games.

It’ll also be interesting to see how long he sticks with Toews and Hossa.

Head coach Joel Quenneville has been known as a frequent user of the line blender, often switching up his combos at at moment’s notice.

That said, Quenneville is hoping to find some stability with this new-look group.

“[Teuvo will] play there to start the season,” he said. “Hopefully, all year.”

‘Great story’ Janmark surprises, makes Dallas roster

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Pretty cool story out of Texas, where Mattias Janmark, the 22-year-old rookie that’s played a grand total of nine games in North America, has defied the odds to make the Stars’ opening-night roster.

“It’s a great story,” Dallas GM Jim Nill said, per the Morning News. “We really only planned to have him here for maybe two preseason games and then send him back. But he just kept being one of the best players out there, and he changed our minds.

“It’s a great example of what you can do if you just play hard.”

Nill acquired Janmark, 22, from Detroit at last year’s deadline as part of the Erik Cole trade. Nill was familiar with the Swedish forward from his time with the Wings — he was part of the front office team that drafted Janmark in ’13 — but didn’t think the deal would pay such immediate dividends.

As for Janmark, he didn’t even think he’d be in North America this year.

He has a contract with SHL club Frolunda, where he scored 36 points in 55 games last year. Given he’s barely played in the AHL — a few games with Grand Rapids, a few with Texas — Janmark figured he’d be back in Europe this season.

His strong play in the exhibition season changed all that. Janmark beat out two of Dallas’ touted prospects — former AHL rookie of the year Curtis McKenzie, and ’12 first-rounder Radek Faksa — for a roster spot, and showed good chemistry with third-line center Cody Eakin.

Janmark also performed well on a line with Jason Spezza and Ales Hemsky.