Pat Burns

Hockey greats reflect on Pat Burns’ career during his funeral

As we discussed earlier today, many prominent hockey people converged in Montreal to celebrate Pat Burn’s life and attend his funeral this afternoon.

The funeral took place at the Mary, Queen of the World Cathedral, a “scaled down replica of Saint Peter’s basilica in Rome.”

The Canadian Press reports that many hockey greats were on hand, including players who were influenced by Burns during his 1,000+ game career as an NHL career. Commissioner Gary Bettman joined a group that included the entire New Jersey Devils roster and former greats including Raymond Bourque, Patrick Roy, Tie Domi and Luc Robitaille. Front office members who attended the event included Brian Burke and Cliff Fletcher.

There was a common theme to the descriptions — that of a man with a booming voice, an equally big heart, and a knack for winning.

“His bark sometimes was a little louder than his bite, but he could actually bark pretty loud. But he could also have the other side, that was understanding and supportive,” said Bourque, the legendary Boston Bruins and Colorado Avalanche defenceman.

“He was fun to play for. I really loved him and he was the best defensive coach I’ve ever had.”

Bourque also addressed what many in the hockey world consider a historic slight: “(He’s) a guy that probably should have been in the Hall of Fame this past year and will be in the Hall of Fame someday.”

It’s a shame that if Burns will be inducted, it will be on a posthumous basis. There’s always a large sense of sadness when that happens and the opportunity was there with the 2010 HHOF class.

Ultimately, focusing on that won’t change anything, though. Burns had a fantastic career as a coach, something that the hockey world recognized today.

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.