Senators forward Chris Kelly isn’t really the kind of guy you’d refer to as a goal scorer. After having a breakout performance in 2007 when the Sens reached the Stanley Cup finals, Kelly’s gone back to a role he’s more familiar in as a third line center and checker. When he’s centering a line with guys like Chris Neil and Jarkko Ruutu, his job is mainly to just be the good cop when between two bad cops.
Yesterday against the Rangers, the slumping Sens offense has Kelly to thank for helping lead them to victory as Kelly netted a hat trick in their 3-1 win over the Rangers. On a team that has stars like Daniel Alfredsson and Jason Spezza to do the scoring, the decidedly blue collar Kelly carrying the team is a welcome surprise especially after the team was shutout by Buffalo just the night before. As for Kelly’s trick, here it is in all of its common man glory.
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.
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?