FILE- This Jan. 26, 2011 file photo shows San Jose Sharks right wing Devin Setoguchi shooting the puck during the first period of their NHL hockey game against the Los Angeles Kings, in Los Angeles. The Minnesota Wild have been too passive and pass-happy on offense, so general manager Chuck Fletcher set out to revamp their forward group and give it more of a shooter’s mentality. Dany Heatley and Setoguchi are coming from the San Jose Sharks to lead that approach. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)
For a little more than a minute, Brandon Saad was going to be the story of the Columbus Blue Jackets’ opener. Instead, his power-play goal merely got the ball rolling on a flabbergasting finish.
The New York Rangers scored three goals in 1:17 of game time to manage a 4-2 win. They’ve spoiled home openers for the Chicago Blackhawks and Columbus Blue Jackets to begin their 2015-16 season.
It might be easiest just to show you when the goals were scored, noting that the third period began with a 1-1 tie.
Yikes. Zuccarello scored two of the Rangers’ goals, while a beauty by Cam Atkinson is likely long forgotten.
This post will be updated if there’s video of that staggering sequence.
Mike Babcock admitted that there might be a painful transformation as he tries to fix the Toronto Maple Leafs.
His old friends made that abundantly, painfully clear on Friday.
As of this writing, the Detroit Red Wings are up 4-0 on the Buds. Justin Abdelkader just completed a hat trick with James Reimer in net, so the subplot isn’t just about Jonathan Bernier having another tough start.
This post will be updated if Detroit’s tribute video to Babcock surfaces.
Really, though, this beating has been about as ugly as this blanket so far.