Revenge will have to wait for the Chicago Blackhawks. In the meantime, they should probably work on their penalty killing.
The Vancouver Canucks exploded on the power play tonight at the United Center, scoring five times in six tries on their way to hammering the home team, 6-2.
Henrik Sedin led the way for Vancouver with a goal and three assists while David Booth notched his first with his new team since being traded from Florida. The Canucks also got an unlikely goal from defenseman Aaron Rome, who was playing his first game since being suspended for the remainder of the 2011 Stanley Cup final for a late hit on Boston’s Nathan Horton.
Roberto Luongo stopped 38 of the 40 shots Chicago put on the net and recovered nicely after flubbing Michael Frolik’s first-period floater that tied the game, 1-1. It certainly could’ve ended worse for Luongo, who heard it all night from the United Center crowd, particularly after the Frolik goal. However, there was to be no meltdown this night.
But the big story was special teams. As good as the Canucks were with the man advantage, the Blackhawks were equally bad, going scoreless in their five power-play chances.
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?