Heat is still radiating from the contentious finish to Anaheim’s 3-2 overtime win over Carolina on Wednesday night. With just under three minutes to go in the extra session, Ducks forward Corey Perry appeared to trip ‘Canes forward Jussi Jokinen behind the Carolina net.
Then, things got interesting:
Here’s some of the Twitter feedback, first from CBC’s Elliotte Friedman:
Next, from Los Angeles Times reporter Helene Elliott:
Finally, Luke DeCock from the Charlotte News & Observer:
Key figures from the Ducks and ‘Canes had slightly different takes on the game-winning goal.
“They didn’t blow the whistle, so you keep playing,” Perry said. “I found Brookbank, and he made a great play back to me. We’ve had bad calls against us all year, and maybe this was a turning point for us. We’ll see.”
“It’s just unfortunate there in overtime to have a call like that go against us and end up costing us another point,” Carolina captain Eric Staal said. “Our compete level was there, we were on pucks, we were aggressive, we were attacking.”
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?