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Video: Selanne ties Shanahan with 656 career goals – in style


We already covered the short-term impact of the Anaheim Ducks’ 2-1 win against the Pittsburgh Penguins, but what about the historical angle? Teemu Selanne scored the game-winner for the 656th goal of his NHL career, tying Brendan Shanahan for 12th all-time in style:

Interestingly enough, Selanne and Jaromir Jagr could jostle for their place in history as the season goes along. Jagr is currently in 11th all-time with 659 (just 31 behind his former teammate Mario Lemieux for ninth overall).

Selanne continues to inch up the points scoring list, too, as he broke his tie with Brett Hull for 21st all-time with point No. 1,392:

19. Jari Kurri: 1,398
20. Luc Robitaille: 1,394
21. Selanne: 1,392
22. Hull: 1,391

The Finnish Flash isn’t likely to make Jagr sweat in that category, however, as the Czech winger is in ninth place with 1,638 points. Surely the most interesting name on that list for Selanne is Kurri, who must have been an inspiration as a fantastic Finnish forward whose greatest years came alongside Wayne Gretzky.

(Feel free to debate the merits of the two Finns in the comments, if that’s your thing.)

Bruins list Chara on IR, for now

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Those who feel as though the Boston Bruins may rebound – John Tortorella, maybe? – likely rest some of their optimism on the back of a healthy Zdeno Chara.

It’s possible that he’s merely limping into what may otherwise be a healthy 2015-16 season, but it’s definitely looking like a slow start thanks to a lower-body injury.

The latest sign of a bumpy beginning came on Monday, as several onlookers (including’s Joe Haggerty) pointed out that Chara was listed on injured reserve.

As Haggerty notes, that move is retroactive to Sept. 24, so his status really just opens up options for the Bruins.

Still … it’s a little unsettling, isn’t it?

The Bruins likely realize that they need to transition away from their generational behemoth, but last season provided a stark suggestion that may not be ready yet. Trading Dougie Hamilton and losing Dennis Seidenberg to injury only make them more dependent on the towering 38-year-old.

This isn’t really something to panic about, yet it might leave a few extra seats open on the Bruins’ bandwagon.

Kassian suspended without pay, placed in Stage 2 of Substance Abuse Program

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Zack Kassian may have avoided major injuries stemming from his Sunday car accident, but it likely sent the signal that he may need help.

The response: he was placed in Stage Two of the Substance Abuse and Behavioral Health Program (SABH) of the NHL and NHLPA on Monday.

According to the league’s release, Kassian “will be suspended without pay until cleared for on-ice competition by the program administrators.”

Speaking of being suspended without pay, here’s a key detail:

The 24-year-old ended up with a broken nose and broken foot from that accident. The 2015-16 season was set to be his first campaign in the Montreal Canadiens organization after a tumultuous time with the Vancouver Canucks.

Kassian spoke of becoming more mature heading to Montreal, but the Canadiens were critical of his actions, wondering how many wake-up calls someone can get.

In case you’re wondering about the difference between stage one and two: