Karl Alzner

Washington’s Alzner blames media for PK struggles


The Washington Capitals have been pretty effective in the second round when it comes to killing penalties. That of course was not the case on Monday when they allowed the game-tying and game-winning goals on Joel Ward’s double-minor high-sticking penalty.

That might have altered the course of this series. Washington is just one loss away from elimination going into Game 6. So what happened?

“Couple people before the game asking us pregame skate about why our penalty kill has been so good,” Karl Alzner said. “And in my opinion they jinxed it.”

The awkward part is that he reportedly wasn’t kidding around either. So, um…sorry?

In all seriousness, the Capitals weren’t particularly remarkable when it came to killing penalties in the regular season, so maybe their earlier success against the Rangers was just an oddity. Or maybe, if everyone gets together and promises not to talk about Washington’s PK abilities in a positive light, they’ll be able to rebound.

Torres suspended pending hearing

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According to TSN’s Darren Dreger, Raffi Torres has been suspended pending his disciplinary hearing with the league for his hit on Ducks forward Jakob Silfverberg.

Torres was assessed a match penalty for targeting Silfverberg’s head on Saturday night.

The 33-year-old missed all of last season with a knee injury, and it looks like the start of his regular season will be delayed once again.

Head coach Bruce Boudreau said that Silfverberg could have come back into the game, but he was held out for precautionary reasons.

Ducks center Ryan Kesler didn’t hide his feelings after the contest.

“(Torres) is the same player every year,” Kesler told reporters. “He needs to learn how to hit. That has no part in our game anymore.”

Oilers place Scrivens on waivers

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The Edmonton Oilers placed Ben Scrivens on waivers on Sunday.

Should he go unclaimed, the 29-year-old will be sent to the American Hockey League.

It looks like Edmonton will enter the regular season with Cam Talbot and Anders Nilsson as their goaltenders.

Scrivens was the team’s number one goalie last year, but his overall numbers were among the worst for starting goaltenders in the NHL.

He had a 15-26-11 record with a 3.16 goals-against-average and a .890 save percentage in 57 games last season.

Scrivens is scheduled to make $2.3 million in the final year of his contract.

If he does end up in the AHL, the Oilers will carry $1.35 million of dead money on the salary cap.

The move comes one day after Edmonton placed Nikita Nikitin on waivers.

The 29-year-old officially cleared on Sunday afternoon.