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McKenzie: “not at all optimistic” the season can be saved


Unlike many pundits, TSN’s Bob McKenzie isn’t one for hyperbole. So when he says the 2012-13 NHL season is in serious jeopardy due to the lockout, the NHL season is probably in serious jeopardy due to the lockout.

And unfortunately, that’s what he’s saying.

“I’m not at all optimistic that there’s going to be hockey this year,” McKenzie said Tuesday during TSN’s Insider Trading segment (video). “I think this season is very much in peril.”

McKenzie’s colleague, Darren Dreger, isn’t very optimistic either, citing the main sticking point in the league’s labor dispute – the NHL is insisting on paying the players less than the $1.87 billion they earned last year, and the players are steadfastly refusing to accept anything less than $1.87 billion.

On the bright(ish) side, Pierre LeBrun stills thinks there will be a season, though he maintains the next phase of negotiations, starting Friday, is make or break: “This is the ballgame.”

Related: Pierre McGuire discusses Friday’s upcoming labor meeting

Measure of revenge? Red Wings bottle Lightning

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In some ways, it really felt like their first-round series.

For all the talent on both ends of the rink with the Detroit Red Wings and Tampa Bay Lightning, each squad can really smother opponents defensively when things go that way.

Through two periods, the two teams were very quiet. Things really picked up when Justin Abdelkader unleashed a big hit, a moment that injected enough life into the proceedings for the Red Wings to eventually build a 3-1 win.

Maybe they’re slipping under the radar a bit compared to previous iterations of the team, but it’s interesting that the Red Wings are now undefeated in three games.

They’ve been impressive at times, too, outscoring opponents by a combined score of 11-4.

Call it a refreshing time after Mike Babcock or merely carryover from a subtly solid run last season, but either way, the Red Wings may just be able to keep up their end of a brewing rivalry.

Hands of gold: Connor McDavid scores his first NHL goal


Taking three games to score your first NHL goal isn’t a big deal, unless you’re someone like Connor McDavid.

The mega-hyped wunderkind must feel relieved to finally find the net, as he tied tonight’s Edmonton Oilers – Dallas Stars skirmish with a 2-2 deflection goal, which you can watch above this post’s headline.

To no surprise, there were plenty of reactions, including Pierre LeBrun’s tweet (which inspired part of this headline).

Of course, there were the inevitable Wayne Gretzky comparisons:

Interesting thing you might not consider: Stars fans will have to stomach this one even more frequently than that time Patrik Stefan biffed that empty-netter (also against the Oilers):

McDavid may have also delivered his first questionable check, too: