Alex Fallstrom

Bruins and Canucks sign college prospects to entry-level deals

A pair of college players inked entry-level deals with NHL teams after seeing their school’s seasons end.

Boston locked up former Wild 2009 fourth-round pick and Harvard University standout Alex Fallstrom to his first NHL contract. Fallstrom’s career with the Crimson saw him finish with 70 points in his college career with 33 goals. The 6’2″ 203 pound native of Sweden led the way for the team this year with 21 points. The Bruins acquired him from Minnesota in the 2009 trade involving Chuck Kobasew.

Vancouver did things a bit differently signing college free agent Kellan Lain out of Lake Superior State. Lain, a 6’6″ 22o pound center, finished his junior year with the Lakers with eight goals, eight assists and 111 penalty minutes. That PIM total saw him finish tied for third in the country. In his three years with Lake State, Lain had 39 points and 210 penalty minutes. And here you thought truculence was Toronto’s thing.

In Jets return, Burmistrov delivers headshot to Bergeron (Updated)


Didn’t take long for Alex Burmistrov to make his presence felt — though not in a good way.

Burmistrov, playing in his first game for the Jets after a two-year stint in Russia, delivered a questionable elbow to the head of Boston’s Patrice Bergeron late in the first period of Thursday’s season-opener:

Burmistrov received a two-minute minor for an illegal check to the head, while Bergeron received a matching minor for roughing (retaliating for the elbow, specifically).

The Bruins went into the intermission leading 1-0, and have yet to update Bergeron’s status.

Update: Bergeron stayed in the game, but B’s head coach Claude Julien was none too pleased with the hit. Following the game, he called for the NHL’s Department of Player Safety to look at it…

Two-for-two: Another successful coach’s challenge as Sens reverse Kane’s goal

Dave Cameron

Coaches are quickly getting the hang of this challenge thing.

Following Mike Babcock’s successful challenge in Toronto’s opening-night loss to Montreal on Wednesday, Babcock’s provincial rival — Sens head coach Dave Cameron — got it right as well, successfully reversing Evander Kane‘s would-be equalizer in the third period.

From the league:

At 10:34 of the third period in the Senators/Sabres game, Ottawa requested a Coach’s Challenge to review whether Buffalo was off-side prior to Evander Kane’s goal.

After reviewing all available replays and consulting with NHL Hockey Operations staff, the Linesman determined that Buffalo’s Zemgus Girgensons was off-side prior to the goal. According to Rule 78.7, “The standard for overturning the call in the event of a ‘GOAL’ call on the ice is that the Linesman, after reviewing any and all available replays and consulting with the Toronto Video Room, determines that one or more Players on the attacking team preceded the puck into the attacking zone prior to the goal being scored and that, as a result, the play should have been stopped for an “Off-side” infraction; where this standard is met, the goal will be disallowed.”

Therefore the original call is overturned – no goal Buffalo Sabres.

The clock is re-set to show 9:32 (10:28 elapsed time), when the off-side infraction occurred.

As the league later noted, this was the first coach’s challenge under the offside scenario.