Video: Jokinen scores in Penguins debut


During an interview on the bench, Pittsburgh Penguins head coach Dan Bylsma predicted good things for newly added forward Jussi Jokinen on Thursday. The former Carolina Hurricanes forward delivered, scoring in his first game with the team:

That gave the Penguins a 1-0 lead against the New York Rangers.

Add Jokinen to a list of good-first-impression players that includes (but isn’t limited to) Marian Gaborik, Jaromir Jagr, Derick Brassard and Ryane Clowe. It’s almost as if the 30-year-old forward merely realized that he had to score or he’d look like a slow starter compared to seemingly everyone else.

Granted, it probably would have been seen as a nice debut anyway – as of this writing, Jokinen went an incredible 11-2 in the faceoff circle – but scoring a goal is a great way for him to make an introduction.

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: