Goal turns Toews’ frown upside down

Instead of writing paragraph after paragraph about Jonathan Toews’ struggles, this photo from Game 4 probably told the greatest story from the Chicago Blackhawks captain’s frustrations:

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That’s just one of the sad Toews face shots (this one via Getty) that some delighted in passing around on the Internet. The 25-year-old star finally broke through for his first goal in Game 5 and Bryan Bickell told the Chicago Sun-Times’ Mark Lazerus that it was easy to notice the difference.

“It’s nice to a smile on his face instead of that frown,” Bickell said.

“Captain Serious” did indeed seem seriously relieved on Saturday.

“Just goes to show if you get excited and have that positive feeling in your locker room and on the bench, hey, anything can happen,” Toews said. “It builds your confidence, I don’t care who you are. When you see it go in, you feel like you can do it again.”

A confident Blackhawks team is probably the last thing the Detroit Red Wings wanted to see, so winning Game 6 just got that much more important.

Report: Sean Avery was arrested last week

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From the Southampton Press:

Sean Avery, the former National Hockey League player, was arrested by Southampton Village Police last week on two criminal charges.

According to authorities, Mr. Avery was arrested September 30 following a routine traffic stop on Jennings Avenue in the village at about 4:09 p.m. He was charged with fourth-degree criminal mischief and two counts of seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, all misdemeanors.

Police said the criminal mischief charge involved an incident the day before, when Mr. Avery allegedly threw objects at passing vehicles.

As for those counts of possession, according to the newspaper, Avery was found to have “two prescription drugs, acetaminophen with oxycodone and roxicodone.”

He was released on $500 bail and ordered to appear in court at a later date.

Did we mention he’s supposed to get married this weekend?

H/t Gawker

Devils send ’15 first-rounder Zacha back to junior

2015 NHL Draft - Round One

Pavel Zacha was this close to making his NHL debut.

Just days prior to opening their season against the Jets, the Devils returned Zacha — the sixth overall pick at this year’s draft — back to his junior club in OHL Sarnia.

The move comes after Zacha, 18, impressed throughout training camp and the preseason. He appeared in four exhibition games for New Jersey, scoring one point while endearing himself to the organizational brass, coaching staff and players.

“He understands the game. He plays with a maturity. It’s crazy to think an 18-year-old coming out of high school is up here and playing with the maturity and understanding of the game with the new system,” Kyle Palmieri told “I think he’s got a lot of raw talent there as a power forward. He’s got the body for it, the puck-handling skills and the nose for the net.”

At 6-foot-3 and 210 pounds, Zacha has the frame and physical stature to play at the NHL level, and looked the part for long stretches of the exhibition season, getting turns on New Jersey’s top line.

The decision to send him back to junior is probably the right one, however.

Zacha only turned 18 in April and has limited experience even at the OHL level; ’14-15 was his first year with Sarnia, though he did appear in 38 Czech League games (for Liberec) the season prior.