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Video: O’Reilly takes advantage of giveaway, scores first goal for Avalanche


Ryan O’Reilly was opportunistic and it worked out for him and the Colorado Avalanche.

O’Reilly took advantage of a terrible Francois Beauchemin giveaway – meant to be a pass into the middle of the ice – at the Ducks blue line, went in alone and buried a wrist shot past Viktor Fasth to open the scoring.

Things have gone from bad to worse. The Avalanche opened up a 4-0 lead after two periods, and rookie Nathan MacKinnon, the first overall pick in this year’s draft, recorded his first career NHL point, an assist on Jamie McGinn’s goal.

Welcome back, Babs: Red Wings chase Bernier

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Mike Babcock admitted that there might be a painful transformation as he tries to fix the Toronto Maple Leafs.

His old friends made that abundantly, painfully clear on Friday.

As of this writing, the Detroit Red Wings are up 4-0 on the Buds. Justin Abdelkader just completed a hat trick with James Reimer in net, so the subplot isn’t just about Jonathan Bernier having another tough start.

The big story might just be Detroit’s varied new line of Abdelkader, Dylan Larkin (who scored his first career goal) and Henrik Zetterberg. At the moment, they’ve combined for seven points.

This post will be updated if Detroit’s tribute video to Babcock surfaces.

Really, though, this beating has been about as ugly as this blanket so far.

Blue Jackets’ Wennberg done for night with upper-body injury

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It wouldn’t be a regular season game without a Columbus Blue Jackets injury, right?

OK, the Blue Jackets hope that 2015-16 looks different from the medically challenged mess of last season, but at least one player is banged up tonight.

Alexander Wennberg suffered an upper-body injury and won’t return on Friday, as the team noted.

There’s no word yet regarding how serious the issue might be. It looks like he might have suffered an injury thanks to a Chris Kreider check:

Naturally, the Blue Jackets must hope that this doesn’t begin another trend.