Usually, Roberto Luongo’s best one-liners come on Twitter, but he provided one of his best yet to the press in reaction to an own-goal that was credited to Lars Eller on Saturday:
“I didn’t give it up so I don’t know what happened,” Luongo said, via Sportsnet Pacific.
What it for yourself and decide who’s most to blame:
So, what do you think? Should it be Luongo? Maybe Dan Hamhuis? Or should we chalk it up to Murphy’s Law?
Adding insult to injury, that goal – credited to Lars Eller – stands as a shorthanded game-winning goal.
Canucks coach John Tortorella remarked that Vancouver didn’t play well in the third period, which is tough to deny since the Montreal Canadiens stacked on two more goals (and an 18-9 shot disparity) to finish things up 4-1.
Maybe everyone couldn’t shake off the stink of that own-goal? They better deal with it, either way, because it will make plenty of blooper reels over a holiday weekend in Canada.
When the Los Angeles Kings announced they’d settled with Mike Richards, it didn’t take long for the accusations of salary-cap circumvention to materialize.
And though NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly was adamant that the settlement was “far from” circumvention, apparently not everyone agrees with the league in that regard.
“Privately, other teams are screaming bloody murder and are threatening to make an issue about it at December’s Board of Governors’ meeting,” Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman reports.
Friedman goes into more detail in his story, so click the link to read more.
But remember how we wrote that the issue in this case was precedent, and that the “NHL and NHLPA can’t allow teams to escape onerous contracts through a back door”?
Well, one agent posed a good question to Friedman: “What’s to stop other teams from trying this?”
So, let’s recap the start of Carolina’s ’15-16 campaign:
No wins and two losses, including their home opener against Detroit on Saturday. A torn ACL for veteran d-man James Wisniewski, and a shoulder injury for third-line center Riley Nash.
Oh, and Tuesday night’s game against Florida will the last time the ‘Canes play at PNC Arena until Oct. 30 — because after tonight, they embark on a seven-game, 13-day road trip through Detroit, Washington, Colorado, Los Angeles, San Jose, Detroit (again) and Brooklyn.
Tough times, but the ‘Canes aren’t ready to panic.
“There are 80 games left,” Jordan Staal explained, per the Raleigh News and Observer. “It’s a long season. Our philosophy all season will be moving on to the next shift, next game, next practice. We’re always trying to get better and I think we improved on our game from the Nashville game.
“We had a tough ending last game but had a lot of good things, as well. We just want to get that first win and build on that.”
It’s pretty obvious Carolina wants to avoid a repeat of last season, when it went 0-6-2 to start the year and didn’t register a victory until Nov. 1 (yeah, the ‘Canes didn’t win a single game in October).
It was a tough start to Bill Peters’ head coaching tenure and essentially derailed the entire season; the ‘Canes played well in stretches — including a 7-3-2 record in January — but were pretty much hamstrung by that disastrous start.