A PHT congratulations goes out to San Jose forward Bracken Kearns, who scored his first NHL goal last night at the age of 32.
“It was amazing, absolutely amazing. It felt so good,” said Kearns, per CSN Bay Area: “I’ve dreamt about scoring in the NHL since I was a kid, so it’s an amazing feeling.”
The goal gave the Sharks a 3-0 lead over the Ducks in a contest San Jose went on to win, 3-1, snapping Anaheim’s 10-game winning streak in the process.
We wrote about Kearns — son of former NHL d-man Dennis Kearns — a couple of years ago when he was making his NHL debut at the age of 30.
Here’s the goal:
If you’re curious, the oldest player to score his first NHL goal is former Soviet star Helmut Balderis, who did it at age 37 as a member of the Minnesota North Stars.
Following his stunning 41-game suspension, it looks like Raffi Torres has at least one former teammate in his corner.
We haven’t yet seen how the San Jose Sharks or the NHLPA are reacting to the league’s hammer-dropping decision to punish Torres for his Torres-like hit on Jakob Silfverberg, but Jason Demers decided to put in a good word for Torres tonight.
It was a simple message: “#FreeTorres.”
Demers, now of the Dallas Stars, was once with Torres and the Sharks. (In case this post’s main image didn’t make that clear enough already.)
Perhaps this will become “a thing” at some point.
So far, it seems like it’s instead “a thing (that people are making fun of).”
… You get the idea.
The bottom line is that there are some who either a) blindly support Torres because they’re Sharks fans or b) simply think that the punishment was excessive.
The most important statement came from the Department of Player Safety, though.
Those who feel as though the Boston Bruins may rebound – John Tortorella, maybe? – likely rest some of their optimism on the back of a healthy Zdeno Chara.
It’s possible that he’s merely limping into what may otherwise be a healthy 2015-16 season, but it’s definitely looking like a slow start thanks to a lower-body injury.
The latest sign of a bumpy beginning came on Monday, as several onlookers (including CSNNE.com’s Joe Haggerty) pointed out that Chara was listed on injured reserve.
As Haggerty notes, that move is retroactive to Sept. 24, so his status really just opens up options for the Bruins.
Still … it’s a little unsettling, isn’t it?
The Bruins likely realize that they need to transition away from their generational behemoth, but last season provided a stark suggestion that may not be ready yet. Trading Dougie Hamilton and losing Dennis Seidenberg to injury only make them more dependent on the towering 38-year-old.
This isn’t really something to panic about, yet it might leave a few extra seats open on the Bruins’ bandwagon.