In a tight game like the Chicago Blackhawks’ eventual 3-1 win against the Los Angeles Kings, seeing a 2-0 lead turn into a 1-1 tie after a disallowed goal and then a tying tally moments later can be devastating.
The Blackhawks didn’t deny that it was a tough moment in the second period, yet they managed to move on and eventually win 3-1.
Attribute it to their championship experience or any other factors, but the ‘Hawks managed to shake it off.
“Yeah, I think that’s what it was all about, was just trying to forget about it, not get too worked up about a call that didn’t go our way,” Jonathan Toews said after the game. “To add insult to injury, they came right back to score to tie it up not too long after. That’s where we did a good job of just forgetting about what happened, moving on, focusing on our game [and] not getting away from [it].”
Head coach Joel Quenneville essentially gave a no comment response upon being asked about the disallowed goal, but he was awfully animated when it actually happened.
Here’s video of the disallowed goal:
The Los Angeles Kings and Mike Richards may be nearing a settlement in their dispute over Richards’ terminated contract, TSN’s Bob McKenzie is reporting.
You can read the report for all the details, but we’re sure curious about this part:
If a settlement is reached, there’s no word yet on what salary cap penalties the Kings would still face. There’s bound to be something, but not likely as onerous as the full value of Richards’ contract, which carries with it a cap hit of $5.75 million. If there’s a settlement, Richards would undoubtedly become a free agent though there’s no telling at this point what monies he would be entitled to from the Kings in a settlement.
The issue here is precedent, and what this case could set. The NHL and NHLPA can’t allow teams to escape onerous contracts through a back door, and many are adamant that that’s what the Kings were attempting to do in Richards’ case.
The NHL wants to take an educational approach — not a punitive one — to deter its players from using illicit drugs like cocaine.
“My interest is not to go around punishing people,” Bettman told Sportsnet today.
“My interest is getting players to understand the consequences of doing something that could jeopardize this great, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that they’ve been given, to play in the NHL.”
While some players have expressed surprise at hearing that cocaine use is growing, the anecdotal evidence of substance abuse has been very much in the news, from Jarret Stoll‘s arrest to Mike Richards’ arrest to, more recently, Zack Kassian‘s placement in the NHL/NHLPA’s treatment program.
“We don’t have the unilateral right to do things here. We need the consent of the Players’ Association,” Bettman said. “It’s not about punishment. It’s about making sure we get it to stop.”
Related: Cocaine in the NHL: A concern, but not a crisis?