Robyn Regehr

Regehr wins first Stanley Cup, Sutter found it hard to not play him


Los Angeles Kings defenseman Robyn Regehr hadn’t played in the playoffs since Game 1 against the Anaheim Ducks. When the Stanley Cup was handed to captain Dustin Brown following the 3-2 double-overtime victory in Game 5 against the New York Rangers, Regehr was next in line to raise the Cup after him.

For Regehr, 34, it was his first time winning the Stanley Cup and while he was healthy enough to play after being injured against the Ducks, Kings coach Darryl Sutter said it was one of his hardest decisions to not play him in Game 5.

“I told Robyn that last night,” Sutter said. “Again, it goes back to last year, we got beat in the Conference Finals. Robyn got out of the hospital, played games, had to go back to the hospital, played games.

“He’d been out so long, that’s your biggest concern. Quite honestly I thought about it again this morning, about how much trust you have in everybody.

“By Browny doing that, it tells you how they feel about each other.”

As for finally getting to lift the Stanley Cup, Regehr didn’t know for sure he’d be second in line as’s Pierre LeBrun shared.

“I had a little bit of an idea. Matt [Greene] and some of the other veteran guys were talking about it before, and [maybe they] just said [to Brown], ‘If you wanted to give it to Marian [Gaborik] first,’ but I guess they thought I was older than him, so I have a little more seniority. It’s an amazing feeling. It’s taken me 15 years. I got within a goal about 10 years ago. Just to get back here again was just awesome.”

Regehr said he had a hard time putting his skates on and just getting dressed to be on the ice for the ceremony is something he’ll never forget. After coming so close to winning it all in 2004 with Calgary, he’ll never have to worry about missing out on glory again.

Kane scores OT-winner, caps Islanders’ bumpy start in Brooklyn

Patrick Kane

On paper, it’s the perfect way to kick off meaningful hockey in Brooklyn, as the New York Islanders faced the defending champion Chicago Blackhawks on Friday.

In reality, there were some highs and lows, culminating with Patrick Kane scoring a power-play overtime-winner to give Chicago a 3-2 (OT) win.

The Barclays Center crowd was going to be a big part of the story one way or another, but even by building-opening standards, the audience made some waves.

Indeed, Kane was greeted with some jeers during his first road appearance of the 2015-16 season, though he didn’t sound surprised.

(There were other controversial chants, apparently.)

Speaking of the crowd, it may not have been the greatest turnout:

ESPN goes way, way in depth on how the change of locale was received, by the way.

It wasn’t a perfect night inside the rink, either, as there weren’t exactly rave reviews about ice quality. New York Newsday’s Arthur Staple compared the ice to a “slushy” and “soup,” with an anonymous Islander (or Islanders) describing the conditions as “awful.”

Kane was pretty diplomatic about it, for what it’s worth.


So, no, it was not a perfect night for the Islanders.

They probably envisioned a teeming, perfectly mannered crowd. Management likely expected Jaroslav Halak to be in net, too.

Sometimes breaking ground is often about overcoming those early stumbles, though, and maybe the best review is to parallel the on-ice results: the Isles at least got a point out of it.

Let’s not forget that there are some cool perks that come with this situation, even if the specifics may vary.

If you want even more information/photos/etc., you’d probably do well to check out #IslesOpeningNight.

Columbus collapse: Rangers spoil Blue Jackets’ opener

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For a little more than a minute, Brandon Saad was going to be the story of the Columbus Blue Jackets’ opener. Instead, his power-play goal merely got the ball rolling on a flabbergasting finish.

The New York Rangers scored three goals in 1:17 of game time to manage a 4-2 win.

They’ve now spoiled home openers for the Chicago Blackhawks and Columbus Blue Jackets to begin their 2015-16 season.

It might be easiest just to show you when the goals were scored, noting that the third period began with a 1-1 tie.

Brandon Saad power-play goal: 16:10 into third period (2-1 Columbus)
Oscar Lindberg: 17:24 (2-2 tie)
Kevin Hayes: 17:41 (3-2 Rangers)
Mats Zuccarello: 18:41 (4-2 Rangers)

Yikes. Zuccarello scored two of the Rangers’ goals, while a beauty by Cam Atkinson is likely long forgotten.