Wow, what an NHL debut for Pittsburgh Penguins forward Jake Guentzel.
A third-round pick of the Penguins in 2013, Guentzel was recalled to the big club earlier today and inserted into the lineup versus the New York Rangers.
Just 1:02 into the first period, he scored his first NHL goal on his first shot during his first shift.
Here it is:
Great reaction from the family, too.
He then scored again later in the first period. Yeah, quite a debut.
This isn’t the first time a John Tortorella team or a player he coaches has been publicly criticized by the opposition. And it probably won’t be the last time.
On Sunday, Washington Capitals coach Barry Trotz strongly suggested Columbus Blue Jackets forward Nick Foligno embellished on a play leading to a high-sticking penalty call on Capitals forward Nicklas Backstrom.
The Blue Jackets scored on that ensuing power play, giving them a late winning goal.
A refresher on what Trotz had to say:
“If you look at it … he doesn’t really touch him. And then (Foligno’s head) pops up when (Backstrom’s) stick is already on the way down,” he said.
“That’s just a little bit disrespectful to the game. So, the league will look at that and we have fines for that. I’m sure that will be something they took advantage of. I wouldn’t be too happy if I was a referee.”
On Monday, Torts responded as only Torts could.
“I read it – quit whining,” said Tortorella, per the Columbus Dispatch. “Quit whining, that’s all I have to say.”
If you’ll recall, Torts once told Joe Thornton, through the media, to “just shut up” after the San Jose Sharks forward accused the New York Rangers — Tortorella’s former team — of being a soft team to play against.
Foligno also told the Dispatch that he didn’t expect to hear from the league on this matter.
“I think I was most offended by his remarks only because anyone who knows me and knows the way I play, that’s probably the furthest thing from my mind there,” added Foligno.
From injury, to trade rumors, to a lack of production, to his coach calling him out for undisciplined play, this has been a turbulent start to the season on the ice for Evander Kane.
The Buffalo Sabres forward has one assist in seven games after returning to the lineup from his earlier rib injury — and offseason off-ice issues as well.
Speculation about a possible trade involving the Vancouver Canucks has swirled for weeks, especially with the Canucks in the market for a scoring forward, although it appears that idea has dried up in recent days.
But with all the trade talk, Kane has tried to set the record straight about how he feels playing for the Sabres — in just his second year with the franchise.
“I like to think I’m pretty well informed, but at the same time you never know what can happen. I don’t worry about it. I’m very, very, very happy with where I’m at here in Buffalo. And maybe I couldn’t have said that in the past in my career,” Kane told the Buffalo News.
The Sabres ended a six-game losing streak by stunning the Pittsburgh Penguins of all teams in a shootout on Saturday. After recording his first point of the season last Thursday, Kane went out against the Penguins and had two shots on goal in 21:30 of ice time.
The Sabres play the Calgary Flames on Monday. It’s a chance for Buffalo to win two in a row, which has happened only once so far this season.
It wasn’t a triple deke, glove side.
But Aleksander Barkov‘s shootout winner against the New York Rangers was the epitome of fancy, as he helped the Florida Panthers complete the comeback Sunday.
Barkov played the puck off his skate, then pulled a one-handed deke against a helpless Henrik Lundqvist for the goal. How do you like that, Peter Forsberg?
The puck just barely crossed the goal line. Lundqvist made an attempt to dive back and swipe the puck off the goal line, but he was a split second too late.
Meanwhile, the Rangers not only suffered the loss, but forward Mika Zibanejad suffered a broken fibula after crashing feet-first into the boards during overtime. He’s expected to miss six to eight weeks.
The New York Rangers lost in the shootout to the Florida Panthers on Sunday, but the news was much worse for Alain Vigneault’s group.
Rangers forward Mika Zibanejad went crashing into the end boards, feet first, during overtime and was unable to put pressure on his left leg as he was helped off the ice by his teammates.
Vigneault announced after the game that Zibanejad suffered a broken fibula and is expected to be out six to eight weeks.
The Panthers came back to win 3-2 in the shootout. Keith Yandle, the former Rangers defenseman, scored his first goal as a member of the Panthers.
But for the Rangers, the loss of Zibanejad from that high-scoring lineup is significant. He scored in Sunday’s game, to go with four shots on goal, and has five goals and 15 points in 19 games for New York.
“Every team has got injuries and we don’t expect to be any different,” Vigneault told reporters. “Like every coach says in these moments: It’s an opportunity for somebody else to get more ice time and … I’m confident whoever we decide to put in that spot will be able to do the job for us.”