Remember this guy? Mike Keenan is back in the news — for a tirade on the bench during a recent KHL game.
Keenan, who coaches for Metallurg MG, was irate with a penalty call that, at least based on his numerous gestures, he appeared to believe was a dive committed by an opposing player from Lada after a hit from behind into the end boards.
The Boston Bruins, losers of six in a row, will not have David Krejci for their Sunday tilt against the Chicago Blackhawks.
Krejci left Friday’s loss against the St. Louis Blues during the second period and did not return. The extent of his injury isn’t exactly known right now, with the Bruins on the road. But head coach Claude Julien confirmed the 28-year-old center will not be in the lineup.
Subban was pulled in his NHL debut Friday, after allowing three goals on just six shots. The former first-round pick was critical of his play afterward.
“It’s not the game I wanted it to be for the team,” said Subban, as per CSNNE.com. “Obviously I need to look at the game, and the stuff I did wrong. I was way too deep on all three goals regardless of how they went in – tip, screen, knuckle-puck, whatever – I’ve got to challenge more. If it was the AHL I would have been out more, and maybe those don’t go in.”
“Whether it’s nerves or whatever it is, there are no excuses. You’ve got to stop the puck. I was way too deep on all three goals, and I didn’t give myself a chance to make the saves.”
The Flames had the lead going into the final period. In fact, they had a 2-0 advantage at one point. And then they fell apart. The loss prevents them from leapfrogging the Vancouver Canucks, losers earlier Friday evening in New Jersey, in the Pacific Division standings.
Meanwhile, the Ducks move to 79 points, 10 ahead of Vancouver in the division.
“We need to be at this time. I think everyone else is desperate right now and if you’re not playing that way you’re going to lose a lot of games as we’ve seen in the last two weeks here. It was nice to get one win and try to get this thing rolling back the other way again.”
The Ducks, with six different scorers on the night, went from trailing by a goal to up by two in the span of only 5:22 in the third period. They extended that lead to three goals.
“From the bench, I could feel that, I don’t know, we didn’t have our energy,” said Flames head coach Bob Hartley. “In the third period, that’s by far the worst third period we’ve played all year.”
The Avalanche is a long shot to make the playoffs, with three teams to leapfrog just to get into ninth place in the Western Conference. The Avs are desperate, though, and seven points out of the final Wild Card spot.
Chicago’s captain Jonathan Toews wasn’t pleased with the effort of his team, especially at a time when other teams below them in the standings are trying to make a late push to the post-season.
“Especially when we’re playing a division team that’s chasing a playoff spot, that’s on its last legs and has to win to survive. We’re in that position, too. We’ve got to think much the same. I don’t know why we’re so comfortable playing a team like that.”
Bit of a difficult night for goaltenders. Just ask Corey Crawford.
He allowed four goals on 30 shots and his Chicago Blackhawks lost to the Colorado Avalanche 4-1 on Friday. But the one goal that basically ended any hope of a Chicago comeback on this night came off the stick of defenseman Brad Stuart.
Stuart’s flip shot from center ice bounced its way to the Blackhawks net and under the stick of Crawford, giving Colorado its three-goal lead. The reaction of the fans, tossing their heads back and hands in the air as a collective group, says it all.
The 35-year-old Stuart is up to two goals this season.