James O'Brien

Kings mute Blues despite Allen’s strong work

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Wait, the Los Angeles Kings were the team closing off a back-to-back set in this one, right?

You’d think the shoe was on the other foot on Tuesday, as the Kings often took it to the St. Louis Blues in an eventual 3-0 win.

The Kings managed to overcome an absolutely stellar performance by Blues netminder Jake Allen, who made eye-popping stops like these.

Jeff Carter eventually took advantage of a series of Kings power-play opportunities, Tanner Pearson scored a confidence-booster to make it 2-0 and the margin was inflated a bit by an empty-netter.

It seemed like both teams eased off a bit in third (maybe fatigue was setting in), but through two periods, the Kings flexed their muscles, seen most simply with a 29-16 shot advantage.

With that, Los Angeles now has victories in eight of nine games, only falling to the defending champion Chicago Blackhawks in that span.

Speaking of Chicago, the Blues will hope to parallel the Kings’ Tuesday turnaround, as St. Louis visits the Blackhawks on NBCSN tomorrow.

Scary crash ends Connor McDavid’s night; Oilers top Flyers

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In a high-impact sport like hockey, even a sure-thing player’s praise must be couched in the “health permitting” caveat.

With that in mind, Edmonton Oilers fans – and plenty of fans of the sport at large – are holding their breath after an unsettling crash by Connor McDavid.

You can see video above while Sportsnet’s Faizal Khamisa shared a couple GIFs of the fall.

The Edmonton Oilers recently announced that McDavid won’t return to the game.

There aren’t many details beyond that, although the early word isn’t very promising.

Update: To the credit of the Oilers, they rallied after McDavid’s injury, managing a 4-2 win.

Maybe Tampa Bay’s offense didn’t wake up, after all

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The swag might still be on hold.

After showing some life on Sunday, the Tampa Bay Lightning once again had a very quiet offense night, this time falling to the Detroit Red Wings by a score of 2-1.

At the moment, a 4-3 win against the Carolina Hurricanes looks more like a blip on the radar than a breakthrough. Just look at their recent work:

Oct. 24: Lost to Chicago 1-0 in OT.
Oct. 27: Lost to St. Louis 2-0.
Oct. 29: 2-1 defeat to Colorado
Oct. 31: Fell 3-1 to Boston.
Nov. 1: 4-3 win vs. Carolina.
Tonight: 2-1 loss to Detroit.

Yeah, that’s not ideal, and they’re not scoring very often at even-strength.

Much has been made of Jon Cooper (at least previously?) not being concerned about Tampa Bay’s slow start. It’s at least worth wondering if maybe the Bolts should pick up the pace a little, isn’t it?

Whatever the case may be, few expected the Lightning to begin 2015-16 with a middling 6-6-2 record.

One way or another, Cooper & Co. need to start looking for answers.

Kopitar’s tough night ends with upper-body injury

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Getting thwarted by Jake Allen on a golden opportunity isn’t the low point of Anze Kopitar‘s Tuesday night.

According to various sources including Los Angeles Kings Insider’s Jon Rosen, Kopitar won’t return to tonight’s contest against the St. Louis Blues because of an upper-body injury.

As you can see in the video above, it’s suspected that a hit from Ryan Reaves injured Kopitar.

It’s certainly a concern for the mostly red-hot Kings, though the bigger picture severity is yet unknown.

 

Ouch times three: Tyler Seguin scores hat trick vs. Bruins

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Hey, did you hear that the Boston Bruins traded Tyler Seguin?

All joking aside, Seguin had one heck of a game against his former team, as he generated a hat trick (and counting?) for the Dallas Stars in Boston.

His hat trick can be seen in the video above.

(We’ll also see if the Stars can protect their current 4-2 lead against the Bruins and end up with the win.)

Too little surprise, Seguin’s strong night is generating jeers from jilted B’s fans.

Apparently that first tally helped Seguin reach a milestone faster than anyone in his draft class:

All due respect to Taylor Hall and others, but at this pace, Seguin will be tough to catch.

Loui Eriksson scored two goals tonight, in case you’re wondering.

Update: The Stars managed a 5-3 win.

In other tough news for Boston, Chris Kelly‘s out six-to-eight months. See how he got hurt here.

Also, here’s video of Antoine Roussel‘s slew foot on Zac Rinaldo.