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Video: Sharks’ aggressiveness pays off … except against each other

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The San Jose Sharks have been aggressive so far on Monday, and it’s paid off … for the most part.

As you an see in the video above, Logan Couture finally found the net during this injury-ravaged season, giving him five points (and maybe counting?) in just 10 games.

That wasn’t the only moment in which the Sharks forced the issue and reaped rewards, as Joe Thornton forced a Joe Colborne turnover, and then finished the play after a nice Joe Pavelski pass (“Joe to Joe to Joe”) for a nice goal:

Yep, good stuff from the Sharks … but the aggressiveness had its negative side:

There was also a scary moment in which Justin Braun was bloodied by a wayward puck, which you can see at CSNBayArea.com.

Unfortunately, after playing some of the game, Tommy Wingels may in fact be injured:

Update: Maybe the real drawback of the Sharks’ aggressiveness came during the second period, where they saw a 3-1 lead dissolve into a 3-3 tie after giving Calgary what began as a 5-on-3 man advantage.

San Jose ultimately won 5-4.

Dan Girardi suffers lacerated hand, won’t return for Rangers

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The New York Rangers announced that defenseman Dan Girardi won’t return to Monday’s game against the Boston Bruins because he suffered a lacerated hand.

Yikes indeed.

That unfortunate moment took place during the second period.

Here’s the latest update.

The best footage of that unfortunate moment so far comes via GIFs from Stephanie “My Regular Face.”

It’s been a rocky season for Girardi, whether he’s been hurt or just struggling on the ice, so some Rangers fans may view this as a blessing in disguise.

Update: The Rangers gutted out a win in the third period, edging the Bruins 2-1.

Aaron Ekblad can’t play for red-hot Panthers tonight

Aaron Ekblad won’t be on hand on Monday to help the Florida Panthers push their franchise-best winning streak to 13 games.

Apparently that questionable boarding hit by Edmonton Oilers grinder Matt Hendricks is keeping him out at least one game, as he cannot play against the Vancouver Canucks tonight.

You can see that hit, which prompted a hearing with the NHL, in the video above.

Steven Kampfer was activated from IR to take Ekblad’s place.

Ekblad’s been solid in his sophomore season, although he’s been a little quiet lately, managing just an assist in his past five games.

The Panthers will miss him either way, as we’ll see if Roberto Luongo can keep his winning ways going against his former chums in Vancouver.

Calgary’s mayor jousts with Bettman on new Flames arena

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NHL commissioner Gary Bettman insisted that the Calgary Flames need to get the ball rolling on a new arena, rather than falling “further behind.”

Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi disagrees with such a hasty approach.

“The longer it takes, the harder the task becomes,” Bettman said. “CalgaryNEXT needs to happen and as part of the broader project, the Flames need a new arena.”

That’s the short version of this debate regarding a possible new arena for the Flames, but as the Canadian Press’ story attests, it gets juicier than that.

Nenshi’s response to Bettman’s comments might bring joy to the hearts of those who aren’t the biggest fan of the league’s commissioner.

(A few good zingers in there, indeed.)

Again, Bettman’s argument in some ways revolving around avoiding falling “further behind,” and revolves at least a bit about keeping pace with the Edmonton Oilers … even if he sort of denies that pressure at the same time.

“It’s not about keeping up with the Jones’ of Edmonton or Detroit, I’m talking about a vision for the future that increases Calgary’s stature,” Bettman said, according to 660 News.

It’s an interesting debate, so check out more from Bettman in particular here and here.


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Seeing Crosby, Malkin ‘dancing around’ left Subban muttering expletives

PITTSBURGH - OCTOBER 9:  PK Subban #76 of the Montreal Canadiens has words with Sidney Crosby #87 of the Pittsburgh Penguins at Consol Energy Center on October 9, 2010 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  The Canadiens defeated the Penguins 3-2.  (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

The beauty and danger of post-game interviews is that, even in an age of “brand consciousness,” players and coaches sometimes let their true feelings slip.

That happened on Saturday when P.K. Subban let a few naughty words fly following the Montreal Canadiens’ 3-1 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins.

(Here’s your chance to apply the digital version of earmuffs, as the uncensored version of his comments can be seen at the end of this post.)

Just look at how different Subban’s demeanor seemed to be once he got a little time to cool off:

The Canadian Press caught up with Subban on Monday, and he further explained why he lost his cool (while providing his trademark charm when discussing the fact that he got “in trouble” with his parents for the tirade).

“But sometimes that’s the way it is. It’s just frustration,” Subban said. “Usually I do a good job of controlling that but I guess it sort of boiled over. When you see guys like (Sidney) Crosby and (Evgeni) Malkin out there dancing around and having their own way, it’s a little frustrating.”

If it’s not obvious enough already that this was one of those “nature of the beast” moments, even Montreal management seems to understand the outburst.

You can read more about Subban’s Monday reactions, and how Max Pacioretty dismisses any tension with Subban as a “non-story” in the Canadian Press’ piece.


Oh, and here’s what Subban said. Cover any child’s eyes: