James O'Brien

Bad as it Getz: Ducks run out of gas, blow lead vs. Stars


At first, it seemed like the sort of situation that might rally the Anaheim Ducks, as they shook off bad news about Ryan Getzlaf and managed an early 3-0 lead.

That edge evaporated, however, and the story changed to “Hey, at least the Ducks might salvage a point tonight, not so bad considering back-to-back games.”

Then … well, Antoine Roussel scored with about a minute and a half left, giving the Stars a 4-3 win and a true kick to the groin for the Ducks. They get nothing but regrets.

It couldn’t be more obvious that Anaheim ran out of gas in this one, either, although Bruce Boudreau denies as much.

The Ducks were up 3-0 heading into the first intermission before Dallas tied it up in the second period, with Anaheim managing a small 18-17 SOG edge.

The bottom fell out for Anaheim in the third period, as the Stars poured it on. The Ducks managed just two shots in the final frame (versus 17 for Dallas).

It seemed like Frederik Andersen might bail them out, but then he caved. Just brutal.

Before you call for Boudreau’s head

Allow this quick note while you gather your pitchforks.

Anaheim’s about to close out a five-game road trip against the Blues on Thursday.

They’ll play six of seven games at home to begin November, so why not see if Boudreau can right the ship then? (See their schedule here.)

Now, things get hairy after that (five of six on the road), but maybe the Ducks will be in a better place then?

Let’s not kid ourselves, though; these are absolutely the types of losses that might inspire drastic changes. Should Anaheim cut the cord with Boudreau or give him a little extra time?

Allen shines for Blues as Bolts suffer second straight shutout


You can make an argument that both the St. Louis Blues and Tampa Bay Lightning were in a tough way on Tuesday.

Sure, the Blues’ situation stands as more obvious.

They’re just getting bombarded by injury issues right now, forcing them to show resiliency early in the season in more ways than one.*

The Lightning didn’t really have it easy, either, as tonight’s game closed out a daunting four-game road trip through the Central Division.

In other words, both teams had excuses, even if neither seemed to lean on them. Ultimately, it was the Blues who fought through their challenges the best, as Jake Allen earned his first shutout of 2015-16 in a 2-0 win for St. Louis.

Scott Gomez scored the meaningful goal in this one, as Troy Brouwer found an empty net.

Those who easily panic will note that the Lightning have now suffered two straight shutout losses. The effort was there for the Bolts, yet Tampa Bay’s been a bit up-and-down to start off what’s a significant season for the franchise.

* – See their six-game road trip from Oct. 10-20 as injuries began to pile up.

Krejci scores twice as Bruins clobber Coyotes

David Pastrnak, Torey Krug, David Krejci

Earlier on Tuesday evening, we wondered if the Boston Bruins might take advantage of a banged-up Arizona Coyotes team for their first home win of 2015-16.

The answer ended up being an emphatic “yes,” as the Bruins clobbered the Coyotes by a humbling score of 6-0.

Matt Beleskey played nicely in his return from a brief injury hiatus, nabbing two assists.

He wasn’t the Bruins player who stood out the most, however, as David Krejci‘s red-hot start is finally becoming so impressive that it might not slip under the radar any longer.

Things could change tonight, but right now it looks like he expanded his NHL scoring lead with two goals, giving him 14 points so far.

Update: Jamie Benn moved ahead of him with three assists (thus 15 points), but still an impressive start.

In other good news for the Bruins, Tuukka Rask earned his first shutout of 2015-16.

For the Coyotes, it was a good lesson and a serious beating.

If you want to read the latest Coyotes-on-the-move rumors, check ESPN’s article here.

(Gasp) – A winning streak for the Blue Jackets

Scott Hartnell, Ryan Johansen, Brandon Dubinsky, Cody Goloubef

Break up the Columbus Blue Jackets.

All joking aside, the team has to feel a little better on Tuesday, as their 3-1 win against the New Jersey Devils gives them two straight wins.

Yes, that’s their first winning streak just days after their first win of the season. Those are some useful firsts, and hey, they at least came in October.

Maybe the most promising news is that Sergei Bobrovsky was in the net for each win, this time stopping 23 out of 24 shots for New Jersey.

Now, it’s maybe too early to get too excited. Beyond the hole they’re still in, they only managed 14 SOG.

John Tortorella & Co. will probably take it, even if he might have needed to yell a bit tonight.

Korpikoski shaken up by Dumba hit; McDavid keeps scoring


So far tonight, it’s a matter of good news and bad news for the Edmonton Oilers.

Let’s start with the bad, like pulling a Band-Aid off quickly rather than slowly; Lauri Korpikoski may be injured after a borderline hit by Minnesota Wild defenseman Mathew Dumba.

Dumba didn’t receive a penalty for that check, but Eric Gryba was whistled for roughing in responding on behalf of “The Korpedo.”

You can see the hit in the video above. Dan Tencer discusses the hit:

That’s not great, but Connor McDavid still appears to be. He (and also Nail Yakupov) kept a point streak going with an assist on this Taylor Hall goal.

Update: More good news/bad news for the Oilers.

The bad: Minnesota won 4-3.

Good? Darnell Nurse’s first NHL goal was impressive.