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Los Angeles Kings v Winnipeg Jets

Kings, Jets engage in violent, high-scoring first period


As of this writing, the Los Angeles Kings and Winnipeg Jets have only played one period of hockey, yet you’d think it was a full night of action.

The score’s already 3-2 as the Kings stormed back from a 3-0 deficit to make it a game again. Three of those five tallies came on the power play, to boot.

There’s a reason why special teams units have been a factor beyond the efficiency of both team’s power play units, too. Simply put, it’s been a physical game so far; that much was probably most clear when Kyle Clifford caught Anthony Peluso with a controversial hit that caused a ruckus (as the Kings’ website notes):

Dustin Byfuglien has been throwing his big body around as well:

We’ll see if there are more fireworks as this game goes on.

Here’s an idea of how wild the start was, if you stretch the parameters ever so slightly:

Update: The Jets ended up winning 5-4 (shootout) in a contest that was still pretty contentious and exciting as it went on.

Brian Elliott’s hot streak goes cold; St. Louis wins anyway (Update)

Brian Elliott

The St. Louis Blues have been a bulldozer of an offensive team lately, and Brian Elliott’s probably been the goalie who benefited the most from that work recently. Elliott and the Blues hit a brick wall in the form of the Carolina Hurricanes tonight, though.

After only allowing four goals during a three-game winning streak, Elliott gave up three goals in less than 13 minutes of play before getting replaced by Jake Allen on Saturday.

Eric Staal’s goal was the straw that broke the camel’s back, yet it’s also evidence that it was a slow start for the Blues as a whole, not just Elliott:

Did the Blues merely take the Hurricanes too lightly tonight? We’ll see if they can manage a comeback.

Update: It turns out St. Louis did manage to rally in this one. The Blues came back from 3-1 and 4-3 deficits to send the game to overtime and eventually win 5-4 via a shootout. Clearly, it isn’t wise to count their offense out.

Video: Sharks give Dan Boyle a strangely rocking tribute

Dan Boyle

Dan Boyle had a great run with the San Jose Sharks, so it makes sense that the team made him a video tribute as he returned to town with the New York Rangers.

It’s also great to hear that Sharks fans gave him a standing ovation.

The highlight package the Sharks churned out was great, if strangely rocking (assuming that they played this same music during the game, of course):

Boyle certainly seemed to enjoy it, regardless:

Video: Crosby was fairly excited after beating Montreal in OT


To some extent, it’s a special night any time Sidney Crosby plays against a Canadian team. Even so, the nights Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins face off against the Montreal Canadiens are probably extra special to him.

Crosby really went toe-to-toe with Montreal Canadiens center Tomas Plekanec on Saturday, and while his underrated opponent made things difficult, Crosby got the last laugh by scoring the overtime game-winner on the power play (or OT PP GWG, if you love acronyms):

The game served as an enticing match between two of the East’s best teams, with the Penguins (obviously) taking the 2-1 OT win.

To the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review’s Josh Yohe, this win may very well serve as a catalyst for Pittsburgh, especially with what could be a very intriguing game coming up against the New York Islanders (who dispatched Columbus 5-2 tonight):

Kiss of bad luck: Kings’ Toffoli sidelined with mono


If you’re prone to being annoyed by cheesy word play, kiss your patience goodbye, because Los Angeles Kings forward Tyler Toffoli’s missing Saturday’s game against the Winnipeg Jets because of mono.

That’s the word from the OC Register’s Rich Hammond, who asks the question on many hockey peoples’ minds: is that better or worse than the mumps?

Here’s a quick rundown of the ailment via Web MD:

Mononucleosis, also called “mono,” is a common illness that can leave you feeling tired and weak for weeks or months. Mono goes away on its own, but lots of rest and good self-care can help you feel better.

Mono usually is caused by the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV). It is most often seen in teens and young adults. Children can get the virus, but it often goes unnoticed because their symptoms are mild. Older adults usually don’t get mono, because they have immunity to the virus.

At first, the impression was that the mumps might be worse, but then again:

Either way, it’s a bummer for the Kings, as they had just reaped some rewards for reuniting Toffoli, Tanner Pearson and Jeff Carter.