Ultimately, Sunday night was all about Teemu Selanne’s swan song in Winnipeg. At least, Jets defenseman Zach Bogosian has to hope so.
The Anaheim Ducks handed his Jets their first loss of 2013-14, with Corey Perry getting the game-winner off this massive blooper by Bogosian:
(Feel free to add “slipping on banana peel” sound effects to that video, if you’d like.)
To give you an idea of the discomfort, the Jets were going for their first 3-0-0 start … ever.
It’s not fair to say it’s all Bogosian’s fault, but that replay will be to NHL highlights what Tony Romo’s interception will be for the NFL on Sunday.
Sometimes life – and a blooper reel – just isn’t fair.
The Northwest Division is no more, but some traditions die hard, like the Vancouver Canucks ruining the Calgary Flames’ good times.
It happened again on Sunday night, as the Canucks overcame a 3-1 lead in the third period to eventually go up 4-3. The Flames showed some serious fight when David Jones tied it up on a messy goal with 19 seconds left, but that just allowed the Canucks to play spoiler again, with Mike Santorelli scoring the OT-winner.
Silver linings for Flames
Flames fans could very well view this as a game that got away. That seemed especially true through two periods, as they were only up 2-1 despite a 26-14 shot disparity.
If nothing else, Calgary is showing more fight than people expected. They’re a reasonable 1-0-2 and have kept things basically even, scoring 12 goals and allowing 13.
Still, coughing up leads like these will sting, especially since they lost to the Washington Capitals 5-4 (SO) after building a 4-1 lead on Thursday.
One can imagine that head coach Bob Hartley will mix some optimism with an overarching message that the Flames need to learn how to play with leads, then.
No doubt about it, the Edmonton Oilers have had a disappointing start to the 2013-14 season, going 0-2-0 while being out-scored 11-6. Some would call that “same old, same old,” but new head coach Dallas Eakins isn’t having it.
“The city and the fans should be angry, as angry as we are,” Eakins said. “It’s great that they care. Our team is upset too.”
The Oilers know that early results can be deceptive, even if their example isn’t quite what they want; they began the 2011-12 season with a promising 8-2-2 record before finishing in the basement as usual.
Eakins notes that he’s seen some “flashes of good” but that those old, losing habits are showing up far too often.
One player who did earn some praise was Ales Hemsky. The 30-year-old might have a -3 rating, but he also has three points in two games.
“He’s been unbelievable,” Eakins said. “We need more Ales Hemsky’s on our team right now. He’s playing with tremendous passion.”
Perhaps the team will show a little more of that passion in Monday’s game against the New Jersey Devils with backup Jason LaBarbera in net?
The Anaheim Ducks announced that Kyle Palmieri suffered an upper-body injury during Sunday’s game against the Winnipeg Jets and won’t return.
The OC Register’s Eric Stephens believes that Palmieri, 22, was shaken up by a Dustin Byfuglien hit along the boards.
No word yet on whether there’s any controversy surrounding Byfuglien’s check.
Palmieri hasn’t managed a point in two games (plus change) yet this season.
The 2012-13 season was the best of his brief NHL career so far, as he set career highs in goals (10), assists (11), points (21) and games played (42).
The Minnesota Wild announced that they recalled Jason Zucker from the AHL after learning that Charlie Coyle (pictured) will miss three-to-four weeks with a sprained knee.
No doubt, that’s a tough loss for the Wild, who were playing Coyle, 21, as a second-line forward. Some were expecting him to have a breakout sophomore season, which is still possible even though he might not be back until November.
As often happens with sports, one man’s loss is another player’s gain. Zucker, 21, was one of the final cuts for the Wild out of training camp after an up-and-down preseason.
Wild blog Hockey Wilderness surmises that Mikael Granlund might benefit from Coyle’s injury, too:
With Coyle out, This most likely means that Mikael Granlund will be shifted to 2nd line center, and Jason Zucker has been recalled from Iowa. He had been nursing his groin injury until a couple of days ago, so hopefully it will not be an issue. It will be interesting to see what happens once Coyle comes back and who gets shifted back to the AHL.
Granlund, also 21, has been considered a player to watch pretty often lately, so the bright side is that some other young players will get some extra responsibilities.
In the grand scheme of things, the Wild can’t be pleased, though.