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Goalie nods: Cam Ward, Hurricanes boldly go for two wins in a row

News and notes from the crease …

Cam and Carolina try to build something

The Carolina Hurricanes won their first game of the season last night, everybody. /sets off fireworks

Maybe the most promising sign was the beleaguered goalie Cam Ward registered a shutout. With Anton Khudobin off to a pretty lousy start (after basically stealing the starting gig in 2013-14), Ward could improve his chances of being the unquestioned No. 1 with another strong performance tonight.

That’s not to say that he has an easy task at hand. The Hurricanes face a Los Angeles Kings team that’s angry (three-game losing streak) and is expected to get Anze Kopitar back. The expectation is that Jonathan Quick will be in net for Los Angeles.

Elsewhere …

Red Wings at Sabres: Jimmy Howard will be in net for Detroit against Michal Neuvirth and the Buffalo Sabres.

Coyotes at Capitals: A battle of the backups as Devan Dubnyk’s in for Phoenix while Justin Peters minds the Washington net.

Flames at Canadiens: Jonas Hiller attempts to strengthen his grip on the Flames’ top spot while Carey Price goes for Montreal.

Ducks at Avalanche: It at least looks like John Gibson gets a third start in four games for Anaheim against Colorado’s workhorse Semyon Varlamov.

The late games are quite a toss-up right now, be warned.

Jets at Blackhawks: With back-to-back games for both teams, this is a tough one as nothing’s been confirmed. It looks like Michael Hutchinson for Winnipeg and Corey Crawford for Chicago.

Predators at Canucks: These haven’t been confirmed either, yet it would make sense if Pekka Rinne played for Nashville while Eddie Lack spells Ryan Miller for Vancouver.

Dorsett’s SHG hands Canucks fourth straight victory


It was one thing when Ryan Miller played with the Buffalo Sabres. At least then he was a conference away and could only torment the Edmonton Oilers on rare occasions. Now that he’s playing for the division rival Canucks, he’s been a frequent thorn in their side, as was the case in Vancouver’s 3-2 victory Saturday night.

Miller turned aside 25 of 27 shots to improve to 10-0 in his career against Edmonton. The Oilers have only managed 18 goals against him over that stretch. His efforts were vital, but they might have been moot tonight if not for Derek Dorsett’s work.

The Canucks forward had a goal and an assist, including a shorthanded marker in the third period that broke the 2-2 tie.

Vancouver has now won four straight games to improve to an impressive 8-3-0 under new head coach Willie Desjardins. The Canucks rank second in the Pacific Division and are just two points shy of the Anaheim Ducks.

The Oilers might have lost more than two points though. Taylor Hall left the game with a leg injury after crashing hard into the post. There might also be a suspension coming to defenseman Andrew Ference after his high hit to Zack Kassian:

To make matters worse, the Oilers will start a five-game road trip against the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday.

Goalie nods: Anton Forsberg debuts for battered Blue Jackets


News and notes from the crease …

Forsberg’s first

With Sergei Bobrovsky on the shelf, it looks like the Columbus Blue Jackets will give Anton Forsberg his first career NHL start tonight.

Here’s a quick Forsberg bio for those in the crowd wondering … “Anton who?”


Forsberg faces Cory Schneider and the New Jersey Devils in his debut.

Crawford’s back

The Chicago Blackhawks sent Scott Darling back to the minors (to the relief of Antti Raanta, who was likely sweating Darling’s strong work) as Corey Crawford appears ready to return. At the moment, it looks like James Reimer will be in net for the Toronto Maple Leafs, who are wrapping up a back-to-back set.

Elsewhere …

Flyers at Panthers: Steve Mason strives for his first win of 2014-15 with Philly while Roberto Luongo’s in net for Florida.

Jets at Rangers: Ondrej Pavelec for Winnipeg and Henrik Lundqvist for New York.

Capitals at Lightning: Braden Holtby starts for Washington, Ben Bishop goes for Tampa Bay.

Coyotes at Hurricanes: Mike Smith tries to get it together with Arizona while Cam Ward continues Carolina’s quest for a win.

Senators at Bruins: Robin Lehner’s in for Ottawa, Tuukka Rask likely for Boston.

Sabres at Penguins: Jhonas Enroth gets thrown to the wolves by Buffalo while Marc-Andre Fleury is looking like a workhorse so far for Pittsburgh.

Stars at Wild: Dallas seems to be leaning toward Kari Lehtonen while Minnesota rolls with Darcy Kuemper.

Avalanche at Blues: Semyon Varlamov goes for Colorado while Brian Elliott hopes that his goalie mask protects him from the bug going around the St. Louis locker room.

Canucks at Oilers: Ryan Miller starts for Vancouver while Ben Scrivens continues to be the go-to guy for Edmonton.

Islanders at Sharks: Jaroslav Halak hopes to stop New York’s run of bad goaltending while Antti Niemi is in net for San Jose.

Markstrom falls short of AHL shutout record


Jacob Markstrom had been on quite a roll for the Utica Comets in the American Hockey League. But he will not break the big record, at least not tonight.

Markstrom, who the Vancouver Canucks acquired just prior to the 2014 NHL trade deadline in that blockbuster deal involving Roberto Luongo, entered tonight’s game against the Binghamton Senators having not allowed a goal in 232 minutes and 13 seconds, recording three consecutive shutouts prior to Friday.

He was closing in on the league’s shutout record, held by former Abbotsford Heat goalie Barry Brust, who set the new standard at 268 minutes and 17 seconds.

Brust set that back in November of 2012, breaking the previous mark held by Johnny Bower.

The Senators opened the scoring less than six minutes into the first period, halting Markstrom’s current bid for the record books.

The Canucks, deciding to go with the duo of Ryan Miller and Eddie Lack, and opting not to keep three goalies at the NHL level, reassigned Markstrom to the AHL prior toward the end of September.

PHT Morning Skate: Closing out Hockey Halloween (plus a bloody KHL brawl)


PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

It’s finally Halloween for those of you who hate fun don’t really enjoy seeing NHL players and fans in zany costumes. Let’s take a stroll through recent costumes and a few that slipped through the cracks.

Dion Phaneuf as Spider-Man is … uh.


Russian Machine Never Breaks provides an in-depth take on Washington Capitals Halloween costumes. You’ll have to go there for Alex Ovechkin’s bit, as Joel Ward, Tom Wilson & Co. won it with this “Dodgeball” motif:

The Edmonton Oilers’ Twitter feed passes along this “Zoolander”-inspired bit by members of the Bakersfield Condors, the team’s ECHL affiliate:

(Admission: it’s kind of easy to forget Owen Wilson’s “Hansel” character, aside from when people are making lazy Martin Hanzal jokes.)

This is a high-quality “Flying V” routine:

BarDown has some other costume ideas, including the increasingly popular “go as the Stanley Cup” idea. Not sure how to feel about it:

The NHL shared this great (and elaborate) fan costume:

Admittedly quite late on this, but the Pittsburgh Penguins still have room for improvement costumes-wise:

That said, Sidney Crosby as Philadelphia icon “Rocky Balboa” is pretty provocative, eh?

Yay or nay on this Florida Panthers – Batman splice?

Moving on beyond Halloween …

Also late on this but: the Gin Blossoms are still around? Huh.

Ryan Miller is already buying hockey gear for his expected child:

Oleg Gubin and Jonathan Sigalet set off quite the bloody scene during a KHL game between Sibir Novosibirsk and Slovan Bratislava last night: