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Perry, Crosby, Seguin named NHL’s three stars for October


Anaheim’s Corey Perry, Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby and Dallas’ Tyler Seguin have been named the NHL’s top three stars for the month of October, the league announced on Monday.

The highlights:

Perry led the League with 10 goals in 12 games, helping the Ducks (9-3-0, 18 points) finish October with the top record in the NHL. He began the season with points in each of his first five outings (5-2—7), including his sixth career hat trick in Anaheim’s season-opener Oct. 9 against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Crosby (7-8—15) tied for the League lead with 15 points in nine October games to lift the Penguins (6-2-1, 13 points) to the top spot in the Metropolitan Division. He posted consecutive three-point performances to open the season – Oct. 9 versus the Anaheim Ducks (2-1—3) and Oct. 11 against the Toronto Maple Leafs (1-2—3).

Seguin (7-8—15) shared the League lead with 15 points to power the Stars to a 4-2-4 record (12 points) in their 10 October games. After being held off the scoresheet in each of the team’s first two outings, he collected points in seven straight appearances.

All worthy choices, but there were some notable omissions: Jakub Voracek had 15 points in 10 games for the Flyers and currently leads the NHL in assists, with 13; Anaheim’s Frederik Andersen went 7-1-0 with a 1.60 GAA and .941 save percentage; San Jose’s Brent Burns led all defensemen in scoring, with 13 points in 12 games.

Red hot Fleury sends Sabres further into abyss


It’s not really fair. The Buffalo Sabres have trouble scoring under normal circumstances and tonight they had to face a hot goaltender. The result was a 5-0 victory for the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Marc-Andre Fleury collected his third shutout in four games, although the Sabres only managed 18 shots on goal. Buffalo has now been shutout five times in just 12 contests. They’ve gone 0-1-1 since Sabres defenseman Tyler Myers claimed that they hit “rock bottom.”

Chris Kunitz had a big night with two goals and an assist, including one of the Penguins’ three power-play markers tonight.

Sidney Crosby also picked up three assists, giving him 18 points in 10 contests. To put that into context: Crosby has more points this season than Buffalo has goals. The same could be said for Evgeni Malkin (15 points), Patric Hornqvist (14), or Kunitz (13) as the Sabres have only scored 12 times this season.

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:

Video: Malkin picks up 400th assist


The Pittsburgh Penguins enjoyed a brief 5-on-3 power play midway through the first period against the L.A. Kings and Chris Kunitz buried his fourth of the season.

On the goal, Evgeni Malkin picked up his 400th career assist with a nice slap pass to Kunitz at the side of the net.

Malkin becomes the fifth player in franchise history to join the 400 assist club.

Penguins greats Mario Lemieux, Jaromir Jagr and Ron Francis reached the milestone while in a Pens sweater.

Current captain Sidney Crosby has also reached 400 assist mark in his career.

Penguins chase Schneider with four unanswered goals


The New Jersey Devils got off to a fast start tonight and while the Pittsburgh Penguins bounced back in the first period, New Jersey still took a 3-1 lead.

Then the floodgates opened and Devils goaltender Cory Schneider was the victim.

It started with a top-shelf goal from Evgeni Malkin while Pittsburgh had a 5-on-3 advantage:

The Penguins followed that up with three goals in just over six minutes courtesy of Patric Hornqvist, Craig Adams, and Sidney Crosby. Adams’ goal in particular was special given that it was just his 55th marker in 889 career games and he managed to beat Schneider on a breakaway:

Schneider only stopped 18 of 23 shots tonight. He was replaced by Scott Clemmensen for the third period, but the backup goaltender wasn’t able to keep the Penguins at bay either.