Panthers didn’t exactly make Scrivens fight for first Kings’ shutout


Ben Scrivens quietly put up solid numbers in Toronto, so plenty of people* were intrigued by what he could pull off in spot starts for the Los Angeles Kings. He passed his first start with flying colors, getting a 3-0 shutout against the Florida Panthers on Sunday.

His first class session had a study hall-level degree of difficulty, though, as he only faced 20 shots from an impotent Panthers squad.

Los Angeles really cruised to this win today, out-shooting Florida in the first two periods and tying them 6-6 in the final frame.

Both Jordan Nolan and Dan Carcillo collected a goal and an assist apiece while Justin Williams found the net to throw a little more name recognition to the scoring mix.

As poor as the Panthers looked, it’s great for the Kings to see their undrafted 27-year-old backup play well in his first start after grabbing him while begrudgingly getting rid of much-hyped netminder Jonathan Bernier.

* – OK, maybe nerds.

Luongo on own-goal: ‘I didn’t give it up, so I don’t know what happened’


Usually, Roberto Luongo’s best one-liners come on Twitter, but he provided one of his best yet to the press in reaction to an own-goal that was credited to Lars Eller on Saturday:

“I didn’t give it up so I don’t know what happened,” Luongo said, via Sportsnet Pacific.

What it for yourself and decide who’s most to blame:

So, what do you think? Should it be Luongo? Maybe Dan Hamhuis? Or should we chalk it up to Murphy’s Law?

Adding insult to injury, that goal – credited to Lars Eller – stands as a shorthanded game-winning goal.

Canucks coach John Tortorella remarked that Vancouver didn’t play well in the third period, which is tough to deny since the Montreal Canadiens stacked on two more goals (and an 18-9 shot disparity) to finish things up 4-1.

Maybe everyone couldn’t shake off the stink of that own-goal? They better deal with it, either way, because it will make plenty of blooper reels over a holiday weekend in Canada.

Video: Sharks’ Hertl ‘under evaluation’ after collision


Saturday’s game against the Ottawa Senators might capture San Jose Sharks’ rookie Tomas Hertl’s high-profile week perfectly. In the first period, he scored his seventh goal of this young season. Yet, for the second game in a row, he took a worrisome hit.

Hertl, 19, is reportedly “under evaluation” after colliding with Senators forward Clarke MacArthur, the Mercury News’ David Pollak reports. As of this writing, he hasn’t returned since that second-period hit.

Multiple onlookers agree that the contact was incidental, but see for yourself in this video from (In other words, few if any people are comparing it to the check that earned Vancouver Canucks defenseman Alex Edler a three-game suspension.)

In fact, Sharks blog Fear the Fin fears that the young forward is putting himself in harm’s way far too often.

If Sharks fans want to feel a little better, San Jose won 3-2 to push its record to 5-0-0. Also, here’s the Hertl goal:

Video: Eller gets credit for bizarre Canucks own-goal


Look, we all know it might still be a little awkward with Roberto Luongo still in Vancouver, but that doesn’t mean his defensemen should score goals on him:

Obviously, that’s a joke, as it was just a freak accident for the Canucks.

Montreal Canadiens winger Lars Eller was credited with the goal, his fifth of the season. He’s already had a hot start, so this provides compelling evidence that the bounces are going his way.

Want to see another blind-luck goal? Martin Brodeur had a wildly improbable one last season.

Horton says Bruins waited ‘until the last minute’ to try to bring him back


Nathan Horton’s original explanation for leaving the Boston Bruins for the Columbus Blue Jackets is his preference for a quieter, more private lifestyle. It appears that either was a PR-friendly reason, or just a part of the story.

After hearing that a Bruins-produced documentary captured B’s GM Peter Chiarelli’s angry reaction to Horton’s departure for Columbus, the 28-year-old winger told that Boston dragged its feet regarding a new deal.

“All year, nothing happened. I waited for a long time,” Horton said. “When you wait until the last minute, what am I … I’m not going to wait around. I’m happy with the way things turned out. It just came down to, at the end, for my family, I wanted a place where my kids could be outside.”

Horton isn’t done rehabbing shoulder surgery, but he’s definitely on board with Columbus, calling the Blue Jackets an up-and-coming team.

He admits that his time with Boston was still special, though.

“Obviously I enjoyed my time in Boston. I still talk to [Milan Lucic] and most of the guys on the team,” said Horton. “When you win a Stanley Cup with everyone, you never forget it. It’s a big part of your life.”

Apparently he didn’t feel that the Bruins organization believed he was a big enough part of their team, though. With the obvious exception of Tuukka Rask, Chiarelli has been proactive regarding signing core guys to extensions with plenty of time before their current deals expire, so maybe Horton has a point.

Whether Boston really wanted him back or not, he’s now in Columbus, and seems glad to be there.