Video: Beauties from Perry, Eberle and Duchene


Tonight’s a relatively light night with five games on the docket, yet there have been plenty of highlight-reel moments.

You can see Jonathan Drouin’s brilliant work with Steven Stamkos here. Jason Spezza’s shootout goal was quite pretty. Consider this post a collection of some of the other awe-inspiring moments from Friday. (If you have any recommendations that didn’t make it, feel free to share them in comment form.)

Starting with the Anaheim Ducks’ Corey Perry, who scored a beauty for his ninth(!) goal of the season. This is his eight contest of 2014-15 and there’s still time for him to do more damage:

Anaheim ended up winning 4-1 for its seventh consecutive win.

Transitioning from hot to cold, Edmonton Oilers forward Jordan Eberle came into Friday’s action without a tally in 2014-15. He can thank Taylor Hall for setting him beautifully to get No.1:

The Oilers took that game 6-3 for their third victory in a row.

Finally, a player who’s heating up: Colorado Avalanche forward Matt Duchene made the kind of play we saw quite a bit last season, blowing Eddie Lack’s mind as the Avs are currently rolling over the Vancouver Canucks:

It’s air to say that a 7-3 win will make Patrick Roy even less worried about his tactics

Renney says he was fired by the Oilers because of his ‘values’


Tom Renney coached the Edmonton Oilers for two seasons, from 2010-12. He didn’t lead the team to the playoffs in either, and was fired (eventually) in May of 2012.

Now the president of Hockey Canada, Renney had a rather interesting thing to say to La Presse newspaper about the Oilers’ decision to let him go.

“I once lost a job because of my values,” Renney said (as translated by @ChristoYoung). “In Edmonton, I was asked to give more playing time to more young players who’d had an operation to play. I reduced their playing time. But we had to play them, because they were really good and we were selling hope. But I acted according to my conscience.”

Taylor Hall, the first overall draft pick in 2010, had shoulder surgery in March of 2012.

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, the first overall pick in 2011, had issues with his shoulder “for a couple of years” before having surgery in April of 2013.

Jordan Eberle and Sam Gagner were other young, hope-inspiring players who missed good chunks of time with injuries while Renney was coach.

Renney was replaced as coach by Ralph Krueger, who lasted just one season before being fired and replaced by Dallas Eakins.

Don Cherry: ‘Something’s gotta go’ in Edmonton


Don Cherry has never been one to shy away from speaking his mind.

The long-time star of Hockey Night in Canada and former NHL coach touched on the subject of the Edmonton Oilers, a club greatly struggling to start the season and without a win prior to their Monday meeting with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Cherry believes the Oilers – with a 0-4-1 record and numerous doubts, concerns and questions about their player and coaching personnel – need to trade one of their top young players, according to He did, apparently, bring up the name Jordan Eberle in this discussion with Sportsnet 590 The Fan.

Fascinating, no?

“You can’t trade (Nail) Yakupov, because nobody’s going to take him,” said Cherry, as per “(Jordan) Eberle or one of those guys have got to go.

“It’s a tough deal giving one of (the young players) away, but something’s gotta go.”

PHT Morning Skate: Malkin, Penguins celebrate Halloween early


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.

Evgeni Malkin shared some early Pittsburgh Penguins Halloween pictures on his Instagram:

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Ryan Strome doesn’t mind Islanders coach Jack Capuano being more critical of him than he has been in the past. The 21-year-old forward might be benefiting from it given how he’s done so far. (Newsday)

Jordan Eberle thinks the Edmonton Oilers are still “confident in our game, despite our record.” (Edmonton Sun)

KHL forward Evgeny Mozer, 21, scored an impressive midair goal on Saturday:

Terry Frei believes its too early for Colorado Avalanche fans to panic. (Denver Post)

While the Tampa Bay Lightning wait to hear what the extent of defenseman Victor Hedman’s injury is, they have to begin the difficult task of getting by without him. (Tampa Bay Lightning)

Oilers get lit up in Arizona; Scrivens won’t throw team under the bus


The Edmonton Oilers lost. Again. That’s four straight defeats to begin the season.

If you’re into finding the positive in anything, no matter how bad, they did manage a single point in a shootout loss last Saturday.

So, there’s that. After all, following a 6-1 loss L.A. on Tuesday, head coach Dallas Eakins found a positive because players on the bench “stuck together.”

That’s nice.

And while they possess some talented players up front, like Taylor Hall and Jordan Eberle, the Oilers can’t prevent goals. Nothing over the first four games would indicate otherwise.

They’ve given up 13 in the last two games and 22 in four games, not including the shootout winner for the Vancouver Canucks.

The Calgary Flames, Canucks and L.A. Kings have all feasted on Edmonton’s complete lack of defending.

This time, it was the Arizona Coyotes that did the dismantling. The visiting Oilers lost 7-4, running their record to a dismal 0-3-1 to begin the season, while Mikkel Boedker had the hat trick for Arizona and first of his career, according to Craig Morgan of FoxSportsArizona.

Goalie Ben Scrivens allowed six goals on just 29 shots. His save percentage now sits at a cool .800 and his goals-against average hit 5.22 following Wednesday’s loss.

“We had about three different teams on the ice it seems. We played well in stretches, then didn’t play well,” said Scrivens, as per the club’s Twitter account.

“I can’t throw anyone under the bus when I’m playing like that. I’ve got to take care of my own house first,” he added.

And it wasn’t like the Oilers could just get Scrivens out of the net, sit him on the bench to calm down or think things through.

Earlier in the day, the club put fellow goalie Viktor Fasth on injured reserve with a groin strain and recalled Richard Bachman from Oklahoma City

Here’s a rapid Twitter reaction to the Oilers loss: