Here are some thoughts from around the National Hockey League.
1) Sidney Crosby off to a hot start
The 2013-14 season is still very young, and Crosby has been terrific thus far. The Penguins captain has put up seven goals and 10 assists in eight games for the Pens, which makes him the league’s leading scorer with 17 points. After Saturday’s 4-3 shootout win over the Vancouver Canucks, Pittsburgh sits first in the league with 14 points with a record of 7-1-0. If you didn’t watch today’s game, man you missed out. Both goaltenders played great, Crosby put up three points (one goal, two assists) and Evgeni Malkin scored the shootout winner with a slick backhander.
2) Maxim Lapierre suspended five games
The NHL Department of Player Safety announced Friday that St Louis Blues’ forward Maxim Lapierre has been suspended five games for boarding San Jose Sharks’ defenseman Dan Boyle during Tuesday’s game. If you didn’t see the hit, you can watch it here. I think 8-10 games would have been fair, but five games? No. Lapierre will forfeit $28,205.15 in salary.
3) Jacob Trouba accident
During Friday’s Winnipeg Jets – St. Louis Blues game, Jets’ rookie Jacob Trouba fell face-first into the end boards while chasing a dump-in behind the Blues net. Trouba was on the ice for several minutes and was eventually taken off the ice on a stretcher. It was definitely a scary moment, but he was alert and communicating. The Jets announced Saturday that they have placed the 19-year-old on injured reserve. Note: As of Friday, this was the third time this week a stretcher was needed during a game.
4) Taylor Hall injured in Saturday’s game
The Edmonton Oilers ended their losing streak to the Ottawa Senators Saturday with a 3-1 win. But unfortunately, they lost Taylor Hall with a knee injury. Hall collided with Senators’ defenseman Eric Gryba in the second period and it was clear something wasn’t right. Here’s what head coach Dallas Eakins had to say:
“I know it’s his knee,” said Dallas Eakins. “I don’t know the severity of it. Our doctors will look at it and let us know. When a guy doesn’t come back in the game, usually it’s something that’s going to be more than a day or two. But I have no idea right now.”