The Pittsburgh Penguins sellout streak is over and I’m pretty sure we’re living in a Bizarro world. The team couldn’t sell out Mike Lange night in the second game of the season, the Montreal Canadiens can’t win a game, and the Buffalo Sabres can’t lose a game. The San Jose Sharks thumped Montreal but are unsure what happens next with troublesome winger Evander Kane.
It will remain a career regret that I didn’t glom on to Mike Lange and follow him around the arena like a lost puppy when I had the chance.
The Pittsburgh Penguins sellout streak ended at 633.
Based on multiple reports, Pittsburgh Penguins President David Morehouse blamed a multitude of factors including the economy and COVID.
Other teams have had success, including the Vegas Raiders, by requiring vaccination proof to attend games. The Raiders even set up a vaccination station that allowed people to receive their first poke in exchange for entry. Thousands took part. Though my favorite Twitter response was from an angry unvaccinated individual who used exclamation points to assert that people know the risk when they go out in public. (the risk created
*ahem, Pittsburgh Penguins.
PHN+: The Penguins lost to the Dallas Stars 2-1, it was a tight defensive game with plenty of skating. The analysis, the players who played well, and a few who are cruising for a “chat” with Sullivan in the video room.
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San Jose: What will the San Jose Sharks do when Evander Kane returns from his 21-game suspension for breaking COVID protocols? The myriad of allegations, the flouting of team rules, and then the vax lie. It appears terminating his contract is not possible, and the team is…not sure what in the hell to say.
NYI: Our most heartfelt support goes to NYI legend Mike Bossy. The all-time great announced he is battling lung cancer.
TSN: Leon Draisaitl popped four points in the Oilers’ win over the Ducks. Yeah, Edmonton is pretty good.
Boston: Jake DeBrusk is in “Attack Mentality” this season. Ok!
Washington: Evgeny Kuznetsov “soared” over the Colorado Avalanche in the Washington Capitals 6-3 win.
Florida: The Panthers are on a roll. And it’s a bunch of kids under 23 who are rocking and rolling.
Wait, do kids under 23 even know what rock ‘n roll is?
Detroit: Speaking of kids. Lottery draft pick Lucas Raymond scored his first NHL goal and Detroit WON.
Vancouver: The fans were chanting “Three and 0!” The Buffalo Sabres, without Sam Reinhart, Rasmus Ristolainen, or Jack Eichel can’t be stopped. They’re like a raging river over a cliff into Canada. They’re like cheap beer with hot wings at the Anchor Bar. Buffalo beat the Canucks on Tuesday.
Colorado: It’s early. It’s only October. But the Colorado Avalanche season is off on the WRONG foot. Adrian Dater writers–already, this season feels discombobulated.
National Hockey Now (Canada):
Montreal: The Canadiens lost AGAIN (0-4-0). The coach doesn’t have answers. They lost 5-0 to the San Jose Sharks Tuesday night, and their problems are many.
Toronto: Auston Matthews shift blog. Scott Cullen tracked the elite goal scorer every time he hit the ice vs. the New York Rangers.
Calgary: Darryl Sutter gave the Calgary Flames lines a good jostle and chided his young players to give more.