Similar to the NFL, the more NHL games I watch the more I’m confused by the rules. The rules I thought I knew, are actually quite different. On Friday during the Thanksgiving Showdown against the Bruins, Sidney Crosby scored a goal off of the stomach of Anton Khudobin. It should have been a good goal but the ref blew his whistle right before, probably because he lost sight of the puck, and so he waved it off. The goal probably should have counted but whistles are final so you can’t overturn that. Mike Milbury even mused, “I thought whistles were final. You can’t overrule a whistle can you?” After what seemed like forever, they determined it was a good goal. The official explanation was: Video review determined that the puck was entering the net as the referee was blowing his whistle. Eh okay. Personally I think he blew the whistle right before but remember his intent to blow the whistle was even earlier. But if you let it stand, that’s fine. The only problem is, this means a lot of other previous goals should have also been allowed. This probably took almost ten minutes. But it gets better.

Despite the whole Bruins team probably watching numerous replays, they decided to challenge for goaltender interference, huh? Nowhere was there goalie interference. And how can you say there was after looking at the footage for that long? The the NHL goes under the hood to see. What? Why? You just stared at the footage for ten minutes. You need to see it again? In all that time, you should have also went over other things like did goalie interference occur. And even if you didn’t, the footage would still be fresh in your mind for you to say there wasn’t. Instead of staring at the footage for another two minutes to come to the obvious conclusion that there wasn’t. This hasn’t been the only time a goal was reviewed and then challenged directly after. The NHL needs better replay rules.

Things I like

1. The Maple Leafs and Capitals had their first regular season match-up after their epic playoff series. Like the playoff series, it didn’t go the Maple Leafs way. The Leafs found themselves in an 0-3 hole after two periods. But they battled back and scored two in the third to make it a game. But the Capitals added an empty netter or more specifically Alex Ovechkin did to score a hat trick, the 20th of his career. But this hat trick was probably more special as he told cancer survivor Alex Luey he would score a goal for him before the game. It only took him twelve minutes to score that promised goal. The Capitals and Maple Leafs meet only one other time this season. But they might meet again in the playoffs. Auston Matthews will need to do more though, as one assist in this game is not enough.

2. The Columbus Blue Jackets are on a bit of a roll having now won six in a row. Most of them have been close and low scoring one goals wins. This makes since, they have allowed the 2nd fewest goals in the NHL so far. But what is more interesting about this streak is, they don’t have a single player in the top 100 in scoring during it. Good in that they have a deep team and don’t rely on anyone and bad because you always need that go to guy you can count on in the clutch. They aren’t a high scoring team and their leading goal scorer only has eight goals, Josh Anderson. Then they are two players tied at six. It’ll be interesting to see if this dynamic changes at all or if they end up staying like this the whole season. Right now they’ll be lucky to get one 60 point scorer by the end of the season.

Things I don’t

1. The Philadelphia Flyers seemed like they were on the cusp of breaking through this season. But things haven’t gone well lately. They have lost seven in a row and find themselves at the bottom of the Atlantic division. Now four of the seven losses were in overtime or the shootout so they picked up points but they still lost and they didn’t get two points. Wayne Simmonds may not be the best player on the Flyers but, like Dustin Brown on the Kings, he is their heart and soul and he isn’t playing well right now. In his first eight games, he had nine points. In his last 15 games he only has five points, not good. Beyond the Flyers main three (Voracek, Couturier, Giroux), there is no scoring depth. Number two overall pick Nolan Patrick hasn’t really lit the world on fire either. This might be a long season in Philadelphia.

Fights of the Week

Special thanks to hockeyfights.com for making this section a little easier to do.

William Carrier vs Michael Liambas

Not a bad fight and fairly long.

Chris Stewart vs Chris Thorburn

A really looooong grapplefest.

Goats of the Week

Brent Burns – San Jose Sharks

Brent Burns breaks his stick and then promptly goes to the bench for a change. Now normally I think that’s a good move. Because It’s really stupid when the player stays out there not really being able to do anything. But it always depends on the situation. When it’s during a 3 on 3 overtime though, that is not the time to do it. Burns leaves and Golden Knights capitalize.

Calgary Flames

Pretty much all of the Flames on the ice for their giveaway and subsequent lack of effort to stop Tyler Seguin on the game winning goal in the 3rd.

Stat Line of the Week

11/21/17 St. Louis 8 vs. Edmonton 3

Skater

TOI

G

A

+/-

SOG

Hit

B. Schenn

17:37

2

2

4

4

1

This was the last night of Brayden Schenn’s eight game scoring streak but he went out on a good one. Schenn had two goals and two assists including the game winning goal in the Blues rout of the Oilers. It’s hard to know what took the 5th overall pick so long to become the player he was drafted to be. But there’s a good chance he will stay this way. He’s still only 26 too.

Numbers, Numbers

201 – Career goals for Tyler Seguin, he’s never cracked 40 in a season but has a great chance to do so this season
30 – Shot differential between the Golden Knights (49) and the Ducks (19) on Wednesday night in the Golden Knights win
73 – Blocked shots so far for Nikita Zaitsev, more than half of what he had last season
1 – Short lived video of a nude Ryan Kesler walking around the Ducks office for some reason
3 – Games in a row for Jonathan Marchessault with one goal and two assists

This Week in Hockey History

Special thanks to the Hockey Hall of Fame site for making this section a little easier to do.

November 20, 1971 Boston’s Bobby Orr had two assists, including the 300th of his NHL career when the Bruins beat Chicago, 2-1, in Boston Garden.

November 21, 1976 Jean Pronovost scored twice to become the first 250 goal scorer in Pittsburgh Penguins history in a 5-0 win over the visiting Chicago Black Hawks. Dunc Wilson recorded the shutout, the 5th of his NHL career.

November 22, 1989 Kings’ Larry Robinson became just the second defenseman in NHL history to score 700 career assists. He reached the milestone in a 6-3 win over the visiting Chicago Blackhawks.

November 23, 1988 Wayne Gretzky scored his 600th career goal (to become just the third NHL player to accumulate more than 600 goals and more than 900 assists) then added five more assists for a six-point night as the Kings won 8-3, at Detroit.

November 24, 2000 Detroit coach Scotty Bowman was behind the bench for his 2,000th regular-season NHL game and Sergei Fedorov scored twice, including the game-winner with 28 seconds left in regulation as the Red Wings won 3-2 against the visiting Vancouver Canucks.

November 25, 1987 Mario Lemieux scored twice and added two assists as the Penguins won 6-4 against the visiting Quebec Nordiques. Penguins trailed 4-0 midway thru the game, before coming back with six straight goals.

November 26, 1988 Montreal’s Mats Naslund scored his 4th career hat trick, including the 200th goal of his NHL career to lead the Canadiens to a 7-5 win over the Edmonton Oilers, at the Forum.

Rankings

The rankings are based on how the teams are currently playing.

Top 5
1. Nashville
2. Columbus
3. NY Rangers
4. Vegas
5. NY Islanders

Bottom 5
30. Buffalo
29. Philadelphia
28. Ottawa
27. Los Angeles
26. Arizona

Alex Mueller

Author: Alex Mueller

Alex Mueller graduated from Temple University with a minor in journalism over a decade ago. He’s been writing about NHL hockey, on and off, since the Fall of 2009. He’s written for Pucking Awesome, the Checking Line and now Hockey Recaps. He played goalie at San Diego Ice Arena. His first novel, Bobby Sterling vs Truth, is available on Amazon now.

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Similar to the NFL, the more NHL games I watch the more I'm confused by the rules. The rules I thought I knew, are actually quite different. On Friday during the Thanksgiving Showdown against the Bruins, Sidney Crosby scored a goal off of the stomach of Anton Khudobin. It...