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Check out some of the highlights from yesterday’s game, which also featured a four-point performance against the Edmonton Oilers by Chicago Blackhawks winger Patrick Kane.
Notable NHL Headlines.
NJ.COM: New Jersey Devils forward Jordin Tootoo claims Vancouver Canucks forward Alex Burrows made several racial slurs toward Tootoo and his family when both were in their respective penalty boxes during the second period of yesterday’s game between the two clubs. . Tootoo is calling upon the league to investigate the matter.
CALGARY SUN: Flames winger Johnny Gaudreau isn’t suffering from a sophomore slump. He’s currently the Flames’ leading scorer and sits tied for fourth among league scorers.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Gaudreau’s among the few bright spots in an otherwise miserable start to this season for the Flames. Even when linemates like Sean Monahan and Jiri Hudler struggled, Johnny Hockey’s been held pointless in only four games.
NBC SPORTS: Tampa Bay Lightning forward Ondrej Palat (lower-body injury) is questionable for Tuesday’s game against the Buffalo Sabres.
THE VANCOUVER SUN: Chris Tanev (upper-body injury) will likely join Luca Sbisa Ifoot injury) on the sidelines. The Canucks called up Alex Biega to fill in for Tanev.
STLTODAY.COM: Good news for Blues rookie Robby Fabbri, as he’ll be staying with the team for the rest of the season.
TORONTO SUN: The Maple Leafs revealed statues of George Armstrong and Syl Apps on their Legends Row.
THE GLOBE AND MAIL: Former NHL players like Gene Carr, who’s suffering ongoing pain from injuries related to his playing days, “will have access to the Society For Professional Athletes, a non-profit organization in Warren, Mich., that provides expert advice on a number of topics and a path to health insurance.” This comes at an opportune time for Carr. Unable to walk unaided, he requires a stem-cell operation for his back.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: What’s also interesting about this piece is how little assistance former players like Carr are receiving from the NHL, NHLPA and the NHL Alumni Association. It’s led to the formation of Players Helping Players. Check out their website for more information.
THE NEWS & OBSERVER: Carolina Hurricanes owner Peter Karmanos Jr. will be inducted tonight into the Builder category of the Hockey Hall of Fame.
YAHOO SPORTS: The entire 24-player roster of the OHL’s Flint Firebirds quit on Sunday after head coach John Gruden was fired following the club’s come-from-behind win over the Oshawa Generals. It’s believed Gruden was fired by team owner Rolf Nielsen because the latter was unhappy over the playing time his 17-year-old son, defenseman Hakon Nielsen, was receiving. Even Nielsen’s son was among those who quit.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I realize this isn’t an NHL story, but I felt it was too good not to include here. It’ll be interesting to see what the fallout will be over this, but give it up to the players for standing behind their coach. Here’s a tip for Rolf Nielsen: when your own son joins his teammates in protesting your decision to fire the coach, it’s time to admit you’ve made a terrible mistake.