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NHL News: Player News and Updates for 10/6/13

NHL Daily Updates: Checking in on St. Louis, Crosby and more

October 6, 2013

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We’re a little more than midway through the first weekend of the 2013-14 NHL season, and it’s been a very interesting slate of games thus far. We’ve seen plenty of intense performances out on the ice already, and we’ve got an action-packed set of three games coming our way this evening. While we’re waiting for the pucks to drop, let’s take a closer look at some of the noteworthy players out there and see what everyone’s up to. Here’s the latest.

Torey Krug, D, Boston Bruins: It was a heavy offensive night for the Bruins against the Red Wings, and the irony is that a defenseman had the best statistical game. Krug came up with a goal and an assist in the big 4-1 victory over Detroit, his first points of the season. He was a very busy guy in his 16:59 of ice time.
Helping the cause were Brad Marchand, Zdeno Chara, Jordan Caron and Tuuka Rask, who posted a solid game in the net while his teammates peppered the Red Wings with shots. Next up for the Bruins is a Thursday game against Colorado at home.

NHL News: Player News and Updates for 10/6/13

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Sidney Crosby, C, Pittsburgh Penguins: Crosby continues to roll along in the early days of the season. He posted his second goal of 2013-14 last night, part of a 4-1 win against the Sabres. Goalie Marc-Andre Fleury also had a strong outing, with 21 saves on 22 shots for his second victory of the year. The outcome of this one was never really in doubt, as the Pens built up a 3-0 lead that held until late in the third.
Crosby and the gang will get a couple of days off before hosting Carolina on Tuesday. Then it’s off to Florida on Friday.

Martin St. Louis, RW, Tampa Bay Lightning: After an opening night loss at the hands of the Bruins, St. Louis and the gang traveled into Chicago to take on the defending champion Blackhawks. Things looked pretty bleak as Chicago built up a 2-0 lead heading into the third, but the Lightning rallied to force a shootout, which they’d go on to win. St. Louis had a hand in both scores, with a goal and an assist.
Tampa Bay was grossly outplayed in this one, with a 16-39 deficit in shots on goal, but they’ll take the win. Their season-opening road trip will conclude on Tuesday in Buffalo.

Jaroslav Halak, G, St. Louis Blues: If you’re a Blues fan (or just a fan of blowouts), you were loving this one. Halak set a franchise record for most shutouts (17, passing up the great Glenn Hall) in a 7-0 rout of the Florida Panthers. He really didn’t have to do a whole lot, logging just 19 saves as his teammates poured on the offense at the other end. That gives Halak and the team a 2-0 mark on the year.
St. Louis will get their first big test of the year on Wednesday, when their home-stand continues and the Blackhawks come to town.

NHL Daily Schedule: Compared to yesterday’s packed slate of 11 games, today’s three seem relatively subdued. That said, they should be pretty competitive. Here’s a look at what’s coming our way on the ice, and a listing of the TV networks you can catch the games on.

Sunday, October 6, 2013:

5:00 PM ET:
Philadelphia at Carolina (NHLN-CA, CSN-PH, FS-CR)

8:00 PM ET:
Anaheim at Winnipeg (PRIME, TSN-JETS)
Vancouver at Calgary (SNET-P, SNET-W)

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