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NHL News: Player News and Updates for 10/23/13

NHL Daily Updates: Checking in on Ovechkin, tonight's TV schedule and more

October 23, 2013

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After a couple days of relative calm, we’re coming off a busy night in the NHL. There were eight games happening around the league last night, and we’ve got another pair to look forward to this evening. While we’re waiting for the pucks to drop on those matchups, let’s take a closer look at some of the noteworthy happenings in the NHL and look ahead to the league’s immediate future.

Phil Kessel, RW, Toronto Maple Leafs: After disappearing for a couple of games, Kessel made his presence known in a big way last night against the Ducks. He managed a hat trick on four shots, helping to propel the Leafs back from a 2-0 deficit toward an eventual 4-2 win. That wrecks a seven-game win streak for Anaheim. Kessel now has five scores on the year to go along with six assists.
Next up for the Leafs is a Friday night game in Columbus. Toronto is currently 7-3-0 on the year and 1-2 in their last three games.

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NHL News: Player News and Updates for 10/23/13

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Daniel Sedin, LW, Vancouver Canucks: In last night’s only game decided in overtime, there were lead changes and scoring all over the place. Sedin got in on the action in the first, helping the Canucks out of an 0-2 hole early against the Islanders. Vancouver would eventually cough up a slim lead late in the third, but would take it on a Brad Richardson OT goal to make it 5-4 at the end. Sedin would finish with an assist along with his score.
The Canucks have been a mixed bag so far; just when they’re showing signs of an extended run, they’ll drop a couple. They’re 3-2 on their current seven-game road trip, which picks up again tomorrow night in New Jersey.

Jonathan Toews, C, Chicago Blackhawks: Speaking of mixed bags, the Blackhawks’ third period play certainly qualifies. They once again coughed up a late lead, surrendering two unanswered goals to the Panthers that would put the game into overtime. After a scoreless extra period, Chicago took it on a three-round shootout. Toews posted a goal in the second and one of the two shootout scores after going missing on the stat sheet for a four-game stretch. He now has three goals on the year.
The defending champs have now played in four shootouts so far, splitting the games 2-2. Next up is a trip to Tampa Bay tomorrow night before heading back home.

Alex Ovechkin, RW, Washington Capitals: Ovechkin just keeps rolling, carrying the Caps along with him. He posted another pair of goals last night against the Jets, which gives him nine on the year. Washington certainly made things interesting, giving up a 4-3 lead in the third and winning 5-4 on an eventual six-round shootout.
Ovechkin is certainly one of the most watchable players in the NHL, and we’ll get to see him again tomorrow night in Edmonton as the Capitals’ five-game road trip continues. They’re currently 4-5-0 on the year and 3-1 in their last four games.

NHL Daily Schedule: There are just two matchups set for this evening, but things will be picking up again very soon. In the meantime, let’s take a look at what’s on tap for the coming hours. Here’s the schedule for tonight, including the start times and TV networks you can catch the games on.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013:

7:30 PM ET:
Ottawa at Detroit (TSN, TVA, FS-D)

8:00 PM ET:
Boston at Buffalo (TSN2, RDS2, NBCSN)

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