NHL Morning Skate – Oct. 9, 2013 Lack of effort from Rangers stems from lack of pride in the sweater

NEW YORK – A long slate of games Tuesday night featured the Penguins remaining perfect on the start to the season as they downed the Hurricanes 5-2. The Flyers rewarded their new coach, Craig Berube, with their first win of the season, 2-1, over the Panthers.

In San Jose, the Sharks embarrassed the New York Rangers with a 9-2 trouncing. It is difficult to imagine how a professional sports team can win 3-1 the previous night in Los Angeles and then turn around so completely and perform so poorly. Rookie Tomas Hertl scored four goals for the Sharks. The Rangers were actually leading this contest 1-0 on Brad Richards’ third goal of the season, this one the power play.

On Monday, Peter Laviolette was fired for guiding the Flyers to an 0-3-0 record and having been outscored 9-3 over those games. Over three games, the Rangers have gone 1-2-0 and have been outscored 14-6. At that pace, the Rangers will return home from their 9-game road trip having been outscored 42-18. Laviolette may have been the first head coach fired this season but he certainly can’t be the last.NHL

“They did exactly what they wanted to do out there,” Rangers Henrik Lundqvist said of the Sharks on NHL.com. “The difference between the teams — the way we played, the way they played — was too great. Very disappointing coming from last night and the way we played. We had higher expectations, so this was definitely not good enough.”

Not good enough? Last season’s whipping boy, Brad Richards, is now the scorer on this club. As with so many Rangers teams that been iced over last decade, there is no pride in the sweater. The difference is this season they are demonstrating that lack of pride earlier than usual.

“San Jose was on top of their game,” Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said on NHL.com. “They were on top of their execution. The score could have been three or four to one after the first period. So tough to understand at this point how we can play so well last night and play like this tonight. So we have 48 hours before our next game [Thursday night in Anaheim] and we’ll come up with some answers.”

Colorado 2, Toronto 1
NY Islanders 6, Phoenix 1
Philadelphia 2, Florida 1
Pittsburgh 5, Carolina 2
Tampa Bay 3, Buffalo 2 (OT)
Nashville 3, Minnesota 2
Vancouver 3, New Jersey 2 (OT)
San Jose 9, NY Rangers 2


Tomas Hertl, who was drafted 17th overall in 2012, continued the hot start to his NHL career by scoring four goals, capped by a highlight-reel, between-the-legs shot, in San Jose’s 9-2 victory over the NY Rangers. Talking with CSN Bay Area after the game, Hertl said, “This is [a] dream.”

Among Hertl’s many highlights so far:

At 19 years, 330 days, he is the youngest player to score four goals in an NHL game since March 20, 1988, when Los Angeles’ Jimmy Carson (19 years, 254 days) did so in a 9-7 triumph over Calgary. Hertl also is the fourth-youngest player all-time to score four goals in an NHL game:

1. Jack Hamilton, TOR (18 years, 185 days): Dec. 4, 1943 vs. NYR
2. Bob Carpenter, WSH (18 years, 227 days): Feb. 25, 1982 vs. STL
3. Jimmy Carson, LA (19 years, 254 days): March 30, 1988 vs. CGY
4. Tomas Hertl, SJ (19 years, 330 days): Oct. 8, 2013 vs. NYR

* Hertl tied a Sharks franchise record for goals in a game by any player, matching Owen Nolan, whose four-goal performance came in a 7-4 victory over the Ducks on Dec. 19, 1995.

* Hertl’s four goals came during a 22:46 span between the second and third periods, marking the fastest individual four-goal performance in Sharks history.

* On Saturday, Hertl also became the youngest player since Patrick Marleau (March 17, 1999) to score two goals in a game for the Sharks.

David Pollak (San Jose Mercury News) recently spoke with Hertl about transitioning to the NHL, moving to North America and overcoming a language barrier.

Brent Burns ‏@Burnzie88

@TomHertl congrats big guy! Big night with your mom here to see! Keep it going! #keepsmiling #t.m.n.hertl

Logan Couture ‏@Logancouture

Easy league eh @TomHertl ?


Cory Schneider, who spent the first five years of his NHL career with the Canucks, made 29 saves but suffered an overtime loss in his return to Vancouver. The 27-year-old netminder was dealt to the Devils in a Draft Day trade that sent the ninth overall pick (Bo Horvat) to the Canucks.

Schneider’s former teammate, Roberto Luongo, turned away 21 shots to pick up the 350th victory of his NHL career, which ranks 17th all-time, five behind Rogie Vachon.


Semyon Varlamov stopped 27-of-28 shots to become the first player in Avalanche/Nordiques franchise history to allow one or fewer goals when starting each of the team’s first three games of a season.

Nathan MacKinnon, the No. 1 overall selection in June’s draft, extended his assist/point streak to three games by picking up the secondary helper on PA Parenteau’s game-winner. MacKinnon is the fifth player in franchise history to record an assist in each of his first three NHL games, joining Peter Stastny (October 1980), Dave Pichette (December 1980), Bo Berglund (October 1983) and Radim Vrbata (November 2001).

The Avalanche improved to 3-0-0 for the first time since relocating to Denver for the 1995-96 season. Including 2013-14, the franchise has won its first three games on five occasions, most recently in 1994-95 (5-0-0). Their best run to start a season came in 1985-86, when the club won its first seven contests.


Jussi Jokinen, who the Hurricanes traded to the Penguins on April 3, recorded his second career hat trick – and first since a four-goal performance with the Stars on Nov. 16, 2007 – in Pittsburgh’s 5-2 victory over Carolina. Jokinen has 10-4—14 in 13 regular-season games with the Penguins, including six points in three games versus the Hurricanes.

Only one other former Hurricanes/Whalers player has ever scored a hat trick against the franchise: Pat Verbeek, who did so in Dallas’ 6-1 win over Carolina on March 20, 1998. Verbeek played in 433 games and scored 192 goals for the Whalers from 1989-95.

The Penguins improved to 3-0-0 for the first time since 1994-95, when they started 7-0-0. They have never lost at home to the Hurricanes since moving to CONSOL Energy Center (6-0-0).


Craig Berube, who was named the 18th head coach in Flyers history on Monday, recorded his first NHL coaching victory in his debut behind the bench. Berube is in his 17th overall season with the club, most recently serving as an assistant coach since 2008. He played in 1,054 career NHL games, totaling 61-98—159 and 3,149 penalty minutes over 17 seasons.


At 2:48 of the third period of the Panthers-Flyers game, Jay Rosehill was assessed two separate minor penalties for roughing and a 10-minute misconduct. According to Rule 19, Example 7, the Flyers had the choice of playing one player shorthanded for four minutes or two players shorthanded for two minutes. They chose to play one player shorthanded for four minutes.

Rule 19, Example 7:

“Team A Captain’s choice to play one player shorthanded for four minutes or two players shorthanded for two minutes. Should he choose the latter, an additional Team A player must be placed on the penalty bench to serve the minor penalty for A3.”

Click here to access the 2013-14 NHL Rulebook.


Sharks defenseman Brad Stuart will have a hearing Wednesday with the Department of Player Safety for an incident during Tuesday’s game versus the Rangers. At 2:32 of the first period, Stuart was assessed a minor penalty for elbowing after a hit on Rangers forward Rick Nash. Nash played several more shifts in the first period, but did not return after the first intermission. The following grounds are being considered for supplemental discipline: illegal check to the head. However, the Department of Player Safety retains the right to make adjustments to the infraction upon review.


Saturday’s Hockey Night in Canada broadcast on CBC set audience records, as 2.6 million Canadians watched the Prime East broadcast (Senators-Maple Leafs), making it the most-watched fall Saturday night hockey premiere on record in the East. The Oilers-Canucks matchup also attracted more than 1.4 million viewers, the second-highest audience ever for a fall Saturday night Prime West premiere. Overall, more than 9.8 million Canadians, the equivalent to more than one in four, watched Hockey Night in Canada programming on Saturday night.


Two of Nashville’s highly-touted prospects recorded their first NHL points: Filip Forsberg (11th overall selection in 2012 by WSH) scored his first NHL goal, while Seth Jones (fourth overall in 2013) assisted on the play . . . Lightning captain Martin St. Louis collected his 915th career point to move into a tie with Bobby Orr for 94th on the NHL’s all-time points list . . . Islanders captain John Tavares recorded his 20th career multi-goal game with a pair of scores, including the game-winner . . . Eric Nystrom became the first player in Predators history to score his first goal with the club via a penalty shot when he beat Josh Harding . . . Cory Sarich netted the tying goal for the Avalanche, his first score since Jan. 10, 2012, with the Flames (64 games) . . . Mike Smith surrendered five goals on 20 shots to suffer his first career loss versus the Islanders. Smith entered the game with a 3-0-0 record, 1.00 goals-against average and .971 save percentage in three prior meetings.


All Times Eastern
Chicago @ St. Louis, 8:00 p.m., NBCSN
Montreal @ Calgary, 8:00 p.m., TSN, RDS
Ottawa @ Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m., SNET-E, TVA, FS-W


Central Division foes collide when the Blackhawks visit the Blues on NBCSN’s “Wednesday Night Rivalry” broadcast. The team that has scored first has won each of the last eight meetings between these clubs, who face each other four more times in 2013-14. Chicago went 3-1-1 to win last year’s season series (STL: 2-3-0).

* Research from the Elias Sports Bureau was used in compilation of these notes.

With NHL press release

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