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The Breakaway: 'AO' loves TO

Thursday, 11.01.2007 / 12:57 PM / Crashing the Net

By Shawn P. Roarke - NHL.com Senior Managing Editor

* Toronto has to be happy it won't see Alexander Ovechkin again until after the New Year. With two goals in Monday's 7-1 win against the Maple Leafs, Ovechkin has nine goals in nine career games against the Leafs.

* Best wishes to Boston's Patrice Bergeron for a quick recovery.

* Anybody who thinks Jaromir Jagr is a soft player might want to take a look at tape of the third period of Monday's game against the Tampa Bay Lightning. Who knows, you might even locate a few of his teeth for him.

* Rookie Sam Gagner is getting a lot of pub because of his family name, but Edmonton rookie Andrew Cogliano is a pretty special player in his own right.

* Boston Red Sox first baseman Kevin Youkilis gets a pass into the hockey playoff-beard Hall of Fame. That thing was like groomed barb wire.

* Classy move by the Ducks to make sure Dustin Penner's Stanley Cup ring was hand-delivered. They gave it to Penner, now with the Oilers, after this week's game against Anaheim. Penner's move from the Ducks to Edmonton was not pretty, to say the least, but Anaheim did not hold it against the player.

* Devin Segotuchi certainly had a NHL call-up he won't forget this week. Summoned from the minors after an injury to Ryane Clowe, Segotuchi scored two goals against Dallas. Both the rookie's goals were set up by Joe Thornton passes.

* The Karjala Cup is usually barely a blip on the NHL calendar, for even the most die-hard fan. But there will be some interest this year in that minor international tournament after Peter Forsberg announced that he will play for Sweden in the tournament, which takes place in Helsinki from Nov. 8-11.

* CTN took in “The Rock," the Devils’ new building in Newark. It is a fantastic place to see a game. The mural the team had painted of its great players -- coached by the three Cup-winning coaches -- is worth the price of admission alone -- especially if you score some $10 tickets.

* Just wondering if the Bruins regret -- just a little, maybe -- pulling the plug on the Brad Boyes' experiment?

* Soccer has sent the 2014 World Cup to Brazil. CTN is already looking into flights and hotels for what should be one of the parties of the century.

* The Devils have tried everything to get Dainius Zubrus going. The latest move of putting him on the same line with the dynamic checking duo of John Madden and Jay Pandolfo may just be the answer.

* New York Ranger goalie Henrik Lundqvist has played in every Ranger game this season and has recorded 38-straight starts going back to last year.

* CTN thought that the Montreal power play was supposed to be down this year after the loss of Sheldon Souray. Somebody forgot to tell the remaining Canadiens players, though. The club is clicking at 30.2 percent, including an unfathomable 35.3 percent away from home.

Nystrom

* Congrats to Calgary's Eric Nystrom, who finally scored his first NHL goal in Tuesday's win against the Predators. Nystrom made his NHL debut back in 2005, but had played just four games in the NHL. It was a well-deserved celebration in the Nystrom household, for sure.

* Metallica is working on a new album, although no release date has been set. The band, however, says that it will harking back to the formative days of the band, which is great news. CTN can't wait to hear it.

* The Dropkick Murphys are having quite the month. Not only are they NHL.com's Artist of the Month, but they have become the unofficial soundtrack maker for the Boston Red Sox championship. The Boston boys looked pretty good belting out the tunes in Tuesday's rolling victory parade throughout the city.

* Dirty Sexy Money is a pretty good television show so far. It has a ways to go, however, to top Peter Krause's last vehicle -- Six Feet Under. That HBO show was one of the best ever to be shown on television.

* If Wayne Gretzky had his way, his Coyotes would play the St. Louis Blues at least 20 times a year. The Coyotes have not lost to the Blues since Feb. 16, 2004. With Tuesday's victory, Phoenix has two of its four wins this season against the Blues, including its only home win in six tries.

* Has any team ever put up a 20-point start, in just 13 games, more quietly than the Detroit Red Wings. There is not a more consistent team in the NHL. It is as simple as that.



Quote of the Day

The groove of being behind a bench is going to be interesting at first, but thank God we have a few exhibition games to get rid of those cobwebs. Overall the excitement of it all and the freshness and coming back refreshed, all those things are going to be assets. If [the players] come ready to give their best effort in practice and games, good things are going to happen. I'm always looking for results. It's not always on the scoreboard. It's winning and building something.

— Bryan Trottier on making his return to coaching as an assistant with the Sabres