Crashing The Crease – Sept 23, 2013


Crashing the Crease is SenShot’s daily look at some news and notes from around the NHL:

Sep 22, 2013; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Buffalo Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller (30) and Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender Jonathan Bernier (45) fight during the third period at the Air Canada Centre. Toronto defeated Buffalo 5-3. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

  • The Toronto Maple Leafs and Buffalo Sabres made news for the second straight night.  This time is was a brawl that saw David Clarkson leave the bench to join an altercation, and Phil Kessel swing his stick lumberjack style not once, but twice, after being challenged by behemoth John Scott off a faceoff.  Clarkson should get the minimum 10 games for his transgression, while Kessel was awarded a match penalty that generally comes with an automatic 2 game suspension.  And those are regular season games, with the money for replacements counting against the cap.  Oh yeah, Ryan Miller and Jonathan Bernier also went at it, in a classic goalie fight. The Sabre Noise perspecitive on the incidents, as well as the Editor in Leaf take on the proceedings.
  • When you look at it, the little Sabres forward Corey Tropp started the fight, and was finished by Jamie Devane.  Devane wasn’t looking for it, but wasn’t going to back away either.  This one is on the Sabres, but the Leafs will likely suffer the brunt of supplemental discipline.
  • From a Senators standpoint, the Leafs losing Clarkson and probably Kessel only benefits the Sens, because a slow start from the Leafs gives Ottawa an edge in what should be a good battle this season in the Atlantic Division standings.
  • Oil on Whyte already worrying about the team’s ability to hang onto its stars.  It has worked out pretty well for Pittsburgh so far.
  • Blackhawk Up takes a look at a Red Wing-free division, for the first time in forever, and the new rivalries that are on the horizon for the defending champs.
  • Islanders fans impressed with the building, but not the atmosphere of the soon to be new home of the Islanders in Broolklyn, the Barclays Center.
  • Will a physical edge push the Lightning back to the playoffs?
  • Already without Ryan Nugent-Hopkins for an indeterminate time, the Oilers’ depth up the middle took a big hit when Sam Gagner had his jaw broken by the stick of Zack Kassian Saturday night.

Check back tomorrow for another trip around the league.