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Habs lament 0-4 start: 'It's frustrating'

Habs lament 0-4 start: 'It's frustrating'

21/10/2021, USA, Hockey-Ice, NHL (ice-hockey), Article # 30486239

Just three months removed from the Stanley Cup Final, a winless start to the 2021-22 campaign is hardly what the Montreal Canadiens had in mind.

Not only have the Habs dropped their four opening contests, but they've also scored just three goals total, including Tuesday's 5-0 home loss to the San Jose Sharks.

"It's frustrating," defenseman Jeff Petry said postgame. "We're four games into the year and we played two games like that. Half of our games have been no effort."

The 33-year-old veteran said the Canadiens must focus on the fundamentals to solve their woes.

"I think we need to put in the effort and make sure we're supporting each other," he said. "There's so many times where we're skating away from the puck, we're leaving guys out to dry, we're not playing as a unit of five. We're gonna go nowhere with that."

No matter what the answer is, fans are starting to get antsy. The audience at the Bell Centre booed the team as time ran out Tuesday.

"I've been through that before. You get a couple wins, they'll be back," longtime Canadiens forward Brendan Gallagher said postgame.

He added: "They're frustrated. The thing about us as players is we have an opportunity to change that and fix what's going on. They don't. They feel like their only voice is to boo us."

Gallagher said that it's key that the Canadiens stick together amid their losing skid.

"A lot of people are going to turn on us," he said. "It's gonna be important in that locker room that we do the right thing, we work to find solutions. It's never easy to get out of these things."

When asked about the possibility of holding a players-only meeting, Petry said, "I think every guy in here knows this is not good enough. If it comes down to that, then we have to do that. We shouldn't be in that situation four games into the year."

The Canadiens will square off against the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday at 7 p.m. ET.

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Watch: Eriksson Ek scores hat trick, propels Wild past Jets in OT

Watch: Eriksson Ek scores hat trick, propels Wild past Jets in OT

20/10/2021, USA, Hockey-Ice, NHL (ice-hockey), Article # 30485635

The Minnesota Wild defeated the Winnipeg Jets 6-5 in overtime on Tuesday after a hectic end to the game.

The Jets appeared to be well on their way to a victory late in the contest when Mark Scheifele scored an empty-netter to put Winnipeg up 6-4. The play was challenged by Wild coach Dean Evason for being offside, and it was ultimately overturned.

The Wild wasted no time tying things up following the reversal.

The game went to overtime, and the Wild were handed a power play after Kirill Kaprizov was hooked by Josh Morrissey. Minnesota made no mistake with the man advantage, capping the game off with a beautiful tic-tac-toe play that resulted in a Joel Eriksson Ek hat trick.

With the win, the Wild moved to 3-0-0 on the year while the Jets remain without a victory, dropping to 0-2-1.

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Devils' Hughes day-to-day after getting hit along boards

Devils' Hughes day-to-day after getting hit along boards

20/10/2021, USA, Hockey-Ice, NHL (ice-hockey), Article # 30485578

New Jersey Devils phenom Jack Hughes is day-to-day after suffering an injury on Tuesday against the Seattle Kraken, head coach Lindy Ruff said postgame, according to The Athletic's Corey Masisak.

Ruff added that Hughes will be further evaluated on Wednesday.

Hughes was rubbed out along the boards by Jeremy Lauzon late in the opening frame. The 2019 No. 1 overall pick was favoring his upper body as he left the ice and didn't return.

Hughes scored two goals in the Devils' opener on Friday and already recorded an assist during Tuesday's first period. He finished second on the team with 31 points in 56 games a year ago.

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Report: Lightning place Kucherov on LTIR

Report: Lightning place Kucherov on LTIR

20/10/2021, USA, Hockey-Ice, NHL (ice-hockey), Article # 30485507

The Tampa Bay Lightning placed forward Nikita Kucherov on long-term injured reserve Tuesday, according to CapFriendly.

This guarantees the Russian superstar will miss at least 10 games and 24 days. It also means the $9.5-million average annual value on Kucherov's contract won't count against the cap for the time being.

Kucherov departed Saturday's game against the Washington Capitals with what appeared to be a lower-body injury after colliding with Garnet Hathaway.

Lightning head coach Jon Cooper said Monday that the ailment is "definitely not a day-to-day thing" and that Kucherov is "going to be out for a while."

Kucherov spent the entirety of the 2020-21 campaign on LTIR while recovering from offseason hip surgery, allowing the Lightning to stay cap compliant without trading away any key players. He returned for the playoffs and helped guide the Bolts to their second straight Stanley Cup.

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Devils' Hughes leaves game after getting hit along boards

Devils' Hughes leaves game after getting hit along boards

20/10/2021, USA, Hockey-Ice, NHL (ice-hockey), Article # 30485469

New Jersey Devils phenom Jack Hughes suffered an apparent injury on Tuesday against the Seattle Kraken.

Hughes was rubbed out along the boards by Jeremy Lauzon late in the opening frame. The 2019 No. 1 overall pick was favoring his upper body as he left the ice and didn't return for the start of the second period.

Hughes scored two goals in the Devils' opener on Friday and already recorded an assist during Tuesday's first period. He finished second on the team with 31 points in 56 games a year ago.

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Blues' Buchnevich suspended 2 games for headbutting Coyotes' Crouse

Blues' Buchnevich suspended 2 games for headbutting Coyotes' Crouse

20/10/2021, USA, Hockey-Ice, NHL (ice-hockey), Article # 30485470

St. Louis Blues forward Pavel Buchnevich was suspended two games for headbutting Arizona Coyotes forward Lawson Crouse during Monday's contest, the NHL Department of Player Safety announced.

The incident occurred after Buchnevich elbowed Coyotes forward Andrew Ladd up high late in the first period. Crouse went after Buchnevich in retaliation, eventually leading to Buchnevich's headbutt and match penalty.

Here's a closer look at the headbutt:

Buchnevich, one of the Blues' biggest offseason additions, was acquired in a trade with the New York Rangers. He scored his first goal with the club earlier in the game.

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Hoffman make Canadiens debut vs. Sharks

Hoffman make Canadiens debut vs. Sharks

20/10/2021, USA, Hockey-Ice, NHL (ice-hockey), Article # 30485471

After a slight delay due to a lower-body injury, Mike Hoffman made his Montreal Canadiens debut against the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday.

The Canadiens signed the 31-year-old to a three-year, $13.5-million deal as an unrestricted free agent this offseason. Hoffman suffered the injury before going to Montreal and was initially expected to miss the first week-and-a-half of the regular season.

That puts his recovery slightly ahead of the originally targeted Oct. 23 game against the Detroit Red Wings as his debut.

"The body feels good and I'm ready to go," Hoffman said Monday before receiving the green light on Tuesday, according to The Athletic's Arpon Basu.

Hoffman was on the third line at morning skate.

The Canadiens have been held winless through the first three games of the season and have scored just three goals. The typically productive Hoffman has 189 career goals in 545 contests, 67 of which have come on the man advantage. The Canadiens' power play has gotten off to an 0-for-11 start.

Forward Adam Brooks also made his Montreal debut on Tuesday in the place of the injured Jake Evans. The Canadiens claimed the 25-year-old off waivers from the Toronto Maple Leafs last week.

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Blues' Buchnevich suspended 2 games for headbutting Coyotes' Crouse

Blues' Buchnevich suspended 2 games for headbutting Coyotes' Crouse

20/10/2021, USA, Hockey-Ice, NHL (ice-hockey), Article # 30485459

St. Louis Blues forward Pavel Buchnevich has been suspended two games for headbutting Arizona Coyotes forward Lawson Crouse in Monday night's contest, the NHL Department of Player Safety announced.

More to come.

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MacKinnon makes season debut vs. Capitals

MacKinnon makes season debut vs. Capitals

20/10/2021, USA, Hockey-Ice, NHL (ice-hockey), Article # 30485407

Colorado Avalanche forward Nathan MacKinnon made his season debut Tuesday against the Washington Capitals.

The forward registered two negative COVID-19 tests and reportedly flew to Washington, D.C. late Monday night, The Athletic's Peter Baugh reports. The Avalanche confirmed his arrival Tuesday morning.

MacKinnon missed Colorado's first two games after testing positive for COVID-19 over a week ago. He was asymptomatic.

Bednar said Sunday that MacKinnon had another positive test and initially wasn't going to travel with the team for their upcoming three-game road trip, which begins in D.C. The star center needed two negative COVID-19 tests to clear protocols.

The three-time Hart Trophy finalist has 560 points in 573 career games. Colorado went 1-1-0 without him in the lineup to start the campaign.

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