Esche gave us some genuine drama in the third period and some food for thought in the second period when he went to the Flyersâ€™ bench during a timeout following Zdeno Charaâ€™s 50-foot five-hole goal and reamed out Chris Therien.
Colorado defenseman John-Michael Liles is the only U.S.-born player among the league’s top 30 scorers on Halloween Eve, and he’s 22nd. Mike Modano and Craig Conroy are the only American forwards among the top 50 scorers.
Alexander Perezhogin’s elbow to the head of Keith Primeau apparently did more damage than the Flyers center initially realized. Primeau missed last night’s game against the Ottawa Senators with concussion symptoms. He is out indefinitely.
For a team that harbored some hope of winning the Central Division, a more modest goal of just making the playoffs now appears to be in peril as the Hawks begin just the second month of the season.
Still appearing to carry emotional baggage from his vicious hit on Steve Moore, Vancouver’s Todd Bertuzzi has started the season slowly, his return to action more difficult than he ever imagined it would be.
St. Louis Blues star winger Keith Tkachuk is expected to miss another three to five weeks after tests showed he was suffering from cracked ribs.
During the 4-1 loss, Tkachuk got the blade of his stick caught in Predators goaltender Tomas Vokoun’s pads and the butt-end speared his midsection.
Pittsburgh Penguins defensman Dick Tarnstrom, who led the team in scoring during the 2003-04 season, will be out indefinitely because of a torn knee ligament.