CSI: TD Banknorth Garden.
The Bruins were butchered inside their own home last night, all but disemboweled in a 6-0 loss to the Los Angeles Kings, a humiliating defeat that likely will lead — perhaps as early as today — to an overhaul in the coaching staff, perhaps even the front office.
Only days after club owner Jeremy Jacobs, in comments printed Sunday by the Globe, called for the need to fix his broken hockey team, the Bruins turned in two of their worst performances in memory, beginning with Tuesday night’s humiliating 6-2 loss to the San Jose Sharks. Less than 48 hours later, they returned to their building again, only to suffer a third-period implosion that included four LA goals, one an Alexander Frolov penalty shot.
The Flyers’ long and winding road trip ended on a down note last night at the Joe Louis Arena. It ended the way many of the Flyers’ games have ended in the Motor City since their last win there in 1988 – with a spanking.
Brent Sutter, who recently led the Canadians to their second consecutive World Junior Championships gold medal, is clearly the hottest coaching candidate on the marketplace and seemingly a perfect fit for the Islanders.
When owner Charles Wang announced that Mike Milbury was stepping aside as GM and that coach Steve Stirling had been fired, it was obvious that Sutter was the man they want. The Islanders don’t need a slick, promoter as their general manager. They need a winner.
The NHL Players Association has been assured steps are being taken to prepare international referees to officiate the Olympics under the same anti-obstruction standard used by the NHL this season.
Concerns about international officials’ interpretation rose leaguewide when referees seemed to call almost every body check as a penalty during the recent world junior championships in Vancouver.