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Top Line: Jonathan Quick’s amazing own goal; NHL’s dirtiest player; more links

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Jonathan Quick might just want to forget that yesterday ever happened.

Jonathan Quick might just want to forget that yesterday ever happened. (Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)

By Allan Muir

An annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:

• Jonathan Quick isn’t the first NHL goalie to inadvertently direct a puck into his own net, but it’s hard to imagine anyone has ever done it in such spectacular fashion. This may be the greatest/worst own goal in NHL history.

• Hey, at least this gaffe didn’t happen in the playoffs.

“Set play, man. Set play.”

• Is this the dirtiest player in the NHL?

• Craig Berube went straight to page one of the New Coach’s Handbook and said he’ll demand more accountability from the underperforming Philadelphia Flyers. I smell a few bag skates coming on.

Three games? Three???

• Elliotte Friedman touches on the legalities of the spin-o-rama shootout move, extended overtime periods and a Maple Leafs trade rumor in his weekly 30 Thoughts column.

• Ok, so maybe comparing him to Doug Gilmour was a little overly enthusiastic, but Don Cherry and the Leafs both see more potential in Dave Bolland than he’s shown to this point.

• Bobby Ryan is feeling the heat after failing to score in Ottawa’s first two games. Welcome to playing in Canada, kid.

• Let’s see what’s on the schedule tonight … hmmm, New Jersey at Vancouver, an East/West match-up we haven’t see in a couple of years. If only there was some kind of interesting sub-plot, you know, to spice it up a bit.

• This is how the Batmobile would look if Bruce Wayne was a Blackhawks fan. And did most of his crime fighting in the daylight.

• There’s always room for improvement, even if you’re the defending Stanley Cup champs. The Hawks have been concentrating on the power play, and it’s beginning to pay off.

• Montreal’s Kid Line thrived while playing sheltered minutes last season. Lars Eller says now they’re ready for something more.

• Ryan Miller says the young Sabres are playing timid hockey, but hey, all they need is a little confidence! And experience. And depth. And goal scoring. And…

• Radek Dvorak has looked like a player on his last legs for a few years now, but he’s proven to be an invaluable addition to the Carolina Hurricanes in the early going.

• The You Can Play Project is partnering with the Florida Panthers for the first-ever Equality Night on Oct. 19 as part of the effort to battle homophobia in sports.

• “Anything I can do to help the sport of hockey grow,” Seth Jones said. “Whether it’s with white people or black people, it doesn’t matter. I’m happy to do it.”

• Joel Ward credits Karl Alzner’s singing with helping him survive the traumatic ordeal of being trapped in a Dallas bathroom stall. Surely, his courage in the face of such adversity will inspire a generation.

• This is the actual curve used by Ryan O’Reilly. And yes, it is legal.

• Despite what coaches tell you, it doesn’t take a 60-minute effort to win games in the NHL. A gritty third period and the return of Ryan Nugent-Hopkins were plenty for the Oilers to claim their first of the season.

• Sixth-overall pick Sean Monahan is doing everything he can to stick with the Flames, but will he be better served by heading back to juniors after Game 9?

• Lindy Ruff hasn’t gotten over the passive response of his old team after watching goaltender Ryan Miller being trampled by Milan Lucic. He’s let the Dallas Stars know that anyone messing with Kari Lehtonen needs to be held accountable by every man on the ice.

• A month ago, the smart money had Matt Niskanen being dealt to ensure the Pens could limbo under the season-opening salary cap bar. A couple injuries later and Nisky isn’t just playing a key role, he’s actually leading Pittsburgh in scoring.

This is a good look for Paul Martin and James Neal. Guess Robert Bortuzzo doesn’t need the extra attention.

• Here’s a look at the Czech Olympic jerseys. Gotta say … not bad at all.

  • Published On Oct 08, 2013
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