preserved the shutout in a goalkeeping duel against the Sabres
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By Allan Muir
An annotated guide to this morning's must-read hockey stories:
• The happiest man watching the sensational goaltending duel between Craig Anderson and Ryan Miller last night had to be Team USA coach Dan Bylsma. The pair of Sochi hopefuls combined to stop 79 of 80 shots in a thrilling 1-0 win for the Sens.
• After the game, the Sabres recalled goaltender Matt Hackett, who'd just been shelled for six goals in AHL action on Friday night. Miller is healthy. So is backup Jhonas Enroth. So what's going on here?
• Buffalo thug John Scott has heard all the anti-fighting talk coming from the likes of Steve Yzerman, and he says the Lightning GM is a massive hypocrite. He makes a pretty solid point here.
• Seth Jones had his chance to be the hero in his homecoming to Denver on Friday night, but it was Nathan MacKinnon's side that came up with the big win. Again.
• The Nashville Predators were livid about this hit on Roman Josi by Colorado's Steve Downie. Looks like a beauty to me. Nice of the boys to stick up for him, but they might want to remind Josi to keep his head up next time.
• Chris Stevenson talks about the need for generational change to influence the thinking on fighting, a potential suitor for Thomas Vanek and Washington's unstoppable power play.
• Gold legend Jack Nicklaus in a Columbus Blue Jackets jersey is is exactly as awesome as it sounds.
• After stumbling out of the gate last January, the Jackets planned to get this season off to a different start this time around. Well, there's always Game 2.
• Max Pacioretty says that Montreal's new emphasis on toughness detracts from the team's identity and actually might hurt the Canadiens.
• Hey, remember when Hal Gill was playing for Montreal and he said Flyers fans were ugly and rude? Apparently, a few have reminded him of that assessment since he signed on with Philly.
• The looming return of Ryan Nugent-Hopkins doesn't cure all of Edmonton's center ice woes. And that's why they should keep doing this.
• Three goals is a standard hat trick. A goal, an assist and a fight is Gordie Howe hat trick. And now players can strive for an Evander Kane hat trick: a goal, an assist and this. Just try not to get one too often.
• So why, exactly, do NHL players consistently vote for Dion Phaneuf as the league's most overrated player?
• Former Sportsnet reporter Ian Mendes had a pretty good reason for leaving a job most hockey fans could only dream of.
• It's good to be Patrick Sharp.
• Philly coach Peter Laviolette is in the market for a new bank.
• Luke Richardson is establishing himself as one of the NHL's top coaching prospects with his excellent work at Binghamton.
• The IIHF website projects the winner of every game in Sochi all the way through the gold medal match. Sounds like one Ranger is going to have a pretty sweet tourney.
• With the season about to get underway, the great Scott Feschuk holds a mirror up to minor hockey parents. The reflection isn't very pretty, but it is pretty funny.