Top Line: Canada-US women line brawl; house that Bobby Ryan built; more links
An annotated guide to this morning's must-read hockey stories:
• Considering the emotions when these two teams meet, it's surprising there aren't more line brawls between the Canadian and American women's sides like the one we got on Saturday night. Tensions finally flared when Jocelynne Lamoureux ran Canadian goalie Shannon Szabados, then turtled upon being called to task by Courtney Birchard. "Once every Olympic cycle we have to get it out of our system," said Canadian captain Hayley Wickenheiser.
• So, which Ottawa player do you think felt less bad after this one? Bobby Ryan for scoring in his Anaheim homecoming or Robin Lehner for robbing Corey Perry of a sure hat trick with this save of the year candidate?
• Twitter exchange of the night, between Ottawa Sun writer Bruce Garrioch and Ryan:
• There were two ways Nail Yakupov could have handled being benched from Saturday night's game against Toronto. He chose this one: "I really don’t like skating all the time, and forechecking, and hitting somebody every shift." Whoops. OK, maybe that's just a one-off emotional outburst from a frustrated teenager. Maybe the room straightens him out. But if not, the challenge falls on coach Dallas Eakins, a man revered for his teaching skills, to get this talented kid on the right path.
• Undrafted center Marc Arcobello took the scenic route to the NHL, but he could be sticking around now that he's arrived. The Yale alum is not only tied for the Oilers' team lead in scoring, he's somehow a plus-4 on a team that is minus-8. Impressive.
• Good news for neurological specialists around the league: Alex Edler has no intention of changing his game despite his latest suspension.
• Frank Seravalli argues that hiring Ian Laperriere as an assistant coach might be Paul Holmgren's smartest hire in ages. If nothing else, he'll keep the boys pumped up. Lappy may not have had a lot of talent as a player, but energy and an upbeat attitude were in ready supply.
• There is a plan in Dallas. It's just that the players aren't following it yet, according to GM Jim Nill. But poor execution won't be their biggest problem if Kari Lehtonen misses too many more games. Dan Ellis was absolutely brutal against the Wild and Jack Campbell isn't ready for prime time.• Cory Schneider gave his teammates a chance in his Winnipeg homecoming, but the Devils found yet another way to lose against the Jets.