Daily Cupcakes - Links from around the unlocked out NHL - January 28th, 2013

Thearon W. Henderson



A preview of the game against the Edmonton Oilers.

"You have a situation where a teammate is defending another teammate which is the game of hockey and in those situations we need to step up and get the job done for our teammate," said Sacco, whose team had killed 16 straight penalties heading into the game. "We just didn't get it done. That was the difference in the game."

Landeskog returned in the second period on Saturday, so he should be available as the Avs try to avoid their first 0-3-0 road start since dropping their first four in 2007-08.

Colorado, outscored 8-2 in two road games, lost in its first two visits to Rexall Place last season before winning 3-1 in its last game there on Feb. 17.

Ovie scores his first goal and the Caps win their first game.

An NHL routine gone missing for 102 days made an overdue return Sunday: Alex Ovechkin scored a goal, and the Washington Capitals won.

Like old times. The two-time league MVP nailed a one-timer from the left circle on a power play, skated a few feet, bent his left knee and unleashed that familiar downward celebratory fist pump. He then collected the customary row of high-fives as he skated past the Capitals bench.

The Edmonton Journal has a blog that talks about Subban and O`Reilly.

I don’t know why Subban doesn’t just say, "Give me a one-year contract at $3 million and we’ll talk this summer." If he wants $5 million, he’s probably dreaming.. But he should be paid a shade more than what Josh Gorges, a shutdown top-four defenceman in Montreal ($3.9 million a season) is getting.

As for Ryan O’Reilly in Colorado, the Avalanche are playing just as hard with him. Sign a one-year deal for Matt Duchene money ($3.25 million) and get back to work if you don’t like the money on a long-term package. O’Reilly would have been the Avs captain if the "C" hadn’t gone to Gabriel Landeskog. He figures to be a No. 2 NHL centre for a long time. But he’s only 22 next month. He has lots of time to get his money.

Ottawa lost their first game of the season.

The Tampa Bay Lightning had another impressive final period.

Ryan Malone scored a pair of third-period goals as the Lightning beat the Ottawa Senators 6-4 on Friday night.

Malone deflected Sami Salo’s blue-line slap shot at 3:39 of the third that pulled the Lightning even at 4. Tampa Bay, which has outscored opponents 11-1 in the third this season, took a 5-4 lead when the left wing scored from the low left-circle with 7:02 to play.

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