Thursday night in the newsroom

1030 p.m. CDT

The Chicago Blackhawks scored eight goals in their season-opening win over the Nashville Predators.

It was their most in one game since 2003, and I know ... it's one game ... but as someone who's lived in the Windy City for just a year, this is gratifying because media coverage of the Blackhawks in this town is non-existent. The AHL's Wolves get more ink and more coverage than the 'Hawks -- one of the Original Six teams.

May be time to jump on the Martin Havlat bandwagon.

... End of two in the desert, Isles goalie Rick DiPietro has already allowed six goals. For $55,284.55 a game, can you stop a piece of rubber, for the love of God?

...For years, the New York Rangers had a bad habit of picking up aging superstars. Phil Esposito leaps to mind. So does Marcel Dionne. So, it's good to see Brendan Shanahan score two goals -- including the 600th of his career in a 5-2 win over Washington.

...BlackBerrys for all! Hours after reaching an agreement to be sold to a Canadian businessman, the Penguins shut out Peter Forsberg and the Flyers 4-0. Jim Balsillie -- love that name -- has agreed to buy the team from HOF'er Mario Lemieux for $175 million.

Pittsburgh needs a new arena in the worst way -- Mellon Arena is a barn in the middle of downtown. I still think this team is on the move regardless of what Gary "The Keebler Elf" Bettman says.

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