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David Backes and Andy McDonald, St. Louis Blues

If you showed up late Monday, you missed a 42-year-old franchise record being broken. The forwards beat Anaheim goaltender Jonas Hiller a mere six seconds apart in the Blues’ 5-1 win over the struggling Ducks.

The old record of 7 seconds apart was set by Don McKenney and Frank St. Marseille on Jan. 24, 1968, against the Minnesota North Stars during both clubs’ inaugural seasons.

“To be rewarded that early, it really helps you to stick to your game plan and I thought we did a good job throughout the game to do that,” St. Louis defenseman Barret Jackman told The Associated Press.

Corey Crawford, Chicago Blackhawks

A lesser rookie may have folded up after giving up two goals on the first two shifts in his first start of the season for the defending Stanley Cup champions.

Crawford, if nothing else, proved pretty unflappable after that

With Marty Turco getting the night off, Crawford allowed Drew Stafford’s goal 14 seconds into the game before Derek Roy found the back of the net at 2:43.

After that, Crawford didn’t allow anything in until early in the third period, and survived a short-handed situation in the closing minutes to lift Chicago to a 4-3 win, its first of 2010-11.

“A little panic sets into your head, but you have to try and brush that away,” Crawford said. “I just kept battling and stuck with it.”


Martin Brodeur, New Jersey Devils

At 38 and now in his 17th NHL season, perhaps the all-time wins leader (602) is starting to show his age.

With a 3-1 loss to Pittsburgh on Monday, the four-time Vezina Trophy winner has allowed 11 goals in his first three games, going 0-2-1 – New Jersey’s worst start since 2001-02.

“It’s not the way we wanted to start,” said the Devils’ Patrik Elias. “We know what we’re doing wrong. We have to play 60 minutes, put it all together and get some consistency. We have to get back to doing what we do best.”

James Wisniewski, New York Islanders

In his first season on Lawn Guyland, Wisniewski has already written a new chapter in the hatred – um, rivalry - between the Islanders and the New York Rangers.

Wisniewski was caught on tape Monday making an obscene gesture toward Rangers agitator Sean Avery in the Isles’ 6-4 win.

An AP report called it a hand gesture, however Wisniewski mimicked a blowjob at Avery after the two were jawing during a stoppage in the opening period. Wisniewski said he didn’t remember doing so, but video of the incident was on YouTube before the game was over.

A suspension is almost assuredly coming. No pun intended.

While impressive, it’s nothing compared to Dan Cloutier calling out all of the Islanders after hammering away at Tommy Salo in 1998.


"It's pretty obvious what the guy was doing, but I'm sure nothing will happen to him because nothing ever happens. It's interesting, he'd get a warning for something like that. Can you imagine if I did that? They sent me to rehab the last time I did something. It's crazy.” – New York Rangers forward Sean Avery after New York Islanders defenseman James Wisniewski mimicked a blowjob motion at him Monday.

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