The WaPo discusses the ongoing soap opera that is Alexander Semin, and notes that it's opening night of the AO Show. Dave Fay focuses on Ovechkin's debut and makes the dire assessment that "it now appears [Semin] won't be playing in North America this season." Please be wrong.
Expect to see perpetual prospect Ryan Miller in goal for the Sabres tonight, probably facing Olie Kolzig.
Hockey's Future has posted a revised Capitals Top 20 Prospects.
- Alexei Zhitnik had a pair of goals in his debut for the Isles as they beat the Rangers 5-1.
- Ed Belfour and J.F. Racine combined to shutout the Bruins 5-0. Jeff O'Neill and Mariusz Czerkawski each scored and Alexander Khavanov added three assists in the first game in blue for all three.
- Eighteen-year-old Guillaume Latendresse had two goals and an assist and Radek Bonk had a goal and three assists in the Habs' 6-1 win over Tampa.
- Minnesota rallied from a 3-0 deficit to beat the Sabres 6-3 behind a goal and three assists from Pascal Dupuis.
- Bill Guerin had a pair of goals and a pair of assists and Jason Arnott had four assists in Dallas' 6-4 win over Edmonton.
- Coach Gretzky's Coyotes got doubled up 8-4 by the Kings in front of just over 7,000 in Glendale, AZ. Craig Conroy and Valeri Cameron-Bure each had two goals and Pavol Demitra had a goal and three assists for L.A.
- Apparently everyone hates the French (and French-Canadians). The Buffalo News notes:
[Goalie Mika Noronen] was drafted by the Sabres in 1997, yet he never had a Finnish teammate ... until defensemen Teppo Numminen and Toni Lydman were acquired in the offseason.
The goalie admitted it was nice to finally be able to speak his native tongue in the dressing room, but denied they talk about their teammates behind their backs.
"That's what the French guys are doing," Noronen said wryly, "but the Finns are not doing that."
- The Isles have named Alexei Ya$hin as their new captain. Can you think of a worse player to lead a team? Somewhere, Denis Potvin cringes.
- Well, maybe not everyone hates the French (Canadians) after all. Kings wing Luc Robitaille has opened his second home to two families left homeless after hurricane Katrina hit.
The families, one from New Orleans and the other from Mississippi, have moved into the Robitaille's second home near Park City, Utah. They will be relocated to an area of their choice with the help of Shelter for Serenity, a hurricane relief project started by the Robitailles.
"This is something I had to do after seeing all the devastation," Robitaille told the Los Angeles Times. "If I was out of hockey and nobody remembered my name, I'd be doing this. If my name can help people in some way now, then that's even better."