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Saturday's Roundup: Let The Games Begin!

Three games kicked off the NHL's preseason last night. The Caps-'Canes tilt was discussed as extensively as I could stomach below. The other two games were, um, closer, as the Flames and Oilers needed a shootout to settle things before a soldout crowd at Rexall Place and the Coyotes beat the Wild 3-2 at home, a win dampened by the loss of goalie Brian Boucher to a groin injury in the post-game shootout.

Other news and notes from around the League:
  • A big one right off the bat as Blues winger Keith Tkachuk failed his physical and was suspended by the team. Apparently only upon shaming him into an eating disorder will the team be satisfied.
  • KT isn't the only NHLer who played more Playstation2 than hockey during the lockout as Thrashers goalie phenom Kari Lehtonen injured his groin on Friday. Sayeth coach Bob Hartley, "[Groin injuries for a goalie] is a pretty straight relation to being out of shape. We will teach him tomorrow [in rehab]." Yikes.
  • In a minor coup by Caps management, the team's last draft pick of the 2005 draft, Viktor Dovgan, has been declared eligible.