Here's a look around the hockey world today starting with the Sabres' 2-1 loss to the Lightning last night in HSBC Arena.
---The game turned on a brutal goal allowed by Patrick Lalime. Little surprised my email is filling up with people saying I was harsh on the Sabres' backup in the wake of the offense's one-goal showing. They had 30 shots on goal. Mike Smith didn't give up a bad goal and Lalime gave up perhaps the worst one I've ever seen. What was the story, people? What did everyone walk out of the arena talking about?
---Tampa's Steven Stamkos is a wondrous talent but last night was just his third pointless game of the season. He's leading the league in scoring and might be a 50-50 player.
---Bucky Gleason's Inside the NHL talks about the curious cases of Colin Campbell and Darryl Sutter as they relate to their NHL sons. I'm with Bucky here: Campbell has lost all credibility in the wake of the emails that have been revealed. He's got to go. But don't expect this garage league to do anything.
---Now playing for Hartford of the AHL, South Buffalo native and former Sabre Tim Kennedy got a faceful of glove from Binghamton goalie Barry Brust last night in retaliation for a hit on a Bingo player into the end boards. Kennedy has three goals and nine assists in 14 games for the Rangers affiliate. Check out the video of the play here:
In Montreal, there was an emotional pregame ceremony to honor the life of Pat Burns and players from both the Canadiens and Maple Leafs wore "PB" stickers on their helmets. Carey Price was motivated to shut out the Leafs by a message he received from Burns before the season. The pregame tribute to Burns at the Bell Centre last night was simply spectacular. Take a look below. Awesome stuff.