Through Saturday's games, the Chicago Blackhawks (9-0-2) were the only NHL team that hadn't lost in regulation. But they weren't celebrating anything: They led the NHL early last season but fell into a nine-game losing streak. "It's tough to find a weakness in our game right now, but we learned last year it's easy to get complacent," winger Patrick Sharp told the Chicago Tribune. "We know how competitive the league is. The goal in our locker room is to get better every night."
Defenseman Wade Redden, through no fault of his own, became a symbol of the New York Rangers' wasteful free-agent spending. He fell out of favor soon after they gave him a six-year, $39-million free-agent deal in 2008 and they buried him in the minors for two seasons. By all accounts he was a thorough professional. He won a reprieve through a buyout before this season and landed in St. Louis. On Thursday he played in the 1,000th game of his career, an example of perseverance.
You have to be tough to cover hockey, not just to play it. In a video that has gone viral, MSG sideline reporter John Giannone took a deflected shot in the face during a Rangers game last week and continued to report while his bloody cuts were being mended. In hockey-speak, you tape an aspirin to it and get back out there — and bravo to Giannone for doing it with a microphone instead of a stick.