Morning Skate: Tuesday, Oct. 30


Morning Skate: Tuesday, Oct. 30

Good column from Nick Kypreos, who says its time for the silent majority of NHL owners to get involved with the CBA negotiations before its too late. They may be the one thing that could keep the entire season from being lost.

Five questions with Claude Julien and where the Bruins coach talks about the rivalry with the Vancouver Canucks. Just hearing him speak about it makes even the casual Bruins fan pine for hockey to come back.

Jesse Spector from the Sporting News wonders if the players and teams are crazy enough to create a rebel league with the NHL appearing set on a kamikaze course.

Interesting video between noted NHL crazy guy Trevor Gillies and Nasty Mirasty where theyre setting up negotiations for a second fight later in the same European game.

Down Goes Brown attends a Halloween party hosted by Gary Bettman. This ought to be good.

NHLPA Exec Director Donald Fehr says the more things change, the harder it becomes in high-stakes negotiations, and divulges more in a one-on-one interview with Michael Russo.

Scott Burnside with a good piece on Adam Oates honing his head coaching skills at the AHL level before his gig begins with the Washington Capitals.

For something completely different: SportsNet reporter Ian Mendes smoked in the ankle with a batted ball right before a live TV hit, and he doesnt break a sweat. That right there is a pro.

HEISMAN: Lousiville's Lamar Jackson wins College Football's highest award


HEISMAN: Lousiville's Lamar Jackson wins College Football's highest award

NEW YORK -- Lamar Jackson leapt over a loaded field of Heisman Trophy contenders early in the season and by the time he slowed down nobody could catch him.

The sensational sophomore quarterback became the first Louisville player to win the Heisman Trophy on Saturday night, beating out preseason favorite Deshaun Watson of Clemson despite some late-season struggles.

Baker Mayfield finished third and Oklahoma teammate and fellow finalist Dede Westbrook was fourth. Michigan's Jabrill Peppers was fifth.

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Bruins lose third straight with 4-1 loss to Leafs


Bruins lose third straight with 4-1 loss to Leafs

BOSTON -- The Bruins’ season has gone in extreme swings both up and down thus far through the first couple of months, and that was the case as they lost their third game in a row to the Maple Leafs on Saturday night.

The Bruins couldn’t only scratch for one goal despite outshooting the Maple Leafs by a 32-20 margin, and fell by a disappointing 4-1 score to the young and talented Toronto club at TD Garden.

The Bruins never enjoyed a lead in the game against the Leafs, and were flirting with danger after failing to score in the first period despite out-shooting Toronto by an 11-2 margin in the game’s opening 20 minutes. Instead it was a David Pastrnak neutral zone turnover in the second period that was picked off by William Nylander, and ended with Auston Matthews firing a rocket over Tuukka Rask for his 12th goal of the season.

Toronto extended the lead with five minutes to go in the period when Zach Hyman tipped a wobbly Jake Gardiner point shot past Rask, and made it three games in a row that the Bruins have dug themselves a considerable hole. Brad Marchand got one goal back at the end of the second period on a nice hustle play as he sealed off Frederik Anderson’s clearing attempt and then stuffed the puck past the Leafs goalie on a second chance bid.

That’s the way the score remained until the third period when the Bruins couldn’t convert on a couple of offensive chances -- included a bang-bang shorthanded bid for Austin Czarnik in front of the net -- and then James van Riemsdyk scored in front as a Toronto power play expired. That was the backbreaker for a Black and Gold bunch that continues to scrap for goals, and has now scored two goals or less in 20 of their 20 games this season.

Connor Brown added an empty netter in the final two minutes of the game to truly put it out of reach for the Bruins.