MONTREAL - A Montreal Canadiens fan used a laser pointer to try and distract the rival Boston Bruins — but it had little effect.
Video replay clearly showed a green dot dancing in and around Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask on Thursday during Montreal's 6-4 victory over Boston.
When asked after the game if Rask noticed the laser being pointed at him, he was quick to dismiss it.
"At me? No," said Rask, who allowed five goals on 23 shots before leaving 7:17 into the third.
Although the Finnish goalie did notice the laser being directed elsewhere.
MONTREAL - The bottom line from the Montreal Canadiens' rematch with the Boston Bruins was: 10 goals, no fights, but one late bit of nastiness from Milan Lucic.
Brendan Gallagher and P.A. Parenteau each had two goals as the Canadiens chased goalie Tuukka Rask out of the game to win their home opener 6-4 over the Bruins on Thursday night.
OTTAWA - The Ottawa Senators didn't like the way they started things Thursday night, but they were more than happy with how they ended.
The Senators scored four unanswered goals to defeat the Colorado Avalanche 5-3 in Ottawa's home opener.
"We were frustrated after the first, there's no question," said Clarke MacArthur, who scored the winner. "We slowed things down a little bit in the second and started to make the easy plays and we got a little momentum that way and started getting pucks to the net so that was good."
PITTSBURGH, Pa. - Penguins forward Pascal Dupuis appears to be OK after leaving the ice on a stretcher in the second period of Pittsburgh's 3-2 loss to the Dallas Stars on Thursday night.
Dupuis was cross-checked in front of the net by Stars defenceman Alex Goligoski and hit in the neck or upper-back area by Kris Letang's shot from the point while he was down.
Dupuis remained on his knees in discomfort and threw off his gloves, shaking his hands before play was stopped with 6:58 remaining in the period.
BARRIE, Ont. - The equipment problems that cost Kevin Reynolds much of last season continue to plague the Canadian figure skater.
The 24-year-old from Coquitlam, B.C., has already gone through four pairs of ill-fitting skates in training this season after trying out nine pairs last season.
"Frustrating doesn't even begin to cover it," Reynolds said. "But at this point, I've realized that there might never be a solution to this."
BARRIE, Ont. - On the walls of the Allandale Recreation Centre, home to the renowned Mariposa School of Skating, hang banners honouring a couple dozen of Canada's figure skating legends, from Brian Orser to Elvis Stojko to Jeff Buttle.
A sign the length of a basketball court is painted on one wall, proclaiming: "Welcome to Quadruple Country."
TORONTO - It hasn't taken Brown Panther long to get settled.
The British-bred six-year-old arrived at Woodbine Racetrack on Tuesday evening ahead of the $1-million Pattison Canadian International this weekend. Assistant trainer Christopher Ely said the early 2-1 favourite has shown no ill effects from the trip, which isn't good news for the remaining nine horses in the field for the 1 1/2-mile turf event.
CALGARY - Olympic hockey heroine Marie-Philip Poulin headlines the Canadian women's hockey team roster for the upcoming Four Nations Cup.
The annual international tournament featuring Canada, the United States, Sweden and Finland will be held Nov. 4-8 in Kamloops, B.C.
Canada trailed the Americans 2-1 in the Olympic gold-medal game last February in Sochi when Poulin scored with 55 seconds remaining in regulation and again at 8:10 in overtime for the victory.
TORONTO - First a spot in the UFC rankings. Now a date with former champion Renan Barao. It's been a good month for Canadian bantamweight Mitch Gagnon.
The 30-year-old from Sudbury, Ont., moved into the UFC rankings at No. 15 among 135-pound contenders after his Oct. 4 first-round stoppage of Roman Salazar in Halifax.
It was his fourth straight win in the UFC. It was also his 10th first-round finish and 11th win by submission.
HAMILTON - The Ottawa Redblacks might be out of playoff contention but Hamilton coach/GM Kent Austin says the Tiger-Cats can't afford to overlook the expansion CFL franchise.
Hamilton (6-8) hosts Ottawa (2-12) on Friday night tied with Toronto and Montreal atop the East Division. The Ticats, Argonauts and Alouettes also must consider that the B.C. Lions (8-7), currently fourth in the West, have a better record than the third-place Eastern squad and would cross over and assume the No. 3 playoff seed if that remained the case at the end of the regular season.