ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Patrick Roy got into a screaming match with an opposing coach, pushed over a glass partition, received a game misconduct and was reprimanded by the NHL.
Quite an eventful start to his coaching career with the Avalanche.
Roy, a Hall of Fame goalie known for his fiery temper, lost his cool shortly after the final horn in a 6-1 win over the Ducks on Wednesday. He yelled at Anaheim coach Bruce Boudreau and then pounded on the glass partition separating the benches with so much force that it began to tilt.
The league Thursday fined Roy $10,000 for his outburst. "Roy's actions at the conclusion of the game were irresponsible," said Colin Campbell, league senior executive vice president of hockey operations. "One of the responsibilities of an NHL coach is to help diffuse volatile situations on the bench."
What set off Roy was a knee-to-knee hit between Avalanche rookie Nathan MacKinnon and Ducks defenseman Ben Lovejoy late in the game. Roy thought Lovejoy's hit was unnecessary and could've been avoided.
"I guess I have to change a few things. I got the $10,000 fine by the league for that," Roy said after practice. "I understand it now. At the same time, I will always defend my players."
The hit remained a sore subject, but so was comments Boudreau made about him after the game. Boudreau called Roy's antics "bush league" and said "(Roy is) going to be in for a long year, if he's going to yell at every player and yell at the refs at every stoppage of play. It's not the way the game is played."
Roy fumed over the assertion.
"I didn't talk to players until that moment. During the game, I don't talk to the players. I don't talk to the referees," Roy said. "What Boudreau said was all lies. I'm not going to get too involved in this one, but … when you're lying, this is classless."
Game highlights: Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury made 27 saves for his 24th career shutout, a franchise record, and his 250th win, and Sidney Crosby had a goal as host Pittsburgh opened the season with a 3-0 win over the Devils. … Mikhail Grabovski and Alex Ovechkin scored in the shootout and the Capitals got a 5-4 win over the host Flames after starting goalie Braden Holtby gave up three goals on his first 11 shots and was pulled losing 3-0. Ovechkin had two goals and an assist in regulation.
Around the league: Wild forward Jason Pominville signed a five-year, $28 million contract extension, ensuring he will not become a free agent after the season. … Bruins defenseman Dennis Seidenberg signed a four-year, $16 million contract extension good through 2017-18. … Goalie Ilya Bryzgalov, bought out by the Flyers in the offseason, agreed to go to ECHL Las Vegas on a training camp tryout. … Another longtime unenforced rule the NHL is deciding to enforce this season is the length of goalie stick paddles, which must be 26 inches maximum. Estimates vary on the number of goalies who were using longer paddles, from roughly half to close to 80 percent, InGoal magazine said.
First Period—1, Pitts, Kobasew 1 (Sutter, Bennett), 9:26. 2, Pitts, Crosby 1 (Dupuis, Niskanen), 12:19. Penalties—Malkin, Pit (high-sticking), 15:23; Clowe, NJ, major (fighting), 19:55; Glass, Pit, major (fighting), 19:55.
Second Period—None. Penalties—Zidlicky, NJ (hooking), 10:57.
Third Period—3, Pitts, Adams 1 (Malkin, Glass), 11:42. Penalties—Glass, Pit (boarding), 19:25. Missed Penalty Shot—Henrique, NJ, 16:01 third. Shots on Goal—NJ 6-9-12—27. Pitts 12-3-6—21. Power-play opportunities—NJ 0 of 2; Pitts 0 of 1. Goalies—NJ, Schneider 0-1-0 (21 shots-18 saves). Pitts, Fleury 1-0-0 (27-27).
|Capitals win shootout 2-0|
First Period—1, Calgary, D.Jones 1 (Monahan), 5:18. 2, Calgary, Stempniak 1 (Giordano, Backlund), 10:13. 3, Calgary, Hudler 1 (Brodie, Giordano), 16:22 (pp). Penalties—Bouma, Cal, major (fighting), 8:10; Wilson, Was, major (fighting), 8:10; Russell, Cal (cross-checking), 9:27; Ovechkin, Was (slashing), 9:27; Alzner, Was (interference), 15:00.
Second Period—4, Wash, Carrick 1 (Johansson, Alzner), 7:30. 5, Calgary, Bouma 1 (McGrattan, Street), 9:05. 6, Wash, Ovechkin 2 (Green, Johansson), 11:24 (pp). 7, Wash, Ovechkin 3 (Johansson, Backstrom), 15:25. Penalties—Carrick, Was (hooking), 5:21; D.Jones, Cal (high-sticking), 11:00; Wash bench, served by Wilson (too many men), 19:46.
Third Period—8, Wash, Backstrom 1 (Grabovski, Ovechkin), 14:10 (pp). Penalties—Erskine, Was (delay of game), :59; Ward, Was (tripping), 5:00; Stajan, Cal (slashing), 10:32; Galiardi, Cal (goaltender interference), 13:38.
Shootout—Calgary 0 (Baertschi NG, Hudler NG), Wash 2 (Grabovski G, Ovechkin G). Shots on Goal—Calgary 11-12-13-3—39. Wash 12-11-13-3—39. Power-play opportunities—Calgary 1 of 5; Wash 2 of 3. Goalies—Calgary, Ramo 0-0-1 (39 shots-35 saves). Wash, Holtby (11-8), Neuvirth 1-0-0 (16:22 first, 28-27).