Moving the puck: Thursday notes

They worked a little on the power play Thursday morning at Wonderland. They tried some different ideas, Scott Pellerin said, a little trickier because Eric Boguniecki, who coaches the power play, had a family obligation this morning. But got to admit, it was a little cool to watch Ryan Strome work one side and Pierre-Marc Bouchard work the other on the same unit. Pellerin wasn’t sure about a couple of the looks, because nobody was shooting the puck. We’ll see what they do tomorrow.

Scooter Vaughan practiced up front today. Pellerin said he’s liked Vaughan up there, using his speed and making things happen, and he wanted to give Vaughan a practice up there rather than keeping him on defense all week and then tossing him in after the morning skate.

Strome seemed in good spirits. He hadn’t seemed like the kind of personality who was going to take it and sulk. Story tomorrow.

Prescout. As foretold, no Nate Lawson (lower body).

If you were up late enough and online last night, your Twitter feed probably lit up with people talking about how Vancouver had two seven-minute penalties on the board with 7:11 left in the game. That helped lead to two of the Ducks’ six power-play goals in a 9-1 win. Anaheim has won something like 25 of its past 19 games. Meanwhile the toughest Sestito sibling turns out to be Victoria, 13.

Via Chris Peters, Jessie Vetter’s goalie mask’s changes proves the IOC is weird.

I joke that I only care about tennis three weeks a year, but I tossed on the Australian Open late last night to find Maria Sharapova and Karin Knapp deep in the third set… which has no tiebreak… which was being played in 107-degree heat… with the roof open at Rod Laver, because they said it can’t be closed in the middle of a set, even though play was suspended on the surrounding courts because of the heat. Holy cro. Sharapova survived 10-8.

And (sorry, lost where on Twitter I found it) the phrase “truly epic” gets tossed around way too easily. But this may qualify.

Michael Fornabaio