Around hockey: Drouin breathes easy af­ter nose surgery

The Peterborough Examiner - - SPORTS -

One rea­son Montreal’s Jonathan Drouin thinks he can add a step to his game is the nose surgery he had over the sum­mer. “It was (the re­sult of) a Thomas Hickey hit in the play­offs when I was in Tampa three or four years ago. It got worse and worse. (The air pas­sage) was 95 per cent blocked on the one side,” he said. Drouin thinks the prob­lem in­hal­ing might have led to prob­lems for him late in the sea­son, and late in games. It was re­paired in May. “I feel way bet­ter.”

Three stars: The Leafs’ Aus­ton Matthews was the third star of the NHL’s open­ing week, with five goals in his first three games. Detroit’s An­thony Man­tha, with five goals and two as­sists in two games, was the sec­ond star and Mika Zibane­jad, with four goals and four as­sists in two games, was No. 1.

Par for the course: For­mer Leafs for­ward Par Lind­holm has landed as a fourth-liner with Bos­ton, Toronto’s play­off ri­val. He hasn’t scored much but coach Bruce Cas­sidy praises his de­fence. “He doesn’t quit. His work ethic’s out­stand­ing.” But, as in Toronto, there’s plenty of com­pe­ti­tion for fourth-line roles with Joakim Nord­storm, Sean Ku­raly, Chris Wag­ner and David Backes push­ing for play­ing time. Kevin McGran

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