ANOTHER SEASON OPENING LOSS
Oklahoma City coach Todd Nelson has led the Barons to three consecutive playoff appearances and back-to-back trips to the Western Conference finals, but he's 0-4 in season openers in OKC following a 3-2 loss to Charlotte on Friday night at the Cox Convention Center.
“Why should we start this season any different than the previous three years?” Nelson quipped. “The thing with that is we have to respond (Saturday) night.”
BARONS GOAL WAVED OFF
Trailing 2-0 after one period, the Barons scored a goal in the opening moments of the second period, but it was waved off when veteran Ryan Jones was called for goaltender interference.
“It's one of those things where there was contact,” Nelson said. “I'll have to take a look at it on film. I'm kind of 50-50 on that rule anyway. Every coach tells their guys to drive hard to the net. He was doing the right thing. There's no way any player going that fast can stop on a dime.”
Jones, who has played in 282 NHL games the past five seasons, said it's a difficult situation for everyone involved, including the officials.
“The puck came out, and I was trying to play the rebound to the net,” Jones said. “I was snowplowing to the top of the crease and the D came in and finished me off. I think Newton has a (gravity) law for something like that. I have to fall somewhere.”