Ilya Kovalchuk has always played with somewhat of an edge to his game, but he took things a bit further Thursday night, taking down Alexander Radulov with a violent slash to the ankle late in the third period of a 3-0 loss. More
It's in the best interests of teams already out of the playoffs to jockey themselves into position for a higher selection in the NHL draft – and increase their odds of winning the McDavid lottery. Tanking lite? Not really, just strategic roster management.
It's going to be nearly impossible for any goaltender in any league to make a better glove save than the one Cam Ward made on David Perron Thursday night. With the Hurricanes up 2-1, Ward extended his body, reached out and robbed Perron of the game-tying goal. It's a must-see stop.
The polite and respectful way of embracing this season is to save your enthusiasm for the draft lottery for the comforts of your own home. At the arena, it's a bad look to celebrate the other team's goals.
Tampa Bay winger Cedric Paquette introduced Nashville defenseman Mattias Ekholm to his teammates during Thursday's game by sending the Predators blueliner head first into the Lightning bench with a beautiful hit. It was Paquette's first game back in the lineup after a six-game absence due to injury. Ekholm is likely wishing Paquette had missed just one more outing.
Nine-year-old Bruins fan Liam Fitzgerald stole the hearts of the hockey world in November when he fist-bumped every member of the Bruins as they came off the ice before a game. And on Thursday, the inspirational youngster was back at a Boston game to receive a huge honor: his own hockey card.
After struggling for much of last season and this one, Arizona Coyotes goalie Mike Smith seems to have his mojo back. He hasn't been rewarded with many wins, but he's stopping a lot more pucks and leading by example.
Legendary defenseman Chris Pronger had his road to the Hockey Hall of Fame cleared Thursday after a report indicated the HHOF had altered its induction eligibility criteria. Injuries forced Pronger from the game in 2011, but salary cap issues prevented his induction – and this was the right move to make.
Arizona Coyotes radio analyst and former NHL defenseman Nick Boynton is in the custody of Buffalo police and faces numerous charges – including assault, harassment and resisting arrest – after an alleged incident in the early hours of Thursday morning.