Nathan MacKinnon receives boarding major for shove on Luke Schenn

Jared Clinton
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It’s hard to imagine there was a time this season when questionable hits were few and far between. On an almost nightly basis it seems there’s a new hit to discuss, and Saturday night was no different.

During Saturday’s tilt between the Colorado Avalanche and Philadelphia Flyers, Avs center Nathan MacKinnon delivered a shove to the back of Flyers defenseman Luke Schenn, resulting in a five minute major for boarding: Read more

Tiny Titans: The top scorers from small countries

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With a tally late in an Oct. 27 contest against the Minnesota Wild, New York Rangers winger Mats Zuccarello became the highest goal-scoring Norwegian NHLer of all-time.

His 31st career marker was one more than Espen Knutsen, who the 27-year-old Zuccarello trails by only 14 total points. Knutsen’s 111 points has been the high-water mark for Norwegian NHLers and has stood since he left the league in 2005.

With the young Ranger well on his way to surpassing Knutsen’s mark and becoming the most prolific Norwegian to play in the NHL, it’s time to look at some of the other great scorers from similar sized nations. Read more

Terrifying moment for Leafs’ Daniel Winnik after scary fall

Adam Proteau
Daniel Winnik (Doug Pensinger, Getty Images)

Toronto Maple Leafs forward Daniel Winnik had a frightening episode Thursday night in Colorado when a check from Avalanche defenseman Jan Hejda left him motionless on the ice for several minutes before he was removed on a stretcher.

Winnik had just chipped the puck past Hejda at Colorado’s blueline in the first period when the Avs blueliner hit him with a clean check; Winnik’s feet kicked up and his head fell back, and he landed on the ice directly on his neck-and-upper-body area: Read more

Calgary Flames’ bewildering run reminiscent of last season’s Avalanche

Jared Clinton
Johnny Gaudreau and Joe Colborne of the Calgary Flames. (Photo by Rich Lam/Getty Images)

Last season, the Colorado Avalanche went on an impeccable run. They won early, they won often, and they shocked pundits around the world by finishing atop the Central Division.

The entire time, however, the wild ride was clouded by statistical anomalies that said their pace couldn’t be maintained. With those anomalies now coming to roost – Colorado has lost 11 games this season – eyes have shifted the next great surprise: the Calgary Flames. Read more

Suspend him or not: Gabriel Landeskog’s flying elbow

Adam Proteau
Gabriel Landeskog (Michael Martin/NHLI via Getty Images)

After the NHL began the regular season rather quietly on the supplemental discipline front, players have been making up for lost time of late – including Anton Volchenkov’s four-game suspension, Jordan Nolan’s two-game ban for boarding, and Andrew Ference’s three-game suspension for an illegal check to the head. And after Sunday night’s game between the host Colorado Avalanche and Anaheim Ducks, there ought to be another.

See it with your own eyes. Look at the footage of Avs star Gabriel Landeskog barreling into Ducks winger Corey Perry, and ask yourself, would you suspend him or not? Read more

Rumor Roundup: Hurricanes GM Francis looking for trade partners

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After going winless in October, the Carolina Hurricanes opened November with their first two victories of the season, downing the hapless Arizona Coyotes and the defending Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings. This recent bout of success, however, won’t stem the growing tide of trade speculation dogging the Hurricanes this season.

ESPN.com’s Pierre LeBrun reports Hurricanes GM Ron Francis is getting phone calls from other clubs interested in making deals with him. Francis claims none of them are willing to make a hockey trade which that makes sense for his club, as they’re attempting to dump bad contracts upon the Hurricanes. Read more

Dwayne Roloson – at 45 years of age – makes a surprise return to an NHL team

Adam Proteau
Dwayne Roloson (image via Matt Sitkoff's Twitter account, @MSitkoffMHL)

Dwayne Roloson managed to play until he was 42 years and 178 days old, a feat matched by only a couple dozen NHLers in league history. And thanks to a twist of fate Sunday night in Colorado, he nearly set a new record – as an active player – three years after he retired.

Now serving as goalie consultant for Anaheim, Roloson was pressed into backup netminding duty when John Gibson suffered a lower-body injury prior to the Ducks’ road game against the Avalanche and could not dress. Regular backup Jason LaBarbera went between the pipes, and with no other insurance option for the night, coach Bruce Boudreau made the only choice he could:
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From Dodgeball to Forrest Gump, the best costumes of hockey Halloween

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Halloween is a time when you get to take on a new persona and be that person you’ve always wanted to be. It’s the time to take some risks, dress as something bold or hilarious, and have a good time.

Or, if you’re Buffalo Sabres’ captain Brian Gionta, it is another day of the year that you can dress up as a hockey player.

Gionta, along with a number of other NHLers, took part in a video session with the league to discuss some of their favorite costumes as kids: Read more