Curtis McElhinney’s great glove save leaves Sidney Crosby shaking his head

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Curtis McElhinney (Andre Ringuette/Getty Images)

Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Curtis McElhinney has won just 39 NHL games in his seven-year NHL career. But even without a ton of wins in his back pocket, at least he’ll be able to tell his kids about the time he made a nearly unthinkable save on the best player of his generation.

During Thursday’s contest against Pittsburgh, there was a scramble in front of McElhinney’s crease that left the puck on the stick of Sidney Crosby with almost an entire cage to shoot at. Nine times out of ten, the result is Crosby raising his arms in celebration, but McElhinney flashed the leather and robbed Crosby of a sure goal. Read more

Sidney Crosby has seventh career NHL fight – this time, against Jackets’ Brandon Dubinsky

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Sidney Crosby and Brandon Dubinsky (Gregory Shamus/NHLI via Getty Images)

Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby is playing his tenth NHL season. And thanks to his actions in Thursday’s game against Columbus – a game in which Crosby got into a showdown with Blue Jackets center Brandon Dubinsky – the superstar center is edging closer to averaging one fight per year after recording the seventh fight of his career.

Crosby’s first fight of this season occurred late in the second period of the game at Consol Energy Center when he and Dubinsky became tangled up in the corner. The nastiness quickly spiked, but what ensued was mostly just thrown gloves and a whole bunch of clutching: (video via SomeHockeyVideos) Read more

Classy Blue Jackets mark Scott Hartnell’s 1,000th game with the Flyers in town

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Scott Hartnell tribute

The Columbus Blue Jackets paid tribute to one of the league’s most affable players on Friday with a ceremony to mark Scott Hartnell’s 1,000th NHL game.

The Jackets played a video tribute to Hartnell before the game and showered Hartnell with gifts and praise. Hartnell’s parents came out on the ice for the ceremony, which coincidentally came with Hartnell’s old Philadelphia Flyers team in town.
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Rumor Roundup: Senators’ trade options include Neil, Methot

Marc Methot

The Ottawa Sun’s Bruce Garrioch reports Senators’ players don’t like to admit their club could be sellers. With 12 points between the Senators and a wild-card berth in the Eastern Conference entering Thursday‘s game against the Pittsburgh Penguins, there’s little chance they can gain ground in the standings.

Garrioch anticipates the Senators will make some moves, though it remains to be seen how many. He notes there’s interest in gritty winger Chris Neil but wonders how badly GM Bryan Murray wants to move him. Struggling center David Legwand could be available but he has another season at $3 million remaining on his contract. If impending UFA defenseman Marc Methot isn’t re-signed before the deadline, Garrioch expects he could be dealt for a second-round pick. Read more

The five biggest blockbuster trades in the past five years

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Forget unbelievable goals, huge hits and incredible saves. There is nothing that gets the hockey world buzzing like a big trade.

Wednesday morning the Winnipeg Jets and Buffalo Sabres teamed up for one of the biggest trades in recent memory, a blockbuster deal that sent Evander Kane, Zach Bogosian and a prospect to Buffalo in exchange for Tyler Myers, Drew Stafford, two prospects and a draft pick. It was a monster deal that went from a rumor to huge news in the span of hours.

In today’s salary cap world, it’s not the type of trade you see often and that’s why when a mammoth deal goes down it’s nearly enough to shutdown Twitter, if only temporarily. Read more

The 10 strangest injuries of the 2014-15 season

Sidney Crosby had a visibly swollen face when he met with media on Friday. (via PensTV)

On Sunday night, Philadelphia Flyers netminder Steve Mason went down with an injury during a TV timeout. It could very well have been the reaggravation of an earlier ailment, but it simply looks like the Philadelphia goaltender just had awful luck.

And strange injuries have been one of the big stories this season. Even when it’s not a strange injury, in some cities players are heading to the injured list at such a rate that it makes one wonder what’s in the water. So, in what has been an odd season for injuries, here are the 10 strangest: Read more

Top five trade destinations for Jets star Evander Kane

Evander Kane (Jonathan Kozub/NHLI via Getty Images)

The Jets Thursday placed Evander Kane on Injured Reserve retroactive to Feb. 2, but after the revelations of discord in the dressing room between the winger and other members of the team, the winger may have played his final game in a Winnipeg uniform.

If that’s true and Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff pulls the trigger on an off-season deal that sends Kane out of town, what teams would be the best fit for him? Here’s our best guess:

5. Boston Bruins. The veteran-laden Bruins are in win-now mode, and their struggles to score could be addressed in the summer with a deal for Kane. To work under the salary cap, the deal would almost certainly need to include someone (say, a Brad Marchand), but in a major city like Boston, Kane could disappear away from the rink and use that relative anonymity to get back to the 30-goal plateau he reached in 2011-12. Read more