The NHL has finally put to rest its debate about visors, but as we all know, there are still potentially life-threatening risks associated with playing hockey. Minnesota Wild left winger Jason Zucker got a scare in that regard Sunday when he narrowly avoided serious injury after L.A. Kings left winger Kyle Clifford accidentally kicked him in the face and had his skate blade graze Zucker’s throat.
John Moore’s vicious blindside hit on Canadiens winger Dale Weise halfway through the third period of Game 5 between New York and Montreal may not only be what gets the Rangers defenseman suspended. It may also be the rallying point for the Habs in the Eastern Conference final, which now heads back to Manhattan for Game Six after the Blueshirts fell 7-4 to Montreal.
Moore blindsided Weise on a late hit that knocked the Habs’ winger loopy – and knocked the helmet off his head, which Moore was clearly targeting – and forced him to the league’s “quiet” room. Weise’s first instinct, other than trying to regain his bearings, was to go after Moore, but Canadiens teammate P.K. Subban wisely guided Weise away and allowed Moore’s act to speak for itself. And boy, does it ever.
It says “suspend me”. It says “this series wasn’t nasty enough yet, so let’s take out one of Montreal’s most important foot soldiers and see if that doesn’t get the Canadiens hating the Rangers as much as they hate the Bruins”. Read more
The Montreal Canadiens were feeling good in the second period of Game 5 of their third-round series against the New York Rangers. They were up 4-1 and threatened to make it 5-1 while chasing starter Henrik Lundqvist from the net. But then, as is wont to happen in the playoffs, a crazy bounce led to a shift in energy: in this case, the Rangers got one when Habs defenseman Josh Gorges scored on his own net.
Rangers star winger Rick Nash began the bizarre play by firing the puck toward Canadiens goalie Dustin Tokarski from along the boards near Montreal’s goal line. Gorges was the only player in front of the net, but his stick perfectly deflected the puck through Tokarski’s legs.
The NHL playoffs are famous for their increased physicality, but we’re only three days into the 2014 post-season and the nastiness is already starting to boil over. On Friday night alone, NHLers Jamie Benn and Danny Dekeyser found that out the hard way when both were speared in the groin area by Corey Perry and Milan Lucic respectively.
Lucic attacked the Red Wings defenseman from behind in Detroit’s 1-0 Game One first round win over Boston, jamming his stick into Dekeyser’s lower mid-section. No penalty was called on the play.
It was a busy week in the NHL, full of storylines both good and bad.
So, as we enter the weekend, we present you with another set of GIFs from the week that was. We could have focused on the controversial hits or the fantastic, highlight-reel goals, but we decided to go another route…we decided to turn to the blooper reel. Read more
In the newest weekly feature on THN’s Post-to-Post, we provide you with a collection of GIFs to look back on the week that was.
This week we start in Russia and swing by Chicago, Colorado and Pittsburgh. Read more