Milan Lucic, the big player who insists on playing as small as possible.
The Bruins bruiser can throw his weight around with the best of them and turn the momentum of a game (or a career, if you ask Mike Komisarek) with a big check. But he’s not just a physical player – Lucic can score too. He’s reached 30 goals once and 20-plus goals on two other occasions. The moral of the story: Lucic has a place in the NHL.
But, holy moly, what’s with his cheap stick tactics? Read more
How could you not like the brilliant goal Minnesota’s Mikael Granlund scored to get the Wild back into their series with Colorado?
It was an outrageous display of effort and skill, punctuated by an-the-ice/falling down maneuver that makes any goal seem more dramatic.
And, most of all, it wasn’t scored by Matt Cooke.
The Colorado Avalanche are already without leading scorer Matt Duchene due to injury – and now they may lose a scoring blueliner after Tyson Barrie’s run-in with Minnesota’s
reformed bad guy annual recidivist Matt Cooke.
Midway through the second period of Game 3, Barrie had the puck near the benches, looking for a play up ice. Cooke came in to apply pressure and lay a shoulder check – only he stuck out the knee instead. Read more
We sure hope the time of year had nothing to do with the length of suspension the NHL handed Brent Seabrook.
The Chicago defenseman got three games for charging and interference, not to mention knocking David Backes into a different dimension during Game 2 of the St. Louis-Chicago game the other night.
Fair enough. The NHL department of player safety explains its decision in the video below. That Seabrook is not a repeat offender factors into the punishment.
But too often we hear that because it’s the playoffs, when more is on the line, disciplinarians modify the suspension. That is, one playoff game equals two or three regular season games, giving the offender, ostensbily, a lighter sentence..
The problem with that thinking is the same holds true for the victim – in this instance, Backes and Blues.
Time of year should not matter. When the stakes are higher, so are the consequences and the perpetrators should be held fully accountable.
Does David Backes’ pivot make head contact unavoidable? That’s the question the NHL will face when it decides whether or not to suspend Chicago’s Brent Seabrook, for this devastating bodycheck. Read more
Last night was a great night to be a Minnesota hockey fan. Not only did the Wild’s John Curry, a native of the state who grew up rooting for the North Stars, make 43 saves in his first NHL appearance in four years to knock off the Blues, but the NCAA’s Golden Gophers also advanced to the Frozen Four final on a last-second goal.
The only thing that took away from a great night of Minnesota hockey was Mike Rupp, who hammered St. Louis’ T.J. Oshie with a hit that was obviously in violation of Rule 48 and also ruled to be too late.
As Patrick Burke said in the NHL’s supplemental discipline video: “Rupp hits Oshie at a point where he is no longer eligible to be hit. And in doing so he takes an angle that picks Oshie’s head.” Read more
It first looked like Douglas Murray’s hit on Johan Sundstrom was going to be the most controversial of the night, but Mike Rupp went ahead and laid a hit that was clearly much, much worse.
Mid-way through the Blues-Wild game Thursday night, St. Louis’ T.J. Oshie was carrying the puck around the perimeter of Minnesota’s zone when Rupp stepped up and into his head.
This isn’t a question of if there will be a suspension, but for how long it will be. Read more
Douglas Murray is known as a hard hitter – a devastating hitter – but he’s never played dirty doing it. Before this month started, Murray had never been suspended before.
That’s quickly changed, though.
Just a week and a half ago, Murray was given a match penalty and ejected from Montreal’s game against Tampa Bay for elbowing Mike Kostka in the head. The NHL subsequently suspended him three games.
Thursday, Murray returned to the lineup fresh off his Shanaban (and perhaps the last Shanaban on record) and just after the midway mark of the game, this happened: Read more