Derek Stepan suffers broken ribs after hit from Matt Beleskey, but don’t expect suspension

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Derek Stepan (via Streamable)

A massive hit by Boston Bruins winger Matt Beleseky has put New York Rangers center Derek Stepan out of Friday’s matinee, and there could be concern that the 25-year-old pivot could miss more than just the third period of the Thanksgiving contest.

Around the midway mark of the second frame, Stepan was attempting to make an outlet pass from the Rangers’ zone when Beleskey finished his check and sent Stepan sailing head and shoulder first into the boards. New York defenseman Dylan McIlrath dropped the gloves with Beleseky following the hit, while Stepan struggled to his feet before heading to the bench: Read more

Watch KHLer drop opponent with brutal blindside hit

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Alexander Perezhogin (via KHL/YouTube)

The KHL has seen its fair share of borderline hits this season, and there was another this past week. In a contest between Sibir Novosibirsk and Avangard Omsk, former Montreal Canadien Alexander Perezhogin, now with Omsk, blew up Sibir’s Viktor Bobrov with a questionable hit.

The shot came just past the midway mark of the first period on a breakout. A puck had been tipped to Bobrov, but didn’t lead him well enough for him to be able to keep his head up. Bobrov looked down to corral the puck that was near his feet and before he could get his head up, Bobrov was flattened by Perezhogin: Read more

Jonathan Toews shows you what a perfect shot looks like

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Jonathan Toews (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

It’s sometimes easy to forget how skilled Jonathan Toews is offensively because his two-way play often overshadows what he’s able to do with the puck on his stick. Well, if anyone had forgotten about Toews’ ability to rip a pinpoint accurate wrist shot, the Chicago Blackhawks captain gave everyone a friendly reminder Wednesday.

In the first period of the Blackhawks tilt against the Sharks, Toews scooped up a loose puck that had been tipped by Ryan Garbutt. Toews burst away and defenseman Brent Seabrook hopped up into the play to create somewhat of a 2-on-1. With Dainius Zubrus closing off the passing lane, Toews looked off Seabrook and rifled a shot past Martin Jones that couldn’t have been any more perfectly placed: Read more

Watch Devils’ Schneider makes insane save on Blue Jackets’ Savard

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Cory Schneider (Andy Marlin/NHLI via Getty Images)

Cory Schneider has been one of the best goaltenders in the league since landing the full-time starting job in New Jersey, and he doesn’t appear to be slowing down any time soon. After an absolutely star-making performance with the Devils in 2014-15, Schneider is putting up strong numbers again thanks to incredible saves like his stop Wednesday night.

In the first period of Wednesday’s game, the Blue Jackets were on the power play and worked the puck around the zone before Jack Johnson fired a shot from the blueline. The puck took a crazy hop off the glass and landed right on the stick of Boone Jenner, who made an awesome no-look, between the legs pass to defenseman David Savard.

Savard had almost the whole net to shoot at with only Devils blueliner Adam Larsson appearing to be an obstacle. Savard fired the puck past Larsson, but was robbed by Schneider’s miraculous save: Read more

Karri Ramo’s robs Corey Perry with awesome reach-back blocker stop

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Karri Ramo (Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Calgary goaltender Karri Ramo’s performance last season helped him play his way into a one-year, $3.8-million contract with the Flames in the off-season. Though, he hasn’t been anywhere near as good in 2015-16, Ramo still has the ability to make some spectacular stops.

The Flames and Ducks had played to a 2-2 draw midway through Tuesday’s night game when Anaheim winger Corey Perry fought his way through a check and right to the front of the Calgary net. The puck was bouncing around and skipped into the air over the shoulder of Ramo. With the Flames netminder down and seemingly out, Perry attempted to bat the puck out of mid-air and towards the net.

Usually, this would end with us talking about Perry’s great hand-eye coordination or how he stuck with the play to give the Ducks the lead, but not this time. Perry’s chance to score a highlight-reel tally was stolen from him by an incredible reach-back blocker stop by Ramo: Read more

Watch Jordie Benn and Alex Chiasson put on a passing clinic

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Jordie Benn and Jamie Benn (Glenn James/NHLI via Getty Images)

Monday night, Los Angeles’ Anze Kopitar made a gorgeous alley-oop pass to Marian Gaborik. It wouldn’t have been surprising were that one of the greatest assists of the season. But then Tuesday night’s tilt between the Dallas Stars and Ottawa Senators happened.

First, we’ll start with Dallas’ Jordie Benn. He must have been checking out Kopitar’s highlights pre-game, because with the Stars down 5-1 with little less than 14 minutes remaining in the third, Benn took a page from Kopitar’s book and put what can best be compared to a Hail Mary in football right on the tape of Jamie Benn, his brother: Read more

Watch Anze Kopitar set up Marian Gaborik with brilliant alley-oop bank pass

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Anze Kopitar flips the puck over Brian Campbell to teammate Marian Gaborik (via NHL/YouTube)

Los Angeles’ Anze Kopitar is having a tough year, but the 28-year-old Kings center is starting to heat up just as the quarter-mark of the season is passing by. Heading into Monday night’s game Kopitar had three points in his past two outings, and he kept his point-streaking going in spectacular fashion.

With Marian Gaborik streaking up the ice, Kopitar saw an opportunity for an alley-oop bank pass and flipped the puck into the air, over the head of Panthers defenseman Brian Campbell, off the boards and right on to the tape of Gaborik. He didn’t make any mistake on the partial breakaway, either, snapping a quick shot over the glove of Roberto Luongo: Read more