Brad Marchand takes hilarious dive after Eric Gelinas trip

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Brad Marchand (Getty Images)

There is diving and then there is performance art. Friday night, Brad Marchand presented us with the latter.

In overtime of the Boston Bruins’ game against the New Jersey Devils, Marchand took one of the most hilarious dives there will likely ever be. After Reilly Smith put a puck on goal in the extra frame, Marchand followed the puck to the net and was chopped in the foot by Devils defenseman Eric Gelinas. And what was Marchand’s reaction? Flying, rolling and finally coming to a stop with his legs above his head, of course. Read more

SHL player doesn’t quit on play, scores unreal overtime winner

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(via YouTube)

Marcus Sorensen isn’t the biggest player in the SHL – he’s stands 5-foot-11, 161 pounds – and according to Elite Prospects his game would be improved if he got stronger. The 22-year-old Swede better not ever have his strength questioned again.

Friday night Sorensen, a fourth-round, 106th overall selection of the Ottawa Senators in 2010, scored the kind of goal you would expect out of a Rick Nash or Peter Forsberg type power forward. In overtime between Djurgarden, Sorensen’s club, and Leksand, he grabbed the puck at the blueline, fought through two checks and buried an incredible individual effort tally. Read more

Erik Condra goes down hard after Jamie McBain slash to the groin

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Jamie McBain slashed Erik Condra in a tender spot. (via YouTube)

Be warned: this is going to hurt to watch.

During Thursday evening’s game between the Kings and Senators, Los Angeles blueliner Jamie McBain was exiting the Ottawa zone with Erik Condra coming towards him. Condra, with no stick, was simply making room for Ottawa to exit the zone when he caught a slash to what color commentator Jamie McLennan called the, “center of gravity area.”

Suffice to say Condra went down in a heap after receiving the chop to the groin. Read more

Goal of the year race has new frontrunner from UK’s EIHL

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Chris Culligan (via YouTube)

Alex Ovechkin’s spinning, sliding, one-handed goal against Phoenix remains one of the best goals scored in recent history, but we’ll venture to guess that Chris Culligan’s goal in the EIHL is the greatest goal scored in league history.

Culligan, who plays for the Cardiff Devils, scored a goal that’s similar to Ovechkin’s famous tally but had the degree of difficulty increased ever so slightly. You see, Ovechkin was falling and sliding without a defenseman literally on top of him. Culligan, on the other hand, had a defender draped all over him throughout the entire goal: Read more

Luke Glendening’s spinning backhand finds net for game-winner

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Luke Glendening (Joe Sargent/Getty Images)

Heading in to Thursday night, Luke Glendening had suited up for each of Detroit’s 59 games and had scored only seven goals. As such, it was a surprise when Glendening scored against San Jose, but it was twice as unexpected when you see the goal itself.

With the Sharks and Red Wings tied at 2 and less than two minutes left on the clock, the Wings line of Glendening, Gustav Nyquist and Justin Abdelkader got some sustained pressure in the offensive zone. Nyquist spotted Glendening in front as the puck wrapped back behind the Sharks’ net, shuffled a pass out front to him and Glendening did the rest. Check out his spinning finish: Read more

Blue Jackets’ Corey Tropp scores the nicest disallowed goal you might ever see

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Montreal's Devante Smith-Pelly and Columbus' Corey Tropp (Jamie Sabau/NHL)

Blue Jackets left winger Corey Tropp didn’t score a goal that counted Thursday in Columbus’ 5-2 loss to the Montreal Canadiens, but his disallowed goal on star netminder Carey Price was nonetheless a marvel of hand-eye co-ordination.

The 25-year-old Tropp has just one goal and six points in 46 games with the Jackets this season, and he nearly had his second after being knocked to the ice directly in front of Price and putting the puck in the net from a seated position on the ice: (video via Reddit user Grizzy19 and streamable.com) Read more

KHL player uses between-the-legs fake to score awesome breakaway goal

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Artem Bulyansky (via KHL/YouTube)

Ever since Marek Malik’s between-the-legs shootout goal, we’ve seen it at least a handful of times in the NHL. But from the KHL comes this move by Artem Bulyansky, which exploited the popularity of Malik’s move to fake Alexei Murygin out of his net.

The brilliant thing about the goal is that Bulyansky wasn’t just reacting to what Murygin was giving him. He made space for his backhander by faking the between-the-legs move. Take a look at this beauty: Read more

Penguins, Capitals get into heated brawl – that spills onto Pittsburgh’s bench

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Caps goalie Braden Holtby makes a save against the Pittsburgh Penguins. (Patrick McDermott/NHL)

The Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals are division rivals whose rivalry has ramped up since stars Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin entered the NHL in 2005-06 – and after Wednesday’s game included a brawl that spilled onto the Pens’ bench, the emotion of the rivalry is as hot as ever.

The Metropolitan Division teams got into a skirmish at center ice near the halfway point of Wednesday’s game in Washington, and within a matter of seconds, it erupted into a battle that jumped the boards and into Pittsburgh’s bench: (Video via SportsnetCanada) Read more