Roberto Luongo leaves game with injury; Panthers can’t afford to be without him for long

Adam Proteau
Roberto Luongo (Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)

The Florida Panthers are off to a decent start this season in large part thanks to the play of goalie Roberto Luongo. So you can’t fault their fans for getting worried when Luongo left Florida’s game Wednesday against the visiting Carolina Hurricanes with an upper body injury. Without Luongo the rest of the way, the Panthers’ playoff chances are toast.

Luongo makes a brilliant save on the play that apparently injures him, stopping Hurricanes center Victor Rask midway through the second period and with the Panthers leading 1-0:
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Former Canadiens fixture Gilles Tremblay excelled as a player and broadcaster

Stu Hackel
Gilles Tremblay (Getty Images)

It’s certainly been a bad week for the hockey world, with the passings of Murray Oliver, Pat Quinn and Viktor Tikhonov, men who all made a substantial mark on the game.

And so did Gilles Tremblay, a fixture in the NHL since 1961. A strong-skating, top two-way forward for the Canadiens and later a winner of the Hockey Hall of Fame’s Foster Hewitt Award for broadcasters, Tremblay died on Wednesday at the age of 75.

Scotty Bowman first met the 17-year-old Tremblay as his coach for the Ottawa Junior Canadiens of the Quebec League and observed his NHL career. “He was a bit shy, but a nice kid,” recalls Bowman, “but from the time he stepped on the ice in junior, he could flat-out fly.”

Tremblay would top the 20-goal mark in the NHL five times but, Bowman says, “He didn’t have a big scoring touch in junior because he was always interested in backchecking – and that’s how he made the Canadiens (in the early 1960s). He became a shadow of Gordie Howe. He didn’t antagonize him. He skated with him and carefully checked him.”
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Pat Quinn honored by Vancouver Canucks in touching pre-game ceremony

Jared Clinton
Quinn Tribute Featured

Before Tuesday’s game in Vancouver, the Canucks paid tribute to late coach, president and GM Pat Quinn.

Quinn, who spent two seasons in Vancouver as a player and another decade as president, coach, and GM, died on Sunday night at age 71. Already an inductee into the Canucks ring of honor, Vancouver paid tribute with a moment of silence followed by a moving career retrospective while anthem singer Mark Donnelly honored Quinn with the singing of Danny Boy. Read more

Slovakian player throws what may be the greatest hip check of all-time

Jared Clinton
Hip Check Featured

While a nice, clean, open ice hit is always great to see, there’s something that much more thrilling about a beautiful hip check.

That’s why this hit, thrown in the Slovakian Extraliga by Peter Hrasko, is equal parts devastating and a joy to watch. Hrasko, a defenseman for the HKM Zvolen Knights, lines up HC Kosice Steelers forward Adam Lapsansky, sending the big forward airborne: Read more

After significant health issues Stephen Weiss returns, hits career milestone

Adam Proteau
Stephen Weiss (Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

It wasn’t all that long ago Stephen Weiss was considered one of the NHL’s brighter young talents, but he’ll be 32 in April, has struggled mightily with health issues for the past two seasons and looked to be following that pattern this year when a groin injury forced him out of the Detroit Red Wings’ lineup for 13 games. But after a conditioning stint in the AHL, Weiss made his return Monday against Ottawa – and the veteran center made people remember that talent with a two-goal performance – and a milestone in points – in Detroit’s 4-3 win over the visiting Senators.

Now in the second year of a five-year, $24.5-million contract with the Wings that carries an average cap hit of $4.9 million, Weiss scored his first of the night and season during a goalmouth scramble midway through the second period:

The goal was Weiss’ first since Oct. 14, 2013, but he didn’t have to wait nearly so long for his next one: it came about four minutes later on another close-range shot – although this one was one Sens goalie Craig Anderson would usually save: Read more

Remembering Pat Quinn: watch him break down his (in)famous hit on Bobby Orr

Adam Proteau
The big screen outside the Air Canada honors late NHL great Pat Quinn (Getty Images)

The passing of NHL great Pat Quinn Sunday night has brought back into focus his famous on-ice run-in with Boston Bruins icon Bobby Orr. And in this interview Quinn gave, he describes his view on the “cleanliness” of the incident – which saw the then-Maple Leafs defenseman launch himself into an unsuspecting Orr and knock him unconscious – and his relationship with Orr after it took place on April 2, 1969: Read more

Martin St-Louis: still crazy for goals after all these years

Adam Proteau
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Martin St-Louis may be 39 years old, but the reason he’s headed for the Hockey Hall of Fame when his career is over is because he’s never stopped playing with the hunger of a rookie. You could see that on display Sunday night when St-Louis‘ New York Rangers hosted the Montreal Canadiens and the right winger scored a beautiful goal that was all about extra effort.

The Blueshirts were already up 2-0 on the Habs late in the second period when St-Louis turned on the jets chasing a puck into Montreal’s zone, then picked the pocket of defenseman Alexei Emelin before flipping the puck up and past goalie Dustin Tokarski for his eighth goal of the season: Read more