Hurricanes’ Nathan Gerbe injured by huge hit from Kings’ Kyle Clifford

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Nathan Gerbe hit by Kyle Clifford (via SomeHockeyVideos/YouTube)

Carolina took on Los Angeles in a matinee tilt Sunday, and the outing ended early for the Hurricanes’ Nathan Gerbe following a massive hit from Kings winger Kyle Clifford.

With seven minutes remaining in the first frame, Gerbe and Clifford were both skating towards a loose puck deep in the Kings’ zone. Gerbe went to put the puck behind the Los Angeles goal when Clifford crunched him into the boards. Immediately, Gerbe popped up and hobbled towards the bench, where he was helped off the ice and to the dressing room by the Hurricanes’ training staff: Read more

Milwaukee Admirals’ Gaudreau scores with gorgeous one-handed move

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Frederick Gaudreau (via Milwaukee Admirals/YouTube)

The reaching, one-handed breakaway goal was first pulled off by Kent Nilsson and popularized by Peter Forsberg, but both originally pulled the move off in a shootout. In recent years, we’ve seen the move make its way to game action, and the latest to pull it off was AHLer Frederick Gaudreau.

Gaudreau, who’s playing for the AHL’s Milwaukee Admirals, took a cross-ice pass late in the second frame of Saturday’s game against the San Diego Gulls and had roughly 10 feet of open ice in front of him. With Ducks top prospect netminder John Gibson out to challenge, Gaudreau quickly threw the puck to his backhand and tucked it around the goaltender: Read more

Watch Colin Wilson’s skate explode in the middle of play

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Colin Wilson (via NHL/YouTube)

There are equipment malfunctions and there’s what happened to Nashville Predators winger Colin Wilson Saturday night.

In the first period of Nashville’s contest against Minnesota, Wilson was breaking into the Wild zone and chasing a loose puck. As soon as Wilson got to the puck, his skate exploded, leaving debris everywhere. From there, Wilson tried to pirouette around the ice to get back to the bench: Read more

Flyers’ Scott Laughton leaves game after vicious hit from Senators’ Alex Chiasson

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Alex Chiasson boards Scott Laughton (via SomeHockeyVideos/YouTube)

A brutal hit by Ottawa winger Alex Chiasson has put Philadelphia center Scott Laughton out of Saturday’s game.

In the first frame of the Flyers’ game against the Senators, Laughton was chasing the puck into the Ottawa zone and attempting to push the puck deeper into the zone when Chiasson made contact with Laughton from behind. Laughton, who was slowing as he approached the boards, hadn’t braced himself completely for the contact and was sent head first into the boards: Read more

Sergei Bobrovsky steals goal from James Neal with great pad save

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Sergei Bobrovsky (via NHL/YouTube)

The Columbus Blue Jackets didn’t get off to a hot start in 2015-16 and the same could be said for netminder Sergei Bobrovsky. But since the hiring of John Tortorella, the Blue Jackets are an above .500 team and Bobrovsky, the 2012-13 Vezina Trophy winner, is starting to heat up.

If you needed evidence of Bobrovsky’s improved play, look no further than his absolutely brilliant left pad save on James Neal in the second period of Friday’s contest. Bobrovsky was screened by Cody Hodgson in front when a pass from Calle Jarnkrok was put right on Neal’s tape. Neal didn’t waste a second getting the puck off of his stick, but Bobrovsky lunged out with the left pad to turn aside the shot with his toe: Read more

Watch Ryan Kesler go undercover as the biggest Ryan Kesler fan

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Ryan Kesler in disguise supporting Ryan Kesler. (via Anaheim Ducks/YouTube)

When the Ducks acquired Ryan Kesler from the Vancouver Canucks, it was a great deal to land a second-line center who could contribute in Anaheim. But who would have thought the biggest winner would be fans who like to see players’ personalities shine through?

Already Kesler has become a comedic hit for taking some straight-faced jabs at teammates in his web series, “Between Two Zambonis,” which is a takeoff on the popular “Between Two Ferns” show hosted by comedian Zach Galifianakis. But Kesler isn’t stopping at a show where he roasts teammates. No, Kesler is going one step further.

Check out “Undercover Duck,” a video from the Ducks where Kesler goes into disguise to attend a game in Anaheim as the biggest fan of…Ryan Kesler: Read more

Gripping Swift Current documentary a story of Sheldon Kennedy’s redemption, hope

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Sheldon Kennedy.

The documentary Swift Current was a big hit at the Rendevous With Madness Film Festival in Toronto earlier this month. “The house was packed,” one observer said afterwards. “And there wasn’t a dry eye in the house.”

The film, which will reach a mass audience on Global on November 21, profiles the life of Sheldon Kennedy, the former NHLer who for years as a teenager was sexually assaulted by junior coach Graham James in the 1980s. It chronicles his decision to go public with the allegation in 1997 and follows his tumultuous emotional struggles in the ensuing decade and his subsequent rise to the point he received the Order of Canada in 2015.

If you don’t know the Sheldon Kennedy story, it’s about as griping as real-life adventure gets. The Elkhorn, Man., native was also 17 when the Swift Current Broncos bus went off the TransCanada Highway in 1986 and killed four teammates.

If you are familiar with the Kennedy saga, you see the story pushed further along to the good work the 46-year-old is doing today.

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Allen keeps earning Blues’ No. 1 job, stones Sabres’ O’Reilly with paddle

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Jake Allen (Scott Rovak/NHLI via Getty Images)

Though the Blues have had to deal with a season’s worth of injuries before they had even reached the 20-game mark, St. Louis has managed to stay atop the Central Division. Through 20 games, the Blues have 27 points, just five back of the vastly improved Dallas Stars.

One major reason St. Louis has been able to keep pace in the Central is the play of goaltender Jake Allen. Allen, 25, entered the season with some uncertainty about where exactly he fit on the depth chart, but he’s battled against veteran Brian Elliott and it appears Allen is putting his stamp on the No. 1 job more and more each game. Case in point, this stop on Buffalo Sabres center Ryan O’Reilly.

With the Blues leading the Sabres 1-0 in the first frame, O’Reilly created havoc in front of the St. Louis goal and was able to knock a rebound loose. Allen was out of position when O’Reilly fired the rebound back towards the net, but a quick stick from Allen made sure the puck stayed out of the net: Read more