Chicago’s Patrick Kane goes upstairs with remarkable backhand goal

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Chicago winger Patrick Kane has some of the best hands in the league and he showcased his skills Saturday night as the Blackhawks took on the New York Islanders.

With the score tied at one in the third period, Kane picked up a stretch pass from teammate Brandon Saad, broke in on Islanders netminder Jaroslav Halak, and buried a backhand that had no business going in: Read more

Minnesota Wild prospect goes between the legs for jaw-dropping, highlight reel goal

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Christoph Bertschy (via YouTube)

There’s no telling what kind of impact, if any, Minnesota 2012 sixth-round draft pick Christoph Bertschy will have in the NHL. What is for certain is that he’ll be turning some heads with this between-the-legs partial breakaway tally.

The goal, which comes from the Switzerland’s top league, put Bertschy’s SC Bern ahead of the Kloten Flyers 5-1 and was a little bit of salt rubbed into the wounds of a team already being beaten soundly: Read more

Who is the NHL’s scariest fighter and bodychecker?

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Brian McGrattan (Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

For our Nov. 3 Issue, We polled NHLers and hockey insiders to find out who are the NHL’s scariest in various modes of the game. When it came to punching and hitting, two men quickly rose to the fore.

SCARIEST FIGHTER: Calgary’s Brian McGrattan isn’t just the best fighter in the NHL. He’s quickly becoming a parent pugilist. Read more

Ovechkin makes 8-year-old’s wish come true with heartwarming goal

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Lauren Santora with her hero, Alex Ovechkin. (via MSE Foundation)

Like a lot of children, 8-year-old Lauren Santora loves Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin. Unfortunately, Santora has had to spend much of her life watching her favorite player from the hospital.

Santora has Type 1 diabetes, a debilitating disease that has seen her hospitalized on several occasions in her young life. As part of the Kids Wish Network, Ovechkin granted Santora’s wish of meeting her hero. As part of her practice experience on Friday, Ovechkin and Santora took a shot at a 2-on-1 on Braden Holtby. Read more

Nolan calls out Stewart, winger responds with fight after telling media to “ask Lucic how soft” he is

Chris Stewart

Amid rumors that Chris Stewart and the Buffalo Sabres are in their last days together, it appears the big bodied forward and coach Ted Nolan aren’t seeing eye-to-eye.

On Tuesday, the 27-year-old forward was scratched for the Sabres game against the Los Angeles Kings. When asked about removing Stewart from the lineup, Nolan said the Sabres winger hasn’t been playing the way the team needs, and that, “he’s a big, powerful forward, but powerful forwards can’t be playing a soft game.”

Stewart, who avoided media on the day he was scratched, spoke on Wednesday and you could say he took exception to the comments of his coach. Read more

Slovakian goaltender leads fans in on-ice Macarena post-victory

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Julius Hudacek and some Orebro fans high-five after a win (via YouTube)

Julius Hudacek is becoming somewhat of a star in Sweden and it has just as much to do with his post-game celebrations as it does with his goaltending.

Hudacek, 26, is in his first season with Orebro HK, and though his 2.10 goals-against average and .921 save percentage are making him a fan favorite in goal, what has rocketed him to SHL stardom is his knack for entertaining the crowd after a victory. It was no different on Thursday when, after a victory over Frolunda, Hudacek put on another patented #HudaShow: Read more

Jets’ Ladd and Avs’ Landeskog throw down in slugfest between captains

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If this fight between Winnipeg Jets captain Andrew Ladd and Colorado Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog is any indication, there may be a new rivalry budding in the Central Division.

During Thursday night’s contest, with the score tied at one apiece midway through the second period, you could see Landeskog and Ladd talking to each other a bit as they made their way to the faceoff circle to the left of Avalanche goaltender Calvin Pickard. As soon as the puck was dropped, the mitts were off, and the two leaders threw bombs trying to spark their respective teams: Read more