The Columbus Blue Jackets have had a miserable season, their hopes dashed by injury after injury, but Brandon Dubinsky’s no-look, behind-the-back pass will give fans something to cheer about.
Less than two minutes into the second frame of Tuesday night’s contest with the Buffalo Sabres, Dubinsky collected a puck off the back boards following a chip into the corner by defenseman Jack Johnson. Then, facing the glass and with his eyes on the puck, Dubinsky made a backhand feed to Matt Calvert that he isn’t likely to replicate. Read more
Chicago Blackhawks fans were holding their breath Tuesday after star winger Patrick Kane was injured on a controversial play involving Florida Panthers defenseman Alex Petrovic and had to leave the game.
Kane, Chicago’s leading scorer this season – and the man tied with Washington’s Nicklas Backstrom as the league’s top point-getter entering Tuesday’s action – entered the night tied for the NHL lead in points with 64, but the 26-year-old was hurt in the first period after Petrovic gave him a push from behind and he fell awkwardly into the boards: (video via SomeHockeyVideos) Read more
Calgary Flames goalie Karri Ramo has struggled with consistency over the years, but on Tuesday against the Rangers, he robbed Rangers winger J.T. Miller of what looked to be an easy goal.
The play took place in the first period of the Flames’ road game against the Blueshirts: a shot from Rangers blueliner Ryan McDonagh deflected off of the goalpost behind Ramo, and the rebound bounced to Miller, who had an open net and could’ve scored his sixth of the season. That’s not what happened. Read more
What’s better than making one defender look silly for a highlight reel goal? Making two defenders look silly for a highlight reel goal and deking out the first one from your knees.
Slovak Extraliga’s Gabriel Spilar, who plays for his hometown HC Kosice, did just that Sunday when he slipped by two MsHK Zilina defenders with a pair of slick moves and finished it off with a seeing-eye wrister that found the back of the net. Were this to happen in the NHL, it’d be on every highlight reel for the next decade. Read more
There are moments when NHL goaltenders seem to defy all laws regarding human flexibility and make stops that would make Stretch Armstrong fear a pulled groin. Semyon Varlamov had one of those moments last night.
With Sunday’s contest between Colorado and Tampa Bay not even two minutes old, an Avalanche turnover just inside the Lightning zone sprung Ryan Callahan and Steven Stamkos on a two-on-one. Callahan elected to shoot, but Varlamov made the stop. However, the puck careened on to the stick of Alex Killorn who thought he had the entire net to shoot at. Varlamov had other ideas. Read more
Veteran Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson is famous for his willingness to block shots. But it takes a special kind of NHLer to put his body in front of a slap shot from Bruins behemoth Zdeno Chara. And as he showed Sunday by taking a shot from Chara directly in the stomach, Hjalmarsson is one of those special kind of guys.
Chara – who still holds the NHL All-Star record for hardest shot (108.8 km/hour) – wound up and fired toward the Hawks net, but Hjalmarsson was directly in the line of fire and took the puck right in his mid-section: (GIF via Reddit user ersal) Read more
Fans in Hershey, Pa., on Saturday saw seven goals, four goaltenders and nearly 200 penalty minutes in a game that turned into mayhem late in the second period.
The contest between the hometown Hershey Bears and visiting Bridgeport Sound Tigers got out of hand with less than five minutes left in the second frame, and tempers really flared when Tigers winger Brett Gallant went after Bears winger Chris Brown as he was headed into the penalty box. Read more
Saturday afternoon’s QMJHL game between the Baie-Comeau Drakkar and Sherbrooke Phoenix turned ugly in a hurry in the second period.
Fifteen seconds into the second period, with Baie-Comeau leading 2-0 on the strength of goals by Luca Ciampini and Maxime St-Cyr, Drakkar winger Simon Desbiens came barreling in on Phoenix defenseman Jeremy Roy as he went back to retrieve a puck behind the Sherbrooke goal. Desbiens boarded Roy viciously from behind, to which Roy took exception, slashing Desbiens repeatedly in the ankle. The entire scene is ugly. (Video via Jerome Berube) Read more