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I’m not exactly sure what happened that we woke up this morning and the halfway mark of the NHL schedule is on the horizon, but here we are. And um, the Blackhawks still haven’t been beaten in regulation (#isthatgood?)
Here are the most interesting tidbits, highlights, and controversial moments from the past weekend in the NHL. And by past weekend I mean since you left work at five o’clock on Friday.
Taylor Hall got suspended two games for his knee on Cal Clutterbuck
The Oilers beat the Coyotes Saturday afternoon in his absence, and they’ll have to face the Chicago Blackhawks without him tonight as well. The suspension will cost him around 10 thousand dollars or so, but whatevs, amirite rich people?
You can check out Brendan Shanahan’s explanation video here.
Oh, and bee-tee-dubs, I wrote about Hall and kneeing in general Friday. …Sorry for the whole bee-tee-dubs thing.
The Blackhawks still haven’t lost in regulation
I already mentioned that briefly, but it’s a bit of a talking point. They’re 15-0-3 after beating San Jose 3-2 on Friday night and sneaking past Columbus 1-0 on Sunday. For a run like this, you need your off days to pair up with games against soft opponents, and that’s exactly what happened for the Hawks yesterday. Shaw scored the goal, his fourth of the year.
The NHL’s reigning MVP Evgeni Malkin was diagnosed with a concussion
He took the blow (shown below) Friday night against the Panthers. “Concussion-like symptoms” turned into short-term memory-loss, and they’re saying he’ll miss at least the next three games against Florida, Carolina and Montreal. He has no other symptoms and his memory is returning, according to Dan Bylsma.
He missed the last 16 games with a broken foot. The Flyers and Claude Giroux will be happy to have him back – dude almost scored 40 last year and they’ve been hurting for someone like him (and hey neat, Evander Kane might have pulled his hair in his return). The Flyers are currently tied for 8th (though they’ve played more games than the Lightning), and seem like they could be leaving their early-season struggles behind them. Though truth-be-told, I still have no idea what to expect from this team.
The Rangers called up Christian Thomas because Rick Nash may be headed to the IR with a concussion
Christian Thomas was a second-round pick of the Rangers in 2010, and is the son of ex-NHLer Steve Thomas. He got the nod after Nash’s mysterious injury saw him retroactively added to the IR. He took a hard hit from Lucic a handful of games back, played the next game, but has sat out the last three. The Rangers are in 10th in the East, just one big ‘ol zero off the spot they expected to be in at this point.
Ryane Clowe might be suspended for a big chunk of games after leaving the bench to fight
He was obviously frustrated as the clock wound down on a Sharks loss, and as luck would have it, that’s when Andrew Shaw hit Joe Pavelski in what Clowe deemed a dangerous manner/an excuse to punch out his frustrations, so he left the bench to grapple with him. He has an in-person hearing today which means we’re looking at over five games, and he could be looking at as many as ten.
Alex Ovechkin scored his first hat-trick in a couple years
Though I should note, it’s his 11th of his career, which is pretty decent. He now has 8 and 6 for 14 points in 17 games, a respectable total. He still has the raw skill to bury pucks when given the chance, so it was kind of refreshing to see him do something like this again. If he works hard he might even be able to catch the likes of Kevin Shattenkirk and Nazem Kadri in points! (Aww, I’m just teasin’.)
He’s leading the Oilers in scoring – y’know, the Oilers who have Taylor Hall, Jordan Eberle, Nail Yakupov, and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins – and finds himself on the front page of the NHL.com leaderboard with 17 points (T22 in the league). He also helped the Oilers beat the Coyotes in a shootout with this ridonkulous move:
I love this picture (though, granted, McDonagh could probably do without it).
For those of you who’d like to see the play it happened on:
Wayne Simmonds had a Gordie Howe hat-trick
It’s his second all-time, and man, did he earn it. Great fight (one of those crazy “wanna just trade face shots?” fights), great goal and good assist.
Paul MacLean is making a strong Jack Adams push
The Ottawa Senators have now won four straight games and currently have Jason Spezza, Erik Karlsson, Craig Anderson and Milan Michalek on the sidelines with injuries. They’re 11-6-2, and tied for fourth in the East with 24 points.
Ryan Miller is going crazy
The Sabres got shut out by the Islanders 4-0 on Saturday, and now own the title of “last place in the East.” 13 points in 19 games: sort of underachieving there.
Anyway, Miller flew off the handle (again), this time trying to fight Matt Martin, who would absolutely destroy him. This guy needs to exhale.
Joe Thornton is getting all fighty lately, going with Jamie Benn on Saturday
He had just fought Jonathan Toews (though he didn’t seem to really want to) in the previous game. Thornton and Benn are both big boys, and while I don’t know what led them to drop the mitts, I like that they did. My only concern is for Canada’s 2014 Olympic team – why’s all the hate for the mates, Jumbo Joe?
They’ve played at least two fewer games than every other Eastern Conference team (three or four less than most), and sit in fourth (second-most points) wtih an 11-2-2 record. Their 4-1 win over Florida was the first time they’ve won by more than two goals though, so y’know, WHAT A BUNCH OF LOSERS.
Zdeno Chara scored a ridiculous goal
Hey, now we know: it takes almost the length of the entire offensive zone for a six-foot nine-inch tall human to do a deft pirouette with the puck before scoring Backhand Shelf. I mean, let’s be frank here: this goal is ridiculous.
Jonathan Drouin had a pretty amazing shift
Given the pronunciation of “Drew-Ann,” I really need you guys to come with me on a quest to get the nickname “Drouin-d One” to stick. As in, DrouAnd1. As in, the And1 Mixtape Tour ballers that do stuff few people in the world can, cause that’s what Drouin reminds me of. If you aren’t aware, Drouin is a projected top five (let’s be honest, top three) pick in the upcoming NHL entry draft.
Check this out:
Roberto Luongo gave up a touchdown complete with two point conversion Sunday
The Red Wings hung eight on him, as they took down the Canucks 8-3. Damien Brunner had two-and-two for four points in the game, bringing his total on the year to 10 and 6 for 16 in 19 games. None too shabby for the 26-year old first year player.
The Sedins kinda have the “intentional-icing” end-boards lead pass thing down
It’s such a great play, it’s amazing more people don’t use it.