Quick Hits: Nichol practices, Don Waddel speaks

  • Atlanta Thashers GM
    Don Waddel on distinguishing between legal and illegal hits:

    Waddell: First, body checking is such a big part of the NHL and
    it’ll continue to be. We need it to be a big part of the game but there
    are a few incidents, every so often, that we don’t like. We have to be
    careful with bringing in rules that prevent players from doing their
    job of banging bodies. Over the next few days here we’ll talk more
    about it and maybe come up with some kind of resolution.

  • Scott
    Nichol is practicing
    — sort of — with the Sharks as he tries to
    return from the shoulder injury he suffered from Maxim Lapierre’s hit
    last week.

    “It’s about the strength coming back and the pain going
    away. It hasn’t been a week yet and it’s much better than I would have

  • Ryan Jones is out four weeks and now we learn that Denis Grebeshkov
    is out for 1-2 weeks himself. The players that Oilers and Predators
    “swapped” have not had that good of luck with their new teams.

    The Preds have lost defen­se­man Denis Gre­besh­kov for one
    to two weeks with a lower-body injury. He appa­rently suf­fe­red the
    injury fairly early in Sunday’s loss to Van­cou­ver, but pla­yed
    through it for a while.

  • Jonas Hiller on putting the puck in the net himself, when he stood
    up and the puck fell over the goal line. The play was never blown dead,
    and the puck was sitting on Hiller’s pads.

    “I thought the puck was slipping,” said Hiller, who made 40 saves in
    regulation and overtime. “He was shooting five-hole and I couldn’t find
    the puck. I thought it was still slipping through so I tried to put my
    skate back so it won’t go in.

    “As I saw on the video afterward, it was on my pad and I put it in
    myself I guess. I don’t even know exactly what the rule is on that. It’s
    a tough one.”

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    Hey, Tortorella called the Penguins whiners again

    John Tortorella

    Don’t forget, the Blue Jackets – Penguins rivalry isn’t just about the bitterness between Sidney Crosby and Brandon Dubinsky; John Tortorella can fuel the fire, too.

    Torts must not have been happy about the one-game suspension that Dubinsky received for cross-checking Crosby, as he channeled his vintage self in essentially calling the Penguins a bunch of whiners.

    You can see from this glorious Sportsnet video, Tortorella said: “Pittsburgh whines enough for the whole league.”

    (He also said the Blue Jackets weren’t going to whine by … whining. Good stuff.)

    As Puck Daddy notes, this isn’t the first time Torts claimed that the Penguins are whiners.

    Both the Blue Jackets and Penguins lost their games on Saturday, but clearly some eyes and ears were still focused on their last confrontation.

    In case you’re wondering, the two teams next face off in Pittsburgh on Dec. 21.


    Scary moment: Carlo Colaiacovo hospitalized with ‘dented trachea’


    Buffalo Sabres defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo has experienced plenty of bad injury luck in his winding career, but Saturday presented one of his worst scares.

    As you can see from the video above, Colaiacovo received a scary cross-check from Viktor Arvidsson of the Nashville Predators, who received a major penalty and game misconduct.

    Sabres head coach Dan Bylsma said that Colaiacovo was hospitalized with a “dented trachea” yet is OK, the Buffalo News’ John Vogl reports.

    Frightening stuff from an eventual 4-1 Sabres win.

    PHT will keep an eye out for additional updates regarding Colaiacovo’s health (and a possible suspension for Arvidsson).

    Comeback Kings: Gaborik pulls L.A. past Kane, Blackhawks

    Jake Muzzin, Scott Darling

    Patrick Kane set an American scoring record, and added another assist to make it more impressive, but the Los Angeles Kings just wouldn’t be denied.

    In the end, Marian Gaborik‘s big night meant more than Kane’s; he scored the tying and then overtime game-winner, both assisted by Anze Kopitar, for a rousing 4-3 overtime Kings win.

    Gaborik’s first goal:

    And here’s video of the OT-GWG:

    Noticing a theme tonight? Yeah, it’s been an evening in which it’s dangerous to assume a lead would stand.

    With that, the Kings stick to the No. 1 spot in the Pacific Division, but Chicago shouldn’t feel all bad. The Blackhawks were able to piece together a decent run during their dreaded “circus trip.”

    Patrick Kane’s streak hits 19 games, setting a new American record


    When it comes to point streaks for U.S.-born NHL players, Patrick Kane now stands alone.

    With a power-play goal early in Saturday’s Blackhawks – Kings game, Kane extended his streak to 19 games, breaking a tie with Phil Kessel and Eddie Olczyk (who finished with at least a point in 18 straight).

    As of this writing, Kane has 11 goals and 19 assists during this 19-game streak. He also leads the NHL in scoring.

    Bobby Hull’s 21-game point streak stands as the Chicago Blackhawks’ overall team record, by the way.