Hey, did you guys hear about the latest controversy surrounding hits
to the head and late hits and boarding and intent to injure and the
NHL’s double standard for punishments and the inconsistencies from one
hit to another hit?
— Takes breath —
Well, here’s another piece of kindling to throw into the fire that’s
currently burning. Darren Helm was nearly knocked for a loop after a
blind side hit by the Sabres’ Raffi Torres. The hit was reminiscent of
Matt Cooke’s hit from just last week, but has received hardly any
attention in the aftermath of the Alex Ovechkin mess. In fact, Torres
wasn’t even accessed a penalty.
I’m guessing if Helm had been taken off the ice on a stretcher we’d
be discussing how these dangerous hits are still technically legal, but
since Helm is fine then we’ve all just moved on.
“They’ve got to do something about that, especially with
repeat offenders,” Helm said. “I don’t know what (Torres) was trying to
do or what he was thinking.”
“The thing that set the stage for
all of this was not suspending Cooke,” he said. “Open ice headshots,
they’ve been ‘talking about it’ (Helm used quotation symbols) so much,
they have to start doing something about it. It’s one of the dirtiest
plays in the game.”
NHL is trying at least. I can’t even begin to describe how tired I am of writing about this, but we’ll continue to harp on these issues until the NHL finds a better way of fixing this issue. And a fix isn’t coming anytime soon.
For a little more than a minute, Brandon Saad was going to be the story of the Columbus Blue Jackets’ opener. Instead, his power-play goal merely got the ball rolling on a flabbergasting finish.
The New York Rangers scored three goals in 1:17 of game time to manage a 4-2 win.
They’ve now spoiled home openers for the Chicago Blackhawks and Columbus Blue Jackets to begin their 2015-16 season.
It might be easiest just to show you when the goals were scored, noting that the third period began with a 1-1 tie.
Brandon Saad power-play goal: 16:10 into third period (2-1 Columbus)
Oscar Lindberg: 17:24 (2-2 tie)
Kevin Hayes: 17:41 (3-2 Rangers)
Mats Zuccarello: 18:41 (4-2 Rangers)
Yikes. Zuccarello scored two of the Rangers’ goals, while a beauty by Cam Atkinson is likely long forgotten.
This post will be updated if there’s video of that staggering sequence.
Mike Babcock admitted that there might be a painful transformation as he tries to fix the Toronto Maple Leafs.
His old friends made that abundantly, painfully clear on Friday.
As of this writing, the Detroit Red Wings are up 4-0 on the Buds. Justin Abdelkader just completed a hat trick with James Reimer in net, so the subplot isn’t just about Jonathan Bernier having another tough start.
The big story might just be Detroit’s varied new line of Abdelkader, Dylan Larkin (who scored his first career goal) and Henrik Zetterberg. At the moment, they’ve combined for seven points.
This post will be updated if Detroit’s tribute video to Babcock surfaces.
Really, though, this beating has been about as ugly as this blanket so far.
Here’s video of Abdelkader’s hat trick: