Helm angry about (another) blind side hit

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.”

Well, the
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.

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    Video: Evander Kane believes he won his fights vs. Alex Petrovic

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    The Florida Panthers are beating up the Buffalo Sabres where it counts – on the scoreboard – but Evander Kane was happy to highlight his perceived victories in a couple bouts.

    Buffalo’s power forward fought Alex Petrovic twice on Tuesday, and Kane wasn’t shy about holding up a “2-0.”

    You can watch the second fight above, and the first one below, via Hockey Fights by way of MSG:

    This GIF might just say it all, really:

    Update: Apparently they fought again moments after this post went up.

    Probably safe to call it a rivalry between the two, right?

    Fight video: Yes, a visor-breaking punch

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    Some hockey players resist the urge to wear a visor, at least if they’re given that choice.

    Perhaps a few will say “Hey, Nathan Beaulieu will just punch it off anyway.”

    Maybe not, but Beaulieu provided a rather unique moment in his fight with Cedric Paquette during the Montreal Canadiens – Tampa Bay Lightning game. You can watch that bout in the video above, and see a cut on the Lightning pest’s face from that blow.

    Want it in GIF form? OK then:

    Sending a message: Flames scratch Gaudreau, Monahan, Bouma

    Calgary Flames' Sean Monahan, left, celebrates his goal with teammate Johnny Gaudreau during the third period against the Carolina Hurricanes in an NHL hockey game Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016, in Calgary, Alberta. (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press via AP)
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    Sean Monahan and Johnny Gaudreau figure to be a big part of the Calgary Flames’ forward group, both in the present and the future.

    That said, it the very specific present, they’ll be watching Tuesday’s game from the press box.

    After an unsatisfactory practice amid flailing playoff hopes, Flames head coach Bob Hartley made a big statement tonight, taking Monahan, Gaudreau and Lance Bouma out of the lineup as healthy scratches against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

    Wow.

    It’s amusing timing, too, as the Maple Leafs will roll with a bit of a skeleton crew of their own after that splashy Dion Phaneuf trade.

    Some background

    Sportsnet’s Mark Spector was there for the practice, which was unusually short at 25 minutes.

    “He wasn’t happy with the way we were practicing,” David Jones told Spector. “It’s a little embarrassing when we’re not (making) five-foot passes.

    “I think he was pretty pissed off about the way things were looking.”

    Call it a combination of poor execution and maybe a tardy arrival … perhaps from a Super Bowl party or two?

    Bruins pay warm tribute to Milan Lucic

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    Milan Lucic may or may not spend a big chunk of his career with the Los Angeles Kings, but the Boston Bruins haven’t forgotten his contributions.

    (Their fans haven’t, either.)

    The Bruins shared a tribute video for Lucic, decked out in a loud, retro-style Kings sweater on Tuesday. The hulking winger seemed to appreciate the nod from his former team, and also acknowledged fans who watched him develop into one of the league’s most formidable power forwards.

    (H/T to the Score by way of The Hockey Beat for the video.)