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Mike Weaver boards Steven Stamkos, media instantly reacts

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Traditionally, a Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Florida Panthers game might not get a lot of attention on a busy Saturday night in the NHL. But when the leading goal scorer in the NHL leaves the ice shaken up after a marginal play against the boards, it has a way of getting everyone’s attention pretty quickly.

Within minutes, we saw three different people from three different places with three different perspectives. Here are the knee-jerk reactions from three members of the hockey media:

From Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune

“Hold your breath, Stamkos went hard into the boards after hit from behind by Weaver, skating awkwardly, right let hit hard”

From George Richards of the Miami Herald

“Mike Weaver elbows Steven Stamkos into boards; Steven seems to be OK”

From Jeff Marek of CBC sports

“Can’t believe that Weaver hit was called boarding. Can’t hit from behind, now from the side shoulder-to-shoulder is bad? I quit.”

Stamkos was visibly shaken up on the play, but stayed on the bench and was back on the ice for the last bit of the ensuing power play. But it’s certainly interesting to see how different people can see the same play in such different ways. Was it a board? Was it clean? Was it from the side? Was it between the numbers? Was it an elbow?

For the record, it certainly looked like the officials got it right when they gave Mike Weaver two minutes for boarding. It wasn’t a suspension worthy board and nothing that would warrant a fine, but certainly a check from behind. If anything, I agree with Jeff Marek’s point of view when he says the line is getting blurred between a good check and people flipping out over any check where a player staggers to the bench. No one wants to see a player injured and thankfully Stamkos looks like he just needed a few minutes on the bench, but it’s almost Pavlovian when a player is hit into the boards and struggles to get off the ice. It’s a fast, tough game played by fast, tough players–and no one is looking to change that.

Sometimes it’s difficult to make the distinction between a simple two minute penalty and a huge penalty that deserves supplemental discipline. This is going to come with the territory.

Malcolm Subban in stable condition, suffered fractured larynx

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The Boston Bruins updated Malcolm Subban‘s condition a day after the goaltending prospect was hospitalized after being struck in the throat with a puck.

“Malcolm Subban was struck in the throat with a puck Saturday night during pregame warmups. He was transported to Maine Medical Center and was diagnosed with a fractured larynx. He stayed overnight at Maine Medical Center and was transported to Mass General Hospital on Sunday for further evaluation. He is in stable condition and will be sidelined indefinitely. The team will provide additional details when they become available.”

Awful news, although at least he’s in stable condition.

PHT will stay tuned for further updates regarding the 22-year-old.

Subban did tweet a thanks for support:

A little context makes that a little sad, too.

Fight video: Zack Kassian racks up penalty minutes, faces Brian Strait

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Pulling Anders Nilsson didn’t stop the bleeding for the Edmonton Oilers. Instead, it really just spread the “wealth.”

The New York Islanders are up 7-1, so don’t be surprised if there’s some ugly stuff in the final frame.

Zack Kassian is an author of at least one outburst, as he was tagged with 19 penalty minutes for a display that included fighting Brian Strait, as you can see in the video above.

It’s not the only fight stemming from the blowout, either, as Eric Gryba just tangled with Matt Martin.

Could there be more?

Isles chase Nilsson from Oilers’ net in less than 12 minutes

Edmonton Oilers goalie Anders Nilsson, of Sweden, makes pad save against the Colorado Avalanche during the first period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, Dec. 19, 2015, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
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There was a time when Anders Nilsson seemed like the best bet in the Oilers’ net this season. This … is not that time.

Less than 12 minutes into Sunday’s game, the New York Islanders roared to a 3-0 lead, and that was enough for Edmonton to give Nilsson the hook.

He allowed those three goals on 10 shots, so to be fair, that’s a pretty impressive chunk of chances (almost a shot on goal per minute).

Still, the Oilers were likely hoping to give Cam Talbot a breather, and instead he was rushed into action. Nilsson hadn’t played since Jan. 19, and he’s only appeared in three games in 2016.

As if this didn’t sting enough for Nilsson, consider the fact that he began his NHL career with the Islanders, who eventually decided he wasn’t worth keeping.

Ovi scores 30th as Caps beat Flyers for third straight victory

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Alex Ovechkin scored to join Wayne Gretzky and Mike Gartner as only players with at least 30 goals in each of their first 11 NHL seasons, and Matt Niskanen netted the game winner as Washington beat the Flyers 3-2 at Verizon on Super Bowl Sunday.

Michael Del Zotto and Nick Schultz replied for the Flyers, who suffered their second straight loss.

The win was the Capitals’ third in a row.

It didn’t always look as though Washington would emerge the victor, however. The Caps were out-shot 35-30 on the day and looked disjointed at times, finishing with 12 giveaways (Philly was credited with just five, for comparison’s sake).

But good teams find ways to win when they’re not playing especially well, and the Caps are a pretty good team — especially when Braden Holtby is on his game.

Holtby, atop many Vezina lists at the moment, had another terrific outing on Sunday, making 33 saves, perhaps none better than this one on Mark Streit in the second period:

Holtby’s counterpart, Steve Mason, had a solid outing as well, finishing with 27 stops.

Looking ahead, the Caps will now head out on a three-game Western Conference swing through Minnesota, Nashville and what promises to be a high-octane game in Dallas on Feb. 13.

The Flyers, meanwhile, will now kick off a three-game homestand against Anaheim, Buffalo and New Jersey.