All season long Carolina’s Jeff Skinner played in the NHL like he’d been there for ages. The fact that he was a fresh faced kid and first round pick from the 2010 NHL Draft didn’t seem to faze him and took opponents by surprise as Skinner roared to a season that saw him score 31 goals and assist on 32 others while leading all rookies in points. That kind of season will get you noticed and for Skinner it was good enough to get him the Calder Trophy as the NHL rookie of the year.
Skinner beat out San Jose’s Logan Couture and Islanders forward Michael Grabner for the honor. Despite that stiff competition Skinner’s efforts in leading the Hurricanes nearly into the playoffs when there wasn’t too much expected of them is something else. Skinner now adds this accomplishment to his All-Star Team inclusion to help make his first season in the NHL even more memorable.
This dominant win is a heck of a way for the Kings to begin an imposing seven-game road trip, which continues against the New York Islanders on Thursday. The Bruins probably want to burn the tape on this one themselves, as they’re about to head on a six-game road trip.
Per @EliasSports: @LAKings had 9 different skaters score in a game for 5th time in franchise history. Last: Jan. 21, 1987 vs. PIT (10-5 W).
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.