In the middle of a scrap between Wild forward Nick Johnson and Calgary captain Jarome Iginla, Johnson was called for a 5-minute major for headbutting and received a 10-minute game-misconduct for “intent to injure.” There’s no question that headbutting has no place in the NHL or anywhere else in hockey. Just ask Patrick Kaleta.
What about a play where it’s not as clear? It’s clear that Iginla thinks that Johnson delivered an intentional headbutt, but others weren’t as sure when they saw the replay. What do you think? Do you think Johnson knew what he was doing and deliberately led with the top of his head, or do you think it was just an accident between two players in the midst of a fight?
Something to keep in mind: if true, Johnson was delivering a headbutt without a helmet to a guy who was still wearing his helmet and visor. Let us know in the comments if you think Johnson deserved 20 minutes worth of penalties. Without further adieu, here’s the video of the fight and alleged event:
Fight video: Someone other than Evander Kane beats up Alex Petrovic
(Also, playing it then would hopefully increase the odds of the mainstream sporting public seeingConnor McDavid in an outdoor game.)
Toronto’s turn: Friedman reports that the Toronto Maple Leafs are likely to host the Detroit Red Wings in the 2017 Winter Classic (or at least an outdoor game), almost certainly on New Year’s Day 2017.
The two teams combined for a great Winter Classic at Ann Arbor in 2014, so that could be a fun time.
Keep in mind these are reports (and well-placed ones at that) rather than official announcements for the NHL. These things could always change.
For two periods, the Dallas Stars seemed to say, “Are you sure the Washington Capitals are the best team in the NHL?”
They chased Braden Holtby and built a 4-0 lead through those first 40 minutes, and that was enough … but barely. The Stars beat the Capitals 4-3 on Saturday, which accomplished the following:
Dallas ended Washington’s winning streak at five games. The Stars have now won three straight.
This win slides the Stars ahead of the Chicago Blackhawks for first place in the highly competitive Central Division. While both teams sit at 77 standings points, Dallas holds three games in hand.
By passing Chicago, the Stars now lead the Western Conference as a whole.
Impressive stuff. Some might even call it a statement game, although others may hold that nail-biting ending against them (possibly arguing that the Stars’ flaws may come back to haunt them in the playoffs).
Dallas’ biggest concern likely has little to do with doubters. Instead, they must monitor the statuses of forwards Tyler Seguin and Cody Eakin.