If you’ve ever watched National Hockey League playoff action (and since you’re on a site called ProHockeyTalk, I’m guessing you have), you know that NHLers are quite adept at growing facial hair. Ergo, there should be no surprise the NHL raised $220,000 for the battle against prostate cancer, according to Movember.com.
Toronto lead all teams in funds raised, due in large part to the grey caterpillar that resided on Ron Wilson’s upper lip over the last 30 days. Coming in second were the Dallas Stars, led by checking forward Eric Nystrom. Nystrom led all NHL players with $5,739 raised over the month and grew a solid ‘stache:
(For a gallery of the best and worst NHL Movember moustaches, click here)
“I just put the word out, and my family and friends stepped up to the plate, donated money,” Nystrom told the Dallas Morning News. “It’s for a great cause, so why wouldn’t you?”
It was a great cause, but not just for charities. Movember also provided many websites with countless pages of filler content. If you’d like to see another NHL ‘stache gallery, Puck Daddy has one up. It features many quality moustaches, including the one that transformed Dan Bylsma into Mr. Bylsma, Grade 10 Woodworking Instructor.
Controversy just seems to find the Pittsburgh Penguins. Credit Sidney Crosby & Co. for responding with a win on Wednesday.
Crosby generated two pretty goals, including this slam-dunk slapper:
… While Evgeni Malkin‘s overtime-winner stood as the Penguins managed a 4-3 overtime win against the St. Louis Blues tonight.
(You can see Malkin’s OT-clincher in the video above this post.)
Will this win and strong performance from Crosby silence murmurs about his relationship with Mario Lemieux? Probably not, yet it likely turns the volume down in some ways, including killing the “Is he struggling because of distractions” storyline.
You know, at least for a little while. Maybe.
Claude Giroux isn’t the nastiest, most physical captain the Philadelphia Flyers have employed. Even so, he can be feisty at times.
Wednesday showed that, as he clearly wasn’t happy with an earlier Nick Leddy hit, and eventually got the New York Islanders defenseman to drop his gloves.
You can see the fight and the check that inspired that scrap in the video above.
It’s the fourth fight Giroux has been a part of, with his most recent adversary being may his most bitter rival.
Not a heavyweight bout between Giroux and Leddy, mind you, but sometimes it’s amusing to soak in such a rare sight.
Carter Hutton is getting something that might make fellow Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne jealous: goal support.
Still, there was at least one moment where Rinne was likely happy to be on the bench, as Hutton was left flipping during this collision with Buffalo Sabres forward Marcus Foligno:
Remarkably, Hutton remained in the game.
If you’re the type who loves adding to your “hockey players are tough” files, put this under the goalies section.
Check out this incredible shot of that moment:
Update: The Predators held off the Buffalo Sabres to win 3-2.
Tonight was supposed to be about a clash of two Eastern Conference titans who sport arguably the two best goalies in the NHL. That mattered to Montreal Canadiens fans for about half the game against the New York Rangers, give or take a few minutes.
Priorities are now shifting to calling upon higher powers/etc. in hopes that Carey Price is OK.
Mike Condon replaced Price in the third period and … well, people are concerned.
Again, people are pretty worried right now.
Price being replaced isn’t the greatest sign, yet it’s early, so stay tuned for updates. Maybe it will merely be a matter of playing it safe?
Update: The good news is that Montreal won by a significant 5-1 margin.
Yes, that probably isn’t much solace for Habs fans. Agreed.
It sounds like Price re-aggravated his previous injury.