Vancouver Canucks v Los Angeles Kings

Anze Kopitar appears OK after Brenden Morrow hit

Los Angeles Kings fans held their collective breath last night as Anze Kopitar took a long time to leave the ice after this rough hit by Dallas Stars captain Brenden Morrow:

ESPN Dallas’ Mark Stepneski reports that the Kings didn’t take issue with the hit and gave a better guess than just the typically vague “upper-body injury” when describing Kopitar’s issues.

“As for Kopitar, the word from Los Angeles is he had a bloody nose and sore shoulder and neck.” passes along word from Kopitar that he’s feeling pretty good and probably would have practiced if the Kings had one on Friday.

“The bottom line is I feel good,” Kopitar said. “It could have been worse, for sure. It’s something I have to put behind me.”

There is no guarantee that Kopitar will be able to play against former Kings forward Michael Cammalleri and the Calgary Flames on Saturday, but his issues don’t seem major. Considering the fact that Kopitar’s 40 points leads anyone else on the team by 17 or more, Los Angeles is lucky that the damage seems minimal.

Even so, I must ask: does Morrow deserve a fine and/or suspension for the hit?

Measure of revenge? Red Wings bottle Lightning

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In some ways, it really felt like their first-round series.

For all the talent on both ends of the rink with the Detroit Red Wings and Tampa Bay Lightning, each squad can really smother opponents defensively when things go that way.

Through two periods, the two teams were very quiet. Things really picked up when Justin Abdelkader unleashed a big hit, a moment that injected enough life into the proceedings for the Red Wings to eventually build a 3-1 win.

Maybe they’re slipping under the radar a bit compared to previous iterations of the team, but it’s interesting that the Red Wings are now undefeated in three games.

They’ve been impressive at times, too, outscoring opponents by a combined score of 11-4.

Call it a refreshing time after Mike Babcock or merely carryover from a subtly solid run last season, but either way, the Red Wings may just be able to keep up their end of a brewing rivalry.

Hands of gold: Connor McDavid scores his first NHL goal


Taking three games to score your first NHL goal isn’t a big deal, unless you’re someone like Connor McDavid.

The mega-hyped wunderkind must feel relieved to finally find the net, as he tied tonight’s Edmonton Oilers – Dallas Stars skirmish with a 2-2 deflection goal, which you can watch above this post’s headline.

To no surprise, there were plenty of reactions, including Pierre LeBrun’s tweet (which inspired part of this headline).

Of course, there were the inevitable Wayne Gretzky comparisons:

Interesting thing you might not consider: Stars fans will have to stomach this one even more frequently than that time Patrik Stefan biffed that empty-netter (also against the Oilers):

McDavid may have also delivered his first questionable check, too: