The mitigating factors here: McQuaid turned at the last second and put himself in a vulnerable position. Even his own coach, Claude Julien, said that to reporters in Boston after the game.
According to the league, Chimera tried to minimize contact. His skates cross the goal line sideways, an indication he’d already begun slowing down. Also, go down the list of suspensions for charging issued by the NHL’s department of player safety and you’ll see one common denominator – the player left his feet and launched himself at his opponent.
As ugly as the hit looked at full speed, that didn’t happen in this case.
Chimera was given a five-minute boarding major and game misconduct for the hit, one that head coach Dale Hunter defended.
“The guy turned at the last second,” Hunter told CSN Washington. “It’s tough on the refs, I know that, (but) it’s tough for Chimmer to stop. No sense in arguing. The call’s made and you move on.”
The hit occurred at the six minute mark of the opening period — McQuaid was cut above his eyebrow and told Boston’s medical staff he “wasn’t feeling right.”
He left the contest, didn’t return and the Bruins have yet to update his status.
If you think the Dallas Stars are struggling because of defense more than anything else, then you’ll make sure to keep the video above “on file.”
There Kari Lehtonen was, helpless on a 2-on-0 rush for the Calgary Flames, which Johnny Gaudreau finished with calm and ease. For some, that goal is the symbol of the Stars’ season.
Either way, it was a painful goal in the Flames’ 2-1 win against the Stars. Calgary won despite Dallas firing 30 shots on goal versus the Flames’ 20.
One team climbing, the other stumbling
With that, the Flames are now on a four-game winning streak. Since falling to 5-10-1 on Nov. 12, the Flames have gone 9-3-1 in their last 13 games, pushing them to 14-13-2 overall. Gaudreau coming back is the icing on the cake after Chad Johnson really took charge of the Flames’ top job.
During a similar span, the Stars can’t seem to get it together. Dallas stood at 6-6-3 after beating the Oilers 3-2 on Nov. 11. They’re now 10-11-6, essentially standing in place as a .500 team.
Dallas can’t seem to get momentum going, a thought that might have left them envious of the team on the other end of the ice on Tuesday.
On Tuesday, it wasn’t just about Jack Eichel vs. Connor McDavid. Instead, it was a clash between a fleet of young scorers who were in their prime, with the Buffalo Sabres coming up on top against the Edmonton Oilers.