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Blues’ McDonald says Galiardi headshot cracked his helmet


Another day, another bucket destroyed.

That was the word out of St. Louis on Saturday following the Blues’ 3-0 win over San Jose in Game 2 of their Western Conference quarterfinal. In speaking with reporters after the game, Blues alternate captain Andy McDonald revealed some pretty compelling visual evidence — his cracked helmet, courtesy a headshot delivered by Sharks forward TJ Galiardi:


(Picture courtesy Pierre LeBrun, ESPN)

“The evidence kind of speaks for itself; he came in and elbowed me in the head and cracked my helmet,” McDonald said. “I think they’ll probably look at it. It’s just a play they’re trying to take out of hockey. It’s an elbow to the head.”

Even though the postseason is just five days old, we’ve already seen two helmets get cracked by violent plays. The first belonged to Detroit’s Henrik Zetterberg — it was broken after Shea Weber smashed it (and it’s contents — namely, Zetterberg’s head) into the glass during Nashville’s Game 1 victory.

Jason Demers tweets #FreeTorres, gets mocked

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Following his stunning 41-game suspension, it looks like Raffi Torres has at least one former teammate in his corner.

We haven’t yet seen how the San Jose Sharks or the NHLPA are reacting to the league’s hammer-dropping decision to punish Torres for his Torres-like hit on Jakob Silfverberg, but Jason Demers decided to put in a good word for Torres tonight.

It was a simple message: “#FreeTorres.”

Demers, now of the Dallas Stars, was once with Torres and the Sharks. (In case this post’s main image didn’t make that clear enough already.)

Perhaps this will become “a thing” at some point.

So far, it seems like it’s instead “a thing (that people are making fun of).”

… You get the idea.

The bottom line is that there are some who either a) blindly support Torres because they’re Sharks fans or b) simply think that the punishment was excessive.

The most important statement came from the Department of Player Safety, though.

Bruins list Chara on IR, for now

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Those who feel as though the Boston Bruins may rebound – John Tortorella, maybe? – likely rest some of their optimism on the back of a healthy Zdeno Chara.

It’s possible that he’s merely limping into what may otherwise be a healthy 2015-16 season, but it’s definitely looking like a slow start thanks to a lower-body injury.

The latest sign of a bumpy beginning came on Monday, as several onlookers (including’s Joe Haggerty) pointed out that Chara was listed on injured reserve.

As Haggerty notes, that move is retroactive to Sept. 24, so his status really just opens up options for the Bruins.

Still … it’s a little unsettling, isn’t it?

The Bruins likely realize that they need to transition away from their generational behemoth, but last season provided a stark suggestion that may not be ready yet. Trading Dougie Hamilton and losing Dennis Seidenberg to injury only make them more dependent on the towering 38-year-old.

This isn’t really something to panic about, yet it might leave a few extra seats open on the Bruins’ bandwagon.