2012 Molson Canadian NHL All-Star Skills Competition

Zdeno Chara nabs NHL.com’s title for greatest slap shot ever


Zdeno Chara keeps breaking the All-Star Game’s hardest shot record and frightening shot blockers around the NHL, so it shouldn’t be too surprising that John Kreiser says he has the greatest slapper in NHL history.

He’s not the only active NHL player on the list, however.

Shea Weber (No. 5), Steven Stamkos (No. 6) and Sheldon Souray (No. 7) joined him to show that this is a dangerous time to be in a puck’s path.

Some of the best material comes from the entries on retired players, though.

Kreiser includes Bobby Hull, which isn’t much of a surprise, but his brother Dennis’ inclusion might be. Al MacInnis’ entry might have the most mythic quality, though:

He sent a calling card on Jan. 17, 1984, when his slap shot from outside the blue line hit Blues goaltender Mike Liut in the mask, splitting his helmet on the way into the net. The power of his shot made MacInnis one of the most feared players in the NHL — especially on the power play. He was one of the few players who was a threat to score from center ice.

Check out the top 10 list and some great details here.

Dropping like flies: Johnson, Killorn hurt in Bolts’ exhibition

Montreal Canadiens v Tampa Bay Lightning - Game One
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You probably know the drill: injury updates are murky in the NHL basically from the moment a puck drops.

We’ll learn more once the 2015-16 season begins, but at the moment, Saturday might have served as a costly night for the Tampa Bay Lightning. Both Tyler Johnson and Alex Killorn went down with injuries stemming from a 3-2 pre-season win against the Florida Panthers.

“Guys were dropping like flies,” Steven Stamkos told the Tamba Bay Times.

These could be minor situations – just about any ailment will sideline a key asset this time of year – yet one cannot help but wonder if the Lightning might limp into this campaign.

Nikita Kucherov is dealing with his own issues, so that means at least minor issues for one half of the Bolts’ top six forwards.

It’s believed that more will be known about these banged-up Bolts sometime on Sunday.

Raffi Torres gets match penalty for being Raffi Torres

Raffi Torres

With knee issues still limiting him, Raffi Torres isn’t as mobile as he once was. Apparently he still moves well enough to leave the usual path of destruction.

It’s the pre-season, so it’s unclear if we’ll get a good look at the check, but Torres received a match penalty for his hit on Anaheim Ducks forward Jakob Silfverberg.

Most accounts were pretty critical of the San Jose Sharks’ chief troublemaker:

It’s too early to tell if Silfverberg is injured. If he is, that’s a significant loss for the Ducks, as he really showed signs of fulfilling his promise (especially during the 2015 playoffs).

As far as Torres goes, he’s hoping to play in the Sharks’ season-opener. Wherever he ends up, he’ll certainly make plenty of enemies on the ice.

Whether it was because of that hit or just the general distaste shared by those sides, it sounds like tonight’s Sharks – Ducks exhibition is getting ugly, in general:

This post will be updated if video of the hit becomes available, and also if we get a better idea of Silfverberg’s condition.

Update: Bullet dodged?