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Flames coach livid about ‘dirty hit’ by Stars’ Eakin


Calgary Flames head coach Bob Hartley didn’t beat around the bush to the Dallas Morning News’ Mike Heika about the check Dallas Stars forward Cody Eakin delivered on Matt Stajan.

“That’s one of the dirtiest hits that I’ve seen,” Hartley said. “Those hits can end careers.”

Bold words. In case you want to judge that blow for yourself, Puck Daddy collected footage of the hit:

Eakin, 22, received two minor penalties on the play: one for interference and one for roughing.

Interestingly, Jarome Iginla dropped the gloves with Eakin during Monday’s 4-3 Stars win, but that came before the hit happened:

Welcome back, Babs: Red Wings chase Bernier

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Mike Babcock admitted that there might be a painful transformation as he tries to fix the Toronto Maple Leafs.

His old friends made that abundantly, painfully clear on Friday.

As of this writing, the Detroit Red Wings are up 4-0 on the Buds. Justin Abdelkader just completed a hat trick with James Reimer in net, so the subplot isn’t just about Jonathan Bernier having another tough start.

The big story might just be Detroit’s varied new line of Abdelkader, Dylan Larkin (who scored his first career goal) and Henrik Zetterberg. At the moment, they’ve combined for seven points.

This post will be updated if Detroit’s tribute video to Babcock surfaces.

Really, though, this beating has been about as ugly as this blanket so far.

Blue Jackets’ Wennberg done for night with upper-body injury

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It wouldn’t be a regular season game without a Columbus Blue Jackets injury, right?

OK, the Blue Jackets hope that 2015-16 looks different from the medically challenged mess of last season, but at least one player is banged up tonight.

Alexander Wennberg suffered an upper-body injury and won’t return on Friday, as the team noted.

There’s no word yet regarding how serious the issue might be. It looks like he might have suffered an injury thanks to a Chris Kreider check:

Naturally, the Blue Jackets must hope that this doesn’t begin another trend.