Video: Carolina’s Pitkanen stretchered off after icing crash


Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Joni Pitkanen left Tuesday’s contest with the Washington after this ugly incident on an icing play with Caps forward Troy Brouwer:

There was no word at the time of the severity of Pitkanen’s injury.

The 29-year-old blueliner has one goal and eight assists in 22 games with the Hurricanes this season. He’d already missed extensive time with a lower-body injury.

Tim Gleason, Bobby Sanguinetti and Jiri Tlusty helped wheel Pitkanen off in the stretcher to a strong applause from the PNC Arena crowd.

Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Kurtis Foster, who suffered a serious leg injury on an icing race a few years ago, contacted Mike Russo of the Minnesota Star-Tribune shortly after the Pitkanen injury:


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: