Colorado Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov, of Russia, searches for the puck while protecting the goal against the Dallas Stars in the third period of the Avalanche's 6-2 victory in an NHL hockey game in Denver on Monday, Dec. 16, 2013. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Byfuglien gets under Varlamov’s skin as Avs lose in OT


Sunday’s contest between Winnipeg and Colorado ended in stunning fashion with Jets forward Blake Wheeler netting the deciding goal in the dying seconds of overtime. That’s not the only thing that was happening though.

Let’s start with a look at that buzzer beater:

From those angles, it might be hard to get the full picture of what else was occurring. Jets defenseman Dustin Byfuglien appeared to be shoving at goaltender Semyon Varlamov as the puck went in. After the goal, Byfuglien pushed Varlamov and the goaltender responded by trying to whack him with his stick as he went away.

You can get a better look at that below:

Meanwhile, the Avalanche are now 9-9-4 since their 14-2-0 start. They are winless in their last four contests going into Tuesday’s match against Columbus.

Yeah, luck isn’t going Nail Yakupov’s way right now

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Life’s been tough for Nail Yakupov since Connor McDavid went down with an injury, but he was wrong if he thought things couldn’t get worse.

The Edmonton Oilers continue to see a disturbing pattern of draft lottery luck and then poor luck for many of those high-end picks, as Yakupov was shaken up during a truly unusual set of circumstances.

Watch this GIF as an official gets tangled up with him following a faceoff during tonight’s game against the Carolina Hurricanes:

This post will be updated when more is known about Yakupov’s status. Regardless, that’s pretty ridiculous.

(Note: video will be added if made available.)

Video: Mike Fisher ends Nashville’s nasty goal drought

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No, the Nashville Predators did not forget how to score goals … or at least they were lifted from that amnesia on Wednesday.

Mike Fisher lifted the curse 13:52 into the first period of tonight’s game against the Buffalo Sabres. You can watch that rare beast in the video above.

They had been shut out for three straight games and pretty close to four in pure game time.

On this subject, PHT’s Jason Brough asked Predators GM David Poile if he was considering moving a defenseman to improve in another area earlier today.

Update: The Predators already chased Linus Ullmark from Buffalo’s net as they stormed out to an early 3-0 lead.

Struggling Sabre Tyler Ennis out with upper-body injury

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Tyler Ennis can probably relate with the Buffalo Sabres’ opponent on Wednesday, as he’s struggling almost as much as the Nashville Predators.

Perhaps some of that has to do with health?

Whether that’s the case or not, Ennis is out for the Sabres tonight, as the team announced that he’s dealing with an upper-body injury.

The Buffalo News discussed Ennis’ struggles in this article.

“I’d say he’s pressing too much. You can’t make those plays in every situation and in every point you touch the puck,” Dan Bylsma said to the Buffalo News. “ … He’s just got to simplify his game. He is a special player who can make those plays, but he can’t be trying to do it every time he touches the puck.”

He’ll need to wait a while to start getting things together, anyway.

WATCH LIVE: Wednesday Night Rivalry (Flyers-Islanders; Blackhawks-Sharks)

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You can check out tonight’s Wednesday Night Rivalry doubleheader on NBCSN, and you can also stream them online.

Here are the handy links for the two contests.

First, the New York Islanders host the Philadelphia Flyers.


After that, the Chicago Blackhawks visit the San Jose Sharks.