Bruins defenseman Kevan Miller had a pretty eventful Monday night, taking out a pair of Habs forwards — Dale Weise and Travis Moen — in the span of roughly 45 seconds.
Miller caught Weise with a hit from behind early in the first period, then fought Moen in retaliation. When the dust cleared, Weise had left the game for good with an undisclosed injury and Moen’s night was finished after taking this punch in the melee:
“I hope [Wiese] is all right — both those guys,” Miller said, per CSNNE. “To be honest with you about the hit, I felt bad about it. I just kind of bumped into him. I think he was a little off balance. I stood there just trying to make sure he was okay for a second, and Moen asked if I wanted to go.
“I just hope they’re both okay.”
The 26-year-old Miller is quickly proving himself to be one of the toughest pound-for-pound guys in the league. At 6-foot-2, 210 pounds, he’s a fairly physical specimen — though hardly a giant — and his ability to throw down has turned a lot of heads. Decisive victories over the likes of Moen, Ottawa’s Zack Smith and San Jose’s Mike Brown have earned Miller a reputation, one head coach Claude Julien says is well deserved.
“He just plays well all-around,” Julien told the Boston Herald. “He moves the puck well, he defends well, he’s strong, he’s winning his battles, he stands up for himself, and so not disappointed with him at all.”
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The Winnipeg Jets host the Edmonton Oilers at the 2016 Heritage Classic at Investors Group Field this afternoon. You can watch it on NHL Network, Sportsnet, TVA Sports 2 or NHL.tv at 3 p.m. ET.
With that in mind, let’s get prepped with super-important stats about unhealthy food, interesting photos and fun facts.
Want to get an in-depth look at the rivalry between the Jets and the Oilers? NHL.com and Sportsnet both have some great retrospectives.
The CBC notes that there was rain ending in the morning but it’s expected to be cloudy. Overall, sounds like a nice climate for an outdoor hockey game. NHL.com’s Nick Cotsonika wonders if the sun’s glare might cause some issues.
The Arizona Coyotes received (mostly) good news on Sunday: Mike Smith‘s injury isn’t believed to be “severe,” even if he’s considered week-to-week, according to reporters including TSN’s Darren Dreger.
While Louis Domingue and Justin Peters isn’t the sort of goalie duo that will make shooters think twice about firing the puck, they’re both at least fairly experienced netminders.
(Considering Smith’s struggles with injuries and inconsistency, it’s not surprising that Arizona invested in a little insurance in Peters.)
Domingue is slated to start in net for the Coyotes against the New York Rangers on Sunday. It’s been a bumpy start for him so far, but Arizona has at least a theoretical advantage in that the Rangers played on Saturday.
As far as when Smith will be back? Well here’s a slight idea.
Dave Tippett does not think Mike Smith will be ready for home game vs. Colorado on Oct. 29, but he is not far from getting back on the ice.
Chances are, plenty of hockey fans – and maybe some members of the Colorado Avalanche – were uttering that question after Saturday night.
Well, we know this about Shane Harper: he scored his first two NHL goals at age 27, helping the Florida Panthers beat the Colorado Avalanche 5-2.
You can watch both of Harper’s goals in the recap video:
Harper also drew enough ire from the Avalanche to get into a bit of a skirmish following a hit.
So, who is Shane Harper?
For one thing, he’s from Valencia, California and did not go drafted.
His best junior season came in 2009-10, when he scored 42 goals and 80 points for the Everett Silvertips. He’s become quite the seasoned AHL veteran since then, and while his numbers won’t wow you, he did do enough in 2014-15 to maybe turn a head or two. Harper scored 32 goals and 50 points for the Chicago Wolves that season.
You can tell his teammates were happy for him – gentle ribbing and all – when the media asked about his career milestone: