First, it was Sidney Crosby to show off his skills from the perspective of the GoPro camera. Now, it’s Montreal Canadiens star P.K. Subban’s turn.
The dynamic defenseman shows off his stickhandling and shooting abilities that have helped turn him into one of the most exciting players in the league when at the top of his game.
“A lot of the stuff becomes instinctual,” says Subban in the video. “It’s like muscle memory. It’s repetitive.”
Earlier in the evening, we showed you a clip of Winnipeg Jets powerhouse Dustin Byfuglien throwing a huge, clean hit on Ottawa Senators forward David Legwand.
But, as the teams emerged for the third period, it was announced Byfuglien has left the game due to an upper-body injury. The video clip below shows Byfuglien in the middle of his shift, favoring his right arm, basically unable to even hold his stick with his right hand by the end, as Ottawa scored to make it 3-0.
Henrik Lundqvist hasn’t played since Feb. 2 after taking a puck to the throat at the end of January, but it sounds like he could make his return in a matter of weeks.
Lundqvist suffered a vascular injury and, he says, that playing would’ve put him at risk of having a stroke.
NHL Insider Bob McKenzie said Wednesday on NBCSN that Lundqvist has been skating on his own, taking shots and is getting close to a return, and could be back in 10 to 14 days.
Ryan Kesler started the rally. Corey Perry finished it.
The Anaheim Ducks, challenged two days ago by head coach Bruce Boudreau, used a four-goal outburst in the third period to erase a two-goal deficit and defeat the rival L.A. Kings by a final score of 4-2 on Friday.
Kesler had gone nine games without a goal, or a point for that matter. He got the comeback going by snapping out of his own drought with a goal less than five minutes into the third period. The Ducks took over on the score board from there. They held the edge in shots on goal — the Kings had more attempts at even strength, as per hockeystats.ca, but could only get 12 shots on John Gibson through the final 40 minutes.
It’s a big win for the Ducks. More importantly, they were looking for a better effort, more emotion in their game, as they looked to break free from recent struggles that had seen them go 6-7-1 in 14 games.
Corey Perry scored the winner, then added the empty net goal with 24 seconds remaining, ending any hope of a Kings comeback in the final minute.
The Kings, who played the night before and were shut out by relative unknown goalie Andrew Hammond and the Ottawa Senators, have now lost two in a row after their eight-game winning streak.
Friday night, facing the Carolina Hurricanes, the Washington Capitals recorded their third consecutive loss. And it has that team, in the thick of the Eastern Conference playoff race, asking plenty of questions and searching for answers on how to end this sudden slide.
The Capitals got off to a slow start, with only four shots on goal in the first 20 minutes, falling behind by a goal. The deficit increased by one each period. In the end, they were unable to get anything going offensively in a 3-0 loss to the Hurricanes.
In terms of the playoff race, the Capitals sit seventh in the East, seven points up on the Boston Bruins, who were victorious in New Jersey.
It’s enough of a cushion to withstand a small slide. Anything greater, and teams out of the playoff picture might be able to catch up.
“You have to face reality,” Nicklas Backstrom told the Washington Post. “If you’re not good, you’re not good. We’ve got to look ourselves in the mirrors and know what we did wrong and we’ve got to correct it, because this is not going to be [enough] in the playoffs either. If we make it there.”