At least one opponent is now well-aware that Bryan Bickell is back in the NHL: Dustin Byfuglien.
You don’t see the behemoth of a Winnipeg Jets defenseman on the wrong end of a big hit very often, yet Bickell is on the short list of players who can get the best of Buffy. That’s especially true when Byfuglien doesn’t see it coming, which is what happened here.
As you can hear from the announcers, it’s possible that Bickell caught Byfuglien up high. Only the Jets received a penalty (roughing minor for Byfuglien) during this exchange, but should anything further come Bickell’s way?
However you feel about that, Bickell quite literally made an impact in his return.
Aside: In the game’s other especially noteworthy clip, Trevor van Riemsdyk remarkably shrugged this off (eventually):
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It’s a pretty rare problem, although we’ve seen something similar in 2015-16, as Marc-Andre Fleury was bloodied by a stick that somehow found its way into his mask. Fleury was OK, so here’s hoping that Bishop dodges a bullet, too.
It's 1 a.m. back on the East Coast, wonder how quickly they can get Gudlevskis on a plane to LA?
Frankly, just about everything related to the Vancouver Canucks’ 4-0 loss to the Boston Bruins can be described as “ugly.”
Obviously, the score was lopsided with Tuukka Rask managing a relatively easy shutout, but it went beyond that.
The ugliest moment probably came when Brandon Prust caught Brad Marchand with a deliberate stick … below the belt. Prust received a game misconduct for that action, which prompted some tough stuff shortly thereafter.
Perhaps it was best that the Canucks laid such an egg in front of an audience that was, perhaps, lacking?