James O'Brien

Sens’ Mark Borowiecki out indefinitely after awkwardly hitting boards

The Ottawa Senators have had bad injury luck lately, and that trend continued on Thursday.

As you can see from the video above, Mark Borowiecki hit the boards awkwardly after a seemingly innocuous collision with Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Matt Carle.

The play-by-play accurately stated that Borowiecki seemed uncomfortable right away, flexing his leg after that bump. It turns out he wasn’t feeling great for a reason, as the Senators label him as out indefinitely with a lower-body injury.

Ottawa’s playoff hopes are slim, so losing more players to injury only makes that situation look less optimistic.

Doc Emrick broadcasting a Pirates game is as cool as it sounds


Don’t worry, hockey fans, it doesn’t look like Mike “Doc” Emrick is leaving the sport for baseball.

It must be said, though, that once he “divorced himself from cheering,” Emrick’s velvety-smooth voice fit quite well with the Pittsburgh Pirates spring training action this week.

You can enjoy some highlights (including some winning banter about Doc’s playing days) in the embed below.

As Hardball Talk notes, Emrick is also expected to sit in for a while during the Pirates’ broadcast against the Boston Red Sox on March 9.

Video: Connor McDavid shows off blazing speed, sets up goal

Edmonton Oilers’ Connor McDavid, left, and Nail Yakupov, of Russia, celebrate a goal by Taylor Hall in the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Minnesota Wild, Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015, in St. Paul, Minn. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

Nail Yakupov has been a disappointment – some might say a bust – but he has a chance to put up numbers if he can merely find a way to stick with Connor McDavid.

The struggling winger’s best moments continue to come with the phenom on his line, and Thursday was no exception, as McDavid did everything but score a goal against the Philadelphia Flyers.

Yakupov was the one who actually put it into Philly’s net after a showing of blazing speed by McDavid.

These GIFs capture the moment nicely:

Yes, when No. 97 gets a step, all a defenseman can think is “Connor’s a goner.”

(And probably some bad words.)

As a bonus:

Hey look: Scott Gomez makes his Sens debut tonight

New Jersey Devils center Scott Gomez waits for the puck to be dropped to resume play against the Washington Capitals during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014, in Newark, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

We’re at a fun point with Scott Gomez now.

The days of people making cruel jokes about his production because of an onerous contract are fairly dim off in the distance, so it’s instead enjoyable to watch as he keeps fighting his way back to the NHL.

In the latest instance, he’s making his debut for the Ottawa Senators on Thursday after they signed him to a cheap deal yesterday.

If you ask the 36-year-old, he can still make an impact beyond being something of a novelty, as Puck Daddy reports.

“I wouldn’t be here [if I didn’t have anything left in the tank],” Gomez said. “The thing about hockey is your hands and your head, they just don’t go. The first thing to go on our bodies are our legs. And one thing about it, I’ve still got the legs.”

He’ll get a chance to prove that tonight.

PHT Morning Skate: A night of firsts

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PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

The trade deadline makes for some shuffling, and in the case of Tuesday, that meant a lot of firsts.

Derek Ryan’s first goal – at age 29 – can be seen here. NHL.com tells the story about Ryan’s journey to scoring that great goal for the Carolina Hurricanes.

Calgary Flames defenseman Jakub Nakladal took advantage of his opportunity last night, scoring his first goal as well:

Finally, Chris Bigras of the Colorado Avalanche also found the net for the first time in his NHL career:

We also saw the first regular season NHL game between Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel, which you can enjoy here.

More fun

Five deadline trades that “should have been made.” (The Hockey News)

The latest edition of 30 Thoughts by Elliotte Friedman. (Sportsnet)

What’s going on with the Vancouver Canucks? (Puck Daddy)