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Mike Hoffman stays red-hot with this (nice) goal

When a player makes huge gains like Mike Hoffman did during the 2014-15 season, it’s reasonable to wonder if he can keep it going.

It sure looks like the answer is an emphatic “Yes” for the Ottawa Senators winger.

It didn’t take him long to open up scoring against the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday, scoring the impressive sprawling goal you see in the video above. That’s already Hoffman’s 12th goal of this young season.

Did we say impressive? Maybe “nice” was the right word …

Fight video: Cody McLeod bloodies Tanner Glass

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You don’t see many heavyweight bouts in the NHL during the 2015-16 season.

For some that’s a good thing, but if you’re a fan of fights, Cody McLeod and Tanner Glass exchanged blows in the otherwise flat first period between the Colorado Avalanche and New York Rangers on Thursday.

This wasn’t their only scrap, either, by the way.

Season-ending hip surgery for Flames prospect Jon Gillies

Jon Gillies

The Calgary Flames discussed unfortunate news on Thursday: goalie prospect Jon Gillies needs season-ending hip surgery.

(The window of recovery is placed at four-to-six months, to be more precise.)

Gillies, 21, seemed to aggravate a past hip issue during a play that Flames GM Brad Treliving described as seemingly “routine.”

The towering netminder is seemingly taking the situation as well as one could expect.

Considering Calgary’s big-club troubles in net, the Flames must hope this is a short-term pain, long-term gain situation.

Ducks observe moment of silence for San Bernardino shooting victims


The Anaheim Ducks honored victims of the San Bernardino shooting with a moment of silence on Thursday night.

You can see video of that moment above and read more about the awful situation here.

The Ducks also shared their condolences via social media.

Eric Gryba’s hit on Jimmy Hayes (which is unlikely to draw discipline)


The Edmonton Oilers just defeated the Boston Bruins 3-2 via a shootout on Thursday.

The game featured strong performances from Matt Hendricks (one goal, one assist) along with goalies Anders Nilsson and Tuukka Rask.

There was also a controversial hit, as Eric Gryba received an elbowing penalty for a hit on Jimmy Hayes, which you can watch in the video above.

Early on, it sounds like Gryba won’t face a suspension for that check.

Is that the wrong call, though?

Either way, it was a tough night for the Bruins, who saw a five-game winning streak end. Also: