James O'Brien

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:

Islanders edge Rangers in rousing Rivalry Night game


It’s a long season, so sometimes a special game on paper ends up being a flat contest on the ice.

That … wasn’t a problem during the New York Rangers’ first visit to Brooklyn to face the New York Islanders.

Wherever you place the ratio of Rangers – Islanders fans, the Barclays Center was probably as loud as it has been for an NHL game as the Islanders won 2-1 via a shootout.

You know how people respond to worries about league scoring by talking about how great a 2-1 game can be? There are plenty of times when that reeks of naivete, yet these two teams provided Exhibit A for that argument on Wednesday.

Both goalies were tested throughout the game. Jaroslav Halak got the win in stopping 33 out of 34 shots; Henrik Lundqvist was brilliant in his own right in making 36 out of 37 saves.

It seems fitting that there was just one shootout goal, too, with Kyle Okposo making the difference.

Yes, many gripe about the anticlimactic shootout ending … but in a way, this provides an appetizer for future games. Perhaps these two teams will even make a series of it in 2016 after it nearly happened last year?