James O'Brien

Blood on the ice: Sam Gagner shaken up by hit


Scary scene in Philadelphia, as Flyers forward Sam Gagner was bloodied by Brad Malone of the Carolina Hurricanes.

You can see the hit in the video above.

Malone wasn’t penalized for that check. He did have to answer for it in a different way, as he dropped the gloves with¬†Pierre-Edouard Bellemare soon after that blow was delivered.

Gagner hasn’t returned to the game as of this writing.

Update: He won’t return, either.

Video: Brad Marchand hits for contact with baseball-style goal


Brad Marchand is known as a super-pest because he can actually back up with his (likely incessant) smack-talking with strong play.

That’s been especially evident lately, as he stretched his point streak to five games with a very, very impressive “home-run swing” goal on Monday.

It was a shorthanded goal that gave Boston a 1-0 lead, which they fattened to 2-0 as of this writing.

If Marchand doesn’t score again tonight, he still has a very good (and very “Marchand”) stat line so far this season: nine goals, six assists, 15 points and 35 penalty minutes.

In case you’re wondering, he’s not in a contract year, yet the Bruins could sign him to an extension starting next summer.

Flyers nostalgia run continues with Rod Brind’Amour tribute


It almost feels like the Philadelphia Flyers are trying to ease the pain of a … transitional season by trotting out some familiar faces.

(Although, there’s a downside: don’t you make people miss those days that much more?)

Anyway, the team added Rod Brind’Amour to its Hall of Fame on Monday, and with that, there was another tribute video.

The Carolina Hurricanes were an excellent choice for the Flyers’ opponent on this night, as the two-way dynamo enjoyed some of his best days with the ‘Canes, including winning a Stanley Cup.

For Flyers fans who want to have a good cry …

Simon Gagne tribute

Danny Briere bids adieu

Kimmo Timonen starts it off

Ouch: Al Montoya hurt in collision with Drew Shore


So much for Roberto Luongo getting a rare night of rest.

That only lasted for a chunk of the first period on Monday, as Florida Panthers backup Al Montoya was hurt in a collision with Drew Shore of the Los Angeles Kings.

Video’s to come, but for now, check out the GIF from “My Regular Face.”

It’s tougher to tell in the GIF, yet it’s tough to tell if this is on Shore or a Panther that may have pushed him.

Either way, Montoya’s shaken up enough to leave the game, at least for now.

Coyotes make injury adjustments, including putting Downie on IR

Steve Downie, Ryan Suter

The Arizona Coyotes are making roster moves thanks to injuries, even as they have a little time to heal up with their next game coming on Wednesday.

Steve Downie (upper-body injury) was placed on IR to make room for moves that are largely an adjustment to Mike Smith‘s issues and their situation in net.

As mentioned above, Louis Domingue was recalled while the Coyotes decided to send Marek Langhamer to the AHL.

There are some other updates, even if they might lean toward baby steps rather than decisive moves.

Overall, it seems like the Coyotes are getting healthier, although they may still be banged up when they face the Anaheim Ducks on Wednesday.