James O'Brien

Zbynek Michalek’s contribution to hockey toughness


You probably know the drill by now: hockey players are tough.

Arizona Coyotes defenseman Zbynek Michalek added the latest entry in the “returning after being bloodied by an errant puck” chapter/folder/whatever by bouncing back despite being bloodied during tonight’s game against Buffalo.

That scary scene is depicted in the video above.

Here’s what his face looks like now:

Just another day at the office.

Video: Malkin, Tarasenko trade highlight-reel goals

Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin (71) skates off the ice against the Detroit Red Wings in the second period of a NHL preseason hockey game in Detroit, Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

The Pittsburgh Penguins and St. Louis Blues have seen better seasons in recent years, yet that doesn’t change the fact that they employ some of the most dangerous scorers in the world.

Evgeni Malkin and Vladimir Tarasenko seemed to try to one-up each other on Monday, scoring two dazzling goals a bit more than a minute apart.

Malkin impressed with this tally:

… Yet Tarasenko’s goal might be even better:

The Blues currently lead 3-2 with a little more than half of the third period remaining, so perhaps more magic awaits?

Iginla passes Kurri for 18th all-time in goals with 602


Jarome Iginla scored another milestone goal on Monday.

This time around, goal 602 breaks his tie with fellow fantastic winger Jari Kurri and leaves Iginla alone in 18th place all-time in that category.

You can see that tally in the video above, as Iginla put the Colorado Avalanche up 2-0 against the Winnipeg Jets.

Want it in GIF form? OK, then:

Iginla could rise a few more ranks on the all-time list. Here are the next few scorers ahead of Iginla:

13. Brendan Shanahan: 656 goals
14. Dave Andreychuk: 640
15. Joe Sakic: 625
16. Bobby Hull: 610
17. Dino Ciccarelli: 608
18. Iginla: 602

Current Avs GM Joe Sakic would probably be OK with Iginla passing him this season, considering what that would mean for the up-and-down Avalanche …

Fight video: Gudbranson makes Hendricks pay for Ekblad hit


Matt Hendricks largely goes unnoticed in most arenas, as his gritty game generates little attention.

Florida Panthers fans notice him.

Hendricks delivered the check that injured 2015 Calder-winner Aaron Ekblad, so it’s no surprise that Panthers fans greeted the Edmonton Oilers grinder with hearty boos on Monday.

Erik Gudbranson presented a different greeting in the form of the fight you can see in the video above.

Hendricks received a three-game suspension for that hit. You can see the check and the explanation for that punishment below.

Update: It’s actually Gudbranson who might be having a rougher night.

Kris Letang returns for the Penguins

DENVER, CO - DECEMBER 09:  Kris Letang #58 of the Pittsburgh Penguins takes a shot against Brandon Gormley #46 of the Colorado Avalanche at Pepsi Center on December 9, 2015 in Denver, Colorado.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Tonight’s Pittsburgh Penguins – St. Louis Blues matchup is that much more exciting, as Kris Letang will be in the mix tonight.

(You can watch the game on NBCSN and stream it here.)

Injury luck hasn’t been kind to Letang for some time now. His most recent injury seemed to come during a hit along the boards from Friday’s game against the Tampa Bay Lightning:

In other Penguins news, Derrick Pouliot won’t be in their lineup. David Warsofsky isn’t either, as he’s dealing with a concussion.