James O'Brien

Video: Questionable hit on P.K. Subban inspires fight

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Barclay Goodrow delivered a questionable hit on P.K. Subban during Tuesday’s Sharks – Canadiens game, prompting Torrey Mitchell to drop his gloves.

You can watch the hit and fight in the video above.

More than a few people believe that Goodrow’s hit was dirty.

The Sharks’ twitter account praised it, however.

Goodrow only received a fighting penalty (along with Mitchell). Should he hear from the league?

For what it’s worth, it at least seems like Subban is OK.

WATCH LIVE: Colorado Avalanche at Chicago Blackhawks

Semyon Varlamov, Patrick Kane, Jan Hejda
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Even beyond Patrick Kane attempting to extend his 26-game point streak, the Chicago Blackhawks and Colorado Avalanche provide plenty of reasons to watch.

Matt Duchene, Jonathan Toews, Nathan MacKinnon and plenty of other players bolster the entertainment value. Patrick Roy is almost always up to some fun antics, whether he’s doing some bold or merely going mad.

But, yeah, that Kane streak is a pretty big deal.

You can catch the action live on NBCSN and also stream the action via the link below.

CLICK HERE TO WATCH LIVE

Bruins put Rinaldo (upper body) on injured reserve

Zac Rinaldo
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The Boston Bruins announced that tough guy Zac Rinaldo has been placed on injured reserve because of an upper-body injury.

It’s unclear how serious the issue is, or how it happened, although it’s possible that it happened during Monday’s overtime loss against the Edmonton Oilers.

This may have been a situation that progressed as today went along:

Even with scant offensive production (just a goal and an assist in 26 games), Rinaldo tends to be a polarizing presence, so things might be a touch quieter around the Bruins without him.

No Dan Girardi (knee) for Rangers tonight

Dan Girardi, Tom Wilson
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Tuesday presents a rare sight: the New York Rangers playing without defenseman Dan Girardi.

He’s day-to-day with swelling in his knee, so he’s not in against the Edmonton Oilers.

More than a few people joke that the Rangers are better off without Girardi, who only seems to draw more criticism as time passes. (Even Girardi acknowledged his struggles, although he implied that there’s been some improvement.)

If nothing else, Girardi’s been remarkably durable for a defenseman who isn’t shy about blocking shots.

Ducks send Khudobin to AHL after he clears waivers

Anton Khudobin
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Anton Khudobin wasn’t claimed, so now the Anaheim Ducks just assigned him to the AHL.

It’s not surprising that Khudobin wasn’t scooped up, as his price tag is considerable. He carries a $2.25 million cap hit and $2.5 million salary in 2015-16.

The 29-year-old really hasn’t distinguished himself during the past couple seasons, mostly bombing out with the Carolina Hurricanes in 2014-15 and Ducks in 2015-16.

As the OC Register notes, his future with the Ducks organization is a little fuzzy beyond this assignment. It’s reasonable to wonder about his future in the NHL beyond this season, as well.