Author: James O'Brien

Detroit Red Wings v Florida Panthers

Video: Panthers’ Ekblad knocks official down


Florida Panthers defenseman Aaron Ekblad is having a fantastic rookie season. In a normal year, he’d probably be an easy choice for the Calder.

That doesn’t mean he is immune to making mistakes, though. The first-year blueliner bowled over an official in Thursday’s 2-1 loss to the Minnesota Wild:

There was no penalty on the play and everyone looked fine afterward, so let’s file this under good for a giggle.

It’s hard to imagine anything coming Ekblad’s way other than some gentle ribbing and a blooper reel appearance or two since it was clearly accidental. Naturally, if something does happen, it will be noted.

(And yes, the Wild winning is easily the bigger deal here, but how many times can you skin that “Devan Dubnyk is on fire” cat? In case you’re wondering, he’s still on fire.)

Video: Alexei Emelin’s big hit on Nail Yakupov


While Nail Yakupov and the Edmonton Oilers got the last laugh, they likely weren’t happy after this hit by Montreal Canadiens defenseman Alexei Emelin:

There was no penalty on the play, but does that mean it was a legal check?

For what it’s worth, Yakupov returned to action and assisted on Anton Lander’s overtime game-winner. Emelin is a hard-hitting player, yet he hasn’t been suspended in his young NHL career.

The good news is that either way, the early word seems to be that Yakupov was able to shake it off. PHT will note if that changes, however.

Jets lose in Myers’ debut, Weber shot leaves him limping

Tyler Myers

Tyler Myers made his debut for the Winnipeg Jets on Thursday, and it … could have gone better.

For one thing, the Nashville Predators beat his new team 3-1 tonight. Even worse, Nashville’s own really large, hard-shooting defenseman Shea Weber sent a shot that connected with Myers’ knee, leaving him in obvious pain late in the third period.

On the bright side, it might not be the absolute worst-case scenario. Puck Daddy’s Josh Cooper sheds a little light on his situation right after the contest:

So, maybe a bullet was dodged, although Myers would probably say that Weber’s shot didn’t feel a lot better.

While there were flashes of brilliance – or at least Winnipeg taking advantage of Myers’ powerful shot on a team that already boasts Dustin Byfuglien’s bomb – it had to be a bit of an empty feeling tonight.

The Jets are probably just hoping they only lost the game and not their shiny new defenseman, though.

(Even if they were considering shopping him anyway.)