James O'Brien

This Tyler Ennis goal may haunt Steve Mason


Buffalo Sabres forward Tyler Ennis overcomes the doubts about his size with some serious skill, something he displayed in the goal you can see above.

Open question: how much of the blame do you place on Steve Mason vs. just acknowledging it as a great display of ability (and a no-quit attitude)?

Either way, the Sabres now have a 1-0 lead against the Philadelphia Flyers on a night where Danny Briere’s career is being celebrated.

Update: The Sabres ended up winning 4-3 in OT.

Watch Briere’s ceremony here.

Matt Beleskey’s back for the Bruins; Coyotes riddled by injuries

Matt Beleskey, David Pastrnak

On paper, this is the sort of situation that should play into the Boston Bruins’ favor.

On one hand, the B’s get a key member back in the lineup, as Matt Beleskey returns after missing two games.

Meanwhile, the Arizona Coyotes are dealing with some significant injury headaches. Connor Murphy, Antoine Vermette and Martin Hanzal are all out with lower-body issues on Tuesday.

NESN flashed an interesting graphic moments ago: the Bruins are 0-3-1 in Boston while the Coyotes are 4-1-1 on the road.

If the B’s want to change that pattern, tonight would – theoretically – be a good time to do it.

WATCH LIVE: Lightning at Blues on NBCSN

St. Louis Blues v Tampa Bay Lightning

The St. Louis Blues have been more like the Black-and-Blues lately with all the injuries they’re dealing with. We’ll see how they hope to keep up with the Tampa Bay Lightning on NBCSN tonight.

(Read a full preview of the action here.)

Want to stream the action online? You’re in luck; just follow the link below and you’ll be on your way.

It should be a fun one.


Surgery for Ryan Getzlaf (appendicitis), out 4-12 days

Ryan Getzlaf

When it rains, it pours.

The Anaheim Ducks are struggling mightily to score goals, and their outlook got a whole lot worse; Ryan Getzlaf will undergo surgery for appendicitis and the Anaheim Ducks expect him to miss 4-12 days.

(That might be the most oddly specific outlook we’ve seen in some time.)

Sportsnet’s Mike Johnson originally reported on the subject, noting that Rickard Rakell is sliding into his No. 1 spot against the Dallas Stars tonight.

Anaheim’s been shut out of two straight games and five times in general this season, and those contests came with Getzlaf in the lineup.

They face a tough haul this week with the Stars tonight, the St. Louis Blues on Thursday and the Nashville Predators on Sunday.

Time will tell if this is a huge blow to the staggering team or one of those rallying cry moments.


Turning the knife on the Ducks

Teemu Selanne “teaches them out to score a goal”

They need more from Corey Perry

Shut out against Blackhawks

Kings reign on, but with a late McDavid no-goal controversy


Ladies and gentleman, we have Connor McDavid‘s next welcome to the NHL moment: suffering a gut-busting loss based on a no-goal.

He already continued his impressive scoring streak earlier in the contest with an assist, but McDavid’s would-be tying goal didn’t count, and the Los Angeles Kings ended up beating the Edmonton Oilers by a score of 3-2.

You can look at that situation from every possible angle Zapruder-film style, as many Oilers fans likely will.

Here’s a GIF of it as well:

The NHL’s handy Situation Room blog provides this explanation:

At 19:56 of the third period in the Los Angeles Kings/Edmonton Oilers game, video review was inconclusive in determining if Connor McDavid’s shot completely crossed the Kings goal line. Therefore the referee’s call on the ice stands – no goal Edmonton.

Brutal, huh?

McDavid was pretty diplomatic after the game, even if he seemed appropriately livid on the ice.

Calgary Flames fans may have felt deja vu in watching their rivals lose:

What do you think? Did the puck cross the line? Was it indeed to close to overturn a call?

Either way, the Kings’ winning streak extends to five games while the Oilers continue to take steps toward being a team that may make Los Angeles sweat on a bigger stage.

And yes, people are railing on the NHL for the situation happening: