James O'Brien

Erik Johnson is tough, shakes off Rick Nash’s skate to his face


Hockey players are so tough that a good chunk of hockey (and other sports) fans are tired of hearing about it.

For the rest, Erik Johnson provides the latest jaw-dropping moment of resilience, as he somehow seemingly only suffered a cut lip after Rick Nash‘s skate caught him in the face in a freak accident.

(Do note that these situations can change, and if things are actually worse for Johnson, it will be noted.)

Want a few GIFs/additional angles of that scary moment? Here you go.

Wild stuff.

Update: The Avalanche ended up beating the Rangers 2-1, so that might make the soreness feel justified.

Patrick Kane extends streak to 21 games, ties Blackhawks record


Every moment that Patrick Kane holds the puck alone in close must feel like an eternity for an NHL goalie.

Craig Anderson felt that pain on Thursday, as Kane scored a power-play goal against him. With that, Kane extended his point streak to 21 games, tying Bobby Hull for the Chicago Blackhawks’ franchise record.

Check out the video above.

It sure looks a lot like the tally he scored against Minnesota Wild netminder Devan Dubnyk, didn’t it?

Yikes: Mike Smith gives up center-ice goal

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You know what they say: “Revenge is best served via humiliating goals.”

OK, that’s not how the saying goes, but the Detroit Red Wings are currently making the Arizona Coyotes pay for injuring their players.

The most jarring sequence came late in the first period of Thursday’s game, as Niklas Kronwall and Gustav Nyquist scored goals 18 seconds apart. As you can see, the second one is a tally that will sting for Smith, as it came from just a bit beyond center ice.


Here’s the center-ice goal on its own if you’d prefer it that way:

Update: The Red Wings won convincingly by a score of 5-1.

Martin Hanzal’s boarding hit injures Teemu Pulkkinen


Hulking Arizona Coyotes forward Martin Hanzal injured Detroit Red Wings forward Teemu Pulkkinen with a boarding hit during Thursday’s game.

(You can watch video of the hit above.)

Pulkkinen won’t return to the game, according to various reporters.

As mentioned on that Fox Sports telecast, Hanzal also delivered a check that left Nashville Predators pivot Mike Fisher injured. Do you believe that Hanzal should get any supplemental discipline for the hit on Pulkkinen?

Update: Drew Miller also appears to be injured after taking a hit to the head.

Mike Hoffman stays red-hot with this (nice) goal

When a player makes huge gains like Mike Hoffman did during the 2014-15 season, it’s reasonable to wonder if he can keep it going.

It sure looks like the answer is an emphatic “Yes” for the Ottawa Senators winger.

It didn’t take him long to open up scoring against the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday, scoring the impressive sprawling goal you see in the video above. That’s already Hoffman’s 12th goal of this young season.

Did we say impressive? Maybe “nice” was the right word …