Senators GM Pierre Dorion revealed why the goalie had left the team for personal reasons: Nicholle Anderson, Craig’s wife, has been diagnosed with cancer. Even so, with his team hit dealing with goalie injury issues, she gave him her blessing to play on Sunday.
In his first game back with an emotional team in front of him, Anderson generated a 37-save shutout. He’s now on a two-game shutout streak. It’s the sort of accomplishment that’s as awe-inspiring as it is tear-jerking.
His teammates were showing him support heading into the game:
… But with Cam Talbot staying after the game to show his support for Anderson after the game, and Oilers fans cheering his great performance, it seems clear that he’s in the thoughts of the hockey community as a whole.
Naturally with such a lopsided game, Grabner wasn’t the only Rangers forward who stood out. Linemates J.T. Miller (one goal, two assists) and Kevin Hayes (three assists) got in on the fun, Jimmy Vesey scored yet another goal and Rick Nash enjoyed a one-goal, one-assist night.
It’s a harsh way to emphasize the tough stretch Tampa Bay is enduring.
Ben Bishop: "A tough little rut we're going through right now, but we've just got to turn the page. You can't sit here and sulk." #Bolts
Chicago sports fans biting their nails over the Cubs trailing in the World Series could turn to the Blackhawks – and especially the Hossas – for reasons to smile on Sunday night.
That’s right, Hossas. It wasn’t just Marian Hossa who stood out during the Blackhawks’ eventual 3-0 win against the Los Angeles Kings; his daughter Zoja adorably honking his nose really provided some comic relief.
You can see that fun ceremony honoring Hossa’s 500th goal in the video above. Here’s that moment in GIF form, too:
Hoss on the Honk: "I didn't know the camera was on us. The little kids made for a pretty funny moment." pic.twitter.com/NP8zNmLigX
He’s now at 502 after scoring an empty-netter in tonight’s win, while he also grabbed an assist on yet another Artem Anisimov goal. So, yeah, Marian definitely did more than just accept a golden stick.
This is far from the first time that people have voiced complaints about the rink in Brooklyn. Islanders forward Cal Clutterbuck couldn’t help but describe the surface as “unplayable” about a week ago.
Some go as far as to chastise the Isles organization for the issue, yet the solution might be a little trickier when you pour over the actual logistics of the situation, at least as it pertains to the 2016-17 season.
If anyone griping about the Barclays ice has any alternative places in New York for the Islanders to play, I'm sure the team is all ears.
The Carolina Hurricanes and Philadelphia Flyers both boast a bevvy of enviably talented young players, so it only makes sense that a fresh face made the difference.
Granted, Brandon Manning might be “old” by certain standards at 26 but … you get the idea.
His shorthanded goal ended up being the difference as the Flyers topped the Hurricanes 4-3 on Sunday:
The win also is a boost for Michal Neuvirth, who hasn’t gained a victory since being in net for the Flyers’ season-opening win. Philly’s next game is a Wednesday Night Rivalry clash with the Detroit Red Wings on NBCSN.