James O'Brien

Two goals in 13 seconds for Nathan MacKinnon

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Mike Condon has been quite the story, but the reason people scream “small sample size” is that the NHL’s such a talent-packed league that a tough night can always be around the corner.

Tonight, Condon ran into Nathan MacKinnon and the Colorado Avalanche, and it was a difficult first period.

MacKinnon was the biggest headache, as he scored two goals just 13 seconds apart.

The first of those two tallies is above the headline; the second can be seen below.

This gives MacKinnon 18 points in 17 games, and that’s assuming he doesn’t continue piling up goals or assists in the remaining two periods of Saturday’s game.

Touching tributes to Paris from NHL teams


It’s a busy night in the NHL, but the league made it a point to show its support for Paris after Friday’s frightening events.

You can see the Ottawa Senators’ tribute in the video below (if the league provides a montage of tributes, that will be added later).

There are plenty of individual and team-related reactions beyond that.

Here’s a collection of some of the more touch tributes.

Despres’ concussion symptoms continue, Ducks make roster moves

Simon Despres
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Times are tough for the Anaheim Ducks, and the latest news doesn’t paint a picture that’s one bit rosier.

The team announced that defenseman Simon Despres is still dealing with a concussion suffered from a hit that took place about a month ago. The one bright side is that he’s at least starting the process when it comes to getting better.

GM Bob Murray said that it will still be about a week or two before Despres is even cleared for physical contact.

In other Ducks news, Anaheim recalled Nick Ritchie and Michael Sgarbossa while sending Max Friberg and Korbinian Holzer to the AHL.

Columbus places Dubinsky on IR, expect him to miss 2-3 weeks

Brandon Dubinsky, Taylor Beck

The Columbus Blue Jackets shared more information about Brandon Dubinsky‘s health, and they even specified that his “upper-body injury” is actually elbow-related.

The Blue Jackets revealed that Dubinsky is expected to miss about two-to-three weeks with that injury; he’s been placed on injured reserve.

After beating the Pittsburgh Penguins on Friday, they turn around and face the Arizona Coyotes tonight. Dalton Prout will be a healthy scratch while Kerby Rychel gets a chance to make an impression on John Tortorella.

He won’t need to worry about prior baggage, either.

The Ducks are walking on eggshells, with half a brain

Bruce Boudreau

Read this post if you want to learn about Anaheim’s latest loss, and how grim things look thanks to an upcoming road trip.

Read this one if you want to chuckle/grimace at the Ducks’ reactions to Friday’s 4-1 loss to the New York Islanders.

It’s the sort of stuff that might make a general manager or owner squirm, if you’re into that whole … “watching the hot seat” thing.

Maybe the biggest debate is “Who came up with the most deflating comments?”

(You know things are bad when someone says “we need to have fun again.”)

  • Bruce Boudreau plainly speaks of the Ducks playing well in pockets but not putting it together.

So, which comments were the most amusing or disturbing? Do share.

Again, a more in-depth post can be found here.