The Detroit Red Wings have been a contender for ages. That means plenty of calls have gone for and against the franchise, prompting a huge and passionate fan base to hatch a few conspiracy theories here and there. When you throw in a long run of Tomas Holmstrom straddling the line between screening and interfering with goalies, those feelings only grow stronger.
Wednesday’s first period certainly won’t quiet such voices.
Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby seemed to lose his footing on his own before Drew Miller seemingly scored a 1-0 goal, yet the tally was disallowed and Luke Glendening was handed a tripping penalty during this exchange:
Washington Capitals winger Jason Chimera has left plenty of opponents reeling with big hits. Wednesday’s collision didn’t go his way, however, as his nose ended up looking … different at the end of this exchange (the collision happens 38 seconds in):
NBCSN ran a great before/after comparison of Chimera’s unfortunate nose.
(Even Stephane Robidas and Mike Ricci are cringing at that one.)
As hockey players are wont to do, Chimera returned during the same first period. Tune in to Washington’s game against the Detroit Red Wings on NBCSN or by clicking here.
As one of the most erudite minds in the game, Mike “Doc” Emrick seems like the perfect person to discuss Gordie Howe’s impact as the icon struggles with a significant stroke. He absolutely did so on Wednesday night, as you can see in the video below:
Soon after, Mike Milbury spoke about a teammate who was oddly delighted by getting roughed up by No. 9:
It actually kind of makes sense, really. Here are a few update videos regarding his condition: