Author: James O'Brien


Photo: Scott Hartnell’s Larry Bird costume is clutch


Look, we’re probably going to see other NHL players trot out some amazing Halloween costumes in the next couple days. Some definitely deserve bonus points for doing so while benefiting charitable causes, too.

Still, Columbus Blue Jackets winger Scott Hartnell set the bar awfully high with his outstanding Larry Bird costume:

That, friends and foes, is what you call “attention to detail.” Then again, he did chicken out in the “era-accurate shorts” category, though:

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Credit: Getty Images

Here are some other highlights from Hockey Halloween so far:

With only two games tonight, this might actually be the evening where we see some big-time efforts. Again, it would take some late-game, Bird-esque magic to even approach Hartnell’s offering, though.

Note: That said, he does have some throwback competition from P.K. Subban:

Video: Nyquist, Kuznetsov exchange nice goals after disallowed tally


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:


The Red Wings weren’t pleased:

Fair or not, the second period just began 0-0. The controversy may only grow if this game remains low-scoring, especially if Washington ends up winning by one.

During an in-game interview with Pierre McGuire, Mike Babcock pleaded with the league to just get things right. That seems like a reasonable request …

Update: Gustav Nyquist’s second effort helped the Red Wings get that 1-0 lead back, though:

It didn’t last long, however, as Evgeny Kuznetsov scored a nice one to make it 1-1.

Another update: The Capitals displayed some nice puck movement in what was eventually a Troy Brouwer goal:

Big hit rearranges Jason Chimera’s nose


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.

Video: McKenzie’s Alfredsson update isn’t promising

Detroit Red Wings v Columbus Blue Jackets

The Detroit Red Wings are still leaving the door open for Daniel Alfredsson to return, yet Bob McKenzie’s latest update doesn’t exactly inspire much confidence in that regard.

McKenzie reports that the 41-year-old’s issues are bad enough that they’re occasionally making it difficult for him to function, let alone play at the highest level of the sport.

One other unsettling phrase: “No news is bad news” regarding the veteran Swede, according to McKenzie.

Here’s the rather grim update in video form:

Video: Doc Emrick’s heartfelt words about Gordie Howe

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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:


Howe shows significant improvement after serious stroke