James O'Brien

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 …

Fight video: Cody McLeod bloodies Tanner Glass

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You don’t see many heavyweight bouts in the NHL during the 2015-16 season.

For some that’s a good thing, but if you’re a fan of fights, Cody McLeod and Tanner Glass exchanged blows in the otherwise flat first period between the Colorado Avalanche and New York Rangers on Thursday.

This wasn’t their only scrap, either, by the way.

Season-ending hip surgery for Flames prospect Jon Gillies

Jon Gillies

The Calgary Flames discussed unfortunate news on Thursday: goalie prospect Jon Gillies needs season-ending hip surgery.

(The window of recovery is placed at four-to-six months, to be more precise.)

Gillies, 21, seemed to aggravate a past hip issue during a play that Flames GM Brad Treliving described as seemingly “routine.”

The towering netminder is seemingly taking the situation as well as one could expect.

Considering Calgary’s big-club troubles in net, the Flames must hope this is a short-term pain, long-term gain situation.