James O'Brien

Bobby Ryan’s big night powers Sens’ OT win vs. Blues

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Things were looking pretty dire for the Ottawa Senators earlier on Monday.

They came into the game with a three-game losing streak and losses in five of six contests, and they had been shut out in consecutive games.

There was concern that might happen again, as the St. Louis Blues opened up a 2-0 lead … but, well, the headline kind of spoils this one, doesn’t it?

Bobby Ryan was the catalyst of a big turnaround, grabbing the primary assist on Mike Hoffman‘s tally before tying the game up and then winning it in overtime.

(You can see his fantastic move on the overtime game-winner in the video above this post.)

Here’s his first goal of the night while we’re at it:

When you’re in a rut, sometimes you need key guys to carry you to victory. Ryan did that in a big way for the Senators tonight.

Erik Johnson suffers lower-body injury, unlikely to return

PHILADELPHIA, PA - NOVEMBER 10: Erik Johnson #6 of the Colorado Avalanche looks on against the Philadelphia Flyers at Wells Fargo Center on November 10, 2015 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

It’s been a standout night so far for one Colorado Avalanche defenseman, which perhaps will reduce some of the sting from losing a key one to injury.

Tyson Barrie‘s the player having a great night, as he’s responsible for both Avs goals through two periods.

That’s the good news. The bad is that Erik Johnson may not return to Monday’s contest against the Los Angeles Kings with a lower-body injury.

Colorado is already in a tough spot in the Central, so losing its anchor on the blueline could really sting.

Video: Daniel Sedin returns after being bloodied, losing teeth


They may play a style that’s generally heavy on finesse, but the Sedin twins probably don’t get enough credit for being as durable as they are.

Monday provided an example of that underrated toughness, as Daniel Sedin didn’t miss much time after a very unlucky bounce led to him taking a puck in the mouth.

(You can see video of that painful moment in the video above.)

It seems like Sedin bounced back from that moment, but it will be noted if anything changes.

The outcome is not for the faint of heart:

Mika Zibanejad’s night is over after high stick to face


The Ottawa Senators are already struggling to score goals, and now they’re without Mika Zibanejad for at least the remainder of Monday’s game against the St. Louis Blues.

Zibanejad won’t return after taking a high stick to the face tonight.

The Senators didn’t provide any additional details regarding possible long-term implications, but it seems as though onlookers are concerned.

(This post was updated with video.)

WATCH LIVE: Los Angeles Kings at Colorado Avalanche

Colorado Avalanche left wing Blake Comeau, left, takes the puck as Los Angeles Kings right wing Marian Gaborik, of Slovakia, falls during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Sunday, Oct. 18, 2015, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

It’s tough to ignore the storyline of Jarome Iginla going for his 600th goal. At this point, he probably wants to get it over with.

He’s gone three games without that milestone tally, so tonight’s Colorado Avalanche – Los Angeles Kings game marks attempt No. 4.

The Kings come into this game on a roll, as they’ve won five contests in a row. Meanwhile, the Avalanche are stumbling a bit, having lost four of five (1-2-2). The Avs can’t afford to give away home points in the brutal Central.

You can watch the game on NBCSN and also stream it via the link below.