James O'Brien

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.


Video: Cory Schneider had no chance on this Dylan Larkin goal


Dylan Larkin has already turned some heads with his moves and speed during his impressive rookie season with the Detroit Red Wings, but Monday’s goal is up there.

Check out this great breakaway tally in the video above, a play that New Jersey Devils goalie Cory Schneider had little chance of shutting down.

That’s the 14th goal of the season for Larkin.

Update: That ended up being the only goal of the contest as the Red Wings beat the Devils 1-0.

Laugh about it later? Lightning players react to Drouin’s trade request

Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Jonathan Drouin waits for play to resume in the first period of a preseason NHL hockey game against the Nashville Predators on Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Sure, Jonathan Drouin’s agent made a public plea for a trade, but who’s to stay the Tampa Bay Lightning will fulfill it?

Maybe more interestingly, how will he interact with the organization, particularly whenever Drouin gets recalled from an AHL stint he’s planning on honoring?

The Tampa Bay Times’ Joe Smith compiled some interesting quotes from members of the team, with the message being: it should blow over … if he doesn’t get traded.

“I fully expect him to be back up here later playing well and we’ll probably laugh about this (trade request) later,” Ben Bishop said.

The other message? He needs to earn his minutes.

Former Bolts forward Brett Connolly carries the interesting perspective of moving on as a Lightning first-round pick, as he discusses with WEEI’s DJ Bean.

We’ve seen examples of players’ trade requests going public and life moving on, including this season with Patrick Marleau and Travis Hamonic.

Maybe it’s a little awkward, but that’s part of “the business,” isn’t it?

Gaudreau, Holtby and Kane: NHL’s three stars for December

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If there was any lingering fear about Johnny Gaudreau backing up his fantastic rookie season, the Calgary Flames forward put any unease to rest with a fantastic month of December.

The NHL announced the three stars for December on Monday with Gaudreau being the first star, Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby coming in second and Chicago Blackhawks winger Patrick Kane grabbing the third star.

It’s not the first time Holtby or Kane grabbed monthly star spots this season.

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Gaudreau led the NHL with 12 goals and ranked second with 18 points in 13 games to power the Flames (18-18-2, 38 points) to a 9-4-0 December, helping the club set a franchise record with 11 consecutive home victories. He registered at least one point in nine of his 13 appearances, highlighted by four multi-goal performances and a pair of hat tricks: Dec. 4 vs. BOS (3-1—4) and Dec. 22 vs. WPG (3-0—3). In doing so, Gaudreau became the first Flames player to post multiple hat tricks in one calendar month since February 2003 (Jarome Iginla: 2). He also collected three game-winning goals, capping his first hat trick at 3:20 of overtime Dec. 4 vs. BOS. The 22-year-old Salem, N.J., native paces the Flames and ranks eighth in the NHL with 17-22—39 in 38 games this season. His three overtime goals are tied for second in the League, while his five game-winning goals share third place.


Holtby went 9-0-1 with a 1.69 goals-against average, .947 save percentage and one shutout in 11 appearances to rank second in the NHL in wins and lead the Capitals (28-7-3, 59 points) to an 11-2-1 December as well as the top of the Eastern Conference standings. He allowed two or fewer goals in nine of his 11 outings, including a 31-save shutout Dec. 28 at BUF. The 26-year-old Lloydminster, Sask., native owns a 24-4-2 record in 31 games this season, pacing the NHL in wins while also ranking in the top five in goals-against average (2nd; 1.92) and save percentage (5th; .932). He has earned at least one point in 18 consecutive decisions dating to Nov. 12 (16-0-2), the longest such streak by any goaltender since Roberto Luongo posted a 21-game run with the Vancouver Canucks in 2010-11 (16-0-5).


Kane again paced the NHL with 9-10—19, including five power-play goals, in 15 games to power the Blackhawks (23-13-4, 50 points) to a 9-5-1 December. He extended his point streak 26 games (16-24—40) before he and the team were shut out Dec. 15 vs. COL. In doing so, Kane set a franchise record as well as the longest point streak by a U.S.-born player in NHL history. Overall, he collected at least one point in 12 of his 15 December appearances, highlighted by a trio of three-point performances: Dec. 3 at OTT (1-2—3), Dec. 29 at ARI (1-2—3) and Dec. 31 at COL (1-2—3). The 27-year-old Buffalo native has recorded at least one point in 35 of 40 games this season, leading the League in points (57), assists (34) and power-play goals (t-12) while sharing second in overall goals (23).