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Sassy Saturday: Jake Allen, Ryan Ellis throw tantrums


Competition can push you to get better and make you raise your game. Sometimes it doesn’t bring out the best in you, though.

Saturday provided two (unintentionally?) amusing moments of players throwing, well, fits in eventual defeats.

The most rumblings came from Jake Allen, who may or may not have shown up Ken Hitchcock in seemingly being only briefly pulled from Saturday’s eventual 4-1 St. Louis Blues loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs:

Despite getting the franchise’s first hat trick from a defenseman (Shea Weber), the Nashville Predators coughed up a lead to the Detroit Red Wings and lost 5-4 in overtime.

The lowlight may have been Ryan Ellis squirting his water bottle at an official after a Darren Helm hit … and then throwing a questionable check on Helm later.

Not either players’ best moment … but kind of funny for the rest of us, right?

Sens’ comeback win tarnished by Turris injury

The Ottawa Senators have to feel good about a comeback in on Saturday, but their thoughts likely revolve around the health of top center Kyle Turris.

He got tangled up with a New York Islanders opponent during tonight’s eventual 3-2 OT win, and seriously, it did not look good.

You can see the replay above, which includes the often-scary sign of an opposing team player immediately motioning to get medical help.

The early news is good … relatively speaking.

It’s already been a tough week for Senators centers, as Mika Zibanejad just returned to action following the upper-body injury he suffered thanks to Radko Gudas.

At least Erik Karlsson‘s healthy and productive, though:

Daniel Carr speeds way to his first NHL goal

Hey, do you love bad puns? Well, Daniel Carr got to his first NHL goal really fast, so … yeah.

(Wait, you don’t like puns? Uh oh …)

Seriously though, it’s quite the debut for the Montreal Canadiens youngster. NHL.com’s Arpon Basu captured the spirit nicely:

Carr, 24, was off to a pretty fabulous start in the AHL, so maybe he’ll ride this momentum to more than a mere cup of coffee. Either way, it’s a really cool moment.

Shea Weber ruins own-goal jokes with hat trick


Brad Richards‘ first goal of the 2015-16 season is a clip that probably would have burned Shea Weber for some time … if Weber didn’t bounce back so quickly, and forcefully.

(You can watch that accidental bounce off of Weber’s skate in the video of Richards’ goal above.)

The hard-hitting, hard-shooting Nashville Predators defenseman answered that frustrating moment with the first hat trick by a blueliner in Preds’ franchise history.

Jeez, Shea, at least give us a little time to make fun of you first …

Update: Weber became the first Predators defenseman to score a hat trick.

Despite that hat trick, the Red Wings managed to beat the Predators 5-4 in OT.

Fight video: David Backes vs. Nazem Kadri (yes, seriously)


In one corner, you have David Backes, a player so agitating that it’s surprising he isn’t goaded into a fight more often.

In the other: Nazem Kadri, a guy who has some fire to his game, but you wouldn’t necessarily expect him to drop the mitts.

The St. Louis Blues and Toronto Maple Leafs are engaging in a pretty interesting contest on Saturday, as the Buds currently hold the lead. That fight above might be more surprising than Toronto’s current lead, though.

Interesting nugget:

It wasn’t the only noteworthy clip of the contest, as Steve Ott seemed to be hurt pretty badly here:

He won’t return because of that lower-body injury.