James O'Brien

Fight video (and more): Jonathan Toews vs. David Backes


Say what you will about the Blackhawks – Blues rivalry – some will sardonically compare it to a hammer and nail, at least in the playoffs – but it seems pretty clear that they really, really don’t like each other.

The two captains exemplify that distaste, and they really showed it on Saturday.

In one hit, Jonathan Toews was whistled for illegal hit to the head on David Backes.

Later on, the real headliner happened, however, as Backes boarded Niklas Hjalmarsson and then fought with Toews (see in the top video).

Boy, Toews hasn’t been shy about dropping the gloves lately, has he?

This tweet says a lot too:

Video: Tyler Johnson shaken up by Dave Bolland hit

The Tampa Bay Lightning already have their challenges, but what if Tyler Johnson misses some time?

That’s the troubling thought on Saturday night, as he appeared to be quite shaken up by a Dave Bolland hit, which you can watch in the video above.

There’s no update yet regarding whether he’ll miss the rest of tonight’s Lightning – Florida Panthers game, yet that seems like a reasonable bet.

The Panthers may have lost a noteworthy player of their own, as Dmitry Kulikov is done for the evening thanks to a lower-body injury.

Update: Good news, at least for the moment?

Two goals in 13 seconds for Nathan MacKinnon

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Mike Condon has been quite the story, but the reason people scream “small sample size” is that the NHL’s such a talent-packed league that a tough night can always be around the corner.

Tonight, Condon ran into Nathan MacKinnon and the Colorado Avalanche, and it was a difficult first period.

MacKinnon was the biggest headache, as he scored two goals just 13 seconds apart.

The first of those two tallies is above the headline; the second can be seen below.

This gives MacKinnon 18 points in 17 games, and that’s assuming he doesn’t continue piling up goals or assists in the remaining two periods of Saturday’s game.

Touching tributes to Paris from NHL teams


It’s a busy night in the NHL, but the league made it a point to show its support for Paris after Friday’s frightening events.

You can see the Ottawa Senators’ tribute in the video below (if the league provides a montage of tributes, that will be added later).

There are plenty of individual and team-related reactions beyond that.

Here’s a collection of some of the more touch tributes.

Despres’ concussion symptoms continue, Ducks make roster moves

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Times are tough for the Anaheim Ducks, and the latest news doesn’t paint a picture that’s one bit rosier.

The team announced that defenseman Simon Despres is still dealing with a concussion suffered from a hit that took place about a month ago. The one bright side is that he’s at least starting the process when it comes to getting better.

GM Bob Murray said that it will still be about a week or two before Despres is even cleared for physical contact.

In other Ducks news, Anaheim recalled Nick Ritchie and Michael Sgarbossa while sending Max Friberg and Korbinian Holzer to the AHL.