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Blackhawks’ Murphy suffers gruesome injury after elbow to face

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If you’re prone to fainting at the sign of blood, this one’s not for you.

Just a fair warning.

OK?

OK.

Connor Murphy of the Chicago Blackhawks got drilled in the head with an elbow from Dallas Stars forward Tyler Pitlick, who seemed to try to gain positioning on a 2-on-1 attempt by the Stars. Murphy, trying to take away the option for Stars defenseman Miko Heiskanen, who ended up taking the shot, got his head popped back from the elbow before collapsing to the ice.

Here’s the hit,  and the bloody aftermath. It’s ugly.

Hard to say if the elbow itself was malicious, but at game speed, it looked brutal regardless. There was no penalty called on the play.

The Blackhawks won their second straight game 5-2.


Scott Billeck is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at phtblog@nbcsports.com or follow him on Twitter @scottbilleck

The Buzzer: Senators win, Subban from center, Lehtonen notches 300th win

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Players of the Night: 

Bobby Ryan, Ottawa Senators: It’s been a struggle for Ryan this season. He came into the game with just as single goal in 21 games but left with two in 22 while also adding an assist to help the Senators avoid a six-game losing streak.

Tyler Pitlick, Dallas Stars: Pitlick scored twice, bookending Dallas’s five goals in a 5-2 win against the New York Islanders.

P.K. Subban, Nashville Predators: If you continue reading (and you should) you will see Subban’s goal that came from quite a distance. The defenseman notched two in a ___ win against the Vancouver Canucks, powering the Preds to their ninth win in their past 12 games.

Highlights of the Night: 

Brad Marchand fought off Mike Green, and then did this to win in overtime:

Dylan Larkin. Breakway. Shorthanded. Backhand.

Blunder of the Night: 

Yikes, Anders Nilsson. Bravo, P.K.

Factoids of the Night: 

Dallas Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen killed two birds with one stone on Wednesday:

Filip Forsberg accomplished an impressive feat for the second time in his career.

MISC: 

Scores: 

Senators 3, Rangers 2

Stars 5, Islanders 2

Bruins 3, Red Wings 2 (OT)

Predators 7, Canucks 1


Scott Billeck is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at phtblog@nbcsports.com or follow him on Twitter @scottbilleck

Oilers reach deals with Pitlick, Davidson

The Edmonton Oilers signed Tyler Pitlick and Brandon Davidson to one-year contracts on Thursday.

Pitlick (pictured) spent part of the 2014-15 season at the AHL and NHL level, at least when he wasn’t injured. The 23-year-old forward generated two goals in 17 games with the Oilers and nine points in 14 contests with the AHL’s Oklahoma City Barons in 2014-15. Pitlick was the 31st pick of the 2010 NHL Draft.

Davidson, also 23, spent time at both levels last season as well. He managed a goal in 12 games with the Oilers and 10 points in 55 games in the AHL. The blueliner was the 162th pick in 2010.

He told the team website that he’s OK with the possibility of being the team’s seventh defenseman.

“That’s very fair,” Davidson said. “That’s my goal right now, to get my foot in that door and if that’s that seventh spot then I’m going to relish that and run with that. Any chance I can be there and stay there, I’m going to take it, make the best of it and work my way to through the ranks kind of thing.”

The Oilers didn’t provide specifics regarding either contract beyond the length of the deals.

Yikes: Oilers’ Pitlick is out with a lacerated spleen

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In one of those updates that make you cringe, the Edmonton Oilers announced that forward Tyler Pitlick suffered a lacerated spleen during Wednesday’s game against the Calgary Flames.

The Oilers didn’t address this in their tweet, but many believe that the 23-year-old suffered the injury while delivering a hit on the Flames’ Josh Jooris. Pitlick received a two-minute minor for elbowing on the play.

When you get beyond some bitter reactions regarding that check (video isn’t available at this time), the general reaction is that Pitlick has poor luck:

The Oilers haven’t shared new information about the state of Pitlick, who was the 31st pick of the 2010 NHL Draft. They did recall Anton Lander, though that could have as much to do with other roster situations as it does with Pitlick.

Here’s a little more in that regard:

One can assume that he’ll be out for some time, marking another setback for a prospect who’s apparently had his fair share of tough breaks. Pitlick had one point (a goal) in 14 games this season for Edmonton.

Video: Coyotes’ Murphy suffers upper body injury

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The Arizona Coyotes are playing much of tonight’s game in Edmonton with just five defensemen after Connor Murphy was sidelined early in the first period.

Murphy took a shoulder-to-shoulder hit from Oilers’ forward Tyler Pitlick and immediately went to the Arizona bench in some discomfort.

Another look:

The team is calling it an upper body injury for the 21-year-old blue liner.

Murphy has two goals and four points in 24 games while averaging 16:43 in ice time.