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The NHL’s annual Hockey Fights Cancer campaign began Monday, with all 30 teams holding in-arena awareness nights through Nov. 17. St. Louis Blues defenseman Alex Pietrangelo has decided to show his support through his hair, well, what's left of it, after the disease hit close to home recently.
In late August, Pietrangelo sent out a Tweet asking for prayers for his niece, Ellie, after she was diagnosed with a Wilms tumor, a rare cancer of the kidneys that affects mostly children. After undergoing surgery to remove a mass, the 5-year old began chemotherapy.
On Monday night, almost two months after Pietrangelo’s Tweet, he sent out another one. This time, it was two photos of him and Ellie. To support his niece in her cancer fight, the Blues defenseman decided to enlist her help in shaving his head. The first picture caught Ellie's work midway through, while the second showcased the final product:
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy6 hrs ago
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• Edmonton Oilers netminder Ben Scrivens has teamed up with four mental health groups to help design four masks to help raise awareness for mental health issues. Here's one he wore Monday night. [Oilers]
• What’s keeping the Oilers down? Bad luck and some sub-par goaltending. [Globe and Mail]
• The Buffalo Sabres have announced the date they’ll officially retire Dominik Hasek’s no. 39: Jan. 13 against the Detroit Red Wings. [Sabres]Wed, Oct 226:30 PM PDTWashington at EdmontonPreview Game
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While the Dallas Stars were in the middle of playing “stupid, garbage hockey,” as head coach Lindy Ruff put it, they lost Patrik Nemeth to a freak injury.
Early in the first period, Nemeth tangled with R.J. Umberger. As both players fell to the ice, Umberger's skate made contact with the Stars forwards arm, cutting him in the process:
After the game, Ruff told reporters Nemeth would miss “a good period of time.” That has ended up being the rest of the regular season and potentially the playoffs.
Jyrki Jokipakka, who has been summoned from Texas of the AHL, and Jamie Oleksiak are expected to fill Nemeth's role on the blueline.
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Victor Hedman has been playing at an elite level for several years now. The Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman has played his way from being known as “the guy drafted after John Tavares” into a legitimate Norris Trophy contender in 2015.
Well, that Norris talk will have to be put on hold for a bit after Hedman suffered a broken finger while blocking a shot against Vancouver on Saturday night:
The Lightning announced that Hedman will now miss 4-6 weeks after he undergoes surgery on Tuesday.
As of Monday, Hedman is tied for first in both points by defensemen (7) and power play points by defensemen (5), all while averaging 19:53 of ice time. The responsibilities will increase for Anton Stralman and Jason Garrison as the 23-year old Swede recovers.
Hey, it's Vincent Vega!
No. 1 Star: Niclas Svedberg, Boston Bruins
A 32-save night helped Svedberg to record his first career NHL shutout during a 4-0 victory over the Buffalo Sabres. The Bruins netminder was making his third career start, giving Tuukka Rask the night off. A pair of goals in the first and another pair in the second helped Boston send Buffalo to their second straight defeat via shutout.
No. 2 Star: Jonas Gustavsson, Detroit Red Wings
The former Toronto Maple Leaf exacted a bit of revenge on his former mates with a 30-save, 1-0 blanking. It was Gustavsson’s sixth NHL shutout and first since he was a member of the Leafs. The two sides went 0-0 through regulation and in overtime it was Red Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg putting home the winner with 9.9 seconds left:
No. 3 Star: Jaden Schwartz, St. Louis BluesWed, Oct 227:30 PM PDTBuffalo at AnaheimPreview Game
Martin Havlat’s face is quite different than it was a couple of days ago. On Thursday, he was shoved into the boards behind the Washington Capitals’ net and also made contact with referee Darcy Burchell. The end result was messy:
Fortunately for Havlat, there was no structural damage, only some bad, bad cuts. He took part in New Jersey’s morning skate and later the pre-game skate on Saturday, raising questions of whether he might make a quick return from such an ugly injury.
Alas, it wasn’t to be, as Havlat was scratched in favor of Damien Brunner, but not before CSN Bay Area’s Brodie Brazil caught a quick snap of the aftermath through his face shield:
Yikes. That’s bad. But take off that mask and here’s a better view of the damage, via Sarah Mathews:
The Colorado Avalanche had an opportunity to tie their game with the Montreal Canadiens late in the second period on the power play. It didn’t happen. And when the penalty expired Lars Eller dumped the puck off the boards and out of the zone, catching up with a racing P.K. Subban, who had just exited the box.
It would end up being ten seconds Tyson Barrie would like to forget:
Poor, lonely Tyson Barrie:
Calvin Pickard, making his first NHL start, likely thought he had some help with Barrie coming back, but soon found himself one-on-one with Subban, a situation that doesn't usually end well for netminders.
The Avs would get another power play chance not long after Subban's goal, but that soon became the fourth man advantage opportunity that Colorado would fail to capitalize on -- not a surprise for a team that is 1-for-22 so far this season.
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Pascal Dupuis left the CONSOL Energy Center ice on Thursday night on a stretcher. It made for a scary sight, but the Pittsburgh Penguins forward put the crowd at a bit of ease when he gave the thumbs up.
Moments earlier, Dupuis had been cross-checked in front of Dallas Stars netminder Kari Lehtonen, and as he was falling forward he was hit in the back of the neck by a Kris Letang shot:
Dupuis experienced numbness in his arm, but he was well enough to skate on his own Friday morning.
On Saturday, he took part in the Penguins' morning skate, ahead of their meeting with the New York Islanders, and joined the normal line rushes.
Once Dupuis was given the all-clear after the tests, he returned to CONSOL and was able to talk his teammates, including Letang.
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy4 days ago
The ECHL’s Reading Royals are one of our favorite minor league hockey organizations because they have a great eye for unique jersey designs. We’ve featured them in the past, from ugly Christmas sweater looks to ones honoring the Olympics.
Their latest designs get us in the mood for Halloween, which is only two weeks away. The game-used versions will be sold on the team's online store as soon as their game against the Wheeling Nailers on Oct. 30 is over.
Let’s let our old friend the Crypt Keeper from “Tales from the Crypt” tell you about their latest jersey promotion:
On SHOCKTOBER 30th, the EEK-CHL’s Philadelphia Flyers affiliate, the DEADing Royals, are hosting the SQUEAL-ING NAILERS for a Halloween eve hockey contest.
HEEE HEE HEE HEEEEEE!
Pretty devilish description by the Crypt keeper. What do you think?
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy5 days ago
The top two teams in the KHL faced off Thursday evening with SKA besting CSKA 4-3 and maintaining their lead atop the Western Conference. Taking the defeat hard was CSKA captain Alex Radulov, who ended up earning a one-game suspension when all was said and done.
After SKA tied the game 1-1 with a power play goal in the first period, Radulov was upset at the officials, earning himself a 10-minute misconduct. He continued raging on once inside the penalty box, much to the annoyance of the St. Petersburg Ice Palace penalty box attendant:
Here she was probably thinking it’d just be another day of being a penalty box attendant: opening and closing the door for rule breakers and handing out towels. Instead, she has to shield herself from swinging sticks, flying water bottles and one angry Russian.
Once he calmed down, Radulov recorded a goal and an assist in the loss and was named CSKA player of the game. But his anger persisted after the final buzzer as he was handed a game-misconduct, earning a one-game ban.