The victim was defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson of the Chicago Blackhawks in the third period, as the teams opened their 2011-12 season in Big D. Not the kind of glass-spraying demolition we all know and love — think Lucic on Mike Van Ryn — but still an unexpected joy (especially when no one gets hurt).
Besides this feat of strength, it was a good night for Benn, as he scored a critical insurance goal in the second period that ended up as the game-winning goal in the Stars' 2-1 victory. He's had 22 goals in consecutive seasons; he's on his way to eclipsing that this year.
- Chicago Blackhawks
- Niklas Hjalmarsson
- Jamie Benn