Updated: Aug 4
Drake Caggiula Suspended One Game After Questionable Hit to Tyler Ennis
On Saturday, August 1st late in the first period, Chicago Blackhawks forward Drake Caggiula laid a questionable hit to the head of Edmonton Oilers forward Tyler Ennis. For quite some time now, the NHL has been cracking down on head-shots in an attempt to minimize the number of concussions that occur during on-ice play.
On August 2nd, it was announced by the NHL's Department of Player Safety - located in New York City - that Caggiula would be facing a one-game suspension during the Blackhawks play-in series against Edmonton.
Micheal Ferland Fined for Physical Actions During Game 1
The NHL's Department of Player Safety announced that Vancouver Canucks forward Micheal Ferland will be fined $5,000 for the spear he delivered to Minnesota Wild forward Luke Kunin.
Kunin was also fined $1,000 for unsportsmanlike conduct. This all came in the third period of game 1 during the Vancouver vs. Minnesota play-in series.
Obviously in the early stages of the NHL's return, emotions are high. But this is what hockey is all about. A fast paced game packed full of all sorts of action, aerobatics, and physicality.
Nazem Kadri's Crazy Buzzer Beater Puts Colorado Passed St. Louis 2-1
Sunday's game between the Colorado Avalanche and the St. Louis Blues in Edmonton was nothing short of a defensive masterpiece. In the final seconds of the third period, tied at 1, it seemed that this game had nowhere left to go but to overtime.
This was until Nazem Kadri put back a rebound off a shot from Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog. After what seemed like a review that took forever, referees decided that at 0:00.1 of the third period, the puck completely passed the goal line, resulting in a (literal) last second buzzer beater.
This is only the second time in Stanley Cup playoff history that a game-winning goal came in the nineteenth minute and fifty-ninth second of the third period. The first came from Jussi Jokinen of the Carolina Hurricanes when he sunk a shot that came with 0.2 seconds left in the 2009 Stanley Cup playoffs against the New Jersey Devils.
I can only imagine what this would have sounded like had there been fans in the stands.
Check the replay and see the craziness for yourself. Good goal or no? (The answer is yes)
Remember: The rule is that the puck has to completely cross the goal line in order to be ruled a goal. Not half the puck, not a little bit of the puck. The whole puck must completely cross the red goal line.
Svechnikov's Hat Trick
Carolina Hurricanes left winger Andrei Svechnikov scored his first career hat trick in Monday's game 2 against the New York Rangers. Svechnikov shared his excitment with the media after the game.
"I'm excited to score my first hat trick, especially on a superstar goalie, (Henrik Lundqvist) I mean, I wouldn't do that without my partner. (Sebastian Aho) Thanks for that, and I think we played a really good game." Aho had the assist on all three of Svechnikov's goals.
Carolina played a really good game indeed. The Hurricanes take a commanding 2-0 series lead. The Rangers will attempt to stave off elimination - and a sweep at the hands of Carolina - in Tuesday's game 3 at 8:00 PM.
Be sure to check out episode 16 of the BBB Podcast, where hosts Will Tondo and Jake Zimmer will have a sit down with the man behind the famous (and hilarious) Freezing Cold Takes, Fred Segel!
Hopefully he doesn't expose my awful Stanley Cup playoff prediction bracket. It hasn't been good to me so far.