In 2013, the NHL introduced a rule that made helmet visors mandatory for all new players coming into the league. NHL officials would also begin accessing minor penalties to players who take off their helmets during fights. But, in a dangerous sport like hockey, those rules don’t universally prevent head injuries. And on Saturday night, a visor caused an even worse injury during a fight.
During the Tampa Bay Lightning’s game against the New Jersey Devils, Andrej Sustr’s visor broke in half after being punched in the face by Miles Wood.
Sustr was lucky to not receive any serious damage to his eye, but left the arena with over 15 stitches.
Travis Boyd had an incredible four-goal game on Friday, which helped secure a 6-3 win for the Hershey Bears over Laval Rocket. The night marked Boyd’s second AHL career hat trick and fourth career multi-point game.
In the early hours of Saturday morning, Boyd dedicated his milestone game to his daughter, Hayden.
It’s no mistake that today’s “numbers for the morning after” post has a headline photo from warmups. That’s because warmups were the last time the Caps had a chance to win Saturday night’s 7-1 pummeling committed by the Chicago Blackhawks.
The Blackhawks out-shot the Caps 44 to 20 and out-attempted them five-on-five 56 to 37.
After the Caps-Blackhawks game, NBC Sports Washington published a stat that is as mind-boggling as it is cruel.
For the first time in his career, Alex Ovechkin, one of the most prolific shooters in NHL history, failed to register a shot attempt in a game. Ovechkin has played 13 seasons in the NHL, suiting up in 978 games.
Capitals forward Devante Smith-Pelly got in a fight with Connor Murphy in the third period of Saturday’s game, avenging an earlier hit on TJ Oshie. But it was what happened in the penalty box that had people talking after the game.
Four Blackhawks fans were ejected after getting in an altercation with a visibly angry Smith-Pelly. We later learned why he was upset.
On January 20, NASCAR driver and huge Caps fan Ryan Ellis got married near Asheville, North Carolina to longtime girlfriend Allison Bowman. Right after the couple said their I dos, news broke on Twitter that Ellis would get back in a stock car again at Daytona for the February 17 XFINITY race. The wedding reception celebrated the nuptials and his latest career opportunity.
Ellis, who stepped away from full-time racing to serve as Matt DiBenedetto’s PR person, drove the number 78 Densify Toyota Camry as the third car for BJ McLeod Motorsports at Daytona International Speedway.
After a late-race wreck, Ellis finished the race in 30th place.
The mentors trip continues on Saturday with the Caps in snowy Chicago, Illinois for a date with the Hawks. How will Ovi follow up his four-point night against the Wild? Can Andre Burakovsky keep his comeback going? What kind of argument will we have over Brooks Orpik next?
Tune into NBCSWA at 8:30 PM tonight and we’ll find out together. I’m your huckleberry.
Capitals prospect Travis Boyd had the biggest game of his AHL career Friday north of the border. Boyd scored four goals, registering his second career AHL hat trick in the Bears’ 6-3 win over Laval Rocket (Quebec). Boyd scored once in the first and the second periods, adding two more goals in the third.
According to the Hershey Bears, Boyd became the first Bear since Paul Carey last March against the Hartford Wolf Pack to score four times in a single game.
Tom Wilson is having a pretty fantastic season so far. After scoring two goals against the Wild, he set new a career high in both goals and points.
That success, however, apparently doesn’t impress Wilson’s former roommate, Andre Burakovsky. After the Capitals’ practice in Chicago Friday, Burakovsky did all he could to irritate and infuriate the first-line forward during an interview with NBC Sports Washington’s Tarik El-Bashir (follow here).
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