Three weeks into the NHL season, and there is already almost too much happening. So we created the NHL index to keep you up-to-date on everything.
Biggest Story of the Week
Two suspensions were handed out last week for dirtball hits and another suspension is coming. First, Patrick Kaleta was suspended 10 games for his sneaky headshot on Jack Johnson of the Columbus Blue Jackets. Maxim Lapierre was suspended for 5 games for trying to decapitate San Jose’s Dan Boyle. Colorado forward Cody McLeod looks to be the next player to be suspended after boarding Detroit’s Niklas Kronwall. No matter what the punishment seems to be, these hits can’t seem to go away in the NHL. No matter what rules are in place, there are always going to be players who cross the line and make poor decisions. Shanahan should be given credit for punishing these hits. The Kaleta hit, even though it didn’t injure Johnson, could have been worse. His 10 game suspension should send a message to him that he needs to change his game. Even Matt Cooke is trying to help Kaleta.
Kaleta suspension video
Lapierre suspension video [ NHL.com ]
Goals of the Week
1. Mike Smith Goal with an incredible goal Saturday night.
2. Seth Jones Game Winner.
It didn't take Seth Jones long to arrive. Just a massive goal:
3. Matt Duchene vs. Dallas
We have a feeling Duchene is going to have a regular spot here:
Top 5 Teams
1. San Jose - No losses in regulation yet.
2. Pittsburgh - Marc Andre Fleury has won his first 7 starts to start the season.
3. Chicago - Fast start for the Blackhawks, demolished Toronto Saturday night.
4. St. Louis - Had a tough loss against the Sharks earlier in the week but have beaten the Blackhawks twice.
5. Colorado - They’ll have a tough test against Pittsburgh on Monday night.
Worst 5 Teams
2. Philadelphia - Who would’ve thought Steve Mason would be their best player?
3. New York Rangers - There 9 game road trip to begin the season has turned into a nightmare.
Philadelphia is a powder keg right now. After firing Peter Laviolette and hiring Craig Berube, the Flyers have continued to struggle. Injuries to Lecavalier and Hartnell certainly haven’t helped. Steve Mason has actually been reliable, which might be the only silver lining. But they just can’t score goals right now. Giroux (0 G 3 A in 8 GP) has been a wreck this season with all the pressure on him. You have to think Paul Holmgren’s time may be running out. With Laviolette gone, and Ron Hextall waiting in the wings to be the next Flyers GM, the Holmgren era may be over soon if the Flyers can’t turn this around quickly.
Mistake of the Week
Jonathan Bernier gives up the game winning goal against the Hurricanes
Sidney Crosby. 2 Goals, 6 Assists in 3 games this week. He’s on an incredible 2 points per game pace. If he can stay healthy this season, look out.
NON-NHL moment of the week
Here is video of former NHL goon Trevor Gillies sucker punching former NHL goon Jarkko Ruutu
Honorable mentions: Taylor Hall two goals in eight seconds...Marty Biron retired....So did Roman Hamrlik...
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