Welcome to the debut of the “Best Moments from the NHL Weekend.” Each Monday, we will be recapping the top plays from the weekend of NHL action. We kick off our first edition from this past weekend with some great highlights for you all to enjoy.
We’ll just start here. Columbus had never scored more than eight goals in a game, but they hung a ten-spot on the team with the best record in the league. Carey Price was out, but scoring double-digits in the NHL is a rare feat no matter who is between the pipes. Poor Al Montoya had his GAA get absolutely shot after head coach Michel Therrien left him in for the entire ten-goal carnage.
Max Domi is one of the game’s bright young players. His name may be familiar to everyone since his dad is former fighter Tie Domi. Ryan Kesler is one of the most hated players in the league, and Domi fed him his lunch. He learned well from his father.
More amazing than an NHL game reaching a shootout after some three-on-three overtime was Claude Giroux making Jarsolav Halak’s jock strap go flying into the corner on this wicked series of moves. Pretty damn unfair.
What patience by the rookie. He fought off the defender and showed a ridiculous amount of patience to finish off a sweet goal.
Mike Cammalleri had been feeling the heat after not recording a goal heading into Sunday’s game in Carolina. He silenced the doubters by netting a hat trick thanks to three vicious snipes.
In the same game, backup netminder Keith Kinkaid out-waited the forward to make a superb pad save to secure his shutout bid.
Chicago had a 3-2 lead late into the third period until Dallas tied it with an extra attacker in the dying minutes. In overtime, Patrick Kane took an offensive zone penalty to give the Stars a four-on-three power play that was sure to finish the game and allow a badly-injured team to steal two points on the road. Backup Scott Darling made this incredible toe save to rob Patrick Eaves. Marian Hossa would give the Hawks their sixth win in a row after Chicago killed the penalty largely in part to Darling’s heroic effort.
Seriously. Who doesn’t love a good, old-fashioned line brawl? Even the goalies mixed it up a little bit in this one.
Raffi Torres retired. This has to be the best play of the week for the NHL community. After a controversial career involving countless dirty plays and lacking total respect for the opposition, the NHL got a little bit safer without Torres in the fold.