PHOTO: McDavid’s shot ‘exploded’ puck at practice
Connor McDavid in action for the Erie Otters vs. the Mississauga Steelheads in Oakville, Ont. on September 14, 2014. (Craig Robertson/Toronto Sun/QMI Agency)
Welcome to this week’s Top 10 #Viral Moments, where we at QMI Agency look back at the hockey items that created the most buzz during the week that was.
From NHL players making Halloween-themed hospital visits to Chris Neil seemingly eye gouging an opponent, here’s what we found most amusing looking back at Week 3.
PHENOM SHATTERS PUCK
As if the hype surrounding super prospect Connor McDavid wasn’t already at peak level, the playmaking centre literally smashed a puck into pieces during an Erie Otter practice on Tuesday. Otters assistant coach and ex-NHLer Jay McKee tweeted the photo evidence.
VERIZON CENTER PHANTOM
It appears Capitals goalie Braden Holtby is acquainted with a Verizon Center ghost. During first-period action Wednesday, Holtby tripped as he was making his way back to his crease from behind the net. The puck flew past the goal line but was disallowed because the official thought Holtby was interfered with by a Red Wings player.
FLYIN’ LIKE BOBBY
Rookie Seth Griffith is doing quite well for himself through seven games with the Bruins, scoring three times to go along with two helpers. The winger’s greatest accomplishment, however, can be traced back to Tuesday, when he flew through the air Bobby Orr style following a goal.
NEIL’S EYE GOUGE
Call it a face wash, call it an eye gouge -- either way veteran Senators enforcer Chris Neil treated Blue Jacket Jared Boll’s face like a bowling ball on Tuesday. Neil appeared to slide his fingers into Boll’s eye sockets at the end of a first-period tilt.
PARISE’S BLOODY MESS
Halloween came nearly a week early for Wild forward Zach Parise. There was blood, so much blood, when Parise’s captain, Mikko Koivu, accidentally sticked him in the face Monday during a game against the Rangers. As you can see, stitches were needed.
PERPETUAL HORROR SHOW
The Buffalo News took a jab at its local hockey team on Thursday by printing a cartoon that frames the Sabres season as an absolute horror show. The facts support their claim -- Lindy Ruff and company, who are 2-8 to start the season, are averaging a terrifying 1.1 goals per game.
via the Buffalo News today pic.twitter.com/220znDZplF— Capitals Hill (@CapitalsHill) October 30, 2014
SPLIT FINGER TWEET
The Bruins will be without Torey Krug for a few weeks while the sophomore defenceman nurses a broken finger. The bone-breaking deed was committed Monday courtesy a slash from the Wild’s Zach Parise. Former NHLer Brett Harkins tweeted a graphic photo of Krug's bloody, sliced-up finger on Wednesday.
WARNING: VIEW PHOTO AT YOUR OWN RISK
REARRANGING THE BEAK
Considering he’s a quintessential NHL grinder, it should be no surprise Jason Chimera of the Capitals broke his nose while laying a hit on an opponent. Check out the clip from Wednesday’s game against the Red Wings. Chimera shook the injury off rather quickly.
BOSTON ‘FROZEN’ BRUINS
A group of Bruins players -- Matt Bartkowski, Matt Fraser, Seth Griffith, Dougie Hamilton, Torey Krug and Kevan Miller – didn’t slack on their Halloween costumes this year. They dressed up as characters from the Disney movie ‘Frozen’ for a Monday visit to the Boston Children’s Hospital.
A minor-league fight not worth your time? Don't be silly, those don't exist! Here’s Guillaume Coude vs. Dylan Garrioch. Thank you, LNAH.