Uncomfortable Video: Giroux Decked Face-First into Boards

Uncomfortable Video: Giroux Decked Face-First into Boards

After Thursday night’s loss to the Islanders, all anybody
really wanted to talk about was Claude Giroux’s sick shootout goal, but it was
a different play involving G that grabbed our attention.

Giroux was giving chase to the puck in the Isles’ zone when
Lubomir Visnovsky crushed the Philly captain into the boards with a devastating
hit from behind. Thankfully he would be okay, but these are always scary.

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Two things immediately stood out: 1. the lack of a penalty
call, and 2. no retaliation from his Flyers’ teammates.

Keith Jones defended Visnovsky somewhat, pointing out Giroux
turned in such a way that exposed him to the dangerous collision with the boards,
and you know what? Jonesy appears to be right. Take a look at these still
frames.

The force is ultimately going to occur between the 2 and the
8, but Visnovsky was skating almost parallel to Giroux, and the New York
defenseman actually sort of beats Giroux to the spot. You never want to see
the end result of this race to the puck, but it certainly doesn’t appear to be
intentional, and I’m not sure it’s even illegal. No word yet on whether
Visnovsky has received a call from the league office, but don’t expect one,
either.

The other part of the play that raised some eyebrows is the
fact that nobody came to Giroux’s aid. Your captain gets destroyed like that,
and there is zero physical response?

Neither Jakub Voracek nor Matt Read is known for their
fighting, and the blue liners were in a tight spot themselves with Braydon
Coburn lost to injury in the second period, and Nicklas Grossmann and Andrej
Meszaros already out of the lineup. Not necessarily wise to take another
defenseman off the ice with under three minutes to play, much less send a bunch
of toughs out for the next shift when you’re down a goal.

And where was Scott Hartnell, besides complaining about
non-calls
in the dressing room after the game? Currently playing on a line with
Brayden Schenn and Wayne Simmonds. Peter Laviolette may want to reevaluate that
decision.

Then again, there’s a time and a place for retaliation. Had
Hartsy got in Visnovsky’s face, he wouldn’t have been on the ice to jam home
the game-tying goal and save a point out of the whole disaster of a game.
Seeing that the hit was probably clean in the first place, it would’ve looked
pretty foolish.

I’d still probably feel better knowing he was out there with
Giroux though. Should Hartnell be moved back to the top line?

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CSN, TCN to air 25 of Union's 34 games in 2017

CSN, TCN to air 25 of Union's 34 games in 2017

Twenty-five of the Union’s 34 games in 2017 will be featured on CSN and TCN, as Jim Curtin’s club vies for a second straight playoff berth.

Twenty matches will air on TCN, while five can be seen on CSN. The nine others will be appear across 6ABC, ESPN and FOX Sports 1.

The Union’s season opener on March 5 at the Vancouver Whitecaps will broadcast on TCN and the team’s home opener on March 11 against Toronto FC will air on CSN. The next three games — March 18 at Orlando City SC, April 1 at D.C. United and April 8 vs. the Portland Timbers — will be shown on TCN.

The Union are coming off an 11-14-9 season and their second-ever trip to the MLS playoffs in which they suffered a first-round exit to Toronto FC.

For the Union’s full 2017 schedule, click here.

Best of NHL: Toews nets hat trick in Blackhawks' win over Wild

Best of NHL: Toews nets hat trick in Blackhawks' win over Wild

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Jonathan Toews had three goals and two assists and the Chicago Blackhawks beat rival Minnesota 5-3 on Tuesday night for their second win over the Western Conference-leading Wild in less than two weeks.

Toews notched his fourth career hat trick on an empty-netter with 1:02 left to stave off a spirited rally by the Wild, who began a franchise-record eight-game homestand on Feb. 8 with a 4-3 overtime loss to the Blackhawks. Toews had a goal and two assists in that one and has 37 points in 35 career games against Minnesota.

Chicago's captain has been chewing up almost everyone else, too, with 20 points in his last 12 games. Toews' wing men Nick Schmaltz and Richard Panik had the other goals, giving the Blackhawks 34 goals in their last eight games. Their first line totaled nine points.

Mikael Granlund's second power-play goal for the Wild brought them within 4-3, before Ryan Suter hit the crossbar with a shot that nearly tied it (see full recap).

Islanders open 9-game road trip with win
DETROIT -- Calvin de Haan was credited with a go-ahead goal that caromed off an opponent late in the second period and the New York Islanders went on to beat the Detroit Red Wings 3-1 Tuesday night.

De Haan's shot from above the left circle was stopped by Petr Mrazek, but the rebound went off Detroit defenseman Xavier Ouellet and the back of the goaltender's left leg and into the net. John Tavares scored early in the third period to give the Islanders a two-goal lead and they coasted to the victory.

Josh Bailey had a goal and an assist, and Thomas Greiss stopped 26 shots for New York.

Henrik Zetterberg scored for Detroit and Mrazek finished with 19 saves.

The Islanders, in contention for a wild-card spot, began a stretch of nine straight road games by winning for the third time in four games and improved to 8-13-4 away from home (see full recap).

Crosby, Penguins take care of Hurricanes
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Sidney Crosby scored the go-ahead goal on a deflection in the second period, and the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Carolina Hurricanes 3-1 on Tuesday night.

Evgeni Malkin and Scott Wilson also scored to help the reigning Stanley Cup champions bounce back from their only loss since the All-Star break. Pittsburgh moved three points behind East-leading Washington and is 7-1-3 since the break.

Jeff Skinner scored for the last-place Hurricanes, who have their second five-game losing streak in the past five weeks. They have been outscored 19-4 during the current slide.

Matt Murray made 29 saves for the Penguins while Cam Ward stopped 19 shots for Carolina (see full recap).