December 28 2012 05:05AM
Not sure who could have predicted that the Canadian world junior team would be losing 3-1 to Team Slovakia in the second period, but this wicked slapshot from Maple Leafs' draft pick Morgan Rielly on a 5-on-3 potentially changed the outcome of the game.
December 28 2012 01:10AM
Not gonna lie to you - not a lot of huge names in these games. There. I was straight up. But there are some great highlights, including one goal I'd put in the conversation for goal of the year in the Ak Bars vs. Neftekhimik game.
December 27 2012 03:38PM
Mikhail Grabovski scores a nice OT-winner, some wicked saves between Dynamo Moscow and Slovan, and more! If you have to watch just ONE game, watch SKA-Red Army. Great game.
December 26 2012 01:16PM
After Jake Gardiner was run at by Kevin Porter back on December 8th, he stepped right back out on the ice for the powerplay and scored, before being held out of the third period of the same game. He has not played since, with the Toronto Marlies waffling between whether it was "concussion symptoms" "a concussion-like state" and simply "neck pain".
This isn't exactly an organization that seems to have a great idea with how to work with young players' injuries. Gardiner's not the first to play through a concussion (albeit briefly). James Reimer's agent all but admitted the young goalie's symptoms weren't fully cleared before he played last season.
Anyway, let's hope the Leafs do their due diligence here with Nazem Kadri. Via the video above, you can see he was run at by Zack Stortini during the Marlies boxing day game against the Hamilton Bulldogs. Stortini was deservedly given five and a game.
December 26 2012 07:03AM
While it's probably prudent to curb ones enthusiasm, given Team Canada's opening game at the World Junior Championship in Russia amounted to little more than a controlled scrimmage against an overmatched opponent, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins gave fans plenty to cheer about in a 9-3 waltz over Germany today.