What The Puck: Patrick Kaleta Is All Class Minus The CL
Turns out Patrick Kaleta is done playing hockey for the season after-all, in the NHL and AHL. Know what’s ironic about his injury? He suffered a torn ACL crashing into Lake Erie’s goalie Calvin Pickard and his leg struck the crossbar.
It’s been a rough season for Kaleta one he will surely love to put behind him. First he was handed a 10 game suspension for drilling Jack Johnson in the head. Then Kaleta tried to appeal the suspension but Gary Bettman turned a cold cheek and honored the suspension.
Besides the disgraceful “hockey check” in the video above let’s take a look back at Kaleta’s career in the NHL.
He “attempts” to play the puck but he had full blown-skates off the ice-hit in mind the whole way. Typical Kaleta.
Anyways I’ve wasted enough time on this clown, my heart goes out to Kaleta. Here’s to a slow recovery *takes a drink*
Four Important Things That Happened In The NHL Last Week
We are in to December, which means the first two months of the NHL regular season are already done. Let’s take a look back at the week that was, shall we? The top teams in the Western Conference have shown why they are where they are, a leading rookie hits the injured-reserve list, one Eastern Conference contender had a tough week and my favorite Ilya Bryzgalov suffers an injury.
Chicago, Anaheim, San Jose Setting West On Fire
The Chicago Blackhawks, Anaheim Ducks and San Jose Sharks are the top three teams in the West and two of them are on winning streaks. The defending Stanley Cup champs from Chicago are sitting on 44 points, which also leads the NHL and they are riding a six-game winning streak.
The Ducks won over the weekend and now sit 3rd in the Western Conference with 40 points, just one point over the St. Louis Blues.
San Jose was tied with Anaheim at 37 points – now have 41 points and 2nd in the West – but the Ducks have been inconsistent as of late while San Jose had won five consecutive games. They say cream rises to the top and last week certainly proved that in the West.
Monahan Out With Foot Fracture
While it would look like the Calgary Flames are in trouble, they’re actually not; they are rebuilding with a young team. Most of their optimism this season has been centered around rookie Sean Monahan, who was second only to San Jose’s Thomas Hertl for more rookie points. The Flames’ 2013 first-round pick leads the Flames with nine goals and has 15 points over the first 24 games of the season and furthermore, has been adding a ton of energy on a team that is trying to be scrappy and compete every night.
However, the Flames have been hit hard by injuries, and Monahan is the latest casualty. He suffered a hairline fracture of his foot, which actually happened in practice last week. The Flames have decided to shut their rookie down for a while and have placed him on injured reserve. It’s a tough pill to swallow for Flames fans as Monahan had been one of the few reasons to watch them play on a nightly basis.
It has been a rough week for the Capitals, who had lost four in a row but did manage to win two over the weekend by the skin of their teeth. Three of those losses came at home where the Capitals have generally been good in recent years, but they have already lost six of their first 14 at home this season.
The defense has been leaky over the past week, allowing 19 goals, and the Capitals were out-shot in three of those games. Ironically, they blitzed Toronto with a 50-28 advantage last Saturday and deserved to win, but they fell 2-1 in the shootout.
If there is one positive, it is that Alex Ovechkin continues to put up points. He’s racked up four goals and an assist over the last three games of the skid and now leads the league in goals over Blues’ Alex Steen for the lead in goals with 21. However, the Caps have to be more diligent at the other end of the ice.
Bryzgalov Injured Late Sunday Night
Aww..is really all I have to say about this Russian. I believe in what goes around, comes around and that’s exactly what happened late Sunday night to Ilya Bryzgalov.
Sometime late in the second period BryzGOALov had to leave the game after Dallas’ Ryan Garbutt slightly collided into him on a breakaway. His was not able to return to the game and there has been no update on his injury.
In Bryz’s first game this season he posted a 33 save shutout, but in his second appearance he was yanked for letting up soft goals – something he is well known for doing.
Much like Kaleta, here’s to a slow recovery *takes another drink*.
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