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From the Branches: Carey Price is done like Thanksgiving dinner

Happy non-Canadian Thanksgiving!

Mind if I lie down here for a rest?
Mind if I lie down here for a rest?
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It's American Thanksgiving today, so there are no games scheduled because NHL teams are all in TV markets that have NFL football teams. Oh, wait.

Leafs News

Today is day three of a four day break for The Leafs, so there's little news other than this Instagram photo of Snizzbone and a very muscular Rich Clune. James Reimer and friends will be back for Hockey Night in Canada Saturday.

Last Night's Games

It was a wild night with 22 teams in action, sometimes Hollywood-like action.

The big story of the night is Carey Price. In the third period of the Habs blowing out the Rangers he aggravated his previous injury badly enough to be forced to leave and won't be coming back soon.

Carey Price injured again - Eyes On The Prize
After two and a half games, Carey Price is back on the shelf.

People are already frothing at the mouth with speculation the Habs will trade for a backup goalie. James Reimer's name has even been thrown out there.

Price wasn't the only big-name to take an injury last night, Nail Yakupov was taken down hard.... by a linesman!

Yakupov didn't come back to the game, but there is no update yet on his injury status. The LOLOILERS went on to be demolished by the leagues lowest scoring team, The Hurricanes, and lose 1-4.

Over in Pittsburgh Crosby broke his curse and scored two goals, his fourth and fifth in 21 games this season, but all anyone is talking about is his reported "falling out" with Penguins owner Mario Lemieux.

Other Highlights

The Van Riemsdyk boys are so great between the legs.

A puck! And so little time to stop it from crossing the goal line! Now less! Now less! NOW NONE!


It was 5-1. Good thing they pulled Lundqvist

"Sorry. I know you're in pain, but this part of the bench is full."

And he was definitely in pain after blocking this.




Evgeny Kuznetsov has quietly picked up 24 points in 21 games. Why don't you hear anyone talking about him?

Meanwhile in Columbus (a phrase likely never written before by anyone) the Devils are wondering when the Blue Jackets took posession of the puck on this goal.


Nashville Predators 3, Buffalo Sabres 2: Hutton, 2nd Line End Scoreless Streak - On the Forecheck
Ding dong the streak is dead.

Quick Thoughts: Blue Jackets 2, Devils 1 - The Cannon
The Blue Jackets capitalized on their chances and caught a huge break in the third to knock off the Devils in New Jersey.

Canadiens vs Rangers Top Six Minutes: Price injured as Habs rout New York - Eyes On The Prize
Habs best Rangers, lose Price to injury.

Recap: A Case of the Thanksgiving Blues....for the Blues - PensBurgh
For the Blues. A Penguins OT win.

Hurricanes 4, Oilers 1 - Canes Country
Cam Ward stops 30 shots and Canes win on Thanksgiving Eve

Radim Vrbata scores two goals as Canucks top Wild 3-2 - Hockey Wilderness
After three days off, the Wild started the game about as good as you could ask for. However the Vancouver Canucks would have none of it. Radim Vrbata and his goal in the final minute of the first...

Islanders 3 (EN), Flyers 1: Isles rewarded for thorough effort - Lighthouse Hockey
After a discouraging home-and-home lost weekend against the East-leading Montreal Canadiens, the New York Islanders found comforting tonic in a struggling Metro opponent who brought rival-caliber feistiness and violence to the game.

Ducks @ Coyotes Instant Recap: Can we play them every time? - Five For Howling
The Coyotes are having Ducks for Thanksgiving.

Lightning outlast Kings, win 2-1 in shootout - Raw Charge
The Lightning stood their ground in a close battle against one of the Western Conference's tougher teams, capturing their third straight win.

Boston 3 - Detroit 2 (OT): Not Thankful For This - Winging It In Motown
The Red Wings, earners of points in their last 4 games, welcomed the Boston Bruins to the Joe to open a 6 game homestand. The Wings have struggled against the Bruins in the past year or so, and tonight was no different.

Other News

John Collins resigned as COO of the NHL yesterday. Collins has been in the role since 2008 and is best known for his work in the mass commercialization and monetisation of the league's various properties. He was a strong advocate of a strategy to turn fans of individual teams into 'hockey fans' who would watch other teams play. I find his departure a year in advance of the World Cup of Hockey to be curiously timed.

Marc Bergevin signs contract extension until 2022 - Eyes On The Prize
General Manager Marc Bergevin is rewarded for producing results.