5 things we learned in the NHL last week: We all eventually get hit in the face
Plus, Martin Hanzal suffers a premature celebration
Another week of the NHL season has come and gone, but not without teaching us a few lessons along the way.
Here's a look back at some of the most exciting and/or strange events that caught the attention of hockey fans over the last seven days and what we learned from them.
We sometimes hurt the ones we love
John Tavares with the OT winner! And the celebratory punch to the face of teammate Jason Chimera!
Tavares celebrates by punching Chimera in the face <a href="https://t.co/gOUY6xD4ts">pic.twitter.com/gOUY6xD4ts</a>—@myregularface
At least it didn't come from a place of anger, like Chris Stewart's friendly fire on teammate Zach Parise.
Easy, guy. He's getting over the mumps.
Ice can be pretty slippery
Nikita Zaitsev just couldn't seem to find his balance during this short-handed tally by the Panthers on Tuesday.
It was a sign of things to come as Florida walloped the Maple Leafs 7-2.
Shea Weber is the reason goalies wear masks
Corey Crawford was visibly (and understandably) stunned by this slapshot to the face by the NHL's reigning hardest-shot king.
After the game, which Chicago took 4-2, Crawford was asked about the shot.
Crawford on Weber: "It was a hard shot. Slow pass and I just tried to go out and take the angle away, and it’s too bad he smoked me there."—@MarkLazerus
Yes, he did, Corey. Yes, he did.
You only see what you want to see
'Tis a fine tip, but sure it is no goal, Martin Hanzal.
'1 in a million odds' still means there's a chance
Well, it seems the blood feud between the Red Wings and Avalanche is still alive and well.
We're not sure what the probability is of being struck in the face by a puck fired by an NHL player through the photographer's camera hole, but it's pretty low.