5 things we learned in the NHL last week: We all eventually get hit in the face

There was no shortage of moments that caught the attention of hockey fans over the last seven days, including John Tavares socking a teammate in the face, Shea Weber nailing Corey Crawford with a booming slapshot and a member of the Avalanche making a Red Wings fan bleed his own blood.

Plus, Martin Hanzal suffers a premature celebration

Corey Crawford of the Chicago Blackhawks is shaken up after receiving a Shea Weber slap shot on his mask during a game against the Montreal Canadiens in Montreal on Tuesday. (Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)

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!

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.

Toronto Maple Leafs' Nikita Zaitsev unended himself, then got upended by teammate Tyler Bozak to give the Florida Panthers an easy goal en route to a 7-2 blowout win. 0:32

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.

Crawford was deemed to be good to go by the Blackhawks' trainer and didn't miss any time, which riled some who say the league's concussion protocol failed the goalie.

After the game, which Chicago took 4-2, Crawford was asked about the shot.

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.

The Minnesota Wild celebrate just a tad too early 0:23

'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.


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