5 things we learned in the NHL last week: Hold on to your hats
Plus, Radek Faksa debuts a hockey-slopestyle hybrid
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.
An empty-net goal can be the most impressive part of a hat trick
Impressive: Patrick Kane was the first Blackhawk to score two hat tricks in a span of three games since 1991.
More impressive: He notched the second one on Wednesday against the powerhouse Pittsburgh Penguins.
Most impressive: His empty-net goal, which was scored from a near-impossible angle and on the backhand.
Wayne Simmonds tried to tell you not to do that
A Jakub Voracek goal has never been booed so much in Philadelphia.
To be fair to the crowd, they thought Wayne Simmonds had scored his third of the game, and promptly tossed their hats in celebration.
There is some good news to come out of this hat-tossing mix-up — Voracek will match the amount of hats thrown on the ice (which were tallied at 396) and send new Flyers caps to a local Philadelphia hospital.
Flyers clarify. Say Voracek will donate about $6,000 of Flyers hats to CHOP and other children's hospitals. Great gesture.—@BroadStBull
Bill Peters is not a motivational speaker
Well, it seems Cam Ward's starting job is safe. Carolina Hurricanes coach Bill Peters gave backup netminder Eddie Lack a vote of non-confidence when speaking to reporters on Friday.
For the record, Peters' numbers are correct: The average save percentage in the NHL is .913, and among goalies who have played at least nine games this season, Lack ranks 60th out of 60.
P.K. Subban is still loved in Montreal
Who says you can't go home again?
Radek Faksa is the 1st hockey-slopestyle player
Just check out this rail grind + goal combo:
Riding the dasher for a zone entry is my new favorite move <a href="https://t.co/tT1uJX8mVM">pic.twitter.com/tT1uJX8mVM</a>—@PeteBlackburn
The Stars' Jumbotron seemed to favour the skateboarding analogy, which also might work:
Stars Jumbotron on fire tonight <a href="https://t.co/fqQVWW1xzA">pic.twitter.com/fqQVWW1xzA</a>—@dnadders