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Top-5: Former NHL player tragically dies after horrific injury

Lots of action yesterday in the NHL and in the field hockey world in general. Let’s take a look at what caught our eye.

1 : Terrible news for a former NHLer

Adam Johnson played a total of 13 games on the Bettman circuit. He played in Germany last season before heading to England.

This morning, however, the Nottingham Panthers announced the death of the forward,who suffered a gruesome injury in a game played yesterday.

Sensitive ears, I advise you to skip to the next point: Johnson was cut in the throat and tragically died as a result of the cut.

The English Hockey League has decided to act accordingly. No games will be played today and matches will be postponed to a future date.

What a sad story.

2: Frank Vatrano is on fire

Last season, Frank Vatrano scored 22 goals.

He’s on track to smash that mark… He scored ANOTHER hat trick yesterday in his club’s win over the Philadelphia Flyers.

He has now scored eight goals in his first eight games of the campaign…

That puts him tied for second on the NHL’s all-time scoring list with Travis Konecny and David Pastrnak… And it’s Alex DeBrincat who sits atop the league’s top scorers with a total of eight goals.

3: Shesterkin brilliant in Rangers overtime win

Igor Shesterkin stopped 30 of 33 shots to help the New York Rangers escape with an overtime victory over the Vancouver Canucks.

The Russian-born goaltender also made a superb save in overtime to save his team:

Moments later, K’Andre Miller was forgotten at the face-off circle and the defenseman took advantage of a clever pass from Chris Kreider to give his club the win.

The Rangers, who were traveling out West, won their last three games away from home. Alexis Lafrenière was blanked in the game, but spent a total of 17 minutes and 56 seconds on the ice.

4: Roman Josi for the win

The Toronto Leafs were in Nashville to take on the Predators last night.

The Leafs’ stars were quieter (despite a William Nylander goal), and it was the Preds’ captain who rose to the occasion.

In the overtime period, the Predators’ captain took advantage of a mini-mess-up in the opposing zone to get into the slot and fire a shot that gave his club the win.

Defensively, Sheldon Keefe’s men were sloppy on the sequence:

5: Joe Veleno’s wake-up call

At 23, Joe Veleno is in his third full NHL season… And he seems to be more comfortable than ever on the ice.

The Montrealer scored another goal last night, making it five in his last five games.

He’s only four goals shy of his career-high total in a single season (9)… And the Wings have only played nine games since the start of the campaign.

He’s really, really off to a good start this season, the Wings prospect.


– A fine achievement for the Kings captain.

– What a shot.

– Eight straight games with at least one point for Artemi Panarin.

– Shutout for Semyon Varlamov. It’s his 39th career NHL game.

– Brady continues to do what he does well.

– He’s been smoking this early in the season.

– Bing bing.

– It’s finally happening for Zegras.

– Yesterday’s top scorers :


– Quiet NHL schedule today :

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