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Pens Points Thursday: Helmet Gate

Adam Pardy gets helmet ripped off his head by a nutty fan. Michel Therrien has PK Subban riding the pine late in close games, It's too early to hammer Nail. Shanny goes to HHOF. The 'Yotes are winning in total anonymity.

Jonathan Daniel

In one of the most ridiculous instances of fan-player interactions, last night at the United Center, Winnipeg Jets' Adam Pardy was checked hard and went through the glass into the front row. A fan reached down and ripped his helmet off, put it on his stupid head, and then some woman dumped beer all over him. This is the best video there is. You will laugh and laugh, it's so perfectly idiotic. More gifs and videos of the whole circus are available. [SBN]

There was a lot of outrage about the obvious yet disallowed Sharks OT goal that would have given them the win Tuesday night against the Sabres. Like life, NHL isn't always fair. [The Hockey News]

From Down Goes Brown, five NHL moves that were huge at the time and that we might have forgotten, including how Pavel Bure lasted until the 113th pick in the 1990 NHL draft. Lesson: always do your homework. [Grantland]

To trade or not to trade? Adam Proteau argues it is far too early to hammer on Nail Yakupov. [The Hockey News]

Michel Therrien has a tendency to leave P.K. Subban on the bench in crucial moments, like late in games. Does he not know or care he's the reigning Norris Trophy winner? [Backhand Shelf]

As Brendan Shanahan enters the Hockey Hall of Fame next week, here's a great recap of his life and career. His father never got to see him succeed in the NHL. Seven years after his death of Alzheimer's, Brendan took the Stanley Cup to his dad's grave. He was always one of my favorite players. Congratulations and well done, Shanny. [Yahoo Sports]

They are probably the most invisible team in hockey, but the 'Yotes are near the top of the murderous Pacific Division that features 4 of the top 7 teams in the NHL. I hoped the Pens would snag him but they didn't, and Dave Tippett is still winning with what he has. [NHL]

More Canadian Olympic selection drama. Who's hot, who's not? I wouldn't want to be Steve Yzerman for all the whiskey in Ireland. The whole country's got him under the microscope and he will never make them all happy. I also think that Lundqvist will backstop Sweden to gold, so I hope Stevie Y does have a lot of whiskey. [THW]

Panini unveils the 2013 rookie sketch cards. Emerson Etem can really draw. [Puck Daddy]

That's it for today. Remember that Tom & Jerry episode in which Tom is so tired that he draws open eyes over his shut eyelids? That's me right about now.