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This Week In The NHL: Wayne Simmonds Scores Goal With His Face

Sarah Sotoodeh |
April 3, 2012 | 11:05 p.m. PDT

Associate Sports Editor


Happy 84th Birthday to Gordie Howe (Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons).
Happy 84th Birthday to Gordie Howe (Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons).

From face goals to the birthday of a certain hockey legend, this week in the NHL is here to keep you informed on all things hockey.

-Happy belated birthday to Gordie Howe! March 31 was Howe’s 84th birthday. The hockey legend played for the Detroit Red Wings for 25 seasons.

-Congrats to Phoenix Coyote left winger Ray Whitney, who earned his 1,000th point on March 31 against the Anaheim Ducks. The 39-year-old notched an assist during the game.

-If you want to vote for which NHLer should be on the 2013 EA Sports NHL cover, click here.


-Washington Capitals goalie Tomas Vokoun is out with a lower body injury, after playing in the first period of the March 29 game against the Boston Bruins.

-Another goalie, Toronto Maple Leafs’ Jonas Gustavsson, was injured during the March 29 game, when he was hit on the left leg by the puck. 

-Buffalo Sabres defenseman Christian Ehrhoff is out with a lower-body injury after he crashed knee-on-knee with Washington Capitals right winger Troy Brouwer during the March 27 game.

-LA Kings GM Dean Lombardi announced that forward Jeff Carter has been diagnosed with a deep bone bruise on his ankle and listed as day-to-day.  The injury occurred during the March 29 game against the Calgary Flames.


-Tom Renney, head coach for the Edmonton Oilers, has been fined $10,000 for comments he made criticizing the referees after the 2-0 loss at the Los Angeles Kings on April 2.

Goal of the Week

Wayne Simmonds, forward for the Philadelphia Flyers, scored a goal against the Ottawa Senators with his face.  The Flyers ended up losing 4-3 in a shootout. See the March 31 goal here:  

If you want to see what happened to his face after the goal, (hint: it’s pretty bloody) check out this interview: 



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