Hockey News: Orpik Hit on Toews; Ted Nolan Contract Extension

Last night Brooks Orpik laid a big hit on Jonathan Toews that forced the Hawks captain to leave the game. Had it not been a star player, no one would have cared. [Pensburgh]

NBC’s Mike Milbury wasn’t a fan of the hit. He hates the Penguins, so no surprise there. [Puck Daddy]

Toews didn’t return to the game, but thankfully his injury isn’t considered serious. [CBC]

Jonathan Toews

The Sabres have signed head coach Ted Nolan to a contract extension. [National Post]

What happened to the Toronto Maple Leafs? [Globe and Mail]

Flames rookie Sean Monahan scored his 20th goal of the season in a loss to the Senators. He’s tied with Jarome Iginla and Dion Phaneuf for the franchise record in rookie scoring. []

Should Carolina have drafted Monahan instead? [Cardiac Cane]

Gustav Nyquist is actually unstoppable. [CBS Sports]

Flyers forward Vincent Lecavalier scored his 400th career goal against the Bruins. [Liberty Voice]

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(Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports)

Colorado’s Matt Duchene is expected to miss about a month with a knee injury. [9 News]

What’s up with the Capitals? [Washington Post]

Thomas Vanek is fitting in very nicely with the Montreal Canadiens. [A Winning Habit]

Minnesota’s Dany Heatley was a healthy scratch this weekend. [Twin Cities]

Happy Birthday, Mr. Hockey! [Detroit Free Press]

And finally, someone has stolen the Stanley Cup! [YouTube]