Feb 24, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford (50) makes a pad save during the third period against the Columbus Blue Jackets at the United Center. Chicago won 1-0.
Celebratory meetings in front of the goalie are commonplace in Chicago — in fact, more commonplace than in any city in any time in the history of the NHL. After the Blackhawks beat the Blue Jackets 1-0 on Sunday, goalie Corey Crawford is met by right wing Marian Hossa (81) and defenseman Duncan Keith (2). The win improved Chicago's record to 15-0-3 and extended the team's record season-opening point streak to 18 games.
Pittsburgh right wing Beau Bennett (19) may not have been in the perfect position on Sunday, but he got the puck past Tampa Bay goalie Mathieu Garon nonetheless for his first career goal in a 5-3 win at home.
Have a seat
Columbus center Mark Letestu (10) is checked into his bench by Chicago center Andrew Shaw during the second period Sunday. Shaw also scored the game's only goal for good measure.
No, Colorado right wing David Jones (far left) and Anaheim left wing Patrick Maroon aren't auditioning for Disney on Ice, though they seem to be in sync at the Honda Center on Sunday.
Look like he's winning?
By the time the third period rolled around Sunday, Tampa Bay head coach Guy Boucher had a hard time containing his emotions during his team's 5-3 loss to Pittsburgh at the CONSOL Energy Center.
Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard makes a save as the Predators' Rich Clune crashes the net on Saturday. The Wings won, 4-0.
The Coyotes' David Moss (right) and the Oilers' Jordan Eberle get tangled up on Saturday. Eberle had a goal Edmonton's 3-2 win.
Winnipeg goaltender Ondrej Pavelec gets across the crease for a save on Saturday against the Flyers. Pavelec made 35 stops but the Jets lost, 5-3.
Devils goalie Johan Hedberg gets ready to sweep hats away from his crease after the Capitals' Alex Ovechkin recorded a hat trick on Saturday. The Caps won, 5-1.
Hatty for Ovi
Alex Ovechkin (center) celebrates his second goal of Saturday's game against the Devils that came early in the third period.
Hit the ice
Islanders defenseman Travis Hamonic (3), teammate Frans Nielsen (51) and Sabres winger Thomas Vanek all dive for the puck on Saturday. The Islanders shut out the Sabres, 4-0.
The Stars' Jaromir Jagr gets sandwiched between Sharks defenseman Justin Braun and into goalie Antti Niemi during Saturday's game. Dallas won at home, 3-1.
Spray all day
Snow comes off of Jiri Tlusty's skate as he stops by the end boards. His Hurricanes lost to the Leafs, 5-2, on Saturday.
Celebrate good times, c'mon
Florida Panthers center Jonathan Huberdeau celebrates after beating Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury for a goal during Friday's game. The Penguins would regroup for a 3-1 win.
'My head hurts'
Nashville Predators right wing Patric Hornqvist (27) loses his helmet as a result of a collision with Vancouver Canucks left wing Mason Raymond (21) during the third period on Friday.
Taste this glove
San Jose Sharks defenseman Jason Demers (5) take a jab at Chicago Blackhawks center Patrick Sharp (10) during the second period of Friday's game. The Blackhawks won the game, extending their points streak to an NHL record 17 to start a season.
No place to lie down
Montreal Canadiens left wing Brandon Prust slides into New York Islanders goalie Evgeny Nabokov during the second period at the Bell Centre on Thursday.
Carolina Hurricanes right wing Alexander Semin (front) tries to carry the puck against the Winnipeg Jets defense at the PNC Center on Thursday.
Florida Panthers defenseman Erik Gudbranson is checked into the boards by Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Braydon Coburn during the second period at the Wells Fargo Center on Thursday.
Meet at the goalmouth
Detroit Red Wings center Joakim Andersson (left) , Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Nikita Nikitin (6) and defenseman Fedor Tyutin collide in front of goalie Sergei Bobrovsky in the third period at Joe Louis Arena on Thursday.
New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist makes a save on a shot from Ottawa Senators center Mika Zibanejad in the second period at Scotiabank Place on Thursday.
New York Islanders center Frans Nielsen falls after being checked by Montreal Canadiens left wing Max Pacioretty during the first period at the Bell Centre on Thursday.
Leaving side door open
Evgeni Malkin of the Pittsburgh Penguins scores past Ilya Bryzgalov of the Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday in Pittsburgh.
Alex Tanguay of the Calgary Flames (left) is checked by Rob Scuderi of the Los Angeles Kings Wednesday in Calgary.
Coming through, Blue
Mark Olver of the Colorado Avalanche (right) tries to skate past Chris Stewart of the St. Louis Blues on Wednesday in Denver.
Finding the net
Toronto Maple Leafs center Mikhail Grabovski (84) scores a goal against Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Anders Lindback during the first period Tuesday in Tampa, Fla. The Lightning won, 4-2.
Lars Eller (81) of the Montreal Canadiens shoots against goalie Henrik Lundqvist of the New York Rangers Tuesday at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
Nashville Predators defenseman Roman Josi (59) and Detroit Red Wings center Pavel Datsyuk (13) collide in the third period Tuesday in Nashville, Tenn. The Preds won 4-3 in OT.
Headed for a fall
Ottawa Senators center Zack Smith (right) collides with New York Islanders center John Tavares along the boards during the first period Tuesday in Ottawa, Ontario. The Senators won, 3-1.
Chicago Blackhawks center Andrew Shaw (65) scores the winning goal against Vancouver Canucks goalie Cory Schneider during the shootout Tuesday in Chicago. The Blackhawks won 4-3.
Anaheim Ducks goaltender Jonas Hiller (1) stands for the national anthem prior to Monday night's game against the Columbus Blue Jackets at the Honda Center. Hiller stopped 24 shots in helping the Ducks improve to 11-2-1.
'Hey, I'm trying to skate here!'
Jared Boll (40) of the Columbus Blue Jackets and Phoenix Coyotes defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson fall to the ice as they battle for a loose puck during the second period of Monday's game.
Kiss the glass
Phoenix Coyotes center Lauri Korpikoski checks Calgary Flames defenseman Mark Giordano into the glass during the first period on Monday. The Coyotes continued to do the punishing in the contest, winning 4-0.
Three's a crowd
Montreal Canadiens forward Erik Cole (72), Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Joe Corvo (77) and goaltender Cam Ward (30) have their eyes focused on the flying puck during the first period Monday.
Let's get physical
Colton Orr (28) of the Toronto Maple Leafs bangs up against the boards with Dmitry Kulikov of the Florida Panthers during the second period Monday.
You can't stop this
Nashville Predators left wing Sergei Kostitsyn (74) shoots a puck that is unable to be corralled by Colorado goalie Semyon Varlamov during the first period of Monday's 6-5 win by the Avalanche.
Slip and slide
Philadelphia Flyers' Danny Briere falls while chasing the puck with New York Islanders' Frans Nielsen (right) and Travis Hamonic during the first period Monday in Uniondale, NY. It was one of the Flyers' few pratfalls in a 7-0 matinee victory.
Ottawa Senators center Zack Smith hits New Jersey Devils center Andrei Loktionov while Senators defenseman Mike Lundin plays the puck during the second period Monday in Newark, NJ. The Senators escaped with a 2-1 shootout victory.