The Colorado Avalanche: News from around the NHL - December 20th, 2013

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I knew Talbot was good on the penalty kill, but didn't realize he had so many short-handed goals.

The Avalanche took their first lead of the game with 1:32 remaining in the middle period on Talbot's shorthanded goal, which came 31 seconds after Colorado's Patrick Bordeleau was penalized for interference. Marc-Andre Cliche led a 2-on-1 rush into the Oilers' end following an Edmonton turnover. Cliche skated down right wing and passed across to Talbot, who went to his backhand and slid the puck past Dubnyk's right skate.

"Any time you get a goal like that, it's always huge, but the main thing to do is to kill the penalty, which we were able to do," said Talbot, who has 16 shorthanded goals in his NHL career. "Getting a goal there is obviously extra. Back in the day, I think I had five [shorthanded goals] one year. It's always nice to get some chances and it was nice to put it back there.

Tom Wilson is not getting suspended for his hit on Schenn.

Despite stating "I really don't remember much of the play at all," Philadelphia Flyers forward Brayden Schenn did not undergo concussion baseline testing after being rocked by Tom Wilson Tuesday.

Wilson, a Washington Capitals rookie, did not receive supplemental discipline for the hit despite having a telephone hearing with the NHL.

CBC has an article about Joey Hishon - and that concussions cost him 22 months of his career.

That's where his story took an ugly turn. In the Attack's first game of the Memorial Cup, Kootenay Ice defenceman Brayden McNabb elbowed Hishon in the head. McNabb, who now plays for the Buffalo Sabres, got one game. Hishon got 22 months.

"I knew right away something wasn't right," Hishon said. "It was my first concussion.

"It was frustrating and upsetting. You don't want to sit when your team is on that big stage.

"You want to be out there performing with you teammates in the good times. Now you're facing something you're not sure what you're dealing with."

Hishon suffered headaches. He dealt with neck pain. He also had the occasional bout of dizziness. The dizzy spells were the scariest part. He never knew when these unwelcome episodes would decide to interrupt his life.

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