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  • NHL Three Stars: Marleau's 4-goal night; Leafs blank Flames

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 6 hrs ago

    No. 1 Star: Patrick Marleau, San Jose Sharks

    It was a memorable night for Marleau as he recorded his third career NHL hat trick and first four-goal game as the Sharks downed the Colorado Avalanche 5-2. According to the NHL, Marleau is the 12th player in league history to score four times in one game and first since Mario Lemieux did it in Jan. 1997.

    No. 2 Stars: Frederik Andersen / Nazem Kadri, Toronto Maple Leafs

    Andersen did his work in goal stopping all 26 shots he faced and Kadri popped in two goals to reach 20 on the season and 100 for his career as the Leafs blanked the Calgary Flames 4-0. Mitch Marner added a goal and an assist to take the lead in the rookie scoring race with 39 points.

    No. 3 Star: Dmitry Orlov, Washington Capitals

    The Capitals routed the Carolina Hurricanes 6-1 and Orlov doubled his goal output on the year with a pair. Andre Burakovsky set up three goals and Braden Holtby made 25 saves for his 23rd win of the season. The Capitals now have points in their last 14 games and have scored 44 goals over their last eight.

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  • Patrick Marleau spends third period scoring four goals vs. Avs (Video)

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 6 hrs ago

    The San Jose Sharks beat the Colorado Avalanche 5-2 on Monday night and were powered in a big way by Patrick Marleau. The veteran forward not only tallied his third career NHL hat trick, but added another one for his first ever four-goal game. And he did all of his work in the third period.

    Sigh. Shoulda been you, Joe Thornton.

    Big win and what a night for Patty beast Marleau!! #yearoftherooster ????????????????

    — Brent Burns (@Burnzie88) January 24, 2017

    Stroke it Patty #pm12

    — Logan Couture (@Logancouture) January 24, 2017

    Brent Burns put home his 20th of the year to open the scoring in the first period, which was matched by Jarome Iginla with his sixth midway through the second period.

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  • Johnny Gaudreau on receiving end of big Leo Komarov hit (Video)

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 8 hrs ago

    Johnny Gaudreau of the Calgary Flames briefly left Monday’s game against the Toronto Maple Leafs after a thunderous hit along the wall from Leo Komarov.

    There was no penalty called for the hit and Komarov and Mark Giordano somehow only ended up with roughing minors instead of fighting majors for their brief tilt that featured dropped gloves and punches thrown. Hmm.

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    Gaudreau only missed a few minutes of the game before returning to the ice. He was welcomed back by Zach Hyman, who increased the Leafs’ lead to 3-0 with a shorthanded goal.

    "I feel fine. It's a part of hockey – you're going to get hit sometimes." – Johnny Gaudreau

    — Calgary Flames (@NHLFlames) January 24, 2017

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  • Thatcher Demko to wear awesome glow-in-the-dark pad set in AHL (Video)

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 10 hrs ago

    When the AHL’s Utica Comets host the Syracuse Crunch on Saturday it will be “Save of the Day Night,” benefiting the Thea Bowman House, which helps low-income, at-risk children and families in the city.

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    For the game the Comets will be donning some sweet specialty jerseys that will remind you of the 2015 NHL All-Star game design. Goaltender Thatcher Demko is getting into the act and will don a great looking pad set, designed by Brian’s, that glows in the dark.

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  • Ottawa Senators re-sign Zack Smith four-year $13M contract

    Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy 11 hrs ago

    The Ottawa Senators have agreed to a four-year contract extension with forward Zack Smith, the team announced Monday.

    The deal will pay Smith a total of $13 million over the next four season, which averages out to a $3.25 million salary cap hit. Smith is in the final season of a four-year, $7.5 million deal. ESPN.com’s Pierre LeBrun said Smith’s new contract with the team includes a limited no-trade clause.

    “I’m very happy to get this done and I’m looking forward to the future here in Ottawa,” Smith said according to the Senators, “The direction the team is going in was one of the biggest selling points.”

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  • NHL’s newest All-Star skills competition looks impossible (Video)

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 12 hrs ago

    The NHL All-Star Weekend as added a new skills competition that we’re mildly obsessed with: The “Four-Line Challenge.”

    It’s like intermission SCORE-O on steroids, only instead of fans that are four beers into their night participating, it’s actual players who are four beers into their night. (Hey, it’s the All-Star Game. Raise a glass.)

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    The NHL has released a look at how the “Four-Line Challenge” works (complete with video of Marty St. Louis as a Lightning player, for some reason) and boy oh boy this is to be a grand slam or a whiff:

    Introducing our all-new #NHLAllStar Skills Competition: The @Honda NHL Four Line Challenge. Here’s how it works. pic.twitter.com/bLWKBZb8Bg

    Please recall the rules for this thing:

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  • Jarret Stoll on playing future; Kings broadcasts; Columbus' success (Puck Daddy Q&A)

    Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy 14 hrs ago

    Jarret Stoll wants to make very clear that he’s not retired.

    He still believes he has a lot to offer an NHL team, even at the age of 34 as the game has continued to get younger across the board.

    “If something happens with a certain team injury-wise and they need a guy like me I would definitely want to continue to play,” Stoll said. “There’s no question there. I think I can still play and I’d like to still play but I understand the situation and it’s tough out there.”

    Stoll added that his ability to win key faceoffs – he won 55.3 percent in his NHL career – and his penalty killing savvy are still as sharp as ever.

    “I know I’m in great shape. I know I can still skate, I know I can keep up with the new NHL as they call it,” Stoll said. “My faceoffs, that’s not going anywhere. I know I can still win a big faceoff and be out there in those key situations. I’ve been on the penalty kill as long as I can remember.”

    Last year between the New York Rangers and Minnesota Wild, Stoll had nine points in 80 games while winning over 57 percent of his faceoffs and seeing large PK roles with both squads.

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  • Tampa's struggles; Laine's return timetable (Puck Headlines)

    Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy 16 hrs ago

    Here are your Puck Headlines: A glorious collection of news and views collected from the greatest blogosphere in sports and the few, the proud, the mainstream hockey media. Have a link you want to submit? Email us at puckdaddyblog@yahoo.com . 

    • A fan of both Daniel and Henrik Sedin. [Jersey Fouls]

    • There’s clearly a leadership void with the Tampa Bay Lightning. Saturday’s 5-3 loss to the Arizona Coyotes, the second-worst team in the league, was the latest indictment against the Lightning. [Tampa Bay Times]

    • Is it possible that the Lightning could be sellers at the trade deadline? [Raw Charge]

    • Surviving a full-contact practice was another step in the right direction for Patrik Laine, but the Finnish sniper won’t return to the Winnipeg Jets lineup before Tuesday, at the earliest. [Winnipeg Sun]

  • Rangers' Kevin Hayes to miss 2-3 weeks with lower-body injury

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 17 hrs ago

    As the New York Rangers continue to try and maintain a wild card spot while also attempting to break into the Metropolitan Division’s top three, they’ll do so without the services of Kevin Hayes for the next little while.

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    The Rangers forward suffered a lower-body injury during Sunday’s matinee win over the Detroit Red Wings and will miss the next 2-3 weeks. He was spotted post-game with a brace on his left leg. Matt Puempel could be inserted into the lineup in his place.

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  • White House hasn’t attacked Dallas Stars for Trump joke (yet)

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 19 hrs ago

    The Dallas Stars have used their Jumbotron as a beacon of caustic humor over the years.

    There was the time Kim Jong-un “hacked” it. There was the Toronto Maple Leafs guilt by association with Justin Bieber. And there was, perhaps, their masterpiece: “Non-existent girlfriend of Manti Te’o caught on Jumbotron at Dallas Stars home opener.”

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    Stars Jumbotron with a topical joke. pic.twitter.com/9vsmTG1Agj

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