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No. 1 Star: Milan Lucic, Los Angeles Kings
The former Boston Bruins bruiser scored one goal, added an assist and was a plus-2 in return to the place he called home for eight years. The Kings drubbed the Bruins 9-2, firing 57 shots on goal. The last time the Bruins allowed that many shots on goal was March 18, 1965 against the Detroit Red Wings.
No. 2 Star: Ben Scrivens, Montreal Canadiens
The goaltender Stopped 37 of 39 shots on goal to deliver a crucial 4-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning. The Habs have won three straight games – all victories by Scrivens. During shat stretch, Scrivens has allowed four goals on 98 shots on goal. Montreal is three points out of the final Eastern Conference Wild Card spot.
No. 3 Star: Alex Petrovic, Florida Panthers
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Chicago Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville abruptly ended his press conference Tuesday evening after the Blackhawks lost 2-0 to the San Jose Sharks.
The reason had to do with an overturned goal by the Blackhawks at 17:23 of the first period.
The Sharks challenged the score by Brandon Mashinter, saying Dennis Rasmussen interfered with netminder Martin Jones. It was deemed he did. Quenneville seemed so upset in his postgame news conference that he walked out after a few brief comments. The Sharks led 1-0 until the last two minutes when Joe Thornton scored an empty netter.
Above is the video of Quenneville, who seemed to be quite calm on the exterior after the first question before walking out.
“It’s gotten to a different level — I don’t know the rules anymore, or something’s changed,” Quenneville said. “I played a lot of hockey. I don’t know. I think everybody has an interpretation, what’s a good goal and what’s a bad goal. But I can’t believe it.”
The league saw it the play differently.
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Toronto Maple Leafs center Nazem Kadri took exception to a big check by Calgary Flames defenseman Mark Giordano and showed his displeasure with a throat slash gesture.
The situation occurred near the end of the first period of their Tuesday game at the Scotiabank Saddledome. Kadri had his head down as he entered the Calgary zone and Giordano exploded into the young forward.
At the bench, Kadri was caught by cameras making the gesture at Giordano. According to TSN’s Darren Dreger, NHL hockey operations director Colin Campbell is “reviewing” the Kadri gesture.
In 2010, the league suspended then-Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Nick Boynton one game for a throat slash gesture toward Blair Jones of the Tampa Bay Lightning.
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NEWARK, N.J. – New Jersey fans wear old jerseys.
It’s one of their most enduring qualities, along with sexually explicit chants about division rivals. Walk into any New Jersey Devils game at the Prudential Center, and you see menagerie of sweaters with names new, old, forgotten and comedic. (Yes, I’m talking to you, “No. 17 Ilya KovalSUCK” guy.)
On the night when Martin Brodeur’s jersey was retired, you could trace his career timeline through the fans’ fashion.
The hipsters in the No. 29 Christmas-colored jerseys, the first sweater Brodeur wore in the NHL, back when he was rocking a flat top and one of the worst peach-fuzz mustaches in the history of follicles.
The All-Star Game jerseys, from different eras and event formats. The Team Canada jerseys from his 2002 gold medal performance, which to this day Brodeur says is what elevated him to elite status. A few St. Louis Blues jerseys to remind us how it all ended. The jersey with “RANGERS SUCK” on the nameplate where “BRODEUR” should have been, because of course .Tue, Feb 9Edmonton1 - 2New JerseyGame Recap
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Buffalo Sabres forward Evander Kane believed he beat Florida Panthers defenseman Alex Petrovic in their first two fights during their game against each other. And Kane wanted to publicly let the First Niagara Center crowd know exactly how he felt.
After their second tussle, Kane appeared pumped up, and flashed a sign with his hands, denoting he was ‘2-0’ against Petrovic in their two brawls. Kane and Petrovic would go one more time. Kane would receive a game misconduct for their third fight. It was the first time the same players hooked up for three fights in one game since Bob Probert and Jody Shelly on Jan. 10, 2002.
Here is their first fight, which came almost two minutes into the second period.
Here is their final fight of the evening midway through the third.
Kane finished the game, a 7-4 loss to Florida, with 29 penalty minutes and one goal. His final fight came shortly after his goal at the 10:14 mark of the third period.
Petrovic scored a goal, added an assist and also had 29 penalty minutes.
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Los Angeles Kings forward Milan Lucic recently gave thanks to the city of Boston for eight years of his career. On Tuesday, the Boston Bruins and their fans thanked Lucic for his service to the organization and his embracing the city.
During a first period stoppage of the Kings 9-2 win at TD Garden, the Bruins paid tribute to Lucic with a stirring video.
The Bruins fans then showered he big winger with screams of “Loooooooooch” while giving him a standing ovation before the puck dropped and play resumed.
"It was pretty cool that I got to experience that. Like I talked about this morning, a lot of special things happened to me here in Boston," said Lucic after the game. "From the management to the coaches to all the teammates I had here over the last eight years, especially the fans, they really helped me become the player and the person that I have become today. To have that moment in that second TV timeout was really special and was definitely a pretty cool feeling."
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The Calgary Flames have benched forwards Sean Monahan, Lance Bouma and Johnny Gaudreau for their Tuesday night game against the Toronto Maple Leafs.
An official reason was not given as to why the three were scratched for the game, though TSN's Bob McKenzie tweeted the scratching was for disciplinary reasons. Sportsnet’s Mark Spector wrote that Monahan and Bouma, both roommates, were almost late to Monday’s practice at Scotiabank Saddledome. It was set to start at 10:30 a.m., and both players were seen entering the building at 10:15 a.m. per Spector.
After 15 minutes, Bouma was removed from the ice, with Hartley reportedly later saying Bouma wasn’t feeling well.
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NEWARK, N.J. – The New Jersey Devils retired goalie Martin Brodeur’s No. 30 on Tuesday night at Prudential Center. NHL commissioner Gary Bettman was there to honor him. As one might expect, one of these people received a rather healthy amount of cheers, while the other received … the opposite.
Bettman was booed when he was announced. He was booed when he walked to the podium to give his speech.
"Thank you for that enthusiastic welcome,” Bettman said, sarcastically. More boos happened, as they would through his lengthy speech.
“It’s always tough for Gary Bettman. He told me beforehand, ‘I’m taking a bullet for you tonight, you know that?’ He knew it was coming.” said Brodeur.
This is tradition, of course, as was the tradition when Lou Lamoriello – Toronto Maple Leafs general manager and the architect of the Devils’ three Stanley Cup champions – walked to the podium. The sellout crowd bellowed “Loooooooooooooooooooouuuuuuuu!” as the veteran executive smiled.
(Remember, they’re not “booing,” they’re “Louuuuuuuing.”)
That’s when Lamoriello tilted his head, looked at Bettman, and said:
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Milan Lucic returns to Boston on Tuesday night with the Los Angeles Kings, which meant it was time for a new tradition in the NHL: The Players Tribune article in which he bares his soul about seeing the Bruins bear again.
“I have to say, every day as an LA King has been a happy one. I don’t think I could have landed in a better spot for me and my family. But I’ll always appreciate how Boston shaped my life,” he wrote. “Coming back to the Garden for the first time this week, I’ll be battling the butterflies, for sure. Who knows, maybe I’ll just go out there and drop the mitts just to get the blood flowing. For old time’s sake. Boston: Thank you. For everything.”
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The Colorado Avalanche players have faith in Patrick Roy. They trust in his system, even in the face of constant criticism about his perceived non-belief in puck possession.
Is this conviction misguided, or is there really something to Roy and his system with the Avalanche as an NHL coach?
His first year saw his team exceed expectations by winning the Central Division with 112 points. Last season saw a regression as the team missed the playoffs. It was the first time in Roy’s head coaching history between the NHL and Quebec Major Junior Hockey League he missed a postseason.
This year, the Avs have gained traction of late to vault into the wild card after a tough start. Colorado has 58 points, three ahead of the Minnesota Wild for the final postseason spot in the West.
“We have our systems in place that we believe in and Patrick believes in,” captain Gabriel Landeskog said. “Absolutely you can say we rally around him and his philosophy. “