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No. 1 Star: Brian Campbell, Florida Panthers
Campbell started the transition behind the Florida net in overtime and then beat Petr Mrazek while trailing the play to give the Panthers a 2-1 victory over the Detroit Red Wings.
According to the NHL, that was the second overtime of Campbell’s career. The first came nearly a decade ago (Dec. 1, 2005).
No. 2 Star: Roberto Luongo, Florida Panthers
Luongo made 28 saves for his second straight win and allowed two goals or less for the fourth time in five starts. The Panthers netminder also played in 883rd career NHL game, passing John Vanbiesbrouck for eighth place on the all-time list.
No. 3 Star: Reilly Smith, Florida Panthers
Smith tallied his sixth goal of the year late in the second period to even the score. It was Smith's first goal in nine games.
Honorable Mention: Florida’s win was their fifth in a row in Detroit and sixth out of their last seven at Joe Louis Arena … Dylan Larkin scored his 10th goal of the season. He now leads all rookies in that category.
Did You Know? Florida hasn't lost in regulation at Detroit since Dec. 15, 2007. (AP)
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Remember Jim Kyte?
The defenseman played 598 games from 1982-96 with five franchises, starting with Winnipeg Jets (1.0) and ending with the San Jose Sharks. He was also legally deaf, as this remarkable story chronicled.
A lot has changed since Kyte was in the NHL and he decided to get all “old man shakes fist at cloud” about it on Twitter recently. Specifically, he doesn’t like the pests that buzz around for the Montreal Canadiens and Boston Bruin. “Brendan Gallagher, Brad Marchand, and players of their ilk are the reason I don't watch many NHL games anymore,” wrote Kyte, with the hashtags “#nohonor” and “#noaccountability.”
You know who didn’t appreciate this sentiment? Brendan “No Honor” Gallagher, who shot back with an indictment of Kyte’s own dishonorable play. And thus, the Great Gally Vs. Kyte Twitter War began.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy8 hrs ago
Erica Skuta is a Minnesota Wild fan living in New Zealand, which is pretty awesome because they have several different kinds of indigenous penguins there.
She was back in Minnesota this weekend, where she married fellow Wild fan Lewis Blake and attended the Wild’s game against the Dallas Stars on Saturday night as their “wedding finale.” In the process, she gave the hockey world an image that will be replayed in Jumbotron fan montages ‘till death do us part.
That’s Erica, munching on a burger while sitting in the arena seats in her wedding dress.
And in one of his first acts of husbandly gallantry, that’s Lewis wiping some burger grease and/or condiment off his bride’s chin before it plummeted down to her dress. Nice work, sir. Better than a jacket over a puddle on a rainy street.
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy8 hrs ago
There was an incredibly frightening scene during Sunday’s KHL game between Slovan and Yugra Khanty-Mansiysk.
Early in the third period, former long-time NHLer Ladislav Nagy ripped a shot and then fell over Yugra forward Vitaly Sitnikov’s stick. As Nagy fell, his skate came up and caught Sitnikov in the throat.
WARNING: It’s not pretty to watch and there is some blood.
Fortunately for Sitnikov, the immediate medical attention he received helped the incident from becoming a tragedy. It's amazing we don't see stuff like that in hockey on a regular basis.
According to Yugra head coach Pavel Yezovskikh, Nagy’s blade did not cut an artery and the damage to Sitnikov was minimal.
“Vitaly had the surgery and everything sewn up. Now everything is fine,” he said, via the team website.
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Los Angeles Kings center Anze Kopitar is still without a contract for next season. His production is down for a second straight year.
At the age of 28, there are whispers of decline and whether the hulking center is worth the near $10 million per-season, eight-year deal he is reportedly looking for. But the big Slovenian isn’t fretting about any of these issues.
In his mind he’s continuing the play the heady all-around game that turned him into one of the league’s top two-way players.
If Kopitar and the Kings don’t come to an agreement, he’ll be an unrestricted free agent on July 1. Kopitar is in the final season of a seven-year $47.6 million contract. Last year he had a career-worst for a full season at 16 goals.
Said Kopitar to the Los Angeles Times in a Friday feature:
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy12 hrs ago
The Colorado Eagles beat the Florida Everblades handily 5-1 in ECHL action Saturday night. As is tradition, tempers flared late in the dying seconds of the game and a brawl erupted, which featured a goalie fight.
A brief disagreement between Colorado’s Darryl Bootland and Florida goaltender Anthony Peters set things off which led to Peters skating down ice and drop the gloves with Eagles netminder Kris Lazaruk.
In all, 106 penalty minutes were handed out during that stoppage. The emotions remained high 11 seconds later when another exchange of pleasantries occurred and 46 more PIMs were distributed.
The evening was also "Stick Up For Kids Night" with Eagles fans raising $57,000 through a game used stick auction benefiting four local kids charities.
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No. 1 Star: Marian Gaborik, Los Angeles Kings
The Kings star scored at 14:05 of the third period to complete a rally against the Chicago Blackhawks. He then scored at 2:04 of a frantic 3-on-3 overtime to give the Kings an impressive 3-2 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks. Anze Kopitar set up both goals.
No. 2 Star: Mikkel Boedker, Arizona Coyotes
The Coyotes forward tallied a hat trick in their 5-4 win over the Ottawa Senators. That included an insurance goal in the third period, his ninth of the season, that ended up being the game-winner. Anders Lindback made 35 saves.
No. 3 Star: Wayne Simmonds, Philadelphia Flyers
It’s hasn’t been the best offensive year for Simmonds, but it was a hell of an offensive performance from him in a 3-0 win against the New York Rangers. He scored two goals and set up Sean Couturier’s tally, giving Steve Mason (24 saves) all he’d need for the shutout victory.
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Columbus Blue Jackets center Brandon Dubinsky was suspended for Saturday night’s game against the St. Louis Blues after giving Sidney Crosby a cross-check to the head, and then another one to his back while he was down on the ice.
Dubinsky argued that his stick rode up on Crosby and that the Pittsburgh Penguins star put himself in a prone position. The NHL answered that argument in its suspension video, rather effectively.
The Blue Jackets could have used Dubinsky in a tightly-played game against the St. Louis Blues, which Columbus lost 3-1 on two Blues goals in the third period.
“He’s contagious. All the things you need to do against a club like this, Dubi brings that,” Coach John Tortorella said after the game. “We still have some guys that need to jump aboard, as far as what you have to do to win these games. But Dubi certainly would have helped.”
But he wasn’t, and Tortorella was asked after the loss if he felt the suspension was justified. And … well, he went the full Torts:
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Carlo Colaiacovo has an injury history in the NHL that could probably fill a few medical journals. There have been concussions and hand injuries and knee injuries and leg injuries and countless other ailments.
But never a “dented trachea.” Not until Saturday night, at least.
The Buffalo Sabres defenseman was guarding his crease when the Nashville Predators’ Viktor Arvidsson spun into him and cross-checked him in the throat.
Colaiacovo went down to the ice, in obvious pain, slowly crawling in his own zone as the whistle sounded. He was helped to the back.
Arvidsson was given a cross-checking major and a game misconduct. The Sabres got some measure of revenge for their fallen teammate, getting power-play goals from Jamie McGinn and Sam Reinhart in their 4-1 win over Nashville.
After the game, Sabres coach Dan Bylsma announced that Colaiacovo had a “dented trachea:
Sabres coach Dan Bylsma says Carlo Colaiacovo is at hospital and being treated for "dented trachea" but is OK
Well, if it’s anything like our car, they just need to get in their with a tiny hammer and bang out that dent, right?
So … guess the suspension for Viktor Arvidsson. Yikes.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy23 hrs ago
Patrick Kane’s torrid start to the 2015-16 season is now a record-breaking start.
Kane scored 11:10 into the first period at the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday night, tallying on the power play for the Chicago Blackhawks. The goal gave Kane a point in his 19th straight game, setting a record for points in consecutive games by an American-born player -- breaking a tie with both Eddie Olczyk of the 1989-90 Toronto Maple Leafs and Phil Kessel of the 2008-09 Boston Bruins, who both had a point in 18 straight games.
Kane now has 11 goals and 19 assists during the streak. It began on Oct. 17 with a goal against the Columbus Blue Jackets. Kane scored multiple points in eight of the 19 games. Kane has 13 goals and 22 assists in his first 23 games.
The sniper is two games with points away from the Blackhawks’ record 21-game point streak set by Bobby Hull in the 1971-72) season.