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Driving with Ovechkin; top picks look good; Crosby hits the mark of the beast (Puck Headlines)

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.

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• Connor Carrick scores his first NHL goal, gets the shaving cream treatment postgame. Video at the bottom of the post. [RMNB]

Mikhail Grabovski on driving with Alex Ovechkin: "Like in the game, you know? Always machine. I put seatbelt all the time." [Washington Post]

• Meanwhile, the Capitals will be without Jack Hillen for "months". [NHL]

• Nathan MacKinnon, Seth Jones, and Alex Barkov all looked pretty good in their debuts. [Sunbelt Hockey]

• Let us pause to be even more horrified by Sam Gagner's broken jaw. [Undisclosed Injury]

Sidney Crosby registered his 666th career point versus the Devils. Spooky! [Pensblog]

• Lots of optimism surrounding the Columbus Blue Jackets as they open their season. [Blue Jackets Xtra]

• Is Dion Phaneuf worth six and a half million? No, because no one is. But what about from a hockey perspective? [The Hockey News]

• James Neal is out indefinitely for the Penguins. [Trib Live]

• Mika Zibanejad on being sent to Birmingham: "It gives you that motivation... you get kinda pissed. You're not supposed to be OK with it. You're not supposed to say, 'OK, that's fine and we'll see what happens.'" [Ottawa Sun]

• The 10th anniversary of Dan Snyder's death is Saturday. [CBC]

• Fighting: the cause of the next NHL shutdown. [Lightouse Hockey]

• Why George Parros's fall shouldn't be the reason we ban (or don't ban) fighting. [Eye on Isles]

• Patrick Roy is just the latest in a long line of crazy coaches. [Down Goes Brown]

• Edmonton Oilers' tickets are the 7th most expensive in the NHL. Are they worth it? Don't answer that. It was rhetorical. [Oil on Whyte]

• Cool story on the hunting trip that almost cost Gordie Howe his life. [Greatest Hockey Legends]

• Dale Tallon thinks the NHL's secondary fight rule, which got Dmitry Kulikov tossed last night, is a joke. [Eye on Hockey]

• A great guide to the big Ottawa Senators' storylines this year. [6th Sens]

• The most moving sight in the NHL last night: happy owners in Phoenix. [AZ Central]

• As promised, video of Alex Ovechkin giving Connor Carrick a shaving cream hat.

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