Puck Headlines: Anti-fighting nonsense; Cherry vs. Lucic

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.

• New episode of our Puck Tracks Podcast coming up next. Two words: Phil Collins.

• Say, do you like getting pissed off? Then read Bob Ford's column "Bob Ford: Fighting is hockey's problem," in which ... wait for it ... claims the viewers who watched Sunday's gold medal game won't be watching the NHL because ... wait for it ... there's fighting. Oh, and since no MSM covered Evgeni Malkin(notes) getting his instigator penalty overturned in last year's finals, hockey is irrelevant. [Philly Inquirer, and more on the Lucic fight at the end of the post]

• Versus asks: Did Sidney Crosby(notes) take a dive against the Rangers? [Versus]

• Speaking of the New York Rangers: Fire Sather rally this weekend. [Facebook]

• The San Jose Sharks' Olympic medals will be on display at their team store. At least until Evgeni Nabokov(notes) sees them, freaks out and attempts to melt them with a lighter and a can of hairspray. [Sharks]

Ryan Kesler(notes) has won the heart and mind of Patrick Kane(notes), as the Vancouver Canucks and Chicago Blackhawks prepare to exchange pleasantries again. All of this obviously sets up the Team USA heel turn by Kane against tag team partner Jonathan Toews(notes). [Between the Circles]

• How close were the New Jersey Devils on acquiring Tomas Kaberle(notes)? [CBC Sports]

• The new Tampa Bay Lightning owner is promising nothing short of a Stanley Cup to his fans. Which is a welcome change from the old regime, which promised impeccable grooming. [Lightning Strikes]

• Great reporting, but scary stuff, from Ken Campbell: "The Nike-Bauer 150 Jr. Supreme stick, which retails for anywhere from $79 to $129 in Canada and the United States, was recently tested by Health Canada and the lead content in the sticks exceeded Health Canada's acceptable limit of 600 parts per million." [THN]

• Sunday, March 28: St. Louis Blues Jewish Heritage Night at the arena. For one night only, he'll be known as T.J. OyVey. [Jewish Light Online]

• You can stuff your "The New York Islanders' problem is their three-headed goalie issue" in a sack, mister. [Lighthouse Hockey]

• The Washington Capitals reinforcements make an immediate impression for GM George McPhee. [OFB]

• The boo birds came out for Phoenix Coyotes bust-turned-Colorado Avalanche player Peter Mueller(notes) upon his return to the desert. [Five For Howling]

Keith Ballard(notes) of the Florida Panthers made a USA/Canada Olympic bet. He lost. [On Frozen Pond]

• Now that Alexei Ponikarovsky(notes) is ready to join the Pittsburgh Penguins, who takes a seat for the team? [Pensburgh]

• If you have Evgeni Malkin in your hockey pool, congrats on the additional GWG. [NHL]

• SNOOKI, NO!!! Weekend's almost here; get 'Shopping on the Sidney contest!

Brad Boyes(notes) and Paul Kariya(notes) are helping the St. Louis Blues look mucho dangerous heading down the stretch. [St. Louis Game Time]

• Interesting piece on the Ottawa Senators and whether we should take them seriously as a contender: "The Olympic break came at the worst possible time for the Senators. They've lost momentum and badly need it back for a first place finish in their division and a favorable playoff matchup." [CBC]

• More needles for the Thrashers-to-Winnipeg balloons floating on "social media" sites. [Sun Media]

• Brophy on the Cinderella Thrashers. Sorry, but there's only room for one broad at that ball, and her name is Phoenix. [Sportsnet]

• New Nashville Predators chairman intends to assure city that the team isn't going anywhere while not making any guarantees that it isn't. [Nashville Business Journal]

• Finally, Don Cherry accused Milan Lucic(notes) of "quitting the fight" last night against Colton Orr(notes), going as far as to say that Shawn Thornton(notes) "was embarrassed by this [Lucic] fight coming up." Thornton told CSNNE that he doesn't exactly see it that way. Here's the fight in question and more from the Boston Globe.

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