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  • Erik Karlsson gets terrified by alligator on golf course (Video)

    The Ottawa Senators visit the Florida Panthers on Sunday, which meant that the players had a chance for a little rest and relaxation in the Sunshine State.

    Given their fortunes during his career, you’d figure Erik Karlsson has had his fill of golf. But the star defenseman hit the links on Saturday with Swedish PGA pro Jesper Parnevik … and discovered the hidden dangers of golf in Florida.

    Here’s Erik Karlsson getting the ever-loving crap scared out of him by an alligator at Medalist Golf Club.

    That was an amazing noise that came out of that man’s mouth.

    We haven’t seen a Senator in Florida that rattled since Chris Christie revealed Marco Rubio was a robot from “Westworld” in that debate.

    Karlsson critics will no doubt note that despite carrying a golf club, he showed no semblance of defense on the play.

    s/t Golf Digest

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  • Brandon Manning of Flyers gets hearing for Stadium Series hit (Video)

    When you’re playing in front of over 60,000 people in a nationally televised game, it’s a little hard to miss a shady hit.

    So Brandon Manning – Philadelphia Flyers defenseman and president of the Connor McDavid Appreciation Society – was quickly called out for this questionable hit on Jake Guentzel of the Pittsburgh Penguins in their Stadium Series game at Heinz Field on Saturday.

    It’s a hit that’s earned him a hearing with the NHL’s Department of Player Safety:

    As you can see, Guentzel directs the puck to Sidney Crosby with his skate. Manning decided to take him out of the play with some interference, and in the process appears to connect with Guentzel’s head as the Penguins forward watches the play.

    Manning’s delivered some questionable hits in the past, including this one on Washington Capitals forward Tom Wilson. How much he gets dinged for here by the Department of Player Safety might depend on how many times he’s been warned about going high on opponents.

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  • NHL Three Stars: Quick returns; OT heroes for Rangers, Canadiens

    No. 1 Star: Jonathan Quick, Los Angeles Kings

    Jonathan Quick made 32 saves in his return to the lineup, as the Los Angeles Kings defeated the Anaheim Ducks, 4-1. Tyler Toffoli scored two goals, Tanner Pearson had three assists, while Jeff Carter had a goal and an assist

    No. 2 Star: Mika Zibanejad, New York Rangers

    The Rangers forward scored his first goal since Jan. 17, scoring at 1:17 of overtime to give his team a 4-3 win over the New Jersey Devils. He also assisted on Adam Clendening’s goal in the third that tied the game. He was a plus-3. 

    No. 3 Star: Andrew Shaw, Montreal Canadiens

    Andrew Shaw scored an impressive game-winner in OT, as the Montreal Canadiens defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs, 3-2. Auston Matthews had two goals in the loss.

    Honorable Mention: Josh Anderson and Nick Foligno had two goals each as the Columbus Blue Jackets blew out the New York Islanders, 7-0. David Savard had a goal and two assists. Joonas Korpisalo had the goal support and the shutout. … Roman Josi

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  • Players brawl off-ice, near locker rooms in AHL game (Video)

    The American Hockey League sees its share of fights on the ice. On Saturday night, it saw one off the ice, near the locker rooms and featuring one vicious punch.

    Vince Dunn of the AHL Chicago Wolves was walking back to his locker room on Saturday night, having received a fighting major at 17:09 of the third period in a bout against Kurtis Gabriel of the Iowa Wild, who was also hit with a major.

    Dunn was jawing with Gabriel as they both walked to the back. Gabriel then walked over to him, as arena security guards scurried over in anticipation of some off-ice action.

    Boy howdy, was there action:

    Gabriel gave Dunn a shove. Dunn reciprocated, and then grabbed his opponent’s jersey. Gabriel appeared to throw a punch. Dunn responded by nailing the Wild forward with a wicked right that destroyed him.

    Other players and security personnel ran over to break up the scrum.


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  • Penguins blow away Flyers in windy Stadium Series game

    The wind whipped and swirled through Heinz Field in Pittsburgh. In the end, it was the Philadelphia Flyers that were blown away by the Penguins, 4-2, in front of an announced crowd of 67,318 on Saturday night.

    Rookie Jake Guentzel had two assists, and Matt Murray made 35 saves, as the Penguins moved to 2-2 all-time in NHL outdoor games.

    The Penguins took a 1-0 lead on a perfect pass from Guentzel to Crosby for a layup goal to Michael Neuvirth’s left. Sean Couturier broke his stick in attempt to defense Guentzel, leading to some confusion that left Crosby open for goal No. 34 at 11:18 of the first.

    It was Guentzel again to help the Penguins made it 2-0, sending a quick pass to Nick Bonino for a one-timer on the power play at 6:44 of the second.

    The Flyers cut the lead to 2-1 on a nice power move from Jakub Voracek, faking out Penguins defenseman Justin Schultz and then tucking the puck around goalie Matt Murray.

    But the Penguins extended the lead to 3-1 with some nice work by Eric

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  • Vermette ‘reviewing options’ after Bettman denies suspension appeal

    NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman upheld the 10-game suspension earned by Anaheim Ducks center Antoine Vermette, after the player and the NHLPA requested a review of the ruling.

    In a Feb. 14 game between the Ducks and the Minnesota Wild, Vermette hit linesman Shandor Alphonso with his stick after a faceoff. That was in violation of Rule 40 for abuse of officials, which is a minimum of 10 games suspension.

    “While in a particular case, and one such as this, the ten (10) game penalty may seem harsh, the purpose of Rule 40 is to protect Officials and ensure the integrity of our game. Therefore, any inappropriate conduct by Players vis-à-vis Officials cannot be condoned or tolerated,” wrote Bettman in a decision released on Saturday.

    So what’s next for Vermette? He released a statement after the ruling (via Steve Whyno):

    “First and foremost, I have great respect for the officials and the integrity of the game. Also, I agree that I deserve a suspension. I should never m mae contact with an

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  • Blackhawks snag Tomas Jurco in rare trade with Red Wings

    The Chicago Blackhawks acquired winger Tomas Jurco from the Detroit Red Wings on Friday, sending a 2017 third-round pick for a player whose time with the Wings was just about done.

    This used be weirder, when the Blackhawks and the Red Wings were blood rivals in the same division. The last time they made a trade was almost a decade ago: Feb. 26, 2007, when the Blackhawks traded Kyle Calder to Detroit for Jason Williams. Before that, it was all the way back to 1999, when Detroit acquired Chris Chelios from the ‘Hawks.

    Maybe things are easier now that they’re in different conferences.

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    Jurco, 24, is a restricted free agent this summer. He’s played 159 games over four seasons in the NHL, including just 16 this season. He hasn’t scored a point in 2016-17, and has just 39 for his career, 15 of them goals. Jurco hasn’t come close to meeting the expectations his viral YouTube puck wizardry promised when the Red Wings

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  • Anaheim Ducks win the Patrick Eaves derby, such as it was

    In an aggressive move to combat the unkempt beards of division rival San Jose, the Anaheim Ducks acquired winger Patrick Eaves and his monstrous thicket from the Dallas Stars for a conditional second-round pick on Friday.

    Here are those conditions, via the Stars:

    Based on draft position, Dallas will receive the middle pick of Ottawa, San Jose or Toronto’s second-round selections in 2017 per the conditions in which Anaheim acquired the pick from Toronto in a previous trade. Should Anaheim advance to the third round of the postseason and Eaves plays in 50% or more of their games in the first two rounds, the selection becomes the Ducks first-round selection in the 2017 NHL Draft.

    So there’s a chance this could be a first-round pick for Patrick Eaves. More on that in a moment.

    First, how does this trade work for the Ducks?

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    Eaves, 32, has 37 points in 59 games, including 21 goals. Considering Rickard Rakell is the

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  • Rangers owner investing in new Islanders’ arena at Belmont Park?

    The latest twist in the forever twisting, turning saga of the New York Islanders and their arena woes? That the team might move out of Barclays Center in Brooklyn for a new arena near Belmont Park Racetrack, a building “invested in” by New York Rangers owner James Dolan.

    And exhale …

    Bloomberg News reports that a “supergroup” of New York sports executives are combining their Wonder Twin powers to activate a new arena at the Belmont site in Elmont. That’s land controlled by the New York Racing Authority, around 19 miles east of Manhattan but accessible by car or train and, most importantly, more desirable for the team’s core fan base that isn’t trekking out to Brooklyn for these games.

    The Islanders’ lease in Brooklyn can be terminated as early as January. Please recall that Barclays Center has pretty much made it clear that the team isn’t in its future plans.

    From Bloomberg:

    The new arena proposal is a joint venture between the Islanders, Oak View Group and Sterling Project

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  • Is the NHL standings format screwing up the playoffs?

    No one likes the NHL standings.

    OK, mediocre teams who have played more games than the teams they’re chasing, so it looks like they’re closer to the wild card than they actually are, they like the standings. Which in turn means the NHL likes the standings, because then Winnipeg Jets fans still think they’re in the thick of the wild card race on Feb. 24.

    So perhaps it’s the vast majority of hockey fans and pundits that don’t like the NHL standings.

    It started when the NHL broke what didn’t necessarily need to be fixed in the conference playoff format – forcing early-round rivalry games to the detriment of earned playoff seeding – and it continues this season, as the imbalance in the Eastern Conference becomes far too evident.

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    (Let’s park the logical, justified and righteous calls for a new points system for a moment. Yes, the three-point regulation win makes a lot of sense despite some reservations. But there’s

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