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  • Ottawa Senators centre Derick Brassard (19) left wing Ryan Dzingel (18) and right wing Mark Stone (61) celebrate a goal by Chris Wideman (not shown) during third period NHL hockey action against the Toronto Maple Leafs in Toronto on Saturday, Feb. 18 2017. (Aaron Vincent Elkaim/The Canadian Press via AP)

    No. 1 Star: Mark Stone, Ottawa Senators

    Stone had a career night during Ottawa’s 6-3 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs. He had a hand in five of the six Senators goals with a goal and four assists. Derick Brassard had two goals and an assist, while Kyle Turris chipped in three helpers himself. Ottawa is now two points behind Montreal for the Atlantic Division lead.

    No. 2 Star: Antoine Roussel, Dallas Stars

    Jamie Benn was the overtime hero, but it was Roussel who recorded his first career hat trick as the Stars beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-3.

    No. 3 Star: Cory Schneider, New Jersey Devils

    The Devils built up a 3-0 lead on the New York Islanders and held on during a third period

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    It was a special evening for Colin Chaulk inside Fort Wayne’s Memorial Coliseum Saturday night. The longtime member of the minor league Komets was having his number retired by the franchise during a pre-game ceremony. But there was a slight issue before the banner featuring his No. 91 was raised to the arena rafters.

    It was unveiled upside down.

    Apparently, arena workers who prepared the banner were to blame, leading to an embarrassing few moments during the ceremony. But the most unbelievable part was that no one felt the need to stop and fix it. Instead, the banner went up, up and up upside down.

    Really.

    From the News Sentinel:

    “This is he most embarrassing thing I’ve ever been a part of in 27 years with the club,” said General Manager David Franke. “I feel bad for Colin and his family and his friends. It’s uncalled for.”

    The banner was fixed after the first period, but the Komets’ Twitter account didn’t forget as it directed its ire at the arena’s

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    “Welcome to Dallas Stars hockey, I’m Dave Strader. Has it really been 283 days since I said that? How long I’ve waited to be here.”

    Antoine Roussel recorded his first hat trick and Jamie Benn ended the game in dramatic fashion with an overtime winner, but the biggest story out of Saturday night’s Dallas Stars game was the return of Dave Strader to the broadcast booth.

    Strader has missed the entire season as he fights bile duct cancer. But after doctors found a chemotherapy that allowed him to feel more energized and deal with fewer side effects, he felt healthy enough to return to the Stars’ booth for their next five home games. Game 1 was Saturday night against the Tampa Bay Lightning, and during a stoppage in play, the fans and players inside American Airlines Center paid tribute to the longtime

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    Ryan Dzingel’s Saturday night was going pretty good. He had scored his 12th goal of the year late in the first period to give the Ottawa Senators a 2-0 lead in the latest edition of the “Battle of Ontario” versus the Toronto Maple Leafs.

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    Late in the second period, he showed off his defensive game after he made a diving clear with his glove as a puck squirted through Craig Anderson and traveled dangerously through the Senators’ crease. But moments later, as Dzingel was getting himself re-situated, Nazem Kadri’s quick-thinking led to a bank shot off the Ottawa forward’s head.

    The Senators would get the last laugh in the end, however. Mike Hoffman and Derick Brassard scored 54 seconds apart early in the third period en route to a 6-3 victory, moving them to within two points of the Atlantic Division-leading Montreal Canadiens.

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    Sean Leahy is the associate editor for Puck Daddy on Yahoo

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  • Penguins' Olli Maatta out six weeks after hand surgery

    GLENDALE, AZ – FEBRUARY 11: Olli Maatta #3 of the Pittsburgh Penguins during the third period of the NHL game against the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena on February 11, 2017 in Glendale, Arizona. The Coyotes defeated the Penguins 4-3 in overtime. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

    The Pittsburgh Penguins have done well this season despite injuries hitting their lineup seemingly every week. Add another one to the list as the team announced Friday morning that defenseman Olli Maatta will miss the next six weeks after undergoing hand surgery.

    Maatta injured his hand during Thursday night’s win over the Winnipeg Jets. During the second period, he took a hit from Adam Lowry and fell to the ice, landing on his hand. It wasn’t the best of middle frames for the Penguins as they also lost Justin Schultz, who will likely miss at least Friday’s game against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

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  • Eric Lindros on his hockey memorabilia auction and Hall of Fame wait

    TORONTO, ON – NOVEMBER 11: Eric Lindros speaks with the media during a Hall of Fame Induction photo opportunity at the Hockey Hall Of Fame on November 11, 2016 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

    Eric Lindros is auctioning off a number of items from his hockey career through Montreal-based Classic Auctions ending March 7. There are jerseys, helmets, pucks, awards, and even knee braces.

    While the collection isn’t everything from his career – he’s keeping some items for his kids – there was one piece of Lindros memorabilia I was curious about: Where was the Quebec Nordiques jersey that he was given and never wore during the 1991 NHL Draft when he was selected first overall?

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    “That’s in a safety deposit box at the TD Bank,” Lindros told Yahoo Sports Wednesday morning. “I’m gonna hang on to that.”

    Like many other former NHL players, a number the items up for bid were in bags or stored away in

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    Erie Otters forward Dylan Strome scored a pair Wednesday night during a 5-1 win over the London Knights. It was his second goal that came about following a very unique sequence.

    As Strome entered the Knights’ zone, he bumped into London defenseman Brandon Crawley, knocking the stick out of his hands. Crawley, realizing he needed a stick to defend, then proceeded to swipe Strome’s, which did not please the Otters’ captain.

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    After yelling at the refs Strome took matters into his own hands and skated over and picked up Crawley’s stick that was still laying on the ice in the faceoff circle. You already know what happened next.

    “That was one of the weirdest plays ever,” Strome said via Mark Scheig of The Hockey Writers. “I was skating in front of the net and he had my stick, so I was yelling at the ref. I just thought I should probably grab his stick. We’re in the O-zone. I got pretty pissed off. We made a

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  • Claude Julien could not pass up 'ideal situation' with Canadiens

    skates against the Montreal Canadiens during Game Five of the Second Round of the 2014 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the TD Garden on May 10, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Bruins defeated the Canadians 4-2.

    Claude Julien’s plan after being fired by the Boston Bruins last week was a simple one. He was going to take a break until after this NHL season and then assess his coaching options.

    During his brief time being unemployed, Julien and his wife went on a trip to Vermont. It was there during their time at Twin Farms in Barnard that Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin got in touch to discuss the head coaching position.

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    Julien’s plan had one caveat, however. If there were a job that opened up during the season that he just couldn’t turn down, he would jump back into the coaching game. Enter Bergevin, and now, for the second time in Canadiens franchise history, Julien replaced Michel Therrien as

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    • The patch that will be worn on the Detroit Red Wings’ jerseys in honor of their late owner, Mike Ilitch.

    • Current and former NHL players recall their favorite memories of birthday boy Jaromir Jagr. [ESPN.com]

    • What kind of change can Claude Julien bring to the Montreal Canadiens? [Eyes on the Prize]

    • There was no stay of execution this time for Michel Therrien. [NHL.com]

    • Now that Therrien is gone and Julien is in, it’s on the Canadiens players to do some heavy lifting. [CTV]

    • How do we go about fixing the NHL’s playoff format? [TSN]

    • Johnny Gaudreau says he will learn from his demotion to the fourth line Monday night. [Calgary Herald]

    • Don’t expect the Edmonton Oilers to be big time players at the trade deadline. [

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  • Jaromir Jagr turns 45: Here are 45 reasons why we love the NHL legend

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    The NHL’s oldest player gets even older today as Jaromir Jagr turns 45. He’s the third-oldest skater to ever lace them up, and still has another seven years and 11 days to beat Gordie Howe.

    That’s fine, since Jagr has said he wants to play until he’s 55 years old; which, given the way he trains, is not a crazy thought. (What’s the record for consecutive one-year contracts signed by a player?)

    Jagr began his NHL career in 1990 and won the Stanley Cup in each of his first two seasons with the Pittsburgh Penguins. Twenty-seven years later he’s still schooling fools out on NHL ice surfaces. Since he’s turning 45 today, we wanted to wish him a happy birthday by listing 45 reasons why we love him.

    Enjoy.

    1. Don’t let your future Christmas seasons be without Jagr Claus:

    2. Capitalizing on his star power, Jagr unveiled his own line of peanut butter in 1996, which also contained magic groin-healing powers.

    3. Down 4-1 in the opening game of the 1992 Stanley Cup Final, Jagr made a

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