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  • BUFFALO, NY – JUNE 24: General manager John Chayka of the Arizona Coyotes speaks at the podium during round one of the 2016 NHL Draft at First Niagara Center on June 24, 2016 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Dave Sandford/NHLI via Getty Images)

    This is the first trade deadline for Arizona Coyotes general manager John Chayka and it hasn’t exactly been the most fun. After dealing Michael Stone to the Calgary Flames earlier in the week, the 27-year-old GM sent Martin Hanzal and Ryan White to the Minnesota Wild on Sunday.

    “Today has not been an easy day,” Chayka said candidly on a conference call with reporters. “It’s kind of miserable, to be honest. And right now I’m just trying to make the best of a bad situation.”

    The bad situation is the Coyotes sitting at 29th, and according to Chayka, he has no choice but to continue to prep for the future. That vision continued with the Hanzal and White trade.

    The Coyotes sent fourth round pick in 2017 to Minnesota along with Hanzal and White. In

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  • DALLAS, TX - FEBRUARY 26: Boston Bruins Center Patrice Bergeron (37) scores a goal during the NHL hockey game between the Boston Bruins and Dallas Stars on February 26, 2017, at American Airlines Center in Dallas, TX. (Photo by Andrew Dieb/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
    Boston Bruins Center Patrice Bergeron scores a goal during the NHL hockey game between the Boston Bruins and Dallas Stars on February 26, 2017, at American Airlines Center in Dallas, TX. (Getty Images)

    No. 1 Star: Patrice Bergeron, Boston Bruins

    Bergeron scored two goals and added an assist in a 6-3 win over the Dallas Stars. The Bruins moved to 6-1-0 under interim coach Bruce Cassidy and also jumped into third place in the Atlantic Division with 70 points. Bergeron now has 13 points in nine games during the month of February.

    No. 2 Star: Johnny Gaudreau, Calgary Flames

    Gaudreau scored two goals and added an assist in a 3-1 win over the Carolina Hurricanes. The Flames have won four straight and picked up points in six consecutive games – a stretch where they have gone 5-0-1. Calgary now has 70 points – six clear of the Los Angeles Kings, the last team out of the playoffs in the Western Conference. The Kings have two games in hand on the Flames. In his last four games Gaudreau has

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  • WINNIPEG, MB - FEBRUARY 11: Goaltender Ben Bishop #30 of the Tampa Bay Lightning guards the net during third period action against the Winnipeg Jets at the MTS Centre on February 11, 2017 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. (Photo by Jonathan Kozub/NHLI via Getty Images)
    Goaltender Ben Bishop #30 of the Tampa Bay Lightning guards the net during third period action against the Winnipeg Jets at the MTS Centre on February 11, 2017 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. (Getty Images)

    The Los Angeles Kings general manager Dean Lombardi said he acquired goaltender Ben Bishop on Sunday in order to give his team the best possible chance in goal every game.

    The Kings have played well defensively and Lombardi wanted to make sure that the person in net could provide the necessary backbone for the group in case of a breakdown.

    “As far as where we are now, that this we felt was going go give us the best chance to get in (the playoffs),” Lombardi said in a conference call with reporters shortly after he acquired the former Tampa Bay Lightning starter.

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    Whether Bishop is the missing piece for the offensively challenged Kings remains to be seen. The Kings currently have 64 points – three back of the

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  • The Minnesota Wild have earned this.

    They’ve earned the trade GM Chuck Fletcher pulled off on Sunday night, acquiring centers Martin Hanzal and Ryan White from the Arizona Coyotes for a package of lofty draft picks.

    “Our players have played hard. They deserve management to step up with how hard they played,” said Fletcher, whose team sits atop the Western Conference with a 39-14-6 record and 84 points.

    “There isn’t going to be a called third strike here. We’re taking a swing. Our players deserve that. Our fans deserve that.”

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    The Wild acquired centers Martin Hanzal and Ryan White and a 2017 fourth-round choice for a 2017 first-round draft choice, a 2018 second-round draft choice and a 2019 conditional fourth-round draft choice that could become as high as a second-rounder.

    “We’re looking to add some size, some experience, some versatility to round out our roster,” said Fletcher. “The second goal is not to give

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  • Joshua Winquist photo on Bridgeport Sound Tigers website.

    Bridgeport Sound Tigers forward Joshua Winquist scored a gorgeous highlight-reel goal in his team’s Sunday game against the Hershey Bears.

    The play happened at the 7:01 mark of the third period when Winquist put the puck through his legs to avoid to Hershey defenders. Then as Winquist made his move to the net, he appeared to lose his footing as he fired a shot past Vitek Vanecek for the game-winning goal.

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    “We couldn’t lose this game. This was a must-win, and we came out and got the two points we needed,” Winquist said of Bridgeport’s 2-1 in according to the Connecticut Post.

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    This is the first season in Bridgeport for

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  • GLENDALE, AZ - FEBRUARY 20: Martin Hanzal #11 and Shane Doan #19 of the Arizona Coyotes talk during a stop in play against the Anaheim Ducks at Gila River Arena on February 20, 2017 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/NHLI via Getty Images)
    Martin Hanzal and Shane Doan of the Arizona Coyotes talk during a stop in play against the Anaheim Ducks at Gila River Arena on February 20, 2017 in Glendale, Arizona. (Getty Images)

    Arizona Coyotes captain Shane Doan did not seem pleased with his team’s trade of center Martin Hanzal to the Minnesota Wild on Sunday.

    During an interview on Fox Sports Arizona between periods at the Coyotes’ Sunday home game against the Buffalo Sabres, the franchise’s all-time leading scorer showed some raw emotion in regards to Arizona’s decision to deal Hanzal, who had been a teammate of Doan’s since the 2007-08 season.

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    Arizona also sent forward Ryan White and a 2017 fourth-round draft pick to the Wild in exchange for a 2017 first-round pick, a 2018 second-round pick and a 2019 conditional fourth-round pick. The Coyotes also acquired forward Grayson Downing. The 30-year-old Hanzal was a pending unrestricted free agent in the

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  • Martin Hanzal is a nice player.

    He never scores as much as you’d like, with 313 points in 608 games. After three years getting above 0.60 points per game, he’s dipped back to 0.51 in 51 games with the Arizona Coyotes this season, his 16 goals led the team. Defensively, he’s always among the top faceoff guys in the League and has traditionally been a decent possession player. If nothing else, he’s a 6-foot-6 center, which has always been part of the admiration from afar.

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    He’s also a pending unrestricted free agent, and the Minnesota Wild decided that all of this was worth acquiring him on Sunday. The Coyotes traded forwards Martin Hanzal and Ryan White and a 2017 fourth round choice to the Minnesota Wild in exchange for a 2017 first round draft choice, a 2018 second round draft choice and a 2019 conditional fourth round draft choice. In addition, the Coyotes  acquired forward Grayson Downing.

    Arizona retained

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  • ST. PETERSBURG, FL - FEBRUARY 21: Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Ben Bishop (30) during the first period of an NHL game between the Edmonton Oilers and the Tampa Bay Lightning on February 21, 2017, at Amalie Arena in Tampa, FL. (Photo by Roy K. Miller/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
    Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Ben Bishop during the first period of an NHL game between the Edmonton Oilers and the Tampa Bay Lightning on February 21, 2017, at Amalie Arena in Tampa, FL. (Getty Images)

    The Los Angeles Kings have acquired goaltender Ben Bishop from the Tampa Bay Lightning on Sunday.

    The Lightning picked up Los Angeles goaltender Peter Budaj, 19-year-old defensive prospect Erik Cernak, a seventh-round pick in the 2017 draft and a conditional pick for 2017 that could turn into a second-rounder depending on how far LA goes in the playoffs. The Kings also received a fifth-round pick in the 2017 NHL Draft.

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    The 30-year-old Bishop played 32 games for the Lightning this season and held a 2.55 goal-against average and .911 save percentage. Bishop was a pending unrestricted free agent, which made him expendable asset for the team. Tampa also has young, talented Andrei Vasilevskiy on its roster, though

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  • BOSTON, MA - FEBRUARY 11: Brad Marchand #63 of the Boston Bruins handles the puck against Ben Hutton #27 of the Vancouver Canucks at the TD Garden on February 11, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Brian Babineau/NHLI via Getty Images)
    Brad Marchand of the Boston Bruins handles the puck against Ben Hutton of the Vancouver Canucks at the TD Garden on February 11, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Getty Images)

    The Vancouver Canucks announced the possibility of more cases of mumps with the team.

    On Sunday, coach Willie Desjardins said forward Anton Rodin along with defenseman Ben Hutton were experiencing symptoms of mumps. Desjardins also said trainer Brian Hamilton was having similar issues.

    On Friday, the team announced that defenseman Troy Stecher has tested positive for mumps. Also according to the team, defensemen Chris Tanev and Nikita Tryamkin along with forwards Mike Chaput and Markus Granlund had each presented symptoms of the virus.

    Hutton played 22:58 and was a minus-2 in the team’s 4-1 Saturday loss to the San Jose Sharks.

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    Vancouver’s situation with the mumps is the first known NHL issue with the virus since the 2014-15 season.

    That

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  • BUFFALO, NY - DECEMBER 15: Andrew Peters #76 of the Buffalo Sabres watches as they play against the Chicago Blackhawks on December 15, 2007 at HSBC Arena in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Bill Wippert/NHLI via Getty Images)
    Andrew Peters of the Buffalo Sabres watches as they play against the Chicago Blackhawks on December 15, 2007 at HSBC Arena in Buffalo, New York. (Getty Images)

    Former Buffalo Sabres enforcer Andrew Peters has been suspended from coaching the Jr. Sabres after his team was involved in a youth hockey brawl Saturday.

    “We are very disappointed in the series of events that unfolded during the 15U Buffalo Jr. Sabres game on Saturday,” said Buffalo Jr. Sabres President Kevyn Adams in a statement to local media outlets. “We are currently reviewing the situation and in the meantime have suspended Head Coach Andrew Peters indefinitely until the matter is resolved.”

    According to the below video, a fight between the Jr. Sabres and Hamilton Jr. Bulldogs on Saturday at HarborCenter got out of control and spilled near the Jr. Sabres bench area.

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    The Buffalo News and WIVB-4 said that Buffalo police said they are investigating

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  • The Academy Awards are Sunday, and once again despite having nine Best Picture nominees there isn’t a single sports film among them. EDDIE THE EAGLE WAS ROBBED!

    But seriously, sports movies rarely get Oscar love. The last one nominated for Best Picture was “Moneyball,” and that was a movie about nerds and math and stuff. Other than that, it’s pretty much a bunch of boxing movies.

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    You’d think that latter fact would help hockey movies, but alas, they’re usually snubbed, outside of a couple of nominations.

    So your friends at Puck Daddy have decided to hand out some Oscars of our own to hockey movies throughout history. Please keep in mind that some of these are hockey movies, and some of these are movies with hockey in them that we feel, well, capture the spirit of the thing.

    Enjoy!

    Best Supporting Actor: Liev Schreiber, GOON

    Ross “The Boss” Rhea is both the spiritual center of the raucous comedy “Goon” as well

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  • 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

    Greg Wyshynski

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  • 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.

    Greg Wyshynski is a

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  • 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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    PITTSBURGH – There was no player on the Pittsburgh Penguins who enjoyed Saturday’s Stadium Series win over the Philadelphia Flyers more than Matt Cullen.

    The 40-year-old forward had played in 1,347 NHL games prior to this weekend, all indoors. The rivalry game at Heinz Field marked the first time Cullen played in an outdoor game in his 20-year career, and he topped it off by scoring what would end up being the game-winning goal in a 4-2 victory for the Penguins.

    “I was kind of kicking myself. I missed the wraparound,” Cullen said of his goal. “I had a little room. I was happy the puck came back and I was able to get another whack at it. Pretty fun to see that thing go in the net.”

    Fun can describe Cullen’s entire outdoor game experience this week. His kids got to play that on the auxiliary rink behind both benches during the game and he couldn’t help but notice the sea of Penguins jerseys among the 67,318 fans in attendance, as well as

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  • 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.

    But

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  • 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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  • PITTSBURGH, PA – FEBRUARY 25: Penguins walk around the auxiliary rink before the start of the 2017 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series game between the Philadelphia Flyers and the Pittsburgh Penguins at Heinz Field on February 25, 2017 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Dave Sandford/NHLI via Getty Images)

    PITTSBURGH – Before the Pittsburgh Penguins and Philadelphia Flyers dropped the puck for Saturday night’s Stadium Series game at Heinz Field, some actual real live penguins needed to make an appearance first.

    The penguins, named Crosby, Kessel, Kunitz, Letang, Malkin, Murray and Sully, all left their home at the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium and waddled their way out on to the auxiliary rink behind the player’s benches and interacted with Penguins mascot IceBurgh. One took a bit of a face plant, but he shook it off right away.

    The appearance of the seven penguins named after real Penguins players and their head coach ultimately proved that bringing live animals to an event is a sure

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  • 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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  • LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 25: Jonathan Quick #32 and Anze Kopitar #11 of the Los Angeles Kings celebrate after a game against the Anaheim Ducks at STAPLES Center on February 25, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Juan Ocampo/NHLI via Getty Images)
    Jonathan Quick and Anze Kopitar of the Los Angeles Kings celebrate after a game against the Anaheim Ducks at STAPLES Center on February 25, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Getty Images)

    LOS ANGELES – After Jonathan Quick suffered a groin injury in the first game of the 2016-17 season, the Los Angeles Kings’ starting goaltender wondered when, or even if, he could make a successful return to the ice.

    “Obviously when you first get hurt, everything runs through your mind. You start thinking thoughts that maybe you shouldn’t,” Quick said. “I was glad it worked out that I was able to come back and play here.”

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    In his first game back with the Kings since he played one period on Oct. 12 at the San Jose Sharks, Quick looked like his usual explosive, aggressive self in stopping 32 of 33 shots on goal in a crucial 4-1 win over the Anaheim Ducks at Staples Center on Saturday.

    Though Los Angeles played well with Peter

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