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  • Pittsburgh Penguins' Evgeni Malkin, right, celebrates his second goal of the second period during an NHL hockey game against the Washington Capitals in Pittsburgh, Monday, Jan. 16, 2017. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
    Pittsburgh Penguins’ Evgeni Malkin, right, celebrates his second goal of the second period during an NHL hockey game against the Washington Capitals in Pittsburgh, Monday, Jan. 16, 2017. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

    No. 1 Star: Evgeni Malkin, Pittsburgh Penguins

    Oh, where to begin with this game. Well, Malkin recorded his 11th career hat trick in a 10:51 span during a crazy second period against the Washington Capitals. The Penguins would win 8-7 in overtime, thanks to second Conor Sheary goal, and the game would see nine goals in the second period. Of the 40 players involved, 27 recorded at least a point. Sidney Crosby would finish with a goal and three assists.

    No. 2 Star: Thomas Greiss, New York Islanders

    Greiss picked up his first shutout of the season and fifth of his career as the Islanders blanked the Boston Bruins 4-0 in a Monday matinee. Nikolay Kulemin scored twice and Jason Chimera chipped in with a shorthanded tally. New York blew the game wide open in the first period when

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  • Pittsburgh Penguins' Evgeni Malkin (71) celebrates his third goal of the second period during an NHL hockey game against the Washington Capitals in Pittsburgh, Monday, Jan. 16, 2017. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
    Pittsburgh Penguins’ Evgeni Malkin (71) celebrates his third goal of the second period during an NHL hockey game against the Washington Capitals in Pittsburgh, Monday, Jan. 16, 2017. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

    Two of the NHL’s top teams met again on Monday night and wouldn’t you know it, they both had a hankerin’ for some offense.

    The Washington Capitals built up a 2-0 lead over the Pittsburgh Penguins after the first period, but it was the middle frame that was, to borrow a phrase from Gary Bettman, “absolutely bizonkers” and saw the game go from 2-0 to 6-5.

    Evgeni Malkin scoring a hat trick would have been the big highlight if not for the fact that the Capitals and Penguins combined for NINE goals in the second period. That’s right, nine in a span of 20 minutes.

    Justin Williams gave Washington a 3-0 lead 1:17 in and then it was all Penguins. Malkin (twice), Conor Sheary, Nick Bonino and Bryan Rust scored in a span of 8:09 to turn the game on its head. But then the Capitals answered

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  •  Derek Forbort #24 of the Los Angeles Kings fails to clear the puck as he is checked by Jonathan Drouin #23 of the Tampa Bay Lightning during the first period at Staples Center on January 16, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
    Derek Forbort of the Los Angeles Kings fails to clear the puck as he is checked by Jonathan Drouin #23 of the Tampa Bay Lightning during the first period at Staples Center on January 16, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Getty Images)

    LOS ANGELES – Tampa Bay Lightning forward Jonathan Drouin was nonchalant when he explained his gorgeous assist in the first period of his team’s 2-1 win over the Los Angeles Kings.

    On the play Drouin got open then quickly fired a pass under Jeff Carter’s stick to Tyler Johnson for the goal. To most onlookers in the building, the feed was highlight-reel worthy, but the way Drouin described it, the pass was just another play.

    “Just going up the wall, Pearson was kind of on me, spun off him and they were playing man-to-man D so somebody got open. (Johnson) slipped back door and there was a lane there to make a play,” Drouin said. “(I passed it) through (Carter’s) stick – I saw a line through his stick. I had to make it quick. They’re a good defensive team, so

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    NHL

    There’s no doubt that every hockey goalie wants to score a goal. From their end of the ice they watch their teammates make great plays for 60 minutes and celebrate together when the opponents’ red light goes on.

    Martin Jones is a goaltender, and he sure wanted to score a goal Monday afternoon against the Winnipeg Jets.

    With the San Jose Sharks up 4-1 late in the third period and the Winnipeg net empty, Jones gloved a Dustin Byfuglien shot from center ice and saw his opportunity. He calmly put the puck on the ice and readied his shot even with Mark Scheifele in pursuit.

    But Jones’ attempt to wing the puck up ice and toward the Jets’ goal was cut short when Scheifele got his body in front of it, knocked it down, spun and scored.

    Can we expect Jones to make the most out of his next goal opportunity? Don’t count on it.

    “[T]hat’s the first time I’ve tried, and probably the last, too,” he said via the Mercury News.

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    Sean Leahy is the associate editor for Puck Daddy on Yahoo

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  • Dave Strader, Dallas Stars helmet decal.
    Dave Strader, Dallas Stars helmet decal.

    LOS ANGELES – Dallas Stars television broadcasters Daryl Reaugh and Craig Ludwig are quick to point out that their current set-up isn’t for the long haul.

    Are they having fun in their first year with Reaugh as the play-by-play man and Ludwig as the analyst? The answer is generally yes. It’s a new challenge for both and one that gives them some enjoyment at this stage in their lives.

    But this fulfillment is tempered with sadness. The reason they were formed as a tandem was because regular play-by-play man Dave Strader was diagnosed with bile duct cancer last summer. The organization made the decision to put Reaugh and Ludwig together in order to keep the broadcasts as insightful as possible with familiar faces to the team’s fans as Strader went through treatment

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    “We know who’s supposed to be sitting over there,” said Ludwig, a former Stars defenseman from 1993-94 through 1998-99. “From the people

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    It’s been a frustrating season for Jamie Benn of the Dallas Stars. Not only because he’s playing in front of the goaltending equivalent of a ‘Welcome’ mat, but because he went from 41 goals last season to just 10 in 40 games this season.

    Heading into the Stars’ game at the Buffalo Sabres on Monday afternoon, Benn had tallied one goal since Dec. 15. To put this in terms you’ll better understand: Jamie Benn has one goal since ROGUE ONE premiered.

    In Buffalo, Benn finally decided to take his frustrations out on the source of these offensive struggles: His sticks.

    Here’s Jamie Benn. He’s a lumberjack and he’s OK. He sleeps all night and he skates all day.

    Somewhere, Bo Jackson is nodding in knowing appreciation.

    So that’s one stick he cracked in half on the ice, and two more on the bench. It was at that moment John Klingberg nervously scooted over from his captain, lest Benn mistake him for a stick as well.

    For their role in his offensive struggles, Jamie Benn crushed about $600 worth of

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  • Hayley Wickenheiser
    Hayley Wickenheiser, a four-time Olympic gold medallist and Canadian hockey legend, announced her retirement Friday. (Photo from Getty Images)

     

    A few summers ago, Hayley Wickenheiser participated in a summer camp in Cole Harbour, N.S. The camp was run by hockey coach Brad Crossley, well-known for his work with NHLers like Sidney Crosby. It was attended by a who’s who of pro hockey, including the aforementioned Pittsburgh superstar.

    After working alongside Wickenheiser on the first day of camp, Crossley went home and told his young hockey-playing daughter about the scrimmage.

    “Man, I’ve never seen a girl play hockey like that,” he told her. “It’s doesn’t matter who she’s on the ice with she’s the hardest worker and the most competitive person on the ice.”

    It’s something Alexis Crossley, now 22, has never forgotten. Like Wickenheiser, Crossley grew up playing hockey with boys because there weren’t enough girls to field competitive teams.

    “I remember when I was a kid, I hid in the

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  • Yahoo Daily Fantasy Hockey: Monday picks

    MONTREAL, QC - NOVEMBER 08: Alexander Radulov #47 of the Montreal Canadiens looks on during the warmup prior to the NHL game against the Boston Bruins at the Bell Centre on November 8, 2016 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The Montreal Canadiens defeated the Boston Bruins 3-2. (Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)
    MONTREAL, QC – NOVEMBER 08: Alexander Radulov #47 of the Montreal Canadiens looks on during the warmup prior to the NHL game against the Boston Bruins at the Bell Centre on November 8, 2016 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The Montreal Canadiens defeated the Boston Bruins 3-2. (Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)

    By Chris Morgan

    Monday is Martin Luther King Day, and because of the holiday, the NHL’s schedule is a little weird. The first games start at 1:00 PM ET, so if you plan on playing any daily fantasy hockey you’ll want to set your lineups early, or it may end up being too late.

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    GOALIE

    Martin Jones, SAN vs. WPG ($32): The Sharks have a plus-12 goal differential, while the Jets are down at minus-13, so it’s pretty clear which of these two teams is better. Additionally, San Jose only gives up 27 shots on goal per game, one of the lowest totals in the league. Jones sports a 2.26 GAA, and it seems like he’s got a good chance here of

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  • 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. Have a link you want to submit? Email us at puckdaddyblog@yahoo.com.

    LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 14: Winnipeg Jets fans watch the warm-ups prior to the game against the Los Angeles Kings on January 14, 2017 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Juan Ocampo/NHLI via Getty Images)
    LOS ANGELES, CA – JANUARY 14: Winnipeg Jets fans watch the warm-ups prior to the game against the Los Angeles Kings on January 14, 2017 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Juan Ocampo/NHLI via Getty Images)

    • Intermission entertainment in Winnipeg includes performances by this barbershop quartet, the Auld Laine Synes.

    • Derek Boogaard’s father, Len, is trying to get the NHL to listen to his pleas for removing fighting from the game. [Globe and Mail]

    • The fun continues: “Despite the committee being quoted in October as saying Jan. 15 was a deadline for a decision on NHL participation in South Korea, an International Olympic Committee spokesperson said Friday there is, in fact, no firm deadline.” [TSN]

    • Nick Backstrom, Brad

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  • NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 23: Kris Letang #58 of the Pittsburgh Penguins skates against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden on November 23, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
    NEW YORK, NY – NOVEMBER 23: Kris Letang #58 of the Pittsburgh Penguins skates against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden on November 23, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

    Once again, the Pittsburgh Penguins are dealing with an injury to their blue line after Kris Letang suffered a lower-body injury Saturday night in Detroit.

    Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan said on Monday that Letang is on injured reserve and considered “week-to-week.” Chad Ruhwedel has been recalled to help out on the back end.

    Here’s how the lower-body injury happened, via Steph:

    Letang’s absence leaves a huge hole on the Penguins blue line. The 29-year-old plays over 25 minutes a night, which includes significant time on the power play and penalty kill. He’s also been a big source of offense from the back, along with Justin Schultz, with his four goals and 23 points this season.

    “He’s

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  • Boll-Reaves fight
    The Ducks’ Jared Boll and Blues’ Ryan Reaves didn’t hold anything back in an all-out fight on Sunday night in Anaheim.

    In a day and age where concussions and head injuries are leading the news, the old-fashioned heavyweight hockey bout has been on the decline. The roles carried out by the enforces of yore – -the Hammers, Probies, Tigers, Grim Reapers, Knuckles, Missing Links, etc. — are no more.

    This story on Derek Boogaard’s father, Len, trying to rid hockey of fighting is an excellent reminder of the toll this aspect of the game takes on those who choose to do it.

    Still, fans of ‘Rock ’em Sock ’em Hockey’ will surely enjoy this heavyweight bout between Anaheim’s Jared Boll  and St. Louis’ Ryan Reaves. The pair land some big blows before the officials break it up.

    It’s not the first time these two have tangled, with the pair fighting each other back in 2013:

     

     

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    When Bruce Boudreau took over the Minnesota Wild, there was skepticism that one of the best coaches in the National Hockey League had landed with a thud.

    There was no Alex Ovechkin or Nicklas Backstrom, no Ryan Getzlaf or Corey Perry. This was a team whose window of opportunity was pried open by the blockbuster free-agent signings of Ryan Suter and Zach Parise in 2012, but was never wide enough for the Wild to climb through and truly contend: Four playoff appearances, with first-round defeats sandwiched around a pair of second-round losses.

    What Boudreau inherited was an offense that was 19th in goals-scored. He inherited a goalie in Devan Dubnyk for whom the jury was still out, although there were signs he wasn’t an aberration even as he didn’t repeat his stellar numbers from Year 1 with the Wild. He inherited a declining Parise and Mikko Koivu, a team that lacked a true No. 1 center and a collection of young players who were good, but not great.

    And now this team is in first place in

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    (Hello, this is a feature that will run through the entire season and aims to recap the weekend’s events and boils those events down to one admittedly superficial fact or stupid opinion about each team. Feel free to complain about it.)

    Filling out a mid-season awards ballot the other day took a little bit of research, and when I got to the Vezina category it was a slam dunk.

    Devan Dubnyk, man. Still far and away the best goalie in the league at .940, which is amazing. He would have to eat it big-time in the second half to not be in the final three at the end of the season. With that having been said, we’ve seen Dubnyk eat it big-time before, so it’s not outside the realm of possibility, especially considering that no one gets this kind of workload and stays that high in save percentage.

    People are obviously also talking about Sergei Bobrovsky, and for good reason. One of the biggest workhorses in the league, huge reason Columbus is winning, and so on. Seems that being healthy is really

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  • Auston Matthews jersey
    Auston Matthews’ jersey

     

    There’s no question Maple Leafs rookie Auston Matthews has become a legitimate NHL star playing in Toronto. The first overall pick in the NHL draft last June has lived up to the hype and collectors are taking note.

    On Sunday, the jersey that Matthews wore in the outdoor Centennial Classic — for the first period of play — sold at auction for $11,400 (all funds U.S.), not including sales tax. The auction started on Dec. 26, 2016, and the bids were made in increments of $100. Like most online auctions, there was a flurry of activity in the final hours of the sale.

    Here’s the description from NHL Auctions:

    Bid now on this jersey that was worn by Auston Matthews of the Toronto Maple Leafs during the 2017 NHL Centennial Classic. This jersey was worn during the 1st period against the Detroit Red Wings on January 1st, 2017. This jersey will be collected directly from the team’s locker room by Fanatics Authentic in conjunction with the NHL and comes with an

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  • VANCOUVER, BC - JANUARY 15: Vancouver Canucks trainer Brian Hamilton checks the tongue of Jacob Markstrom #25 of the Vancouver Canucks during their NHL game against the New Jersey Devils at Rogers Arena January 15, 2017 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. New Jersey won 2-1 in overtime. (Photo by Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)
    VANCOUVER, BC – JANUARY 15: Vancouver Canucks trainer Brian Hamilton checks the tongue of Jacob Markstrom #25 of the Vancouver Canucks during their NHL game against the New Jersey Devils at Rogers Arena January 15, 2017 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. New Jersey won 2-1 in overtime. (Photo by Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)

    No. 1 Star: Jason Pominville, Minnesota Wild

    The Wild and the Chicago Blackhawks battled for supremacy in the Central Division with Minnesota coming out on top, 3-2. Jason Pominville broke a 19 goal-less streak with what would be the game winner early in the third.

    No. 2 Star: Patrik Berglund, St. Louis Blues

    The forward netted two goals in the 2-1 win over the Anaheim Ducks. His second goal came 51-seconds into overtime.

    No. 3 Star: Taylor Hall, New Jersey Devils

    Hall turned an overtime goof into an amazing goal thanks to the play of teammate Travis Zajac as the Devils beat the Vancouver Canucks.

    Honorable Mention: Philipp Grubauer stopped all 24

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  • PHILADELPHIA, PA - JANUARY 07: Ryan Callahan #24 of the Tampa Bay Lightning skates against the Philadelphia Flyers on January 7, 2017 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images)
    PHILADELPHIA, PA – JANUARY 07: Ryan Callahan #24 of the Tampa Bay Lightning skates against the Philadelphia Flyers on January 7, 2017 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images)

    The hits just keep coming for the Tampa Bay Lightning. The team announced Ryan Callahan will be out four weeks with a lower-body injury.

    From Joe Smith of The Tampa Bay Times:

    Callahan continues to be bothered by his hip, which was surgically-repaired back in June. He’s played in just 18 games this season, the last coming Jan. 7 in Philadelphia. It’s been frustrating for Callahan, who can’t seem to shake the soreness. He’s tried resting it, missing over a month from Nov. 28-Jan. 3. But after playing in just three games, Callahan is out at least another month.

    Back in June, Callahan underwent successful surgery to repair a labral tear in his right hip. The expectation was that Callahan would be out five months for healing and rehabilitation.

    He missed

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  • Oilers

    In 2003, Craig MacTavish was coaching the Edmonton Oilers when Calgary Flames mascot Harvey the Hound taunted him at the bench.

    The Flames were winning 4-0. MacTavish was pissed. So when Harvey mocked him yet again, MacTavish reached up, grabbed its tongue, yanked it out and threw it into the crowd.

    It was pretty much the greatest thing ever:

    In 2016, MacTavish is Vice President of Hockey Operations for the Edmonton Oilers. He apparently still has a grudge against Harvey. And much like Darth Sideous groomed Darth Maul as a lethal weapon against the Jedi, MacTavish apparently has been programming his nightmare fuel new mascot, Hunter The Canadian Lynx, to become a tongue-ripping killing machine.

    (Hunter, forever known around these parts as “the cover model of an issue of ‘Cat Fancy’ guest-edited by Guillermo del Toro.”)

    Here’s the video evidence from the Oilers:

    Kudos for the “JFK,” “Psycho” and 1980s training montage references. And for the amazing set decoration in the “Calgary

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  • Yahoo Daily Fantasy Hockey: Sunday picks

    PHILADELPHIA, PA - JANUARY 12: Daniel Sedin #22 of the Vancouver Canucks celebrates after scoring a goal against the Philadelphia Flyers during the first period at Wells Fargo Center on January 12, 2017 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
    PHILADELPHIA, PA – JANUARY 12: Daniel Sedin #22 of the Vancouver Canucks celebrates after scoring a goal against the Philadelphia Flyers during the first period at Wells Fargo Center on January 12, 2017 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

    By Sasha Yodashkin

    Sunday’s NHL slate is a modest one, with just six teams scheduled to take the ice. There are few obvious sources of production, with just two of the league’s top 14 offenses in action, but there’s still value to be found if you know where to look.

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    GOALIE

    Cory Schneider, NJ at VAN ($26): Schneider makes for a strong play against his former team, given his combination of affordability and current form. While the veteran slumped to finish 2016, he has gotten off to a fine start in 2017 with just 10 goals allowed in six appearances and four performances with a save percentage of .953 or better. Vancouver’s offense ranks 24th with 2.41 goals per contest, so

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  • Roadrunners
    Roadrunners

    Tucson Roadrunners captain Craig Cunningham was back at Tucson Arena Saturday and watched his teammates score three times in the opening period en route to a 3-2 win over the Texas Stars.

    Cunningham, who suffered cardiac arrest on the ice during warm-ups before a Nov. 19 game, surprised his teammates with the visit, giving them a bit of an extra boost.

    “We didn’t know that he was coming in, so it was pretty cool to see him in here,” said Christian Fischer via the Roadrunners website. “I think anytime we see him in here, our spirits are pretty high just to see him smile. It was nice to be able to give him a little tribute too. He’s stuck with it all of the way, it’s amazing to see this comeback that he’s came from. When he’s here, that definitely lifts our spirits and gives us a little more energy. We played for him tonight.”

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    No. 1 Star: Brad Marchand, Boston Bruins 

    Playing in his 500th NHL game, the Little Ball of Hate had two goals and three assists in the Bruins’ 6-3 win over the Philadelphia Flyers. Both of his goals were unassisted, including an empty netter for his 17th goal of the season.   

    No. 2 Star: Jeff Carter, Los Angeles Kings

    Carter was the hero again for the Kings, as they defeated the Winnipeg Jets, 3-2. His OT goal was his 23rd of the season.

    No. 3 Star: Brock McGinn, Carolina Hurricanes

    The 22-year-old forward scored a goal and had three assists in their 7-4 win over the New York Islanders. John Tavares had two goals in the loss.

    Honorable Mention: Newly acquired Cody McLeod scored a goal to spark a Nashville Predators rally and played over 10 minutes (including power-play time) in their 3-2 win over the Colorado Avalanche. Nothing in the world makes sense anymore. … The New York Rangers and Montreal Canadiens had a wild one, with an ejection and goalie interference controversies and

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