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    No. 1 Star: Vladimir Tarasenko, St. Louis Blues

    It was a good night for Tarasenko. He had a four points which included the third hat trick of his career. Tarasenko also gets credit for the best quote of the night. From Lou Korac of NHL.com: “Tarasenko didn’t know the hats thrown on the ice belong to him now: ‘(Do) I get (them) after?'”

    No. 2 Star: Jack Eichel, Buffalo Sabres

    The New York Rangers and Buffalo Sabres went goal for goal. The Rangers were leading 3-2 in the third when Eichel took over in his second game back from injury. He scored the game tying and eventual game winning goal for the Sabres.

    No. 3 Star: Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins

    Tied at 2-2 with 21.5 seconds left in the second period, Sidney Crosby scored a ridiculous goal from behind the net that he banked off Antti Niemi. It was perfection and only one of his three points in the evening.

    Honorable Mention: The St. Louis Blues were up 4-1 on the Tampa Bay Lightning and allowed Tampa to get within a goal twice

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  • There is one thing we know for sure about the hit above: Justin Williams got absolutely rocked by Cal Clutterbuck on Thursday night.

    The contact between the two players was well after Williams seemed to have touched the puck. Yet the question that could be bandied about is whether or not Clutterbuck collided with Williams or went out of his way to hit him, especially when it comes to any supplemental discipline.

    Williams appears to be caught puck watching as he turns it over at center ice. As he skates forward, Clutterbuck comes in and blasts him.

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    To us, it looks like Clutterbuck is watching Williams the entire way. If Clutterbuck wanted to avoid the hit, he could have easily pulled off and followed the play, or at the very least, minimize the contact made with Williams.

    There is no doubt that this play has been clipped by the Department of Player Safety for review by Stephane Quintal. It’s up to him whether or he believes it’s a collision or a late hit.

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    In the battle of Connor McDavid versus Patrik Laine, there is one thing that Laine will have over McDavid – a personality.

    Laine has yet to have the fun beat out of him by the league. He’s reminiscent of Alex Ovechkin when he first entered the NHL both in personality and shot on the power play.

    Hell of a slapper by Laine.

    That’s not even the best part, though. It’s the flourish at the end that’s so undeniably Laine.

    Sure, it’s no Teemu Selanne shooting the glove out of the air, but it works for Laine’s 14th goal of the season.

    In the third period, Laine scored season goal No. 15 in near identical fashion as the one in the first while the Jets were on the power play.

    He was more reserved on the celebration this time. The goal brought the Jets within one of the Oilers at, 4-3.

    When it was all said and done, the android (McDavid) would win this match up. His three assist night gave

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  • Gerard Gallant, former Florida Panthers head coach, gets into a cab after being relieved of his duties following an NHL hockey game against the Carolina Hurricanes, Sunday, Nov. 27, 2016, in Raleigh, N.C. (AP Photo/Karl B DeBlaker)
    Gerard Gallant, former Florida Panthers head coach, gets into a cab after being relieved of his duties following an NHL game against the Carolina Hurricanes on Sunday, Nov. 27, 2016, in Raleigh, N.C. (AP)

     

    Former Florida Panthers coach Gerard Gallant said the reason he took a taxi after his Sunday firing was because he didn’t want to wait for a car service that the team had called.

    Gallant spoke with Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman and said the situation, which went viral after photos of him waiting at the PNC Arena loading dock surfaced, wasn’t as bad as it looked.

    “I know everyone has seen the photos of me getting into the cab,” Gallant said via Friedman. “(Panthers manager of team services) Stiles Burr is a good, solid kid. What happened is getting blown out of proportion. They called a car service, but I did not want to wait.”

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    When the Panthers fired Gallant, they did so after the team lost 3-2 at the Carolina Hurricanes.

    Following the

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  • UNIONDALE, NY - OCTOBER 21: A hockey net sits unoccupied during the game between the New York Islanders and the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on October 21, 2014 in Uniondale, New York. The Leafs defeated the Islanders 5-2. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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    There was bad news and amazing news for Tony Bruns after his team’s loss to Litchfield/Dassel-Cokato on Saturday.

    First, the bad news was that his team, Morris/Benson, dropped their season-opener by the ugly score of 12-0.

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    Now to the amazing news, which was that Bruns faced a lot of rubber. A lot. So much rubber, in fact, that he ended the game seeing 110 shots, stopping 98 (!) of them, which is believed to be a national and Minnesota state record.

    “I was a little surprised,” Bruns told the Star Tribune. “My whole career I’ve had a lot of shots, but never that many. I thought it was just like any other game.”

    Facing an inordinate amount of shots is something that Bruns, a senior, is actually used to over his career, as the Star Tribune noted:

    Bruns’ remarkable career in terms of workload has gone relatively unheralded. He has finished among the Minnesota leaders in shots faced and saves each of the

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  • CHICAGO, IL - NOVEMBER 13: (L-R) Jonathan Toews #19, Marian Hossa #81, Richard Panik #14 and Nick Schmaltz #8 of the Chicago Blackhawks celebrate after Hossa scored against the Montreal Canadiens in the second period at the United Center on November 13, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Chase Agnello-Dean/NHLI via Getty Images)
    Jonathan Toews, Marian Hossa, Richard Panik and Nick Schmaltz of the Chicago Blackhawks celebrate after Hossa scored against the Montreal Canadiens in the second period at the United Center on November 13, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. (Getty Images)

     

    The Chicago Blackhawks are currently the favorite to win the Stanley Cup, according to gambling oddsmaker Bovada.

    The Blackhawks moved from 10/1 odds in Bovada’s previous release to 9/1 odds. This ranks highest amongst all NHL teams. The Blackhawks hold the league’s third-best record at 15-6-3.

    The New York Rangers moved from a 16/1 chance to win the Cup to 10/1, which tied them with the Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals for the second-best odds. In Bovada’s previous odds the Penguins were a 9/1 shot to win the Cup, which ranked No. 1. They were also the preseason favorite. 

    The Edmonton Oilers made some of the biggest gains in Bovada’s last release, but fell from 10/1 odds to 12/1. The Oilers are in third place in the Pacific

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  • Randy Carlyle and assistant coach Paul MacLean of the Anaheim Ducks watch warmup before the game against the New Jersey Devils at Honda Center on November 17, 2016 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Debora Robinson/NHLI via Getty Images)
    Randy Carlyle and assistant coach Paul MacLean of the Anaheim Ducks watch warmups before a game against the New Jersey Devils at Honda Center on Nov. 17, 2016, in Anaheim. (Getty)

     

    ANAHEIM, Calif. – On a Monday morning at Honda Center the Anaheim Ducks finished briskly paced on-ice exercises in 45 minutes.

    If this was any other NHL team, such a fact would seem normal. But the man barking the orders and calling the drills was Randy Carlyle – who in previous coaching incarnations was known as the king of the marathon practice.

    “Today is an example of things that he has changed and adapted a little bit to the game and to the way things are now,” said Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf. “I think he has (also) brought a lot of the same characteristics he used to have back, which in part are a lot of the good things we’re doing.”

    Carlyle and the Ducks both insist the coach has changed and softened to a degree in his second stint with the team. The gruff exterior isn’t gone, but it’s lightened with a

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    • A back injury is what has sidelined Jonathan Toews. The Chicago Blackhawks expect him back by the weekend. [Chicago Sun-Times]

    • Craig Janney, Mark Howe, Pat Kelly, Bill Belisle and the 1996 U.S. World Cup of Hockey team were all inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Wednesday night. [NHL.com]

    • There are some interesting names (Mike Richter!) on this list of players you may not have known were taken in expansion drafts. [The Hockey News]

    • December’s schedule is quite condensed for the Arizona Coyotes. [Arizona Sports]

    • “Saskatoon Blades head coach Dean Brockman

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    Jonathan Toews, Auston Matthews trick shot video screen shot.

    Chicago Blackhawks forward Jonathan Toews and Toronto Maples Leafs forward Auston Matthews went against each other in a game of ‘call your shot’ for a Bauer stick video shoot.

    Though the 19-year-old Matthews is one of the most skilled youngsters in the game, the 28-year-old Toews is a three-time Stanley Cup champion and known as one of the more accurate shooters in the NHL. Last year pulled off an incredible trick shot with a water bottle in another Bauer video

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    So let’s see how they did going against each other.

    For the most part the rookie held his own against Toews.

    Matthews got off to a strong start by hitting a water bottle on the boards, then Toews hit the crossbar from the blueline on his first try. Matthews struggled hitting the director’s coffee cup, missing wildly and breaking chairs around the cup.

    Toews was challenged to hit a light, and couldn’t break it with the

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  • Yahoo Daily Fantasy Hockey: Thursday picks

    OTTAWA, CANADA - OCTOBER 18: Mike Hoffman #68 of the Ottawa Senators fires a shot against the Arizona Coyotes during an NHL game at Canadian Tire Centre on October 18, 2016 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Francois Laplante/FreestylePhoto/Getty Images)
    OTTAWA, CANADA – OCTOBER 18: Mike Hoffman #68 of the Ottawa Senators fires a shot against the Arizona Coyotes during an NHL game at Canadian Tire Centre on October 18, 2016 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Francois Laplante/FreestylePhoto/Getty Images)

    By Chris Morgan

    December kicks off with a bang with a whopping 12 NHL games Thursday. That’s a lot of players to choose from. Here are our suggestions…

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    Mike Smith, ARI vs. LOS ($29): So this may seem like an odd choice, but it actually makes sense. Smith has spent most of the season banged up, but he’s been a veritable brick wall since returning to action. On the year, he has a .928 save percentage, which is well above average. The Kings will be on the road on the second night of a back-to-back, which could mean Jeff Zatkoff (and his .875 save percentage) will be in net. Smith has been hot, and this actually isn’t a bad matchup. There aren’t many cases where you’d be excited to

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  • Minnesota Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk (40) during the third period of a NHL hockey game against the Buffalo Sabres, Thursday, Oct. 27, 2016, in Buffalo, New York. (AP Photo/Jeffrey T. Barnes)
    Minnesota Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk (40) during the third period of a NHL hockey game against the Buffalo Sabres, Thursday, Oct. 27, 2016, in Buffalo, New York. (AP Photo/Jeffrey T. Barnes)

     

    The goaltending position is the most important in hockey by a pretty wide margin.

    No single position is going to make or break your season more so than netminders, and now that we’re a quarter of the way through the season, some issues are starting to become pretty apparent. Some teams are getting reliably great goaltending even if the teams themselves aren’t that good (*cough*therangers*cough*) and others are getting bad goaltending we should have expected all along even though they’re actually pretty good (*cough*thehurricanes*cough*).

    But then there are plenty of teams in the middle, for whom goaltending was always going to fall somewhere between the extremes of great and putrid. That is to say, lots of average-ish goalies can be either better or worse than they “should be” for big chunks of the

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  • NHL Power Rankings: Welcome back to the top, Montreal Canadiens

    The Montreal Canadiens return to the top of the Yahoo Sports NHL Power Rankings after gobbling up 17 out of a possible 28 points in November.

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    It’s amazing what a healthy Carey Price can do for you. We saw what can happen to Montreal when he’s out injured, so Habs fans can continue praying their franchise goaltender stays out of the trainer’s room.

    Here the rest of this week’s list from a vacationing Greg Wyshynski.

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    Taking a dip are the Winnipeg Jets, who have lost five of their last seven and sit just outside the Western Conference playoff picture.

     

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  • LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 30: Martin Jones #31 of the San Jose Sharks defends the goal during a game against the Los Angeles Kings at STAPLES Center on November 30, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Juan Ocampo/NHLI via Getty Images) *** Local Caption ***
    Martin Jones of the San Jose Sharks defends the goal during a game against the Los Angeles Kings at STAPLES Center on November 30, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Getty Images)

     

    LOS ANGELES – San Jose Sharks goaltender Martin Jones isn’t the type of player to often publicly display raw emotions.

    Ask him why he has had a high level of success against the Los Angeles Kings and Jones keeps his words simple.

    “These are important division games. Everyone knows the importance of these games,” Jones said after a 4-1 win against the Kings at Staples Center. “We always seem to have big efforts against these guys. Any time you play the Kings those are big matches.”

    But Jones’ teammates know that there’s something that drives the starting netminder to play at a consistently high level against the Kings, his former team. This has ultimately helped the Sharks outplay Los Angeles since Jones switched sides before last season.

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    No. 1 Star: Chad Johnson, Calgary Flames

    It’s difficult to not assume Johnson is ‘the guy’ in net in Calgary when he continues to post outstanding numbers. Johnson picked up his third shutout of the month in the team’s 3-0 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs. He made 39 saves for his eighth win of the year.

    No. 2 Star: Anders Lee, New York Islanders

    After the Islanders blew a 3-0 lead to the Pittsburgh Penguins, it looked like the game was headed to overtime and more of Jack Capuano’s hair would fall out. Lee saved all that by tipping in what would be the game winning goal with 26.6-seconds left in the third.

    No. 3 Star: Logan Couture, San Jose Sharks

    The Sharks forward led the team in scoring with two goals and an assist against the Los Angeles Kings. His first goal came with 55 seconds remaining in the first period to give the Sharks the 2-0 lead. Ryan Carpenter scored his first NHL goal 20 seconds later to put San Jose up by three.

    Honorable Mention: Calgary went up 2-0 on Toronto

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  • LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 27: Dustin Brown #23 and Drew Doughty #8 of the Los Angeles Kings line up for a face-off during the game against the Nashville Predators on October 27, 2016 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Juan Ocampo/NHLI via Getty Images) *** Local Caption ***
    Dustin Brown and Drew Doughty of the Los Angeles Kings line up for a face-off during the game against the Nashville Predators on October 27, 2016 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. (Getty Images)

    LOS ANGELES – Los Angeles Kings forward Dustin Brown popped a shot over San Jose Sharks goaltender Martin Jones and raised his arms like he scored a goal.

    The crowd cheered at Staples Center and it seemed like Brown had cut San Jose’s lead to 3-1, except the referee didn’t signal a goal and play continued on.

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    Then the game was abruptly stopped and the official announced the good goal by Brown. In the video of the goal, it’s clear that Brown tucked the puck under the crossbar behind Jones.

    Sportsnet’s John Shannon pointed out that play was stopped because of rule 38.7, which states the following:

    Should the Video Goal Judge (in cooperation with the Toronto Video Room) be able to determine that a goal was legitimately scored through the

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  • It was the best case scenario for the New York Islanders.

    The team was on a 5-on-3 and in control of the puck in the Pittsburgh Penguins zone. Ryan Strome sent a perfect pass across the front of the crease to the team’s most lethal goal scorer, John Tavares.

    Like Julie ‘The Cat’ Gaffney, Matt Murray would not have it.

    Murray had to dive across the blue paint as Tavares took his shot at the seemingly open net. Miraculously, Murray landed with his arm in perfect position to make the glove save. Tavares could not believe what just happened.

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    Neither did the off-ice officials. They buzzed the referees to hold off on the faceoff as they got a look at the play. Based on a few camera angles, it looked as if Murray caught the puck with his glove over the red line.

    The overhead camera would provide the definitive view of the ‘save of the year’ candidate – NO GOAL.

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  • Yahoo Fantasy Hockey: Forwards currently experiencing offensive struggles

    ANAHEIM, CA - OCTOBER 26: Corey Perry #10 of the Anaheim Ducks skates with the puck during the first period of a game against the Nashville Predators at Honda Center on October 26, 2016 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
    Corey Perry of the Anaheim Ducks skates with the puck against the Nashville Predators at Honda Center on Oct. 26, 2016 in Anaheim. (Getty)

    (Ed. Note: We’re once again pleased to partner with Dobber Hockey to provide fantasy hockey insight throughout the NHL season. Here’s Steve Laidlaw, the Managing Editor of DobberHockey, as your new fantasy hockey smarty-pants!)

    By Steve Laidlaw

    Last week, we looked at some of biggest over-performers in terms of shooting percentage. This week, we will continue to look at outliers, this time, the biggest under-performers in shooting percentage. We could easily have included the many defensemen who have yet to score a goal, like Colton Parayko, Rasmus Ristolainen, Duncan Keith, John Carlson, etc. but defenseman goal scoring is typically a rare event. Only 10 defensemen hit the 15-goal plateau. Shots from defensemen are typically lower-percentage chances, but also come in lower volume. That means they are more likely victims of swings in shooting

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  • BUFFALO, NY - JUNE 24: President of Hockey Operations for the Calgary Flames Brian Burke attends round one of the 2016 NHL Draft on June 24, 2016 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
    Brian Burke, president of hockey operations for the Calgary Flames, attends the 2016 NHL Draft on June 24, 2016, in Buffalo. (Getty)

     

    Dougie Hamilton’s name has entered the rumor mill with chatter that the Calgary Flames are listening to offers on the 23-year-old defenseman they acquired during the 2015 NHL Draft.

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    On Wednesday, Brian Burke didn’t take too kindly to hearing his young blue liners name out there as potentially available on the market. Speaking to TSN’s Leafs Lunch, the Flames President of Hockey Operations vented his frustration with those involved who leaked this story to hockey insiders.

    “This is one where it’s very frustrating where you have to deal with leaks. And when as soon as one of the teams that in the mix in the leaks is the Toronto Maple Leafs…now it’s an army of leakers, an army of people who have no goddamn idea what they’re talking about who will happily go on and say the Toronto Maple Leafs are doing this and

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    SAN JOSE, CA - NOVEMBER 29: SJ Sharkie and Brent Burns #88 of the San Jose Sharks celebrate after a NHL game against the Arizona Coyotes at SAP Center at San Jose on November 29, 2016 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Don Smith/NHLI via Getty Images)
    SAN JOSE, CA – NOVEMBER 29: SJ Sharkie and Brent Burns #88 of the San Jose Sharks celebrate after a NHL game against the Arizona Coyotes at SAP Center at San Jose on November 29, 2016 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Don Smith/NHLI via Getty Images)

    • We hope everyone finds true love like this Sasquatch and shark. [Getty]

    • According to Peter Holland’s agent, the Toronto Maple Leafs are trying to trade the center. Holland reportedly skipped the Leafs trip to Western Canada due to a dispute over playing time. [Toronto Sun]

    • The ACHA has approved the elevation of the UNLV men’s hockey team to Division I. [USA Today]

    • Five things you need to know about Canada’s World Juniors selection camp. [Buzzing the Net]

    • Jakob Chychrun blasted out of the

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  • OTTAWA, ON - NOVEMBER 5: Craig Anderson #41 of the Ottawa Senators warms up in a lavender jersey on Hockey Fights Cancer night prior to a game against the Buffalo Sabres at Canadian Tire Centre on November 5, 2016 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Andre Ringuette/NHLI via Getty Images)
    Craig Anderson of the Ottawa Senators warms up in a lavender jersey on ‘Hockey Fights Cancer’ night prior to a game against the Buffalo Sabres at Canadian Tire Centre on November 5, 2016, in Ottawa. (Getty)

     

    Ottawa Senators goaltender Craig Anderson has taken personal leave to be with his wife Nicholle as she continues her fight against cancer.

    Ken Warren of the Ottawa Citizen first reported the news, listing Anderson out as ‘indefinitely.’ The Ottawa Senators released a tweet confirming Anderson would not be available on Thursday for the team’s game against Philadelphia.

    In Anderson’s absence, the team will have Mike Condon and Andrew Hammond available in net.

    Nicholle Anderson was diagnosed with nasopharyngeal carcinoma in October. She is receiving chemotherapy and radiation treatments at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

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