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Video- Two Game Suspension For Zach Hyman

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Here is the interference explanation.

 

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Evening Line- A Group Response From The St. Louis Blues

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The St. Louis Blues lost to the Vanouver Canucks 6-1 today.

 

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Kronwall’s Game

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from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

It was a turn-back-the-clock moment for Niklas Kronwall.

The Red Wings’ veteran defenseman has long been known for some devastating open-ice hits....

Until Saturday, when Kronwall leveled New York Islanders forward Anders Lee with a clean hit to Lee’s upper body, as Lee was transporting the puck near the Wings’ blue line – but with his head down.

That term “Kronwalled” came out of the mothballs.

“The hard part when you’re coming north-south is to not touch the head at all,” said Kronwall, of his mindset in such situations. “When you’re skating, you’re in a position where your head is basically the point of your body that is the most forward.

“You try to go through the chest or shoulder. Sometimes you end up catching the head.”...

There have been more than just a few highlights this season for Kronwall, who has been one of the Wings’ most consistent defensemen since October.

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Zach Hyman Has A Hearing Today With DoPS

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Watch the hit if you missed it earlier.

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So Far This Season

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from Sam McCaig of The Hockey News,

What have we learned as the 2018-19 NHL season has unfolded? Well, lots of stuff....

The Tampa Bay Lightning are riding high – first place overall – and it doesn’t matter where they play. The NHL’s No. 1 team is No. 1 on the road and (almost) No. 1 at home. The Bolts have the best points percentage on the road (.750, 10-3-1) and they have the second-best points percentage at home (.765, 13-4-0), barely behind Boston (.769, 10-3-0). Tampa Bay is the league’s most lethal team, averaging nearly four goals per game (3.94), while ranking in the top 10 in goals-against average (2.81) despite the fact starting goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy has been sidelined with a fractured foot since mid-November. (He’s expected to return in the next week or two.) The Lightning have advanced to the Eastern Conference final three times – and the Stanley Cup final once – in the past four years, and they’re certainly looking like the team to beat this season.

Nikita Kucherov and Johnny Gaudreau, at the ripe old age of 25, are the elder statesmen at the top of the NHL scoring race. Among the league’s leading seven scorers, the Lightning’s Kucherov and Calgary Flames’ Gaudreau are the greybeards compared to Mikko Rantanen (22), Nathan MacKinnon (23), Connor McDavid (21), Mitch Marner (21) and Brayden Point (22). The rest of the top 10 (and ties) has some 30-something representation – Alex Ovechkin (33), Blake Wheeler (32) and Claude Giroux (30) – but there’s also another young gun, too, in Buffalo’s Jack Eichel (22). The future looks red-light bright.

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More Headlines Talk

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Chris Johnston of Sportsnet expands on the talk from Saturday Headlines.

A few bullet points.

- Duchene likes the city and team, but has played just eight playoff games during his NHL career. Approaching age 28 he wants to be part of a winner. He will also be influenced to some extent by the future of Mark Stone, Ottawa’s other pending UFA forward who can’t sign an extension before Jan. 1.

If Stone stays, there’s a better chance he does, too.

- Kyper certainly made a big headline, tossing right-shot defenceman Alex Pietrangelo’s name into the rumour mill and attaching it to the Toronto Maple Leafs during our “Headlines” segment.

It would take some doozy of a trade for the Leafs and Blues to make that one work — although with the teams going in opposite directions there’s at least the motivation to explore a potential fit.

- The Anaheim Ducks are actively searching for scoring help, even after acquiring Daniel Sprong earlier in the week. The Carolina Hurricanes want a top-six forward. Jim Rutherford is hamstrung by cap issues in Pittsburgh, but there’s no way he’s going to sit idly by with his Penguins out of playoff position.

Chicago, Los Angeles and St. Louis are at the very bottom of the standings and in need of a refresh.

more on each of the above...

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Video- Bloopers Of The Week

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16 seconds short of 3 minutes to watch NHL bloopers from the very recent past.

 

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Video- Would You Call This A Questionable Hit By Zach Hyman?

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via Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

“I thought it was late. I thought it was unnecessary,” said Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy, reviewing the hit, for which Hyman was tossed from the game. “If the league takes a look at it . . . usually they do . . . but again, it’s one of those things, you’re at a point in the game where there hasn’t been a lot of bodychecking from their team and all of a sudden there’s a late, blindside, unsuspecting one . . . it annoys you.

“Especially when it’s Charlie, you wonder, ‘Are they targeting him, or not?’ You don’t know that — I’d like to think it was just a guy who got there late and didn’t pull up.”

 

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The New York Islanders React To The Niklas Kronwall Hit On Anders Lee

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from Andrew Gross of Newsday,

Kronwall lined up Lee with a shoulder to his face at 16:01 of the first period as Lee skated with his head down looking at the puck along the right boards in the neutral zone. Lee, bleeding heavily, did not return until 11:47 of the second period.

He needed eight stitches about his left eyebrow and more over his lip and also went through concussion protocol.

Kronwall may be in danger of NHL supplementary discipline, though his hit on Lee went unpenalized.

“When you see your captain laying on the ice, that’s never a good feeling,” said Matt Martin, who scored the winner at the crease at 3:24 of the third period as Cal Clutterbuck notched his 100th career assist by directing the puck with his skate. “Our response from that was unbelievable. Bails stepping up and getting into a fight gives a guy like myself chills. It fires you up.”

“No question this was a good character win,” said Bailey, who used his skates to knock down Kronwall, then fought Dylan Larkin — an unlikely bout — at 18:39 of the first period as he skated back up ice.

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Below, watch Brian Burke on the hit (and a few other topics).

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The Slumping Toronto Maple Leafs

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from Damien Cox of Sportsnet,

Hockey seasons go in peaks and valleys, ups and downs. One day you’re unbeatable, the next day you can’t imagine winning another game.

The Buffalo Sabres are a great example right now. They won 10 straight. Now they’ve lost five straight.

The Toronto Maple Leafs, meanwhile, seem to be in a mode where they’ve decided a full 60 minutes of focused hockey is for the other teams. You know, the teams without all the fancy young forwards. Along with that, they’ve also decided defending is for the less skilled. Competing hard, too.

The Leafs got away with such a laissez-faire performance at home Thursday against lowly Detroit, at least partially. They were so shoddy over 40 minutes they deserved to lose. They got a point out of it with a third-period comeback before losing in overtime.

Saturday night in the Massachusetts capital, they didn’t get away with a nearly identical effect.

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Below, catch the game highlights of Boston's 6-3 win over Toronto.

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