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Videos- Did Pierre-Edouard Bellemare Bite P.K. Subban?

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First the evidence for you to view and below, P.K. Subban talks about it post-game.


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NHL Short Notes

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Home Team in Caps

TORONTO 6, Washington 3
MONTREAL 2, Arizona 1
Minnesota 5, COLORADO 2
Nashville 2, VEGAS 1
St. Louis 5, ANAHEIM 1
Carolina 5, VANCOUVER 2



Nazem Kadri (3-1—4) scored the fifth hat trick of his NHL career and first since Feb. 14, 2018 (3-2—5 vs. CBJ) to lead the Maple Leafs past theCapitals. Toronto (30-17-2, 62 points), which occupies second place in the Atlantic Division standings, reached the 30-win mark in a season in 49 or fewer games for the second time in franchise history and first since 1934-35 (48 GP; 30-14-4, 64 points).


Morgan Rielly (0-2—2) ranks third among NHL defensemen with 50 points in 2018-19 (13-37—50 in 49 GP). Only three defensemen in franchise history have required fewer personal games to reach the 50-point mark in a season: Borje Salming in 1976-77 (42 GP), Babe Pratt in 1943-44 (44 GP) and Bryan McCabe in 2005-06 (45 GP).


* Rielly, who established a career high with 6-46—52 in 2017-18 (76 GP), became the fifth defenseman in franchise history to reach the 50-point mark in consecutive seasons and first since Tomas Kaberle (3 straight; 2005-06 to 2007-08).

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Video- Alex Ovechkin Collides With T.J. Oshie

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Ovechkin went to the bench but was pulled by the concussion spotter.  He did return to the game quickly.

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Filip Hronek Sent To Grand Rapids

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DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today assigned defenseman Filip Hronek to the American Hockey League’s Grand Rapids Griffins.

Hronek, 21, has skated in 23 games with the Red Wings during the 2018-19 campaign, tallying 10 points (3-7-10) and averaging 18:25 time on ice. After making the Red Wings roster out of training camp, the 6-foot, 170-pound rookie logged three points (1-2-3) in six games during his first NHL stint, including his first NHL point Oct. 11 vs. Toronto and first NHL goal on Oct. 13 at Boston. During his time with the Griffins this season, Hronek has recorded 18 points (5-13-18) and 28 penalty minutes in 20 games, leading the team’s defensemen and ranking eighth overall in scoring, despite his stint in the NHL. The Hradec Kralove, Czech Republic, native recorded 11 goals, 28 assists and a team-best plus-24 rating in 67 games with the Griffins in 2017-18. The defenseman’s 39 points led the team’s blueliners and were fifth-most among all Griffins, earning him a spot on the 2018 AHL All-Rookie Team.

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“No Quick Fix” For The Edmonton Oilers

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from Frank Seravalli of TSN,

The situation in Edmonton had become so toxic, turning one of the most passionate fan bases in the NHL into an apathetic one, that the Oilers had little choice but to remove Chiarelli from the controls one month before the trade deadline with the team just three points out of a historically weak playoff chase.

The man tasked with eradicating the dysfunction in the Oilers’ front office only created more.

"There's something in the water here in Edmonton that we don't have right," Oilers CEO Bob Nicholson told reporters Wednesday, not mentioning that leftover brass from regimes past Craig MacTavish, Kevin Lowe and Scott Howson remain on the payroll. 

Assistant GM Keith Gretzky, younger brother of Oilers vice chair Wayne Gretzky and Chiarelli's cohort from Boston, will assume part of Chiarelli’s duties on an interim basis until a permanent replacement is found.

There will be no shortage of interested candidates. The problem for whoever inherits Chiarelli’s chair is that there is no quick fix.


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Brayden Point Is A Real Bargain

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from Nick Kelly of the Tampa Bay Times,

 One of these things is not like the others.

Take a look at the NHL’s top goal scorers and their annual average salary, according to capfriendly.com. One of these contracts doesn’t belong:

Alex Ovechkin ($10 million)

Brayden Point ($919,167)

John Tavares ($11 million)

Jeff Skinner ($5.725 million)

Johnny Gaudreau ($6,75 million)

Connor McDavid ($12.5 million)

Patrick Kane ($10.5 million)

Gabriel Landeskog ($5.57 million)

Can you tell which contract is not like the others by the time ... Okay, you get the point.

If you haven’t figured it out by now, there’s your answer — Point. His contract is missing the word million. That’s not a typo. Point, 22, doesn’t make that much. He is still playing on his entry-level contract.

It makes him, one of the NHL’s best scorers, also one of its best bargains.


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Trade Talk In Detroit Will Soon Heat Up

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from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

The Red Wings are seeking first-round picks for goaltender Jimmy Howard and forward Gustav Nyquist. If they’re not offered that return, they would like to re-sign both. They also would like to re-sign defenseman Nick Jensen. They’re not expected to move defenseman Niklas Kronwall, unless he signs off on a trade, which seems unlikely.

Other potential trade chips include defenseman Trevor Daley and forwards Thomas Vanek and Luke Glendening.

Trades are more likely to happen closer to or on the day of the deadline, as teams hold out for the best possible return.

Players, in all likelihood, can enjoy their break without worrying about where they might be headed. The Red Wings are among 21 teams whose five-day ‘bye week’ follows the All-Star break. They will go nine days without a game and are allowed only one formal practice during that stretch.

more on the Wings...

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Morning Line- Jim Matheson

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The State Of The Leafs Today

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from Cathal Kelly of the Globe And Mail,

Evidently, the Leafs have spent the past four years walking in a huge spiral. They’ve returned to Mumbo Jumbo Land.

Of course, it is not possible for Babcock to wish his team better or for Dubas to remake it on the fly. But calling a duck a duck would be a good start.

The paying customers aren’t kidding themselves about the Leafs not being much good right now, or that Nylander is a short-term bust, or that Matthews needs less hand-holding and more head-slapping.

So, one must ask whom exactly Babcock and Dubas think they’re fooling?

The bad option is the fans. A worse one is the roster. The nuclear option is themselves.

The onus to start speaking sensibly here falls not on the players, but the coach. Babcock has been handsomely rewarded for four years to win lottery picks, lose games and sound folksy. Credit to him – it’s worked so far. His presence shielded the youngest players from the feral instincts of Toronto news media and supporters. As long as he seemed confident that it would work out, his résumé suggested it would.

But people have stopped believing that quite so guilelessly.


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The St. Louis Blues Are Tough To Figure Out

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from Jeff Gordon of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

They aren’t in the thick of the Western Conference playoff race, but they haven’t fallen far off the pace either.

Interim coach Craig Berube has made some progress with the group, but not enough to earn the job on a permanent basis.

They subtracted players who are either currently out of the NHL (Scottie Upshall, Patrik Berglund, Chris Thorburn) or failing to produce elsewhere (Vladimir Sobotka, Dmitrij Jaskin, Kyle Brodziak, Tage Thompson). Key additions Ryan O’Reilly and David Perron are performing at peak levels and Tyler Bozak has chipped in.

Yet this team is worse than last season’s version.

They have many established, well-respected veterans whom other franchises covet. Yet their whole is less than the sum of its parts.

They have an ample supply of promising prospects, but what should general manager Doug Armstrong do with them? The Blues aren’t playing well enough to sacrifice potential long-term assets for short-term help.


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