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Scores

Florida 5
Pittsburgh 1 (Recap)

St. Louis 4
Detroit 1 (Recap)

Philadelphia 3
NY Islanders 4 (SO) (Recap)

Los Angeles 2
Boston 3 (Recap)

Dallas 1
Nashville 4 (Recap)

Toronto 4
Phoenix 2 (Recap)

Calgary 2
San Jose 3 (Recap)

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Notable Numbers

* Brad Marchand scored twice and Patrice Bergeron added two assists to help the Bruins top the Kings 3-2.

* Matt Read’s two goals against the Islanders wouldn’t be enough, as Kyle Okposo scored a late goal and the eventual shootout winner for New York. Okposo had a heck of a game – goal, assist, fight, shootout winner.

* Drew Shore scored twice and Scott Clemmensen made 35 saves to help the Panthers upset the Penguins in Pittsburgh. Jesse Winchester had a three assist night for the cats as well.

* Both Phil Kessel and Jake Gardiner had a goal and an assist, while Leafs goalie Jonathan Bernier stopped 39 of 41 shots to help extend the Leafs winning streak to five games. It’s been nearly seven years since the Leafs last did that.

* Joe Pavelski’s scored twice to help the Sharks top the Flames.

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What Happened

Special shortie

Brad Marchand scored a short-handed goal against the Kings, and basically had to beat the entire powerplay singlehandedly to do it. It’s an amazing goal, but Anze Kopitar’s definitely in full “Hey, don’t you know this is our powerplay and you’re just supposed to give us the puck now” mode.

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Speaking of shorties…

Drew Shore’s wasn’t so bad either.

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Robbery

Jaroslav Halak was solid in the Blues win over the Red Wings, and I have proof:

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Slick hands

While the Flames weren’t able to muster enough offense to top the Sharks, the did score one pretty sick goal thanks to Jiri Hudler.

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An Opinion

John Tortorella got suspended by the NHL for 15 days (six games) for his part in the Flames/Canucks mayhem, which makes sense. You can’t very well be trying to go into other team’s dressing rooms to fight, especially as a head coach. But Bob Hartley getting fined $25k by the league is a little more dicey. Frankly, it’s bizarre to fine a team for putting certain players on the ice, when they’ve signed them and paid them for the express purpose of…putting them on the ice.

The only reason I don’t hate it: they’re going with straight common sense.

Logically, if you’re allowed to have players who fight, and you’re implicitly allowed to fight in the game, you should be allowed to do it when you feel you want to. I get that connection, I really do. But the NHL is apparently okay going with the straight up, lowered-head-looking-through-brows “Listen: we know what you were doing, you knew what you were doing, we all know, and we think it’s bullspit and caused problems. Just…don’t.” It’s a wrist slap, and I’m fine with them giving it. It was not a normal situation.

I know some people are mind-blown over the whole concept, but I like that the league isn’t doing the whole “What, those guys are just normal players, we agree” thing.

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Other News

* Bob Hartley was fined $25k by the NHL for starting his goons against the Canucks on the weekend. Seems like the NHL is getting into some dicey territory with these “personnel” fines.

* Henrik Sedin will miss a game tomorrow, which ends his ironman streak at 679 games.

* Matt Stajan signed a new deal with the Flames for four years, $12.5m total.

And finally…

* Fun with mouthguards, courtesy Reddit Hockey and Zbynek Michalek: