Chaotic line brawl breaks out in AHL game resulting in nearly 200 penalty minutes

Jared Clinton
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Fans in Hershey, Pa., on Saturday saw seven goals, four goaltenders and nearly 200 penalty minutes in a game that turned into mayhem late in the second period.

The contest between the hometown Hershey Bears and visiting Bridgeport Sound Tigers got out of hand with less than five minutes left in the second frame, and tempers really flared when Tigers winger Brett Gallant went after Bears winger Chris Brown as he was headed into the penalty box. Read more

Mackenzie Skapski gets first NHL start, Matt Moulson scores on him 14 seconds in

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Mackenzie Skapski (Bill Wippert/Getty Images)

This time last season, Mackenzie Skapski was part of the WHL’s Kootenay Ice, coming off a 40-save win the night before. Oh, how things can change in a year.

For Friday’s game against the Buffalo Sabres, Skapski, a sixth-round (170th) pick of the New York Rangers in 2013, got the call for the Blueshirts. It’s hard to blame the 20-year-old for having to deal with some nerves, but he certainly didn’t have the start he wanted. Fourteen seconds into the game, the Rangers turned the puck over following a faceoff and it ended up on the stick of Matt Moulson. Read more

Hartford looking at upgrades for XL Center – could the NHL come back?

Jared Clinton
The front facade of the proposed new-look XL Center in Hartford. (SCI Architects)

Next season will mark 18 years since the Hartford Whalers departed their Connecticut home for the greener pastures of Raleigh, N.C., but a report prepared by SCI Architects and other groups for the Capital Region Development Authority in Hartford could give Whalers fans a glimmer of hope.

The 98-page report outlines changes that could be made to the existing XL Center, formerly the Hartford Civic Center, including three options for the CRDA to consider going forward, one of which would include demolishing the arena and rebuilding from the ground up. Read more

Jets’ Perreault sidelined for remainder of regular season

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Mathieu Perreault (Lance Thomson/Getty Images)

One of the players the Jets could least afford to lose, Mathieu Perreault, is “likely” sidelined for the remainder of the regular season.

Perreault, 27, has been a standout for Winnipeg this season and was on pace for the best offensive season of his career. In 56 games, Perreault had registered 18 goals –tying his career best mark set in 2013-14 – and 36 points. The injury, sustained Monday against the Edmonton Oilers, came after Jeff Petry checked Perreault. Read more

Malcolm Subban to start for Bruins? Plus five other NHL debuts we can’t wait to see

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Malcolm Subban. (Photo by Brian Babineau/NHLI via Getty Images)

Goaltender Malcolm Subban, promising Boston Bruins prospect and brother of P.K., will start his first NHL game Wednesday, according to speculation from Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman. Boston travels to Edmonton, and scuttlebutt suggests Subban, 21, will be showcased to an Oilers organization intent on acquiring him. Tuukka Rask has a day between games after playing Monday night, and backup Niklas Svedberg is perfectly healthy, so Subban’s call-up is interestingly timed. As of Tuesday afternoon he hadn’t been confirmed as the starter for the Edmonton game, however.

“If we’re bringing him back, which is what we had talked about at some point, it’s probably to give him an opportunity here along the way,” Bruins coach Claude Julien told the Boston Globe this week.

Subban’s debut has been highly anticipated. He went 24th overall in the 2012 draft, he represented Canada at the 2013 world juniors, and he’s running out of things to prove with AHL providence, posting a .920 save percentage two straight seasons.

What other drafted prospects can we not wait to see in the NHL? Here are five debuts we await with bated breath.

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The Toronto Marlies 3D Lego-themed ice show is awesome

Jared Clinton
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Three-dimensional pre-game videos have become more commonplace throughout hockey, but it’s going to be hard to top the Toronto Marlies’ Lego-themed show.

Broadcast across the ice before the Marlies game Monday afternoon against the Binghamton Senators, the ice show is backed by Tegan and Sara’s “Everything Is Awesome,” the theme song from the Lego movie. From start to finish, the show is outstanding. Read more

Even at age 80, Don Cherry hasn’t soured on hockey – and fans still love him

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Don Cherry (Adam d’Oliveira photography)

When super draft prospect Connor McDavid broke his hand in a fight in November, the number of hot takes on the matter scorched the media landscape. Everyone was expected to weigh in and NHL players were not immune.

Boston Bruins power forward Milan Lucic was one of them and, given his appetite for truculence, his response was no surprise.

“You definitely respect the fact he’s willing to step up for himself,” Lucic said. “On another point, not contradicting or going against what Don Cherry was saying, it’s good to see that a player of his caliber has that fire.” Read more

Jets/Sabres blockbuster: Who are the prospects in the trade?

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Joel Armia. (Photo by Dave Reginek/NHLI via Getty Images)

Evander Kane!

Tyler Myers!

Zach Bogosian!

Drew Stafford!

Connor McDavid!

Shock and awe! Wednesday’s blockbuster between the Winnipeg Jets and Buffalo Sabres was among the biggest in-season swaps in years. The average fan has a strong sense of what Buffalo received in Kane and Bogosian and what Winnipeg has in Myers and Stafford. But what about the other names involved in the trade? Here’s a scouting report on each.

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