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Dusk til Dawn: Don't poke the big bear

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Dusk til Dawn: Don't poke the big bear

Ryan Kennedy
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Come in and read our morning recap, where all NHL plays are reviewable (because that's what we're doing here – reviewing plays that happened the night before).

Come in and read our morning recap, where all NHL plays are reviewable (because that's what we're doing here – reviewing plays that happened the night before).

Essential Water Cooler

Boston's Zdeno Chara took a high-stick from Calgary's Matt Stajan and got no compensation from the refs because they were watching the puck go over the glass in a different part of the zone. In Toronto, the Maple Leafs felt the zebras missed several calls on the Florida Panthers that could have changed the 3-1 Cats win in Toronto's favor. So the question becomes, is it time for a ref upstairs? An omnipresent eye that can call down to the stripes on ice and let them know of a penalty behind the play? Sure, there may be more power plays to begin with as players adjusted to tighter standards, but the action would be more fair. Do you want a more objective hockey game, or are things fine the way they are?

Primetime Play

Colorado had Dan Ellis problems last night as the Dallas backup robbed Avs captain Gabriel Landeskog en route to a 3-2 Stars victory.

Men of the Night

Zdeno Chara, Boston: Are we calling him 'Big Bear?' Because Chara channeled his fury over the Stajan high stick into two goals for the Bruins, who blanked Calgary 2-0.

Martin Jones, Los Angeles: Edmonton's young guns had many incredible chances last night, but this is Martin Jones and you do not score on Martin Jones. The rookie got his third shutout in five games as the Kings pushed aside the Oilers 3-0.

Valtteri Filppula, Tampa Bay: Two goals in the final three minutes, plus a score in the shootout to lift the Bolts over the Islanders 3-2? Man, that Filppula signing really worked out for Steve Yzerman.

Duncan Keith, Chicago: The Olympic-bound defenseman opened up the scoring for the Hawks and added an assist in a 3-1 dismissal of Nashville.

Patrick Marleau, San Jose: Not many teams beat St. Louis, but the Sharks ended up sweeping the season with a 4-2 triumph. Marleau led the charge with two helpers.

Better Luck Next Time

Tom Wilson made the Caps as a teenage rookie because of his grit and physicality, but his boarding of Philadelphia's Brayden Schenn opened up the floodgates for the Flyers, who scored twice while Wilson sat in the box. That turned a tie game into an eventual 5-2 Philly cakewalk and Wilson will undoubtedly be getting some attention from league disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan as well.

 

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Dusk til Dawn: Don't poke the big bear