Did Dubinsky break an unwritten rule of fighting?

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I have to admit I was amused to see the New York Rangers’ Brandon
Dubinsky thoroughly beat down Mike Richards of the Flyers yesterday. It
was obviously an emotionally-fueled fight and it was painfully obvious
that Dubinsky won the fight. I also didn’t see anything out of the
ordinary with it.

Well, perhaps there was some extra stuff
involved and Travis Hughes of Broad Street Hockey isn’t happy about it.

But there’s a point in the fight where Richards goes to throw a punch
in return and never makes it. Instead, he falls to his knees and the
linesmen jump in to stop the proceedings. From this point, when Richards
is down and the fight is over, Dubinsky chooses to let his fists fly
toward the defenseless Richards.

Even if the Flyers captain wanted to return fire, ignoring
the fact that his jersey was over his head, he was unable to because he
was in the clutches of the officials. Yet there Dubinsky continued to
pound away. One, two, three.

You can see video of the hit, here. It’s true that Dubinsky did throw
a few more punches, even after Richards was down. But is that all that
out of the ordinary? I’ve seen fights end like that plenty of times,
especially when there are emotions involved. It’s not exactly normal for
it happen, but it happens. Except maybe not for Flyers players. They
live by the letter of the ‘law’, according to Travis:

This stuff doesn’t happen too often against the Flyers, but one thing
you’ll notice is that the Flyers are never, ever guilty of this crime.
Not any time recently, at least. In fact, I’d urge anybody to go through
the archives and find one fight this year where a Flyers player
continued to throw punches at an opponent while that opponent was down.

I searched the full archive of the Flyers two most prolific fighters,
Ian Laperriere and Carcillo, and one theme was
evident throughout. That theme: a healthy dose of respect.

If
there’s one thing the Flyers are known for, it’s showing respect for
their opponents, right?

It’s tough to really argue with him,
considering the multitude of video evidence he puts on the table. What
do you think? Did Dubinsky break a rule here?

Latest way the Wild lost? Killed by penalty kill

Minnesota Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk sits on the ice after giving up a goal to St. Louis Blues' Jori Lehtera, of Finland, during the second period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
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It’s said that variety is the spice of life, yet it seems to be the spite of the Minnesota Wild.

As head coach Mike Yeo said, this struggling team appears to find a new way to lose virtually every night. That couldn’t have happened once again on Saturday, when they fell 4-1 to the St. Louis Blues, could it?

Actually …

If you ask Jarret Stoll, the latest problem was the penalty kill.

Honestly, Stoll may have been too specific, likely trying to throw his own unit under the bus. Instead, it might be more accurate to say that Minnesota’s special teams let them down.

Indeed, the Wild struggled to limit the Blues’ power play, which went an unsettling 3-for-6. That said, Minnesota had a chance to trade blows with St. Louis. Instead, the Wild managed one power-play goal on seven opportunities.

The silver lining is that the Wild believe that they showed more fight than this fragile bunch had been generating before.

On the other hand, with Jonas Brodin on IR and Jared Spurgeon apparently hurt, that silver lining may not be so easy to see.

Statement in Blackhawks’ blowout of Stars? Coach Q says they’re even

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Worry (if you’re pulling for the Stars) or gloat (if you’re a Blackhawks fan) all you want, but the bottom line is that the Central Division’s No.1 spot is clearly in Chicago’s control after Saturday night.

The Blackhawks earned a decisive 5-1 win against the Dallas Stars, giving them a five-point standings lead over Dallas for the Central Division lead.

You may feel like that’s more of the same, but consider this: things would look a lot closer if Dallas won or gained points, as they hold three games in hand on the ‘Hawks.

At least one Blackhawks player admits this game means a little more than your average W.

Indeed, while Antti Niemi was pulled from the game and Kari Lehtonen faced his own struggles in Dallas’ net, Corey Crawford ranked as one of the big reasons why the score was so lopsided.

(Artem Anisimov had a big say in that, too.)

As a wise coach with 1,000+ games of experience would do, Joel Quenneville didn’t go overboard in assessing the victory.

Was this a statement game? Who knows, but a certain statement is that the Blackhawks now have a five-point standings lead.

Brad Marchand wins it … on a penalty shot … in overtime

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Looking at the standings, beating the Buffalo Sabres was pretty important for the Boston Bruins. The Atlantic Division’s run for spots appears particularly congested out East.

Of all the Bruins to get a chance to win it all, the team might have wanted Brad Marchand to have that opportunity. He’s on pace to destroy his previous career-highs for scoring, and Marchand’s been particularly hot lately.

Either way, Marchand came up big indeed, scoring the rare overtime game-winner on a penalty shot. Check out the drama below:

That can be a big extra point and ROW (regulation/overtime win) when the regular season is finished.

Note: Many believe that Marchand should not have received a penalty shot on the play.

Crosby kills the Cats: Penguins end Panthers’ winning streak

Pittsburgh Penguins' Sidney Crosby (87) collides with Florida Panthers' Connor Brickley (86) during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Pittsburgh, Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
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For quite some time, it looked like the Florida Panthers would keep the Pittsburgh Penguins under wraps.

Florida nursed a 1-0 lead into a 2-0 margin almost halfway through the third period, looking to win its sixth consecutive game. That looked great … and then Sidney Crosby + Kris Letang happened.

Let’s put it this way: this GIF of Crosby being frustrated is amusing, yet it doesn’t exactly tell the story of Saturday’s 3-2 overtime win for the Penguins:

Instead, Crosby grabbed his 900th point assisting on a Letang goal, and finished the night with 902 by collecting the game-tying goal and grabbing a helper on Letang’s overtime game-winner.

Crosby crossing that barrier is indeed special, even if it prompts “What if?” questions about No. 87’s health.

The resurgence of Crosby and Letang already played a big role in the Penguins going from disjointed and frustrating to sneaky and scary, so it  shouldn’t be that surprising to see them play so well. Doing so in such brisk order is a little bewildering, however.