Around the rink – Wednesday, October 20th

If anything else, last night proved that even in a light night of action that anything can happen. Four more games hit the schedule tonight so let’s just hope that if anyone is hitting someone else that it all happens on the ice so we can avoid anything more unseemly to discuss further. As always, all times listed are Eastern because we’re trying to not even go near the same time zone Rick Rypien is in.

7:00 PM

Buffalo @ Atlanta

The Sabres are trying to shake the dust off of their miserable start to the season and facing Atlanta won’t make things any easier. The Thrashers are doing well to start the year and goalie Chris Mason gets the start once again. Evander Kane and Anthony Stewart are leading the way right now. Stewart has four goals while Kane is rocking it with three goals so far this year. Fun fact: Neither has an assist yet. Fill the net, guys.

Buffalo will look to try and keep Atlanta off the board as the Sabres, even with Ryan Miller doing well, are still having a hard time keeping opponents off the board as they’re in the bottom third in the NHL  in goals against.

Anaheim @ Columbus

The Jackets are in a bit of a tough way, but if they’ve got reason to perk up, having Anaheim come to town should help them out. While the Ducks have done well of late, those wins have come at home. On the road, they’ve played miserable thus far. This game could shape up into a war of attrition. Well, one with a lot of goals anyhow.

9:00 PM

Vancouver @ Chicago

Say, perhaps you heard about this Vancouver team here today. After getting trashed by Minnesota on and off the ice last night, the Canucks try to improve on things. Roberto Luongo gets to start once again and because he’s not facing Minnesota he should do better right? Hopefully no one tells him that it’s a playoff game against Chicago or else things might get really ugly. Chicago, meanwhile, is playing some pretty good hockey as Marian Hossa is on fire of late.

10:30 PM

Carolina @ Los Angeles

Speaking of teams on fire, the Carolina Hurricanes bring their traveling road show to L.A. to face Jon Quick Jonathan Bernier and the Kings. While the Canes are playing inspired hockey, the Kings are no slouches themselves off to a 3-1-0 start thanks to the play of Quick, Ryan Smyth, and Dustin Brown. How Jonathan Bernier bounces back after his rocky first start will be interesting. Carolina, meanwhile, kicked the Sharks around to the tune of 5-2 last night getting a stellar star from Cam Ward making 41 saves. Justin Peters gets the call in goal tonight in his first action of the season.

Despite tough fight, Stars hand Wild their sixth straight loss

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The Minnesota Wild put together the kind of effort that would beat a lot of NHL teams on Tuesday. Unfortunately for that beleaguered group, it wasn’t enough to edge the Dallas Stars.

Despite generating 40 shots on goal and generating 1-0 and 2-1 leads, the Wild lost to the Stars 4-3 in overtime. With that, they’ve lost six straight games.

(The view doesn’t get much prettier if you pull away a little further, either, as Minnesota’s only won once in the last month, going 1-9-2 in their last 12.)

Ultimately, the Stars’ big guns were too powerful. Tyler Seguin generated two assists and so did Jamie Benn, who set up John Klingberg‘s overtime game-winning goal.

Again, the effort sure seemed to be there for the Wild, even if they’re far beyond the point of accepting moral victories.

As frustrating as this must be, Minnesota’s not that far from a playoff spot. Still, it has to sting to see “Close, but not good enough” as a prevailing theme as of late.

Royal beating: Lucic, Kings crush Bruins 9-2

As Boston Bruins' Patrice Bergeron (37) looks on Los Angeles Kings' Milan Lucic waves to the crowd after a tribute to him was played on the screen during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Boston Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)
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The Boston Bruins welcomed Milan Lucic back on Tuesday. Maybe they shouldn’t have extended such a warm welcome to the Los Angeles Kings overall, however.

You won’t see many games as lopsided as this one, at least in 2015-16, as the Kings walloped the Bruins by a humbling score of 9-2.

Lucic wasn’t just there, either, as he scored a goal and an assist in his quite triumphant return to Boston.

Tuukka Rask had a short night in Boston’s net, yet it wasn’t as if Jonas Gustavsson enjoyed his time. It was a pretty sound beating by all accounts.

This dominant win is a heck of a way for the Kings to begin an imposing seven-game road trip, which continues against the New York Islanders on Thursday. The Bruins probably want to burn the tape on this one themselves, as they’re about to head on a six-game road trip.

Video: Evander Kane believes he won his fights vs. Alex Petrovic

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The Florida Panthers are beating up the Buffalo Sabres where it counts – on the scoreboard – but Evander Kane was happy to highlight his perceived victories in a couple bouts.

Buffalo’s power forward fought Alex Petrovic twice on Tuesday, and Kane wasn’t shy about holding up a “2-0.”

You can watch the second fight above, and the first one below, via Hockey Fights by way of MSG:

This GIF might just say it all, really:

Update: Apparently they fought again moments after this post went up.

Probably safe to call it a rivalry between the two, right?

The Panthers ultimately won 7-4.

Fight video: Yes, a visor-breaking punch

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Some hockey players resist the urge to wear a visor, at least if they’re given that choice.

Perhaps a few will say “Hey, Nathan Beaulieu will just punch it off anyway.”

Maybe not, but Beaulieu provided a rather unique moment in his fight with Cedric Paquette during the Montreal Canadiens – Tampa Bay Lightning game. You can watch that bout in the video above, and see a cut on the Lightning pest’s face from that blow.

Want it in GIF form? OK then: