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Around the Rink – Sunday, January 16th

Let’s take a look at Sunday’s five games. All puck drops are according to Eastern Standard Time (ET).

3:00 pm

Ottawa @ Washington

Before they made a spirited run to the Stanley Cup finals (in which they were destroyed by the Ducks), the Senators were in many ways what the Capitals are now. Critics panned them as a talented team in the regular season who couldn’t get it done in the playoffs.

Now they’d kill to be in that position again, as they are truly helpless. We’ll see if Washington can take advantage of this wounded team.

6:00 pm

Vancouver @ Minnesota

The Canucks are clearly the top team in the league right now, while the Wild are circulating the drain with both of their best goalies banged up. This has the makings of a blowout, but you never really know in the crazy West.

My guess is that it will probably be pretty ugly, though.

7:00 pm

Philadelphia @ NY Rangers

This is going to be a tough one for the Rangers, but they’re an awfully scrappy this season. They’re coming off a hard-fought 3-2 loss to the Canadiens last night and must face their division rivals and the best team in the East in this one.

Philadelphia tops New York in bringing their show on the road, as the Flyers are 15-5-3 on the road while the Rangers are 15-8-1 away from Madison Square Garden.

Nashville @ Chicago

This is the second half of a home-and-home rivalry between the two division foes, with the Predators coming off a come from behind win against the Blackhawks last night. Nashville is on what heck of tear lately, winning seven of their last eight games. They’re currently in fifth place in the West, right behind the equally hot Coyotes. Chicago’s in seventh themselves, so these two teams are fighting over some important points.

8:00 pm

Edmonton @ Anaheim

If the Ducks hope to be a playoff team, they need to win these types of games. Both teams in this contest are coming off of humbling losses from Saturday, as the Oilers were downed by the Kings while the Coyotes pasted the Ducks. Anaheim might be in eighth place right now, but with 47 games played, their lead is misleadingly large.

This is a big one for Anaheim.

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: