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Here’s your schedule for 2011 Hockey Day in Canada

While NBC will have you covered for Hockey Day in America on Sunday, February 20th, today marks one of the best days on the puck calendar: Hockey Day in Canada.

The best part is that you don’t have to be a Canadian to enjoy it.

If you live in Canada/have access to the CBC: the festivities begin at noon ET. The network will cover a full of day’s worth of features, as well as three games between all six of the Canadian teams.

Game 1: Ottawa Senators at Edmonton Oilers (begins around 2:00pm ET).

Game 2: Toronto Maple Leafs at Montreal Canadiens (begins around 7:00pm ET).

Game 3: Calgary Flames at Vancouver Canucks (begins around 10:00pm ET).

If you’re in America/have access to the U.S. version of NHL Network and Center Ice and/or Game Center Live: NHL.com provides a helpful roadmap to how to follow the full day of action, including features and vignettes.

NHL.com also provides a summary of the features, which you can watch on those aforementioned channel(s). Along with Sidney Crosby donating 87 sets of hockey equipment to children in Nova Scotia with the NHL Players Association’s Goals and Dreams Fund, here are some of the events taking place.

From Quebec City, CBC will have coverage of the 52nd Quebec International Pee-Wee Tournament, which features 2,300 players from 16 countries competing for the title of “World Champion of Pee Wee Hockey.”

In Oakville, Ont., CBC will cover the Scotiabank Girls Hockeyfest, where 300 girls from the Oakville Hornets Girls Hockey Association get put through their paces by Canadian Olympic hockey gold medalist Tessa Bonhomme.

CBC will follow the Scotiabank Prairie Pond Hockey Challenge from Wascana Lake in Regina, Sask. Eighty teams will compete in Saskatchewan’s largest pond hockey tournament.

And in Victoria, B.C., CBC will show highlights from Hockey Night in Canada’s Play On! street hockey tournament, as 60 teams compete for the right to hoist the Redwood Cup.

It sounds like a great time. Hopefully you can follow along, wherever you’re located.

Hockey tough: Mark Stone shakes off skate to face, scores

Ottawa Senators right wing Mark Stone celebrates his game winning goal during overtime against the Boston Bruins during an NHL hockey game in Ottawa, Ontario, Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016.  The Senators defeated the Bruins 2-1. (Adrian Wyld/The Canadian Press via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT
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You’d think the reaction to taking a skate to the face would be something like “Not coming back to that game, getting some ice and maybe do some soul-searching.”

Nope, not in the NHL, at least.

In this league, the real reaction is almost always to come back to the same game … and barely miss a beat.

Ottawa Senators Mark Stone provides the latest example of hockey toughness, as he bounced back almost immediately from this.

What did he do? He scored a nice goal in the Senators’ 6-1 blowout of the Toronto Maple Leafs.

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.