Aaron Rome, Nathan Horton

What a coincidence: Aaron Rome breaks hand while Nathan Horton returns to action

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When last we saw Nathan Horton of the Boston Bruins, he was being stretchered off the ice during Game 3 of the Stanley Cup finals after suffering a brutal hit from Vancouver defenseman Aaron Rome. With just over three months since the incident, Horton was back on the ice for the first time since Game 3, suiting up against Montreal in a preseason game in Nova Scotia.

While Horton looked great in his return to the ice, the man who put him out of action, Aaron Rome, was, depending on your set of beliefs, dealing with a bit of karmic retribution at home against San Jose. Rome was knocked out of the game with a broken hand in the second period.

Rome’s shot to Horton in Game 3 of the finals arguably turned the tide of the series as the Bruins headed into Game 3 down 2-0 in the series. From the point Horton was knocked out of action, the Bruins owned the Canucks at every game in Boston beating the Canucks down in games that weren’t even close to competitive.

Vancouver losing Rome with a broken hand hurts their defensive depth and while they’ve got all their guys back this year, getting the season off on that note isn’t so hot. Meanwhile in Boston, Horton’s return helps solidify the Bruins’ top line with Horton teaming up with David Krejci and Milan Lucic to bring a physical scoring line to the ice every night.

The coincidence of seeing Horton returning and Rome going out of action on the same night isn’t lost here. It certainly makes us want to do a little “My Name Is Earl” work to go back and right any wrongs from the past that might come back to bite us in the rear end. At the very least, if there’s any believers in bad karma in the NHL, they might think twice about taking that pointless shot at a defenseless player. At the very least, they should fear Brendan Shanahan stepping in and getting his pound of flesh via suspension. Karma or Shanahan? You make the call.

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: