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PHT Morning Skate: Will there be changes in Los Angeles?

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PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

Is it time for a shake-up in Los Angeles? If so, is it time for a trade a coaching change to get things rolling? (LA Times)

It seems like everyone has an opinion on the Colorado Avalanche’s recent struggles. Apparently, “everyone” includes backup goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere. (Denver Post)

Highlight reel goals. Crushing body checks. Big time fights. Any way you cut it, Nick Foligno is becoming a well-rounded weapon for the Senators. (Ottawa Sun)

Zdeno Chara was forced to leave about halfway through the Bruins/Blue Jackets game on Saturday night due to the dreaded “lower body injury.” Boston can’t be excited about the possibility of life without their captain for any extended period of time. (CSN New England)

Do you want to see a Mike Fisher vs. Bobby Ryan mini-fight followed by Carrie Underwood’s reaction? Of course you do! (NY Times)

Not everyone thinks the current realignment proposal is perfect. Preserving divisional rivals is great, but what about those rivalries that have developed within the same conference over the past two decades? (Boston Herald)

The Minnesota Wild were the first team to 40 points. They were the first to 20 wins. Yet still, the players want more. As Head Coach Mike Yeo says, “winners are never satisfied.” (Star Tribune)

Chris Chelios will be inducted to the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame on Monday. At least he retired in time to be inducted before his 50th birthday. (Buffalo News)

A pair of NHLers are gearing up for Team Canada at this year’s World Junior Championships. Like they’re not strong enough already. (QMI Agency)

Spin-o-ramas are so November. Check out as Ryan Callahan starts a spin move and changes his mind after 180 degrees. Not a bad shorthanded goal from the Rangers captain. (NHL.com)

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: