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Back to Class: Boston University showing more bite than bark


We’re taking you “Back To Class” for our roundup of the weekend’s action in college hockey. Look for more college hockey on NBCSN this Friday night as Yale takes on Harvard. 

Boston University’s big weekend has them challenging Minnesota-Duluth as one of the top teams in the country. Hammering Providence College 6-1 and 8-0 gets everyone’s attention. (Boston Hockey Blog)

Meanwhile, BU’s rivals at Boston College were swept by Maine this weekend. It wouldn’t be a college hockey season if BU and BC weren’t at each other’s throats. It was the first time Maine swept BC in six years. (The Maine Campus)

Merrimack senior Carter Madsen is doing well in a hospital after suffering a nasty leg injury against New Hampshire. (USCHO)

Speaking of Minnesota-Duluth, they held off a very game Alabama-Huntsville this weekend in a pair of unusually close games. Not bad for a UAH team that’s on the brink of being wiped out of existence. UMD Hobey Baker candidate Jack Connolly was huge for the Bulldogs. (USCHO)

Michigan earned a split of their weekend series with Notre Dame, dropping Friday night’s game on NBCSN 3-1, but winning Saturday night 2-1. (MGoBlue)

Miami University is catching fire after sweeping Western Michigan. (CHN)

The ECAC’s top team, Cornell, earned a three point weekend with a dazzling overtime win against Dartmouth and a tie against rival Harvard. A tie against Harvard always feels like a loss for the Big Red. (Cornell Sun)

Meanwhile ECAC No. 2 Union split with Brown and Yale while last year’s NCAA Tournament team and disappointing last place RPI swept the weekend. (Parting Schotts, Troy Record)

University of Alaska-Fairbanks athletic director Forrest Karr is busy trying to rebuild the WCHA which will look totally different come 2013-2014. (Fairbanks Daily News-Miner)

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Hey, Tortorella called the Penguins whiners again

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Don’t forget, the Blue Jackets – Penguins rivalry isn’t just about the bitterness between Sidney Crosby and Brandon Dubinsky; John Tortorella can fuel the fire, too.

Torts must not have been happy about the one-game suspension that Dubinsky received for cross-checking Crosby, as he channeled his vintage self in essentially calling the Penguins a bunch of whiners.

You can see from this glorious Sportsnet video, Tortorella said: “Pittsburgh whines enough for the whole league.”

(He also said the Blue Jackets weren’t going to whine by … whining. Good stuff.)

As Puck Daddy notes, this isn’t the first time Torts claimed that the Penguins are whiners.

Both the Blue Jackets and Penguins lost their games on Saturday, but clearly some eyes and ears were still focused on their last confrontation.

In case you’re wondering, the two teams next face off in Pittsburgh on Dec. 21.


Scary moment: Carlo Colaiacovo hospitalized with ‘dented trachea’


Buffalo Sabres defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo has experienced plenty of bad injury luck in his winding career, but Saturday presented one of his worst scares.

As you can see from the video above, Colaiacovo received a scary cross-check from Viktor Arvidsson of the Nashville Predators, who received a major penalty and game misconduct.

Sabres head coach Dan Bylsma said that Colaiacovo was hospitalized with a “dented trachea” yet is OK, the Buffalo News’ John Vogl reports.

Frightening stuff from an eventual 4-1 Sabres win.

PHT will keep an eye out for additional updates regarding Colaiacovo’s health (and a possible suspension for Arvidsson).

Comeback Kings: Gaborik pulls L.A. past Kane, Blackhawks

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Patrick Kane set an American scoring record, and added another assist to make it more impressive, but the Los Angeles Kings just wouldn’t be denied.

In the end, Marian Gaborik‘s big night meant more than Kane’s; he scored the tying and then overtime game-winner, both assisted by Anze Kopitar, for a rousing 4-3 overtime Kings win.

Gaborik’s first goal:

And here’s video of the OT-GWG:

Noticing a theme tonight? Yeah, it’s been an evening in which it’s dangerous to assume a lead would stand.

With that, the Kings stick to the No. 1 spot in the Pacific Division, but Chicago shouldn’t feel all bad. The Blackhawks were able to piece together a decent run during their dreaded “circus trip.”

Patrick Kane’s streak hits 19 games, setting a new American record


When it comes to point streaks for U.S.-born NHL players, Patrick Kane now stands alone.

With a power-play goal early in Saturday’s Blackhawks – Kings game, Kane extended his streak to 19 games, breaking a tie with Phil Kessel and Eddie Olczyk (who finished with at least a point in 18 straight).

As of this writing, Kane has 11 goals and 19 assists during this 19-game streak. He also leads the NHL in scoring.

Bobby Hull’s 21-game point streak stands as the Chicago Blackhawks’ overall team record, by the way.