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Introducing: PHT’s ‘Team of the Day’ summer series

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Hello, and welcome to August.

/turns on fan

As you probably know, August is one of the slowest months on the hockey calendar. While we do enjoy updating the Mikhail Grabovski watch and reporting who got the Bakersfield Condors video coordinator gig, we also realize the need to, y’know, shake things up a little bit.

Hence the Team of the Day series.

The premise is simple — for each day in August, PHT spotlights an NHL team. You, in turn, spend the day checking for site updates and clicking the OK Cupid banners. The posts will be a mix of looking back at the 2012-13 campaign, recapping the offseason, and looking ahead to 2013-14.

As for what teams we’ll be profiling on what days?

Thurs, Aug 1: Detroit Red Wings

Fri, Aug 2: Buffalo Sabres

Sat, Aug 3: Florida Panthers

Sun, Aug 4: Ottawa Senators

Mon, Aug 5: Tampa Bay Lightning

Tues, Aug 6: Boston Bruins

Wed, Aug 7: Montreal Canadiens

Thur, Aug 8: Toronto Maple Leafs

Fri, Aug 9: Los Angeles Kings

Sat, Aug 10: Anaheim Ducks

Sun, Aug 11: Phoenix Coyotes

Mon, Aug 12: San Jose Sharks

Tues, Aug 13: Vancouver Canucks

Wed, Aug 14: Calgary Flames

Thur, Aug 15: Edmonton Oilers

Fri, Aug 16: Chicago Blackhawks

Sat, Aug 17: Dallas Stars

Sun, Aug 18: Nashville Predators

Mon, Aug 19: Colorado Avalanche

Tues, Aug 20: Minnesota Wild

Wed, Aug 21: St. Louis Blues

Thur, Aug 22: Winnipeg Jets

Fri, Aug 23: New Jersey Devils

Sat, Aug 24: Carolina Hurricanes

Sun, Aug 25: Columbus Blue Jackets

Mon, Aug 26: New York Islanders

Tues, Aug 27: New York Rangers

Wed, Aug 28: Washington Capitals

Thur, Aug 29: Pittsburgh Penguins

Fri, Aug 30: Philadelphia Flyers

Philly and Pittsburgh on the final two days, huh? Bet there won’t be a lot of brotherly love then!

/honks horn, makes wokka wokka noise

So anyway, that’s our August-long project — 30 days, 30 teams. Enjoy!

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: