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Video: Canucks, Sens engage in wild second period

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Pretty crazy night in the Canadian capital.

After a first period in which John Tortorella blasted Jannik Hansen for a poor effort on Clarke MacArthur’s opening goal, the Canucks and Senators sparked major fireworks in an eventful second frame.

Vancouver scored four goals on its first eight shots of the period — in less than nine minutes, no less — chasing Ottawa starter Craig Anderson from the goal:

Then, in an effort to spark his struggling club, Sens forward Chris Neil tried to land a big hit on Vancouver defenseman Ryan Stanton… only to draw the ire of heavyweight Tom Sestito, who threw down in a very spirited scrap:

The four-goal outburst was fairly unexpected, as the Canucks have struggled on offense lately and mustered just three goals in consecutive losses to Chicago and L.A. But against Ottawa, things clicked — Daniel Sedin started by scoring 31 seconds into the period, followed by David Booth at the 1:16 mark.

Defenseman Jason Garrison made it 3-1 with a power play goal at the 4:06 mark, and Dale Weise ended off Anderson’s night by scoring his second of the year at 9:22. Booth, Sedin and Garrison all finished with a goal and an assist during the outburst, a welcome development for Booth especially as he’s been a healthy scratch in recent games.

It’s worth noting that Mika Zibanejad cut the Vancouver lead to two with 1:02 left in the period.

Watch the Blackhawks’ Patrick Sharp tribute video

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Over the years, the Chicago Blackhawks have been forced to let some important players leave to keep their core together, which ultimately meant parting ways with Patrick Sharp.

The talented winger now wears a Dallas Stars jersey, so Blackhawks fans must face the reality of watching Sharp ply his trade for a formidable Central Division opponent.

Even if that might feel awkward, Blackhawks fans gave Sharp (and Johnny Oduya) a warm reception in Chicago on Thursday.

CSNChicago.com provides video of that ovation, which you can see in the clip above.

The Stars currently lead the Blackhawks 4-2, thanks in large part to Patrick … Eaves.

Wild must overcome Alex Ovechkin’s 14th career hat trick

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Death, taxes and Alex Ovechkin winning the Maurice Richard Trophy.

OK, the third thing on that list isn’t technically inevitable. It just feels that way lately in the NHL.

It’s unclear if the Washington Capitals can hold on against the Minnesota Wild, but we know for certain that Ovechkin already has a hat trick, the 14th of his high-scoring career.

This propels Ovechkin to the goals lead as of this writing, as he already has 34. As impressive as Patrick Kane has been, No. 8 is heating up, and may just edge No. 88 if Ovechkin can remain healthy.

One has to feel a little sympathy for the struggling Wild. They played well but lost against the Dallas Stars earlier this week and now must deal with Ovechkin and the just-as-hot Capitals.

Bylsma believes league will look at Gudas’ hit on Catenacci

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Rugged Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Radko Gudas may get in trouble with the league once again.

At least, it will be that way if Buffalo Sabres head coach Dan Bylsma has his way regarding Gudas’ five-minute charging major hit on Daniel Catenacci.

“I think there’s no question it’s head hit,” Bylsma said, according to the Buffalo News’ John Vogl. ” … I know the league will look at that hit and deal with it.”

As far as the injury portion of possible suspension considerations go:

Marcus Foligno‘s analysis of Gudas was … well just check it out.

The Flyers ended up winning 5-1. Gudas was a busy man overall, racking up 17 penalty minutes.

Fight video: Patrice Bergeron vs. Blake Wheeler (seriously)

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Regular Selke winner Patrice Bergeron can do it all on the ice, it seems. Apparently that means he’ll even drop the gloves.

That was the unlikely scene during Thursday’s Boston Bruins – Winnipeg Jets skirmish, as Bergeron fought fellow finesse forward Blake Wheeler.

Perhaps unusual feisty behavior was just in the air, as Tyler Myers squared off with Matt Beleskey.

(Not as unlikely, but still.)