Mark Fistric

Ducks sign Fistric to three-year, $3.8 million extension

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The Anaheim Ducks are so impressed with the play of defenseman Mark Fistric, they want to keep him around a bit longer.

The Ducks announced they’ve signed the veteran blue liner to a three-year extension to stay with the team. Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reports the deal is worth a total of $3.8 million, good for a cap hit of $1.267 million per year.

Fistric has played in 27 games with Anaheim this season and has five assists. He joined the Ducks as a free agent over the summer after spending last season with the Edmonton Oilers. Before that, he spent five seasons with the Dallas Stars.

Fistric’s help this season has been important as the Ducks have been without Sheldon Souray and Luca Sbisa. Souray is now out for the season after undergoing wrist surgery.

Measure of revenge? Red Wings bottle Lightning

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In some ways, it really felt like their first-round series.

For all the talent on both ends of the rink with the Detroit Red Wings and Tampa Bay Lightning, each squad can really smother opponents defensively when things go that way.

Through two periods, the two teams were very quiet. Things really picked up when Justin Abdelkader unleashed a big hit, a moment that injected enough life into the proceedings for the Red Wings to eventually build a 3-1 win.

Maybe they’re slipping under the radar a bit compared to previous iterations of the team, but it’s interesting that the Red Wings are now undefeated in three games.

They’ve been impressive at times, too, outscoring opponents by a combined score of 11-4.

Call it a refreshing time after Mike Babcock or merely carryover from a subtly solid run last season, but either way, the Red Wings may just be able to keep up their end of a brewing rivalry.

Hands of gold: Connor McDavid scores his first NHL goal

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Taking three games to score your first NHL goal isn’t a big deal, unless you’re someone like Connor McDavid.

The mega-hyped wunderkind must feel relieved to finally find the net, as he tied tonight’s Edmonton Oilers – Dallas Stars skirmish with a 2-2 deflection goal, which you can watch above this post’s headline.

To no surprise, there were plenty of reactions, including Pierre LeBrun’s tweet (which inspired part of this headline).

Of course, there were the inevitable Wayne Gretzky comparisons:

Interesting thing you might not consider: Stars fans will have to stomach this one even more frequently than that time Patrik Stefan biffed that empty-netter (also against the Oilers):

McDavid may have also delivered his first questionable check, too: