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Video: Cross checks and glove-punches fly between Burrows and Kessel


It probably wasn’t what the management group of the U.S. men’s Olympic hockey team wanted to see: Phil Kessel, headed for Sochi after tonight’s game, getting into a scuffle with Vancouver Canucks’ forward Alex Burrows.

Kessel and Burrows came together in the second period along the boards, throwing a healthy combination of cross checks and glove punches at each other before finally being separated. It started with a slash and a body check from Burrows on Kessel, then a cross check, then a slash from Kessel on Burrows and some more jousting between the two combatants.

They also got into a fight in Vancouver earlier this season.

Kessel, the Maple Leafs forward, is on pace for his best season in the NHL. He was at 30 goals and 63 points in 59 games before tonight’s meeting with the Canucks.

The U.S. hockey team is already going through an anxious time right now, with word the development that Montreal Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty, also named to the U.S. squad for Sochi, suffered a lower-body injury in a heavy collision with the net in Saturday’s game against Carolina.

Here are the 10 oldest players to play a game this season

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This isn’t breaking news or anything. We just thought you’d like to know that three of the NHL’s 10 oldest players (who’ve played at least one game this season) are members of the Florida Panthers.

Oh, and the Panthers’ starting goalie? He’s the oldest starter in the league. (Scroll down.)

Here’s the list of skaters, topped by 43-year-old Jaromir Jagr:


Yet another veteran Panther, 36-year-old defenseman Brian Campbell, ranks 17th on the list.

Granted, the above list does not include 39-year-old Patrik Elias (who’s hurt) or 39-year-old Eric Boulton (who just re-signed with the Isles). As soon as those two play, Thornton will get pushed out of the top 10.

Now here’s the list of goalies who’ve started at least one game this season, topped by 36-year-old Roberto Luongo:


For the record, Luongo isn’t the oldest goalie under contract. That would be Minnesota’s Niklas Backstrom, who’s 37.

Related: Can Florida’s old guys hang on while the young guys get better?

Hamburglar (groin) returns, Sens demote O’Connor

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Matt O'Connor‘s time in the Canadian capital was brief, but still noteworthy.

O’Connor, the losing netminder in Sunday’s “Battle of the Backups” against Montreal — Habs No. 2 Mike Condon got the win — has been sent down to AHL Binghamton to pave the way for Andrew Hammond‘s return from a groin injury, per the Sun.

The Hamburglar has been out since the preseason, but his return is earlier than expected.

He was originally supposed to miss the first two weeks, yet now sounds as though he’ll play one of Ottawa’s two games on an upcoming road trip through Columbus and Pittsburgh.

It’s going to be interesting to see if Hammond can replicate the success he had last season, when he came out of nowhere to go 20-1-2 with a 1.79 GAA and .941 save percentage, and finish seventh in Vezina voting.