Marchand was so relieved Boston won, he ‘kissed’ Iginla


It’s funny how a win or loss can change moments when a player “chokes” or becomes a “goat” into something his teammates can merely rib him for.

There are probably people who will treasure Boston Bruins pest Brad Marchand flubbing a few shots on Thursday beyond tonight, but for most, it’s likely a moment in time that will be forgotten. Jarome Iginla’s game-winning goal gave the Bruins the last laugh against the Detroit Red Wings, something that wasn’t lost on Marchand:

Sadly, there’s no photo of evidence of the smooch, so we’ll need to leave that to enterprising Photoshop users. Here’s video of the moments that could have been far, far more embarrassing for Marchand if Boston didn’t win:

Much like Steven Stamkos’ own-goal, it was a mishap that didn’t mean that much in the grand scheme of things.

Already without Eberle, the Oilers could also be missing Hall tonight

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Taylor Hall is sick and reportedly “doubtful” for tonight’s game in Dallas.

Hall did not skate with the Oilers this morning. If he can’t play, Edmonton’s top two lines against the Stars could feature Ryan Nugent-Hopkins between wingers Teddy Purcell and Benoit Pouliot, followed by Connor McDavid centering Lauri Korpikoski and Nail Yakupov.

The Oilers — forced to start the season without top-six winger Jordan Eberle — have scored just once in their first two games, losing 3-1 in St. Louis and 2-0 in Nashville.

Edmonton returns home after tonight’s contest to play St. Louis on Thursday. Then it’s back out on the road for games against Calgary and Vancouver.

Sabres waive d-man Donovan

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Buffalo has put blueliner Matt Donovan on waivers, per Sportsnet.

Donovan, 25, signed a one-year deal with the Sabres on the opening day of free agency after spending his entire professional career with the Isles organization.

The fact he’s being waived isn’t a huge shock. Donovan failed to draw into a single Sabres game this year despite a whittled-down blueline; Jake McCabe, recently called up from AHL Rochester, drew into the lineup for Monday’s win over Columbus at the expense of Carlo Colaiacovo, who played the first two games of the year.

The fact both McCabe and Colaiacovo were ahead on the depth chart didn’t bode well for Donovan. Today’s move could also suggest that Zach Bogosian, who hasn’t played this year due to injury, is ready to return.