NEWARK, NJ - DECEMBER 14:  Martin St. Louis #26 of the Tampa Bay Lightning skates during an NHL hockey game against the New Jersey Devils at Prudential Center on December 14, 2013 in Newark, New Jersey.  (Photo by Paul Bereswill/Getty Images)
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PHT Morning Skate: Martin St. Louis gets his jersey retired tonight

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— It will be a big night in Tampa Bay when Martin St. Louis, the Lightning’s all-time leading scorer and one of the best players in franchise history, will officially have his number 26 retired before the start of their game against the Columbus Blue Jackets. St. Louis was already in town on Thursday and, along with his two sons, dropped the ceremonial puck before the current Lightning’s 4-2 win over the Buffalo Sabres. He spent more than 13 seasons with the Lightning, recording 953 points (365 goals, 588 assists) in 972 games with the team while also winning two scoring titles, an MVP award, and a Stanley Cup. He also played for the Calgary Flames and New York Rangers in his career. [NHL]

— Also on Friday night the New York Rangers will honor an NYPD hero, Steven McDonald, who passed away earlier this week. McDonald and the Rangers had a connection over the years as the team’s extra effort award has been named after McDonald since the 1987-88 season. Every year he would personally present a Rangers player with the award as well as a $25,000 check made out in the player’s name to the charity of their choice. [New York Post]

— San Diego lost its professional football team on Thursday when the Chargers left for Los Angeles, but the AHL’s San Diego Gulls remain a pro sports option in the city. [Los Angeles Times]

— In the latest edition of Insider Trading Darren Dreger and Bob McKenzie report on whether or not the cap-strapped Philadelphia Flyers will have to make a deal with Mark Streit‘s return to the lineup, whether or not the Avalanche are really ready to start dealing core players, and if the Minnesota Wild will bring Joel Eriksson over from Sweden this season. [TSN]

— Detroit Red Wings forward Riley Sheahan was a healthy scratch in their 5-2 loss to the Dallas Stars on Thursday night. It has been a rough season for the team’s first-round draft pick from 2010 as he had played in every game this season before Thursday and had managed just six points — all assists. He is one of only six players in the league this season that has played in at least 40 games this season and not scored a single goal. The other five are all defensemen. [Detroit Free Press]

— A look at the history of NHL players recording hat tricks in their NHL debut, from Real Cloutier in 1979, to Fabian Brunnstrom, to Derek Stepan, to Auston Matthews. [Vice Sports]

Carey Price has been going through an extended slump for the Montreal Canadiens and it continued on Thursday night when he gave up seven goals in a 7-1 loss to the Minnesota Wild in what was a matchup of two of the Vezina Trophy front-runners so far this season. Check out all of the highlights here.

Talk about a Wild comeback for Minnesota

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The Minnesota Wild took back sole possession of the lead in the Central Division, thanks to a thrilling comeback win over the Pacific Division-leading Anaheim Ducks on Saturday.

Minnesota trailed 3-1 early in the second period. Jason Zucker closed the deficit in the middle period, before they took the lead for good thanks to a frenzy of three goals from Erik Haula, Ryan Suter and Zucker in 1:59 late in regulation for a 5-3 victory.

“When we came in in between the second and third, knowing we were only down a goal, and knowing our history, we didn’t think we were out of it,” said coach Bruce Boudreau, per the Pioneer Press.

And so the Wild remain one of the hottest teams in the league, leading Chicago by two points.

While it’s a comeback for them, the Ducks don’t quite see it the same way.

“It’s not what they did, to be honest. We self-imploded. Gave up too many opportunities, left our goalie out to dry,” said Cam Fowler.

Additional bad news for the Ducks, however, was that goalie John Gibson left the game in the second period with an upper-body injury, and didn’t return.

 

Bust a move: Capitals win includes unlikely OT hero and dad’s dancing in Dallas

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The usual suspects contributed for the Washington Capitals on Saturday. Down a pair of goals entering the third period, Alex Ovechkin and T.J. Oshie helped ignite the comeback on the power play.

But then an unlikely hero emerged.

Jay Beagle scored his 10th goal of the season and the overtime winner to give Washington a 4-3 victory over the Dallas Stars. That aforementioned goal total matches his previous career high from two seasons ago.

He initially accomplished the feat over the course of 62 games. This time, he hits 10 goals in 46 games played.

Officials needed to review the play, although replays quickly showed the puck over the line from the Beagle shot in the slot.

The comeback win led to a memorable post-game celebration.

Disclaimer: Don’t try this at home.

The Capitals maintain their lead in the Metropolitan Division ahead of the Columbus Blue Jackets.

This game versus the Stars included some feisty moments, particularly in the first period when tempers boiled over. Tom Wilson and Brett Ritchie dropped the gloves for a lengthy fight. Three seconds later, Daniel Winnik fought Antoine Roussel.

Ducks goalie Gibson leaves game versus Wild with upper-body injury

GLENDALE, AZ - OCTOBER 01:  Goaltender John Gibson #36 of the Anaheim Ducks in action during the preseason NHL game against Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena on October 1, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) Anaheim goaltender John Gibson has left Saturday’s game against Minnesota with an upper-body injury.

A short-angle shot from Mikko Koivu appeared to hit Gibson in the upper chest with 5:39 to play in the first period. The goaltender immediately went down on one knee and was quickly attended to by a trainer. Gibson gingerly skated to the bench and went straight to the locker room.

Anaheim announced that Gibson is doubtful to return.

Gibson is 7-1-1 with two shutouts in his past nine starts. He was replaced by Jonathan Bernier.

Gibson stopped four of five shots he faced while making his fourth straight start.

Playoff hopes take a jolt: Coyotes crush Bishop and the Bolts

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 01: Ben Bishop #30 of the Tampa Bay Lightning tends net against the New York Islanders during the second period at the Barclays Center on November 1, 2016 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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Of the surprises in the NHL so far this season, the Tampa Bay Lightning has to be right up there on the list.

In 2015, they went to the Stanley Cup Final. The future had looked bright, but this signified the Bolts’ arrival into the top tier of teams in the league. Last season, they made it to Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final and lost to the eventual champions from Pittsburgh. That was a playoff run that did not include Steven Stamkos until the deciding game of the East final.

This year? The Bolts are currently not in a playoff position. They’ve had issues defensively. They’ve had issues on offense. They’ve had issues with goaltending. They’ve dealt with injuries or illness to key players like Steven Stamkos and Victor Hedman, and other important members of their lineup.

Looking to gain ground in the playoff chase, the Bolts had what looked to be the perfect opponent to mend their troubles — at least for one game. On Saturday, Tampa Bay faced the Arizona Coyotes, losers of four in a row and sitting above only Colorado in the Western Conference standings.

The perfect remedy, right?

Wrong. So wrong.

The Bolts lost 5-3, mostly because of a disastrous opening two periods. Ben Bishop started and was pulled after 40 minutes, allowing five goals on 17 shots.

Down a goal after the first period, things went south for the Bolts in the middle period. The Coyotes — one of only two teams in the entire league still stuck under 100 goals-for entering this game — beat Bishop for three goals on just nine shots in the second.

The Bolts are dead last in the Atlantic Division, five points back of third-place Boston. They are four points back of Toronto for the final wild card spot, but there are seven teams ahead of Tampa Bay in that race.

There is still lots of time left in the season. But the Bolts had stressed the importance and urgency needed on this current six-game road trip, and they haven’t delivered.

A loss to the Coyotes would certainly seem like rock bottom.