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Video: Ovechkin given boarding major for hit from behind on Bruins’ Miller

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Washington Capitals star Alex Ovechkin was given a major penalty for boarding after he hit Boston Bruins defenseman Kevan Miller from behind during the second period Saturday.

The incident occurred as Miller came off the blue line and pinched down along the boards to keep the puck in the Washington zone.

Ovechkin didn’t receive a game misconduct, while Miller left the game and hasn’t returned.

According to Rule 41.5 (Boarding – Game Misconduct Penalty) of the NHL rulebook, “When a major penalty is imposed under this rule for a foul resulting in an injury to the face or head of an opponent, a game misconduct shall be imposed.”

Video: Flyers’ Gudas scores his first goal of the season on a shot from center ice

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Radko Gudas has recently been in the news for the wrong reasons due to a slew of controversial hits.

On Saturday, the Philadelphia Flyers defenseman hit the score sheet with his first goal of the season.

Did we mention that goal came on a slap shot from center ice?

Just past the midway point of the first period, Gudas fired a long slapper that beat Columbus Blue Jackets goalie Curtis McElhinney to give Philadelphia a 2-0 lead.

Update: Gudas scored twice and added two assists for a four-point night. He had six points in 57 games this season before Saturday’s game with Columbus.

Video: Phaneuf gets emotional in return to Toronto, fights Greening

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Dion Phaneuf appeared to get a little choked up in his return to Toronto as a member of the Ottawa Senators on Saturday.

A former captain in Toronto, Phaneuf spent six years with the Maple Leafs, from 2010 until Feb. 9 of this year when he was traded to the rival Senators in a blockbuster.

The fans in Toronto saluted Phaneuf during a stoppage in play, although it’s likely there were a few boos mixed in there, too. (His former teammates, showing a sense of humor, booed him during the morning skate.)

Phaneuf appeared to wipe away tears with his glove, before applauding the crowd.

Phaneuf also experienced emotions of a different kind, as he fought Colin Greening — acquired from Ottawa in that same deal — in the first period.

After early line brawl, Ducks defeat Kings to extend winning streak to 11 games

From right to left, Anaheim Ducks' Jamie McGinn, Rickard Rakell, of Sweden, and Jakob Silfverberg, also of Sweden, celebrate a goal by Silfverberg during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Los Angeles Kings, Saturday, March 5, 2016, in Los Angeles. The Ducks won 3-2. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
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The Anaheim Ducks are on a mighty impressive roll right now.

They prevailed with a 3-2 victory over their bitter rivals, the L.A. Kings, on Saturday to run their winning streak to 11 games and take over first place in the Pacific Division with 18 games remaining on their regular season schedule.

The loss drops the Kings to second in the division. The San Jose Sharks can move back to within four points of the Ducks with a win later tonight over the floundering Vancouver Canucks.

If Saturday’s clash was an indication, any possible playoff series involving these teams would be a must-watch, physically brutal contest with two of the best puck possession teams in the league.

There were fireworks early. A line brawl erupted less than seven minutes into the first period, resulting in 66 total penalty minutes and game misconducts to Kevin Bieksa and Andy Andreoff.

Kris Versteeg, who was involved in a fight with Rickard Rakell during that brawl, left the game after the first period and did not return.

The Ducks took the lead in the second period on goals from Ryan Kesler and David Perron. Jakob Silfverberg scored early in the third period to give Anaheim a two-goal lead.

His goal stood as the winner. Drew Doughty cut Anaheim’s lead to one just 1:03 after Silfverberg scored, but the Kings couldn’t get the equalizer.

Frederik Andersen stopped 32 of 34 shots faced for the Ducks.

 

Video: Flames’ Nakladal takes a stick to the eye, but ‘no serious damage’

There was a scary incident during Saturday’s game between the Calgary Flames and Pittsburgh Penguins.

Flames defenseman Jakub Nakladal took a stick to the eye during the second period and had to leave the game. He did not return. Calgary snapped a seven-game losing streak with a 4-2 victory over the Penguins.

Flames coach Bob Hartley provided an update on Nakladal following the victory:

In 12 games with the Flames this season, the 28-year-old Nakladal has one goal and two points.