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Video: Domi drops Kesler with quick uppercut


Tempers flared between the Arizona Coyotes and Anaheim Ducks on Friday.

Max Domi got into a brief altercation with Ryan Kesler during the first period, with Domi dropping the veteran Ducks forward with a quick uppercut.

Both were given fighting majors. Kesler was given an additional roughing minor, as well.

Kesler was hurt in the fight, but did return to the game.


Habs leave Al Montoya ‘out to dry’ in historic 10-0 loss to Blue Jackets

COLUMBUS, OH - NOVEMBER 4:  Cam Atkinson #13 of the Columbus Blue Jackets celebrates after beating Al Montoya #35 of the Montreal Canadiens for a goal during the second period on November 4, 2016 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)

Historic? That’s one way to put it. Disastrous sounds more accurate.

The Montreal Canadiens, winners of eight straight, saw their streak and great start to the season come to a crashing halt Friday against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Fans in Columbus apparently began chanting during the third period ‘We want 10!’ And the Blue Jackets delivered. Ten goals. All of them were scored on Canadiens goalie Al Montoya, who was given the start so Carey Price could get a rest.

“Tonight, we let (Montoya) out to dry. That’s what’s frustrating. We pride ourselves on being such a close group and to leave our goalie out to dry like that is very frustrating,” said captain Max Pacioretty.

Price never came into this game. The Habs lost 10-0. Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch reported that this matches the worst defeat in Canadiens history.

For Montreal fans, what occurred Friday may have brought back old memories of Patrick Roy being left in for nine goals during a game in 1995, then storming along the bench past coach Mario Tremblay to have a word with team president Ronald Corey. A few days later, Roy was traded.

That’s not a suggestion that Montoya will do, or would do the same thing. But the Twitter world on Friday was full of references to that infamous night in Habs history.

Despite their 9-0-1 start prior to this debacle, Habs coach Michel Therrien said the coaching staff could see a letdown coming “…like a big curve ball.”

“First of all, it was really tough to leave him in there. And we understand,” said Therrien, adding goalie coach Stephane Waite talked to Montoya in the second intermission. “That was a really tough decision to make.”

The Blue Jackets, on the other hand, set a new franchise record for goals scored in a game. It’s the league’s first 10-goal shut out since 1996.

Now winners of three straight, the Blue Jackets actually tied the original franchise mark of eight goals in a single game before the second period was even over. That eighth goal was an accurate summation of the night for the Habs.

Benning: Canucks need Virtanen in Vancouver, and they need him to start scoring

CALGARY, AB - APRIL 7: Jake Virtanen #18 of the Vancouver Canucks in action against the Calgary Flames during an NHL game at Scotiabank Saddledome on April 7, 2016 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. (Photo by Derek Leung/Getty Images)

Among the issues the Vancouver Canucks are dealing with, general manager Jim Benning is faced with what to do with prospect forward Jake Virtanen.

He’s eligible to play in the AHL. Yet, he remains in Vancouver, where he has yet to score a goal this season and where he is only playing 10 minutes a game right now under head coach Willie Desjardins. Meanwhile, the Canucks have been shut out in four of the last five games and that 4-0 start to the season is a distant memory now.

“I had this conversation with Jake about a week ago and that will be up to him,” Benning told TSN 1040 on Friday.

“If he started scoring goals, Willie would have more trust in him and put him out there more, and he’d get more ice time. Ice time is something young players have to earn.”

The Virtanen debate has been ongoing for months.

Playing in the AHL is a real possibility this season. Trevor Linden said the 2014 sixth overall pick would have to earn his spot on the NHL roster. And last week, the Canucks recalled Mike Zalewski after Virtanen spoke up to the media about his struggles and not playing enough with the same linemates.

The ice time is the focus. The Canucks don’t have a young forward with the kind of tools — size, skating ability and a physical edge — Virtanen brings.

But exactly how does playing 10 minutes a night benefit a young player, when they could be given a larger role in the minors in order to develop?

“The last three or four goals, he’s shown us some things he can do,” said Benning. “We’d still like him to get to the net harder, hang out in front of the net for tip-ins and rebound goals. For now, we need him up here and we need him to start scoring.”

With the Canucks having lost seven straight, the hot seat may be heating up for Desjardins, although Benning praised the work of the coaching staff for employing a more structured, discipline system. But, again. That whole scoring thing continues.

The Canucks defensive corps is dealing with injuries. It appears Chris Tanev will be out Saturday. Alex Edler was the latest casualty, following Thursday’s game in Ottawa. As a result, right-shooting blue liner Troy Stecher was recalled from AHL Utica.

Stecher, a free agent college signing from North Dakota, impressed in training camp and again recently during a brief call-up stint with the Canucks. A sign of the times? That was pretty much the only positive for this team during this skid.

Mark it eight, dude: Blue Jackets are lighting up the Habs

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 26:  Al Montoya #35 of the Montreal Canadiens skates against the New York Islanders at the Barclays Center on October 26, 2016 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. The Canadiens defeated the Islanders 3-2.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)


It’s been a bad night for the Montreal Canadiens. Somehow, it could still get worse.

Riding an eight-game winning streak, the Habs went into Columbus on Friday and, well, it all fell apart against the Blue Jackets.

Al Montoya got the start in net, giving Carey Price the night off. And what a disastrous night for Montoya. The Blue Jackets scored eight goals — eight! — on 32 shots on Montoya … before the end of the second period!

The eighth goal, scored by Josh Anderson, pretty much sums up this game for Montreal.

Anderson merely drifts a backhander by a crowd of bodies in front of the net and by Montoya, who didn’t even appear to move on the play.

That tied a Blue Jackets franchise record for goals scored in a game, so it’s been a good night for them.

But yeah, it could still get worse for the Habs.

Oh. And there is this, too:

Video: Nothing lucky about Laine’s seventh goal of the season

WINNIPEG, MANITOBA - OCTOBER 13: Patrik Laine #29, playing his first NHL game, of the Winnipeg Jets celebrates scoring his first NHL goal against the Carolina Hurricanes during NHL action on October 22, 2016 at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba. At top is Mathieu Perreault #85 of the Winnipeg Jets. (Photo by Jason Halstead /Getty Images)

It’s the Patrik Laine Show in Detroit tonight.

The talented Winnipeg Jets rookie scored a beauty goal Friday for his seventh of the season. After chipping the puck past Red Wings defenseman Danny DeKeyser — certainly not his finest moment — and then corralling the puck in mid-air, Laine walked in on his off wing and beat Petr Mrazek with a perfect shot.

That snaps a four-game scoring drought for Laine.