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Video: Sabres’ Reinhart crushed awkwardly into boards by Emelin

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It’s been a physical game at times between the Buffalo Sabres and Montreal Canadiens.

Exhibit A: Sabres forward Sam Reinhart was crushed akwardly into the boards by Habs defenseman Alexei Emelin late in the first period and was shaken up on the play. But he did remain in the game. There was no call against Emelin for the hit.

The two teams had combined for 58 hits through two periods.

‘I’m not trying to hit him up high,’ says Liles of elbow on Kucherov

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John-Michael Liles offered his side of the story for an elbow to the head of Nikita Kucherov on Tuesday.

Liles, the Bruins’ recently acquired defenseman, caught Kucherov with an elbow as the Tampa Bay Lightning forward was crossing over the Boston blue line with the puck.

There was no call on the play and Kucherov remained in the game.

“I didn’t think I came up high with it. I thought I just tried to step into him. I don’t know if he was falling or if he ducked. Obviously he was down for a while. I didn’t see a replay on it so I’m not really sure,” said Liles, as per video from Joe Haggerty of CSNNE.com.

“I’m not trying to hit him up high. Most guys, I can’t even reach their heads. Just trying to do my job at the blue line, to step up and just get a piece of him. I didn’t think my elbow came up high at all.”

The Bruins earned a 1-0 overtime victory, moving into a tie with Tampa Bay for first place in the Atlantic Division at 83 points.

Brad Marchand scored 10 seconds into the extra period for his 34th goal of the season.

The Predators are ‘pretty hot right now’

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It’s been a month since the Nashville Predators lost in regulation.

Their franchise-record point streak reached 13 games (9-0-4) on Tuesday, as they defeated the Winnipeg Jets by a final score of 4-2 to tighten their grip on the first Wild Card spot in the West.

The Predators last loss in regulation on Feb. 9, when they were defeated by the NHL-leading Washington Capitals.

“Some games, it’s just not going to go as smoothly as you’d like,” Colton Sissons told The Tennessean.

“You saw guys falling down and pucks jumping around. You’ve just got to find a way and just believe. The team is pretty hot right now. We’re getting a little bit fortunate with some bounces and getting these wins in greasy hockey games.”

Despite the win, Predators’ forward Austin Watson was given a match penalty for a high hit on Marko Dano in the second period.

From the Winnipeg Free Press:

Watson was tagged with a match penalty at 13:53 of the second period after picking the head of Jets forward Marko Dano as his point of contact, and connecting. The hit took place in in the corner to the right of Jets goalie Ondrej Pavelec.

It’s a Rule 48 infraction, and there will be a strong chance the NHL will be taking a further look at the high check.

Red Wings fall to Blue Jackets, suffer third straight loss

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Cam Atkinson scored twice in the third period and Boone Jenner had a goal and an assist while the Columbus Blue Jackets held off the Detroit Red Wings 5-3 Tuesday night.

David Clarkson and David Savard also scored for the Jackets, and Joonas Korpisalo made 32 saves. Atkinson’s empty-netter with 17.5 seconds left secured the win.

Tomas Tatar and Andreas Athanasiou scored 46 seconds apart late in the third to pull Detroit within 4-3. Darren Helm thought he’d tied it less than a minute later, but the puck careened off the post behind Korpisalo.

Justin Abdelkader also scored for Detroit, and Jimmy Howard made 27 saves. The Red Wings have lost three straight.

Atkinson redirected a shot by Seth Jones into the net at 9:14 of the third. That came after Jenner scored 26 seconds into the period when he punched home a pass from Brandon Dubinsky in front of the net.

Jones, Dubinsky and Alexander Wennberg each had two assists for Columbus, and Atkinson also had one assist. Mike Green had three assists for Detroit.

Clarkson got his second goal of the season and 200th career point at 16:36 of the second, pushing home a loose puck between his legs with his back to the net after Howard stopped Matt Calvert‘s initial shot. It was Clarkson’s first goal since Dec. 17 at Arizona – he’s only played eight games since then due to an upper-body injury.

Detroit tied it at 1 when Abdelkader ripped a pass from Gustav Nyquist low in the left circle past Korpisalo’s left shoulder.

Savard’s screamer from near the blue line on a power play opened the scoring 35 seconds into the second. The goal came 11 seconds after Luke Glendening tripped Jones to give Columbus a 5-on-3 advantage.

A fast-paced first period failed to yield any goals, but Columbus fired 16 shots at Howard. Columbus’ best chance at a goal in the opening 20 minutes came right before the horn, when three separate Blue Jackets tried and failed to shove the puck by Howard.

NOTES: Columbus is 5-3-2 in its last 10 games. … The Blue Jackets host the Penguins on Friday night. … Detroit plays at home against Winnipeg on Thursday night.

Video: Skinner scores buzzer-beater tying goal, Hurricanes win in shootout

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The Carolina Hurricanes were less than a second away from losing in regulation to the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday.

However, Jeff Skinner‘s slap shot from the slot beat Andrew Hammond on the glove side, with the puck rattling around the net a split second before the horn went to end the third period. That tied the game at three goals apiece and forced overtime.

The Hurricanes eventually won in the shootout by a final score of 4-3.

That’s a huge comeback win for the Hurricanes and their playoff hopes. They move four points back of the Detroit Red Wings — losers in regulation against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday and losers of three straight — for the final Wild Card spot in the East.

The shootout loss keeps the Senators five points back of Detroit.