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Video: Line brawl erupts between Ducks and Kings

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With first place in the Pacific Division on the line, it’s no surprise there was some early friction between the Anaheim Ducks and L.A. Kings on Saturday.

A line brawl erupted less than seven minutes into the first period, resulting in game misconducts for Ducks defenseman Kevin Bieksa and Kings forward Andy Andreoff and a total of 66 penalty minutes.

Order appeared to be restored after the original scrum along the boards. But chaos once again ensued after a late shove to Corey Perry and it was on from there. Rickard Rakell and Kris Versteeg paired off in the main bout.

The Ducks, winners of 10 straight games, and Kings are tied for top spot in the Pacific with 80 points.

 

 

No Lundqvist, no problem: Raanta and the Rangers beat the Capitals

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WASHINGTON (AP) Antti Raanta made 32 saves while subbing for the injured Henrik Lundqvist and Derek Stepan scored as the New York Rangers bounced back from a loss in Pittsburgh to beat the Washington Capitals 3-2 Friday night.

Raanta was pressed into starting duty after Lundqvist was ruled out because of neck spasms. He was stellar against the NHL’s top team, helping the Rangers extend their streak of not losing consecutive games that dates to mid-December.

Jesper Fast and Keith Yandle also scored for the Rangers against Braden Holtby, who made 20 saves. Jay Beagle and T.J. Oshie had the Capitals’ goals in the first game between the teams since New York acquired Eric Staal at the trade deadline.

The Capitals continued their run of poor starts, giving up the first goal for the ninth time in their last 11 games. The puck pinballed to the slot at 5:47, and Fast snapped a quick shot past Holtby.

Before the first period was over, the Rangers had a 2-0 lead. During a late power play, two shots rang off the posts behind Holtby before Yandle scored with a rocket from the point at 16:37.

Eleven minutes into the second period, the fourth line of Daniel Winnik, Mike Richards and Beagle continued to control the puck in the offensive zone and scored on a scramble in front. It took a lengthy video review for the situation room in Toronto to see the puck was over the line, and Beagle’s seventh goal held up after the coach’s challenge.

Raanta made one of his most impressive saves on Nicklas Backstrom on a Capitals power play late in the second, but Oshie scored off the rush with 38.9 seconds left in the period.

Before the Capitals could get their footing out of the intermission, a turnover by Dmitry Orlov got the puck to Stepan, whose shot banked off Washington defenseman Brooks Orpik‘s skate and in to make it 3-2 Rangers 17 seconds into the third.

NOTES: Magnus Hellberg served as Raanta’s backup with Lundqvist out. … Defenseman Marc Staal returned to the Rangers lineup after missing their game Thursday at Pittsburgh with the flu. … Capitals defenseman Nate Schmidt, who missed the past two games with a lower-body injury, could be back for their game at Boston on Saturday.

Stars’ Klingberg (lower-body injury) expected to be out ‘short-term’

on January 2,2016 at Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.
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The Dallas Stars snapped a four-game losing streak with a 4-2 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Friday, but the win came at a price.

Defenseman John Klingberg, 23, left the game after just two shifts in the first period with a lower-body injury and did not return.

In 66 games this season, Klingberg has scored 10 goals and 53 points, which puts him third among NHL defensemen in total points.

The win puts Dallas back into a tie with the Chicago Blackhawks for first in the Central Division with 85 points.

Devils goalie Cory Schneider also left the game in the third period with what looked to be a lower-body injury.

Video: Schneider hurt versus Stars, leaves game in third period

The New Jersey Devils lost to the Dallas Stars on Friday, and now await word on the status of goalie Cory Schneider after he left the game with an injury. 

Schneider was hurt early in the third period as he slid to his right to make what was a great pad save on Jason Spezza. He was in immediate pain and slowly made his way off the ice with the help of a trainer.

Keith Kinkaid replaced Schneider for the remainder of the game.

The Devils, already five points back of Pittsburgh for the final Wild Card spot in the East, lost by a final score of 4-2.

But any possible loss of Schneider would certainly be an even greater hit to their playoff hopes.

The Devils are already without one of their top offensive players in forward Mike Cammalleri — potentially for the remainder of the season with a hand injury.

When it comes to scoring, the Devils are last in the entire NHL in goals-for per game (2.20).

They rely heavily on the play of Schneider in net. He began Friday tied with Martin Jones for most games played and starts (54) among goalies this season. He has also faced the fourth most shots (1,507), while posting a .924 save percentage.

 

Video: Maroon, Boll drop the gloves toward end of lopsided Blue Jackets win

With the Edmonton Oilers about 35 seconds away from a lopsided loss, Patrick Maroon and Jared Boll decided to settle a score with a lengthy scrap.

Boll landed some heavy shots toward the end of the fight before officials broke it up.

The Blue Jackets went on to a 6-3 victory.

Every time the Oilers scored to cut into the deficit, they would surrender a quick Columbus goal almost immediately after.

All three times Edmonton scored — Leon Draisaitl, Taylor Hall and Connor McDavid each tallied — the Blue Jackets responded with a goal less than a minute to restore their lead.

Blue Jackets’ forward Brandon Saad left the game at the end of the second period due to injury.