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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.

Jets’ 2013 first-round pick Morrissey to make NHL debut versus Habs

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Josh Morrissey will make his NHL debut for the Winnipeg Jets — on a Saturday night against the famed Montreal Canadiens. That should only add to the excitement of the moment for the 20-year-old defenseman.

In 56 games with the Manitoba Moose of the AHL, Morrissey has three goals and 22 points. The Jets selected him with the 13th overall pick in the 2013 NHL Draft.

“I hope he enjoys the heck out of tonight. It’s a Saturday night, you’re playing the Montreal Canadiens. He’s a Canadian kid, his mom and dad are coming, so I hope he soaks it all up and enjoys it,” Jets coach Paul Maurice told the Winnipeg Sun.

“And then I want to see what he does well at the NHL-level. A smooth defenceman. He skates well, he moves the puck well and sees the ice well.”

With two wins in the last 10 games, the Jets have fallen to the bottom of the Western Conference standings, tied with the Edmonton Oilers at 57 points for last place.

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.