Adam McQuaid and Matt Martin have a history of dropping the gloves against each other during their NHL careers.
They met again Saturday, after McQuaid threw a clean hit on Auston Matthews along the boards in the defensive end. Martin came off the bench on a line change and threw down with McQuaid in a heavyweight scrap at center ice.
While McQuaid returned, Martin was reportedly still in the dressing room once their respective fighting majors were up, after he was knocked to the ice with a devastating right from the Bruins defenseman.
If a player is “punched in the head (including any part of his face) by an ungloved fist during a fight,” the protocol calls for mandatory removal and testing, but only if he exhibits signs of being “slow to get up” or “clutches his head.”
It’s been the William Nylander Show in Boston tonight. However, that’s at the expense of Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask.
Nylander, who scored a beauty goal in the first period, completed the hat trick in the second period, as the Toronto Maple Leafs took a 4-1 lead courtesy three goals in 1:46, stunning the Bruins and their home crowd.
That fourth Toronto goal meant the end of the night for Rask.
He allowed four goals on 14 shots, and has now allowed three or more goals in each of his last five starts.
Talk about some pretty passing on the Toronto Maple Leafs first goal of Saturday’s game in Boston.
Auston Matthews started the play in the neutral zone with a quick pass to Nazem Kadri and William Nylander finished it off with a sweet move to the forehand into a wide open net after he caught Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask going the other way.
That’s 11 goals for Nylander in his rookie season.
This is a big game for both clubs in the Eastern Conference playoff race.
The Bruins can put five points between them and the Maple Leafs with a regulation win tonight, while Toronto is trying to snap a three-game losing streak.
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Vernon Fiddler is going back to Nashville.
The New Jersey Devils sent the 36-year-old forward to the Predators on Saturday, in exchange for Nashville’s fourth-round pick in the 2017 draft.
Fiddler, an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season with a $1.25 million cap hit right now, has one goal and three points in 39 games this season.
Fiddler began his NHL playing career in Nashville, playing there from 2002 to 2009.
Meanwhile, the Devils, seven points out of a wild card spot in the East and with a 1.3 per cent chance of making the post-season, add yet another draft pick for this year.
Things got feisty between the Winnipeg Jets and Colorado Avalanche on Saturday.
Avalanche defenseman Nikita Zadorov crushed Jets forward Mark Scheifele with an open-ice hit in the third period, causing a disturbance at center ice as Winnipeg players naturally took exception.
Zadorov was given a minor penalty for charging. He was also grabbed by Jacob Trouba, who was given penalties for instigating, fighting and a misconduct. Scheifele remained in the game.
There was worse news for the Jets, however.
Their three-game winning streak came to an end with a disappointing 5-2 loss to the Avalanche, the worst team in the entire NHL.
Not only that, but Colorado had lost nine in a row. This should’ve been a perfect opportunity for Winnipeg to get within a point of Calgary for the final wild card spot in the West, and move within two points of Nashville — at least for now — in the Central Division.
Ondrej Pavelec allowed four goals on 27 shots. He’s played seven times since his recall from the AHL, but he’s allowed at least three goals or more in each of those games. He so far has an .895 save percentage this season at the NHL level.
“Obviously you want to win. Obviously you want to get two points and it didn’t happen, so I can’t be happy,” said Pavelec to reporters.