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Video: Lucic sucker punches Connauton in the head

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Things got heated between the Arizona Coyotes and L.A. Kings on Saturday, with Milan Lucic and Kevin Connauton in the middle of it.

Connauton was given a slashing minor for quite a hack to the hands of Lucic, who responded by skating back at Connauton, giving him a slash and then punching the Coyotes defenseman in the head during the third period and Arizona ahead by a goal.

Lucic was furious and had to be held back by a linesman as he was escorted to the tunnel.

 

Report: Jaromir Jagr says he will travel to Nashville for 2016 All-Star Game

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John Scott is going. And now Jaromir Jagr will also travel to Nashville for the 2016 NHL All-Star Game next weekend.

That’s according to George Richards of the Miami Herald following the Florida Panthers’ 5-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday.

With their win Saturday, the Panthers lead the Atlantic Division by five points over Tampa Bay and Detroit.

The 43-year-old Jagr, who has 33 points in 45 games this season, was voted into the game as one of the division captains but did not want to attend the event — read more about it from Saturday morning — that includes three-on-three hockey.

Video: Kings’ Shore scores as Coyotes goalie Domingue removes mask during play (Updated)

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Nick Shore scored a rather unusual goal for the L.A. Kings on Saturday.

Shore was credited with the goal, which put the Kings into a tie game at one-goal apiece against the Arizona Coyotes, as he fired the puck into a wide open net after Coyotes goalie Louis Domingue removed his mask while play was still continuing.

Seconds prior to that, however, Domingue was involved in a collision with Tanner Pearson as the Arizona netminder played the puck from behind his net. The turnover resulted in the Shore goal. As he got back to his skates, Domingue removed his mask and then tried to plead his case to the official after the puck went in.

Update: Below is an explanation from Domingue on what occurred on the goal, from his perspective.

Wild unable to ‘lock down’ a crucial point versus Sharks

Minnesota Wild v Arizona Coyotes

January, 2015: Minnesota Wild is in a free-fall through early and mid-January and there’s talk Mike Yeo’s job as head coach should be on the line, before that team turns it around and rolls right into the playoffs.

January, 2016: Maybe things aren’t quite as dire for the Wild compared to a year ago, but this month has provided its share of difficulties. Minnesota still remains in a Wild Card spot, four points up on Nashville in that race, but only three wins in the last 10 games have made things a bit closer than the Wild would like.

The Wild was in a position to claim at least a single point versus the San Jose Sharks on Saturday, after Jarret Stoll scored (his third of the season) to tie the game for Minnesota. But off a faceoff, Sharks’ forward Joe Pavelski scored with 1:24 remaining in regulation to give his team the lead.

San Jose would hold on for the 4-3 win.

Minnesota’s three-game trip through California produced two of a possible six points.

In those two losses, the Wild was tied with the opposition in the third period. Against Anaheim and again against San Jose, the Wild conceded a late go-ahead goal and, as a result, valuable points.

“It’s kind of the Anaheim story,” Stoll told the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.

“Tie game late in the third on the road, you want to at least get a point. We’ve got to lock those games down. A playoff team, a good team, you’ve got to lock those games down.”

Jets’ Perreault leaves game with lower-body injury

Vancouver Canucks v Winnipeg Jets

The Winnipeg Jets will be without Mathieu Perreault for the remainder of Saturday’s game with the New Jersey Devils due to a lower-body injury, the team announced via Twitter.

That’s a tough break for the already struggling Jets.

Perreault, 28, was not only on pace for his best season as far as offensive production goes, but he’s a puck possession demon with a team-best 56.4 Corsi For per cent rating at five-on-five. He’s also within the top 30 NHL players with at least 300 minutes played at five-on-five for that category this season, as per stats.hockeyanalysis.com.

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