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Los Angeles Kings' Marian Gaborik celebrates his goal against the Boston Bruins during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Boston Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)
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Gaborik returns to Kings lineup for Game 2

Marian Gaborik is back in the L.A. Kings lineup for Game 2 of their series with the San Jose Sharks after missing two months with a lower-body injury.

The Kings trail the Sharks 1-0 in the series, following a thrilling opener between the two California rivals. Gaborik last played on Feb. 12, but he was medically cleared for Saturday’s game.

In an injury-shortened regular season, Gaborik scored 12 goals and 22 points in 54 games.

Video: Controversy brewing over Roussel’s bizarre opening goal after video review

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Antoine Roussel‘s first goal of these playoffs may be one of the more bizarre goals in the 2016 post-season. And it was instantly controversial, too.

Early in the second period of Game 2 between the Dallas Stars and Minnesota Wild, the puck deflected off the skate of Roussel from behind the net, landed on the back of goalie Devan Dubnyk and eventually fell into the net, which was dislodged as Dubnyk tried to squeeze the puck between his back and the crossbar.

Initially, the referee immediately waved it off, much to the dismay of Roussel and the Stars. Was there a kicking motion from Roussel behind the net?

After a video review, the call on the ice was overturned. It was deemed a good goal for Dallas, which took a 1-0 lead.

Here’s the explanation from the NHL:

At 3:54 of the second period in the Wild/Stars game, the Situation Room initiated a video review to further examine a play at the Minnesota net. Video review determined that the puck crossed the Minnesota goal line in a legal fashion prior to the net being displaced. According to Rule 78.4 “The goal frame shall be considered in its proper position when at least a portion of the flexible peg(s) are still inside both the goal post and the hole in the ice”. Good goal Dallas.

 

Video: AHL’s Albany Devils, Bridgeport Sound Tigers engage in two wild line brawls

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An American Hockey League game on Saturday between the Albany Devils and Bridgeport Sound Tigers descended into not one but two line brawls in the final minute of the second period.

The two teams combined for 248 penalty minutes by the time this contest was all done. The Devils won 3-0, by the way.

The first line brawl erupted suddenly from a seemingly harmless gathering of players after a whistle. Even the coaches get into it (2:05) at the benches.

The second brawl occurred after Albany forward Blake Pietila ran over Bridgeport goalie Stephon Williams, resulting in a major penalty for charging the goaltender.

 

Sharks outlast rival Kings in a wild one to take series opener

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Take a deep breath, hockey fans.

The first installment in the highly-anticipated series between the L.A. Kings and San Jose Sharks was a back-and-forth, hard-hitting and overall thrilling opener between two California rivals that have endured the emotional and physical tolls of facing each other in the playoffs before.

Joe Pavelski scored the winner, and his second of the game, just 17 seconds into the third period. The Sharks earned a 4-3 victory to take Game 1. The Kings pushed for the equalizer with a frantic offensive push in the final minute, but couldn’t get their shot attempts on target.

Martin Jones, the former Kings netminder and now backstopping the Sharks, got the best of his former teammate Jonathan Quick, making 21 saves on 24 shots.

Quick stopped 19 of 23 shots, and had help from Drew Doughty in the second period, as the Kings’ defenseman went old school by stacking his pads to rob Patrick Marleau of what looked to be a sure goal.

There were four lead changes in this game. In the second period, when the Sharks took their first lead on a goal from Brent Burns, the Kings responded 40 seconds later to tie the game. Later in the period, when the Kings took their second lead, the Sharks responded with another equalizer 30 seconds later.

Kings’ defenseman Alec Martinez missed the entire third period. If he is out with an injury, then it would put even more pressure on the Kings’ blue line, Doughty in particular.

Doughty ended the night with 29:19 of ice time. That included 11:02 of ice time, all at even strength, in the third period.

From LA Kings Insider, quoting Kings’ coach Darryl Sutter:

“He didn’t play in the third period,” Sutter said when responding to a question about Martinez’s absence. “He didn’t play most of the second period, either.” There were no other updates after the game.

Video: Drew Doughty goes old school, stacks the pads to rob Marleau

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This game between the L.A. Kings and San Jose Sharks, two bitter California rivals, has bordered on chaos at times, with back-and-forth action and lead changes — and it’s been highly entertaining as a result.

Given the frantic nature of this one, it seemed fitting that a defenseman, in this case Drew Doughty, would be called upon to make a desperation save of some kind on a scramble for his team.

With the Kings and Sharks in a 2-2 deadlock midway through the second period, Doughty went old school, stacking the pads to absolutely rob Patrick Marleau on the doorstep, as goalie Jonathan Quick was caught out of position leaving only Doughty left to cover the open net.