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Byfuglien beats Domingue for center-ice goal; Ehlers nets hat trick


When people say that Dustin Byfuglien can be dangerous from all over the ice, they probably didn’t mean this.

For the second day in a row, we have a center-ice goal. P.K. Subban did it on Monday, and Byfuglien provided the latest one, beguiling red-hot Arizona Coyotes goalie Louis Domingue in the process.

(Domingue finds himself on the wrong end of a regrettable goal a night after watching Devan Dubnyk‘s gaffe.)

Here’s the video:

It wasn’t the only goal worth watching, as Nikolaj Ehlers generated a hat trick.

With that, the Jets beat the Coyotes 5-2.

Ouch: Habs announce that Daniel Carr (knee) will miss three months

The puck gets past Florida Panthers goalie Roberto Luongo as Montreal Canadiens left wing Daniel Carr (43) looks on during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2015, in Sunrise, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
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Yeah, things are getting pretty ugly for the Montreal Canadiens.

They still have time to come back and avoid consecutive losses to the Columbus Blue Jackets, but as of this writing, the risk is real. If that wasn’t enough, the team announced that Daniel Carr is expected to miss three months with the knee injury he suffered on Monday.

Here’s the official announcement:

This GIF captures that uncomfortable, unlucky moment:

Tonight won’t be a part of Corey Crawford’s All-Star snub argument


As you can see from the video above (not to mention in plenty of articles, especially in Chicago-related outlets), there’s a strong argument that Corey Crawford should be an All-Star selection.

Those takes won’t rotate around what happened tonight.

By no means is this to say that Crawford is the only member of the Blackhawks who struggled in a first period in which the Carolina Hurricanes built a startling 3-0 lead.

Really, there’s only so much a goalie can do on plays like these:

Regardless, it’s the kind of night Crawford will like to forget … and one we’ve rarely seen during what’s been an otherwise excellent season.

The Blackhawks replaced Crawford with Scott Darling during the second period, which is likely for the best.

Fight video: Chris Stewart vs … Torey Krug?


You know what makes a fight video significantly more entertaining? A local announcer pulling no punches with his or her analysis.

Jack Edwards covers Boston Bruins games, and often does so boisterously. His take on Chris Stewart fighting Torey Krug is something to behold (though not as impressive as Krug having the guts to stand up to Stewart).

You can hear Edwards share his candid thoughts from Tuesday’s NESN telecast in the video above. It’s a real gem.

In case you need it captured, here’s the disparity one more time:

Prust wants to play, but that may only happen if Canucks trade him

Monreal Canadiens NHL hockey player Brandon Prust signs autographs for fans before practice in Brossard, Quebec, Monday, April 21, 2014. The Canadiens lead their best-of-seven series against Tampa Bay 3-0 in the first round of the playoffs. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Graham Hughes)

The delicate dance of scratching or not scratching Brandon Prust may end with a trade from the Vancouver Canucks.

Prust wouldn’t comment beyond saying he wanted to play, and his agent Claude Lemieux* said that the rugged winger hasn’t asked for a trade. Still, Lemieux admitted to the Vancouver Sun that it wouldn’t be shocking if the Canucks shipped Prust out of town.

“Brandon wants to play,” Lemieux said. “He understands the situation … But if this goes on, he is probably going to get moved.”

(The full article is worth a look, even if you just go there for the photo of Prust “play-fighting” with Jake Virtanen.)

At first blush, the reaction may be “What’s Prust really worth?”

Still, he’s a tough player who can score a little here and there, something teams value if the asking price isn’t too steep. Don’t be surprised if his name is bandied about sometime between today and the Feb. 29 trade deadline.

* – Weird, right?