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Fleury shines as Penguins take Devils’ wild card spot

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The Pittsburgh Penguins are red-hot right now, to the point that they probably wish that the All-Star break could be postponed.

It was a battle of hot Eastern Conference bubble teams on Tuesday, and Marc-Andre Fleury really stood out in blanking the New Jersey Devils for a 2-0 Pittsburgh win.

(Full highlights will be added when available, as Fleury made some nice stops among his 25 saves.)

The Devils saw a four-game winning streak come to an end to the Penguins, who’ve won three straight and four of five during their own torrid run.

Maybe most significantly, this results pushes the Penguins into the East’s second wild card spot. Pittsburgh holds two games in hand on the Devils, so they get the tiebreaker with each team at 55 standings points.

Pittsburgh isn’t just looking down, as the Penguins now find themselves in the mix for the third or maybe even second seed in the Metro.

Here’s how it looks right now:

2. Rangers – 59 points, 49 games played
3. Islanders – 56 points, 47 GP

WC 2. Penguins – 55 points, 48 GP
Devils – 55 points, 50 GP

One would imagine that the Penguins are content with the idea of getting into the postseason, at least right now.

The rest of the East might be a little anxious, especially with how Sidney Crosby‘s been looking lately:

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

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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

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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?

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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: