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Video: Brandon Prust ejected for spearing Brad Marchand in groin


Frankly, just about everything related to the Vancouver Canucks’ 4-0 loss to the Boston Bruins can be described as “ugly.”

Obviously, the score was lopsided with Tuukka Rask managing a relatively easy shutout, but it went beyond that.

The ugliest moment probably came when Brandon Prust caught Brad Marchand with a deliberate stick … below the belt. Prust received a game misconduct for that action, which prompted some tough stuff shortly thereafter.

Perhaps it was best that the Canucks laid such an egg in front of an audience that was, perhaps, lacking?

Video: Nikita Kucherov bamboozles Brent Burns

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Few things make Brent Burns look silly, aside from maybe his scraggly beard.

Tampa Bay Lightning forward Nikita Kucherov managed to do just that, lobotomizing the San Jose Sharks defenseman with a downright confounding move to put up Tampa Bay 1-0.

The Lightning could use more of that … from Kucherov and beyond.

Update: Well, Kucherov added another:

As usual, Burns made a positive impact before too long.

The Lightning ended up winning – narrowly – by a score of 4-3.

Uh oh, Devan Dubnyk (lower-body injury) won’t return tonight


The Minnesota Wild have shown a remarkable resiliency in the face of goalie injuries during the last few years, but that doesn’t mean they want to have to do it all the time.

It’s a worry that the cycle will start once again, as Devan Dubnyk left Saturday’s game against the Colorado Avalanche and didn’t return during Minnesota’s eventual 3-0 victory.

One could point to odd and uncomfortable timing, as apparently Dubnyk was just discussing the insurance policy provided by Niklas Backstrom.

It’s not quite be careful what you wish for material, but …

Update: The early word is optimistic.

Sassy Saturday: Jake Allen, Ryan Ellis throw tantrums

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Competition can push you to get better and make you raise your game. Sometimes it doesn’t bring out the best in you, though.

Saturday provided two (unintentionally?) amusing moments of players throwing, well, fits in eventual defeats.

The most rumblings came from Jake Allen, who may or may not have shown up Ken Hitchcock in seemingly being only briefly pulled from Saturday’s eventual 4-1 St. Louis Blues loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs:

Despite getting the franchise’s first hat trick from a defenseman (Shea Weber), the Nashville Predators coughed up a lead to the Detroit Red Wings and lost 5-4 in overtime.

The lowlight may have been Ryan Ellis squirting his water bottle at an official after a Darren Helm hit … and then throwing a questionable check on Helm later.

Not either players’ best moment … but kind of funny for the rest of us, right?

Sens’ comeback win tarnished by Turris injury

The Ottawa Senators have to feel good about a comeback in on Saturday, but their thoughts likely revolve around the health of top center Kyle Turris.

He got tangled up with a New York Islanders opponent during tonight’s eventual 3-2 OT win, and seriously, it did not look good.

You can see the replay above, which includes the often-scary sign of an opposing team player immediately motioning to get medical help.

The early news is good … relatively speaking.

It’s already been a tough week for Senators centers, as Mika Zibanejad just returned to action following the upper-body injury he suffered thanks to Radko Gudas.

At least Erik Karlsson‘s healthy and productive, though: