James O'Brien

Video: Sbisa hits someone hard, later gets punched hard

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Those who are obsessed with hockey fights could kill some serious time breaking people up into “divisions.”

Tonight provided a pretty good example. Vancouver Canucks defenseman Luca Sbisa put his superior size on display when he delivered a hard hit on rising Winnipeg Jets rookie Nikolaj Ehlers, which you can watch in the video above.

That didn’t sit well with the Jets, apparently, as Anthony Peluso didn’t need much goading to drop the gloves with Sbisa. What happened felt a bit like a middleweight tussling with a heavyweight.

We’re only one period into Canucks – Jets and there have already been plenty of testy, nasty moments.

The good news is that, at least at the moment, it appears as though Ehlers is OK.

Sbisa may not be; he left the game in the second period and did not return.

Olli Maatta’s out of the hospital, may only miss 3-4 weeks

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Losing Olli Maatta for three-to-four weeks isn’t good news in every sense, but all things considered, it’s a promising update.

The Pittsburgh Penguins announced that window of recovery for the blueliner, and better yet, that bit of news also revealed that he’s not longer hospitalized.

It’s labeled as an upper-body injury.

You can see the scary, unlucky fall in the video above. That happened during Tuesday’s game where the Penguins edged the Minnesota Wild 4-3.

Official details for 2016 NHL All-Star Game’s 3-on-3 format

Gary Bettman
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The 2016 NHL All-Star Game’s switch to a bold 3-on-3 format hasn’t been a well-kept secret, yet there are plenty of details to hash out. Now we know the big stuff.

Update: Click here for the full NHL release, which even includes a timeline of All-Star Game format changes.

Sounds like a job for a bulleted list.

/Crowd roars

  • It’s going to be a 3-on-3 tournament pitting the four divisions against each other (West’s Pacific vs. Central, East’s Atlantic vs. Metropolitan, then a final round).
  • The four teams will feature 11 players each: six forwards, three defensemen and two goalies. Captains will be based on top vote-getters, and the winning team divides the $1 million winning prize.
  • The games will be 20 minutes long.

Here are two screens from the NBCSN telecast for your viewing pleasure (with more bullet points).

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WATCH LIVE: Capitals at Red Wings – Wednesday Night Rivalry

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Alex Ovechkin already had a chance to break his tie with Sergei Fedorov against the Detroit Red Wings. Will this second shot do the trick?

Ovechkin’s been snake-bitten since tying Fedorov’s record for goals scored by a Russian-born player, but that serves as a nice bonus storyline for tonight’s Wednesday Night Rivalry match between the Red Wings and Washington Capitals.

Fittingly, Ovechkin goes back to a line with Nicklas Backstrom, the guy who set up many of his goals … and also set up some Fedorov tallies.

You can watch the game on NBCSN and also stream the action via the link below.

CLICK HERE TO WATCH LIVE

Julien questions Bruins’ commitment after another loss

Claude Julien
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Did the Boston Bruins hit a wall in November, or are they just not getting the same effort they enjoyed in October?

That’s a matter of debate, although it’s pretty clear where Claude Julien stands after a 5-4 loss to the San Jose Sharks.

“We all know this isn’t good enough. … There’s no excuse for tonight,” Julien said, according to NESN’s Zack Cox. “I don’t think we have the full commitment of the whole group.”

The Bruins finished October on a tear, going 6-1-0. Things have soured since then, as they’ve gone 2-5-0 since November began.

One thing seems tough to debate: the Bruins need to find a way to improve on defense, which is definitely not a familiar predicament.