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NHL suspends Zach Sill two games for boarding Adam McQuaid

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The NHL announced a two-game suspension for Washington Capitals forward Zach Sill‘s boarding hit on Boston Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid.

Three things factored into the decision, according to the league: that it was a boarding hit, Sill’s lack of a disciplinary history and the fact that McQuaid was shaken up on the play.

You can see multiple angles on that check and a fuller explanation in the video below.

Barrie impressive: Avs clobber Kings 4-1

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Jarome Iginla‘s milestone goal will grab the headlines, but Tyson Barrie stole the show on Monday.

Barrie factored into all four Colorado Avalanche goals (two tallies, two primary assists) in an impressive 4-1 win against the Los Angeles Kings. Iginla, meanwhile, hit the 600-goal mark.

Here’s the second Barrie goal, which ended up standing as the game-winner for the Avs:

With the notable exception of Erik Johnson‘s troubling injury, just about everything came up in the Avs favor in this one.

Barrie had that standout game and Iginla got that milestone out of the way after three failed bids. Semyon Varlamov stopped 30 out of 31 shots. Colorado’s power play was humming at a 3-for-5 success rate while the combination of Matt Duchene and Nathan MacKinnon looked awfully dangerous.

The Kings? Maybe they’re a little tuckered out.

After squandering the first chunk of their homestand, the Avalanche need to make the most of their remaining stretch (four of five games in Colorado). They still have a long way to go to scratch and claw their way up the Central ranks, yet beating the Pacific’s best is a step in the right direction.

Video: Jarome Iginla notches his 600th career goal

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Jarome Iginla‘s 600th career regular season goal was one of those “I totally meant to do that” goals.

The beloved Colorado Avalanche forward admitted to NBCSN’s Brian Boucher that he was actually trying to make a pass on that big milestone goal. Instead, the puck ricocheted off of Los Angeles Kings defenseman Jake Muzzin and into the Kings’ net.

(You can watch it unfold in the video above.)

It wasn’t a typical goal for the prolific power forward, yet he flashed his winning smile once he scored it (and got it out of the way) nonetheless.

The NHL shared where those goals came from:

Sure, Iginla didn’t get to score that goal against the Calgary Flames, but he’s probably not too perturbed.

Up next? Trying to tie and then pass Jari Kurri, who sits at 601 career goals.

Bobby Ryan’s big night powers Sens’ OT win vs. Blues

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Things were looking pretty dire for the Ottawa Senators earlier on Monday.

They came into the game with a three-game losing streak and losses in five of six contests, and they had been shut out in consecutive games.

There was concern that might happen again, as the St. Louis Blues opened up a 2-0 lead … but, well, the headline kind of spoils this one, doesn’t it?

Bobby Ryan was the catalyst of a big turnaround, grabbing the primary assist on Mike Hoffman‘s tally before tying the game up and then winning it in overtime.

(You can see his fantastic move on the overtime game-winner in the video above this post.)

Here’s his first goal of the night while we’re at it:

When you’re in a rut, sometimes you need key guys to carry you to victory. Ryan did that in a big way for the Senators tonight.

Erik Johnson suffers lower-body injury, unlikely to return

PHILADELPHIA, PA - NOVEMBER 10: Erik Johnson #6 of the Colorado Avalanche looks on against the Philadelphia Flyers at Wells Fargo Center on November 10, 2015 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
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It’s been a standout night so far for one Colorado Avalanche defenseman, which perhaps will reduce some of the sting from losing a key one to injury.

Tyson Barrie‘s the player having a great night, as he’s responsible for both Avs goals through two periods.

That’s the good news. The bad is that Erik Johnson may not return to Monday’s contest against the Los Angeles Kings with a lower-body injury.

Colorado is already in a tough spot in the Central, so losing its anchor on the blueline could really sting.