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Video: Tootoo fights Bortuzzo twice in seeking revenge for Jagr


Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Roberto Bortuzzo had to know that he’d need to keep his head up in his first game against the New Jersey Devils since his hit on Jaromir Jagr.

It turns out Jordin Tootoo was the Devil who tried to make him answer for it, and fittingly did so twice. Here’s video of both bouts via Hockey Fights:

Should that do the trick?

Video: Crosby erases some worries with backhander

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Whenever Sidney Crosby doesn’t score a goal for a while, the hand-wringing and rumor-mongering starts. The Pittsburgh Penguins star often takes the opportunity to tell everyone to relax with his play soon after.

He did it again on Monday, as he scored a beauty of a backhand goal against the New Jersey Devils:

In other words, don’t worry … unless you’re facing him.

So, a Senators defenseman got hurt during a round of pregame soccer


During an 82-game season, NHL players get hurt in all sorts of ways. It almost seems surprising that we don’t hear about them getting banged up during the traditional round of pre-game soccer more often, really.

It appears that was the case for Ottawa Senators defenseman Mark Borowiecki on Monday, as the team announced that he suffered a leg laceration during pregame activities while TSN’s Chris Cuthbert clarified that it was specifically soccer.

At least Borowiecki shouldn’t feel alone among Senators who’ve been injured in odd and semi-comical ways, as Craig Anderson memorably hurt himself cutting chicken.

Patrick Wiercioch gets the nod against the Ottawa Senators with Borowiecki out of the lineup.

(Note: the main image features former Senators forward Cory Conacher, in case you’re curious.)

Leafs make Robidas a healthy scratch

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The Toronto Maple Leafs will face a challenging game against the Tampa Bay Lightning with Korbinian Holzer in the lineup instead of Stephane Robidas, as TSN’s Jonas Siegel reports.

Siegel points out that this is the third time Toronto made Robidas, 37, a healthy scratch. It’s also another instance in which the team held out the physically battered blueliner from the end of a back-to-back set.

One can understand the Maple Leafs trying to preserve Robidas, although if this is a sign that they’re not happy with what he can offer, they’re stuck with his $3 million cap hit through 2016-17 since his deal is a 35+ contract.

U.S. readies for junior showdown vs. Canada by blanking Slovakia

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The United States looks like it will enter the traditional (and always-fascinating) New Year’s Eve world junior matchup against Canada on a high note.

They beat Slovakia 3-0 on Monday, and much like their win against Germany, it wasn’t particularly close. It did take the U.S. until the second period to score, but with another significant shot differential (42-17 this time), it was clear that they were in control of the action.

Sonny Milano’s 1-0 tally stood out as one of the more impressive moments, while Dylan Larkin and Tyler Motte also found the net. Thatcher Demko generated a shutout for the United States, his second straight goose egg.

Here are some highlights from the game:

In case you were wondering, high-end prospect Jack Eichel was unable to score a point today, although he did fire four shots on goal.