Was it a fight? Or was it a sucker punch?
As the final seconds ticked away in overtime between the Boston Bruins and Columbus Blue Jackets, Dalton Prout dropped Milan Lucic with a heavy right hand. Lucic fell to one knee and was furious with what happened. He threw a left punch of his own as the linesman intervened and then tossed a glove.
The two came together after exchanging some shoves near the corner. Prout dropped his gloves. Lucic didn’t. The result was Lucic getting hit with that punch. Oh yeah, the Bruins completed the comeback, winning the game in the shootout.
Things got nasty at the end of overtime between the Boston Bruins and Columbus Blue Jackets.
Below is video of Blue Jackets’ defenseman Dalton Prout dropping Milan Lucic, the Bruins tough guy, with a right hand as the two came together at the end of the extra frame. The two appeared like they were going to square off, although Lucic never dropped his gloves. Prout did, and delivered a hard right that dropped Lucic to the ice.
The Bruins’ forward was furious immediately after. He threw a left of his own once the linesman came in, and then tossed a glove as Prout.
There is a history between these two. On Nov. 30, 2013, they fought in Boston.
Maybe this was the turning point.
The Boston Bruins trailed the Columbus Blue Jackets 2-0 after two periods on Friday, but were always one lucky shot and goal away from getting right back into this hockey game.
Yes, nice little bit of foreshadowing there. Because at 1:28 of the third period, Bruins defenseman Dennis Seidenberg, from just outside the Columbus blue line, took a slap shot that beat Blue Jackets goalie Sergei Bobrovsky. Suddenly, the Bruins, well they were right back in this one.
In fact, Boston went from trailing by two to leading by one, scoring three times in the first 12 minutes of the third period, including goals from Matt Fraser and Daniel Paille 1:59 apart.
Columbus managed to send this game to overtime on a goal from Jack Johnson – he’s been in the news for all the wrong reasons lately, after having to file for bankruptcy – before losing in the shootout.
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Big night for Fleury
In the midst of a banner campaign, Marc-Andre Fleury will look to set a personal milestone tonight when the Pens host the Isles at Consol.
Fleury is going for career win No. 300, aiming to become just the 30th goalie in NHL history to hit that mark. He’d also become just the fifth active goalie with 300 wins or more, joining Ryan Miller, Henrik Lundqvist, Evgeni Nabokov and Roberto Luongo.
As mentioned above, the potentially record-setting start comes in a year where Fleury has played very well. He’s 11-3-0 on the season, with a .930 save percentage and 1.98 GAA, which includes a league-leading four shutouts.
For the Isles, Chad Johnson will get the start in goal.
Bruins at Blue Jackets: Sergei Bobrovsky for Columbus, Niklas Svedberg likely for Boston.
Devils at Oilers: Cory Schneider vs. Viktor Fasth (read more about Schneider breaking Martin Brodeur’s club-record starts streak here)
The Dallas Stars have inked Jason Spezza to a four-year, $30 million contract extension, according to the Dallas Morning News and TSN’s Bob McKenzie. The Stars are expected to make the news official today. (Update: It’s official.)
Spezza’s $7.5 million annual cap hit will represent a mild increase over his current average salary of $7 million in his expiring seven-year deal. The cap hit will put him on par with Pavel Datsyuk and Steven Stamkos, although Stamkos’ contract will expire in the summer of 2016 and he’s expected to get a substantial raise in his new deal. Spezza also comes with a marginally higher cap hit than Ottawa’s Bobby Ryan and Boston’s David Krejci, who will both make an average of $7.25 million annually in their seven and six-year deals respectively that start in 2015-16.
The 31-year-old forward was acquired by the Dallas Stars in the summer of 2014 after he demanded to be traded out of Ottawa. The Stars sent Alex Chiasson, Ludwig Karlsson, Nicholas Paul, Alexander Guptill, and a 2015 second round draft pick to the Senators in order to acquire him. The hope was that Spezza could help take the Stars to the next level after they were eliminated in the first round of the 2014 playoffs.
Dallas has gotten off to a rough 7-9-4 start this season, but Spezza has largely lived up to expectations with four goals and 18 points in 20 games.
Spezza is currently projected to be consume the largest cap hit of any Stars’ player in 2015-16 and that’s a title he might hold for a couple years as Tyler Seguin comes with a $5.75 million cap hit through 2018-19 and Jamie Benn can’t get a raise from his current average salary of $5.25 million until his current deal expires in the summer of 2017.
Here’s Stars GM Jim Nill in a release:
“Jason is a world-class player and his commitment to the organization is a reflection of what we are building in Dallas. The professionalism and production he brings to our group is key for our success moving forward and we value the leadership he brings to our team.”