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Video: Brouwer’s amazing play leads to Chimera’s goal

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Troy Brouwer was down and out, but it didn’t stop him from executing a perfect stick check on the Ducks’ Ben Lovejoy.

The puck found its way to Evgeny Kuznetsov, who set up Jason Chimera for his fifth of the season early in the second period.

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Price protection? Therrien says running over goalies ‘has to stop’


The Montreal Canadiens know how important Carey Price is — and how difficult life can be without him — which is why head coach Michel Therrien wants the NHL to crack down on skaters running over goalies.

“It has to stop,” Therrien said, per the Globe and Mail. “It’s not normal that players let themselves fall into the goalie like that. Those players never fall into the boards that way, but they’re able to fall into a goalie and risk causing an injury.”

Montreal knows the risks associated with running into netminders. Last spring, Rangers forward Chris Kreider knocked Price out of the Eastern Conference Final after colliding with him during the opening game of the series:

Kreider wasn’t penalized on the play and received no supplemental discipline from the NHL. The Canadiens, meanwhile, felt the play was borderline malicious and possibly intentional.

“I don’t think he’s a real dirty player,” Brandon Prust said of Kreider. “But in this situation he went skates first right into his leg. We call that accidentally on purpose.”

“Looking at the incident, it’s a reckless play,” Therrien added. ‘That’s the truth.”

This season, with Price playing at an MVP-level, the Habs seem even more concerned about him getting bowled over. There were collisions recently in games with Buffalo (Patrick Kaleta) and Washington (Troy Brouwer) that drew the club’s ire, though Therrien insists this isn’t just about protecting Price — it’s about goalies across the league.

“Even if you have a defenseman who is six foot six, 250 pounds, if you lose position and the player on the offensive side lets himself go into the goalie, there’s nothing you can do,” he said. “I’m not only talking about Carey Price, I’m talking about goalies in the NHL.

“We have to find a way to protect them.”

Goalie nods: Caps set to give Grubauer season debut


All the latest from the blue paint…

Interesting times in D.C.

Curious situation in Washington — after Braden Holtby stopped 25 of 26 shots in a 2-1 win over Ottawa last night, the Caps look like they’re turning to Philipp Grubauer, not Justin Peters, in the second of a back-to-back tonight against Anaheim.

Grubauer, who has spent all of this season in AHL Hershey, hasn’t played in the NHL since March of last season but has shown well in the past — posting a .925 save percentage and 2.38 GAA last year.

Peters, meanwhile, has struggled in his first year in Washington, going 2-5-1 with a 3.58 GAA and .870 save percentage. The 28-year-old has only played twice since the calendar turned to 2015, allowing five goals on 26 shots in a loss to Dallas and four goals on 40 shots in a loss to the Blues on Sunday.

As for Anaheim, no word yet on who gets the start tonight.


Leafs at Devils: James Reimer vs. Cory Schneider

Blues at Blue Jackets: Brian Elliott vs. Curtis McElhinney

‘Hawks at Jets: Corey Crawford vs. Michael Hutchinson

Pens at Flames: Jonas Hiller for Calgary, Marc-Andre Fleury likely for Pittsburgh.

PHT Morning Skate: ECHL club will wear 50 Shades of Grey jerseys


PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

The ECHL Bakersfield Condors will wear 50 Shades of Grey jerseys on Feb. 15. (Bakersfieldcondors.com)

Editor’s Note: Pro Hockey Talk’s partner FanDuel is hosting an $20,000 Fantasy Hockey league for Friday night’s NHL games. It’s just $2 to join and first prize is $2,000. Starts Friday at 7:00 p.m. ET. Here’s the FanDuel link.

As Evander Kane’s time in Winnipeg potentially approaches a dramatic end, there’s plenty of blame to go around. (Winnipeg Free Press)

While we’re on the subject, Joe Haggerty doesn’t think Kane is worth the risk for the Boston Bruins. (CSN New England)

Highlights from Detroit’s 3-0 victory over Colorado:

The Royal Half took a bit of a shot at the Los Angeles Kings and the fans they’ve accumulated over their recent playoff runs:

Alex Ovechkin had a lighthearted response to a question about his minus-35 rating last season. (Ottawa Citizen)

Finally enjoying a relatively healthy season, Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kris Letang has forced himself into the conversation for the Norris Trophy. (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)

Video: Sens honor Phillips for setting franchise games-played record

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The Ottawa Senators displayed this tribute video for defenseman Chris Phillips, who passed Daniel Alfredsson for the franchise record in games played with 1,179 on Thursday:

Heading into the game, Phillips was humble, as NHL.com reports.

“It means a lot. The type of player I am, I’m not going to be breaking any other records, let’s put it that way,” Phillips said.

Indeed. The 36-year-old has scored 71 goals and 288 points with a 20:42 TOI average for his career, not exactly All-Star numbers (but that doesn’t mean he hasn’t been valuable in his own way).

During the game, the Washington Capitals left the bench to congratulate Phillips while Alex Ovechkin remarked at his longevity. Phillips’ family was on hand, too: