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Nick Foligno gives stick to kids 30 years after dad received one from Mike Foligno

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It’s not a rare sight to see fans along the glass during warmups holding signs asking players for a puck or stick, with sometimes that being the difference between getting a date to prom or going alone.

On Tuesday, as Columbus forward Nick Foligno was on the ice before a game against the Buffalo Sabres, two kids in the crowd had a very unique sign — one that had a message the Blue Jackets captain couldn’t ignore.

The sign held by Declan and Maren Flynn read “Hey Nick, your dad gave my dad his stick in 1987. Can we have yours?” and also included a photo of the kids holding a Mike Foligno stick. Nick Foligno helped them out with their request.

Declan and Maren’s father, Sean, told NHL.com his kids are getting into hockey now and figured they’d make a sign and see what happened.

Sean Flynn grew up near Buffalo and got his stick after a Sabres practice over 30 years ago from the elder Foligno, who played parts of 10 NHL seasons with the Sabres.

“I’ve had it for over 30 years,” Flynn said. “I brought the stick out a little while ago, and the kids just kind of came up with ‘hey, what if we made a sign and tried to get Nick’s.'”

Foligno would score in the second period during the 5-4 Blue Jackets defeat, but that didn’t damper the kids’ enthusiasm on the evening.

“They’re Nick Foligno fans for life,” Flynn said.

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Sean Leahy is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at phtblog@nbcsports.com or follow him on Twitter @Sean_Leahy.

Watch Marcus Foligno score while falling backwards

It’s hard enough to score under normal circumstances, but on Wednesday, Marcus Foligno did it while falling and only gripping his stick with one hand.

That was one of two goals Foligno scored in his fourth career NHL game.  He’s the son of Mike Foligno, who spent the bulk of his career with the Sabres. Buffalo wasn’t able to capitalize on Marcus’ efforts on Wednesday as the team ended up suffering a 5-4 shootout loss to Colorado.

Marchand wondering why Foligno wasn’t suspended for clipping

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Brad Marchand’s suspension for clipping Sami Salo is over — he’ll suit up for the B’s tonight.

But while he’s looking forward to playing again, he’s also wondering why Ottawa’s Nick Foligno hasn’t been suspended for clipping Toronto’s Dion Phaneuf on Tuesday.

“I saw it. It looked very similar to mine,” Marchand said, as per CSNNE.com “We were on the same position on the ice. [Foligno] got him in the same area at the same time, and the puck was roughly in the same area. The only difference was that Phaneuf got up and he didn’t get injured. I’d be very surprised if the league doesn’t look at that very closely.”

Marchand added: “It would seem a little biased if [the league] threw the book at me, and then other guys do it and they don’t even look at it. They seem to have set a precedent that hits like that are going to be taken care of. They’re going to make sure guys are going to get punished for them.

“It might be a little unfair if they give me five games [for a clip] and a guy does it a couple of days later and gets nothing.”

Here are the two clips in question:

For what it’s worth, I thought Marchand’s was considerably lower, but I can see why he’s upset.

Now go fight about it discuss it like civilized human beings in the comments section.

It’s Foligno night in Ottawa

Ottawa’s Scotiabank Place can hold up to 20,500 people.

Tonight, roughly half of them will be Folignos.

The Senators will host the Sabres tonight at Scotiabank in what many are calling “The Foligno Bowl.” (Okay, it’s only being called at PHT headquarters, which is actually an abandoned gas station bathroom.)

Brothers Nick and Marcus Foligno will play against each other for the first time in an NHL contest after Buffalo called Marcus up from AHL Rochester yesterday. Needless to say, the brothers are fairly stoked about the timing.

“He’s really excited. He’s got a great opportunity and he has to make the most of it, and he knows that,” Nick told the Ottawa Sun. “I think it’s going to be great. It’ll be great when I first see him on the ice. It’s pretty fun. I’m sure we’ll both laugh.

“I know he’s so excited. I spoke with him last night. He’s thrilled for the opportunity and hopefully he can make the most of it. He just wants to come up and play really well. I have full confidence.”

In addition to those on the ice, there should be plenty of Folignos in the stands. Nick and Marcus’ father, former Anaheim assistant coach Mike Foligno, will be in attendance along with approximately 30 family members.

“It’s pretty neat,” Nick said. “We’ve been really fortunate. I got to play against my Dad last year and now my brother. His first game against me is really exciting for the whole family.”

This is just the latest sibling matchup in what’s been a season of brotherly hockey love. We’ve already seen four sets of brothers face each other for the first time:

Luke Schenn vs. Brayden Schenn

Anthony Stewart vs. Chris Stewart

Phil Kessel vs. Blake Kessel

Zach Bogosian vs. Aaron Bogosian

As we’re wont to do anytime brothers square off, here’s video of the time Keith and Wayne Primeau played against each other…and beat each other up: