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It got ugly in Columbus in November. When it mattered!

"I swear it's true! This Species guy keeps me locked in his sex dugeon basement for days. Why won't any of you believe me?"
"I swear it's true! This Species guy keeps me locked in his sex dugeon basement for days. Why won't any of you believe me?"
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Happy Saturday!

The Leafs are finally back on the ice tonight, kicking off a grueling stretch of 5 games in 8 days. We will have a preview of tonight's game vs. the Capitals up this afternoon. The Marlies are also playing, at the ACC no less! Send us some pics If you go to the game!

It was another wild night in the NHL with 24 teams in action. There were highlights, and a few definite lowlights.

Crosby - Dubinsky Incident

The big story from last night came out of Columbus. Brandon Dubinsky attacked Sidney Crosby in a frighteningly McSorleyesque manner.

Not satisfied with such a potentially dangerous cross check, Dubinsky goes for broke and breaks his stick on checking Crosby's back.

Stéphane Quintal needs to throw the book at Dubinsky for this.

Columbus Thuggery Rewarded With OT Win - PensBurgh
Sidney Crosby escapes serious injury after a dirty hit to the back of the neck by Dubinsky.

Last Night's Other Highlights

Crosby was not the only victim of overzealous checks last night.

I guess it was open season on defenseless players last night.

There was also a classic and perfectly clean Kronwalling, yet the game had to stop so everyone could start a pushing and shoving scrum. It's gotten ridiculous this has to happen EVERY TIME someone takes a big hit now. Remember when big hits were delivered and the player would just skate back to the bench because they realised they should have been paying better attention?

Eight of last night's 12 games went to OT or a shootout, which apparently ties an NHL record and makes for really easy posts for NHL.com bloggers. Speaking of records, Patrick Kane tied Phil Kessel and Eddie Olczyk with points in 18 consecutive games, and Jonathan Toews continued his streak of trying to fight everyone.

Toews and Kane made a remarkable comeback for the Blackhawks last night. The Hawks were down 0-2 with 1 minute and 49 seconds left. They ended up winning in OT.


Randy to The Ducks! Species5!

Meanwhile Jack Eichel is busy abusing goaltenders' pride.

Giroux is better with the white board than Randy.

Should I cover Ovechkin at the point on a penalty kill? Nahhh. Why bother...... DOH!

OWWWWWWWWWWWWWW!

This is deflected so many times it's like it's in a pinball machine.

"F*** YEAH!"

Collapse to the net! Collapse to the net! Oh, wait.

You are the wind beneath my wings.

"LOUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU!"

I love scoring off the butt.

WHAT. A. SAVE.

WHAT. A. SAVE.

Game Recaps

Flyers went out and bought some even strength home goals! - Broad Street Hockey
The Flyers picked up a Black Friday victory with two players' first goals of the season, some excellent goaltending from Michal Neuvirth, and another OT winner by Shayne Gostisbehere.

Minnesota Mild: Jets Win 3-1 - Arctic Ice Hockey
The Winnipeg Jets just got a Black Friday deal on Two Points.

Chicago rallies for 3-2 overtime win - Second City Hockey
Patrick Kane extends his point streak to 18 games in an overtime thriller in Anaheim

Lightning Strikes Late, But Caps Hold On For The Win - Japers' Rink
Despite a late flurry of Lightning activity, the Capitals hold on strong for the win.

Despite horrid start, Buffalo ends skid with 4-1 victory - Die By The Blade
Jack Eichel wowed fans again in a 4-1 victory against his friend Noah Hanifin.

Canadiens down the Devils in the shootout - Eyes On The Prize
Canadiens come back to steal two points in a shootout.

Third Period Collapse Costs Rangers Two Points In Boston - Blueshirt Banter
The New York Rangers lost their second straight game this afternoon after giving up two late third period goals to the Boston Bruins.

Insane shootout follows Isles comeback, blown chances - Lighthouse Hockey
It will be remembered for a circus shootout in which the first nine shooters each scored, but the New York Islanders and Florida Panthers also played an entertaining hockey game before Brock Nelson became the first of 10 shooters to miss.

Stars Win Shootout, Beat Canucks 3-2 - Defending Big D
"Great teams don't lose two in a row" said Tyler Seguin after the Stars won 3-2.

What happened to Cam Talbot? Oh, right. He was traded to the Oilers

Oil Prices Continue to Fall: Wings Win 4-3 in OT - Winging It In Motown
The Wings won 4-3 in OT! This is how they go there.

Oliver Ekman-Larsson's OT goal carries Coyotes over Flames - Five For Howling
A tough night for the Arizona Coyotes results in an overtime win over the Calgary Flames

Other News

Carey Price out for one month - Eyes On The Prize
RUHROH!