It was quite an eventful night at Bridgestone Arena, with the playoff rematch between Anaheim and Nashville featuring a successful return to the lineup for Martin Erat, a bit of controversy as the Ducks' captain complained to the press about Jordin Tootoo after the game, and rookie Craig Smith going through a pro hockey player's rite of passage.
All this and more after the jump...
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Erat "Solid" in Return to Lineup | PuckScene.com
The Marty Party resumed last night with a pretty good effort.
Inside Smashville - Klein leads with physical presence in 3-0 win over Ducks
When Mike Fisher got rocked by Francois Beauchemin, Kevin Klein jumped to his defense, because he's actually on the ice when things like that happen, unlike enforcers like Brian McGrattan. The whole notion that heavyweight enforcers protect your players from shots like this is ridiculous.
Nashville Predators win rough one over Anaheim Ducks - The Tennessean
Craig Smith lost his first tooth to hockey last night. But he doesn't care, he's just going to keep eating larvae. That's disgusting...
Ads Suffer First Regulation Loss Of The Season | Admirals Roundtable
Well, it had to happen sometime...
Post-game notebook (Griffins 5, Ads 3) - JSOnline
Hidden within the Admirals great start is a woeful power play, writes Dave.
Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey
Getzlaf on Tootoo: ‘Get guys like that off the ice’ - Ducks blog : The Orange County Register
Ryan Getzlaf didn't like the way Jordin Tootoo went to the ice after getting speared by Corey Perry in the 3rd period last night. Maybe he should bark at Perry for making a stupid play with his stick and taking away any chance they had at coming back in the game.
Coyotes newcomer Cal O'Reilly expected to make impact - AZ Central
They look forward to welcoming Cal into the fold in Phoenix.
Ken Hitchcock to the rescue for terrible Blue Jackets? - Puck Daddy
Is Scott Arneil about to receive his walking papers?
Video - Hotstove - Hockey Night in Canada
Apparently the four divisions with old-style playoff format is "gaining steam" according to Elliotte Friedman. I'm hugely in favor of that option...
On the Perry Pearn firing - Arctic Ice Hockey
Boneheaded stuff, writes Gabe.
Mats Sundin's Number To Be Raised To The Rafters February 11th - Pension Plan Puppets
Toronto will celebrate its longtime captain later this season.
"It was probably the best 10 years of my life out there," Nabokov says of his time with San Jose | Working the Corners
What a fall it's been for this guy, who was celebrated as a winner in San Jose but has run his career off the rails since then.
Capitals at Canucks Recap ; Above The Title (7-4W) - Nucks Misconduct
They wore out the scoreboard last night in Vancouver.
Brent Burns scores in OT, Sharks win their fifth straight - Fear The Fin
Even though it was a bogus call in OT to give them the power play, the Sharks will take the win.
Panthers follow manic loss with victory over Sabres - Litter Box Cats
Florida gets back in the win column with a 3-2 triumph over Buffalo.
Game 11 Recap: We Thought The Habs Had Problems - Habs Eyes On The Prize
Montreal had a fun time sending the Bruins to another loss.
Senators come back from 4-1, beat Rangers 5-4 for fifth straight win - Silver Seven
The Sens are really rolling these days - are they legit, or just pumping their legs madly like Wiley Coyote are going off a cliff?
Not Enough Comebacks: Leafs Hold on to Beat Pens 4-3 - PensBurgh
The Leafs are on fire, too...
Moooooves like Jagr: Talbot sings, top line scores in Flyers 5-1 victory - Broad Street Hockey
So far, so good for the Jagr comeback, he has 5 goals and 6 assists in 11 games.
Dan Carcillo Should Probably Stop Complaining About His Reputation - SBNation.com
Yeah, I think just changing his last name isn't going to help Carcillo avoid suspensions.