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The best of Thursday's action
• Corey Crawford needed a little help from Duncan Keith, as shown above, to get that game into overtime on Thursday night. The Blackhawks beat Dallas thanks to Marian Hossa's game-winning goal off a brilliant pass from Patrick Kane.
He joined Marcel Goc and Sean Bergenheim as injured Panthers. And speaking of Bergenheim, the Panthers aren't treating him after he was injured while playing overseas during the lockout. As general manager Dale Tallon said, via the Miami Herald, "I don't know where he is." [Miami Herald]
Said Capitals forward Troy Brouwer: "Embarrassing is almost the right term right now. Pathetic is probably a better one. You know, I feel bad for the fans. I'd like to finish a game with at least 50 percent of the fans still in the stands. Their reaction is completely warranted -- booing us. We haven't earned any respect. We haven't earned any of their passion, their ambition. We've got to turn something around, and we've got to do it fast." [Washington Post]
• Los Angeles Kings coach Darryl Sutter on the officiating in their overtime loss at Edmonton: "Gotta be a record for non five-on-five play. It's gotta be a record,” he said. “They [the fans] bombed the ice with stuff. It was awesome because they're all [hacked] off. I'm sure the league thinks it was a great-officiated game." [Los Angeles Times]
• Eric Tangradi has struggled on the Penguins' second line with Evgeni Malkin and James Neal, so he has been demoted to fourth line duty. He played a little more than four minutes during Wednesday's loss to Toronto. [Pittsburgh Tribune-Review]
|Friday's Schedule (all times ET)|
New York Islanders at Boston (7 p.m.)
Carolina at Buffalo (7 p.m.)
Washington at New Jersey (7 p.m.)
Ottawa at Tampa Bay (7:30 p.m.)
Minnesota at Detroit (7:30 p.m.)
Pittsburgh at Winnipeg (8 p.m.)
Vancouver at Anaheim (10 p.m.)