Eric Lindros’ top 5 moments with the Flyers

The Philadelphia Flyers will retire Eric Lindros' iconic No. 88 ahead of Thursday's contest against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

The ceremony will recognize his eight seasons with the black and orange - an era in which the then-Flyers captain was seen as hockey's "Next One."

Here are our top five most memorable "Big E" moments from his time in Philadelphia:

Philadelphia debut

Fans packed the Spectrum to witness Lindros' first game in Philadelphia in October 1992. He didn't disappoint.

After scoring his first goal in his NHL debut - a road game versus the rival Pittsburgh Penguins - Lindros extended his streak to two games when he stripped the puck from future Norris Trophy winner Scott Niedermayer and tucked it by New Jersey Devils netminder Chris Terreri.

No stick, no problem

With this kind of fancy footwork, maybe he could have had an MLS career.

Losing his stick wasn't enough to keep the puck away from Lindros, as shown by his impressive battle along the boards in the 1997 playoff opener against the Penguins. He wrapped the night with one goal and one assist.

Playoff penalty shot

A miscue by Buffalo Sabres goaltender Steve Shields and a subsequent trip on the Flyers captain led to this penalty shot showdown in the 1997 playoffs.

Charging toward the net, Lindros beat Shields for the first playoff penalty-shot goal in Flyers history, then tapped the brakes just enough to avoid barreling over linesman Gerard Gauthier.

Two tallies vs. Nordiques

Nordiques fans were sour enough that Lindros refused to play in the Quebec capital, but scoring twice in his first trip to the city? Talk about rubbing salt in the wound.

That was the story in October 1992, as Lindros pocketed a pair of goals at the raucous Colisee, bringing his total to four goals and an assist through his first four NHL games.

Conference final hat trick

Scoring in the playoffs is difficult enough, but Lindros made it look like child's play in this 1997 conference final contest against the New York Rangers, as he slid three goals by New York netminder Mike Richter.

Years later, fans of the Broadway Blueshirts welcomed Lindros as one of their own, as the "Big E" was traded to New York during the 2001 offseason.

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Hurricanes’ AHL affiliate plays game in front of empty arena due to weather

The Charlotte Checkers played a game against the Bridgeport Sound Tigers on Wednesday in front of ... well ... nobody.

The game was was closed to the public due to inclement weather in the area.

The rare circumstance allowed the Carolina Hurricanes affiliate to have some fun, including a bizarre edition of the "kiss cam."

Despite having no one to cheer them on, the Checkers skated away with a 4-3 victory.

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Rask extends personal point streak to NHL-best 15 games

Tuukka Rask and the Boston Bruins continue to roll.

The Bruins thumped the Montreal Canadiens 4-1 on Wednesday night, and with the win, Rask has now helped Boston to at least a point in his last 15 games, going 13-0-2. He overtakes Tampa Bay Lightning netminder Andrei Vasilevskiy (13-0-1) for the longest such streak this season, according to NHL Public Relations.

During this stretch, Rask has put up a .939 save percentage and a 1.65 goals-against average. More importantly, he has helped the Bruins put together a staggering 14-2-4 record in their last 20 games and has them making a charge for the top spot in the Atlantic Division.

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Domingue ‘almost quit hockey’ after being waived by Coyotes

Louis Domingue was ready to give up.

In a recent interview with Matt Sammon and Brian Engblom of the "Lightning Power Play" podcast, the 25-year-old goaltender said he hit rock bottom after a slow start this season, left with the feeling that his playing days were over.

Through seven games with the last-place Arizona Coyotes, Domingue came up winless, seemingly losing his confidence before losing his spot to AHL call-up Adin Hill and newcomer Scott Wedgewood.

In late October, the Coyotes waived him. Ultimately clearing, he didn't follow the usual path of an assignment to the minors, as the organization's AHL team already had three netminders, Coyotes correspondent Craig Morgan reports. However, an assignment to the team's ECHL affiliate was on the table.

Domingue declined, choosing to bide his time while Arizona worked to find him a new home. A deal materialized just over two weeks later, when he was traded to Tampa Bay and subsequently assigned to the Lightning's farm club in Syracuse.

He got his game back on track with the Crunch, finding the win column 11 times through 15 games while posting a .921 save percentage and 2.07 goals-against average.

When an injury to the Lightning's veteran backup, Peter Budaj, opened up an NHL spot, Domingue's performance was enough to earn him the call.

He made his return to the show on Jan. 7, turning aside 34 shots and backstopping the Lightning to a 5-2 win over the Detroit Red Wings.

It was his first victory since April 6 of last season.

"If you would have called me a month and a half ago or so, I was going to Europe in my head," Domingue told Sammon and Engblom. "I was looking for answers. ... Honestly, I almost quit hockey."

Domingue has been rewarded for his play, as he remains on the roster while Budaj recovers from a leg injury. And while his time in the desert ended on a down note, he remains thankful to the Coyotes for giving him his start in the big leagues.

"Maybe if I was drafted somewhere else, I would have never played in the NHL," he said. "I'm very fortunate to have gotten a chance with Arizona. I'm very grateful for that."

- With h/t to Raw Charge

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Bruins announce retirement of longtime anthem singer Rene Rancourt

Boston Bruins home games won't be the same following the end of the 2017-18 season.

That's because longtime anthem singer Rene Rancourt will retire at the conclusion of the end of the season, the team announced on Wednesday.

Rancourt has sung the anthem since the 1975-76 season, a stretch of 42 years. Of course, he will be remembered most for his signature fist pump which was inspired by former Bruin forward Randy Burridge's "Stump Pump."

The team will honor Rancourt during the club's final game of the regular season on April 8 against the Florida Panthers.

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Murray will be away from Penguins indefinitely following father’s death

The Pittsburgh Penguins are giving Matt Murray all the time he needs to grieve.

Murray's father, James, died Tuesday in Ontario, and the Penguins goaltender will now miss an indefinite period of time to be with his family, the club revealed Wednesday.

He left the team last week and hasn't played since Jan. 7, when he came on in relief of Tristan Jarry in an overtime victory over the Boston Bruins.

The Penguins begin a three-game California road swing Wednesday night against the Anaheim Ducks.

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Blue Jackets claim shootout specialist Jokinen off waivers

The Columbus Blue Jackets claimed Jussi Jokinen off waivers from the Los Angeles Kings on Wednesday, the team announced.

Jokinen has already suited up for two clubs this season, playing 14 games for the Edmonton Oilers after signing a one-year deal in July, and 18 for the Kings following a November trade.

Through those 34 games, Jokinen has only managed one goal and five assists in just under 12 minutes of ice time per night.

The 34-year-old Finn was placed on waivers by L.A. on Tuesday, but is a career 39 percent shootout taker, scoring on 36 of 92 attempts.

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