VIDEO: Penguins strike after Kuhnhackl runs over MacDonald

The Pittsburgh Penguins trampled the Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday, scoring six times to reach 100 points for the seventh time in the Sidney Crosby era.

The loss for the Flyers comes at considerable consequence, as they failed to distance themselves further from the ninth-place Boston Bruins. But much of the postgame chatter didn't center around the dropped points, but a strange sequence late in the game that saw defender Andrew MacDonald heading down the tunnel after Pittsburgh scored a creative fifth goal.

MacDonald lost his balance stopped up at the boards, and right before Penguins winger Tom Kuhnhackl closed the gap and finished his check.

The contact crumpled MacDonald and left him clutching his head.

Philadelphia did not offer an update on MacDonald's condition.

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VIDEO: Simmonds carves Murray across the neck after whistle

Wayne Simmonds got away, at least temporarily, with a nasty bit of stick work while flying through the Pittsburgh Penguins crease late in Sunday's loss.

The Philadelphia Flyers power forward quite clearly keeps his stick held out, and rigid, purposefully jabbing it under the mask and across the neck of Matt Murray.

It will be hard to precisely determine intent, and whether Simmonds was targeting Murray's neck, but it's obviously a reckless, ill-considered play that warrants scrutinization.

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Kadri to have hearing for cross-check on Glendening

Nazem Kadri versus the NHL's Department of Player Safety wages on.

Merely hours after detailing his frustration with the league's decision to fine him $5,000 for embellishment, Kadri has been booked for a hearing with the disciplinary committee for a cross-check Saturday on Detroit's Luke Glendening.

It was a nasty bit of stick work as Kadri, who had his helmet pulled off while wrestling with Glendening, chased down the forward and delivered a retaliatory and unsuspecting blow up high.

Glendening was a little shaken up, but made his way to the bench and continued on in the game.

Kadri will be considered a repeat offender. He was banned for four games late last season for an illegal check to the head.

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Canadiens recall John Scott

All-Star John Scott is returning to the show.

A little more than two months after playing in what many believed to be his final NHL game - an MVP performance at the 2016 NHL All-Star event - Scott has earned a recall from the Montreal Canadiens.

Should Scott indeed dress for Montreal over its last three games, it will mark the seventh NHL sweater he's worn across eight seasons in and out of the league.

He appeared in a handful of games for the Arizona Coyotes, in the process earning the All-Star fan vote, before being dealt to Montreal in the lead-up to the event.

The opportunity to represent the Pacific was preserved despite reporting to St. John's of the American Hockey League - a decision that turned out to be a coup for the NHL.

Michael McCarron will return to St. John's to facilitate the pugilist's recall.

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Datsyuk’s agent doesn’t tip hand as to client’s future

Pavel Datsyuk's agent, Dan Milstein, failed to offer anything concrete when asked about the decorated Detroit Red Wings center's NHL future one day after it was reported he was considering a return to Russia next season.

"Pavel has one more year left on his NHL contract," Milstein wrote in an email to Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press. "We will sit down with Ken Holland at the conclusion of the season for our annual year-end meeting.

"Pavel is very determined to play and show his best game while helping, assisting, and motivating his team into the playoffs and another Stanley Cup."

While Datsyuk's focus is on the present - which could very well be limited to three games despite the Red Wings' current third-place standing in the Atlantic - fans and onlookers can't help but look ahead to what it means beyond this spring.

Detroit will be on the hook for Datsyuk's $7.5-million cap hit (he's set to earn $5.5 million in real dollars) if he decides to return home to tend to personal matters, or otherwise.

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Thoughts on the NHL Concussion E-Mail Dump

The recent unsealing of NHL emails and documents by a judge involved in the NHL concussion lawsuit revealed the often-candid private discussions among league executives, team owners and even some notable pundits over player safety. Pundits and bloggers had a field day scouring through the trove of information. Puck Daddy’s Greg Wyshynski, SB Nation’s Mary Clarke and Pat […]

Joel Quenneville becomes 2nd NHL coach to record 800 wins

In NHL history, only two men have recorded 800 regular-season wins as a head coach - and both of them currently work for the Chicago Blackhawks.

Joel Quenneville reached the mark on Sunday when his team picked up a 6-4 win against the Boston Bruins, joining Scotty Bowman - who currently serves as Senior Advisor of Hockey Operations with the Blackhawks - in the exclusive 800-wins club.

Coach Wins
Scotty Bowman  1244
Joel Quenneville  780^
Al Arbour  782
Ken Hitchcock  754^
Lindy Ruff  700^

Quenneville picked up his first 307 wins over eight seasons with the St. Louis Blues, and another 131 over a three-year stint with the Colorado Avalanche. His greatest success has come with the Blackhawks, where he has won another 362 games, as well as three Stanley Cups.

His milestone comes just one day after Lindy Ruff became the fifth coach in NHL history to win 700 games.

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Panthers clinch franchise’s 5th playoff berth after Bruins loss

The Florida Panthers are heading to the postseason for the fifth time in their 23-year history, clinching a playoff berth after the Boston Bruins lost 6-4 to the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday afternoon.

The Bruins entered the game already one point behind the Detroit Red Wings and Philadelphia Flyers - who hold the final Atlantic Division and wild-card postseason spots respectively. The Blackhawks scored six unanswered goals to start the game, and Boston couldn't recover from the early deficit.

The Panthers, meanwhile, have won their past two games to re-take the lead in the Atlantic Division, sitting two points ahead of the Tampa Bay Lightning heading into Sunday's action. Their most recent win over the Montreal Canadiens was their 44th of the season, setting a new franchise record.

In a press release, the Panthers listed a number of other franchise records set this season:

As of Saturday night, Florida would be matched up against one of their All-Star goalie's former teams - the New York Islanders - in the opening round of the playoffs. The Panthers hold a 2-1 advantage in their season series.

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