Watch: Getzlaf passes Selanne as Ducks’ all-time points leader

Ryan Getzlaf has cemented himself even further in the Anaheim Ducks' record books.

With an assist against the Montreal Canadiens on Sunday, Getzlaf officially passed Teemu Selanne as the franchise's all-time leading scorer. The point was Getzlaf's 989th of his career in his 1,111th game.

Teammates poured onto the ice to share the moment with the 36-year-old.

Getzlaf has spent his entire career with the Ducks since being drafted with the 19th pick in the 2003 NHL Draft. He helped guide the club to a Stanley Cup victory in 2007.

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Habs’ Paquette ejected for boarding Ducks’ Zegras

Montreal Canadiens veteran Cedric Paquette was handed a five-minute major and game misconduct after boarding Anaheim Ducks phenom Trevor Zegras on Sunday.

Zegras initially left the game but later returned. The 2019 ninth overall pick had recorded five points in nine contests entering Sunday.

Paquette has one prior suspension in his nine-year career - a boarding hit on Torey Krug in 2017.

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Canadiens’ Perreault out 2-3 weeks with eye injury

Montreal Canadiens forward Mathieu Perreault will miss two-to-three weeks due to an eye injury, head coach Dominique Ducharme said Sunday.

Adam Brooks will replace Perreault in the lineup.

Ducharme added that Perreault had been dealing with the injury for some time now and didn't sustain the ailment during Saturday's loss to the Los Angeles Kings, according to Sportsnet's Eric Engels. Doctors reportedly only recently gave Perreault his recovery timetable.

The Canadiens are banged up at the moment. Brendan Gallagher and Jeff Petry were game-time decisions for Sunday's road clash with the Anaheim Ducks, and they weren't alone in dealing with injuries.

Petry ultimately suited up for the contest, while Gallagher did not.

Perreault has produced three goals and an assist over eight games this season. The 33-year-old scored all of his 2021-22 markers in a 6-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings on Oct. 23. He buried two in a span of 2:14 before capping it off with an empty-netter.

Montreal enters Sunday's game with a 2-7-0 record.

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Report: Wild’s Duhaime avoids suspension for hit on Byram

It appears the NHL disagrees with Nathan MacKinnon.

The league won't impose supplemental discipline on Minnesota Wild forward Brandon Duhaime for his cross-check on Colorado Avalanche defenseman Bowen Byram during Saturday night's contest, reports The Athletic's Michael Russo.

Duhaime got a major penalty for cross-checking and a 10-minute game misconduct after hitting Byram into the boards from behind early in the third period of the Avalanche's 4-1 win. MacKinnon immediately challenged Duhaime to a brief fight, earning the two combatants matching minors for roughing.

Byram stayed in the contest, playing seven more shifts before the final buzzer.

After the game, MacKinnon called Duhaime's hit "very dirty" and said the league should suspend the Wild rookie.

The Avalanche and Wild won't play again until Jan. 17.

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MacKinnon: Wild’s Duhaime ‘should get suspended’ for hit on Byram

Nathan MacKinnon called for the league to take action following Minnesota Wild rookie Brandon Duhaime's questionable hit on Colorado Avalanche defenseman Bowen Byram.

"I thought that that was a very dirty play. I think he should get suspended," he said following the Avalanche's 4-1 victory on Saturday, according to The Athletic's Peter Baugh.

The incident occurred just a few minutes into the final frame. Duhaime cross-checked Byram from behind and into the boards, and MacKinnon immediately took matters into his own hands, dropping gloves with the Minnesota forward. The skirmish only lasted a couple of seconds and both players received a two-minute minor for roughing.

Duhaime also got a five-minute major for cross-checking and a 10-minute misconduct.

"That's just Nate. He's not going to jump in for minor infractions," Avalanche head coach Jared Bednar said. "When he takes exception to something he deems dirty, he tends to get in there."

The Central Division rivals will meet again on Jan. 17 in Colorado.

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Karlsson among 7 Sharks players in COVID-19 protocol

Seven San Jose Sharks players, along with head coach Bob Boughner, have been placed in COVID-19 protocol prior to their clash against the Winnipeg Jets, the team announced Saturday.

Defensemen Erik Karlsson, Jake Middleton, Radim Simek, and Marc-Edouard Vlasic as well as forwards Andrew Cogliano, Jonathan Dahlen, and Matt Nieto are all sidelined.

Captain Logan Couture is "under the weather" and won't be playing Saturday, but he isn't in COVID-19 protocol, according to Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman.

With Boughner unavailable behind the bench, assistant coach John MacLean will take over for the time being.

The Sharks recalled a group of players from their AHL affiliate, including defensemen Nicolas Meloche, Ryan Merkley, and Jaycob Megna in addition to forwards Nick Merkley and John Leonard.

The start of the game was delayed 15 minutes to allow for the analysis of test results.

All players and staff within the Sharks organization have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

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Beach questions NHL’s handling of his allegations in call with Bettman

Kyle Beach took NHL commissioner Gary Bettman to task Saturday for how the league and the Chicago Blackhawks dealt with his sexual assault allegations.

Bettman and Beach held a 20-minute video call during which the latter repeatedly questioned Bettman about the NHL's and Blackhawks' actions, the player's lawyer told TSN's Rick Westhead.

At the beginning of the call, the commissioner apologized on behalf of the league for the abuse Beach endured at the hands of Chicago's former video coach Brad Aldrich.

Beach then asked Bettman why the NHL let the team launch the independent investigation into Beach's allegations. The commissioner said the league felt it was appropriate to allow the Blackhawks to hire an investigator and then have the NHL evaluate the findings.

The 31-year-old also asked Bettman why the league wouldn't pledge to disclose the full Jenner & Block report, which the law firm ultimately revealed Tuesday. The commissioner said NHL officials weren't certain if anything in the probe would be detrimental to Beach and felt they shouldn't release the report before seeing it.

Additionally, Bettman claimed the league didn't know Beach was the John Doe cited in the report until the player came forward in Wednesday's interview with Westhead. Beach wondered why NHL executives wouldn't know his identity considering court documents previously implied he was a "Black Ace" currently playing in Germany.

Bettman did promise Saturday that the league would offer Beach and his family counseling for as long as required.

NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr and his lawyer, Roman Stoykewych, also reportedly spoke to Beach on Saturday. The probe found Fehr received information twice about allegations surrounding Aldrich, including from a Beach confidant. The union's stance was the NHL/NHLPA player assistance program relies on confidentiality, but Beach's lawyer countered that the simple solution would've been to ask for the player's consent to share what he was willing to divulge.

The NHLPA scheduled an executive board call for each franchise's player representatives Monday, according to TSN's Pierre LeBrun.

The Jenner & Block investigation found that numerous members of the Blackhawks management group - including then-team president John McDonough, general manager Stan Bowman, head coach Joel Quenneville, and assistant GM Kevin Cheveldayoff - met on May 23, 2010. During the meeting, the team brass discussed Beach's allegations that Aldrich behaved in a sexually inappropriate manner toward him.

The report found team executives took no action until reporting it to human resources on June 14, several days after Chicago won the Stanley Cup. Aldrich made an unwanted sexual advance on a Blackhawks intern on June 9, the former employee told investigators.

Bowman and Quenneville resigned from their respective positions as Chicago's GM and Florida Panthers bench boss this week. Blackhawks hockey operations executive Al MacIsaac and executive vice president Jay Blunk also departed the organization following the report's release.

The league chose not to discipline Cheveldayoff, asserting the now-Winnipeg Jets GM wasn't part of the organization's senior leadership team at the time. Chicago fired McDonough in April 2020.

Beach was one of two former Blackhawks players to file a lawsuit alleging Aldrich sexually assaulted them, which led to the independent investigation. The other player remains unidentified.

A former Michigan high school hockey player also sued the franchise over a subsequent incident that occurred after Chicago quietly dismissed Aldrich, who was eventually convicted and sentenced to nine months in prison and five years of probation for that 2013 incident.

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