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Top Line: Torres answers for Hossa hit, Kessel finally scores, more links

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By Allan Muir

A guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:

• “That was awesome,” said Patrick Kane of Jamal Mayers’ revenge bout with Raffi Torres “That one gave me chills. He pumped up everyone on the bench and got everyone going.” Suitably pumped, Kane scored twice to lead the Blackhawks to a decisive 6-2 win over Phoenix.

• So that’s why Kane is off to such a good start.

• It was 314 days — 314 days! – between goals 99 and 100 as a Leaf, but Phil Kessel finally got the Sasquatch off his back in Toronto’s 3-2 win over the Jets. What will Toronto scribes write about now?

• Amazing that six of Toronto’s seven picks from the 2006 draft are now playing in the NHL. More shocking: one of them is starting to make a big contribution on the Maple Leafs’ blueline.

• John Tortorella said he has too many scared players. At least one of them might be fighting for his job after J.T. Miller’s two-goal debut in a 4-1 win over the Isles.

• Detroit’s depth lines finally produced and rookie goalie Petr Mrazek came up big in a decisive 5-1 win over the reeling Blues.

• Remember when Penguins/Capitals used to be a thing? Thursday night’s contest served as a stark reminder that the fragile Caps just aren’t good enough for this to be much of a rivalry right now.

• One more take on Thursday’s shocking Tim Thomas trade.

• Anaheim goaltender Jonas Hiller welcomes the challenge posed by newcomer Viktor Fasth… and he will continue to welcome it from his seat on the Ducks’ bench.

• The learning curve continues for Minnesota’s Mikael Granlund. The all-world prospect watched from the press box as the listless Wild were dumped, 4-1, by the Canucks. And after that loss, he’s not the only one whose job is in jeopardy.

• It had been so long between wins that the Sabres forgot how to celebrate a victory at HSBC Arena.

• Rob Zombie is set to direct a movie about the 1974 Philadelphia Flyers, which is sort of like Ben Affleck doing a movie about the 1986 New York Mets.

• Here’s a close-up look at Jonathan Bernier’s new mask

• The best barometer of global warming’s dire impact? It might be the backyard hockey rink.

  • Published On Feb 08, 2013
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