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Top Line: Spearing incidents in Dallas, Sean Avery speaks, more links

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Stephane Robidas

Stephane Robidas and Corey Perry dropped the gloves after some early physical play. (LM Otero/AP)

By Allan Muir

An extended Snowmaggedon guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:

• A couple of nasty spearing incidents marred an otherwise entertaining game between Dallas and Anaheim Friday night. Problem for the Ducks is that Stars’ defenseman Stephane Robidas got away with his when he jabbed Corey Perry.

• The winter storm has pushed the start time of today’s Boston-Tampa Bay game from 1 PM to 7 PM. The caution amuses Tuukka Rask and Claude Julien.

• Several Bruins players opened up about former teammate Tim Thomas. Lots of reading between the lines to be done here.

• Sean Avery decided to pop on TSN’s Between The Line. Not surprisingly, he offered up some hot sports opinions.

• Detroit fans can thank former Red Wing Doug Shedden for sending leading goal scorer Damien Brunner their way.

• Penalties are being called more frequently according to The New York Times.

• Roy MacGregor could write about a middle-school cafeteria menu and make it interesting. Here he has some thoughts on Sidney Crosby. You need to read them.

• Tim Wharnsby did yeoman’s work in capturing the spirit of hockey in Peterborough, host city for today’s Hockey Day in Canada celebrations. Here he is on Roger Nielson, the Staal brothers, and local legend Gary Dalliday.

• Kris Letang is out, but the Penguins believe their power play “will keep rolling” with Paul Martin as the quarterback.

• Ice time is up for leading scorer Thomas Vanek but he still lags well behind most high-end forwards.

• Personally, I hate when Steve Ott does stuff like this, but it paid off for the Sabres.

• So, don’t give up so many goals, stop taking penalties and play harder. Sounds like Washington GM George McPhee has the secret for pulling the Capitals out of 30th place.

• Damien Cox offers up what may be the second-best preview of what Canada’s roster could look like a year from now in Sochi. The best look? Glad you asked.

• Here’s Dave Feschuk on Carey Price’s “dance to the edge of reproductive viability.” That’s easily the most graceful phrasing we’ve seen to date to describe this staple of America’s Funniest Home Videos.

• “I’m having a lot of fun”, said Anaheim center Saku Koivu. “No reason not to play next year.” The 38-year-old center is leading the team with 11 points during its hot start.

• It’s scary how cheap it is to buy tickets to Florida Panthers games these days. One Montreal fan explains it’s almost cheaper for him to fly to Florida to see the Habs than to go to a contest at the Bell Centre.

• The Sens are looking for more from Milan Michalek during Jason Spezza’s absence.

• Is there really a Hall of Fame case to be made for Rogie Vachon?

• Looks like Anze Kopitar is going to Sochi. Slovenia earned a spot in the 2014 Olympic tournament a this week’s qualifier. VIDEO

• Do you play beer-league hockey? You owe it to yourself to learn CPR.

  • Published On Feb 09, 2013
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