Morning Skate: Kadri rips out fistful of Thornton's beard


Morning Skate: Kadri rips out fistful of Thornton's beard

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading from inside a 75-foot snowbank in the Star Market parking lot.


*Here’s a play in two videos: Joe Thornton and Nazem Kadri dropping the gloves for a fight, and Kadri grabbing a fistful of Jumbo Joe’s beard during the quick fracas. Kadri is just lucky he went down before Thornton could really land a punch because Jumbo is way out of that little agitator’s weight class. 


*Well, so much for USA Hockey passing by Canada in terms of the amateur hockey ranks. That loss to Sweden in the elimination round of the World Junior tournament was not impressive. 


*Speaking of the World Junior tournament, what exactly went wrong with the attendance in Buffalo that’s been rough these last few weeks?


*PHT writer and FOH (Friend of Haggs) Sean Leahy has Rene Fasel stating what we all kinda know: The fate of the 2022 Winter Olympics and NHL participation rests solely in the hands of the NHl and the NHLPA, and this could be a very interesting process. 


*A couple of longtime Montreal Canadiens media types, Arpon Basu and John Lu, gauge where the Habs are at the midway point. 


* Congrats to P-Bruins goalie Jordan Binnington and center Austin Czarnik making the AHL All-Star game roster


*For something completely different: Seth Wickersham talks to Toucher and Rich about his much ballyhooed New England Patriots story that has got everybody talking. 

Krejci snaps tie late in 3rd, Bruins rally past Oilers 3-2

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Krejci snaps tie late in 3rd, Bruins rally past Oilers 3-2

David Krejci broke a tie with 1:04 remaining and the Boston Bruins rallied for three goals in the third period to beat the Edmonton Oilers 3-2 on Tuesday night.

Noel Acciari and Matt Grzelcyk also scored for the Bruins (37-13-8), who have won seven of nine and are one point back of Tampa Bay for first place in the Atlantic Division and overall NHL standings.

Ryan Strome and Jujhar Khaira had the goals for the Oilers (24-31-4), who have lost seven of eight.

The Oilers scored the game's first goal with 1:31 left in the opening period - despite being outshot 13-2 to that point - when Strome beat Boston goalie Anton Khudobin on a 2-on-1 break for his ninth of the season.

The Bruins came close five minutes into the second when David Pastrnak's shot clanged off the post behind Edmonton goalie Cam Talbot, but instead the Oilers extended their lead just more than six minutes later when a knuckler by Khaira beat Khudobin up high.

The shots favored the Bruins 29-14 through 40 minutes.

Boston got on the board 4:37 into the third when Acciari swung a puck in front of the Edmonton net and it bounced off Strome and in to make it 2-1.

The Bruins tied it with eight minutes to play after a flurry in front led to Grzelcyk putting the puck past a diving Talbot.

Boston completed the comeback with just 64 seconds to play in the third, after the Oilers lost control of the puck in their own end. Danton Heinen sent the puck out in front, allowing Krejci to score his 11th of the season.

NOTES: It was the second and final meeting this season between the teams. The Oilers took the first game 4-2 in Boston on Nov. 26. ... Oilers defenseman Kris Russellplayed his 700th NHL game. ... The Bruins acquired D Nick Holden from the New York Rangers for minor league defenseman Rob O'Gara and their third-round pick in this year's draft. Holden was not in Edmonton in time for the game.


Bruins: Saturday at Toronto.

Oilers: Host the Colorado Avalanche on Thursday.


More AP NHL:

Jarome Iginla practices with P-Bruins

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Jarome Iginla practices with P-Bruins

Jarome Iginla skated with the Providence Bruins in the AHL team's practice on Tuesday, according to the Providence Journal.

Iginla doesn't want to retire yet. But he's not necessarily going to get a shot in Boston. The Bruins aren't interested in signing the 40-year-old winger, but instead wanted to do him a favor, a source told the Providence Journal.

"I'd love to still play," Iginla told the Providence Journal. "This is kind of the first step, getting out here and seeing how it is. … I wanted to see if I can still go. I don't have any deals at this point."

Iginla has had a prolific career with 525 goals and 570 assists (1,095 points). During his 2016-17 season, he spent time with the Colorado Avalanche and the Los Angeles Kings. He played in 80 games, and finished with 14 goals, 13 assists and a minus-30 rating.