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PHT Morning Skate: Wings fan faces lifetime ban from arena for throwing octopus on ice

Alex DeBrincat's first NHL goal got things rolling for the Chicago Blackhawks who overcame a slow start to defeat the Canadiens in Montreal.

--Yesterday, we told you about the Flames snapping their 25-game losing skid in Anaheim. Well, the Flames players are giving the credit to a voodoo figurine from the movie “Major League”. (The Score)

--New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard and his girlfriend were in attendance at the Rangers-Blues game in New York last night, and the Fox Sports camera caught them in an awkward moment. No idea what was going on there. (BarDown)

--This Detroit Red Wings fan is facing a lifetime ban from the new Little Caesars Arena because he threw an octopus on the ice, which is a well-known tradition there. “The two supervisors of security told me I’m done. I think it’s very stiff. If they want to fine me I understand, if they wanted to ban me for a year ... I can deal with that, but to get banned forever? That can’t happen.” (

--The Chicago Blackhawks didn’t get off to a great start in Montreal last night, but they did enough to get themselves a win. Rookie Alex DeBrincat even contributed two points. Check out DeBrincat’s first career goal and all the good highlights from the game. (Top)

--Legendary college basketball announcer Dick Vitale spoke to about partnering with Lightning head coach Jon Cooper to raise money for pediatric cancer research. By his own admission, Vitale isn’t really a hockey guy. “I’m being honest with you, I really don’t know much at all about hockey, but I got so caught up when the Lightning were chasing the Stanley Cup in the playoffs two years ago. I went to every game. A buddy of mine had a suite and invited me to the suite. I got caught up with the electricity and the excitement.” (

--Sens forward Alex Burrows received a standing ovation as he went back to Vancouver for the first time since they traded him away. He also got a video on the big screen during a stoppage in play. Check out what they did for him:

--The Golden Knights became the first expansion team to go 3-0-0 in NHL history, so naturally, Roberto Luongo had to commemorate the moment with a hilarious tweet during the first period of last night’s game: