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A slew of unfortunate events in the Boston Bruins and Pittsburgh Penguins game is dominating the news.

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Update: Shawn Thornton suspended 15 games

Coyotes News

The Secret Behind Mike Smith's Success - Howlin' Hockey
Mike Smith is an interesting guy; like all goalies from the NHL, all the way down through mite hockey.

Pirates News

Monarchs sink Pirates in shootout | Sun Journal
The Portland Pirates looked to get back on the winning track, but fell in the shootout after blowing a two-goal, third-period lead to the Manchester Monarchs in front of 2,398 at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee.

Domingue heads back to Portland -
Gwinnett Gladiators goaltender Louis Domingue has been reassigned by the Phoenix Coyotes to the Portland Pirates of the American Hockey League.

News From Around the Hockey World

Brooks Orpik stretchered off ice after attack from Bruins’ Thornton (Video) | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
Shawn Thornton has likely earned a place with Todd Bertuzzi and Donald Brashear.

Orpik hit on Eriksson and the Thornton hit on Orpik: Both are terrible - Stanley Cup of Chowder
So Brooks Orpik hit Loui Eriksson, taking him out for the remainder of the game; then, James Neal kneed Brad Marchand in the head: And this is how Shawn Thornton retaliated to the Orpik hit. ...

Video: Don Cherry talks about the Thornton and Orpik incident - Stanley Cup of Chowder
"I hate to see Shawn Thornton do this....and I had to show this, I didn't want to show this..."

Shawn Thornton: ‘People could probably criticize that I’m a little too honorable’ | ProHockeyTalk
Also, his views on fighting.

Instant column: Hey, Gary, this blood’s on your hands | Dejan Kovacevic's Blog
Thornton's garbage move is do in large part to the NHL's reluctance to throw the book at serious offenders, writes Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

Grand Theft Czechoslovakia. Bruins win 3-2 - Stanley Cup of Chowder
Timely goals from David Krejci and Zdeno Chara at the tail end of the third period gave the Bruins a big win in Boston tonight.

Blues’ Sobotka: ‘We’re losing against good teams’ | ProHockeyTalk
Three straight losses to Pacific Division giants.

Video: Ovechkin blasts home league-leading 22nd goal | ProHockeyTalk
Washington wins.

Video: Wheeler scores 100th career NHL goal | ProHockeyTalk
Some good news.

Ottawa Senators lose 4-3 in a shootout, playoff hopes get dimmer - Silver Seven
A recap of the Ottawa Senators 4-3 shootout loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs.

New Jersey Devils Snap Three Game Winless Streak with Third Win Over New York Rangers - In Lou We Trust
The New Jersey Devils conceded a late equalizer but Eric Gelinas' shot got past Henrik Lundqvist in overtime to beat the New York Rangers 4-3 and end a three game winless streak. This is a recap of an exciting rivalry game.

Capitals vs. Predators Recap: Wey Cool Firsts for Three Blueliners. - Japers' Rink
A nice victory for the good guys features one defenseman's first NHL game, another's first NHL goal, and another's first NHL home goal.

Tyler Seguin Hat Trick, Valeri Nichushkin's Four-Point Night Lead Stars Over Flyers - Defending Big D
Inclement weather made it a small party, but a party it was as the Stars dismantled Philadelphia in the second period.

Adam Erne escapes suspension for hit on fellow Tampa Bay Lightning prospect Jonathan Drouin - Raw Charge
Adam Erne's questionable hit on fellow Lightning prospect Jonathan Drouin was not considered a suspendable offense according to the QMJHL.

JAN HEJDA UPDATE: Knee not so bad after all - Mile High Hockey
The defenseman is likely to miss two weeks

The Final Howl

Senators Goalie Disgusts Woman With His Gatorade Drinking - Deadspin