Puck Wire: Top Hockey News Of The Day: March 12th

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The playoff race is in full effect right now and Monday night was a very interesting one out west. Both the Edmonton Oilers and Chicago Blackhawks have new life as they each collected wins while Minnesota, Arizona and Colorado all lost in regulation. The race is tightening up once again.

Out east, Tampa Bay proved once more who is top dog as they absolutely flattened Toronto in the Leafs’ return home from their Western Canadian road trip. Tonight, we get a vitally important Penguins Vs. Capitals match out east, while the Bruins will try and start a new point streak.

  • Pretty disappointing news came out of Toronto last night, as word came down that Leafs’ defender Morgan Rielly used a homophobic slur during the Maple Leafs/Lightning game. The NHL is investigating the matter, and released a statement on Monday night.
  • Jack Eichel was suspended two games for his hit to the head of Colorado’s Carl Soderberg on Saturday afternoon, but the Sabres’ star disagrees with the punishment he was given.
  • The future continues to be now in Vancouver. As Elias Pettersson tears up the blacktop in his rookie season, another young core piece is getting set to make his NHL debut. The Canucks signed D Quinn Hughes from the University of Michigan over the weekend, and the young star is set to make his debut as soon as this week.
  • Brendan Perlini is the forgotten piece of a trade made earlier this season between the Arizona Coyotes and Chicago Blackhawks that sent Dylan Strome to the Windy City. On Monday night, however, no one forgot Perlini, as the former Yote haunted his ex-team by scoring his first career hat-trick.
  • How about former USA Junior star Troy Terry making an early impact? Terry was named the NHL’s third star of the week on Monday, joining Dallas’ Ben Bishop (second star) and Florida’s Jonathan Huberdeau (first star).
  • Joe Thornton may not have won the honor of completing the rooster trick when he finished with just three goals against the Bruins earlier this season, but after ending each of the last two seasons with knee injuries, he is in the running to win an NHL award this season.

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