Former WWE champ CM Punk, Devils mascot lock horns
Former WWE heavyweight champion CM Punk and the New Jersey Devils mascot appear to have a disagreement during a recent meeting in the locker room. While these two made for a strange picture, here's a closer look at a few other memorable photos in the NHL this week:
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Crawford zaps Brown, but Lightning win Stanley Cup rematch
Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford, left, was able to thwart Tampa Bay Lightning forward J.T. Brown's bid from in close during the first period of the teams' Stanley Cup rematch on Thursday. Crawford and his mates weren't as fortunate against the Lightning this time around, however, as the Blackhawks saw their franchise-best 12-game winning streak come to a halt with a 2-1 decision.
Kessel comes through in clutch for Penguins
Forward Phil Kessel, right, celebrates with new linemate Carl Hagelin after scoring his second goal in the Pittsburgh Penguins' 4-3 victory over the Keystone State-rival Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday. Kessel has recorded 10 points (three goals, seven assists) in his last 11 games.
Lack has Leafs' number in shutout win
Carolina Hurricanes goaltender Eddie Lack, left, denies Toronto Maple Leafs forward Nazem Kadri from short range en route to making 32 saves in a 1-0 victory on Thursday. The shutout was the first of the season and seventh career for the 28-year-old Swede, who has seen his workload increase with fellow goaltender Cam Ward sidelined with a concussion.
Flames' Bennett difficult to douse
Calgary Flames rookie Sam Bennett, right, gets taken into the boards by New Jersey Devils forward Sergey Kalinin during their game on Tuesday. The 19-year-old Bennett was held off the scoresheet in Calgary's 4-2 setback, but has eight goals in his a five-game stretch after tallying just five times in his previous 39.
Zajac's four-point first period propels Devils
New Jersey Devils forward Travis Zajac enjoyed quite the start to Thursday's game against the Ottawa Senators, scoring one goal and setting up three others in the first period. The Devils scored five times in the opening session and cruised to a 6-3 victory.
Canucks' Miller keeps Islanders at bay
Ryan Miller was quite busy on Sunday as the veteran goaltender made a season-high 47 saves in the Vancouver Canucks' 2-1 shootout victory over the New York Islanders. "I was seeing the puck well," said Miller, who was in line for the shutout before Ryan Strome scored with 50.8 seconds remaining in the third period.
Luongo remains popular in South Florida
Florida Panthers goaltender Roberto Luongo tosses his stick into the crowd at BB&T Center after making 27 saves in his team's 4-0 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks on Friday. Luongo moved past Lorne Chabot and Harry Lumley for sole possession of 11th place in NHL history with his 72nd career shutout and snapped the Panthers' four-game skid (0-3-1).
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Capitals' Williams records hat trick versus Rangers
Washington Capitals veteran forward Justin Williams, right, celebrates his second career hat trick with his teammates during Sunday's 5-2 victory over the Metropolitan Division-rival New York Rangers. Williams scored three goals in a game for the first time since 2006, when he played with the Carolina Hurricanes.
Marvelous Malkin nets three to subdue Canucks
Veteran forward Evgeni Malkin recorded his 10th career hat trick to lift the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 5-4 victory over the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday. The three-goal performance was the Russian's first in a regular-season tilt since Feb. 25, 2012 against the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Sisterly bond: Laings honor Denna with ceremonial puck drop
Sisters Lexie, second from left, and Brianna Laing participated in the ceremonial puck drop with Boston Bruins captain Zdeno Chara, left, and Vancouver Canucks forward Daniel Sedin prior to Thursday's game. The sisters were at TD Garden on behalf of Denna Laing, who was seriously injured during the Women's Winter Classic. The contest was also memorable for Sedin, who scored twice in Vancouver's 4-2 win to surpass Markus Naslund and become the franchise's all-time goal leader.