With all of the shenanigans last night, one of the most memorable may have been the first intermission bumping between Steve Ott and Philadelphia Flyers coach Peter Laviolette.
When the Dallas Stars tried to exit the ice after the first period, the two got tangled up as the Flyers coaches attempted to leave at the same time as their opponent's players. This might not seem like a huge deal, but in a game where hackles were already up, it set off more fireworks.
Here's Ott's take on what happened.
"It's disrespect of our building. Just let our team off (the ice). It's really not that big of a deal. He obviously thought that he has a higher power than everyone else and a little bit more arrogance than most coaches in the whole NHL. That's probably the first time I've seen that. I would never do that against Philadelphia in their building, walking through the lineup. Just let us go and show a little respect, that's all. It was his own arrogance going to their dressing room."
Laviolette was a little more cagey. In fact, a lot more cagey.
"We just had a big win and moved back into first place in the Eastern Conference. Unfortunately the Blackhawks won (and stay in first place overall in the NHL) but we should probably keep it about the game because it was such a big win for our team."
When reporters pressed on and asked if he was defending his player in the tunnel there with Ott
"What a huge win for our organization tonight. It was a big win for our organization on the road. We get one of our top players out and a chance to move into first overall in the Eastern Conference. I'm sure that's what you guys want to talk about."
Video and more about the little run in can be found all over the Internet, or here if you are too lazy to use Google.
After the jump, more on last night's loss to the Flyers, the Habs coaching protest takes a turn for the crazy and a wonderful update on the health of a former Nashville Predators assistant.
- Like Brandon wrote about earlier today, the penalties were a big problem for the Stars. Not as much the quality of them (which was all over the map), but the fact that the Stars left them get in their heads to start with and then couldn't kill several of them off. [ESPN Dallas]
- After starting off as well as any rookie goalie in the NHL, Richard Bachman has taken a hit in the statistical and win-loss record over the past three games. As Mike Heika points out, that isn't entirely his fault. But does that mean we will see Andrew Raycroft against the Nashville Predators on Friday? [DallasNews.com]
- Our friends over at Broadstreet Hockey were quite pleased with Laviolette, the spectacular return of Claude Giroux and basically everything about last night. And honestly, if I were in their shoes, I'd be happy too. [Broadstreet Hockey]
- Giroux and his four-point return was clearly the hockey-side story of the night. [CSN Philly]
- Speaking of some of the questions in goal, Kari Lehtonen took shots from his teammates during tuesday's practice, and Stars coach Glen Gulutzan said he will be back sometime the week after Christmas. [Dallas Stars Twitter]
- Lehtonen is out for tomorrow's game, as is Stephane Robidas and his injured foot. Young defenseman Philip Larsen is questionable. [ESPN Dallas Twitter]
- In news that surprises exactly no one, Stars goalie prospect Jack Campbell was named to the United State's World Junior Championships team on Thursday. [ESPN Dallas]
- The Montreal Canadiens coaching protest situation just keeps getting sillier. [Puck Daddy]
- Meet the enemy: This isn't hockey related, but if you haven't read the story of former Predators assistant coach Brent Peterson and his battle with Parkinson's disease, you really should. Here's a great update. [The Tennessean]
- Around the Pacific Division: The Carolina Hurricanes had a two-goal second period lead on the Phoenix Coyotes, but it was the Yotes who came back to win 4-3. And the San Jose Sharks simply steamrolled the Tampa Bay Lightning 7-2. [NHL.com/San Jose Mercury News]
- Because you probably need a good laugh today, here's one person's list of the 10 funniest moments in the NHL in 2011. [Puck Daddy]
- You really, really don't want to see the post-game interview from last night, so here is more Christmas fun courtesy of the Milwaukee Admirals.