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by Alex Kinkopf / Los Angeles Kings

“Patrick Kane Expected Out 12 Weeks”

Scott Powers and Pierre Lebrun, ESPN.com

“Kane suffered the injury in the first period of Tuesday's 3-2 shootout win over the Florida Panthers and did not return to the game. He was placed on long-term injured reserve, which means he must sit out at least 24 calendar days and 10 regular-season games.

The regular season ends April 11, and the playoffs begin the following week. That means Kane is expected to miss the start of the playoffs and would be out until the Western Conference finals.

Kane was cross-checked in the lower back by the Panthers' Alex Petrovic at 7:49 of the first period. The force of the hit knocked Kane to the ice and drove him into the boards. He was slow to get up and was bent over as he skated to the bench. He immediately departed for the locker room.

"Looks like he might miss some time, but we'll know the extent of it tomorrow," Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said after the game.”

“Sidney Crosby catches teammate's flying stick”

Jack Jorgenson, SI.com

"Sidney Crosby showed off his amazing reflexes on Wednesday night when the Penguins took on the Capitals.

With less than a minute remaining in the third period, Patric Hornqvist had his stick knocked out of his hand. Luckily for him, Crosby was there to save the day in a pretty miraculous way.

Crosby managed to catch the stick with his own, hand the stick back to his teammate and continue playing without missing a beat."


"Talented Hockey Bloke Falls Down On Breakaway, Scores Anyway"

Samar Kalaf, Deadspin

"The Cardiff Devils' Chris Culligan had a tight breakaway Wednesday, but when Coventry Blaze defenseman Craig Cescon caught up, Culligan turned around, stuck with the play, and snuck in a goal from his knees. Lovely.

The Cardiff Devils are a Welsh hockey team that plays in the British Elite League.

Cardiff won, 3-1."


“Greg Ostertag, 7-foot-2 ex-NBA center, enjoying rec league hockey in retirement”

Sean Leahy, Puck Daddy

"We’ve seen what it’s like to watch a giant in 6-foot-9 Zdeno Chara play hockey. We came close to seeing 7-foot-7 Manute Bol on the ice, but sitting on the bench during an Indianapolis Ice game in 2002 caused his chronic rheumatoid arthritis to flare up and swell his feet, preventing him from taking a shift during a publicity stunt.

But if you want to see a 7-foot-2, ex-NBA player lace ‘em up and skate, head out to the Ice Den in Scottsdale, Arizona and you’ll catch Greg Ostertag playing beer league hockey.

Ostertag, who spent 11 years in the NBA with the Utah Jazz and Sacramento Kings, grew up in Texas loving hockey before steering himself towards a professional hoops career. Once he left the game in 2006, he eventually grew tired of the standard retired athlete hobby of hitting the links."

“Los Angeles Kings find groove at their normal pace”

Ryan Lambert, Puck Daddy

"Obviously it remains to be seen what's going to happen over the final 22 games of this season, but if the past few weeks have been any indication, this is a team poised to go on yet another run to terrifying levels of dominance. Certainly, they're now bolstered by the addition of Andrej Sekera, who adds a legitimate defensive depth threat that did not exist in the absence of Slava Voynov. If rumors of Dean Lombardi seeking additional pieces beyond that prove true, things could get very troublesome indeed for the rest of the Western Conference and, potentially, whoever is unfortunate enough to make the Cup Final."

"Llamas On Llam Llose Llawmen"

Timothy Burke, Deadspin

"A pair of lost llamas led Sun City, Ariz. cops on a lengthy chase this afternoon, tying up law enforcement resources and leaving the city free for plundering by the handful of criminals who weren't watching, rapt, in their offices."

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