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WASHINGTON Capitals forward Daniel Winnik left it all on the ice on Friday, and by “it all” we mean a small piece of his ear, of course.

During the Capitals 4-2 victory over the Panthers in Florida, Winnik dropped to the ice to block a shot from Reilly Smith during a late third period power play. The puck struck him on the side of the head in what was a pretty frightening sequence.

Winnik appeared to be a little shaken up and headed to the locker room. He came back a few minutes later and it appeared that he was none worse for the wear, although that assumption was incorrect. After the game, Capitals coach Barry Trotz seemed to find it all a bit funny (scroll to 2:20 mark of video):

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Vegas Golden Knights Ryan Reave banned for pulling out chunk of hair, Colorado Avalanche’s Ryan Graves

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Vegas Golden Knights tough guy Ryan Reaves has been slapped with a two-game ban after he pulled out a “chunk” of the hair of Colorado Avalanche player Ryan Graves during Sunday’s NHL playoff match in Colorado.

Reaves, who has been suspended numerous times during his NHL career, was given a match penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct on the play, which occurred halfway through the third period of Colorado’s 7-1 game one victory.

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“During this scrum both the officials and Reaves acknowledge that a chunk of Graves’ hair was pulled out by Reaves,” the league’s Department of Safety said in a video statement.

Reaves also punched Graves in the back of the head and took him aggressively down to the ice. His actions sparked a fracas at the side of the net and led to a nine-minute Colorado powerplay.

Graves remained on the ice for several minutes before heading to the locker room.

In 686 career games, Reaves has 49 goals and 937 minutes in penalties while playing with St. Louis, Pittsburgh and Las Vegas.

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Stanley Cup: Pittsburgh Penguins beat San Jose Sharks in overtime, take 2-0 series lead

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CONOR Sheary started the season in the minor leagues.

Safe to say the Pittsburgh rookie is not heading back there anytime soon. If ever.

Sheary’s shot from just inside the left circle zipped by Martin Jones’ glove and into the net 2:35 into overtime to give the Penguins a 2-1 victory over the San Jose Sharks on Wednesday night and a 2-0 lead in the Stanley Cup Final. Game 3 is Saturday night in San Jose.

Sharks defenseman Justin Braun tied it with 4:05 left in regulation but San Jose fell to 0-4 when pushed to overtime in the playoffs. Sidney Crosby won a face-off in the San Jose zone and dropped it to Kris Letang. Letang feigned a shot and instead fed it to Sheary, who quickly whipped it by Jones for his fourth of the postseason and second of the series.

The Pittsburgh Penguins celebrate after Conor Sheary #43 scored the game-winning goal.
The Pittsburgh Penguins celebrate after Conor Sheary #43 scored the game-winning goal.Source: AFP

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Sharks keep Stanley Cup alive

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SAN JOSE used a first period scoring frenzy to claim a 4-2 win over Pittsburgh and send the Stanley Cup series back to the west coast for game six.

Trailing 1-3 in the series and facing elimination, the Sharks got first period goals less than two minutes apart from Brent Burns and Logan Couture.

The Penguins levelled it at 2-2 before San Jose went ahead for good thanks to Melker Karlsson’s goal before turning to goaltender Martin Jones and an airtight defence to seal a ‘do-or-die’ victory.

The best-of-seven series shifts back to San Jose on Sunday, with the Sharks still facing a daunting task.

Since the Stanley Cup final went to the best-of-seven format in 1939, teams that have taken a 3-1 series lead have gone on to capture the championship 31 of 32 times.

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