Commentaries on Nail Yakupov’s goal celebration, hockey fights, NHL TV ratings, Canadiens fans and more.

Are hockey fights right off the faceoff staged?

Are hockey fights right off the faceoff staged?

PUCK DADDY: Greg Wyshynski doesn’t see anything wrong with Nail Yakupov’s game-tying goal celebration against the LA Kings. while Ryan Lambert calls for an end to fights right off the faceoff, seeing them as little more than staged fights.

BACKHAND SHELF: Cam Charron on the tactical value of a hockey fight.

GRANTLAND: Sean (Down Goes Brown) McIndoe offers up his unique perspective on this past week’s notable NHL news.

SB NATION: Steve Lepore reports Wednesday’s Boston Bruins-NY Rangers game on NBC Sports Network set an all time ratings record for the network, going back to its days as Versus or OLN. Lepore also interviewed Trevor Pilling, CBC Sports head of programming, on Hockey Night in Canada’s 60th anniversary.

HABS EYES ON THE PRIZE: Andrew Berkshire wonders why Canadiens fans insist on “eating their own” by calling for star players who struggle early to be dealt. He compares the flack Subban is receiving from some Habs fans to that Carey Price faced earlier in his career.

STANLEY CUP OF CHOWDER: “Why I Stand With Tim Thomas”.

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