Chara, Pacioretty square off in IIHF

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Chara, Pacioretty square off in IIHF

Zdeno Chara and the rest of the Slovakian national team faced off against the United States in the IIHF World Championships on Monday.

After the Slovaks beat the Yanks, handshakes between the teams followed, which meant that the Bruins captain and Habs forwardMax Pacioretty came face to face. And if the pictures are to be believed, the two are still not best friends.

Back in 2011, Pacioretty suffered a concussion and a fractured vertebrae as the result ofthisdevastating hit by Chara.

Pacioretty has said in the past that he forgives Chara for the hit, but by the looks of things the relationship isn't all that warm and fuzzy.

For what it's worth, Slovakia defeated the United States, 3-2, improving to 1-2 in the tournament.

Haggerty's NHL Power Rankings: So long, Wings' streak

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Haggerty's NHL Power Rankings: So long, Wings' streak

The Washington Capitals remain on top, but it's time to recognize the Red Wings' 25-year playoff streak that will come to an end this spring.

Saturday, Feb. 25: Shea Theodore waits for his time with Ducks

Saturday, Feb. 25: Shea Theodore waits for his time with Ducks

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while giving two thumbs up to The Lego Batman Movie after a screening with my 3 1/2 year old.

*Alex Prewitt has a profile on Anaheim defenseman prospect Shea Theodore as he waits for his time with the Ducks.

*The Vancouver Canucks have a mumps problem this season, and we continue to wonder why this is becoming an issue again in a first-world society.

*PHT writer and FOH (Friend of Haggs) Jason Brough has Patrick Eaves dealt to the Ducks for what could be first round pick if Anaheim advances far enough through the playoffs.

*Flyers GM Ron Hextall says that Philly’s young team won’t be buying ahead of next week’s NHL trade deadline.

*Along with his “Sutter-isms”, diversity is a family value for the Los Angeles Kings head coach Darryl Sutter.

*Dave Strader gets back into the broadcast booth with the Dallas Stars, and will be a welcomed addition to the national NBC broadcast of Bruins/Stars on Sunday afternoon.

*As cold as he was earlier in the season, New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist is heating up now for the Blueshirts.

*For something completely different: Brie Larson is already prepping for her role as Captain Marvel by stepping up her game as an influence for positive change among her Hollywood peers.