Canadiens forward and former Penguins enforcer handled some business for Philadelphia forward Josh Gratton last night:
-You have to love those Habs throwback uniforms by the way.
(Kudos to EN reader Nick Porto for the heads up.)
-Laraque attempted to fight Milan Lucic and Shawn Thornton of the Bruins last week, but neither player felt like getting roughed up.
-Despite the beat down, the Flyers were able to hold off the Canadiens, 2-1. Martin Biron made 24 saves in the win.
EMPTY NETTER ASSISTS
-Dave Molinari's recap from last night.
-Brooks Orpik, shootout demon.
-EN reader Jill Haltigan sent us this nice photo of the Penguins' pregame video last night:
-Adam Berkhoel made 27 saves for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in a 3-0 shutout of Binghamton.
-AHL Penguins forward Aaron Boogaard injured his hand during a fight.
-Bryan Ewing and Matt Grennier each scored two goals for the Wheeling Nailers in a 4-1 win at Elmira.
-Zach Parise's shootout goal gave the Devils a 6-5 win at Washington.
-Check out Parise's goal:
-Chris Drury's shootout goal gave the Rangers a 3-2 win against the Bruins.
-Former Penguins forward Jon Sim had a goal and an assist for the Islanders who edged the Senators, 3-2. The Senators have lost four consecutive games.
-The Islanders wore their brilliant throwbacks last night:
-How dire is the Islanders' arena situation?
-The Sabres are wary of the possibility of a second NHL team in Toronto.
-We couldn't get a closer shot of it, but check out this Sabres Alexander Mogilny jersey we saw at the Steel Plaza T station after the game last night:
-Bruins defenseman and former Penguin Andrew Ference is dealing with a fractured leg.
-An early benching has sparked the offensive output of Maple Leafs forward Matt Stajan.
-Did Barry Melrose's firing save the Lightning's season?
-Former Penguins forward Rick Tocchet held his first practice as the Lightning's head coach.
-Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin cares not for the mask of Devils goaltender Scott Clemmensen.
-Check out this goal Ovechkin scored last night to tie his team's game against New Jersey.
-Jason Arnott and J.P. Dumont each had a goal and an assist for the Predators in a 3-1 win at Los Angeles.
-Detroit goaltender and former Penguin Ty Conklin is due to be come a father for the third time.
-Pavol Demitra had three assists for the Canucks in a 4-2 defeat of the Maple Leafs.
-Marek Zidlicky and Antti Miettinen's shootout goals gave the Wild a 3-2 win against the Blue Jackets.
-Shootout goals by Wojtek Wolski and Darcy Tucker gave the Avalanche a 3-2 win at Edmonton.
-The Canucks are using unconventional menthods to boost their players' performances.
-Former Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins forward Krys Kolanos is trying to re-build his career with the Wild.
-Coyotes coach Wayne Gretzky is not a fan of Wild forward Cal Clutterbuck.
-Two goals by Loui Eriksson helped the Stars beat the Coyotes, 3-2.
-Ducks defenseman Francois Beauchemin (right) has a torn ACL in his left knee and will be out of the lineup for approximately six months. Or basically the rest of the season. Beauchemin is one of the league's most underrated talents and would get more attention if he didn't play on a team with two Norris Trophy candidates in Chris Pronger and Scott Niedermayer. This injury will hurt the Ducks quite a bit.
-With Beauchemin down, the Ducks recalled forward Bobby Ryan and defenseman Brett Festerling from Iowa of the AHL.
-Anaheim forward Teemu Selanne wants his team to start thinking more about defense.
-The Sharks don't have any harsh feeling for Blackhawks defenseman and former teammate Brian Campbell.
(Photo: Islanders-Ed Betz/Associated Press; Beauchemin-Christian Petersen/Getty Images)