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Buffalo Sabres' Paul Gaustad (28) and Boston Bruins' Milan Lucic (17) fight during the first period of an NHL hockey game at the First Niagara Center in Buffalo, N.Y., Friday, Nov. 23, 2011. (AP Photo/Derek Gee) (Derek Gee/AP)
Buffalo Sabres' Paul Gaustad (28) and Boston Bruins' Milan Lucic (17) fight during the first period of an NHL hockey game at the First Niagara Center in Buffalo, N.Y., Friday, Nov. 23, 2011. (AP Photo/Derek Gee) (Derek Gee/AP)

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“It was straight to the point, ” Milan Lucic

The Boston Bruins big man describes his fight with Buffalo’s Paul Gaustad just over one minute into the teams’ grudge game on Wednesday. Lucic, who had concussed Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller in the previous matchup and anticipated the inevitable, threw 15 of the 21 punches in the fight.

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St. Louis Blues record in the first eight games coached by Ken Hitchcock, whose defence allowed 11 non-shootout goals in that span.

30

At the quarter-mark of the season, the league-leading point total of Toronto Maple Leafs forward Phil Kessel, who also had 16 goals, exactly one-half his total from last season.

117

Career power-play goals by Detroit’s Tomas Holmstrom, after scoring a pair against Calgary on Wednesday, tying him with Brendan Shanahan for fifth in Red Wings history.

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