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The Daily: Internet Loves Maurice Rant; Wallinder Plays For GR Friday?




A heated coach Paul Maurice in-game tirade Wednesday night inspired the Florida Panthers to a much-needed win. The rant also turned him into an internet sensation.

Florida Hockey Now’s George Richards wrote that Maurice turned on the Panthers when they were trailing the Toronto Maple Leafs late in the game. He was clearly angry about how they were playing.

”You don’t want to know,” captain Sasha Barkov told Richards about the content of the Maurice speech. “It definitely got us going, we started playing the right way. I guess against that team and in our situation, we cannot make any cute plays and play you are outdoors or something. … He has been in the league for a long time for a reason and knows how to get things going when needed.’’

Whatever he said, it worked. The Panthers scored a late tying goal and beat the Maple Leafs 3-2 in overtime. They are now one point behind the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Eastern Conference wild-card race.

William Wallinder Watch

Carter Mazur made his debut (no points, three shots on goal) with the Grand Rapids Griffins Wednesday in a 3-2 shootout loss to the Chicago Wolves. Swedish defenseman William Wallinder could follow on Friday.

The Red Wings signed Wallinder, 20, this week. He had an exceptional season for Rogle in the Swedish Hockey League. He played more than 21 minutes per game and posted seven goals and 26 points in 50 games.


Red Wings In Case You Missed It

Robby Fabbri won’t play the rest of the season. Ville Husso expects to play. Filip Zadina is iffy the rest of the way. Ben Chiarot returns to the lineup tonight.

Detroit Red Wings fans identified with coach Derek Lalonde’s frustration over the officiating in Tuesday’s game against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Coach Derek Lalonde didn’t hear from the NHL, but did hear from his daughter about his profanity-laced exchange that cost him an ejection.

Red Wings’ Next Game

The Red Wings (32-32-9) play the Carolina Hurricanes Thursday at Little Caesars Arena . The Hurricanes have the NHL’s second-best record (47-17-9) and the Red Wings are in 25th place out of 32 teams. The ‘Canes beat Detroit 1-0 when they met Dec. 13. Red Wings have eight games remaining after this one.

Hockey Now Network

Boston: Hockey Now: The Bruins fell to Nashville, and Brad Marchand admitted they took them lightly. Boston Bruins .

Calgary: Surprise! The Flames are still in the playoff race in the Western Conference. Calgary Hockey Now: Jacob Markstrom had a big game. stole one.  Calgary Flames.

Colorado: Avalanche made some big mistakes in costly loss to the Minnesota Wild. Colorado Avalanche.

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Montreal: Montreal Hockey Now speculates about what Harvey-Pinard’s new contract will look like. Montreal Canadiens.

Philadelphia: Sam Carchidi writes that Morgan Frost has forced coach John Tortorella to reevaluate his value. Philadelphia Flyers.

Pittsburgh: Dan Kingerski looks at why the Penguins have been so self-destructive this season. We expected more from them this season. Pittsburgh Penguins.

San Jose: Sharks hoping that injured key prospect William Eklund will be playing again soon. He is officially day-to-day with his undisclosed injury. San Jose Sharks.