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...On Tanner Glass’s face.

NHL: New York Rangers at Tampa Bay Lightning Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The Bolts

Fight forever: Tanner Glass vs. Luke Witkowski (Video). "You don’t see long, brutal slug-fests very often in the NHL these days. Then again, Monday does serve as the first 2016-17 New York Rangers appearance for Tanner Glass … so maybe it isn’t a coincidence that we also saw one of the season’s bigger bouts." [NBC Sports]

Nikita Kucherov named first star of the week by NHL. "It was a dominating week for the 23-year-old. He kicked it off by recording 4 points in the Lightning’s 5-1 victory over the Ottawa Senators. He recorded his second career hat trick in the second period of the game, banging home 3 straight goals on the power play." [Raw Charge]

Lightning lose OT thriller 1-0 to Rangers. "A tremendous goalie battle yields no score through regulation for either side, but the Rangers eventually found the back of the net in overtime for the extra point." [Raw Charge]

Kucherov's tricky shootout goal has a history. "It's a move that I guess if it works, you look like a hero," Williams told the Tampa Bay Times on Monday. "It's nice to see that someone did it. Good for him actually having the confidence to do it. He's been on fire lately." [Tampa Bay Times]

Lightning falls to Rangers in overtime. "We needed that point a heck of a lot more than they did," coach Jon Cooper said. [Tampa Bay Times]

Look at this hockey fan right here:

The League

NHL GMs talk faceoffs, shot blocking, three-point wins during meetings. “We talk about the whole thing about not blocking shots or not being able to block shots, well, everybody’s talking about it,” New Jersey Devils GM Ray Shero said. “That was mentioned a long time ago by Bob Gainey. Everybody thought he was crazy. But that’s what you try to do, look 15, 20 years ahead. What is good for the game? The quality of the game is most important.” [Puck Daddy]

Mumps the word: NHL, Wild, Canucks convinced they've contained outbreak of virus. "The fact that the recurrence of the disease in the NHL seems to have been brought under control quickly and with minimal spread suggests that the league learned from the outbreak two years ago." [ESPN]

Homophobic kiss-cam joke sparks outrage in U.K. hockey league. "Two blokes kiss on the big screen and @steelershockey announcer says "that's disgusting, get them out" joke or not, that's homophobic." [Puck Daddy]

Vote: Which player will win the Calder Trophy (rookie of the year) this season? "ESPN has been tracking the leaders for this year's Calder Trophy. As of now, Patrik Laine of the Winnipeg Jets is the favorite. Who do you think deserves the honor?" [ESPN]

McPhee after 1st signing: Vegas likes players who haven't had it easy. "[T]he experience of being drafted in 2014 but not signed to an entry-level contract should serve Reid Duke well, says general manager George McPhee." [The Score]

Blackhawks fans still not welcome in Nashville because there are too many of them. I mean, yes. [Second City Hockey]

O’Matthews and McMarner got into the spirit yesterday, testing out the Leafs’ St. Patrick’s Day gear: