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Lightning Round: Joseph and Larkin put their row behind them

And Stamkos gets third star of the week.

NHL: OCT 14 Lightning at Red Wings
DETROIT, MI - OCTOBER 14: Detroit Red Wings center Dylan Larkin (71) and Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Mathieu Joseph (7) lie on the ice after a confrontation during the game between the Detroit Red Wings and the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday October 14, 2021 at Little Caesars Arena Center in Detroit, MI.
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Dylan Larkin and Mathieu Joseph have apologized to each other after their hit and punch exchange during Saturday’s Tampa Bay Lightning comeback win over the Detroit Red Wings. The two players texted and apologized to each other, agreeing to put the fight in the past. Joseph was given a penalty for his high hit, and Larkin was given a one-game suspension by the league for his punch.

Both players apologized for their actions during their respective practices on Monday, with Larkin saying the suspension was warranted and Joseph understanding that while he tried to bail out of the hit that it didn’t work.

Respectful, admirable stuff from both.

In more fun news, Steven Stamkos has been named the third star of the first week of the NHL season. He scored three goals and seven points in just three games.

Following suit, Syracuse Crunch forward Jimmy Huntington earned the AHL’s Player of the Week honors. Huntington scored a goal in the season opener on Friday, and following it up with a hat trick on Saturday. The Crunch forward leads the league in goals, naturally, and is tied for second in points after the first weekend of play.

Turning to more serious news, you’ve probably already heard about Nikita Kucherov’s injury update. It doesn’t look good and they are hoping to see a specialist before deciding on surgery or not. [Raw Charge]

“Today during the first team practice since the game, the initial word on the injury is that it’s not positive and surgery could be involved. Kucherov had hip surgery last season and missed all of the 56-game regular season. At the moment it’s unclear how long Kucherov will be out; he is reportedly trying to see a specialist to determine whether surgery is needed or not.”

Slipping into some even more serious news, Evander Kane has been suspended without pay by the league for 21 games after falsifying his COVID-19 vaccination certificate. The San Jose Sharks, who have been trying to get rid of Kane for his myriad of off-ice issues, will not have to pay a quarter of Kane’s $7 million contract for this season. The NHL also investigated Kane’s sexual abuse allegations but couldn’t find concrete evidence for it. The NHL also had an investigation on Kane about his gambling on NHL games, which the league quickly said wasn’t true. There is a lot going on in the background here between the league, the team, and Kane’s agent presumably. Kane is in the fourth year of a seven-year contract.

And finally, hey do you guys remember Dennis Yan?