HELENE ELLIOTT / ON THE NHL

Kings see Cup as part of their future, not just their past

Roy nearly pushed over the glass that separated him from Ducks Coach Bruce Boudreau, upset that Ducks defenseman Ben Lovejoy had delivered a potentially dangerous hit on prized rookie Nathan MacKinnon.

Roy has a history of losing his temper ,but in this instance there might have been a method to his madness: His outburst got the attention of a city that had largely ignored the Avalanche the last few seasons and earned his players' respect.

"It just shows that he cares about his players a lot," MacKinnon said. "He's very passionate and he'll stand up for what he believes in and not really think about the circumstances or the criticism."

Slap shots

Which is more surprising: that 80-year-old Scotty Bowman is on Twitter or that he tweeted his support of general managers who advocate ending or severely penalizing fighting?

The fighting debate was revived after Montreal enforcer George Parros suffered a concussion in a face-first fall during a tussle with Toronto's Colton Orr.

"We're stuck in the middle and need to decide what kind of sport do we want to be," Tampa Bay GM Steve Yzerman told Canada's TSN network. "Either anything goes and we accept the consequences, or take the next step and eliminate fighting." Carolina Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford was blunt. "We've got to get rid of fighting. It has to go," he told TSN. Pittsburgh's Ray Shero said league officials must "be leaders, not followers, in this area" and consider a ban.

Bowman (@coachwsb) then jumped in.

"I support views of Steve Yzerman Ray Shero and Jim Rutherford on their opinions for Addressing most Fighting Issues Poll all Players," he tweeted. When Bowman talks, or tweets, the NHL should listen.

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