News of the Colorado Avalanche - Links from around the NHL - March 25th, 2013

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The Sudbury Wolves won a playoff game against the Battalion.

Give referee Ryan Carroll credit for one thing: The veteran OHL whistle-blower was able to inject some life into the usually moribund Powerade Centre and help kick-start what should eventually become a dandy northern rivalry with the Sudbury Wolves when the Brampton Battalion head to North Bay at season’s end.

Yeah, three quick power-play goals by the visiting team followed by a coach ejection will usually rile up even the most casual fan.

Carroll tossed long-time Battalion coach Stan Butler less than six minutes into Sunday’s first-round playoff game, a 5-4 Sudbury win that evened the best-of-seven set at a game apiece, giving the Bunker some much-needed atmosphere and the budding rivalry some bite.

Some of the more dangerous plays are being eliminated from the NHL by the players.

Cooke, though, said he knew he needed to change if he wanted to extend his career. And even players who lack Cooke’s pedigree as a disturber or an enforcer have taken a hard look at how they go about their business.

Adams, a grinder who has spent 12 years in the NHL as an aggressive forechecker, admits there are times he gets frustrated when he skates 200 feet only to have an opposing player intentionally turn his back to Adams to try and invite a penalty. Yet Adams — and most of his brethren — understand the need to hold up instead of following through.

Mistakes will happen. So will concussions. Yet Adams sees a league trying to maintain a portion of its soul while also getting rid of the kind of cheap shots that almost prematurely ended Crosby’s career.

“We’re avoiding those hits,” he said. “I think it’s starting to get into the culture that that’s not OK.”

The Lightning will have a new coach soon.

The Tampa Bay Lightning announced on Sunday that they have relieved head coach Guy Boucher of his duties.

The move came after Saturday's 5-3 loss to the Senators in Ottawa.

"Guy has poured his heart and soul into the Lightning organization for these past three years and we appreciate all the work he has done," Lightning vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman said in a release. "But ultimately I am not satisfied with the direction we are heading and I believe making a change today is in the best interest of our franchise.”

Morrow is no longer a Star.

The streaking Pittsburgh Penguins acquired forward Brenden Morrow from the Dallas Stars on Sunday to bolster the team’s second line.

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