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“We need everyone going. We can’t have any time to babysit right now; it’s not the time of the year for that,” Brouwer said. “Guys need to know what they need to do right now, and if guys aren’t doing what they need to do, then we lose hockey games.”

Asked about Hunter sending a message with ice time yet again, forward Matt Hendricks was diplomatic.

“Well, this is a team, and everyone in here is fighting for one goal. It’s part of the game. People get sat,” he said. “Maybe you know, for what reasons — to learn a lesson, I don’t know — but it happens in hockey. I thought we kept playing hard without him.”