Watch vicious boarding penalty from Game 1 of AHL Western Conference final

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It appears as if Grand Rapids Griffins center Louis-Marc Aubry is going to be suiting up for Game 2 of the Western Conference final against the Utica Comets, but that might be hard to believe after watching the hit from behind he laid on defenseman Bobby Sanguinetti.

Aubry was charging into the Comets’ zone late in the third period of Sunday’s Game 1 between Grand Rapids and Utica, catching up to Sanguinetti as he turned back to retrieve the puck. Almost at the moment Aubry caught Sanguinetti, the defenseman went to put on the brakes and turn back the other way and Aubry followed through with a hit that flattened Sanguinetti: Read more

Tampa Bay defenseman Matt Carle out for Game 4 against New York

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Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Matt Carle will be watching Friday’s Game 4 from the sidelines following a hit he took in Game 3 from New York Rangers center Derek Stepan.

Carle, who has suited up in each of the Lightning’s post-season games during their current run, left Game 3 following the hit from Stepan and did not return to action Wednesday night. In total, Carle skated 1:36 before he was said to be out with an undisclosed injury. Now, heading into Game 4, it appears that he could be out for longer than Tampa Bay would have hoped. Read more

As Blackhawks defensive depth questioned, potential call up Johns breaks forearm

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Stephen Johns (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

When Michal Rozsival went down with an ankle injury that ended his season in the second round of the post-season, there weren’t many solid options for Chicago Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville to turn to. Now he has one less, as it appears AHL blueliner and one of the Blackhawks top prospects, Stephen Johns, will be sidelined with a broken forearm.

According to WREX reporter Dan Cohen — and confirmed by Johns himself — the 23-year-old defenseman suffered the broken arm in the Game 5 defeat the Rockford IceHogs suffered at the hands of the Grand Rapids Griffins. The loss ended Rockford’s season and it appears the break has done the same for Johns. The timetable for his recovery is reportedly 4-to-6 weeks.

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Questions surround Lightning’s Boyle, Rangers’ Zuccarello ahead of Game 2

Mats Zuccarello (Alex Trautwig/Getty Images)

With Game 2 of the Eastern Conference final fast approaching, the status of Tampa Bay’s Brian Boyle and New York’s Mats Zuccarello remain in question.

Neither Boyle nor Zuccarello suited up for Game 1, but there’s potential for both to appear in this series at some point. For Boyle, it could even be as soon as Game 2, but there has been no confirmation from Lightning coach Jon Cooper that will be the case. Read more

Erik Karlsson fractured Nathan Beaulieu’s sternum with thundering Round 1 check

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Nathan Beaulieu (Andy Marlin/Getty Images)

Before Washington’s Brooks Orpik delivered his thundering check to New York’s Dan Boyle in Game 7 of the series between the Capitals and Rangers, the biggest hit of the post-season belonged to Ottawa’s fleet-footed defenseman Erik Karlsson.

Karlsson isn’t exactly known as the most devastating hitter in hockey and hasn’t often been confused with Scott Stevens, but in the first round Karlsson absolutely blasted Montreal Canadiens blueliner Nathan Beaulieu with an open-ice check that put Beaulieu out of the series and into the second round. It wasn’t until Game 5 of the second round against the Tampa Bay Lightning when Beaulieu returned to the Habs’ lineup.

In Game 6, the Lightning eliminated the Canadiens, with Beaulieu skating just 13:15 in the contest, far from the nearly 16 minutes he averaged in the regular season. But once the Canadiens revealed the list of injuries players were dealing with, things started to make a bit more sense: Karlsson’s hit broke Beaulieu’s sternum and he was playing through it. Read more

Calgary Flames’ Micheal Ferland played through a torn oblique

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While Johnny Gaudreau, Sean Monahan and Sam Bennett staked their claim as the cornerstones of the future Flames this post-season, it was big, physical winger Michael Ferland who may have had the biggest coming-out party of the playoffs for Calgary in the playoffs.

Ferland, with his in your face brand of play and thunderous body checks, became a household name and a top target for Canucks fans early in the first-round series after repeated run-ins with Vancouver’s Derek Dorsett and Kevin Bieksa early in the matchup. And if Canucks fans didn’t like Ferland, maybe they’ll at the very least respect him after learning that Ferland suffered a torn oblique muscle and played through it. Read more

Steve Montador had extensive CTE, but mystery surrounds lawsuit and cause of death

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Steve Montador (Photo by Bill Smith/NHLI via Getty Images)

One of the doctors who examined former NHLer Steve Montador’s brain after his death in February said the damage to Montador’s brain was “extensive” and “florid.” And those findings will undoubtedly be used as key evidence in the lawsuit Montador’s family plans to file against the NHL within the next month.

Dr. Charles Tator, the project director at the Canadian Sports Concussion Project, to which Montador agreed to donate his brain, said the damage was not the worst he’s seen in the 16 brains of former athletes who had multiple concussions the project has examined, but the chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) found in Montador’s brain was extensive and would have gotten worse had Montador lived longer. Montador was found dead in his Toronto home Feb. 15 at the age of 35, but an official cause of death has not been determined.

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