Suspend him or not: Matt Martin’s knee-on-knee hit sidelines Trevor Daley

Jared Clinton
Matt Martin (Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

For the second time in less than a month, a hit that resulted in a knee injury for a Dallas Star could result in a suspension.

On Feb. 16, Florida Panthers defenseman Dmitry Kulikov was suspended four games for his low bridge hit on Stars center Tyler Seguin and now, little more than two weeks later, New York Islanders tough guy Matt Martin might be sitting out a few games after a vicious knee-on-knee collision with Dallas blueliner Trevor Daley.

The hit occurred two minutes into Wednesday’s game between the Islanders and Stars and left Daley down on the ice, wincing in pain. Martin was assessed a five-minute major for kneeing and a game misconduct. Take a look at the play: Read more

Panthers’ net drama includes first NHL backup job in 14 years for 41-year-old goalie coach Robb Tallas

Adam Proteau
Robb Tallas (Eliot J. Schechter/NHLI via Getty Images)

The Panthers are in a tough battle for one of the final Eastern Conference playoff spots this season, and on Tuesday, they lost 3-2 at home to the lowly Toronto Maple Leafs in a game that saw both Florida goalies lost to injury, the surprise return to uniform of 41-year-old goalie coach Robb Tallas, and a different kind of surprise return late in the contest.

Florida’s goalie woes began when starter Roberto Luongo was hit in the shoulder by a Leo Komarov shot late in the first period and didn’t start the second period. Montoya was between the Panthers’ pipes in Luongo’s stead, but was injured early in the third period on what turned out to be Peter Holland‘s game-winning goal. Yet with Luongo in street clothes and no other options available, Montoya remained in action with severely limited mobility. At the same time, Panthers brass scrambled to get Tallas under an official players contract and in uniform. They were successful:
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Sabres’ defenseman Mark Pysyk released from hospital after collapsing during basketball game

Jared Clinton
Mark Pysyk (Bill Wippert/Getty Images)

Mark Pysyk is, “doing well,” following a health scare early Saturday.

While taking part in a pick-up basketball game, Pysyk collapsed, reported Kevin Oklobzija of the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle. The health scare came one day after the Buffalo Sabres demoted him to the AHL’s Americans.

While the AHL does not make available ice time for individual skaters, Pysyk did skate in Friday night’s 4-3 loss to the Marlies. Read more

Patrick Kane placed on long-term injured reserve – what will the Blackhawks do?

Jared Clinton
Patrick Kane's upper-body injury has landed him on the LTIR. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

The Chicago Blackhawks’ worst nightmare came to pass on Tuesday evening, as Patrick Kane was sent crashing into the boards, labored off the ice and did not return. News came Wednesday that the Blackhawks have placed the NHL’s leading scorer on the long-term injured reserve, which likely means his regular season is through.

With Kane’s injury, the Blackhawks lose their current leader in goals and assists, one of the most dynamic offensive players in the sport and the type of game breaking talent that the team could use down the stretch.

Where does Chicago go from here? Can the team succeed with the loss of Kane, and what will the impact be on the lineup? Read more

Vancouver’s playoff drive now depends on Eddie Lack

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Eddie Lack (Photo by Steve Babineau/NHLI via Getty Images)

There is no doubt that the Western Conference playoff race is going to be a dogfight down the stretch, particularly since a couple of elite teams are still vying for a foothold. The Vancouver Canucks are in a good place right now, holding down second place in the Pacific, but with starter Ryan Miller out weeks with a lower body injury, the crease is now property of Eddie Lack.

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Blackhawks star Patrick Kane injured in controversial collision into boards

Adam Proteau
Patrick Kane (Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

Chicago Blackhawks fans were holding their breath Tuesday after star winger Patrick Kane was injured on a controversial play involving Florida Panthers defenseman Alex Petrovic and had to leave the game.

Kane, Chicago’s leading scorer this season – and the man tied with Washington’s Nicklas Backstrom as the league’s top point-getter entering Tuesday’s action – entered the night tied for the NHL lead in points with 64, but the 26-year-old was hurt in the first period after Petrovic gave him a push from behind and he fell awkwardly into the boards: (video via SomeHockeyVideos) Read more

Extended absence of injured David Krejci could be the bad luck that breaks up the Bruins

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David Krejci. (Brian Babineau/NHLI via Getty Images)

The Boston Bruins received some unfortunate news Monday – key veteran David Krejci will miss the next 4-to-6 weeks with a knee injury – and it could be the small catastrophe that triggers major change within the organization.

Krejci suffered a partially-torn medial collateral ligament Feb. 20 against the St. Louis Blues that could keep the 28-year-old sidelined until April – and by that point, the inconsistent Bruins could have been overtaken by one or both of the Florida Panthers or Philadelphia Flyers for the final wild card berth in the Eastern Conference. If the Bruins fail to make the playoffs one year after finishing with the NHL’s best regular-season record, there will be significant alterations to the roster and management team of GM Claude Julien and Peter Chiarelli. Read more