With three consecutive meetings between the Blackhawks and Wild in the post-season, tensions between the two teams are bound to be high when the two teams meet, but Chicago defenseman Duncan Keith took his aggression too far Tuesday night.
Midway through the first period, Keith was attempting to hold the puck in the Minnesota zone when he was hit by Wild winger Charlie Coyle. The contact from Coyle knocked Keith onto his back, and the Blackhawks blueliner took exception. Laying on his back, Keith swung his stick up at Coyle, catching him in the face and drawing blood: Read more
The Chicago Blackhawks have suspended 23-year-old prospect Garret Ross indefinitely days after reports surfaced that he has been charged with one count of has non-consensual dissemination of sexual images, also known as “revenge porn.”
The Blackhawks said they only learned about the charges against Ross on Saturday, which coincided with the first of two games the winger was scratched with over the weekend. When scratched, Rockford IceHogs coach cited a “coach’s decision,” but the reason for Ross’ absence from the lineup was made more clear when reports began to surface Tuesday of the charge against Ross. The Blackhawks announced their suspension of Ross on Wednesday evening. Read more
Many will react to the news that Mike Weber of the Washington Capitals did not receive supplementary discipline for boarding Bryan Rust of the Pittsburgh Penguins over the weekend with the same incredulity Hall of Fame coach Roger Neilson did so many years ago. “There are two things you don’t want to know in life,” Neilson once said. “What goes into hot dogs and what goes on in the NHL’s New York office.”
You watch the replay of Weber’s hit on Rust and it seems outrageous that there was nothing beyond the boarding major and misconduct that Weber received, which removed him from a game that was already decided with just 11:21 remaining. No hearing, no fine, no suspension. Nada.
Philadelphia Flyers winger Chris VandeVelde hasn’t found himself in the penalty box too often during his NHL career and has only 77 penalty minutes in 187 big league games. But the well-disciplined 29-year-old could be facing suspension after delivering one errant elbow.
VandeVelde was giving chase to Jonathan Toews in the final minute of play in the first frame of Wednesday’s game and attempted to deliver a hit to the Blackhawks’ captain. As Toews moved the puck on, VandeVelde followed through with his check but led with an elbow that caught Toews on the chin. Toews immediately stumbled, but was able to make his way to the bench.
The referees whistled VandeVelde for an elbowing minor, and Toews didn’t see the ice in the final 30 seconds of the period: Read more
With the way the NHL Department of Player Safety has been handling spearing this season, it wouldn’t be shocking in any way if Hurricanes center Jordan Staal is slapped with a $5,000 fine for some stick work on Penguins winger Bryan Rust.
Carolina and Pittsburgh had been battling for most of the first two periods, and the only infraction called was a Rust boarding penalty for a hit on the ‘Canes Brett Pesce. But midway through the second period, shoving matches were regularly breaking out and things for Staal and Rust came to a head with seven minutes left in the second frame.
Staal had stumbled and slid into the Penguins’ zone, collected himself off the ice and was exiting the zone when he took the opportunity to deliver a crosscheck to Rust, who turned around and returned the favor. Staal and Rust squared up, and then Staal delivered a jab with his stick that looked as if it caught Rust below the belt: Read more
So 44 days and 19 games after the Dennis Wideman Affair began, we’re where most observers predicted we would be – with Wideman being hit with a 10-game suspension for abusing an official.
And nobody is particularly happy with this. The NHL, which originally mandated a 20-game suspension that was upheld in an appeal to the commissioner, said in a statement, “We strenuously disagree with the Arbitrator’s ruling and are reviewing the opinion in detail to determine what next steps may be appropriate.” That’s code for, “Don’t be surprised to see this thing end up in court.”
Coyotes defenseman Jarred Tinordi was suspended 20 games for violating the NHL/NHLPA performance enhancing substance policy, but according to Arizona coach Dave Tippett, the suspended blueliner’s infraction didn’t happen under the Coyotes’ watch.
Arizona traded for Tinordi, 24, on Jan. 15 in a three-way deal that involved the Montreal Canadiens and Nashville Predators. The Coyotes received Tinordi and Stefan Fournier from Montreal in exchange for John Scott, while Stefan Elliott was sent to Nashville. Tinordi’s 20-game ban wasn’t handed down until nearly two months after the trade, and Tippett said no one on the Coyotes knew about the pending suspension.
“I think our training staff does an excellent job of making sure our players are aware of that,” Tippett told The Province’s Steve Ewen. “Nobody in our organization knew anything about it, but it was an ongoing situation from before we acquired the player…I think the league does a fantastic job of monitoring guys and holding guys accountable when there’s something that’s not right.” Read more
Edmonton Oilers defenseman Darnell Nurse hasn’t been afraid to drop his gloves throughout his career, but his fourth career big league fight could result in him watching a couple of games from the sidelines.
Tuesday night in Edmonton, with less than two minutes remaining in the game, Nurse, 21, went after the Sharks’ Roman Polak. During the fight, Nurse repeatedly delivered punches to Polak’s head, even though the 29-year-old Sharks blueliner was covering his face and very clearly a reluctant participant in the bout: Read more