No Canadian teams in the playoffs, more revelations from concussion e-mails & more in today’s collection of notable NHL headlines.
The Playoff Chase.
PHILLY.COM: Steve Mason made 29 saves, plus two in a shootout, backstopping the Philadelphia Flyers to a 2-1 victory over the Washington Capitals.
THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER: The Anaheim Ducks defeated the Calgary Flames for the 23rd consecutive game at Honda Center, thumping the visitors 8-3.
OTTAWA SUN: The Senators edged the Winnipeg Jets 2-1, but were eliminated from the playoff race because of the Flyers win over the Capitals. Senators winger Mark Stone left the game with a suspected chest injury after he was on the receiving end of a crushing hit by Jets blueliner Dustin Byfuglien.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: And with that, decades of mismanagement among Canada’s seven NHL franchises finally comes home to roost. For the first time since 1970, there won’t be a Canadian team in the Stanley Cup playoffs. Meanwhile, the Flyers open a two-point lead over the Detroit Red Wings for the final wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference and hold a game in hand. The Wings, however, aren’t dead yet. They’re only one point back of the slumping Boston Bruins (88 points), who sit third in the Atlantic Division. Both clubs have five games remaining in their respective schedules. The Ducks victory over the Flames vaults them into first place in the Pacific Division, one point ahead of the Los Angeles Kings.
NHL.COM: The Buffalo Sabres announced goaltender Robin Lehner has undergone season-ending ankle surgery.
LOS ANGELES TIMES: Kings winger Marian Gaborik (sprained left knee) might not be ready to return for the upcoming playoffs.
MIAMI HERALD: Florida Panthers center Vincent Trocheck will miss the remainder of the regular season after breaking a bone in his foot blocking a shot during a recent game.
STLTODAY.COM: Blues winger Robby Fabbri (leg injury) remains day-to-day. An update on his status is expected today.
NORTHJERSEY.COM: New Jersey Devils goalie Cory Schneider (right knee sprain) could return to action tonight. Winger Patrik Elias (knee) could also be back in action soon.
Notable NHL Headlines.
CHICAGO TRIBUNE: Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith faces a suspension that could carry over into the start of the upcoming Stanley Cup playoffs. Keith swung his stick into the face of Minnesota Wild forward Charlie Coyle during a game on Tuesday.
THE VANCOUVER SUN: The NHL has suspended Vancouver Canucks forward Jake Virtanen for a predatory hit on San Jose Sharks defenseman Roman Polak.
ESPN.COM: Representatives for college star Jimmy Vesey claim they informed the Nashville Predators of their client’s decision to become an unrestricted free agent on Aug. 15 well before the Feb. 29 trade deadline. That runs counter to claims by Predators management they were unaware of Vesey’s intentions.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: With the Montreal Canadiens signing college goalie Charlie Lindgren, veteran Ben Scrivens was placed on waivers.
YAHOO SPORTS: Greg Wyshynski delved into the recent release of NHL e-mails in a concussion lawsuit brought against the league by former players to unveil 12 scandalous and insightful highlights.
TSN: Rick Westhead reports Mark Napier, head of the NHL Alumni Association, provided the NHL with a document summarizing a meeting held by former players who are part of the concussion lawsuit against the league.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Napier’s actions aren’t sitting well with some former players who already had a low opinion about him and the Alumni Association.