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The NHL has announced Zack Kassian of the Vancouver Canucks will have a hearing today for this hit on Brenden Dillon of the Dallas Stars. I do believe it is hearing via a phone call.
Kassian received 5 for boarding and a game, the Canucks lost 6-1.
via Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,
On the Brendan Dillon injury (Lindy Ruff):
“I was relieved to get him back. It was definitely a shot from behind. Those are tough hits and the best retribution is make the other team play on the power play. He didn’t come from a long way but Dillon was in a bad position when he got hit.”
from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,
Now, with some significant injuries that need to be tended, teams are going to get serious about addressing trades.
While Nill said he doesn’t sense an immediate flood of trades on Monday, he understands the powder keg the trade deadline creates.
“I think it’s going to be slow, but it just takes one team to do something,” Nill said. “We’ll see what happens. It’s very quiet right now. I think teams are going to come back and nobody really knows what they have. Some teams have injuries, some teams could still get injuries. Everyone has three or four games under their belt before the deadline, so I think more things will happen then (closer to the deadline).”
read on for a look at the Dallas Stars at the trade deadline...
First Colton Orr with a hit on Cody Eakin... Orr received a 10 minute misconduct.
Then about ten minutes of clock-time later, Nazem Kadri and Antoine Rousssel get into it...
from Nick Cole of the Tennessean,
(Kevin) Klein laid the wood to Roussel late in the second period of Nashville’s 4-1 victory at Bridgestone Arena, drawing praise from teammates and coaches alike.
“It was just a great scrap,” Predators forward Eric Nystrom said. “I’ve been in a few of those, and the bottom line is that that is what takes the most courage in the whole sport. Dropping the gloves and engaging like that for your teammates. … The guys responded really well from that.”
The energy the fight infused into the Predators was apparent, as they aggressively finished the second period and were rewarded with a Roman Josi goal with 31 seconds remaining to push their lead to 3-1.
“Klein doesn’t fight very often,” Predators coach Barry Trotz said. “I’ve been here his whole career, and when he does fight, I can’t remember him losing one. I hope that is played on ‘NHL Tonight’ and all those other places so people can take notes.”
read on for more on the game and below, watch the scrap between Klein and Roussel...
from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,
When the Stars were rolling up victories, Seguin and Benn were leading the way. When they were beating some of the best teams, those two were the best players. But in this recent slump, they have come up dry, and that might tell you a little something about the Stars and their growing pains.
While Seguin is having a renaissance season since his trade from Boston, he’s still just a 21-year-old who is in his first year of learning how to play NHL center. While Benn is 24 and the face of the franchise, he still is in his first season being the captain and is also adjusting to a change of position.
Valeri Nichushkin is 18, and his play has shown wild fluctuations. Alex Chaisson is 23, and he’s just learning to handle the burden of being an NHL goal-scorer while mired in a 17-game goal drought.
“We’re young,” veteran forward Ray Whitney said, “and it’s hard to put youth behind you.”
But it’s part of the process of growing. Seguin last season faced lower-level defenders when he played on the second or third line in Boston. This season, he has to go against the opposition’s best for the entire game.
“Part of my job is to produce and get the goals, so you have to deal with that.” Seguin said. “I think that’s definitely part of being in this role.”
Dallas defenseman had Tatar lined-up, at least he thought he did...
added 9:48pm, Dallas broadcast of the goal below...
You don't need to be a lip reader to understand what Ruff was saying after one ref called it a goal but was overruled by the other on-ice officials.
The action start at the :24 second mark.
from Mark Stepneski at the Dallas Stars website,
Defenseman Sergei Gonchar remains out with concussion-like symptoms. Gonchar, who was injured in Saturday’s game in San Jose, will miss his second straight game when the Dallas Stars open a five-game homestand against the Nashville Predators tonight at American Airlines Center.
“Still not feeling quite right,” Stars coach Lindy Ruff said about Gonchar, “so we’ve got to get him through that and when we do, he’ll start to exercise again.”
Aaron Rome, who has missed the last four games with a hip injury, will come back into the lineup tonight. Rome was injured in the Dec. 16 game in Colorado.
continue for more on the Stars...
Gonchar took a puck to the head, you can see the play below...
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