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NHL Senior Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations, Colin Campbell, has confirmed media reports that Capitals’ right wing Alex Ovechkin has been fined but will not be suspended for his slew foot of Atlanta’s Rich Peverley in the final minute of Washington’s 5-4 road victory on Thursday night. Ovechkin was whistled for a two-minute tripping penalty.
The fine comes one day after Anaheim’s Evgeni Artyukhin was suspended three games by the League for slew-footing defenseman Matt Niskanen of the Dallas Stars, though no penalty was called on the play. The Ducks’ right wing, who loses $34,756.11 in salary, will miss Saturday’s game against Columbus, Monday’s game against Toronto, and an Oct. 30 contest against Vancouver.
“It is unfair to draw any parallels [about the two slew-foot incidents] other than the players that [Ovechkin and Artyukhin] tripped both fell down,” Campbell told NHL.com
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from Curtis Zupke of Ducks Blog,
Winger Evgeny Artyukhin talked to reporters for the first time since he was suspended three games for slew-footing Dallas’ Matt Niskanen in Wednesday night’s game.
Artyukhin expressed remorse for injuring Niskanen, but he did not agree with the suspension.
“I didn’t trip him,” Artyukhin said. “I didn’t want to kill him or nothing. I want to apologize for this guy. I hope he’s going to come back soon.”
Artyukhin said he was finishing his check and didn’t think he took Niskanen’s feet out from under him.
“My feet are both on the ice,” Artyukhin said. “I didn’t, like, kick him, and my stick’s still on the ice. I just used my upper body.”
Artyukhin said he asked his agent about appealing the suspension but was advised not to do so. …
more on the Ducks…
from Jason Botchford of the White Towel,
Pavol Demitra has hit another road block on his way to recovery from offseason shoulder surgery.
Suffering pain and unable to get his range of motion back, Demitra had a shoulder arthroscopy this week.The Canucks said it was not to repair another tear. Demitra had two tears repaired on his rotator cuff in May. Then, the prognosis was he would be out four-to-six months.
He is now out indefinitely, the team said.
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from Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Jounral-Constitution,
Goaltender Kari Lehtonen is no closer to returning to the Thrashers than he was soon after offseason back surgery.
According to Thrashers general manager Don Waddell, Lehtonen again experienced pain in his legs while rehabbing from July surgery to repair a herniated disc. He recently received another epidural injection to reduce inflammation, and he has stopped skating.
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
So it was interesting indeed this week to see how Stamkos would react when coach Rick Tocchet decided to break up the pair, moving the cure-all St. Louis to the struggling top line with Vincent Lecavalier and putting gritty Steve Downie with Stamkos and Ryan Malone on the second unit. The result? The new second line produced three goals while Stamkos put up a pair, including an empty-netter, in a 5-2 win over the Sharks on Thursday night.
“Obviously playing with Marty has been great, we’ve had a lot of success together,” said Stamkos. “But the coaching staff decided we needed to change things up to get the team going. I actually played with Downie last year and we had some success.
“You know, as much as it’s nice to play with Marty, you do have to show you can play without a guy of his talent and still create chances. It was nice to play well last night, win the game, and prove as a team that we can play with two solid offensive lines.”
He’s only 19, folks, but Stamkos has maturity beyond his years. Again, St.. Louis has had something to do with that, as does a solid upbringing, thanks to his parents; so does going through his first rough patch of his hockey career last season.
Scott Burnside and Pierre LeBrun look at a few teams that are off to a slow start this season.
LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings have signed goaltender Jonathan Quick to a three-year contact extension, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced today.
Quick, 23, is in his third NHL/Kings season and he’s started nine of the Kings’ first 10 games this season. He’s also started 50 of the last 60 Kings’ games dating back to last season and he was named the NHL’s Second Star of the Week for the week ending on Oct. 11 after posting a record of 3-0-0 while stopping 80 of 88 shots against in victories over San Jose (Oct. 6), Minnesota (Oct. 8) and St. Louis (Oct. 10).
Quick, a 6-1, 223-pound native of Milford, Conn., is tied for second in the NHL this season with six wins. In addition, he ranks third in the league with 538:53 minutes played and seventh with 225 saves. Quick also has a 3.01 goals-against-average and a save percentage of .893.
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LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings have signed defenseman Davis Drewiske to a three-year contact extension, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced today.
Drewiske, 24, is in his second NHL/Kings season and he’s appeared in all 10 Kings’ games this season, recording three points (1-2=3), 10 penalty minutes and a team-leading plus-6 rating. He also ranks third on the Kings with 15 blocked shots. The 6-2, 222-pound native of Hudson, Wis., notched his first career NHL/Kings goal vs. San Jose on Oct. 6.
from Tim Sassone of Between the Circles,
While Jonathan Toews and Brent Seabrook didn’t practice Friday morning, Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville wouldn’t rule them out of Saturday night’s game against Nashville at the United Center.
The two Hawks stars suffered concussion-like symptoms from hits in Wednesday’s loss to Vancouver.
“(Toews) could play. We’ll see in the morning,” Quenneville said after Friday’s practice. “He presented well again today and we’ll get a better idea tomorrow. They both could play.”
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from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,
Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello said that Patrik Elias’ visit with Dr. William Meyers today in Philadelphia went well and he’s continuing to progess as expected after Elias’ Sept. 15 arthroscopic groin surgery.
“Everything is fine,” Lamoriello said. “Everything is on target. It’s is normal progress as it has been.”
from Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province,
The three-year, $7.5-million contract he signed with the Canucks was $1 million a year more than what Detroit offered. Vancouver didn’t mind, even if Samuelsson’s high-water mark was 45 points. The Canucks believed they had a 60- to 70-point player who had been hidden batting eighth in Detroit’s lineup.
So far, it looks like they’re right.
“It’s up to you to say, but this is what I wanted when I came here,” says Samuelsson, who has so far artfully used the extra two minutes a game he’s getting in Vancouver to double his points-per-game from 0.5 to one. “I wanted a fair chance to prove I can be a big part of an offence.”
But investing in Samuelsson was based on more than potential point totals. His experience stands out in the Canucks dressing room like a funny joke on Jay Leno. Even the multimillion-dollar facelift couldn’t take care of the playoff skeletons in GM Place. Maybe Samuelsson can. He is one of the few Canucks who has actually won a big game. Or three.
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