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via the Situation Room Blog at NHL.com,
At 15:30 of the second period in the Senators/Sabres game, the Situation Room initiated a video review because the puck entered the Ottawa net. The referee informed the Situation Room that he had a delayed hi-sticking penalty against Ottawa's Jason Spezza therefore the play was stopped as soon as any Ottawa player gained possession/control of the puck. According to Rule 15.1 "When the team to be penalized gains control of the puck, the Referee will blow his whistle to stop play and impose the penalty on the offending player." This is not a reviewable play therefore the referee's call on the ice stands. No goal Buffalo.
Watch the no-goal below...
from the CP at TSN,
The salary cap is going up and business is booming, but still the NHL often gets the most attention for ugly stuff that happens on the ice.
Ugly was front and centre Saturday night during the Boston Bruins-Pittsburgh Penguins game that led to two suspensions and three players on the injured list. But instead of expressing concern over Shawn Thornton and James Neal, the league's board of governors gave vice-president of player safety Brendan Shanahan a thumbs up for his handling of discipline.
"I believe the sense of the room is that Brendan Shanahan and the department of player safety has the confidence of the board of governors. He certainly has my confidence," commissioner Gary Bettman said. "It's about modifying an element of the game's culture and we think we've made positive, dramatic steps forward."
The Penguins held a Kids Open Practice today and Crosby decided to visit with a few of his closest, screaming kids...
Wow. The man's barely skated since he retired, but the Red Wings are reporting that Steve Yzerman will play in the Alumni Showdown:
DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today announced that former captain Steve Yzerman has committed to the team’s alumni roster for the 2013 Maple Leafs vs. Red Wings Alumni Showdown™ on Tuesday, Dec. 31, at Comerica Park as part of the 2013 SiriusXM Hockeytown Winter Festival™.
“Steve is one of the greatest Red Wings players ever,” said Red Wings general manager Ken Holland. “His presence at the Alumni Showdown makes a great day even better.”
from Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News,
Vigneault said Staal, 26, has been in contact with Michigan-based neurologist Dr. Jeffrey Scott Kutcher, the same specialist who has treated Rangers forwards Rick Nash and Taylor Pyatt. Kutcher, though, "doesn't feel the need to see (Staal in person) at this point," the coach said.
"Marc has been diagnosed with a concussion here," Vigneault said before Staal missed a second straight game, Tuesday night's match with the visiting Nashville Predators. "We've been advised by our doctors that they don't feel it's as serious as what he might have had in the past, so he's feeling better, and we'll take it day-by-day … He got in contact with the gentleman from Detroit that we've used in the past, but he doesn't feel the need to see him at this point."
Staal took a shoulder to the chin from Devils forward Reid Boucher 6:41 into the third period of Saturday night's 4-3 overtime loss at the Garden. On Sunday, Vigneault had said Staal was having "neck issues" and experiencing "symptoms," but doctors still weren't sure at that point whether he'd been concussed.
Here is the video of the hit...
Dion Phaneuf on his suspension, via Jonas Siegel tweets,
Phaneuf (1/2): "I have taken pride in playing a physical game for a long time...and I have taken pride in playing within the rules...
Phaneuf (2/2): "...and doing it the right way. So I am disappointed in the hit and the suspension."
added 3:23pm, Watch below as Phaneuf meets with the media today...
Missed how he was injured? Watch it here.
Numerous reports stating Dion Phaneuf has been suspended two games for his hit on Kevan Miller.
More information will be posted when it becomes available.
added 2:20pm, Watch below as Shanahan explains the suspension...
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