Riding the Zamboni – November 30th

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Let’s take a look at tonight’s five contests.

Tampa Bay 4, Toronto 3 (OT)

Check out this full recap featuring the late game heroics of Simon Gagne and Martin St. Louis.

Chicago 7, St. Louis 5

It was a wild game between to solid Central Division teams, with each period getting crazier than the one before it (three goals in the first, four in the second and five in the third). Few should be surprised that the Blackhawks won a shooting gallery type contest against the offensively stunted Blues, although they had to work for it after building a 5-1 lead.

St. Louis rattled off three goals to take it within one before Jonathan Toews (two power-play goals, one assist on the night) and Patrick Kane (two goals, one assist) brought it back to a three goal lead. David Backes scored to cap a wacky night of bad defense and exciting offense, but the Blackhawks were just too much for the beleaguered Blues.

Nashville 3, Phoenix 0

The Coyotes peppered Pekka Rinne with 33 shots, but he turned all of them away to help the Predators beat Phoenix at their own bend-but-don’t-break game. Nashville relied on a productive power play (2 out of 7) and an empty-net goal to win this one. Shea Weber and Cal O’Reilly scored those PP goals while Jordin Tootoo earned an ENG. Steve Sullivan provided to helpers in this one, as well.

This is the first time the Coyotes lost two games in a row in regulation this season.

Atlanta 3, Colorado 2 (OT)

With Chris Stewart injured, his brother Anthony Stewart hurt the Avalanche in a different way: scoring an overtime game winning goal. Rich Peverley and Dustin Byfuglien also scored for Atlanta, while Matt Duchene and David Jones provided Colorado’s tallies.

This extends the Thrashers’ winning streak to six games.

Detroit 5, San Jose 3

On a night in which some wondered if a power outage might preempt a game, the Red Wings revealed that they are the true powerhouse team in the West once again. The only other team in the conference with at least 30 points is Chicago, but they’ve needed a league-high 27 games to get there.

Detroit’s stars fueled this win, with Henrik Zetterberg scoring two goals and two assists while Pavel Datsyuk added a goal and two assists himself. Jimmy Howard is now tied with Carey Price for the league lead with 14 wins, yet he needed four less to get there (18 GP to Price’s 22).

Blue Jackets’ Murray leaves game with upper body injury

COLUMBUS, OH - APRIL 4:  Ryan Murray #27 of the Columbus Blue Jackets skates after the puck during the game against the New York Rangers on April 4, 2016 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)
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Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Ryan Murray had to leave his team’s game against the Chicago Blackhawks on Friday night with an upper body injury, the team announced.

He will not return to the game.

Murray, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2013 draft, seemed to be injured when his arm was pinned against the boards when trying to finish a check on Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook behind the net.

Murray played only 4:38 on Friday night before exiting the game.

The No. 2 overall pick in the 2012 draft, Murray played in 81 games for the Blue Jackets a year ago, scoring four goals to go with 21 assists.

He had played in one of the Blue Jackets’ two games this season entering Friday and did not record a point.

Former first round pick Zach Boychuk signs in KHL

LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 20:  Zach Boychuk #22 of the Carolina Hurricanes heads back for the puck during the game against the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center on November 20, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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After spending the past eight years moving around the NHL, Zach Boychuk is moving overseas.

On Friday it was announced that the 27-year-old forward has signed a contract with HC Sibir of the KHL.

Boychuk was a first-round draft pick by the Carolina Hurricanes in 2008 and has also spent time with the Pittsburgh Penguins and Nashville Predators in his career.

He did not play in the NHL during the 2015-16 season, spending the year split between the Charlotte Checkers and Bakersfield Condors of the American Hockey League.

In 127 NHL games he has scored 12 goals and added 18 assists.

Boychuk was in camp in September with the Arizona Coyotes on a tryout contract but did not make the team.

Flyers’ Dale Weise suspended three games

GLENDALE, AZ - OCTOBER 15:  Dale Weise #22 of the Philadelphia Flyers during the NHL game against Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena on October 15, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona.  The Coyotes defeated the Flyers 4-3 in overtime.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

The Philadelphia Flyers are going to be without forward Dale Weise for the next three games as a result of a suspension handed out by the NHL’s department of player safety on Friday evening.

The league announced that Weise has been suspended due to an illegal check to the head of Anaheim Ducks defenseman Korbinian Holzer during their game in Philadelphia on Thursday night.

Weise was not penalized for the hit.

The incident happened midway through the second period of the Ducks’ 3-2 win, and came just as Holzer was skating with the puck in his own zone.

Here is a look at the play, as well as the NHL’s explanation for the suspension.

Holzer was not injured as a result of the hit.

The Flyers have been hit hard by suspensions so far this season. They played the first three games of the season without forward Brayden Schenn as he served a suspension that carried over from the 2016 playoffs. Defenseman Radko Gudas is still sidelined as he serves a six-game suspension for a hit this preseason.

Weise has yet to record a point in four games for the Flyers this season. He scored 14 goals and added 13 assists a year ago for the Montreal Canadiens and Chicago Blackhawks.

This suspension will cost him $39,166.68 in salary.

He will be eligible to return to the Flyers’ lineup on Oct. 27 when they host the Arizona Coyotes. He will miss games against Carolina, Montreal and Buffalo.

Douglas Murray calls it a career


One of the more unique blueliners in recent memory is hanging up his skates.

Douglas Murray, the big-bodied Swedish rearguard that appeared in over 500 NHL contests, has decided to retire.

“Thirty general managers do not want me,” Murray told Alftonbladet (translation per Yahoo). “I know that I can still play, but it’s over now.”

Murray, 36, is best remembered for his time in San Jose, where he used his 6-foot-3, 245-pound frame to become one of the hardest hitters in the league.

His best years came between 2009-11, when he helped the Sharks advance to a pair of Western Conference Finals, and represented Sweden at the Winter Olympics in Vancouver.

Murray also spent time with Pittsburgh and Montreal, before joining German League side Kolner Haie in ’14-15. He also had a brief stint with the Calgary Flames, though things never progressed beyond the professional tryout stage.

As mentioned above, Murray was a pretty interesting guy. A late bloomer, he was 25 upon making his NHL debut but quickly endeared himself to Shark fans.

Ivy-league educated, Murray and friends also created a beer dispensing system called the UberTap while at Cornell University.

A few years ago, Murray was rumored to be dating Elin Nordegren, the ex-wife of Tiger Woods. Murray later shot down the reports, saying he and Nordegren were just friends.