New York Rangers’ Alex Frolov (31) of Russia celebrates his third-period goal with teammate Brian Boyle during an NHL hockey game against the Pittsburgh Penguins, in Pittsburgh Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2010. The Rangers won 4-1. (AP Photo)
Feel free to breath a sigh of relief, Capitals fans — Evgeny Kuznetsov is okay.
“During the end of the third period, Evgeny underwent and passed all tests pertaining to the league’s concussion protocol evaluation,” the Caps said today in a statement. “We expect him to take the morning skate tomorrow and play against the Stars later that night.”
Kuznetsov left last night’s game versus the Wild in the third period after appearing to take the butt-end of Mikael Granlund’s stick to the face.
Kuznetsov leads the Caps with 54 points.
The collision that knocked Karri Ramo from Calgary’s 6-5 shootout win over the Sharks on Thursday night didn’t look good.
And now, we’ve learned it wasn’t good at all.
On Friday, the Flames put Ramo on injured reserve, though — according to Sportsnet — he will stay with the team for tonight’s game in Arizona, before flying home with the club to be re-evaluated by team doctors.
The collision happened late in the third period, when Mark Giordano tripped Joonas Donskoi, sending the Sharks forward crashing into Ramo. The veteran netminder stayed down for a while before requiring help off the ice, and was immediately replaced by Jonas Hiller.
Ramo’s loss will hurt the Flames. He did well this year to rebound from getting waived — followed by a brief stint in the minors — and played some pretty good hockey in December and January, posting a .919 save percentage.
In a related move to the Ramo injury, the Flames recalled Joni Ortio from AHL Stockton on Friday.
Stewart, who has eight goals and 18 points in 47 games this year, left the game following the scrap and didn’t return from the third period. Head coach Bruce Boudreau didn’t provide any update on the veteran’s condition following the contest.
Assuming Stewart misses time with the injury, it would be a blow to the Anaheim lineup. Though he averages just 10:40 TOI per game, Stewart is a physical presence and has played pretty well of late, with three points in his last five games.
Last year, it was Devan Dubnyk who saved the Wild and salvaged his career.
This year, could Ben Scrivens do the same for the Montreal Canadiens, and himself?
Scrivens, you’ll recall, was acquired from Edmonton in late December. While his first four starts did not go particularly well, he’s been downright solid lately. On Tuesday, he won his third straight, stopping 37 of 39 shots in a 4-2 win over Tampa Bay. His save percentage in those three wins was .959.
The 29-year-old will make a fourth straight start tonight in Buffalo, getting the nod over Mike Condon, whose save percentage has fallen to a lowly .905 for the season.
Like Dubnyk prior to joining the Wild, Scrivens has had success as an NHL goalie. In 2013-14, he boasted a .931 save percentage in 19 games for the Kings, before he was traded to Edmonton (right after the Oilers had traded Dubnyk, oddly enough) and things started to fall apart.
Also like Dubnyk, Scrivens had to spend some time in the minors before he got another shot with an NHL team.
Look, we’re not saying this is definitely going to happen. Scrivens has only had three good games, and the Habs’ issues since Price went down have extended beyond goaltending.
All we’re saying is that there’s the potential.
Tonight’s game is the first of three on the road for the Canadiens. They play Monday in Arizona and Wednesday in Colorado, before returning home to face Philadelphia next Friday.