If for nothing else, the NHL is proving to be consistent on one particular brand of punishment this year. When you catch a player in the head with an elbow, you’re going to sit down for two games.
Such is the case for Blue Jackets defenseman Jan Hejda who will sit for the team’s next two games for his elbow to the head of Blackhawks rookie winger Marcus Kruger. Hejda will miss the team’s next two games against St. Louis (April 3) and Dallas (April 5) and be eligible to come back on April 8 against Nashville. Hejda was booked for two minutes during the game for the hit and obviously caught the eye of the league with the shot.
Hejda is one of the Jackets more consistent defensemen with five goals and 15 assists and a -4 rating. Considering he’s playing for Columbus, that -4 isn’t all bad.
For his elbow, Hejda will cough up $21,505.38 for his games missed to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.
With their mothers traveling on the road trip — Matt Bartkowski‘s mom, Beth, has become a cult hero in Vancouver after another priceless media interview — the Canucks took back-to-back wins, moving them right back into the thick of the playoff fight in the Western Conference.
Up by a goal in the third period, defenseman Alex Biega played the hero, pulling the puck out of the crease after it got by Ryan Miller on a backhand shot from Kyle Chipchura, maintaining Vancouver’s lead.
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“I put my stick there, he put (the puck) under and he made a good shot. I’ve got to have a better stick in that situation, but you’ve got to give him credit for that play.”
Phaneuf finished the night with a minus-one rating and two hits in almost 22 minutes of ice time, putting him second among Sens defensemen in that category behind Erik Karlsson, who played a whopping 33:30.
Phaneuf drilled Red Wings defenseman Danny DeKeyser with a hard slap shot early in the third period.
DeKeyser played one more shift — all of 10 seconds — before exiting the game.
Blashill says DeKeyser has a bruise, not a break. Will know more tomorrow, but probably day-to-day