While Kings forward Jarret Stoll will sit for tonight’s Game 2 against the Sharks, the player he knocked out of the game with a brutal hit from behind is feeling optimistic.
Ian White is recovering from a shot to the head along the boards and while he’s not going to play tonight, he’s feeling optimistic about getting back into action soon. For White it’s especially important for him to get back as soon as he can because Game 1 was his first career playoff game. After a career that saw him change teams a few times just in the last two years going from Toronto to Calgary to Carolina and now to San Jose, finding a home on a playoff team with Cup aspirations is huge.
White tells David Pollak of Working The Corners that he can’t wait to get back and he’s feeling positive.
“I feel pretty good,” he began. “I think it’s smart to take a few days and really make sure you’re feeling 100 percent before you go back into this type of pace of hockey, but my spirit’s positive and I think I’ll be back pretty soon.”
White said his condition is improving and it’s not as if he’s in major pain.
“I don’t have blinding headaches or anything,” he said. “It’s just that something is a little off and you’ve got to give it time to heal. It’s not something that you can put some steam on it or some ice on it and it’ll heal a little faster. It just takes a few days.”
You feel bad for White because it was such an unfortunate play and for Stoll, a guy who’s never had a bad hit in his career and doesn’t play that brand of hockey, it’s very unlike him to do that. White goes on in the story to say he understands that and that the two have been in contact.
For now, the Sharks have to make due without White with either rookie Justin Braun or veteran Kent Huskins in the lineup. Huskins is more of a physical force while Braun is a bit slicker in moving the puck around. Depending on what the Sharks are looking for against L.A. they’ve got solid options between the two.
As promised, Capitals star Alex Ovechkin rocked a pair of custom skates in honor of Russian Heritage Night on Thursday.
On his right skate, he paid tribute to the United States with a custom design, and paid tribute to his home nation on his left skate while taking the pre-game warm-up prior to facing the Columbus Blue Jackets.
He’ll be auctioning off the skates, as well.
From CSN Mid-Atlantic:
The skates were painted by noted custom shoe artists Nick Avery and Polo Kerber, whom Ovechkin personally selected. The skates feature the U.S. and Russia flags as well as the Capitol Building and Moscow’s St. Basil’s Cathedral.
Sidney Crosby has made news lately for his goal scoring and his use of the stick.
He speared Sabres forward Ryan O’Reilly below the belt the other night, and on Thursday he delivered a slash to Senators defenseman Marc Methot, who has since not returned to the game.
The slash rendered a finger on Methot’s left hand bloodied and injured. It certainly didn’t look good as Method (calmly) skated to the bench.
There was no call on the play.
Updated: Methot won’t return to this game.
Toronto’s talented rookies were back at it again Thursday, as William Nylander and Auston Matthews combined to set up the Maple Leafs’ first goal versus the New Jersey Devils.
Nylander added the second assist on the power play goal, giving him 35 helpers on the season.
That’s significant for a couple of reasons: He extends his point streak to 10 games, which sets a new Leafs rookie record. And the assist reportedly secured him another entry-level bonus:
The Anaheim Ducks have been without goalie John Gibson for almost two full weeks because of injury, but head coach Randy Carlyle provided reason for optimism on Thursday.
Per reports, Gibson took part in practice and Carlyle has said that his No. 1 netminder will play again during the regular season. Anaheim has nine games remaining on its schedule.
That’s good news for Anaheim heading into the post-season.
While Gibson has been out, Jonathan Bernier has stepped beyond his back-up role and provided solid goaltending for the Ducks during the stretch drive — which should also be a bonus for this club with the playoffs quickly approaching.
Bernier has wins in six of his last seven starts. In nine games this month, he has only twice allowed three goals or more.
The Ducks have fought their way back into contention for the Pacific Division with a recent surge that has coincided with San Jose’s current skid — only four wins in their last 10 games and four straight losses.
Related: Career back on track, Bernier hopes he can re-sign in Anaheim