Beauchemin Hit

Anaheim’s Beauchemin, Jacques face disciplinary hearings

According to Sportsnet’s Nick Kypreos, Anaheim’s Francois Beauchemin and Jean-Francois Jacques will meet with NHL discipline czar Brendan Shanahan today for their actions in last night’s 7-4 win over Columbus.

Beauchemin began the rough stuff by separating Jeff Carter’s shoulder with this blindside hit to start the third period:

Then, with just five minutes left in the game, Jacques was given a five-minute elbowing major and 10-minute misconduct for this hit on RJ Umberger:

“One’s a blindside and the other he’s leaving his feet,” ex-Columbus coach Scott Arniel told “In our opinion, both of those were illegal hits. I’m sure the League will be taking a look at those.”

“I got a pass and I was in a shooting motion,” Umberger told the OC Register. “Clearly defenseless. You can’t hit a guy like that right there, especially directly to the head. It’s a clear hit that they’re trying to get rid of in this league.”

Jacques could be in serious trouble given his repeat offender status. In September, he was suspended nine games (four preseason, five regular season) for leaving the bench to fight Vancouver’s Mike Duco in an exhibition contest. Technically the suspension was for eight games but, since the incident occurred in the final five minutes, an automatic one-game ban was added on.

WATCH LIVE: Lightning at Red Wings

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Mike Babcock’s reign with the Detroit Red Wings ended in another first-round defeat, yet it may be lost in time just how close that series was.

Yes, the Tampa Bay Lightning shut down the Red Wings to win Game 7 at home, but Ben Bishop deserves a ton of the credit. The Red Wings snagged the puck for much of the contest, just not enough to beat the big goalie.

While change is in the air in Detroit, the Bolts are largely the same squad that generated a nice showing in the 2015 Stanley Cup Final. We’ll get to see if the Red Wings gain a measure of revenge on NBCSN tonight, with home-ice advantage this time around.


After healthy scratch, Severson vows to play ‘next 80 games’

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Damon Severson was a healthy scratch on Saturday.

It’s the last game he wants to miss this season.

“I had a good chat with a few people and just pretty much said, ‘I want to be in the next 80 games,’” Severson said, per The Record. “I sat out my game and that’s all I want to be out for for the year.”

Severson is one of the Devils’ most important young players. But this is also the 21-year-old defenseman’s sophomore season, and that’s when slumps can occur.

Hence, the early message he was sent by the coaching staff.

Severson is expected to be back in the lineup tonight when New Jersey hosts Nashville.

“He doesn’t have to be perfect,” coach John Hynes told reporters. “We’d just like to see him have a high compete level. We know he’s ready to go. We had a couple of good meetings with him. He’s in a good spot mentally. I know he’s ready to roll.”