Sens’ Regin leaves Swiss team, returns to Ottawa

Peter Regin’s time with SC Langenthal has come to an end.

According to the club website, Regin is done playing for the Swiss National League B side after scoring five points in four games.

His departure coincides with the return of Jeff Campbell, the team’s leading scorer from a year ago that missed the last two weeks to injury.

Regin signed on with Langenthal after a tough 2011-12 campaign that saw him miss 72 games with a shoulder injury.

Despite the down year, Ottawa re-signed the Danish forward to a one-year, $800,000 deal this past offseason.

If his brief time in Switzerland was any indication, Regin looked to regain some of the form posted in 2009-10, when he appeared in 75 games for the Sens and posted 13G-16A-29PTS, leading the team in playoff goalscoring.

Finally, here’s the delightful Google translate of his departure from Langenthal:

The Danish international and NHL player Peter Regin on Wednesday to fly back to Ottawa. Regin, who flew in the short term as Campbell’s replacement had to Switzerland, in the four games, scored five points and easily inserted into the team from the start. Regin was with his performances bring a certain flair to Langenthal NHL and was short with his appearances enriching.

The SC Langenthal thanks Peter Regin for the spontaneous, non-obvious and wishes him for yet another, uncertain course of the season in the NHL all the best and much success.

I can only hope that, when my time at PHT comes to an end, the tenure will also be described as both spontaneous and non-obvious.

Bolts close gap on struggling Bruins in playoff race

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Well, that was quite a third period.

For the Boston Bruins, it was disastrous. For the Tampa Bay Lightning, it propelled them to a critical victory in the playoff race.

Nikita Kucherov completed the hat trick with a pair of goals in the final period and Jonathan Drouin scored what would eventually be the winner, as Tampa Bay snapped its own three-game losing streak in a 6-3 victory, putting the Bolts within three points of the final wild card spot — held by the Bruins — in the Eastern Conference.

The Drouin goal — his 18th of the season but first since Feb. 19, a span of 13 games — is probably one Tuukka Rask would like back.

Drouin teed up the slap shot from the faceoff circle, beating Rask under the left arm.

And just like that, the Bruins have lost four consecutive games. On Saturday, they face the New York Islanders, another team looking to catch Boston in the wild card race.

Read more: Remember this stretch if Bruins settle for a wild card spot (or worse?)

The Islanders are only two points back of Boston.

Despite the win, there was bad news for the Lightning during this game, as defenseman Jason Garrison left with an injury.


The play occurred behind the Lightning goal, Garrison appearing to get his left leg rolled up from behind by a Bruin. Garrison had to be helped off the ice by Anton Stralman and Brayden Point and headed back to the Bolts’ locker room.

The team announced during the second intermission that Garrison sustained a lower-body injury. He did not return to the game.

Video: Ovechkin rocks custom skates for Russian Heritage Night

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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.

Video: Crosby slash leaves Methot’s finger bloodied and injured (Updated)


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.

Show me the money! Nylander sets Leafs rookie record with latest assist

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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:

Not bad.