Slava Voynov #26 of the Los Angeles Kings hooks T.J. Galiardi #37 of the San Jose Sharks in the third period during the NHL game at Staples Center on April 5, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. The Sharks defeated the Kings 6-5 in shootout overtime.
(April 4, 2012 - Source: Victor Decolongon/Getty Images North America)

Galiardi hurts knee, returns to North America

TJ Galiardi had three goals and six points in seven games with Bietigheim-Bissingen SC of Germany’s second-tier league, but now he’s back in his hometown, according to CSN Bay Area.

He suffered a knee injury, but it’s not believed to be too serious. He was able to skate with his old team, the WHL Calgary Hitmen on Wednesday.

“I figured I’d get some practices in with my old team,” Galiardi said. “I feel a little old right now. But that’s OK. The guys are good guys. All hockey teams are fun and it’s only a matter of time before we start chirping each other.”

Before the lockout began, Galiardi was projected to make $950,000 this season with the San Jose Sharks. He is scheduled to become a restricted free agent this summer.

Galiardi had nine goals and 15 points in 69 games with the Colorado Avalanche and Sharks last season.

Blues’ Shattenkirk suffers lower-body injury

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This hasn’t been the best night for St. Louis sports fans.

Obviously, the MLB’s Cardinals getting bounced from the playoffs is a bigger deal, but the Blues face bad news, too.

While they’re currently leading the Calgary Flames by a score of 4-3, they’ll need to hang on without Kevin Shattenkirk, whose night is over thanks to a lower-body injury.

There’s no word yet on how severe the issue might be.

Naturally, the Blues must hope that it’s minor, as Shattenkirk is one of the NHL’s truly underrated assets on the blueline.

Stephanie (@MyRegularFace) tracked down a moment when the injury may have happened:

It’s not all rosy for the Flames, either, as Lance Bouma suffered an injury as well.

Measure of revenge? Red Wings bottle Lightning


In some ways, it really felt like their first-round series.

For all the talent on both ends of the rink with the Detroit Red Wings and Tampa Bay Lightning, each squad can really smother opponents defensively when things go that way.

Through two periods, the two teams were very quiet. Things really picked up when Justin Abdelkader unleashed a big hit, a moment that injected enough life into the proceedings for the Red Wings to eventually build a 3-1 win.

Maybe they’re slipping under the radar a bit compared to previous iterations of the team, but it’s interesting that the Red Wings are now undefeated in three games.

They’ve been impressive at times, too, outscoring opponents by a combined score of 11-4.

Call it a refreshing time after Mike Babcock or merely carryover from a subtly solid run last season, but either way, the Red Wings may just be able to keep up their end of a brewing rivalry.