With the Toronto Maple Leafs leading 3-2 in the third period of Saturday’s contest, defenseman Dion Phaneuf delivered what appeared to be a high hit on Boston Bruins forward Daniel Paille.
Phaneuf didn’t receive a penalty as a result of the incident and he won’t be fined or suspended either, according to Sportsnet’s John Shannon.
Paille felt the hit was similar to the one that led to Boston Bruins defense Andrew Ference missing Saturday’s contest due to a one-game suspension. However, Paille added that there were “slight differences as well.”
If you want to see Phaneuf’s hit, you can do so below:
Paille hasn’t seen that video, but he’s confident Phaneuf hit him in the head.
“I’m not sure if it was shoulder or arm, or anything,” said Paille told CSN New England. “He’s a big hitter. I stood up and didn’t fall. I think that’s a big reason why [there was no penalty or suspension].
“Plays like that are called normally. Not always, but normally. During a game when a play like that isn’t called you get frustrated by it.”
Toronto went on to claim Game 2, which evens the series going into Game 3 on Monday.
Garbutt, 31, had appeared in all 27 games for the Ducks this year, scoring two goals and three points while averaging 9:10 TOI per night. He was one of just 10 players on the roster to dress for every contest this season, though his minutes had decreased lately — he hasn’t cracked the 10-minute mark since Nov. 6, and received two of his lowest totals in recent games — 5:31 in a win over the Sharks on Nov. 26, and 5:50 in a win over Vancouver on Dec. 1.
Last year, Anaheim acquired Garbutt in a midseason deal from Chicago. He performed well for the Ducks, scoring five goals and eight points in 37 games, and scored a goal in the club’s opening-round playoff loss to Nashville.
Garbutt is a polarizing player. Over a two-year span from 2014-15, he was one of the league’s most reckless players and found himself in a slew of disciplinary problems. He has gone a while without running afoul of the Department of Player Safety, though, so perhaps he heeded calls to change his game.
Last night, we passed along news that the Vegas Golden Knights trademark had been denied by the U.S. government, based on a “likelihood of confusion” with the NCAA’s College of St. Rose Golden Knights.
Today, the NHL has responded with a statement from deputy commissioner Bill Daly:
“We are currently reviewing the Trademark Office’s letter and will prepare a detailed response demonstrating why we continue strongly to believe the Vegas Golden Knights mark should be registered in co-existence with the college registration, just as a number of other nicknames currently co-exist in professional and college sports (particularly where there is no overlap as to the sport for which the nickname is being used).
“That response is not due until June 7, 2017.
“We consider this a routine matter and it is not our intention to reconsider the name or logo of this franchise. We fully intend to proceed as originally planned, relying on our common law trademark rights as well as our state trademark registrations while we work through the process of addressing the question raised in the federal applications.”
Shortly after last night’s news broke, Sports Illustrated received this statement from the Las Vegas group:
The Bolts already feel like they’ve turned the corner, after beating Washington in a shootout Saturday and earning a point Sunday in Carolina.
“When you go through those streaks, it’s kind of like you’re going into games just waiting for something bad to happen,” forward Alex Killorntold the Tampa Bay Times. “I think we’ve kind of gotten over that. You’ve got to be the instigator, got to be the aggressor and take over games.”
After a horrific mid-November run — which included a five-game losing streak where they were outscored 20-9 — the Jets have turned things around, going 4-1-1 in their last six while securing points in three straight.
Tonight, things get even better, as leading scorer Mark Scheifele returns from a brief time on the shelf as Winnipeg hosts the Rangers at MTS.
#NHLJets Mark Scheifele said it was an issue with his upper hamstring that kept him out of the lineup the past three games. He's ready to go
Scheifele, 23, hasn’t played since a 6-3 loss to Edmonton on Dec. 1. His absence was a big one — in addition to the offensive production (26 points in 26 games), Scheifele averaged over 20 minutes per night and led the team in faceoffs taken.
He’d also developed terrific chemistry with rookie sniper Patrik Laine.
To their credit, the Jets did really well without Scheifele in the lineup. They beat the Blues 3-2 in OT on Saturday, then followed that up with a 2-1 win in Chicago on Sunday. Tuesday’s 4-3 shootout loss against Detroit was a setback, but the club still managed to secure at least a point, which pushed them into the final wild card spot in the Western Conference.