Clutterbuck’s rough night began with this hip check, courtesy Flames defenseman Dennis Wideman:
Clutterbuck returned to action following that hit but left for good early in the third after colliding with Calgary’s Paul Byron.
He left the ice favoring his leg and was thought to have suffered a skate cut, which has since been confirmed.
Losing Clutterbuck is costly for New York.
He’s expected to be a valuable energy forward this year, which explains why the club was willing to trade prospect Nino Niederreiter to get him (also explains why the Isles immediately signed Clutterbuck to a four-year, $11 million extension).
Wild must overcome Alex Ovechkin’s 14th career hat trick
Dion Phaneuf‘s first home game as a member of the Ottawa Senators is going more smoothly than his debut did on Wednesday.
Ottawa fell 3-1 to the Detroit Red Wings last night, and they need another goal to tie up the Colorado Avalanche. Still, Phaneuf’s making a bigger impact on Thursday, collecting two assists … his first two points in a Sens’ sweater.
You can see his crowd-pleasing first helper above.
Here’s his second assist for good measure:
Update: The Avalanche held on, taking a 4-3 edge. Even so, Phaneuf’s getting a warm welcome in his new hockey city.
Phaneuf on the Ottawa crowd reaction: "It gave me chills."