WINDSOR, ON - MARCH 25: Chris Tierney #71 of the London Knights slides the puck past Dalen Kuchmey #30 of the Windsor Spitfires for a goal in Game 3 of their OHL Quarter-Final series on March 25, 2014 at the WFCU Centre in Windsor, Ontario, Canada.

OHL goalie pulls himself from playoff game, exits arena


Goaltender Dalen Kuchmey, 19, was given the chance to play in his first Ontario Hockey League playoff contest last night because fellow Windsor Spitfires netminder Alex Fotinos was sick. The result was unfortunate, but it was Kuchmey’s reaction that made it unusual.

His opponents, the London Knights, scored eight goals on 26 shots by 14:26 of the second period. At that point, Kuchmey apparently had enough because he decided to skate off the ice and leave the arena entirely.

That didn’t sit well with former NHL player and current Spitfires head coach Bob Boughner.

“He quit on our team and he quit on his teammates,” Boughner said, according to the Canadian Press.

Boughner did ask Fotinos if he would be willing to go in after London took a 4-0 lead through 20 minutes. Fotinos said that he would play if called upon, but he wasn’t over the illness. When Kuchmey left, Windsor had to use Fotino, who stopped 11 of 13 shots in the 10-2 loss.

Bruins’ second line officially goes under the microscope

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While much has been written about the Boston Bruins’ depleted defense, there’s also a good amount of intrigue about the forward group, which will look dramatically different tonight compared to last year’s season opener.

Here are the Bruins’ expected lines versus the Jets:

Brad MarchandPatrice BergeronLoui Eriksson
Matt BeleskeyDavid KrejciDavid Pastrnak
Jimmy HayesRyan SpoonerBrett Connolly
Chris KellyJoonas KemppainenZac Rinaldo

The line most under the microscope may be that second one. In today’s Boston Globe, there’s a lengthy story on Krejci. The 29-year-old center with the big contract only played 47 games last season due to injuries. He finished with just 31 points.

So, where is Krejci’s game now?

Then there’s free-agent addition Matt Beleskey, a.k.a. Milan Lucic‘s replacement. Prior to scoring 22 times last year for the Ducks, the 27-year-old Beleskey had never tallied more than 11 goals in a season.

So, is Beleskey a legitimate top-six forward?

On the other wing, it’s David Pastrnak, the 19-year-old who, somewhat surprisingly, emerged as one of the top rookies in the league last year.

So, can Pastrnak take another step forward?

“It’s been a good three plus weeks where we’ve been able to kind of work individually, as a group, as a line, with different players and different personalities,” said coach Claude Julien. “We’re pleased with it. We’re optimistic and we just have to let things work themselves out too.”

Lucic: If I wanted to hurt Couture, ‘I would have hurt him’


Last night in Los Angeles, Kings forward Milan Lucic received a match penalty after skating the entire width of the ice to give San Jose’s Logan Couture a two-hand shove to the face.

Lucic didn’t hurt Couture, who had caught Lucic with an open-ice hit that Lucic didn’t like. Couture’s smiling, mocking face was good evidence that the Sharks’ forward was going to be OK.

This morning, Lucic was still in disbelief that he was penalized so harshly.

“I didn’t cross any line,” Lucic said, per Rich Hammond of the O.C. Register. “Believe me, if my intentions were to hurt him, I would have hurt him.”

While Lucic knew he deserved a penalty, he said after the game that he didn’t “know why it was called a match penalty.” His coach, Darryl Sutter, agreed, calling it “a borderline even roughing penalty.”

And though former NHL referee Kerry Fraser believes a match penalty was indeed warranted, Lucic said this morning that he hasn’t heard from the NHL about any possible supplemental discipline.

Nor for that matter has Dustin Brown, after his high hit on Couture in the first period.

In conclusion, it’s good to have hockey back.

Related: Sutter says Kings weren’t ‘interested’ in checking the Sharks