Washington Capitals star Alex Ovechkin was given a major penalty for boarding after he hit Boston Bruins defenseman Kevan Miller from behind during the second period Saturday.
The incident occurred as Miller came off the blue line and pinched down along the boards to keep the puck in the Washington zone.
Ovechkin didn’t receive a game misconduct, while Miller left the game and hasn’t returned.
According to Rule 41.5 (Boarding – Game Misconduct Penalty) of the NHL rulebook, “When a major penalty is imposed under this rule for a foul resulting in an injury to the face or head of an opponent, a game misconduct shall be imposed.”
UPDATE: Kevan Miller (upper body) not likely to return.
Dion Phaneuf appeared to get a little choked up in his return to Toronto as a member of the Ottawa Senators on Saturday.
A former captain in Toronto, Phaneuf spent six years with the Maple Leafs, from 2010 until Feb. 9 of this year when he was traded to the rival Senators in a blockbuster.
The fans in Toronto saluted Phaneuf during a stoppage in play, although it’s likely there were a few boos mixed in there, too. (His former teammates, showing a sense of humor, booed him during the morning skate.)
Phaneuf appeared to wipe away tears with his glove, before applauding the crowd.
Phaneuf also experienced emotions of a different kind, as he fought Colin Greening — acquired from Ottawa in that same deal — in the first period.
After early line brawl, Ducks defeat Kings to extend winning streak to 11 games
The Anaheim Ducks are on a mighty impressive roll right now.
They prevailed with a 3-2 victory over their bitter rivals, the L.A. Kings, on Saturday to run their winning streak to 11 games and take over first place in the Pacific Division with 18 games remaining on their regular season schedule.
The loss drops the Kings to second in the division. The San Jose Sharks can move back to within four points of the Ducks with a win later tonight over the floundering Vancouver Canucks.
Ducks win, 3-2. New franchise record with 11 straight wins and take over first in Pacific Division. Bruce Boudreau gets 400th NHL victory.
There was a scary incident during Saturday’s game between the Calgary Flames and Pittsburgh Penguins.
Flames defenseman Jakub Nakladal took a stick to the eye during the second period and had to leave the game. He did not return. Calgary snapped a seven-game losing streak with a 4-2 victory over the Penguins.
Flames coach Bob Hartley provided an update on Nakladal following the victory:
"There's blood in the eye but there's no serious damage. We think he should be good to go in the next couple of days." – Hartley on Nakladal