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Video: Bruins’ Liles catches Kucherov with elbow to the head

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Boston Bruins defenseman John-Michael Liles caught Nikita Kucherov with an elbow to the head as the Tampa Bay Lightning forward was trying to carry the puck over the Boston blue line during the first period of Tuesday’s game.

Kucherov was being pursued on the back check by Noel Acciari. Liles stepped up, throwing out the left elbow just as Kucherov crossed the blue line.

There was no call against Liles on the play. Kucherov was shaken up but did remain in the game.

Related: Bruins hoping Liles can bolster blue line for playoff run

Habs lose Gallagher for two to three weeks with lower-body injury

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After that terrific start, it’s mostly been a season of bad news for the Montreal Canadiens, and that continued Tuesday with the announcement that Brendan Gallagher is now out two to three weeks with a lower-body injury.

The injury occurred in Saturday’s game against the Winnipeg Jets.

The Habs, without star goalie Carey Price for a good portion of the season, are nine points out of a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

Gallagher has already missed 17 games earlier this season due to a hand injury that required surgery. An undersized forward with a knack for getting under the skin of opposing players, Gallagher has 18 goals and 35 points in 49 games this season, which puts him sixth on that team in total points.

 

What did William Nylander’s first NHL goal and Michael Nylander’s last NHL goal have in common? Brooks Laich

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Talk about a small world.

Toronto Maple Leafs forward and highly touted prospect William Nylander scored his first career NHL goal on Saturday, ripping a shot from the slot against the Ottawa Senators. Brooks Laich, traded from Washington to Toronto last weekend, was credited with the only assist on the goal.

On April 5, 2009, Laich, then a member of the Washington Capitals, also assisted on Michael Nylander’s last NHL regular season goal in a win over the Atlanta Thrashers.

From the Toronto Star:

Laich, meanwhile, will always have a special place with the Nylander family. The 12-year veteran assisted on the last NHL goal of Michael Nylander, William’s father, in April 2009. Almost seven years later, he assisted on the first NHL goal of the son.

“It’s a pretty neat situation … I don’t know where that puts me, cousin or uncle, but it was a pretty neat stat, and a special, special moment for William,” said Laich, who had no idea of his tie to father and son, and little memory of the setup on Michael Nylander’s last NHL goal.

Canucks power (play) their way over the Sharks

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Despite the absence of Henrik Sedin for the final two periods, the Vancouver Canucks scored a 4-2 road victory over the San Jose Sharks on Saturday.

It was on the power play where the Canucks did most of their damage, as they snapped a three-game losing streak.

The Canucks struck three times in seven power play opportunities, with Linden Vey, Daniel Sedin and Dan Hamhuis — the first of the season for the veteran defenseman — all scoring with the advantage to spoil James Reimer‘s debut with San Jose.

The Sharks missed an opportunity to get back within four points of the Anaheim Ducks in the race for the Pacific Division.

Entering Saturday’s game, the Canucks had been woeful on the power play away from Rogers Arena, operating at 12.9 per cent on the road. Only three other teams have been worse on the power play while on the road this season.

After taking a heavy hit along the boards from Brent Burns, Canucks’ captain Henrik Sedin left the game late in the first period with an upper-body injury. He didn’t return.

Canucks defenseman Chris Tanev also didn’t play the remaining 12:43 of the third period.

‘It’s just a hockey play,’ says Ovechkin of his boarding major on Miller

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The Washington Capitals came away with a 2-1 overtime win over the Boston Bruins on Saturday, but a boarding major called against Alex Ovechkin is garnering plenty of post-game reaction.

Ovechkin was assessed the penalty for a hit from behind on Bruins defenseman Kevan Miller in the second period. The Capitals star was not assessed a game misconduct, while Miller left the game and didn’t return.

“I don’t like seeing those hits. If it’s five for boarding, it kind of shows the severity of it, and I’m disappointed that our player wasn’t able to come back, and who knows, if it’s somebody else [besides Ovechkin], is it a game? You guys can answer that question yourselves,” said Bruins coach Claude Julien, as per CSNNE.com.

Ovechkin, who added an assist on Washington’s first goal of the night, scored by Karl Alzner after the major penalty, doesn’t believe the hit is worthy of further discipline from the league.

“Oh, it’s just a hockey play,” said Ovechkin, as per NESN.com.

“I tried to kind of, like — I don’t try to hit him. I didn’t see a replay, but my motion was not like try to headhunt. I just try to play the puck, and he kind of turned, and there was a hit. At least, I told the referee I didn’t try to go through him or something, just trying to pin him.”

“No, I don’t think it’s (worthy) of suspension or something. I don’t try to hit the head, just try to be in my spot and make a play. He’s turning at the boards.”