Canadiens defenseman Jeff Petry could barely make it to the Montreal bench after blocking a Jason Garrison slap shot off the inside part of his left leg in the first period.
Good news though for the Habs: Petry returned for the second period, though it will be interesting to see what impact that shot block has on the 27-year-old blue liner, who couldn’t put weight on his left leg as he slowly made his way to the bench.
Meanwhile, something else to keep an eye on: Steven Stamkos was seen favoring his left wrist after slightly bumping into Carey Price while on the forecheck. Like Petry, Stamkos stayed in the game and even had a scoring opportunity, which he was unable to capitalize on.
Now trailing the Anaheim Ducks 1-0 in the second round of the playoffs after a 6-1 thumping in Game 1 on Thursday, the Calgary Flames are facing potential injury situations, with the second game of this series scheduled for Sunday.
Both Michael Ferland and Jiri Hudler left Game 1 and did not return with unspecified injuries.
According to Heath Brown of CTV Calgary, both players are now listed as day-to-day.
However, based on the comments of head coach Bob Hartley following an optional skate on Friday, the 23-year-old Ferland could be back in the lineup for Game 2.
Ferland was a physical menace against the Vancouver Canucks in an opening-round victory for the Flames. However, there was concern he may have suffered a potential head injury at some point early in Game 1 against the Ducks.
“I expect Micheal Ferland to play,” said Hartley, as per Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun.
In terms of an offensive threat, further concern would be for Hudler, who was tied with Sean Monahan for the team lead in goals with 31 during the regular season.
Perhaps this is an optimistic sign:
The second round of the 2015 Stanley Cup playoffs continues Friday with a pair of post-season rematches on the schedule.
The Tampa Bay Lightning and Montreal Canadiens get it started in Game 1 at the Bell Centre, where the Bolts have recently dominated the Habs, beginning at 7 p.m. ET. You can watch the action on NBCSN and stream online via NBC Sports Live Extra.
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Up next will be Game 1 between the Chicago Blackhawks and Minnesota Wild, who clashed last year in the second round of the post-season. Tonight’s game goes at the United Center in Chicago, beginning at 9:30 p.m. ET. You can watch on NBCSN and stream online via NBC Sports Live Extra.
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They weren’t happy after a Game 3 shutout loss to the Minnesota Wild. But the St. Louis Blues emphatically bounced back on Wednesday.
The series is now tied 2-2, heading back to St. Louis for Game 5 on Friday. The Blues were dominant against the Wild in Game 4, coming away with a 6-1 victory after a great start in the first period. The offensive outburst might garner most of the attention, especially when Vladimir Tarasenko scores a goal like this and goalie Devan Dubnyk gets chased from the game.
“Our scoring is a direct reflection of our checking. When we check, we score,” said Blues head coach Ken Hitchcock, as per NHL.com.
“It looks like we’ve joined the tournament now and we’re dialed in. We’ve got home-ice back, we’re dialed into our game, we’re going to be hard to play against when we’re dialed in this. Not fun to play against.”
The Wild couldn’t regroup after a slow start.
Minnesota cut the St. Louis lead to two goals early in the second period, as Jared Spurgeon converted on the power play, but any momentum gained from that was didn’t last long.
“It didn’t have the feel of the type of game that we were going to come back,” said Wild head coach Mike Yeo.
“We weren’t on it from the start, and it got worse. Normally, I think we start well but we stay with our game very strongly as far as whether we’re ahead [or] whether we’re behind, and tonight we broke that, that’s for sure.”
The playoffs are over for the Winnipeg Jets, and now the list of who was playing injured is starting to reveal itself after a brutally physical series with the Anaheim Ducks.
That list, according to reports following a Game 4 loss to the Ducks that eliminated the Jets from the first round, includes team captain Andrew Ladd.
According to Stephen Whyno of the Canadian Press and citing head coach Paul Maurice, Ladd had an injury that would’ve otherwise kept him out of the lineup for a month, but he played through it.
“I’ve never ever questioned his willingness, grit, determination,” said Maurice of Ladd, as per the club’s Twitter account.
The list extends beyond just Ladd, however.