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on January 2,2016 at Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.
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Stars’ Klingberg (lower-body injury) expected to be out ‘short-term’

The Dallas Stars snapped a four-game losing streak with a 4-2 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Friday, but the win came at a price.

Defenseman John Klingberg, 23, left the game after just two shifts in the first period with a lower-body injury and did not return.

In 66 games this season, Klingberg has scored 10 goals and 53 points, which puts him third among NHL defensemen in total points.

The win puts Dallas back into a tie with the Chicago Blackhawks for first in the Central Division with 85 points.

Devils goalie Cory Schneider also left the game in the third period with what looked to be a lower-body injury.

Video: Schneider hurt versus Stars, leaves game in third period

The New Jersey Devils lost to the Dallas Stars on Friday, and now await word on the status of goalie Cory Schneider after he left the game with an injury. 

Schneider was hurt early in the third period as he slid to his right to make what was a great pad save on Jason Spezza. He was in immediate pain and slowly made his way off the ice with the help of a trainer.

Keith Kinkaid replaced Schneider for the remainder of the game.

The Devils, already five points back of Pittsburgh for the final Wild Card spot in the East, lost by a final score of 4-2.

But any possible loss of Schneider would certainly be an even greater hit to their playoff hopes.

The Devils are already without one of their top offensive players in forward Mike Cammalleri — potentially for the remainder of the season with a hand injury.

When it comes to scoring, the Devils are last in the entire NHL in goals-for per game (2.20).

They rely heavily on the play of Schneider in net. He began Friday tied with Martin Jones for most games played and starts (54) among goalies this season. He has also faced the fourth most shots (1,507), while posting a .924 save percentage.


Video: Maroon, Boll drop the gloves toward end of lopsided Blue Jackets win

With the Edmonton Oilers about 35 seconds away from a lopsided loss, Patrick Maroon and Jared Boll decided to settle a score with a lengthy scrap.

Boll landed some heavy shots toward the end of the fight before officials broke it up.

The Blue Jackets went on to a 6-3 victory.

Every time the Oilers scored to cut into the deficit, they would surrender a quick Columbus goal almost immediately after.

All three times Edmonton scored — Leon Draisaitl, Taylor Hall and Connor McDavid each tallied — the Blue Jackets responded with a goal less than a minute to restore their lead.

Blue Jackets’ forward Brandon Saad left the game at the end of the second period due to injury.

Video: Controversial Beagle goal stands after lengthy review and coach’s challenge


Cue the final Jeopardy! theme music on repeat.

A situation that included a video review and a coach’s challenge on the same goal during Friday’s game between the Washington Capitals and visiting New York Rangers certainly called for it.

During a wild scramble in front of the Rangers net, Jay Beagle thought he scored for the Capitals, getting them on the board, even though it was never clear from the live shot whether the puck crossed the goal line or not, with Antti Raanta sprawled in the crease, along the goal line.

The play went to video review.

From the NHL Situation Room Blog after the initial review:

At 10:58 of the second period in the Rangers/Capitals game, video review determined that the puck completely crossed the New York goal line. Good goal Washington.

That prompted Rangers coach Alain Vigneault to use his coach’s challenge on the basis of goalie interference.

Here’s the official explanation from the NHL on that challenge:

At 10:58 of the second period in the Rangers/Capitals game, New York requested a Coach’s Challenge to review whether a Washington player interfered with New York goaltender Antti Raanta prior to Jay Beagle’s goal.

After reviewing all available replays and consulting with NHL Hockey Operations staff, the Referee confirmed no goaltender interference infractions occurred before the puck crossed the goal line.

Therefore the original call stands – good goal Washington Capitals.

So after all that, not only did the Rangers concede a goal but they also lost their timeout.

‘It was absurd he got penalized for it’: Holtby backs Lundqvist after net-shoving outburst

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ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) Henrik Lundqvist was flipping mad that referee Trevor Hanson wouldn’t blow his whistle to stop play. Run over by teammate Ryan McDonagh seconds earlier, the injured New York Rangers goaltender took the situation into his own hands and flipped the net over to get a stoppage.

Lundqvist was called for a delay of game penalty, gave up three goals to the Pittsburgh Penguins later in the period and left the game at intermission with neck spasms.

The outburst has current and former goalies around the NHL buzzing.

Marc-Andre Fleury of the Penguins called it “baby stuff,” according to the team website. Braden Holtby of the Washington Capitals disagreed, saying Lundqvist shouldn’t be criticized one bit.

“I think he did the right thing,” Holtby said Friday. “I thought it was absurd he got penalized for it. You get hit in the head as a goalie, you can’t skate to the bench for a line change. If you’re seeing stars, you can’t see the puck. You have no other option. It was the wrong call, and I felt bad for him.”

The NHL rulebook says “deliberately displacing a goal post from its normal position” is a minor penalty. Lundqvist is certainly not the first goalie who has tried to stop play and gotten punished for it. Just a few months ago, Alex Stalock, then of the San Jose Sharks, pulled his mask off during a game and officials let the play go on, allowing a goal to count.

Former NHL goalie Martin Biron, who was a teammate of Lundqvist’s, said it was “a little bit on the excessive part” that “The King” flipped the net over.

“We see it every day with guys blocking shots that they’re hopping on one foot and still killing a penalty or they have a tough time going back to the bench, but they battled through because that’s what’s expected,” Biron said. “I don’t think that, as a goalie, you have to be given more of a favor or a different treatment.”

Biron said goalies before his time “were getting pretty smart” at strategically forcing whistles. He said if an injury is bad enough, a goalie should stay down on the ice as a signal, like Brian Boucher of the Philadelphia Flyers did in the 2010 playoffs when a teammate fell on him and caused injuries to both knees.

Holtby said goalies rely on officials for help in those situations, especially considering their masks aren’t built for collisions like the one Lundqvist had with McDonagh.

“Most people know when you get hit like that, you don’t really feel it until a few seconds after,” Holtby said. “His first instinct was to get back in the play, so he couldn’t really stay down and you can’t go for a line change.”

Fleury said he wouldn’t have knocked the net off like Lundqvist “because that’s a penalty and that’s illegal.” He and the Penguins were just happy they got a power play.

Flyers goaltender Steve Mason said the referee should have blown the whistle because it could have been a more serious injury than it appeared. He said he probably would have tried to grind it out but couldn’t say for sure because he didn’t know how bad Lundqvist was feeling.

Rangers coach Alain Vigneault didn’t know Lundqvist was injured at the time and said after the game it wasn’t serious. Still, the team called up goalie Magnus Hellberg in advance of their game Friday night against the Capitals.

Biron said the officials were in a no-win situation when judging how to handle the play.

“You can’t take away offense or scoring chances,” Biron said, “and if you are capable of flipping a goal net over the way that he did, he can stand in the way of a puck at any moment.”

AP freelance writer Dan Scifo in Pittsburgh contributed to this report.