Author: Cam Tucker

Video: Stoner penalized after dangerous cross check from behind


Anaheim Ducks defenseman Clayton Stoner was given a minor penalty for cross checking after a hit from behind on Chicago Blackhawks forward Marcus Kruger.

The incident occurred early in the first period.

The cross check sent Kruger dangerously head-first into the end boards. Kruger remained in the game. After the play was stopped, Stoner got his hands up in the face of Chicago’s Andrew Shaw, who went to confront the Ducks’ blue liner, but was called for only the one initial infraction.

Video: Blackhawks power play strikes twice early in Game 2


The Chicago Blackhawks, trailing 1-0 in this Western Conference Final, got off to a quick start in Game 2 against the Anaheim Ducks, courtesy of their power play.

Andrew Shaw opened the scoring just 2:14 into the first period with his second of the post-season, making Patrick Maroon pay for an earlier boarding penalty.

Just over four minutes later, the Blackhawks increased their lead thanks to a Marian Hossa power play goal, also his second of these playoffs.

However, any Blackhawks’ euphoria from the dream start was short-lived. The Ducks, on a goal from Andrew Cogliano, cut Chicago’s lead to 2-1 just before the midway point of the first period.

The puck deflected in off the skate of Cogliano, but the goal stood after a brief review.

Senators owner Melnyk undergoes successful liver transplant


Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk underwent a successful liver transplant Tuesday in Toronto General Hospital, the club announced on its website.

From the Ottawa Senators:

Mr. Melnyk went into surgery at noon today and the transplantation was successfully completed at 8:05 p.m.

Mr. Melnyk and the anonymous donor are both resting comfortably and doing well.

The University Health Network’s Multi-Organ Transplant Program will provide a progress update on Mr. Melnyk and the anonymous donor later this week.

Mr. Melnyk and his family would like to thank everyone for their continued support and wish to extend their immense gratitude to the anonymous donor and the donor’s family.

Only five days ago, Melnyk was hospitalized and in “urgent need” of a liver transplant. In the days that followed, there were more than 500 donor applications received.