Trevor van Riemsdyk’s season appears like it is over.
The 23-year-old defenseman, who has split time this season between the Chicago Blackhawks and their AHL affiliate in Rockford, will have wrist surgery next Tuesday, the NHL club announced in a statement.
“Trevor van Riemsdyk suffered a right wrist injury in a recent game. He will undergo surgery on Tuesday, April 7. We anticipate a full recovery and a return to full hockey activities in approximately eight weeks,” said Dr. Michael Terry in a statement released Friday from the Blackhawks.
Signed as a college free agent last March, van Riemsdyk had one assist in 18 games this season for the Blackhawks. He also appeared in eight games for the Rockford IceHogs, recording three assists.
New Jersey Devils forward Scott Gomez was given a major penalty for elbowing and a game misconduct for catching Alexei Emelin in the face with a right elbow.
The incident occurred late in the second period. The puck was along the boards, with Gomez standing nearby and Emelin shadowing him. As Emelin got closer, Gomez threw up the elbow, triggering a response from the Canadiens.
The Habs were unable to score on the five-minute power play.
Just before Gomez threw the elbow, Emelin had caught the veteran forward with a heavy hit into the end boards, as the two players went for a loose puck.
Carey Price has the night off. So, enter Dustin Tokarski into the crease for the Montreal Canadiens.
The Habs’ back-up goalie made a spectacular save, moving to his left, to deny New Jersey Devils defenseman Damon Severson of what looked to be a sure goal during the second period of Friday’s game.
Tokarski first stopped Mike Cammalleri, but gave up the rebound, which came right out to Severson. He didn’t waste any time letting go of his shot, but Tokarski had already moved into position to make the second save.
Patrick Sharp scored his 15th goal of the season on Friday, as he dangled journeyman blue liner Andre Benoit then snapped a wrist that just got through Anders Lindback and trickled over the goal line.
That goal gave the visiting Blackhawks, who played the night before against Vancouver, a 2-0 lead over the Sabres less than nine minutes into the first period. Plenty has been made about Sharp’s lack of scoring this season — he went 19 games without a goal from the end of January to the middle of March — but he does have three goals in his last seven games, including Friday’s meeting with the Sabres.