Author: Cam Tucker

‘Could’ve broken his neck,’ says Vigneault of Byfuglien cross check on Miller


Alain Vigneault had some strong words for a nasty Dustin Byfuglien cross check on New York Rangers forward J.T. Miller during Tuesday’s game.

Byfuglien, the towering Winnipeg Jets defenseman, delivered a vicious cross check to the back of Miller’s neck while the forward was sitting on the ice after an opportunity in front of the Jets net. There was no call on the play.

The Rangers did get revenge: A 3-2 victory that saw Chris Kreider burn Byfuglien with terrific speed for the winning goal, assisted by Miller, and Byfuglien penalized in the final minute for a slash, greatly hindering any chance Winnipeg had of a last-minute tying goal.

“Violent, deliberate. Could have broken his neck. It was one of the most vicious cross-checks I’ve seen this year,” said Vigneault, the Rangers head coach, as per Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun.

Senators come back for crucial shootout win over Red Wings


The Ottawa Senators finally found a way to get the puck past Detroit Red Wings goalie Petr Mrazek. And the timing could not have been better.

The Senators kept their playoff hopes alive with a 2-1 shootout win over the Red Wings on Tuesday. With the full two points, they managed to stay three points back of the Boston Bruins, who got a late goal to beat the Florida Panthers in regulation. Ottawa still has a game in hand on Boston.

Detroit held a lead for most of the game, thanks to an early first-period goal from Gustav Nyquist.

But Clarke MacArthur was finally able to beat Mrazek, who was sensational throughout the game, with 4:02 remaining in regulation.

Mark Stone scored the winner in the shootout, while Andrew Hammond — you know him better as The Hamburglar — made 16 saves for the road win, which puts him into some elite company.

Detroit forward Drew Miller left the game after taking a skate to the face in the first period.

According to numerous reports, Miller suffered two lacerations around his right eye, but no damage to the eye.


Canucks outlast Predators for shootout win after Bieksa, Burrows get ejected


There are eventful hockey games, and then you have what transpired between the Vancouver Canucks and Nashville Predators on Tuesday.

The Canucks earned two points, crucial to their chances of getting into the playoffs, thanks to a 5-4 shootout win on the road against the Predators, giving Vancouver two victories in as many days to start this four-game trip through the Central Division.

With five games remaining on their schedule, the Canucks move to 95 points, which is four ahead of Calgary and seven ahead of L.A.

The victory — shootout goals from Nick Bonino and Radim Vrbata, and two stops from Eddie Lack secured it — only came after Alex Burrows and Kevin Bieksa were tossed at the same time late in the third period.

Burrows was assessed a major penalty for interference and a game misconduct with 3:54 remaining in the third period, as he cut across and caught a vulnerable Paul Gaustad, who was without the puck, with a hit in the neutral zone. At first, it looked like it was just incidental contact between the two players. But a replay showed otherwise. Bieksa, called for an illegal hit to the head in the first period, was tossed for a misconduct.

The Canucks successfully killed off Nashville’s five-minute power play, which included a four-on-three opportunity in overtime, to get the game into the shootout.

It was a wild third period. The Canucks trailed 3-2 after 40 minutes.

But Burrows on a short-handed goal and Chris Higgins on the power play gave the Canucks a 4-3 lead.

It didn’t last, as Nashville got even on a fluke power play goal with just over five minutes remaining. Bonino’s clearing attempt in front of the Vancouver net hit off the foot of Mike Fisher and through the legs of Lack.

The Canucks continue their trip Thursday, when they take on the Chicago Blackhawks.

Video: Byfuglien gets away with ugly cross check, penalized late in Jets loss to Rangers


Winnipeg Jets defenseman Dustin Byfuglien wasn’t penalized for an ugly cross check to the back of the head of J.T. Miller during Tuesday’s game against the New York Rangers.

The incident occurred with Miller down on the ice, and Byfuglien standing right over top of him before delivering the cross check.

But Byfuglien was called for a slash with less than 40 seconds remaining in the third period and his team trailing the Rangers by a goal, basically nullifying the chances of a last-minute comeback, as Winnipeg lost by a final score of 3-2.

Miller got the last laugh, assisting on the winning goal from Chris Kreider with less than four minutes remaining.

Could the non-call cross check on Miller be an incident the NHL’s safety department looks at for possible supplemental discipline?

Winnipeg’s loss in regulation keeps them at 90 points.

It also keeps them within quick striking distance of the L.A. Kings, who are on the outside of the playoff picture, looking in, only two points back of the Jets for the final Wild Card spot in the West.

Video: Lucic scores late winner, Bruins deal crushing blow to Panthers playoff hopes


Milan Lucic has gotten the better of Roberto Luongo before.

On Tuesday, the Boston Bruins power forward did it again, scoring with a wrist shot that beat Luongo with 1:09 remaining in regulation to give his team a 3-2 victory over the visiting Florida Panthers, who desperately needed a win and two points.

The Panthers entered the third period with the lead but gave up two goals in the final 10:13 of play, as David Pastrnak scored to tie the game, before Lucic did the damage with his winner. It’s a crucial win for Boston. It’s a devastating loss for Florida.

The Panthers had the chance, with a regulation win, to move within two points of the Bruins, holders of the final Wild Card spot in the East. Instead, the Bruins now pull six points ahead of the Panthers. Both teams have just five games remaining on their respective schedules.