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Capitals’ Johansson leaves game with upper-body injury

The Washington Capitals will be without forward Marcus Johansson for the remainder of Wednesday’s game versus the Philadelphia Flyers.

Johansson left the game in the first period. The Capitals announced via Twitter during the middle frame that he would not return due to an upper-body injury.

The 25-year-old Johansson had 13 goals and 30 points in 43 games prior to Wednesday’s tilt.

Update from the Washington Post:

After the game, Capitals Coach Barry Trotz said he didn’t know the seriousness of Johansson’s injury, and that he hadn’t yet spoken to the training staff. Trotz also said he thought Flyers defenseman Radko Gudas “stepped up on him. He was cutting across to the middle, and he stepped up and got tangled up.”

Bruins’ Gustavsson removed from game versus Ducks with elevated heart rate

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The Boston Bruins have provided an update on why goalie Jonas Gustavsson left Tuesday’s game due to illness and was taken to hospital.

From the Bruins:

“Jonas Gustavsson was removed from Tuesday’s game for precautionary reasons due to an elevated heart rate. He was taken to Mass General Hospital and remained there overnight for testing. All preliminary tests came back negative and he was discharged Wednesday afternoon. Jonas is expected to rejoin the team after the NHL All-Star Break pending clearance from the Bruins medical staff.”

The 31-year-old Gustavsson initially started the game versus the Anaheim Ducks, but was taken out of the game following the first period.

This isn’t the first time Gustavsson has been taken out of a game due to an elevated heart rate.

From Postmedia News in February, 2011:

Gustavsson’s heart problems first surfaced during training camp last year, when he experienced dizziness while riding a stationary bike. He underwent a procedure for a heart ablation, but then experienced similar problems during a game in December.

Since then, he has been symptom-free.

The Bruins signed Gustavsson last October to a one-year contract. He has appeared in 163 NHL games since coming into the league with the Toronto Maple Leafs in 2009-10.

Oilers’ coach McLellan: ‘We had some passengers … and the passengers let the rest of the group down’

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Currently 28th in the NHL’s overall standings, the Edmonton Oilers will go into the All-Star break on a three-game losing streak capped with a 4-1 defeat to the Nashville Predators on Saturday.

The Oilers, now without Ryan Nugent-Hopkins for the long term due to a broken hand, don’t play again until Feb. 2, when they host the Columbus Blue Jackets. Perhaps there is reason for at least a little bit of optimism on the injury front.

The 19-year-old sensation Connor McDavid, out since Nov. 3, had been held out of the lineup despite practicing because the team felt he wasn’t ready to return prior to the break. But Edmonton has 10 days in between games, so it will be interesting to see if McDavid is ready for that first game back against Columbus.

As for Saturday’s effort, well, head coach Todd McLellan wasn’t exactly pleased with some players in his lineup.

“We had some guys that really came and participated and were hard and had an impact on the game, and then we had some passengers,” he told reporters.

“And the passengers let the rest of the group down. And that’s what we get. When we’re as thin as we are right now, we can’t have it.”

Lucic sounds off on referee Brad Meier after sucker punch on Connauton (with Video)

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Milan Lucic was angry after taking a slash from Kevin Connauton during Saturday’s game, and he responded by sucker punching the Arizona Coyotes defenseman in the head.

That earned the L.A. Kings forward a game misconduct, and the Kings lost by a final score of 3-2. Afterward, Lucic sounded off on the officiating — in particular, Brad Meier — in that situation, as well as the condition of his hand after the slash.

“Thankfully X-rays came back negative. I mean, if I don’t react, I don’t think he even calls a penalty. Same guy – Brad Meier. I think this is the fourth time he’s kicked me out of a game. It’s always the same thing with him, It’s if guys can take liberties on me and it’s not a penalty,” said Lucic, as per LA Kings Insider.

“If I do something, then I’m automatically kicked out of the game. It’s just unfortunate that it is that way with him, and I’ve just got to move on and not get frustrated by the referees in the game.

“Well my whole hand went numb. I truly thought of the worst because I couldn’t feel my hand after the slash like that, and that’s the way I reacted the way that I did. Luckily we didn’t go four-on-four, we still had the power play, but you know, like I said, I’m just thankful that everything came back negative.”

Ducks’ Perry, Kesler light up the Red Wings

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DETROIT (AP) Corey Perry and Ryan Kesler each scored twice to lift the Anaheim Ducks to a 4-3 victory over the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday night.

The Ducks have won four straight games on the road against the Red Wings and have not lost a regulation game in Detroit since Nov. 5, 2011.

Anaheim was snowed out of its game against the Capitals in Washington D.C. on Friday night.

Darren Helm, Tomas Jurco and Danny DeKeyser scored for the Red Wings, who have not won at home in their last five games (0-4-1).

Detroit defenseman Brendan Smith passed from his own zone to a streaking Helm, who deked Anaheim goaltender John Gibson and opened the scoring at 1:10 of the first period. It marked the first time the Red Wings had scored in the opening period in five games.

The Ducks tied it at 7:26 of the first when Jakob Silfverberg found Kesler in front of the net, and Kesler beat Jimmy Howard.

Corey Perry made it 2-1 for Anaheim with 1:24 left in the opening period when he and Rickard Rakell came in on a partial 2-on-1 breakaway and Perry beat Howard on a backhand shot.

The Red Wings juggled their line combinations midway through the second period, and the move worked as Jurco scored at 9:21 to tie it. It was Jurco’s second goal of the season and first since Dec. 8 at Washington.

Perry put the Ducks up 3-2 when he curled behind Patrick Maroon, who was in front of the net, and beat Howard for his team-leading 19th goal at 2:28 of the third.

Kesler got his second goal of the game four minutes later when he sidestepped two Red Wings and put the puck under Howard’s right arm.

DeKeyser scored a late goal with the extra attacker with 1:16 left in to cut the lead to 4-3.