The National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety handed Chicago Blackhawks forward Joakim Nordstrom a two-game suspension on Friday.
The supplementary discipline was for a hit from behind Nordstrom threw on Arizona Coyotes defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson in the final minute of Thursday’s game. Nordstrom received a minor penalty for boarding on the play.
In a statement from the league, Nordstrom will forfeit $6,630.82 of his salary, which will go to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.
Here is video explanation for the suspension:
If a team allows only seven shots through the final 40 minutes of hockey, it’s a safe bet that team is on its way to a win. Not the case for the Anaheim Ducks on Wednesday.
They were up against the Calgary Flames, kings of the third-period comeback — that wasn’t necessary on this occasion — and owners of the third worst Corsi For percentage at five-on-five in the NHL, according to stats.hockeyanalysis.com. Yet somehow, despite giving up only seven shots on goal in the final 40 minutes of play, the Ducks and goalie John Gibson gave up four goals and lost by a final score of 6-3.
The Flames also scored on two second-period power plays. Both times, Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf was in the box.
Anaheim still maintains top spot in the Pacific Division, although its dropped three straight games.
“I think they’re all critical [games] right now,” said Ducks head coach Bruce Boudreau, as per NHL.com. “Everybody thinks that, ‘Oh yeah, we’re in first place’ and that, but I mean it’s within 10 points of the wild card and we’ve played more games than everybody else, so we’ve got to get our act in gear right now.”
“They got a lot of goals on our mistakes,” added Ducks defenseman Hampus Lindholm, as per the club’s website. “We were sloppy with the puck and didn’t get it deep. Our game plan is to get the puck deep and work them down low. We didn’t do that tonight. That’s why we weren’t successful.”
As one might come to expect, the Calgary Flames had to play from behind against the Anaheim Ducks on Wednesday. Only for a few minutes early on, however.
After spotting the Ducks a 2-0 lead less than three minutes into the first period on goals from Ryan Getzlaf, the Flames came roaring back to score a 6-3 victory, which means they move back to within a point of the Vancouver Canucks, who sit second in the Pacific Division.
Meanwhile, not a good night at all for the Ducks.
They surrendered seven shots on goal through the final 40 minutes. The Flames scored on four of those. That’s not good — for the Ducks or their goalie John Gibson, at least.
After battling back to tie the game by the end of the first period, the Flames surged ahead with three goals in the second and another in the third. Rookie Johnny Gaudreau scored twice, hitting the 50-point plateau after he finished off a pretty passing play.
Johnny Gaudreau is having an impressive rookie season in the NHL, and it continued Wednesday as his Calgary Flames faced the Anaheim Ducks.
Gaudreau scored twice in the first 40 minutes, as the Flames jumped out to a two-goal lead after the second period. With those two goals — No. 17 and 18 on the season — gives Johnny Hockey 50 points in his rookie campaign.
Below is video of his second goal of the evening. And it’s quite a beauty.
The New York Rangers are surging, and serving notice to the rest of the Eastern Conference.
Playing for the second time in as many nights, and third time in four nights, the Rangers defeated the Washington Capitals by a final score of 3-1 on Wednesday’s Rivalry Night, with Martin St. Louis scoring the insurance goal on a pretty two-on-none passing play late in the third period.
After making it to last year’s Stanley Cup Final, the Rangers have now taken over top spot in the Metropolitan Division. They lead the New York Islanders by one point. As difficult as their schedule has been to start this month — games against Nashville, Detroit, Chicago, New York Islanders and Washington — the Rangers have won four of those five games.
Even with Henrik Lundqvist out since Feb. 2, and he still has yet to be medically cleared, the Rangers have succeeded, and the play of Cam Talbot has been a large reason as to why. With his team ahead of the Capitals by a goal early in the second period, and trying to kill off a five-on-three situation, Talbot made a spectacular glove save on Nicklas Backstrom.
Alex Ovechkin scored goal No. 45 on the season, getting the Capitals on the board during a first-period power play.
Rangers defenseman Kevin Klein headed down the tunnel at the Rangers bench with less than a minute remaining, and appeared to be favoring his shoulder.
Capitals winger Jay Beagle sustained upper-body injury, did not return and will be re-evaluated tomorrow, according to the Capitals’ public relations department.
Updated: The Rangers stated that Klein is having x-rays taken after blocking a shot late in the game, however there is no further update.