It took 19 games, but Keith Yandle finally has his first goal as a member of the Florida Panthers.
The veteran puck-moving defenseman had nine assists in 18 games prior to Sunday’s contest against his old team, the New York Rangers. His goal, from a point shot that beat Henrik Lundqvist, put the Panthers back into a tie game late in the second period.
Yandle was one of the key offseason acquisitions this summer, and he entered this season with plenty of pressure after he signed a seven-year contract in Florida.
Yandle played 103 games for the Rangers, recording 58 points.
Shea Theodore is back with the Anaheim Ducks.
On Sunday, just before their game with the rival L.A. Kings, the Ducks officially recalled the 21-year-old defenseman from the AHL’s San Diego Gulls.
In eight games in the minors this season, Theodore has seven assists, although he’s already been up and down between the Ducks and Gulls a few times now.
The 21-year-old Theodore has played six games for the Ducks this season, recording just one assist.
The Ducks entered this game with some question marks on the blue line, per Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register, although Kevin Bieksa is in the lineup tonight.
Nick Bjugstad hasn’t played a game all season for the Florida Panthers, but that could soon change.
Bjugstad, 24, suffered a broken hand before the regular season began and he has remained out of the lineup, despite reports earlier this month suggesting he could soon return to game action.
The towering center wasn’t in the Panthers lineup Sunday against the New York Rangers. But, per reports (here and here) earlier in the day, he could play Tuesday against the Philadelphia Flyers, provided he gets clearance from doctors.
That would be good news for a Panthers team that was dealt some brutal injury news earlier in the season, particularly with the loss of Jonathan Huberdeau.
Last season, Bjugstad scored 15 goals and 34 points. Two seasons ago, he hit the 24-goal plateau.
A late power play goal gave the Columbus Blue Jackets a win over the Washington Capitals on Sunday.
But Capitals coach Barry Trotz has taken issue with the high-sticking call against his player, Nicklas Backstrom, that led to the opportunity with 1:34 remaining in regulation and the scored tied at two goals apiece.
Trotz strongly suggested embellishment on the part of Blue Jackets forward Nick Foligno and that the league will look at the play. A first citation for embellishment results in a fine for the player. A second citation results in a $2,000 fine.
“If you look at it … he doesn’t really touch him. And then (Foligno’s head) pops up when (Backstrom’s) stick is already on the way down,” Trotz told reporters.
“That’s just a little bit disrespectful to the game. So, the league will look at that and we have fines for that. I’m sure that will be something they took advantage of. I wouldn’t be too happy if I was a referee.”
Backstrom maintained afterward that his stick didn’t make contact with Foligno.
“Last two minutes if you get a penalty that’s not a penalty, that’s tough,” said Backstrom.
ST. LOUIS (AP) Kyle Brodziak and Vladimir Tarasenko scored in the third period, lifting the St. Louis Blues over the Nashville Predators 3-1 on Saturday night.
David Perron also scored and Jake Allen made 30 saves, helping the Blues finish 3-0 on their homestand. St. Louis is 8-1-2 at home this season.
Mike Ribeiro scored and Pekka Rinne made 31 saves for Nashville, which finished a three-game trip 1-2.
The Blues snapped a two-game losing streak vs. Nashville but have dominated the Predators at Scottrade Center, winning five straight. Overall, the Blues have won six of eight against the Predators.
Brodziak snapped a 1-1 tie with his second goal in three games 7:28 into the third period. Brodziak put in a rebound off Scottie Upshall‘s shot after the pair entered on a 2-on-1 following P.K. Subban‘s turnover.
Tarasenko ripped a wrist shot past Rinne to make it 3-1 with 8:24 left for his team-high seventh goal of the season. The goal came off a rush following Allen’s save on Mattias Ekholm‘s chance from the slot moments earlier.
Perron put the Blues up 1-0 3:09 into the second period with a backhand rebound off Jay Bouwmeester‘s shot from the point. Perron has a point in each of the last four games.
Ribeiro tied it with a power-play goal 8:59 into the second by pouncing on a puck in the crease that had trickled through Allen after he got a piece of Craig Smith‘s shot. The Blues couldn’t convert on two chances to clear the puck leading to the goal.
James Neal had his six-game goal streak snapped for the Predators.