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Senators suffer another loss, and another injury on defense

Not only did the Ottawa Senators lose on Saturday, coughing up three unanswered goals in a 4-2 defeat against Winnipeg, but they lost yet another defenseman to injury.

This time, it was Cody Ceci leaving the game with a lower-body injury.

According to Bruce Garrioch of Postmedia, Ceci will not play Monday when the Senators visit the Detroit Red Wings.

The Senators entered this game without their star blue liner Erik Karlsson and defenseman Marc Methot, who suffered that gruesome finger injury on a slash from Sidney Crosby.

Sportsnet’s Nick Kypreos provided an update on Methot Saturday:

“This is a little over a week now — his finger has not progressed fast enough. The process is slow here. The whole idea of the surgery was to save the finger. I’m told he will not play again this season until they are 100 per cent sure that the finger is out of danger. Right now, they can’t say that. Maybe by mid-week, we will have an official update from the Ottawa Senators.”

Based on reports Saturday, it appears Karlsson could soon return to the Senators lineup, even though he was sent home from this road trip.

“We thought it was better. Erik is day-to-day so he could come (back) at any moment,” said coach Guy Boucher, per the Ottawa Sun.

“You never know, it could be Monday, it could be Tuesday, it could be Thursday. We just made sure that he was in the best environment to get the best treatment. For him, he’s in rehab right now and you want focus on the rehab so that’s what we did with him and [Zack Smith].”

Getting Karlsson back as soon as possible would be a huge development for the Senators, who have only two wins in their last 10 games and have slipped to third in the Atlantic Division, one point up on the Bruins in the final wild card spot, with five games remaining on their schedule.

Despite an overtime loss tonight, the Tampa Bay Lightning are also still alive in the playoff race.

“We knew it was our toughest part of the year, the last week-and-a-half, two weeks,” said Boucher. “We knew that was coming but we didn’t think we were going to have that many guys injured, especially three of our top four defensemen. That’s tough to manage.”

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Maple Leafs’ rookies put on a show in crucial win vs. Red Wings


The Toronto Maple Leafs played and won their final game at Joe Louis Arena. And their rookies put on a show, led by Auston Matthews.

Matthews scored twice, including another beauty in the second period and the winning goal with just 1:09 remaining in the third period, as the Maple Leafs ended up having to hold on in a crazy final few minutes for a 5-4 victory.

So long, Joe!

They did hold a two-goal cushion but Mike Green scored just 24 seconds after Matthews appeared to ice this one, setting up for a frantic finish. But the Maple Leafs did hold on. That result, combined with Ottawa’s regulation loss to Winnipeg, means Toronto jumps into second in the Atlantic Division.

Once again, Matthews was the story. He’s up to 38 goals, which is only five behind Sidney Crosby. Did we mention Matthews is only 19 years old? He also tied two different records tonight.

It wasn’t just Matthews. His fellow freshmen William Nylander — named rookie of the month for March — and Mitch Marner were also in on the scoring and did so in spectacular fashion.

When they needed him, Frederik Andersen once again provided solid goaltending. Sure, he allowed four goals but he also faced 42 shots and was busy in the third period.

Video: Prout, Simmonds drop the gloves as things get chippy between Flyers, Devils


Saturday’s game between the Philadelphia Flyers and New Jersey Devils took a nasty turn in the second period.

Dalton Prout and Wayne Simmonds dropped the gloves in a wild fight after Prout, the Devils defenseman, retaliated against Radko Gudas in the neutral zone, resulting in the melee.

— Prout was given a major for fighting, a major for interference for his retaliation against Gudas and a game misconduct.

— Simmonds was given a major for fighting.

— Gudas, who threw the initial hit at the blue line but didn’t receive a penalty, was hurt on the play. He did return in the middle period but wasn’t on the bench for the beginning of the third period.

There was another skirmish just 19 seconds later, as Dale Weise rocked Kyle Palmieri with a late hit along the boards near the Devils bench.

Weise was given a major penalty for boarding and a game misconduct. He was eventually grabbed by Travis Zajac, as members from both teams met once again after the whistle.

Video: Auston Matthews has scored another beautiful goal


Remember that scoring slump Auston Matthews was going through? You know, without a point in seven games — last month?

Well, that is long gone.

On Saturday, the Maple Leafs star rookie — don’t they have three of those? — scored a beauty, putting on a dazzling display of quick hands. Off the rush, Matthews picked up the puck off a bounce and immediately chipped it top shelf on Detroit Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard.

That was his 37th goal of the season. Not bad.

Not only does Matthews lead all rookies in that category — Patrik Laine had an impressive 34 goals entering tonight’s slate of games — but he’s now fourth in the league in goals and only six back of the leader Sidney Crosby.

More importantly, that goal tied the game at 1-1. The Maple Leafs, pushing for a playoff spot in the East, went on to open up a lead on goals from other very talented rookies Mitch Marner and William Nylander.

Flyers’ Neuvirth collapses, taken off ice on stretcher (Updated)


There was a frightening incident involving Philadelphia Flyers goalie Michal Neuvirth during the first period of Saturday’s game versus the New Jersey Devils.


Philadelphia Flyers goalie Michal Neuvirth was taken from the ice on a stretcher 7:37 into the first period against the New Jersey Devils after collapsing during a stoppage in play.

With the teams setting up for a neutral-zone faceoff, Neuvirth fell to his back in his crease. He was tended to by medical personnel. He was conscious and moving before leaving the ice after a delay of about 10 minutes.

Neuvirth was replaced by Anthony Stolarz, who was recalled from Lehigh Valley of the American Hockey League on Saturday to replace Steve Mason, who was unavailable to play.

Updated: The Flyers have announced that Neuvirth is “awake and alert” and is being taken to hospital.