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Video: No update on Little’s status following controversial Stralman hit

After back-to-back losses, the Winnipeg Jets will face the Florida Panthers on Saturday but it remains to be seen if forward Bryan Little will be available for that game, or, if he doesn’t play, how long he could be out for.

From the Winnipeg Sun:

Little missed the rest of the game and was sent for x-rays on his neck but was able to travel with the team to Fort Lauderdale Thursday night. The Jets will play the Florida Panthers in Sunrise, Fla., on Saturday. The team was off Friday so there were no updates available on the injury.

Little left Thursday’s game against the Tampa Bay Lightning late in the second period after he was on the receiving end of a controversial Anton Stralman hit, leaving the Jets leading goal scorer injured on the ice.

There was no penalty for the initial hit, which enraged Winnipeg coach Paul Maurice, who was eventually tossed from the game seconds after he came back onto the bench to begin the third period.

There was no hearing for Stralman, the league confirmed Friday.

In 57 games this season, Little leads the Jets with 17 goals. He’s also second on the team in points with 42.

Video: Jones scores goal off Dumba’s head

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Just as David Jones planned. OK, probably not.

The Calgary Flames forward scored a strange one Wednesday, as his wrist shot off the rush deflected off the stick of a Minnesota Wild defender, then banked off the head of defenseman Matt Dumba and into the top corner behind a helpless Devan Dubnyk.

For Jones, that’s his ninth goal of the season.

Despite such luck, the Flames still lost to the Wild by a final score of 5-3, with their third-period comeback bid falling short.

Minnesota has now won two in a row under interim coach John Torchetti, and is two points behind Nashville for the final Wild Card spot in the West.

‘Individual mistake cost the game’: Therrien critical of P.K. Subban turnover after loss to Avs

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P.K. Subban lost his footing as he was checked inside the Colorado zone, and that was trouble for the Montreal Canadiens.

About nine seconds later, the puck was in the back of Montreal’s net. Jarome Iginla was left with an easy tap-in into a wide open net for his second goal of the game. With 2:03 remaining in regulation, that broke a 2-2 deadlock, giving the Avalanche an eventual 3-2 victory.

In a one-goal game, with the Habs now losing, coach Michel Therrien then benched Subban, the team’s leading point producer, for the remaining 2:03 after his turnover.

Another loss for the Habs. Three in a row.

With goalie Carey Price injured, this season has disintegrated for Montreal. And it continued Wednesday.

Following the game, the embattled Therrien was displeased with one particular moment in the game — the mistake Subban, his star defenseman, made seconds before the Iginla winner.

“Individual mistake cost the game,” said Therrien, as per Sportsnet.

“As a coach, I thought he could’ve had a better decision at the blue line and move the puck behind and he put himself in a tough position.

“We play as a team and unfortunately at the end of the game, when we don’t play as a team, we could be in trouble. This is what happens.”

Subban also addressed his fall following the game.

“If I had to do it over again, I would probably try not (to lose an edge). I think I put myself in positions a lot where I have control on one hand and I use my body to shield (the puck),” Subban told reporters.

“He didn’t push me. He didn’t really do anything. I just crossed over and lost an edge and the puck was there for him.”

Panarin hat trick lifts Blackhawks over Rangers after wild third period

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Five goals and two lead changes in the final 20 minutes — Wednesday’s game between the Chicago Blackhawks and New York Rangers experienced an offensive outburst highlighted by a hat trick from rookie Artemi Panarin.

Earlier in the night, Panarin, 24, became the first NHL rookie to hit the 20-goal plateau this season.

By the end of the night, he had 22 goals on the season and the winner in this game, as the Blackhawks came back in the third period for a 5-3 victory.

The Blackhawks move back to the top of the Western Conference standings, one point ahead of the Dallas Stars.

Chicago opened up a two-goal lead through the second period, before the Rangers scored three straight times, including two goals in 1:53 early in the third period, to take the lead.

But as quickly as the Rangers grabbed the lead, the Blackhawks took it right back. And they didn’t give it up.

Andrew Shaw tied the game and Panarin put Chicago in the lead for good with his second of the game, with three minutes remaining in regulation. He capped off his first career hat trick with an empty net goal to secure the win.

Henrik Lundqvist made 15 saves on 19 shots faced.

Video: Panarin scores to become first NHL rookie to 20 goals this season

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Give Artemi Panarin 20 goals on the season.

The 24-year-old Chicago Blackhawks forward snapped a wrist shot on the power play, beating New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist to increase Chicago’s lead to two goals during the second period of Wednesday’s game.

Panarin becomes the first NHL rookie this season to hit 20 goals. He leads Detroit’s Dylan Larkin (18 goals), and Buffalo teammates Jack Eichel and Sam Reinhart (17 goals). He’s also up to 55 points on the season.