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Video: Andrew Shaw ejected for late, blindside hit on Rangers’ Fast


Andrew Shaw‘s return to the Montreal Canadiens lineup was brief.

Back on the ice in game action after a concussion sidelined him in December, Shaw played 5:06 in the first period against the New York Rangers on Saturday. He recorded 22 penalty minutes.

Shaw was tossed from the game after an interference major for a late, blindside hit on Jesper Fast. As seen in the clip above, the puck was nowhere near Fast when Shaw turned and delivered the late hit.

Now, will the league administer supplemental discipline for this latest incident?

Shaw has numerous run-ins with the league’s Department of Player Safety, including early this season when he was suspended during the pre-season. He also avoided suspension for a slew-foot on Buffalo’s Johan Larsson right after his first ban this season.

Blackhawks recall Schmaltz from AHL Rockford


The day after a humiliating loss to the Washington Capitals, and with injury and illness concerns up front, the Chicago Blackhawks have recalled forward Nick Schmaltz from the AHL.

Selected 20th overall in the 2014 NHL Draft, Schmaltz has split this season between the Blackhawks and the Rockford IceHogs in the minors.

He had just one goal and four points in 26 games at the NHL level as a rookie this season. He’s been productive in the AHL, with nine points in 12 games.

Per Scott Powers of The Athletic, Artem Anisimov is sick and is subsequently questionable for tomorrow, while Marcus Kruger could be out longer than the original timeline of three weeks.

The Blackhawks face the Minnesota Wild on Sunday.

Chicago still leads the Central Division by two points, but a Minnesota win tonight against Dallas and a win tomorrow would put the Wild in sole possession of first place.

Related: Looking to make the leap: Nick Schmaltz

Jakub Voracek boarding major was a ‘terrible call,’ says Flyers GM


Philadelphia Flyers general manager Ron Hextall has expressed his opinion on the call to penalize Jakub Voracek for five minutes during Saturday’s loss to the Boston Bruins.

Spoiler alert: He doesn’t agree with the call.

Voracek was assessed a boarding major for a hit along the boards on Bruins defenseman Kevan Miller. The Bruins scored on the ensuing power play and Miller didn’t return to the game. There was no further update on his condition after the game.

“It was a terrible call,” said Hextall, per the Courier-Post.

“In my mind it wasn’t a penalty. Jake goes in to forecheck, which is what he’s supposed to do. Their guy puts himself in a bad position, which we try and teach our guys not to, and he takes contact. Saw Jake coming. I don’t understand why that was called. To me, it’s not a two-minute minor, let alone a five-minute penalty. Did it affect the game? Yes. Did it lose us the game? No.”

No, the Flyers manufactured only 24 shots on goal, while the Bruins had 39, as they took the game over in the second period.

Oilers will be without Adam Larsson for Battle of Alberta versus Flames


The famed Battle of Alberta has recently gone through some lean years, with its two rivals, the Calgary Flames and Edmonton Oilers, unable to remain competitive in the Western Conference standings.

That seems to be trending in the other direction now, at least if the first half of the season is any indication. The Oilers are third in the Pacific Division with 51 points and it certainly helps having 20-year-old phenom Connor McDavid in your lineup to build around.

The Flames hold a Wild Card spot and are just three points back of the Oilers.

Lots of hockey remaining, obviously, but one of hockey’s more bitter rivalries from past years seems to have been re-energized over these last few months.

The Oilers will enter this game without defenseman Adam Larsson, who won’t play tonight because of a lower-body injury, the club stated this afternoon.

Larsson isn’t known for his point production or his flash.

He has just two goals and eight points in 44 games this season, and he’s basically the complete opposite of Taylor Hall, who the Oilers traded to New Jersey in order to land Larsson and bolster their blue line.

“He can play 25 minutes a night quite comfortably, and he has a lot of experience for a young defenseman,” said head coach Todd McLellan.

“He defends first, he’s positionally sound, solid stick, but the physicality part of it is something that was underestimated by me. I didn’t think he would be as aggressive as he’s been. That’s been a welcome addition to our back end.”

Related: How much has the Hall-Larsson trade helped Edmonton?

After brutal loss to Capitals, Blackhawks face first-place clash with Wild


From start to finish on Friday, the Washington Capitals were far and away the better team against the Chicago Blackhawks.

The result was a 6-0 loss for Chicago. They fell behind early. Corey Crawford was eventually pulled and the Blackhawks saw their four-game winning streak come to a humiliating end.

“You can’t forget these games,” said Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews, per the Chicago Sun-Times.

“You’ve got to let them sink in, you’ve got to learn from them You’ve got to use it, get pissed off, and use it the right way, to address the glaring issues that were present.”

The Blackhawks, masters so far this season of the one-goal victories, which they publicly believe is not a bad sign, won’t have much time to digest this setback. They play the Minnesota Wild on Sunday, with top spot in the Central Division on the line.

The Blackhawks lead the division, but the Wild sit just two points back. Minnesota also has five games in hand right now, and would take over first place with a regulation win.