Author: Cam Tucker

Video: Sharp dangles journeyman Benoit, scores to increase Blackhawks lead

Patrick Sharp scored his 15th goal of the season on Friday, as he dangled journeyman blue liner Andre Benoit then snapped a wrist that just got through Anders Lindback and trickled over the goal line.

That goal gave the visiting Blackhawks, who played the night before against Vancouver, a 2-0 lead over the Sabres less than nine minutes into the first period. Plenty has been made about Sharp’s lack of scoring this season — he went 19 games without a goal from the end of January to the middle of March — but he does have three goals in his last seven games, including Friday’s meeting with the Sabres.

Sekera reportedly not expected to return during regular season, as Kings cling to playoff spot


It appears the L.A. Kings could be without defenseman Andrej Sekera for the remainder of the regular season as they look to lock down a post-season berth.

According to a report from Lisa Dillman of the L.A. Times, Sekera is not expected to return to the Kings lineup during the regular season due to injury.

The 28-year-old blue liner was hurt during a loss to the Chicago Blackhawks on Monday. It was reported this week there was speculation the injury he sustained wasn’t minor, either.

That could be a big loss, considering the Kings paid a heavy price for Sekera, a pending unrestricted free agent who L.A. acquired just prior to the trade deadline for a first-round draft pick and prospect Roland McKeown.

That first-round pick could be in the 2015 draft, provided the Kings make the playoffs.

Since joining the Kings, Sekera had four points in 16 games.

Change of plans: Bennett to join Calgary Flames


Sam Bennett is actually going to the NHL.

The Calgary Flames announced Friday that Bennett, the fourth overall pick in last year’s draft, has been recalled to the big club after a brief time in the Ontario Hockey League with the Kingston Frontenacs, where he put up 24 points in 11 regular season games, and three points in four playoff games.

It was initially reported that Bennett was getting called up to the Flames’ AHL affiliate in Adirondack.

“It’s pretty surreal right now. I’m sure when I’m out there and around the team, it will feel a lot more real,” said Bennett, as per the club’s Twitter account.

“This is a dream. This is what I have wanted since I was four years old,” he added.

“Everyone knows what we think of Sam — he’s going to be an important part of our team,” said Flames GM Brad Treliving, as per the Calgary Herald. “But as I told him — and I want to be emphatic — we’re not expecting him to ride in on any horses to save the day. This is not an S.O.S.

“I caution everyone … he’s an 18-year-old player, a young guy who’s yet to play an NHL regular-season game. The expectation here, we have to keep realistic. I don’t want to quell the excitement — hey, we should be excited about Sam — but let’s all keep it in perspective.”

Still just 18 years old, Bennett was with the Flames in training camp, but missed a large portion of this season due to major shoulder surgery that came with a timeline of four to six months.

The Flames are on the road to face the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday. It’s another big game, as Calgary looks to inch closer to a playoff berth in what has been a surprise season for that club.

With four games remaining on their schedule, the Flames have 91 points, which is just one ahead of the L.A. Kings — the final Wild Card team in the West — and the Winnipeg Jets.