Author: Cam Tucker

Patrick Kane

Video: Patrick Kane falls awkwardly into boards, injured after being shoved from behind (Updated)


The struggling Chicago Blackhawks will now have to deal with an injury to Patrick Kane.

Kane was hurt in the first period of Tuesday’s game against the Florida Panthers after getting shoved from behind into the boards by Florida’s Alex Petrovic. Kane didn’t play another shift in the period after that, and will not return to the game due to an upper-body injury.

From CSN Chicago:

Patrick Kane took a cross-check near the boards and headed to the dressing room in the first period of the Blackhawks’ game against the Florida Panthers on Tuesday night.

Kane was going toward the boards when Florida defenseman Alex Petrovic gave him a push. It wasn’t a big push, but it was enough for Kane to fall awkwardly shoulder-first into the lower boards. Kane got up under his own power but headed right to the dressing room.

Updated: The Blackhawks announced Kane will not return due to an upper-body injury.


Video: Lack robs Eriksson with sprawling left-arm save

Eddie Lack

This, for the time being, is Eddie Lack’s team, which is something Vancouver Canucks head coach Willie Desjardins said before Tuesday’s game with the Boston Bruins.

With Ryan Miller injured, Lack has stepped into the starting role. He’s been busy in Boston, facing 28 shots through two periods, including 20 in the middle period.

His best save of the night came off Loui Eriksson in the second period. Knocked backwards and with his mask coming off, Lack stuck out the left arm in desperation, robbing the Boston forward of what looked to be a wide open net.

Now, there was some question as to whether the officials should’ve called a penalty shot, as a Canucks defenseman clearly put their hand on the puck in the crease, trying to get the puck out of harm’s way after the stop.

No call. Still, a spectacular save.

Now, does it rival this unbelievable stop from Karri Ramo on J.T. Miller earlier in the evening?

Video: Kings keep rolling with victory over Sharks at Levi’s Stadium

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The stage was great, and so were the stakes.

In a battle at Levi’s Stadium, in front of more than 70,000 hockey fans, the L.A. Kings moved back into third place in the Pacific Division with a 2-1 win over the host San Jose Sharks in a physical, intense game between two California rivals.

Marian Gaborik scored the winner, beating Antti Niemi with a slap shot that found its way under the left arm of the Sharks goalie.

“Yeah, it’s definitely special. It was my second outdoor game,” said Gaborik.

“It’s been fun in terms of putting pucks into the net. But it definitely feels good to get the goal. So brought us each two points, and it was a fun game tonight.”

With the victory, the Kings have won seven games in a row. They’re serving notice to the Western Conference. Meanwhile, the Sharks have fallen out of the top eight in the conference, as the playoff race heats up.

“Well, we’ve been very inconsistent this year. The last seven games we played some good hockey,” said Gaborik. “We played some Kings hockey like we know how to play, and we’ve been getting great goaltending throughout the team everybody is contributing.”

The Kings began this streak on Feb. 7. It followed a three-game losing streak, and seven losses in eight games.

Back on Feb. 6, the Kings were 12th in the conference, and five points back of the Vancouver Canucks for the final Wild Card spot.

“If you look at our schedule, we have a two-game trip for us, and we have 14 road games and 12 division games so I wouldn’t put too much emphasis on where we are right now,” said Kings head coach Darryl Sutter.

The Sharks got off to a slow start under the lights of Levi’s Stadium, but were much stronger through the middle part of the game. However, Gaborik’s early goal in the third period turned the momentum in favor of the Kings, who were able to hold on in the final minute.

“We were disappointed in the outcome. I’m not disappointed in the effort and what our group put into the game,” said Sharks head coach Todd McLellan.

“We would have preferred to win. It was a hard-fought game by two good teams that played a pretty even match. So the outcome is very disappointing, but everything else we’re proud of. I think our city and Northern California has to be extremely proud.”

Video: Senators’ Cowen to have a hearing for high, late hit on Jokinen

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Ottawa Senators defenseman Jared Cowen is facing supplemental discipline for a late, high hit on Florida Panthers forward Jussi Jokinen in Saturday’s game.

The NHL’s Department of Player Safety announced via Twitter that Cowen will have a hearing with the league on Monday.

The hit occurred early in the second period, as Jokinen had entered Ottawa territory. He passed the puck off and didn’t appear to be expecting contact, when Cowen caught him up high with the hit. Cowen was assessed a minor penalty for interference. Jokinen was hurt on the play but remained in the game.

Video: Gaborik’s third-period goal extends Kings’ winning streak to seven games

2015 Coors Light Stadium Series - Los Angeles Kings v San Jose Sharks

The L.A. Kings, defending Stanley Cup champions, are making a statement as they fight back into the Western Conference playoff picture.

Marian Gaborik scored the winner on a slap shot that somehow beat Antti Niemi at the 4:04 mark of the third period, as the Kings defeated the San Jose Sharks by a final score of 2-1 before 70,205 fans at Levi’s Stadium on Saturday.

That’s now seven consecutive wins for the Kings, who move to 68 points, which ties them with the Sharks, who entered the game holding that final Wild Card spot in the West.

The Kings, with games in hand on Calgary and San Jose, move into third in the Pacific Division.