Tonight, the L.A. Kings and San Jose Sharks clash in a pivotal Western Conference game at Levi’s Stadium for the NHL’s Stadium Series. You can catch the game on NBCSN (10 p.m. ET), or watch live online using NBC Sports’ Live Extra.
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Don Cherry has taken issue with the amount of fights NHL super stars are getting into these days, using the latest case of Sidney Crosby scrapping with Brandon Dubinsky as his example.
Crosby and Dubinsky dropped the gloves in a spirited but quick bout after getting tangled up together in the corner during a game between the Penguins and Blue Jackets this week.
“Crosby should never have to put up with stuff like this. This has been going on, he’s had concussions. He shouldn’t fight,” said Cherry during his Coach’s Corner segment on Saturday.
(Interesting to note that while Cherry brought up Crosby’s concussion history as a reason why Pittsburgh’s star shouldn’t fight, he later turned around and basically dismissed concussions and the connection they have to fighting in hockey.)
Cherry’s main issue was the lack of “protection” stars have now compared to the days of Wayne Gretzky and Mike Bossy during the 1980s. He then showed several clips of stars like Evgeni Malkin, Jonathan Toews, Patrice Bergeron, Rick Nash and others in fights.
“They should be protected all the time,” said Cherry. “That’s why they get injured all the time. They should never, ever be fighting.”
Jacob Trouba was just throwing the puck out front, hoping someone would get their stick on it. The play didn’t go quite as planned, but it still worked.
Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Morgan Rielly deflected the puck into his own net, putting the Winnipeg Jets on the board and tying the game at 1-1. Trouba played the puck off the end boards after the initial shot missed the net. Jonathan Bernier wasn’t quite back into position when Trouba fired the puck out front, and Rielly inadvertently tipped it into the partially open net.
Rielly’s reaction says it all.
Former NHL defenseman Steve Montador, who was found dead last Sunday at the age of 35, was planning to sue the league over concussions, according to a report in the Chicago Tribune.
From the Chicago Tribune:
In the month before he died, former Blackhawks defenseman Steve Montador was preparing to sue the NHL over its failure to deal with the issue of concussions and to warn its players of the risk of long-term brain damage from concussions.
William Gibbs of the Chicago firm Corboy & Demetrio, the attorney whom Montador had retained, expects a lawsuit still will be filed on behalf of Montador and his family.
“I will need to talk to the family about that but I’d be surprised if we didn’t continue,” Gibbs said Friday.
Montador, who played in 571 regular season games in the NHL, dealt with concussions throughout his career.
On Saturday, friends, family and former teammates gathered to pay tribute to Montador at a ceremony at the Mississauga Convention Centre, according to The Canadian Press.
John Scott, you’re going in.
The towering San Jose Sharks forward, who has two goals and three points in 24 games this season, will play against the L.A. Kings at Levi’s Stadium in Saturday’s NHL Stadium Series game, according to multiple reports.
As a result, Chris Tierney will come out of the lineup, as per CSN Bay Area.
Sharks head coach Todd McLellan has opted for size in such a big game, before what will be a huge crowd. Scott last played Feb. 11 against the Washington Capitals.
“John Scott had a big factor in the game we played against L.A. last time,” said McLellan, as per NHL.com.
“He played really good minutes, hard minutes. They’re a big team, and John is that. That’s called ingredients. You need different types of ingredients on any given night to win. The last time we used those ingredients we had some success.”