Joe Yerdon

Flyers’ Downie out of hospital

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There’s good news for Philadelphia Flyers forward Steve Downie today.

The Flyers released a statement saying Downie was out of the hospital and doing well. They also added that Vincent Lecavalier is still day-to-day. 

It was just on Saturday the team said Downie would be out indefinitely with a concussion. Him being out of the hospital is at least a good sign that he can recover at home.

In case you’d forgotten, Downie was injured in a fight with Washington Capitals forward Aaron Volpatti on Friday night and was taken to a Philly hospital following the game

Sens goalie Anderson stretchered off in overtime (Update: It’s a stiff neck)

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Ottawa Senators goalie Craig Anderson was stretchered off the ice during overtime of their game against the Dallas Stars.

Anderson collided with Stars rookie forward Valeri Nichushkin with 3:16 left in the extra period. Nichushkin’s thigh appeared to crash into Anderson’s face, knocking his head back awkwardly. Anderson laid on the ice awake and in pain, but motionless.

Senators trainers immobilized Anderson and had him taken off the ice on a stretcher. He gave a thumbs up to the Canadian Tire Centre crowd as he was wheeled off the ice.

We’ll update on his condition as it becomes available.

UPDATE (4:01 p.m. ET): Shawn McKenzie of Sportsnet has a very encouraging update.

UPDATE (4:28 p.m. ET): Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun has the injury:

Bettman on Emery fight: ‘I don’t think anybody liked it, liked what it looked like’

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While Philadelphia’s Ray Emery wasn’t suspended for his role in the one-sided fight with Washington’s Braden Holtby, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman wasn’t happy with how things happened in Philadelphia on Friday.

Aaron Portzline of The Columbus Dispatch spoke with the commissioner and got his thoughts on what went down concerning Emery.

“We constantly monitor and look at the game,” Bettman said. “There was no rule that was violated to elevate things to the level of a suspension. It’s something we’ll continue to discuss.

“I don’t think anybody liked it, liked what it looked like. Fortunately it’s not something that happens very often. But I’m sure it’s something we’ll focus on, particularly with the general managers.”

Bettman voiced his support for Brendan Shanahan and the NHL Department of Player Safety and the job they’ve done. He reiterated the rarity in which things like this occur as well as the relative smaller percentage of hits that require their attention.

That said, it’s not good for Emery or the Flyers if the biggest boss is taking notice.

Video: Stars 2013 first-round pick Nichushkin scores first NHL goal

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It took Dallas Stars rookie Valeri Nichushkin 13 games, but he’s finally got his first NHL goal.

Early in the second period of the Stars Sunday afternoon game against the Ottawa Senators, Nichushkin broke into the Senators zone. Stars blue liner Brenden Dillon helped provide a screen and get Senators goalie Craig Anderson leaning to his left.

Unfortunately for Anderson, Nichushkin’s shot was going in the other direction beating him, giving the 2013 NHL Draft’s tenth overall pick his first of the season.

Flames rookie goalie to make first NHL start against Chicago

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The Calgary Flames are starting rookie goalie Reto Berra on Sunday night. While that makes for a normally sweet headline for a young kid, he may be up to his ears in shots.

His opponent? The defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks.

The Flames recalled Berra on Saturday after putting goalie Joey MacDonald on waivers and are putting him right to the test. Coincidentally, Berra was a teammate of Patrick Kane’s during the lockout last season in the Swiss League with EHC Biel.

Flames coach Bob Hartley says this start won’t be a one-off for Berra.

The Flames have to be hoping Kane spilled all of his tricks and secrets to Berra while they played in Switzerland. On paper, this doesn’t set up to be one of the most fair match-ups we’ve seen this year. Good luck, kid.