Author: Joe Yerdon

Tyler Myers

Sabres’ Myers to meet with NHL over Zubrus head shot


Buffalo’s Tyler Myers will have to talk to the league about his illegal check to the head of New Jersey’s Dainius Zubrus.

Myers will have a phone hearing with the NHL because of his hit on Zubrus. Myers was given a two-minute minor on the play in the third period that led to the Devils’ only goal of the game. Zubrus later retaliated against Myers drawing a penalty of his own that led to Matt D’Agostini’s game-winning power play goal.

After the game, Devils coach Pete DeBoer wondered why Myers’ penalty wasn’t a major. Zubrus didn’t like the play at all either.

Myers thought differently of the play.

“I felt like I got all shoulder,” Myers said to PHT after the game. “I’m not sure if I made contact with the head. I think if I did it was all shoulder and a result of me being so tall. It’s one of those big guy things and I don’t want it to take away from playing aggressive.”

For the record, Myers is 6’8″ while Zubrus is 6’5″.

Myers was suspended once in his career for boarding back in March 2012.

Here’s video of the play in case you missed it:

Loading up: Evgeni Malkin (lower body) returns for Pittsburgh

Evgeni Malkin

You can add Evgeni Malkin’s name to the list of Pittsburgh Penguins returning to action this afternoon against Winnipeg.

Malkin took warm-ups before this afternoon’s game and will play against the Jets. He’s been out since December 14 with a lower-body injury. Malkin will be on a line with Jussi Jokinen and James Neal.

Malkin missed nine games after he was injured in a crash into the boards against the Detroit Red Wings, a game after Kris Letang was put out of action with an elbow issue. With Letang rejoining the lineup today as well, the Penguins are getting back to full health rapidly.

The Penguins were already at the top of the Metropolitan Division as it was, but now that they’re getting key players, the rest of the Eastern Conference will have their hands full with a more robust Penguins lineup.

World Juniors: Russia beats Canada 2-1, wins bronze

Sweden Juniors Ice Hockey

Canada’s quest to earn a medal at this year’s World Junior Championships fell short as Russia earned a 2-1 win against them to take bronze.

Sabres prospect Mikhail Grigorenko and forward Eduard Gimatov while Lightning prospect goalie Andrei Vasilevski made 30 saves to earn the win. Jets prospect Josh Morrissey had Canada’s lone tally while Canadiens prospect Zach Fucale saved 30 shots.

Canadian captain, and Flyers prospect, Scott Laughton said the loss was a disappointment.

“It’s tough,” said Laughton “You can’t put it into words. When you put on this crest and try to represent your country, and can’t even bring a medal back to Canada for the people who’ve been cheering for you and have 4,000 fans come down here, it’s heartbreaking.”

It’s the second consecutive year Canada has failed to medal in the tournament.

Grigorenko’s goal was his fifth of the tournament and now he’ll return to Buffalo where his future is up in the air. He’s ineligible to be sent to the AHL (too young) and the Sabres have been leery/unable to send him back to his junior team, the Quebec Remparts.