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Duck hunt: Isles chase Andersen with three goals on 11 shots

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Frederik Andersen‘s night in Brooklyn is over early.

Andersen, who got the start for Anaheim on Monday against the Isles, allowed three goals on 11 shots in the opening frame and was replaced by John Gibson to start the second period.

All three of New York’s goals came in a five-minute span at the end of the frame. Cal Clutterbuck scored at 14:54 to equalize Carl Hagelin‘s opener and, not long after, Travis Hamonic scored to make it 2-1.

Brock Nelson scored his 12th of the season to give the Isles a two-goal advantage with just 17 seconds left on the clock.

Tonight’s outing is a tough development for Andersen, who missed a bunch of time earlier in the month with an illness.

That illness forced the Ducks to recall Gibson from AHL San Diego, and allowed Gibson to run with the starting gig — which eventually forced the club to keep their prized goalie prospect at the NHL level, and waive (and eventually demote) veteran Anton Khudobin.

Video: Johansen checks Cole through glass


After Ryan Johansen was made a healthy scratch last week, Columbus GM Jarmo Kekalainen told the Dispatch that “sometimes a message has to be hard, and it’s obviously a hard message when a player is scratched.”

Well, it sure looks like Johansen got the hard part.

During the first period of tonight’s game in Pittsburgh, Johansen drove Pens d-man Ian Cole through the glass with a pretty healthy bodycheck:

This was Johansen’s second game back since getting parked in the press box — he played over 20 minutes in Saturday’s 3-2 shootout win over Philly.

All told, the 23-year-old finished tonight’s opening period with just under six minutes of ice time, winning 75 percent of his draws. Columbus went into the intermission leading 1-0 on an Alexander Wennberg goal.


After 34 games, Tinordi to make season debut for Habs tonight

Jarred Tinordi, Brendan Gallagher

Been a long time coming for Jarred Tinordi.

Montreal’s first-round pick (22nd overall) in 2010, Tinordi will finally get a chance to play this season when he replaces the injured Jeff Petry on defense versus Nashville.

The 23-year-old had previously been a healthy scratch in all 34 of the Habs’ games this season, a situation that has been monitored closely — and garnered a lot of attention — throughout the campaign.

More: Tinordi becomes the latest youngster to be sent to the AHL for ‘conditioning’

Because he’s no longer exempt from waivers, Tinordi’s been “stuck” on Montreal’s roster for most of the season. It’s a similar situation to what Frank Corrado (see here), Tomas Jurco (see here), Stanislav Galiev (see here) and Patrik Nemeth (see here) have experienced, though Tinordi had to wait longer than all of them to make his regular-season debut.

“It’s a situation that’s been very difficult for [Tinordi], we all know,” Canadiens coach Michel Therrien said, per Sportsnet. “He’s been training hard, he has a good attitude. We hope he has a good game because he deserves to.”

Tinordi is projected to play on the club’s third pairing, alongside veteran Tom Gilbert.

Rinaldo says linesman ‘cranked me down pretty hard,’ caused injury (Video)


Curious tidbit here from CSNNE’s Joe Haggerty on the injury that forced Zac Rinaldo to miss Boston’s last three games:

The more interesting aspect of the situation was the B’s fourth liner claiming that linesmen David Brisebois was the one that caused the [upper-body] injury when he was separating Rinaldo and Matt Hendricks after the two of them scrapped in the Edmonton game a week ago.

“He was trying to keep me down, so I wouldn’t get up,” said Rinaldo. “I was coming up, and he cranked me down pretty hard.”

Here’s the incident in question (Brisebois is No. 96):

It’s hard to see what exactly happened — the incident was over pretty quick, and Rinaldo didn’t appear to immediately grab at any injured part of his (upper) body.

He also ended up playing for the remainder of the contest, finishing with 14 shifts for just under nine minutes of ice time.

That said, he was clearly displeased with Brisebois’ actions. Rinaldo went on to tell CSNNE “there was no reason to use that much force like the ref did,” and “the last thing you want to deal with is a ref using all his strength.”

He did say he’ll be available for selection should the B’s need him tomorrow night, when they host the Blues at TD Garden.

Bruins’ Talbot suspended two games for ‘predatory’ hit on Tlusty


The NHL has suspended Boston forward Max Talbot two games for interference on New Jersey’s Jiri Tlusty from Sunday night.

Calling it a “late, violent” hit, the NHL’s Department of Player Safety was harsh in its assessment of Talbot’s decision-making on the play, which occurred midway through the Bruins’ 2-1 shootout win.

“What elevates this to hit to merit supplemental discipline is the extreme lateness and predatory nature of the hit,” the DoPS said. “After releasing the puck, Tlusty looks up and sees Talbot approaching.

“However, only after Tlusty looks back at the puck in the corner does Talbot commit to throwing this hit.”

Talbot, who wasn’t penalized on the play, will miss Boston’s next two games — tomorrow against the Blues, and Saturday against the Sabres. He’ll also forfeit $19,354.84 in salary to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.

Tlusty was shaken up by the hit, but returned to finish with just over 14 minutes of ice time.

“He went through and finished a full check,” Tlusty explained, per the Star-Ledger. “He went through my chest and head. It was a late check, but it’s tough to say anything. I would just say it was too late.”