Mike Halford

Video: McQuaid shaken up, exits after heavy hit from Sill

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Another scary incident on Tuesday night, following Minnesota’s Mikko Koivu exiting tonight’s game in Columbus and being sent to hospital — in Boston, B’s d-man Adam McQuaid appeared to be injured on a hitfrom Caps energy guy Zach Sill.

McQuaid has yet to return from the incident and, as the video shows, needed help just leaving the playing surface.

The fans in Boston booed vociferously upon learning there was no penalty on the play, and responses on social media mirrored those at TD Garden. Twitter was filled with complaints about Sill’s hit, and calls for the NHL’s Department of Player Safety to review.

We’ll keep tabs on McQuaid’s condition. The Bruins have yet to update his status, but a return seems doubtful.

Wild captain Koivu hospitalized after crashing into boards

Colorado Avalanche v Minnesota Wild - Game Six
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The opening frame of tonight’s Blue Jackets-Wild game at Nationwide was marred by a frightening incident involving Minnesota captain Mikko Koivu.

Koivu was hurt in this collision with Jackets d-man David Savard, which sent the veteran forward into the boards:

Koivu, 32, reportedly made it back to the Wild bench before exiting the game, then going to a local hospital.

The Wild have yet to update his condition. Koivu is in the midst of a solid campaign, with 10 goals and 32 points through 38 games.

Coyotes move game to avoid conflict with Cards playoff

GLENDALE, AZ - DECEMBER 22:  A fan of the Arizona Coyotes looks on during the NHL game against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Gila River Arena on December 22, 2015 in Glendale, Arizona. The Coyotes defeated the Maple Leafs 3-2.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) The Jan. 16 game between the New Jersey Devils and Arizona Coyotes has been pushed up to noon to accommodate the Arizona Cardinals playoff game later that night.

The Devils and Coyotes were originally scheduled to play at 7 p.m., but the game was moved because the Cardinals are playing their NFC divisional playoff game at 6:15 p.m.

University of Phoenix Stadium, home of the Cardinals, and the Coyotes’ Gila River Arena are both in the Westgate Entertainment District.

The buildings are essentially across the street from each other, so Coyotes fans would have had a hard time finding parking with so many Cardinals fans expected to be at the playoff game.

Preds sign AHL Milwaukee leading scorer Gaudreau

DRUMMONDVILLE, QC - MARCH 9:  Frederick Gaudreau #89 of the Drummondville Voltigeurs moves the puck past Carl-Antoine Delisle #18 of the Victoriaville Tigres during the QMJHL game at the Centre Marcel Dionne on March 9, 2014 in Drummondville, Quebec, Canada.  The Voltigeurs defeated the Tigres 3-2.  (Photo by Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)
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Nashville made an interesting move on Tuesday, signing forward Frederick Gaudreau — the top point-getter on its minor-league affiliate — to a two-year, entry-level contract.

Gaudreau, 22, was never drafted and caught on with the Preds last year, splitting time between AHL Milwaukee and ECHL Cincinnati. His progression has been pretty impressive — this is his first full campaign in the American League and, through 34 games, he has nine goals and 24 points.

What’s more, Gaudreau is doing it on the best team in the Western Conference. The Admirals have enjoyed a terrific start to the campaign, going 23-10-2.

 

Goalie nods: Rask back in for B’s after Winter Classic disappointment

during the 2016 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic at Gillette Stadium on January 1, 2016 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.

Tuukka Rask hopes his next game goes better than his last.

That’s because his last outing was a rough one, on the biggest of stages — a 5-1 thumping by Montreal in the 2016 Winter Classic at Gillette Stadium.

Rask, who did play well in that game — especially in the first period, when Boston was badly out-shot — didn’t mince words afterwards about what he thought of his team’s performance:

Rask faces a tall order tonight against Washington, the top club in the Eastern Conference. He was on the wrong end of a 4-1 loss to Washington earlier this year (in November), and could really use a result tonight, given he’s lost three of his last four starts.

For the Caps, no surprise — Braden Holtby starts.

Elsewhere…

Roberto Luongo and the red-hot Panthers are in Buffalo. Luongo will get the start, while Linus Ullmark will go for the Sabres.

— Looks like it’s Finland versus Sweden in New York: Henrik Lundqvist will start for the Rangers, while Dallas appears ready to give Antti Niemi the start after he lost to New Jersey on Saturday.

— Good matchup in Pittsburgh, as the red-hot Corey Crawford goes for Chicago. The resurgent Penguins will start their No. 1, Marc-Andre Fleury.

— Columbus, currently without Sergei Bobrovsky and Curtis McElhinney, will give one of their two AHL netminders a shot — Anton Forsberg. Devan Dubnyk starts for the visiting Wild.

— In Philly, it’s a battle of the backups: Ben Scrivens goes for Montreal, giving Mike Condon the night off after a solid Winter Classic outing. Michal Neuvirth is in for the Flyers.

— The Jets will switch from Michael Hutchinson to Connor Hellebuyck in Nashville, while the Preds are likely to counter with Pekka Rinne.

Karri Ramo (who we wrote about earlier) starts for the Flames, to nobody’s surprise. The Lightning are going with Ben Bishop.