Mike Halford

Video: With dad in attendance, Domi scores first in Toronto


Cool scene at the ACC tonight, where Coyotes rookie Max Domi scored his first-ever goal in Toronto, where his dad, Tie, played over 700 games for the Maple Leafs during a 12-year tenure.

The younger Domi was born in Winnipeg but grew up in Toronto, and went on to play for the OHL’s London Knights as well as Canada’s gold medal-winning team at the ’15 World Juniors.

Tonight’s goal was Domi’s fourth of the season and first on the power play, continuing what’s been a terrific freshman campaign.

The 12th overall pick in ’13 now has 10 points through his first nine games, moving past Connor McDavid for the lead among rookie scorers.

Oh, and in case you’re wondering:

D change: Oilers recall Nurse, put Reinhart on IR

Connor McDavid, Darnell Nurse

Darnell Nurse couldn’t crack the Edmonton roster out of training camp but, nine games into the season, he’s getting another shot.

Nurse, the seventh overall pick in 2013, has been recalled from AHL Bakersfield, the club announced on Monday. The 20-year-old is headed up to replace fellow d-man Griffin Reinhart, who was placed on IR.

It’ll be interesting to see how Nurse will be utilized at the big-league level.

Though he’s only got two games of NHL experience, he’s Edmonton’s best defensive prospect, and the club has had issues on the blueline thus far — eight different defensemen have dressed, with the likes of Reinhart, Andrew Ference and Brandon Davidson all platooning in and out.

The Oilers next play tomorrow night in Minnesota.

No hearing scheduled for Byfuglien after Pominville hit


Winnipeg blueliner Dustin Byfuglien doesn’t have a disciplinary hearing scheduled after boarding Minnesota’s Jason Pominville on Sunday night, an NHL spokesman confirmed.

Byfuglien was given a boarding minor late in the third period for the hit, which left Pominville momentarily woozy but able to finish the contest.

Byfuglien, 30, has a history with the NHL’s Department of Player Safety, having been suspended four games last year for a cross-check on Rangers forward J.T. Miller.

While he escaped supplemental discipline following Monday’s game, his Jets teammate wasn’t so fortunate. Alexander Burmistrov was fined just over $4K for his elbow on Minnesota blueliner Jared Spurgeon, a ruling that came down this afternoon.

The Jets are back in action tomorrow night, when they host the Kings at the MTS Centre.

Banged-up Blues get Fabbri (concussion) back after six-game absence

Robby Fabbri, Mattias Janmark-Nylen

ST. LOUIS (AP) — In the St. Louis Blues’ first game without top forwards Jaden Schwartz and Paul Stastny, it took players a while to adjust.

Coach Ken Hitchcock pointed out that his players have no choice.

Stastny is out at least another month with a broken right foot and Schwartz will be re-evaluated in three months after surgery for a fractured left ankle sustained in a freak practice accident on Friday. Schwartz had 63 points last season and Stastny had 46 points, and had five points in five games this season.

A third forward, Patrik Berglund, isn’t expected back until January after shoulder surgery.

Some help is on the way. The Blues anticipate activating All-Star defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk (groin) and promising rookie Robby Fabbri (concussion) in time for Tuesday night’s game against Tampa Bay. The 19-year-old Fabbri was a first-round pick in 2014 and has been a high scorer in juniors.

Still, it’s going to take a group effort to compensate for all of that lost offense.

The Blues turned up the intensity across the board on Saturday, erasing a two-goal third-period deficit before losing 3-2 in overtime to the Islanders. They outshot New York 15-2 in the third.

“I think we’re going to have to get a little creative with what we do with our roster, and we’re going to have to get more from certain people,” Hitchcock said. “But if we keep up with our work ethic, we keep our spirit up, we’re going to get through this thing and hopefully come out better.”

The malaise was evident at the start of the Islanders game when the Blues won just 5 of 15 of face-offs in the first period. Hitchcock noted a lack of aggressive checking.

“We weren’t sharp off the bat,” goalie Brian Elliott said. “We did a great job just kind of settling down and kind of taking over the game.”

The bottom line is that they salvaged something, and that’s important right now.

“To lose in overtime is a disappointment but you have to be happy with the one point and kind of move on from it and learn from that start,” Elliott said. “We had a lot of good things so you can’t hang your head too much.”

Besides Shattenkirk and Fabbri, the Blues will lean heavier on young Dmitrij Jaskin. They can give increased roles to veterans Scott Gomez and Scottie Upshall, too. Both made the team as tryouts.

“We’ve got to manufacture points, we’ve got to manufacture goals,” Hitchcock said. “It’s not going to come as smooth and as easy as it once did.”

Upshall was supposed to be in the lineup Saturday but became ill about an hour before game-time.

“We know we’re anticipating that Shattenkirk and Fabbri will be back in on Tuesday,” Hitchcock said. “I’m sure Upshall will be back in, so we’re going to get a little bit of stability.”

Rookie defenseman Colton Parayko has stepped in from the start, showing a knack for offense along with solid play on the back line. He had a goal and assist in the Saturday surge. The Blues can always lean on strong net-minding with Elliott and Jake Allen sharing duties.

“It’s just about guys stepping up and filling roles,” Elliott said. “We lost some big-time players and now it’s opportunities.”

Jets’ Burmistrov fined for elbowing Spurgeon


From the NHL’s Department of Player Safety:

Winnipeg Jets forward Alexander Burmistrov has been fined $4,166.67, the maximum allowable under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, for elbowing Minnesota Wild defenseman Jared Spurgeon during NHL Game No. 118 in Winnipeg on Sunday, October 25, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today.

The incident occurred at 13:11 of the second period.

Burmistrov was assessed a minor penalty for elbowing.

Spurgeon was able to continue playing after the elbow, and finished last night’s game with nearly 19 minutes of ice time.

This isn’t the first time Burmistrov’s landed on the disciplinary radar since returning from a two-year stint in the KHL.

In Winnipeg’s season-opening win over Boston, the 24-year-old Russian caught Boston’s Patrice Bergeron with a headshot. Burmistrov was given a illegal check to the head minor on the play and didn’t receive any suspension or fine; that said, CSNNE’s Joe Haggerty reported Burmistrov did receive a warning from the DoPS.