Mike Halford

Sill to have disciplinary hearing after boarding McQuaid


Washington forward Zach Sill will face the NHL’s Department of Player Safety for his hit on Boston d-man Adam McQuaid from Tuesday night.

The DoPS made the announcement this morning, just hours after Sill knocked McQuaid out of Washington’s 3-2 win at TD Garden.

The incident, which occurred in the second period, wasn’t penalized — much to the chagrin of B’s fans in attendance, and numerous people on social media, who requested the NHL review the play.

Not all thought the hit was that severe, however:

Patrice Bergeron, who was on the ice at the time and quickly grabbed Sill in the aftermath, didn’t mince words about what he thought.

“I thought it was a bad hit. It was one of those where it happens fast. From my angle, I guess, it was a bad hit, you know,” Bergeron explained, per CSNNE.com. “There was no point, no need for hitting him like that. It’s definitely tough to see Adam go down as hard as he did.”

The Bruins have yet to update McQuaid’s condition. He was not on the ice for this morning’s practice, listed with an upper-body injury.

NHL on NBCSN: ‘Hawks, Pens meet again after Tuesday’s OT thriller


Last night’s Pittsburgh-Chicago game — a 3-2 win for the Blackhawks in OT — was a pretty exciting affair.

So why not do it again?

Well, that’s exactly what NBCSN’s got tonight, as the two teams will flip locations (the United Center) but look to carry over the back-and-forth action that made Tuesday night’s game so compelling.

REMINDER: You can catch the game on TV, or online using NBC Sports’s Live Extra.

Chicago’s Artemi Panarin was the hero yesterday, with his second goal of the game coming at the 3:47 mark in OT. It put the Russian rookie at 13 goals on the season and kept him firmly in the conversation for this year’s Calder Trophy.

It also won him further accolades from his head coach.

“He’s been great for our team, with what he brings with his energy, as well as skill,” Joel Quenneville said, per NHL.com. “That line has been so effective for us, and him and [Patrick Kane] are together and share the puck at the appropriate moments.”

While Pittsburgh failed to extend its winning streak to three games last night, it did send the game past regulation — and that’s important. The Pens have now garnered at least a single point in six of their last seven games, points they’ll need in order to claw back into playoff position.

Pittsburgh heads into tonight’s action sitting one point back of Boston for the final wild card spot in the Eastern Conference. The club will undoubtedly look to captain Sidney Crosby to continue his solid play of late — with a goal last night, Crosby now has five in four games, his first four-game goal streak since 2010.

NHL unveils ’16 All-Star Game jerseys


We now know what John Scott and company will be sporting in Nashville at the end of the month.

On Wednesday, the NHL released its jerseys for the 2016 All-Star Game, which will be played on Jan. 31 at Bridgestone Arena, home of the Predators.


Each All-Star jersey features the official NHL Shield infused with the Predators’ gold in the crest. For the on-ice version of the All-Star jersey, the crest has been constructed with reflective material which glimmers in certain light as a salute to Nashville’s vibrant night-life scene. The black and white color scheme in each jersey shares the colors of the keys on a piano to celebrate the city of Nashville’s “Music City” nickname.

The All-Star jerseys will feature numbers and letters designed as modern interpretations of traditional country music poster lettering, which has been a defining aesthetic of Nashville. The numbers for the on-ice versions of the All-Star jerseys also will have the same reflective material as the crest. The tri-star mark, which appears in the neck gusset as well as on the pant, is a tribute to the Tennessee state flag and the Predators and a symbol of the elite athletes participating in the 2016 Honda NHL All-Star festivities. Each All-Star jersey will feature two full-color shoulder patches – the player’s home team logo and the NHL All-Star logo.

It’s worth noting that each player will receive a dark and light version of the jersey, as a function of the new All-Star format.

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


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

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.