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Kulikov suspended four games for clipping Seguin


Florida Panthers defenseman Dmitry Kulikov has been suspended four games for an “excessively low” hit on Stars forward Tyler Seguin during Friday’s game in Dallas.

In reviewing the video, the NHL deemed that Kulikov “bends severely at the waist and throws his body across Seguin’s knees, flipping Seguin dangerously to the ice and causing a significant knee injury. This is clipping.”

It’s worth noting that the NHL did not label Kulikov’s hit “predatory,” as it did when Boston’s Brad Marchand was suspended five games for clipping Vancouver’s Sami Salo.

Rather, it was decided that Kulikov simply mistimed the hit.

Here’s the Marchand suspension video from 2012:

Report: Bruins to recall Subban, showcase coming?


Interesting development regarding the Bruins and young goalie prospect Malcolm Subban — per the Providence Journal, Subban is set to rejoin the B’s today on a recall from AHL Providence.

Which is leading to all sorts of speculation.

The Bruins are in the midst of a Western Canada road swing and the recall would leave Providence short — per the Journal, the club’s strength coach is dressing as the backup goalie for today’s matinee against Manchester — so the timing of Subban’s move is curious.

Especially in light of recent reports.

TSN’s Darren Dreger said B’s GM Peter Chiarelli had received calls on Subban, the club’s first-round pick (24th overall) at the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. Subban’s played well in the American League this season — posting a .921 save percentage — and, per an earlier report from Friedman, the Sabres inquired about trading for Subban, but were shot down.

Boston has four games remaining on its current road trip, which began with an ugly 5-2 loss in Vancouver on Friday. The B’s play tonight in Calgary, Wednesday in Edmonton, Friday in St. Louis and Sunday in Chicago — four games in six nights, a packed schedule which could give Subban a shot at making his NHL debut.

That said, this recall could be much ado about nothing. Boston could simply be giving Subban a look in place of the struggling Niklas Svedberg, who has been pulled in two of his last three starts.

Video: Lehtera, Blues edge Panthers in shootout

Jori Lehtera had the shootout winner as the St. Louis Blues edged the Florida Panthers 2-1 Sunday night.

With the win the Blues have won three straight and 15 of their last 18. St. Louis is now four points back of the Nashville Predators for top spot in the Western Conference.

Jaden Schwartz’s 20th of the season was the lone Blues’ regulation goal while Brian Elliott made 40 saves in the win.

With Roberto Luongo pulled, Nick Bjugstad tied the game 1-1 at 18:47 of the third period to force overtime. With his assist on the goal, defenseman Aaron Ekblad made a little history.

The Panthers have now gone three straight without a win. However, the single point moves Florida to within three points of the Boston Bruins for the second wild card spot in the Eastern Conference.

Luongo made 32 saves in the loss.

Report: Flyers’ Mason had repairs done to his knee

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Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Steve Mason underwent a procedure on his right knee according to

GM Ron Hextall updated the media on Friday saying Mason had a fragment removed from the knee and a small tear in the meniscus repaired.

Three MRIs did not show the tear in the meniscus, which is why the Flyers elected to have Mason’s knee scoped.

On Tuesday it was announced he is expected to miss 2-3 weeks with the injury.

Mason left the Flyers’ 3-1 win over the Washington Capitals on Feb. 8 after his knee buckled.

The 26-year-old left the Flyers’ Jan. 10 game against the Boston Bruins with a similar injury.

Mason also left a Jan. 7 practice and underwent an MRI for the injury.

His knee hasn’t been the only issue this season. Mason missed time after tweaking his back his back during a practice on Dec. 19.

The injuries have limited Mason to 34 games this season where he has an 11-12-7 record to go along with a 2.27 G.A.A. and a .925 save percentage.

‘Pee Wee’ defensive mistakes sink Bruins vs. Canucks


The Boston Bruins have dropped four of their last five games, but tonight’s 5-2 loss to the Vancouver Canucks was particularly troubling.

Boston’s defense was on display in a bad way in this contest, with Dougie Hamilton and Dennis Seidenberg executing ugly passes that Canucks forward Shawn Matthias was able to capitalize on:

Matthias had a hat trick as he also accounted for Vancouver’s opening goal. He has 13 goals in 52 games this season, with five of those markers coming in his last four contests.

This was the opening tilt in an important five-game road trip for the Bruins. With a 28-20-7 record, their hold on the second Wild Card spot is tenuous and Hamilton recently noted that there’s “a lot of negativity in the room.” Certainly this defeat won’t do anything to help that.

Vancouver has now won three of its last four contests to improve to 31-20-3. The Canucks needed these two points to keep pace with San Jose tonight in the battle for second place in the Pacific Division. The victory also gives the Canucks a four-point cushion in the fight for a postseason berth.

They’ll head to Calgary for another important game Saturday night.