Dallas Stars forward Antoine Roussel will have a hearing with the NHL’s Department of Player Safety on Thursday.
Roussel was ejected from Tuesday’s game against the Boston Bruins after he threw a vicious cross check on defenseman Adam McQuaid less than four minutes into the opening period.
Earlier this season, Roussel was handed the maximum fine for a sucker punch on Justin Braun. He’s gained a reputation in the NHL since coming into the league two years ago, although he admitted in November he doesn’t care about that.
Things got ugly early in Boston tonight, as Dallas forward Antoine Roussel was given a five-minute cross checking major and game misconduct for this shot on Adam McQuaid:
Roussel, who was fined earlier this season for a sucker-punch on San Jose defenseman Justin Braun, could find himself back in front of the NHL’s Department of Player Safety for this incident:
McQuaid appeared to be shaken up on the play and left momentarily, but returned to take regular shifts and finished with 5:30 TOI at the end of the opening frame.
Looks as though Steve Mason will go under the knife to try and solve his problematic right knee, according to CSN Philadelphia:
After multiple MRIs — more than three — the Flyers and Mason have decided they will scope his right knee to find the source of pain and why it’s been locking up on him, a source told CSNPhilly.com.
Mason’s latest injury came Sunday at the bench during a timeout at the Flyers-Capitals game. The 26-year-old goalie went to bench to stretch, then his right knee buckled.
He left the game and did not return while backup Ray Emery picked up a 3-1 victory in relief.
This is the third time since Jan. 6 that Mason has injured his right knee.
Losing Mason for any significant length of time would be disastrous for the Flyers, who have inched back onto the brink of playoff contention — just nine points back of Boston — thanks to a 6-3-1 record over their last 10 games. Mason has been a big reason for the improved play; as Brough wrote in his recent praise piece, Mason’s .924 save percentage ranks 6th in the NHL and puts him ahead of the likes of Semyon Varlamov (.923), Henrik Lundqvist (.922), and last year’s Vezina Trophy winner, Tuukka Rask (.921).
With Mason sidelined and veteran Robb Zepp injured in AHL Lehigh Valley, the Flyers have recalled Anthony Stolarz — the 21-year-old will back up Ray Emery for the time being, beginning with Tuesday’s game in Montreal.