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Isles place Grabner on IR, recall McDonald and Zolnierczyk


The New York Islanders placed Michael Grabner on injured reserve with an undisclosed injury Sunday and recalled Colin McDonald and Harry Zolnierczyk.

Grabner was a minus-1 and played nearly 10 minutes in the Islanders 2-1 loss to the Boston Bruins on Saturday.

Injuries have limited Grabner to just 18 games this season where he’s scored five goals and seven points.

Zolnierczyk has 14 goals and 36 points in 47 AHL games with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers this season.

McDonald appeared in two games with the Islanders earlier this season, but failed to register a point. In 40 AHL games the forward has 14 goals and 35 points.

The Islanders are back in action tonight when they visit the Buffalo Sabres.

Ruff break: Stars squander precious points against Sabres


Lindy Ruff isn’t unfamiliar with the feeling of losing a frustrating game in Buffalo, but Saturday’s defeat had a uniquely irritating tint to it.

Ruff’s Dallas Stars lost to his former team the Buffalo Sabres – aka a squad that’s been called “historically inept” – by a score of 3-2 tonight. Worst yet, the Stars failed to even grab a standings point in overtime or via a shootout.

You’d think it was an ideal night to get a little confidence for befuddled backup Anders Lindback. That wasn’t the case, as the Sabres generated a 3-0 lead about six minutes into the second period, a lead that they were able to hold onto for the win.

Jhonas Enroth was one of the standouts, stopping 38 out of 40 shots. Chris Stewart continues to quietly heat up, too, grabbing an assist on all three goals.

It will go down as a bitter loss for Dallas any way you slice it, but don’t blame Tyler Seguin. He scored a goal and fired 10 shots on goal while winning more than half of his faceoffs. John Klingberg stood out too, generating two assists.

Then again, maybe we should have seen this loss coming for the Stars:

The Stars may very well make a big run or sputter out completely. Still, if they end up barely missing the playoffs, remember this night.

Lindy Ruff will probably try to forget it.

Goalie Nods: Dubnyk gets ninth straight start


All the latest from the blue paint…

Dubnyk looks for a fifth straight win

Devan Dubnyk will make his ninth consecutive start Saturday night when the Colorado Avalanche visit Minnesota. Dubnyk posted a 24 save shutout of the Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday. The 28-year-old has won four straight while posting a 0.75 G.A.A. and a .974 save percentage.

Semyon Varlamov gets the start for the Colorado Avalanche.


Kings at Lightning: Jonathan Quick vs. Ben Bishop

Blue Jackets at Senators: Curtis McElhinney vs. Robin Lehner

Devils at Canadiens: Keith Kinkaid vs. Carey Price

Oilers at Leafs: Viktor Fasth vs. James Reimer

Stars at Sabres: Anders Lindback vs. Jhonas Enroth

Islanders at Bruins: Chad Johnson vs. Tuukka Rask

Red Wings at Coyotes: Petr Mrazek vs. Mike Smith

Penguins at Canucks: Thomas Greiss, vs. Ryan Miller

Hurricanes at Sharks: Cam Ward  vs. Antti Niemi

Price protection? Therrien says running over goalies ‘has to stop’


The Montreal Canadiens know how important Carey Price is — and how difficult life can be without him — which is why head coach Michel Therrien wants the NHL to crack down on skaters running over goalies.

“It has to stop,” Therrien said, per the Globe and Mail. “It’s not normal that players let themselves fall into the goalie like that. Those players never fall into the boards that way, but they’re able to fall into a goalie and risk causing an injury.”

Montreal knows the risks associated with running into netminders. Last spring, Rangers forward Chris Kreider knocked Price out of the Eastern Conference Final after colliding with him during the opening game of the series:

Kreider wasn’t penalized on the play and received no supplemental discipline from the NHL. The Canadiens, meanwhile, felt the play was borderline malicious and possibly intentional.

“I don’t think he’s a real dirty player,” Brandon Prust said of Kreider. “But in this situation he went skates first right into his leg. We call that accidentally on purpose.”

“Looking at the incident, it’s a reckless play,” Therrien added. ‘That’s the truth.”

This season, with Price playing at an MVP-level, the Habs seem even more concerned about him getting bowled over. There were collisions recently in games with Buffalo (Patrick Kaleta) and Washington (Troy Brouwer) that drew the club’s ire, though Therrien insists this isn’t just about protecting Price — it’s about goalies across the league.

“Even if you have a defenseman who is six foot six, 250 pounds, if you lose position and the player on the offensive side lets himself go into the goalie, there’s nothing you can do,” he said. “I’m not only talking about Carey Price, I’m talking about goalies in the NHL.

“We have to find a way to protect them.”

Report: Myers to Ducks trade talks have ‘intensified’


The Tyler Myers trade alarm has been sounded before, with no trade forthcoming, so maybe take this tweet from Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports with a grain of salt:

Theoretically, the big Sabres’ defenseman could be a fit in Anaheim, where GM Bob Murray has openly wondered if his blue line has the right personnel to win the Stanley Cup.

Myers, 25, has had his struggles with the Sabres. But then again, who hasn’t? His stat line — just two goals and nine assists in 44 games — would undoubtedly look better on a good team like the Ducks.

Myers is signed through 2018-19, with a cap hit of $5.5 million.