Columbus’ Boll to have hearing for Maroon headshot


Columbus forward Jared Boll has a disciplinary hearing for hitting Anaheim’s Patrick Maroon in the head on Tuesday night, the NHL’s Department of Player Safety has announced.

Here’s the hit in question, which occurred at 4:02 of the second period:

There was no penalty on the play and Maroon remained in the game, finishing with 15:23 TOI. In response to hitting Maroon, Boll subsequently fought Ducks d-man Clayton Stoner (pictured.)

Video: Brown crushes Perry with massive open-ice hit, melee ensues


Dustin Brown reintroduced himself to Corey Perry during the first period of Wednesday’s game between the L.A. Kings and Anaheim Ducks.

No stranger to throwing massive hits, the Kings’ captain Brown drilled Perry with a crushing open-ice body check that appeared to be perfectly clean but set off a melee near the two benches in the neutral zone. Clayton Stoner and Simon Despres, coming to the defense of Perry, both jumped in grabbed Brown.

When the dust settled, the Kings ended up with the power play. Jeff Carter scored a few seconds later to give L.A. the lead in what was a hard-hitting, face-paced first period.

Stoner says Wild writers ‘twisted’ his comments about Yeo, Suter


Pretty busy day on the ol’ war of words front.

This time, it’s former Wild and current Ducks blueliner Clayton Stoner, objecting to how his comments about ex-head coach Mike Yeo — and Yeo giving Ryan Suter so many minutes on defense — were presented by Wild writers, including the Star-Tribune’s Mike Russo.

From Russo:

Today, when asked about that quote, Stoner said he was disappointed and hurt by the way we portrayed his quote, saying, “You guys twisted that story. The story wasn’t anything about the Wild. It had to do with me liking the way the coach coached the back end on our team.”

I asked him to clarify. He said, “Well, as a player, I like to play more minutes, right? So who wouldn’t? It’s just common sense. I said I really liked how the coach here disperses the minutes and has trust in everybody, and that’s all I said. The article was about me, it wasn’t about any other team.

“I didn’t call out [Ryan] Suter and the coach. … I like how they have trust in everybody here. Everybody’s got 18-24 minutes. I like that. It’s great as a player. It shows confidence in me. That’s it. That’s all. It’s refreshing, but am I calling them out? I had a great time here and respect the coach, respect Suter. He’s one of the best players in the league. Why would I call them out?”

At least in what I wrote, not sure where I twisted anything. I wrote it pretty straight.

Stoner’s original comments appeared in the O.C. Register in early January and, in Russo’s defense, appear to be pretty straightforward.

“I didn’t like the way it was run in Minnesota,” Stoner said at the time. “They kind of just give one defenseman [Suter] all the minutes and the rest suffer.

“And I wasn’t happy there. I don’t think the minutes displayed how I was playing. It was more of the just the way things were run there.”

Russo also noted that “the beat writer who wrote the article” — the Register’s Eric Stephens — is currently in Minnesota, and verified the accuracy of Stoner’s quotes.

Video: Getzlaf, Ducks top Stars

Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry each had a goal and an assist as the Anaheim Ducks defeated the Dallas Stars 3-1 on Sunday night.

Anahiem has now won five of its last seven while the Stars are winless in six.

Cayton Stoner had the other Ducks goal. John Gibson made 39 saves for the win.

Patrick Eaves had the lone Stars goal.

Jhonas Enroth stopped 19 shots in the loss.

With his two point night, Getzlaf (669) moved into a tie with Paul Kariya for second place on the franchise’s all-time points list.

The Ducks lost TIm Jackman early in the first period to a lower body injury. Bruce Boudreau said the forward is “day-to-day”.

Anaheim has held Dallas to just one goal in each of the first two meetings between the two clubs. The pair meet for a third and final time on April 8 at the Honda Center.

After 24-game absence, Brewer returns for Ducks

Anaheim barely got a look at Eric Brewer after acquiring him in late November — he played just two games before breaking his foot — so tonight’s game versus Carolina should have some significance, as Brewer returns to the lineup after missing the last 24 contests.

The veteran d-man, injured against Boston on Dec. 1, will replace Clayton Stoner (illness) in the lineup.

Brewer’s return is something to keep an eye on. The Ducks are rumored to be in the market for defensive help at the trade deadline but still don’t really know what they’ve got in the 35-year-old, who came to Anaheim after falling out of favor in Tampa Bay. In his second game as a Duck — the same one he busted his foot — Brewer played a season-high 21:05 and finished with three blocked shots and 2:45 shorthanded time on ice, suggesting there could be a bigger role for him under Bruce Boudreau than there was under Jon Cooper.