Goalie nods: With Rask ill, B’s make emergency recall


All the latest from the crease…

Boston facing questions in goal

Here’s the latest out of Bruins camp prior to tonight’s game against New Jersey: Tuukka Rask has fallen ill, head coach Claude Julien won’t say if backup Niklas Svedberg will get the start and, just a short while ago, the club made an emergency recall, bringing up Jeremy Smith from AHL Providence.

Smith, 25, got the call ahead of Malcolm Subban, the highly-touted prospect that struggled in his NHL debut against the Blues last week. A veteran of the American League circuit, Smith is 14-8-4 with Providence this year, posting a 2.08 GAA and .931 save percentage. He’s previously spent time in the Columbus and Nashville organizations, but has yet to make his NHL debut.

If we had to guess, Svedberg will get the start tonight — he was the only goalie present at this morning’s skate. For the Devils, Cory Schneider will be in goal.


Flames at Isles: Karri Ramo vs. Jaroslav Halak

Caps at ‘Canes: Braden Holtby vs. Anton Khudobin

‘Hawks at Bolts: (No word on a Chicago starter) vs. Ben Bishop

Avs at Stars: Semyon Varlamov vs. Kari Lehtonen

Kings at Ducks: (No word on a Kings starter) vs. John Gibson

L.A. Kings extend winning streak to eight games


The L.A. Kings look like a team on a mission right now.

And of course, it’s all happening just prior to the trade deadline and with the playoff race in the Western Conference heating up. On Tuesday, the Kings recorded their eighth straight victory, defeating the visiting Detroit Red Wings 1-0.

They move back within three points of the Vancouver Canucks, who sit second in the Pacific Division and were also victorious on Tuesday.

The lone goal of the game came off a double deflection in front, as Justin Williams was the last Kings player to get his stick on a point shot less than three minutes into the game.

From there, the defending-champion Kings held the Red Wings, playing their third game in four nights and fourth on a six-game road trip out West, to just 20 shots on goal.

The Red Wings were also without Henrik Zetterberg, who hasn’t played since Saturday after getting popped with a pair of lefts to the head from Jamie Benn.

Zetterberg lets Benn off the hook — ‘He just got me in a bad spot’


Detroit captain Henrik Zetterberg will miss his second straight game when the Red Wings play the Kings tonight in Los Angeles.

Given the “symptoms” Zetterberg is experiencing, there’s speculation the 34-year-old may have suffered a concussion on Saturday in Dallas, courtesy a gloved shot in the head from Stars captain Jamie Benn.

But in a refreshing turn, Zetterberg decided to let Benn off the hook.

“I don’t think it was that bad,” he said, per the Wings’ website. “He just got me in a bad spot. … We had a battle on the face-off and I think both me and him have done worse things than that on the ice.”

Naturally, Red Wings fans have been somewhat less understanding. But like Zetterberg says, “It is a battle sport, so you are in battles all the time.”

The Wings play Thursday in San Jose and Saturday in Nashville before returning home.

Video: Datsyuk goes top-shelf on Gibson


Pavel Datsyuk scored his 20th and 21st goals of the season during the second period tonight in Anahiem as the Red Wings out-shot the Ducks 11-3.

Datsyuk opened the scoring at 3:54 of the second beating John Gibson top-shelf.

He added his second at 6:50 of the middle frame as the Wings lead the Ducks 2-0 after 40 minutes.

Its Datsyuk’s second straight multi-goal game; he netted a pair in Detroit’s 7-6 overtime win against the Dallas Stars on Saturday night.

The 36-year-old now has six goals and eight assists in 10 games.

Zetterberg to miss game vs. Ducks


The Detroit Red Wings will be without captain Henrik Zetterberg tonight in Anaheim.

According to Ansar Khan of MLive.com, Zetterberg will miss tonight’s game and possibly Tuesday’s game against the L.A. Kings.

Zetterberg was injured after taking punches from Dallas Stars’ captain Jamie Benn during the second period of Saturday’s 7-6 overtime win.

The 34-year-old played just one shift in the third period and did not practice on Sunday.

Zetterberg has 15 goals and a team-leading 49 points in 57 games this season.

Khan also reports that Teemu Pulkkinen is a game-time decision tonight against the Ducks. If the 22-year-old is unable to play, Daniel Cleary will take his spot in the lineup.