Bergeron late scratch vs. Thursday
Boston Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron was sidelined against the Toronto Maple Leafs for Game 4 of their playoff series with an upper-body injury. The team made the announcement minutes before warmups Thursday, adding that Bergeron is day-to-day. The 32-year-old forward has five assists through the first three games of Boston's first-round matchup against the Leafs, which the Bruins lead 2-1.
N. Jersey 20.4.18
Vatanen day to day with injury
The New Jersey Devils are not sure whether top defenseman Sami Vatanen is going to be available for Game 5 of their first-round series with the Tampa Bay Lightning. Vatanen is listed as day to day with an upper-body injury after being hurt on a big hit by Nikita Kucherov in a 3-1 loss Wednesday that put the Devils within a game of elimination. The 26-year-old Finn did not make the trip to Florida on Thursday, but he might join the team there.
Morrissey suspended 1 game
Winnipeg Jets defenseman Josh Morrissey was suspended for one game by the NHL on Wednesday for cross-checking Minnesota Wild forward Eric Staal. The cross-check to Staal's neck happened in the first period of Winnipeg's 2-0 victory Tuesday night. The Jets lead the best-of-seven series 3-1. Game 5 is Friday night in Winnipeg.
Wild lose Parise
The Minnesota Wild were hit with a major setback in their first-round playoff matchup with Winnipeg, a broken sternum for left wing Zach Parise suffered in the last game that will keep him out for at least the remainder of the series and likely longer if they advance. Parise scored in each of the first three games of the series. He is the Wild's all-time playoffs leader with 14 goals and 31 points. The Wild are already missing standout defenseman Ryan Suter because of a broken right ankle.
Girard out for Game 3
The Colorado Avalanche will be without defenseman Samuel Girard for Game 3 against Nashville due to an upper-body injury. The 19-year-old Girard made his Stanley Cup playoff debut during Game 1 in Nashville, only to sit out the second contest with the injury. Girard was acquired from Nashville in early November as part of a three-team trade that sent Matt Duchene to Ottawa. Girard had three goals and 17 assists for Colorado in the regular season.
Kadri suspended 3 games
Toronto Maple Leafs forward Nazem Kadri was suspended for three games Friday for boarding Boston forward Tommy Wingels during Game 1 of the first-round playoff series. Kadri was suspended for the fourth time in his career. He had 32 goals and 23 assists in 80 games during the regular season.
Tampa B. 11.4.18
Stamkos eyes return for 1st round
Steven Stamkos is back on the ice, eager to lead the Tampa Bay Lightning into the NHL playoffs. The five-time All-Star missed the last three games of the regular season with a lower-body injury. He returned to practice this week and hopes to be ready Thursday for the start of a first-round series against the New Jersey Devils. Stamkos rebounded from missing most of last season with a knee injury to bolster the NHL's most prolific offense with 27 goals and a career-high 59 assists for 86 points in 78 games.
Gaborik recovering after surgery
Senators forward Marian Gaborik had surgery to repair a herniated disk in his back. The 36-year-old Slovak had 11 goals and 10 assists in 46 games this season for Los Angeles and Ottawa. He last played March 22. Gaborik has 407 goals and 408 assists in 1,035 NHL regular-season games. He was traded to Ottawa on February 14 with Nick Shore for Dion Phaneuf and Nate Thompson.
Kunin undergoes ACL surgery
Minnesota Wild rookie forward Luke Kunin has undergone surgery to repair a torn ACL is in left knee. The Wild said Wednesday the surgery was successful. Kunin suffered the injury on March 4 against Detroit. He is expected to return to play in about six to seven months.
St Louis 4.4.18
Gunnarsson to miss 6 months
Carl Gunnarsson will be sidelined at least six months after surgery to repair a torn ACL in his left knee. The 31-year-old defenseman was hurt during the Blues' 4-1 win over Vancouver on March 23. In 63 games this season, Gunnarsson had five goals and four assists along with 22 penalty minutes. Earlier this week, the Blues said forward Scottie Upshall is out indefinitely with a lacerated left kidney. St. Louis also is without defenseman Jay Bouwmeester (hip injury) and winger Robby Fabbri (knee).
Suter needs ankle surgery
Minnesota Wild defenseman Ryan Suter has a broken right ankle that will require surgery and end his season. The Wild announced the diagnosis on Monday before they beat Edmonton 3-0, when Suter's streak of 242 consecutive regular-season games ended. That's the third-longest in franchise history. Suter was hurt on Saturday at Dallas when he crashed leg-first into the end wall and needed help off the ice. An MRI on Monday confirmed the fear that an operation would be needed to fix the fracture.
Antipin out indefinitely
Buffalo Sabres defenseman Victor Antipin has been diagnosed with a concussion and will be out indefinitely after taking a hard hit from behind Saturday against Nashville and being stretchered off the ice. The Sabres announced that Antipin also suffered facial lacerations, a broken nose and dental injuries. While the team did not specify a timetable, it's entirely possible Antipin's season is over as there are only four games left in the regular season.
Antipin taken off ice on stretcher
Buffalo coach Phil Housley says Victor Antipin is doing good but the Sabres will know more Sunday about the defenseman who was taken off the ice on a stretcher to a local hospital. Antipin was behind the Sabres' net and passing the puck when Predators forward Scott Hartnell checked him into the glass from behind. Once a trainer reached Antipin, a stretcher was called for almost immediately in a silent arena. Antipin was loaded onto a backboard before being placed on the stretcher with the defenseman's head and neck supported by a collar.
Toews out with upper-body injury
Jonathan Toews is out with an upper-body injury and will be re-evaluated next week. The Blackhawks captain suffered the injury during Tuesday's 5-1 loss to Colorado. Toews has 20 goals and 32 assists in 74 games. Matthew Highmore is expected to return to the lineup against the Canucks with Toews out. Highmore missed the loss to Colorado with an upper-body injury. The Blackhawks were eliminated from playoff contention with the loss to the Avalanche.
Laine suffers injury blocking shot
Winnipeg Jets winger Patrik Laine left Tuesday night's game against the Los Angeles Kings with a lower-body injury. The 19-year-old kneeled to block a shot from Kings defenceman Alec Martinez in the second period. It made contact with the inside of his left foot and he slowly hobbled off the ice and into the dressing room. Laine entered the day with 43 goals, tying him with Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin for most in the NHL.