Washington Capitals defenseman Brooks Orpik has a hearing Sunday with the NHL's department of player safety for his late hit to the head of Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Olli Maatta in Game 2 of their second-round playoff series.
Already down a game in their second-round playoff series, Kris Letang and the Pittsburgh Penguins suddenly were down a man, too, on Saturday night, when Olli Maatta was leveled by a high hit from Washington's Brooks Orpik less than 5 minutes in.
Eric Fehr scored the tiebreaking goal against his former team with about 4 1/2 minutes remaining Saturday night, giving the Pittsburgh Penguins a 2-1 victory over the Washington Capitals that tied the Eastern Conference second-round playoff series at a game apiece.
Florida's Aleksander Barkov, Boston's Loui Eriksson and Los Angeles' Anze Kopitar are the finalists for Lady Byng Memorial Trophy as the NHL player who exhibited the best type of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability.
Since early in his career in Nashville, the playoffs have brought out the best in Joel Ward. So it shouldn't have come as any surprise to the Predators that Ward delivered in the third period in his first postseason game against his former team.
Radek Faksa scored the tiebreaking goal on a rebound with 4:44 to play and had an assist on the other Dallas goal to help the Stars open the second round of the Western Conference playoffs with a 2-1 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Friday night.
SAN JOSE, Calif.-The San Jose Sharks signed Joel Ward as a free agent last offseason for a handful of reasons. The biggest was because they knew he could deliver the type of game he played Friday night.
After their seven-game series against Chicago, the Blues claimed to be fresh entering their Western Conference semifinal matchup with the Dallas Stars Friday. They claimed as the heavier team they had a physical edge over the Stars.
The Carolina Hurricanes' Jordan Staal, Brad Malone and Justin Faulk joined the Durham Bulls for batting practice Wednesday before the Bulls' game against Louisville at Durham Bulls Athletic Park. Faulk cleared the left-field fence with his last swing for bragging rights.
Canes players taking batting practice with the Durham Bulls
Carolina Hurricanes' Francis and Peters discuss future of NHL franchise in Raleigh
Hurricane's goalie Cam Ward speaks about his future in the net for the Raleigh NHL franchise
Ward reflects on what could be his last game at PNC as a Hurricane