Lecavalier rips Subban
Add another hater to P.K.'s list
|Lightning forward Vincent Lecavalier delivers a slash to Canadiens defenceman P.K. Subban in front of goaltender Carey Price at the Bell Centre in Montreal on March 17, 2011. (MARTIN CHEVALIER/QMI Agency)
Tampa Bay Lightning captain Vincent Lecavalier won't be suspended or fined for his two-handed slash on Montreal Canadiens defenceman P.K. Subban.
Lecavalier gave Subban a two-hander across the thigh late in the first period Thursday, earning a major penalty and game misconduct, after taking a whack from the Canadiens blueliner. But the league didn't think Lecavalier deserved any further discipline.
On Friday, Lecavalier took a verbal swipe at Subban, who is clearly becoming one of the most hated players in the league in his rookie season.
"Everybody knows he was playing a role there," Lecavalier told the Lightning Strikes blog. "Myself and probably most of the guys don't respect a guy like that. He's the type of guy who doesn't respect anybody. It's all there is to say. He's not a well-liked guy, not because of the way he plays but because of the way he does things.
"He's a great player. He will be for a long time. But his attitude, that's just the way he is."
Subban has raised the ire of a number of players this season, including Philadelphia Flyers captain Mike Richards and Toronto Maple Leafs forward Joffrey Lupul, for his perceived lack of respect and cocky attitude.
An elbow to the head of Boston Bruins rookie Tyler Seguin will only cost Patric Hornqvist of the Nashville Predators a $2,500 fine, according to TSN.
Hornqvist nailed Seguin in the ear during Thursday night's game and was assessed a major penalty and game misconduct. Seguin needed stitches to have his ear lobe re-attached.
The NHL deemed the hit was not severe enough to warrant a suspension.
Rafalski good to go
Defenceman Brian Rafalski will be in the Detroit Red Wings lineup Saturday against the Nashville Predators, according to ESPN.com.
Rafalski was hurt late in Thursday's game against the Columbus Blue Jackets but Red Wings general manager Ken Holland said he will play Saturday. It was just the second game back for Rafalski after sitting out due to back spasms.
Forward Pavel Datsyuk, who was also hurt against Columbus, is day to day with a lower-body injury and might not be available to play against the Preds.
Blais fired up
Dean Blais of the University of Nebraska-Omaha was named coach of the American entry for the 2012 World Junior Hockey Championship Friday in St. Paul, Minn.
It will be the third time coaching the U.S. national junior team for Blais, who guided the Americans to a gold medal in Saskatoon two years ago. He also coached the U.S. team that finished sixth at the 1994 world juniors in the Czech Republic and was an assistant on two other occasions.
"Winning championships at North Dakota was really special and winning the Minnesota high school state championship in Roseau (in 1990) was too, but winning that gold medal was probably the biggest accomplishment," Blais said. "Just because Canada had won five straight gold medals and it was on their home ground. We certainly weren't the favorite to go up there and win that gold medal."
The 2012 world junior tournament will be held Dec. 26 to Jan. 5 in Calggary and Edmonton.
New York Rangers forward Sean Avery was a healthy scratch Friday against the Montreal Canadiens. It's the second time in three games Avery has watched from the press box ... The St. Louis Blues activated defenceman Tyson Strachan from IR and sent blueliner Nathan Oystrick to Peoria of the AHL. Strachan has played 28 games with the Blues this season ... Los Angeles Kings rookie winger Kyle Clifford will likely miss Saturday's game against Anaheim. Clifford left Thursday's game against St. Louis after a fight with Ryan Reaves and is out with an upper-body injury.