Carolina goalie Cam Ward says Zdeno Chara had no business jumping into a fray Tuesday in Boston between the Hurricanes and Bruins.
Bruins forward Nathan Horton and the Hurricanes' Jay Harrison were jostling in front of the net late in the second period when the 6-foot-9 Chara skated in from the blue line and threw a left jab that the Carolina defenceman didn't see coming. When the rough stuff ended, Ward left the net to have a few words with Chara.
"I mean, the guy's eight feet tall and he's jumping a player," Ward said. "That doesn't translate as being very tough in my eyes."
While Chara and Ward were jawing at each other, Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask skated the length of the ice to yap at his Hurricanes counterpart.
"I was surprised (by Rask), but I didn't take it as a serious threat," Ward said. "My heart rate didn't get up or anything ... I'm not going to waste my time with Tuukka Rask."
Chara was given a fighting major, an instigating minor and a misconduct. The Bruins took 72 minutes in penalties in the game, compared with 22 for Carolina.
AVERY DONE IN N.Y.?
Sean Avery believes he has played his last game for the New York Rangers.
Avery was sent to Connecticut of the AHL after the pre-season and doesn't expect to be recalled to the Rangers. Ever.
"Probably not," Avery told ESPNNewYork.com. "I doubt it. I can still play in the NHL. There's no question about that."
Avery skated with his minor-league team for the first time Wednesday. He has been out with a sore right shoulder -- he had a cortisone shot Tuesday -- since he reported to Connecticut.
Despite being stuck in the minors, Avery is still collecting $4 million this season. He's in the last year of a four-year, $15.5-million contract he signed with the Dallas Stars in 2008.
"I'm probably one of the only guys in hockey who's being paid a lot of money to play without pressure," he said. "My only responsibility now is to work hard."
New Jersey Devils goalie Martin Brodeur will be out another week to 10 days but won't require surgery on his right shoulder.
Brodeur, who was hurt last week against the Los Angeles Kings, saw a doctor about the injury Tuesday. The Devils don't play again until Friday and Johan Hedberg is expected to get the start, with Keith Kinkaid as his backup.
"Obviously when you've got a guy like Marty you want to take a cautious approach and a long-term approach, anyway, that he's with you for the entire year," Devils coach Peter DeBoer said on the team's website. "But it definitely makes it easier when you've got a guy (who is) capable of coming in and playing like Heddy has."
Hedberg is 3-0-0 with a 1.41 goals-against average and .945 save percentage this season.
OVIE A NO-SHOW
Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin didn't practise Wednesday.
But don't fret poolies, he's not injured. Ovechkin was simply told to take a day off, according to coach Bruce Boudreau.
He has got some bumps and bruises right now," Boudreau told the Washington Post. "It was more of a maintenance day with two more games this week. Just told him to take it off and get some stretching done."
Ovechkin is off to a slow start this season, with one goal and two assists in five games.
Injured Boston Bruins forward David Krejci skated for a second consecutive day Wednesday and is close to returning to the lineup.
Krejci has missed three games with a core injury -- the Bruins are 1-2 with him out. But it's unlikely he will be ready for Thursday's game against the Toronto Maple Leafs.
"I'll be back soon, I believe," Krejci said on the team's website. "I would love to be back in the game (Thursday). But on the other hand you have to be smart about it, too. I have to be back on the ice when I feel 100%.
"You have to be smart about it but, like I said, I feel pretty good,"
SCHENN CALLED UP
The Philadelphia Flyers have recalled highly touted prospect Brayden Schenn from Adirondack of the AHL.
The 20-year-old forward was acquired in an off-season trade that sent former Flyers captain Mike Richards to the Los Angeles Kings. Schenn had four goals and four assists in four AHL games.
With forward Jody Shelley coming back Thursday after serving a five-game suspension. The Flyers also sent forwards Zac Rinaldo and Harry Zolnierczyk to Adirondack.
The Tampa Bay Lightning, already hit hard by injuries to their defence, might be without Eric Brewer for a while.
The Lightning won't say what happened to Brewer, who missed practice Wednesday, and indicated he is day-to-day with an upper-body injury. General manager Steve Yzerman told the St. Pete Times that Brewer had an MRI Wednesday.
"We'll see (Thursday) morning," coach Guy Boucher told the Times. "I'm going to go to church and light a few candles."
The Lightning is already without Mattias Ohlund, who recently had arthroscopic surgery on both knees. Bruno Gervais would likely be pressed into action if Brewer can't play Thursday against the New York Islanders.
Mathieu Garon will get the start in goal against the Isles.
Maple Leafs forward Nazem Kadri was sent to the Toronto Marlies of the AHL Wednesday after opening the season on injured reserve. The 21-year-old has been out since Sept. 27 with a knee injury ... The Columbus Blue Jackets sent goalie Mathieu Corbeil back to Saint John of the QMJHL. Corbeil had been recalled on an emergency basis and dressed for Tuesday's game against Dallas but did not play ... Ottawa 67's goalie Petr Mrazek signed a three-year entry-level contract with the Detroit Red Wings. The 19-year-old Czech was a fifth-round pick of the Wings in 2010 ... Rookie defenceman Justin Faulk was sent to Charlotte of the AHL by the Carolina Hurricanes. He played in three of the 'Canes' first six games.