NHL notebook: Stewart banned three games for hit
|St. Louis Blues right wing Chris Stewart (25) warms-up prior to the start of a game against the Anaheim Ducks at the Honda Center. (Jake Roth-US PRESSWIRE)
St. Louis Blues forward Chris Stewart was suspended Wednesday for three games for a hit from behind on Niklas Kronwall of the Detroit Red Wings.
Stewart shoved the defenceman into the boards as he retrieved a puck in his own zone at 11:14 of the first period Tuesday night. Stewart got a five-minute major for checking from behind and a game misconduct.
"The onus is on Stewart to avoid this hit completely or, at the very least, minimize it," NHL senior vice-president of player safety and hockey operations Brendan Shanahan said.
Kronwall suffered no apparent injury on the play and returned to the game. He said he felt lucky to avoid a concussion.
Stewart will forfeit $46,621.62 in salary.
NO CHANGE FOR SID
The Pittsburgh Penguins are in Florida for a two-game swing and Sidney Crosby will miss at least the opener, Thursday against the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Crosby went through a full practice Wednesday.
Coach Dan Bylsma did not rule out Crosby for Saturday night's game against the Florida Panthers but wouldn't elaborate on whether the captain's long-anticipated return was imminent. The Penguins have taken to clarifying Crosby's status on a game-to-game basis only.
Crosby has not played since Jan. 5 and has not talked with reporters since Nov. 7, when the team said he would resume doing interviews only when there was a change in his status.
PUCK STOPS IN DALLAS
Dallas Stars forward Adam Burish is expected to miss four to six weeks with a broken left hand.
Burish was injured Tuesday night during a 6-0 loss to the Florida Panthers when he was hit by a puck shot by teammate Brenden Morrow.
Stars coach Glen Gulutzan confirmed the injury Wednesday.
Burish joins defenceman Alex Goligoski on the sidelines. Goligoski will be out about four more weeks with a broken thumb. He also was hit by a puck.
SEN YEARNS FOR RUSSIA
Nikita Filatov has told the Ottawa Senators he wants to go home to Russia.
But general manager Bryan Murray said Wednesday the Sens are unwilling to let the 21-year-old forward go.
Filatov, acquired from Columbus for a third-round pick at the NHL draft in June, wants to play for Central Red Army of the KHL.
Murray said he won't make a decision until the end of November.
"He has some concern about playing in Binghamton (of the AHL). He wants to be in the NHL," Murray said. "He has a contract and an obligation to our organization.
"Basically, that's what I told him."