February 1, 2012
NHL notes: Boll gets punished twice
By QMI Agency
Perhaps a $2,500 fine was fair punishment for Jared Boll's illegal hit to the head against Joe Thornton on Tuesday night.
The Columbus Blue Jackets' Boll had already paid the price by firing up Thornton with the hit, sparking the San Jose Sharks to a 6-0 victory.
Thornton called the hit, 20 seconds into the game, a wakeup call.
"It was a good hit to take and get the two points and move on," he told the Mercury News.
The NHL also levied a $2,500 fine Wednesday on New Jersey Devils forward Eric Boulton. Boulton was docked for his slash on New York Rangers forward Michael Rupp early in the second period Tuesday.
The maximum fine allowed under the collective bargaining agreement is $2,500.
DRUNK ZAMBONI DRIVING?
A 34-year-old man has been arrested for allegedly driving drunk while at the wheel of a Zamboni.
Spectators and players watched as an ice-cleaning machine weaved erratically Monday night at an arena in Apple Valley, Minn., the Star Tribune reported.
The coach of a peewee team called police, who arrested the rink attendant. He was taken to police headquarters for a blood-alcohol test after failing a field sobriety test.
BACKES GOES TO THE DOGS
St. Louis Blues captain David Backes loves airplanes and animals almost as much as playing hockey. Backes, who is working on earning his pilot's licence, flew to Houston from St. Louis the other day with his wife, Kelly, to rescue three stray dogs.
They relocated the dogs to a no-kill shelter in St. Charles, Mo., where Kelly is a volunteer.
Backes said that in addition to helping the dogs, "it's kind of my serenity retreat going up in a plane and really no one can reach you and I'm doing something I love."
TAVARES MAN OF THE MONTH
John Tavares wrapped up a strong month with two goals and two assists Tuesday against the Carolina Hurricanes.
On Wednesday, the New York Islanders centre was chosen the NHL's first star for January.
Tavares, 21, had nine goals and 13 assists in 13 games.
Pittsburgh Penguins centre Evgeni Malkin, who had 12 goals in January, including three game-winners, was chosen second star. Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne was the third star after winning 11 of his 12 starts.
PENS ADD DEPTH
The Pittsburgh Penguins claimed forward Cal O'Reilly off of re-entry waivers Wednesday from the Phoenix Coyotes.
The 25-year-old has two goals and four assists in 27 games with the Nashville Predators and the Coyotes this season. The Predators dealt him to the Coyotes on Oct. 28 for a fourth-round draft pick.
O'Reilly's younger brother, Ryan, 20, leads the Colorado Avalanche in points this season with 37.
MORGAN SKATES WITH SHARKS
Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Nyjer Morgan had his "dream come true" Wednesday when he practised with the San Jose Sharks.
Morgan was born in San Francisco but spent most of his childhood in San Jose, where he played youth hockey and went on to play junior hockey in B.C. and Regina.
"He's actually a pretty good skater, believe it or not," Sharks captain Joe Thornton said.
The Calgary Flames signed centre Krys Kolanos, 30, to a two-year, two-way contract Wednesday and recalled him from the Abbotsford Heat. Kolanos, a native of Calgary, has 20 goals and 21 assists in 136 NHL games with Phoenix, Edmonton and Minnesota ... Flames winger Lee Stempniak appeared to injure a knee Tuesday after getting tangled up with Detroit Red Wings defenceman Brad Stuart. The 28-year-old didn't return to the game and didn't practise Wednesday ... The Montreal Canadiens recalled Louis Leblanc from Hamilton of the AHL Wednesday. The 20-year-old centre has two goals and three assists in 14 games with the Canadiens this season. The Habs returned forward Andreas Engqvist to Hamilton ... The Toronto Maple Leafs sent forward Nazem Kadri, 21, and defenceman Keith Aulie, 22, to their AHL farm team to make room for the return of forward Colby Armstrong and defenceman John-Michael Liles.