April 6, 2012
NHL notes: Toews out for finale
Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews said Friday he will not play in his team's regular-season finale Saturday against the Detroit Red Wings.
Toews, who last played Feb. 19 due to a concussion, will have missed the Blackhawks' final 22 games. His status for the playoffs is unknown, though.
"I just don't feel comfortable that (Saturday) is the right day to get back into it," Toews told the Chicago Sun-Times. "It's still progressing, I guess. It's a frustrating thing to let another game go by. But I guess I don't really have a choice at this point. I've got to make sure I'm ready to go when the time is right."
Even though Toews has been cleared for contact and passed the league's concussion protocols, he says the symptoms return when he's on the ice. But coach Joel Quenneville said the Blackhawks are just being cautious with Toews.
"Game 1 in the playoffs is much more meaningful," Quenneville told CSNChicago.com "With five more days, let's side with caution."
The 'Hawks will also be missing forwards Andrew Brunette and David Bolland for the game against Detroit.
NO BAN FOR ORPIK
Pittsburgh Penguins defenceman Brooks Orpik won't be suspended or fined for his hit on New York Rangers forward Derek Stepan.
Orpik got a major penalty for kneeing on the play Thursday night but Penguins coach Dan Bylsma said Friday he didn't expect to hear about any supplemental discipline.
Stepan was hurt on the play, a knee-on-knee hit Rangers coach John Tortorella called "cheap, dirty," and left the game. Stepan also skipped practice Friday but there was no word on the severity of his injury.
TALK IS 'GARBAGE'
Sidney Crosby wasn't happy about being called a whiner by New York Rangers coach John Tortorella.
The outspoken Rangers coach went off after his team lost 5-2 to the Penguins, calling Crosby and Malkin whiners and the Pittsburgh organization one of the "most arrogant" in the league. Tortorella was fined $20,000 by the NHL Friday for comments he made after the game.
On Friday, Crosby responded.
"I don't know what he's talking about," Crosby said. "I mean, if you want you can put a camera on us all game, put a camera on (Ryan Callahan) all game. You'll see who's over there more. He should worry about his own players. I don't know when this all started, if this is part of the new tactics in the playoffs, but it's garbage. The game's played on the ice.
"You get all this stuff going on. It really is garbage. It's nonsense."
The NHL can't suspend of fine San Jose Sharks forward Ryan Clowe for playing the puck while he was on the bench Thursday night against the Los Angeles Kings.
The only punishment Clowe could have received for breaking up an odd-man rush from the bench -- all four game officials missed him poke th epuck away from Kings forward Jarret Stoll -- was a minor penalty, according to the league's rule book.
After denying he'd done anything wrong after the game, challenging reporters to produce video evidence, Clowe 'fessed up Friday.
"Obviously, as you can tell when I sat down on the bench, that was stupid, that was a dumb play," Clowe told the Mercury News. "It probably should have been a two-minute penalty and I was lucky it didn't cost the team. It was definitely a brain cramp at the time. Don't think it'll ever happen again." GROSSMAN INKS DEAL
Philadelphia Flyers defenceman Nicklas Grossmann agreed to a multi-year contract extension Friday.
Terms of the contract were not announced by the Flyers, although they did say it was a long-term deal.
Grossmann was acquired in mid-February from the Dallas Stars in exchange for a second- and third-round draft pick. He's played in 22 games for the Flyers, recording six assists, but is currently sidelined on a day-to-day basis with a lower-body injury.
Minnesota Wild defenceman Nate Prosser was suspended one game for head-butting Chicago's Jamal Myers Thursday night. Prosser will miss the Wild's finale Saturday against the Phoenix Coyotes ... Washington Capitals goalie Michal Neuvirth's status for the playoffs is up in the air after he was hurt Thursday against Florida. Neuvirth has a lower-body injury but the Caps aren't saying how severe it is ... Pittsburgh called up heavyweight Steve MacIntyre from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the AHL for Saturday's game against the Philadelphia Flyers. MacIntyre has no points and 59 PIMs in 22 games for the minor-league club ... According to a report out of Sweden, goalie Viktor Fasth plans on signing with the Anaheim Ducks after the world hokcye championship. Fasth has a 2.12 goals-against average and .931 save percentage with AIK of the Swedish Elite League this season.