Shelley gets two games for hit

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:44 PM ET

Philadelphia Flyers forward Jody Shelley has been suspended two games for a hit Saturday on Boston Bruins defenceman Adam McQuaid.

Shelley received a five-minute major and a game misconduct for slamming McQuaid into the boards from behind as they raced for the puck on an icing call.

Shelley, who has one goal and two assists in 31 games, will miss games Tuesday against the Pittsburgh Penguins and Wednesday at Montreal against the Canadiens. He will forfeit $11,827.96 in salary.

McQuaid, who just missed hitting the boards head-first, had to be helped off the ice by teammates and did not return to the game.

Nabokov sent packing

Former NHL all-star goaltender Evgeni Nabokov was released Monday by SKA St. Petersburg of the Continental Hockey League (KHL).

"The contract has been annulled by mutual consent because of family reasons," the club said on its website without giving details.

Nabokov, 35, has had a disappointing first season in the KHL after signing a four-year contract in July.

He has only eight wins in 22 appearances, with a goals-against average of above 3.00.

Nabokov returned to Russia after 10 seasons with the San Jose Sharks. He earned $6 million in the final season of a five-year deal with the Sharks.

The Kazakhstan-born goaltender played for Russia at the Vancouver Olympics.

Béliveau honoured

Hockey Canada will hold a fundraising dinner in honour of Jean Béliveau on Tuesday at the Mount Stephen Club in Montreal.

Béliveau, a Hockey Hall of Famer and honorary captain of Canada's 2010 men's Olympic Team, will receive his Olympic ring from Hockey Canada president Bob Nicholson.

Proceeds from the evening go to Hockey Canada Foundation initiatives in support of grassroots hockey, as well as the Jean Béliveau Foundation in its support of the Quebec Society for Disabled Children.

Pacioretty back

Left winger Max Pacioretty figures he is ready to make an impact in the NHL.

Pacioretty was called up Monday by the Montreal Canadiens.

"This is a great opportunity," the 22-year-old said. "I'm confident and I think I'm playing some of the best hockey of my career. So much of this game is mental and you have to overcome so many obstacles to be able to succeed at this level, but I honestly think that's the strongest part of my game right now."

Pacioretty has an AHL-leading 17 goals and 15 assists in 27 games with the Hamilton Bulldogs this season.

Islander aching

New York Islanders defenceman Mark Eaton will be sidelined up to two weeks because of a groin injury. Eaton was hurt during a 5-4 loss Saturday to the Atlanta Thrashers.

Eaton has one assist in 27 games.

Clowe a sharp Shark

San Jose Sharks forward Ryane Clowe, Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury and Columbus Blue Jackets forward Rick Nash were selected as the NHL's three stars for the week ending Dec. 12.

Clowe led NHL scorers with eight points, including three goals, as the Sharks won three of four games.

Fleury won his three starts during the week, compiling a 1.67 goals-against average and .944 save percentage. The goalie has posted a 13-0-1 record over his past 14 games.

Nash had three goals and three assists as the Blue Jackets went 2-1 for the week.


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