No extra discipline for Bertuzzi; Malhotra has successful surgery

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Todd Bertuzzi won't be suspended or fined for his elbow to the head of Chicago Blackhawks centre Ryan Johnson.

The Detroit Red Wings have been told Bertuzzi won't be further disciplined by the league for the hit on Johnson during the first period of Monday's game at Joe Louis Arena. Bertuzzi was given a major elbowing penalty and game misconduct, his first ejection in more than seven years, and Johnson returned to the game after passing a concussion test and having his ear stitched.

According to Johnson, Bertuzzi apologized to him during the first intermission of the game.

"I know it wasn't anything malicious, and he was very apologetic," Johnson said after the game. "He came in here and said, 'sorry.'"

Bertuzzi gained notoriety in 2004 when he sucker-punched Colorado Avalanche forward Steve Moore during a game in Vancouver. He is still facing a $20 million lawsuit filed by Moore, who hasn't played since, as a result of the incident.

MALHOTRA HAS SURGERY

Vancouver Canucks centre Manny Malhotra had surgery on his badly damaged left eye Tuesday in New York.

Dr. Stanley Chang performed the surgery in an effort to restore vision in Malhotra's eye, which was damaged by a deflected puck during a March 16 game against the Colorado Avalanche.

The Canucks issued a brief statement confirming the surgery had taken place.

"After further consultation with specialists and team doctors, today Vancouver Canucks forward Manny Malhotra underwent a second successful eye procedure," the statement said. "Manny Malhotra's health continues to be the primary concern of the hockey club. Progress updates will be made available at the appropriate time. No further comment is planned at this time."

Chang is the same surgeon who operated on ex-Toronto Maple Leafs defenceman Bryan Berard in 2000. Berard had several procedures done but eventually returned to the NHL.

KOPITAR OUR TILL FALL

Los Angeles Kings forward Anze Kopitar won't play again until next season, according to a report on the team's web site.

Kopitar, hurt Saturday against Colorado, was initially expected to miss six weeks due to a broken right ankle but an MRI done on Monday revealed torn ligaments as well. The ligament damage, which will be repaired surgically on Wednesday, means Kopitar likely won't skate again until mid-summer.

"It's just going to be a good test for this young hockey club," Kings coach Terry Murray said. "We'll be better when we come through it. There's no question about it. Guys are going to be in a higher situation, more important situation, and they'll grow immensely through this opportunity."

The 23-year-old Slovenian leads the Kings in scoring with 25 goals and 48 assists in 75 games. The Kings also lost second-leading scorer Justin Williams to a dislocated shoulder recently.

WEIGHT-ING GAME

New York Islanders captain Doug Weight will sit out the rest of the regular season and may decide to retire.

Weight hasn't played since Nov. 17 due to chronic back spasms and has been in the lineup for just 18 games. He was advised by the Islanders' medical staff to shut it down for the season, meaning he will definitely miss New York's final six games. The 19-year veteran is also leaning toward retirement, according to Katie Strang of Newsday.

Weight, who has played for six NHL teams, has 278 goals and 755 assists in 1,033 career games. He is the fifth-oldest player in the league.

MONTOYA EXTENDED

Goalie Al Montoya may have resurrected his career in the unlikeliest of places, Long Island.

Montoya, who started the season with the Phoenix Coyotes' AHL farm team in San Antonio before being traded to New York, was given a one-year contract extension by the Islanders on Tuesday.

In 17 games with the Isles since the Feb. 9 trade, Montoya has gone 8-4-4 with a 2.35 goals-against average and .923 save percentage. Prior to this season, the 26-year-old former first-round pick had played just five games in the NHL, all with the Coyotes.

OSHIE OUT FOR TWO

The St. Louis Blues will sit forward T.J. Oshie for two games after he missed practice without permission.

Blues general manager Doug Armstrong announced the decision Tuesday, the day after Oshie failed to show up for practice. But Armstrong was adament that the decision to relegate Oshie to the press box for two games was technically not a suspension, according to Blues beat writer Louie Korac.


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