Senators’ Bobby Ryan on leave to enter assistance program

Ottawa Senators forward Bobby Ryan will take a leave of absence from the team as he enters the NHL/NHLPA player assistance program. Ryan, 32, has four goals in 16 games for the Senators this season, his 13th in the NHL. He has one point in his last 12 games, last playing for Ottawa on Nov. 16. According to the Ottawa Sun, Ryan left the team’s skate in Detroit on Monday afternoon, with Senators coach D.J. Smith telling reporters that Ryan wasn’t feeling well. He missed Tuesday night’s 4-3 Ottawa win…

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Bruins’ Patrice Bergeron misses second straight game with injury

Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron missed his second straight game on Tuesday night, against the New Jersey Devils, with a lower-body injury. Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy said Bergeron would be a game-time decision at Tuesday’s morning skate, but he was not on the ice when the Bruins took their pregame warm-up in Newark. Bergeron, who also missed Saturday’s 3-2 shootout loss to the Washington Capitals, has eight goals and 19 points in 19 games, while averaging 18.8 minutes. With Bergeron out of the lineup, David Krejci moved into the No.…

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Capitals’ Garnet Hathaway tossed for spitting on Ducks’ Erik Gudbranson

WASHINGTON — Capitals forward Garnet Hathaway was ejected from Washington’s 5-2 win on Monday for spitting on a player from the Anaheim Ducks. Hathaway spit on defenseman Erik Gudbranson during a brawl late in the second period, with referee Peter MacDougall standing a few feet away. Officials reviewed video before confirming the five-minute match penalty that triggers a game misconduct. “That’s about as low as you dig a pit, really,” Gudbranson said. “It’s a bad thing to do. It’s something you just don’t do in a game, and he did…

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Avalanche upset play continued after Matt Calvert hit in head by puck

The Colorado Avalanche were livid Saturday night that their teammate, Matt Calvert, lay bleeding on the ice while play continued, and it had nothing to do with the goal scored by the Vancouver Canucks. Calvert had been hit in the head by Elias Pettersson‘s wrist shot and immediately fell to the ice, bleeding from the right side of his head late in the third period. But because Vancouver had possession, officials let the play continue. “It’s a f—ing joke, man,” Avalanche defenseman Erik Johnson told The Athletic. “Like, you want…

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Why the Blackhawks are turning it over to the kids this season

After the Chicago Blackhawks drafted Kirby Dach at No. 3 overall in June, the 18-year-old visited Chicago. Dach met a few of his future teammates, including veteran defenseman Brent Seabrook. Dach and Seabrook talked about growing up in Western Canada and transitioning to a new life in the NHL, and Chicago. As the season grew closer, Dach asked Seabrook something bold: “Can I live with you?” Seabrook had to think about it. The 34-year-old already had a few roommates: his wife, Dayna, their three kids — ages 2, 4 and…

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Coyotes goalie Darcy Kuemper sparks brawl by throwing Flames winger to the ice

Coyotes goaltender Darcy Kuemper slammed an opponent to the ice after Calgary’s Johnny Gaudreau cross-checked Arizona’s Jason Demers while Demers was down on the ice, setting off a brawl that resulted in a combined 14 penalty minutes during Arizona’s 3-0 win over the Flames on Saturday. Kuemper put the Flames’ Matthew Tkachuk in a headlock and flipped him off his feet following the cross-check by Gaudreau in the second period. Tkachuk came up swinging and landed a few blows on Kuemper in a dustup that included Calgary goaltender David Rittich…

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Charges against Maple Leafs’ Matthews dropped

Disorderly conduct charges against Toronto Maple Leafs center Auston Matthews were dismissed Wednesday. “I just want to reiterate again just how truly sorry I am for my actions and my behavior,” Matthews said Thursday night, according to TSN. “I never meant to cause any distress to this woman, and I can assure you that I’ve learned from my mistakes and my actions.” According to the police report obtained by ESPN, the incident occurred May 26 at 2 a.m. local time in Matthews’ hometown of Scottsdale, Arizona. A security guard was…

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Hurricanes activate Jordan Martinook from injured reserve

RALEIGH, N.C. — Jordan Martinook is back with the Carolina Hurricanes a little over a month after having core muscle surgery. The team on Friday activated the forward from injured reserve. He missed 15 games after having surgery to repair a core muscle injury Oct. 11. The 27-year-old alternate captain had one assist in four games before he was hurt. He had a career-best 15 goals with 10 assists while playing 82 games during the 2018-19 regular season.

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Flames’ T.J. Brodie collapses at practice, taken to hospital

Calgary Flames defenseman T.J. Brodie collapsed at practice Thursday and was taken to a hospital. According to multiple reports, Brodie was standing by himself when he fell to the ice and had an apparent seizure. Medical personnel rushed to tend to Brodie, taking him off the ice on a stretcher and placing him on an ambulance. Brodie was responsive as he was being taken to the hospital, the Flames confirmed to TSN. “T.J. Brodie experienced an episode on ice at practice today,” Flames general manager Brad Treliving said in a…

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