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Douglas Murray ejected in his first game back after suspension

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Douglas Murray was ejected in his first game back from a three-game suspension. (Photo: Minas Panagiotakis/Icon SMI)

 By Mike McMahon 

It only took Montreal Canadiens defenseman Douglas Murray 6:29 minutes on ice to find himself in trouble with the league once again.

The Swedish defenseman was ejected from Thursday night’s game after hitting Islanders forward Johan Sundstrom from behind, sending his fellow countryman hard into the boards and causing an apparent head injury.

(GIF via @myregularface)

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  • Published On Apr 10, 2014
  • SHANABANNED! Habs’ Douglas Murray suspended three games for head shot

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    By Allan Muir

    The post-assault apology was appreciated by his victim, but it didn’t earn Douglas Murray any leniency from the NHL’s Department of Player Safety. The DoPS cops dinged the Montreal Canadiens defenseman three games for his ridiculous head shot on Tampa Bay’s Mike Kostka on Tuesday night.

    Kostka was concussed by the hit and has no return date in sight. Both factors played into the ruling. According to Lightning beat writer Missy Zielinski, it took Kostka 20 minutes to realize what was going on around him and he had no recollection of the hit.

    He did, however, appreciate Murray’s apology. “Classy move,” Kostka said. “I don’t think he had malicious intent, but … it was a pretty nasty scary looking hit. I’m thankful I’m standing today.”

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  • Published On Apr 03, 2014
  • Fame or famine: What’s next for nine key remaining NHL free agents?

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    NHL free agent defenseman Ron Hainsey

    Ron Hainsey’s NHLPA role during the lockout may have cooled teams’ desires for his services. (Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    This time last summer, there wasn’t much interest in Michal Rozsival. The big defensemen had played well for the Coyotes during Phoenix’s run to the Western Conference finals in 2012, but coming off a contract that had a cap hit of $5 million, he was seen as too old, too limited. He was viewed as a Plan B type. As time passed, he became a Plan C.

    Rozsival lingered on the open market longer than most, his value diminishing with each passing day, before he finally signed a one-year, $2 million deal with the Blackhawks on Sept. 11, 2012.

    By that point, his signing rated little more than a couple of paragraphs in the Chicago papers. Rozsival was seen as an upgrade over No. 6 defenseman Sheldon Brookbank and insurance in case prospect Dylan Olsen wasn’t quite ready to make the jump to the NHL. But a free agent coup? Not at all.

    Rozsival was in and out of the lineup during the season, playing just 27 of 48 regular-season games as part of a bottom-end rotation. But when it came to crunch time in the playoffs, there he was, playing big minutes in key contests against the Kings and the Bruins. There may have been better signings last summer, but how many of them ended up with their names on the Stanley Cup?

    That’s just a reminder that in free-agency, it’s funny how things can work out. While most of the attention goes to the players who are signed early to big money and long term contracts, there are still some impact players to be had as the offseason slides from August into September.

    Of course, some UFAs are still floating on the market for a good reason. Here’s a look at some of the key names out there and what might lie ahead for each:

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  • Published On Aug 20, 2013
  • NHL playoffs: Penguins rally, beat Islanders 5-4 in overtime in Game 3

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    A crucial victory for the Penguins leaves the Islanders rueing a game they could have won. (Seth Wenig/AP)

    By Adrian Dater

    For starters, how great was it to see boisterous Islanders fans twirling orange towels in the air at Nassau Coliseum? For too long, their materials of no choice have been white flags.

    We can also safely assert that it was a fun game to watch between the heavyweight, top-ranked Penguins and the spunky Isles. Does that mean it was a particularly well-played contest? Does that mean there weren’t a few really boneheaded errors by both sides? No and no.

    The Islanders got incredibly sloppy and, well, stupid with their play after taking a quick 2-0 lead. Ditto for the Penguins in the third period after they took a two-goal lead of their own into the final 20 minutes of regulation. Ultimately, the Penguins prevailed in OT to claim Game 3 and a 2-1 lead in this opening-round series.

    Here are a few more observations from Game 3:

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  • Published On May 05, 2013
  • Penguins host Jets, looking for 14th consecutive win

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    Sidney Crosby

    The Jets and Penguins last met on Feb. 15 in Winnipeg, with the Pens winning, 3-1. (Travis Golby/NHLI via Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    The Pittsburgh Penguins return to the ice tonight in search of their 14th consecutive win, but it’ll be another couple of weeks before the World’s Greatest Team assembles in all its glory.

    The Pens will be without Kris Letang for at least another week after the defender broke a bone in his foot against the Canadiens. Goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury also is nursing an injury suffered against the Habs. Reigning MVP Evgeni Malkin is a game-time decision after missing nine games with an upper body injury. And Jarome Iginla, acquired in the season’s biggest trade early Thursday morning, is out pending resolution of work visa issues. He could play Saturday, but the holiday weekend could push his debut into next week.

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    But even without that quartet of All-Stars, the Pens are well situated to stretch the NHL’s longest winning streak since 1990. The defense, which has allowed just nine goals over Pittsburgh’s last nine games, could get a boost from the debut of Douglas Murray. The hard-hitting defender, acquired earlier in the week from San Jose, will skate on the second pair with Matt Niskanen and should see some time on the penalty kill.

    Brenden Morrow did line rushes with James Neal and Malkin during the morning skate, and worked the second power play unit with Tyler Kennedy and Pascal Dupuis ahead of his second game with the Pens.

    Tomas Vokoun will get the start in net.

    The Jets are firming up their position in the Eastern Conference playoff picture, building a six-point lead over their Southeast Division pursuers after a 4-1 win in Carolina on Tuesday. Evander Kane fired six shots to add to his league-leading total and broke a lengthy slump with a goal and three assists in the contest, and linemates Olli Jokinen and Nik Antropov also tallied. The Jets need this trio to contribute with some consistency to take pressure off Andrew Ladd’s line, so they’re hoping that game sparks their confidence down the stretch.

    Winnipeg got top blueliner Tobias Enstrom back in the lineup two games ago, and he tallied in both contests. Partner Dustin Byfuglien has racked up 10 points in his last nine games. They could draw a heavy workload tonight with Ron Hainsey and Mark Stuart expected to miss the contest.

    The Jets are playing their best hockey on the road this season, running up a 10-6-2 mark.

    Al Montoya, making just his seventh appearance of the season, gets the start for the Jets.

  • Published On Mar 28, 2013
  • Top Line: Alex Ovechkin roasts critics, Sutter has words for Obama, more links

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    Alex Ovechkin

    Alex Ovechkin says he’s gone from the toilet to being king of the world. (Graig Abel/NHLI via Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    A notated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:

    • It’s swell that Alexander Ovechkin is having fun with his critics now that he’s finally producing, but he wouldn’t have been on the receiving end of all that grief if he’d performed like this the past two seasons. Let’s hope he keeps it up. The NHL is a better league when he plays like he cares.

    • Los Angeles coach Darryl Sutter plans to bend Barack Obama’s ear about the Keystone XL pipeline when the Kings meet the President today at the White House. Hey, why waste a chance to talk to the guy, right?

    • While Ray Shero’s trade acquisitions are being lauded in Pittsburgh, the true value of a couple of aging players is being questioned elsewhere.

    • Injured Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson updated the media on his condition last night. Unfortunately, the prognosis isn’t good, buddy.

    • Damien Cox says a Jarome Iginla trade won’t be a home run for the Flames, but they might acquire some useful parts if they can find a willing partner. For the time being, Calgary management is staying quiet about any possible deal.

    • The Oilers could get a boost down the home stretch if they’re able to win the Danny DeKeyser sweepstakes.

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  • Published On Mar 26, 2013
  • Penguins strike again, add Douglas Murray from San Jose

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    Douglas Murray to the Sharks was traded to the Penguins.

    Douglas Murray is a big-hitter, but so slow you can time him with sun dial. (Photo by Tony Medina/Icon SMI)

    By Allan Muir

    Multiple sources are reporting that the Penguins have acquired veteran defenseman Douglas Murray from the San Jose Sharks.

    In return, the Sharks get Pittsburgh’s 2013 second-round pick. The Pens are also obliged to send a 2014 second-rounder to San Jose if Murray re-signs with Pittsburgh this summer or the Pens win two playoff rounds. If neither of those happen, the pick turns into a 2014 third rounder.

    Full marks to Pens GM Ray Shero, not just for addressing a need, but for doing it this far out from the April 3 deadline. Adding new personalities and new talents to a tightly knit bunch isn’t a seamless process, so by making these moves early, he gives the new recruits time to learn their roles and gel with the group.

    But did he get the right guy? As with Brenden Morrow, who the Pens acquired on Sunday, Murray’s game is far from blemish-free…in case you couldn’t tell from the lineup of volunteers willing to drive the ex-Shark to Mineta Airport.

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  • Published On Mar 25, 2013