At 11:02 of the third period in the Stars/Devils game, the Situation Room initiated a video review to further examine a play at the Dallas net. Video review supported the referee's call on the ice that Travis Zajac's shot did not cross the goal line. No goal New Jersey.
At 13:07 of the third period in the Panthers/Sabres game, the Situation Room initiated a video review because the puck entered the Buffalo net. The referee informed the Situation Room that the play was stopped due to an injury to a Florida player. This is not a reviewable play therefore the call on the ice stands - no goal Florida.
At 13:26 of the second period in the Capitals/Lightning game, video review supported the referee's call on the ice that Tampa Bay's Ondrej Palat kicked the puck into the Washington net. According to Rule 49.2 "A goal cannot be scored by an attacking player who uses a distinct kicking motion to propel the puck into the net.". No goal Tampa Bay.
The Capitals and Lightning changed ends at the first whistle after the 10:00 mark of the first period to accommodate an issue with the ice in the visitors goal crease. This decision was reached during a conversation between the on-ice officials and the head coach and general manager of each team. The situation will be re-evaluated during the first intermission.
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E.J.'s Season Record: 197-113-44
SAN JOSE -- Forwards Tommy Wingels and Tyler Kennedy will return to the lineup Thursday night for the San Jose Sharks against the Detroit Wings in a battle between injury-depleted teams at SAP Center.
Wingels missed five games with an upper-body injury and Kennedy was out four games with the flu. They will provide reinforcements to a team that is without five injured forwards. Logan Couture underwent surgery Wednesday on his right hand. Tomas Hertl (knee surgery), Raffi Torres (knee surgery), Adam Burish (back surgery) and Martin Havlat (lower body) are also sidelined.
"They look good and ready to go," Sharks coach Todd McLellan said of Kennedy and Wingels. "That's a nice thing to have them back, and now they have to produce."
BUFFALO -- After having a game against the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday postponed until Feb. 25 because of a blizzard, the Buffalo Sabres will face the Florida Panthers on Thursday without defenseman Tyler Myers.
Myers was suspended three games for his check to the head of New Jersey Devils forward Dainius Zubrus. The Sabres were already shorthanded on defense without Henrik Tallinder (upper body). Alexander Sulzer will take Myers' spot in the lineup.
"We probably won't see a guy with over 28 minutes or 30 minutes," coach Ted Nolan said of his defense. "You'll probably see a whole lot of them with 15 or 20 instead."
Originally scheduled to play Tuesday, Jhonas Enroth will start in goal. Enroth stopped 44 shots to lead the Sabres to a 3-1 win against the Panthers on Oct. 25.
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It's cool when you think about how many great American players have played the game and the two players that were at that 18-game point streak and what they've done in their careers. It's pretty cool right now, but it was kind of overshadowed by the loss.