WINNIPEG -- The Winnipeg Jets picked up a badly needed 4-3 shootout win on home ice Friday against the St. Louis Blues, but the victory came with a cost.
The Winnipeg blue line lost its third pairing Friday, forcing the Jets to skate with four defensemen for much of the third period. Dustin Byfuglien skated a career-high 31:37 in picking up the workload after the Jets lost rookie Jacob Trouba and Mark Stuart to injuries.
Trouba left the game on a stretcher after falling face-first into the end boards while attempting to hit Blues defenseman Jordan Leopold. Trouba was released from a Winnipeg hospital late Friday night and is expected to miss a month with a neck sprain. Trouba's partner, Mark Stuart, exited the game in the third period after crashing into the Winnipeg net.
Jets coach Claude Noel will dress Paul Postma and Adam Pardy, a recall from the St. John's IceCaps of the American Hockey League on Saturday, in place of Stuart and Trouba.
COLUMBUS -- The game Sunday night between the Vancouver Canucks and the Columbus Blue Jackets is expected to feature the backup goalies as the starters are rested in the second of back-to-back games for both teams.
At 12:41 of the first period in the Flames/Sharks game, video review upheld the referee's call on the ice that Brad Stuart's shot was batted into the net by the glove of Tyler Kennedy. According to Rule 67.6 "a goal cannot be scored by an attacking player who bats or directs the puck with his hand into the net." No goal San Jose.
At 1:35 of the third period in the Predators/Canadiens game, the official located behind the goal line signaled goal. After the referee's huddled, they determined that Lars Eller's shot did not cross the goal line. Video review was inconclusive in determining whether or not the shot crossed the goal line, therefore the referee's group decision that the puck did not completely cross the goal line stands. No goal Montreal.
CHICAGO -- After watching the player they affectionately nicknamed "The Rat" pester opposing stars into poor performances the past few seasons, the Chicago Blackhawks will now get to live the other side of the Dave Bolland experience.
He and his new teammates on the Toronto Maple Leafs are in Chicago for a game Saturday at United Center (7 p.m. ET, CBC, NHLN-US), which will be Bolland's first game against his former team.
Bolland helped Chicago win a pair of Stanley Cups, including last season, when he scored the series-clinching goal in the third period of Game 6 against the Boston Bruins.
To make room on their roster, the Sabres sent another rookie defenseman, Rasmus Ristolainen, to their American Hockey League affiliate in Rochester.
Zadorov was taken with the 16th pick of the 2013 NHL Draft, eight spots after the Sabres chose Ristolainen. The Russian missed Buffalo's first nine games of the season while recovering from a finger injury he sustained blocking a shot during the preseason.
Ristolainen had no points and a minus-4 rating in eight games, averaging 16:52 of ice time per game.
Zadorov will be the eighth player taken in the first round of the 2013 draft to play a game this season.
Ramo can only hope the outcome is better than in his Flames debut and in his first career start against San Jose.
Ramo gave up four goals in a season-opening 5-4 shootout loss to the Washington Capitals and then backed up Joey MacDonald for the next five games. Ramo allowed seven goals on 42 shots in a 7-1 loss to Sharks at San Jose on Jan. 13, 2009, when he played for the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Ramo won't be able to ease back into action after his five-game layoff. He'll face a 6-0-1 Sharks team that leads the NHL in goals with 33 and in goals per game at 4.71.
"Everyone is ready to go," Flames coach Bob Hartley said after his team's morning skate. "We work hard every day. Karri Ramo has played very well in training camp, played well in Washington, then Joey MacDonald got us on a roll. So hopefully Karri Ramo can do the same thing as [MacDonald]."
At 14:12 of the third period in the Oilers/Senators game, video review supported the referee's call on the ice that Chris Neil's stick was below the crossbar when he knocked the puck into the net. According to Rule 60.5 "The determining factor is where the puck makes contact with the stick. If the puck makes contact with the stick below the level of the crossbar and enters the goal, this goal shall be allowed." Good goal Ottawa.