Just to clarify what happened with Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Ryan Malone during Tuesday night's 2-1 win over the Canadiens when he went after Montreal's Alexei Emelin:
Malone received a two-minute unsportsmanlike conduct penalty, five minutes for fighting and an aggressor game misconduct. Such a misconduct is given when a player continues to pound an opponent who already has been beaten up in a fight. Any game misconduct comes with an automatic $200 fine and possible supplemental discipline by the league.
Malone went after Emelin 8:16 into the second period, just after Emelin served two minutes for interference for a hit on Malone, who took exception since the puck, which had been sent in Malone's direction, missed its target by a wide margin. Emelin's hit apparently was payback for an earlier hard hit Malone put on Emelin against the end boards. As Malone pounded Emelin, Montreal's P.K. Subban took at least one step onto the ice off the bench but was pushed back by referee Dan O'Halloran.
What irked Malone is that Emelin did not fight back. …Full Story
The Tampa Bay Lightning roster took a hit overnight as forwards Teddy Purcell and Nate Thompson and defenseman Brendan Mikkelson got the flu and are so sick, coach Guy Boucher said if even one of them plays tonight against the Canadiens, he would consider it a bonus.
The Tampa Bay Lightning had a busy Monday making three trades so far that all added to the team's blue line.
The Tampa Bay Lightning on Monday acquired defenseman Mike Commodore from the Red Wings for a conditional seventh-round draft pick.
Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Teddy Purcell was named the NHL's second star of the week for the week ending Sunday. Purcell had three goals and 10 points in four gams and led all players with five power-play points.
Here is the announcement from the league:
Here's a question that could make your head explode: should the Tampa Bay Lightning put in a waiver claim for Jets forward Antti Miettinen?
Here's a new storyline, the Tampa Bay Lightning, which had traded front-line players on three previous game days, actually added a player before tonight's game with the Jets, claiming forward Tim Wallace off waivers from the Islanders. He will join the team on Friday.
The Tampa Bay Lightning has claimed forward Tim Wallace off waivers.
Wallace, 27, had one assist, six penalty minutes and was minus-7 in 31 games for the New York Islanders this season.
He played 24 games for the Pittsburgh Penguins from 2008-11, compiling two assists and 12 penalty minutes. He was minus-1.
-- DAMIAN CRISTODERO, Times Staff WriterFull Story
If everything goes without a hitch, injured Lightning captain Vinny Lecavalier could be back in the lineup by the middle of March, general manager Steve Yzerman said.
Want to talk about the Lightning's trades? Rays spring training? The Bucs' recent coaching hires? The Sports on TV/radio? Join Times sports personality and former Lightning beat reporter Tom Jones for a live chat today, from 12:30-1:30 p.m.
You can join the chat here.Full Story