Wednesday, February 21, 2018
Tampa Bay Lightning

No discipline for Lightning's Stralman on hit

Lightning defenseman Anton Stralman won't receive supplemental discipline from the league for his hit on the Jets' Bryan Little in Thursday's game.

No hearing was scheduled by the Department of Player Safety, which reviewed the hit, as it does for all plays like it.

The hit occurred in the second period as Little was carrying the puck toward the Lightning blue line. The forward stumbled, lost the puck and dropped his head. Stralman collided with him, the defenseman's shoulder hitting Little high.

Little remained on the ice for a little while before leaving. Stralman wasn't penalized, but Blake Wheeler started a fight with him shortly after the hit.

The Jets were angry about the hit, coach Paul Maurice so much so that he eventually was ejected after clashing with the officials.

Stralman said there was no way he could avoid the hit.

Little had neck X-rays after the game, Maurice said. He traveled with the team to Fort Lauderdale on Thursday night, the Winnipeg Sun reported. The team was off Friday, so no updates were available, it said. The Jets play the Panthers today.

Around the league: Maple Leafs forward Leo Komarov was suspended for three games for elbowing Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh in the head Thursday. McDonagh left the game and didn't return.

Game highlights: Casey Cizikas scored a lucky early goal, Jaroslav Halak had 27 saves and the Islanders got a 1-0 win over the host Devils. A shot by defenseman Nick Leddy caromed off Cizikas' pants and fluttered into the net less than two minutes in. … Jeff Skinner scored twice in the third and the host Hurricanes beat the Sharks 5-2 to move two points out of a wild card spot in the Eastern Conference. … Paul Byron scored in the fifth round of a shootout and the host Canadiens beat the Flyers 3-2 to end a three-game losing streak.

Islanders1001
at Devils0000

First1, NYI, Cizikas 6 (Leddy, Martin), 1:59. PenaltiesOkposo, NYI (hooking), 19:06.

SecondNone. PenaltiesHenrique, NJ (holding), 3:46; Blandisi, NJ (hooking), 9:34; Tootoo, NJ, major-game misconduct (cross checking), 15:00.

ThirdNone. PenaltiesHenrique, NJ (high-stick), 18:16. SOGNYI 10-9-5—24. NJ 9-11-7—27. PPsNYI 0 of 4; NJ 0 of 1. GoaliesNYI, Halak 14-12-4 (27 shots-27 saves). NJ, Schneider 25-18-6 (24-23).

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at Blue Jackets0000

First1, Buf, McGinn 13 (Eichel, Ristolainen), 14:55 (pp). 2, Buf, Legwand 5, 18:38 (sh). PenaltiesGirgensons, Buf (illegal check to head minor), 5:07; Jones, Clm (hold stick), 8:29; Prout, Clm (hook), 14:49; Pysyk, Buf (interfere), 18:03.

SecondNone. PenaltiesJ.Johnson, Clm (trip), 6:34; Girgensons, Buf (hook), 14:24; Hartnell, Clm, major (board), 16:55; Ristolainen, Buf (interfere), 17:26; Foligno, Buf (high-stick), 18:08; Kane, Buf (trip), 20:00.

Third3, Buf, McGinn 14 (Girgensons, Eichel), 7:16. 4, Buf, Reinhart 18 (Kane), 9:53. PenaltiesLehner, Buf, served by M.Foligno (rough, leaving crease), 11:30; J.Johnson, Clm (rough), 11:30; Jenner, Clm, major-game misconduct (hook), 11:30. SOGBuf 12-14-9—35. Clm 14-9-15—38. PPsBuf 1 of 5; Clm 0 of 6. GoaliesBuf, Lehner 4-4-2 (38 shots-38 saves). Clm, Korpisalo 9-7-4 (31-27), McElhinney (11:30 third, 4-4).

at Hurricanes1135
Sharks1012

First1, Car, Terry 5 (Hanifin, Nash), 7:03. 2, SJ, Burns 19 (J.Ward, Nieto), 14:07. PenaltiesNone.

Second3, Car, Nordstrom 6 (J.Staal, Pesce), 12:25. PenaltiesM.Karlsson, SJ (hook), 1:02; E.Staal, Car (embellish), 1:02; Hertl, SJ (delay game), 6:22; M.Brown, SJ, served by Hertl (unsportsmanlike conduct, hold), 19:40; J.Staal, Car (rough), 19:40.

Third4, Car, Skinner 20 (E.Staal, Versteeg), :39 (pp). 5, SJ, Hertl 12 (Marleau), 10:38. 6, Car, Skinner 21 (Rask, Slavin), 15:32. 7, Car, J.Staal 15 (Nestrasil), 17:35 (en). PenaltiesNone. SOGSJ 8-4-12—24. Car 8-19-10—37. PPsSJ 0-0; Car 1-2. GoaliesSJ, Jones 28-16-3 (36 shots-32 saves). Car, C.Ward 17-11-7 (24-22).

at Canadiens10103
Flyers10102
Canadiens win shootout 2-1

First1, Mon, Weise 14 (Markov, Subban), 2:56. 2, Phi, Cousins 3 (Umberger, Medvedev), 3:06. PenaltiesGiroux, Phi (hook), 14:44; Andrighetto, Mon (hook), 18:32.

SecondNone. PenaltiesWhite, Phi (hooking), 3:14; Emelin, Mon (delay of game), 7:45; Plekanec, Mon (interference), 11:42; Giroux, Phi (holding), 19:36.

Third3, Phi, Raffl 8 (Gostisbehere, Laughton), 3:15. 4, Mon, Pacioretty 21 (Subban, Weise), 8:35 (pp). PenaltiesGiroux, Phi (hook), 7:02.

OTNone. PenaltiesNone. SOPhi 1 (Cousins G, Giroux NG, Simmonds NG, Voracek NG, Schenn NG), Mon 2 (Galchenyuk NG, Andrighetto NG, Pacioretty G, Eller NG, Byron G). SOGPhi 14-12-8-3—37. Mon 10-11-7-3—31. PPsPhi 0 of 3; Mon 1 of 4. GoaliesPhi, Neuvirth 12-6-4 (31 shots-29 saves). Mon, Condon 14-17-4 (37-35).

Information from Times wires was used in this report.

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