Tim Sassone of the Daily Herald: Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Niklas Hjalmarrson will likely face a suspension by the NHL for his hit on Sabres forward Jason Pominville. Hjalmarrson has no previous offenses. Pominville was taken off the ice on a stretcher, but later was walking around the Sabres dressing room. Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville, “To me you can argue that it was even a penalty. I know that you don’t want to see anybody go down and get hurt like that, but (Hjalmarsson) wasn’t even looking at the guy. He was playing the puck and just hit him. There was no intent at all on the head.”
At about the 1:38 mark Pominville glances over his shoulder and looks like he sees Hjalmarrson coming.
Larry Brooks of the NY Post: New York Islanders defenseman James Wisniewski made an obscene gesture towards New York Rangers forward Sean Avery last night, and will be reviewed by the NHL. Gary Bettman was at the game but didn’t see the gesture, but he did say that Colin Campbell will review it. Sean Avery had this to say following the game,
“I mean, it’s pretty obvious what the guy was doing,” Avery said after the defeat that dropped the Rangers to 1-1. “But I’m sure nothing is going to happen to him because nothing ever happens.
“It’s interesting you get a warning for something like that. Imagine if I did that. I’d be sent to rehab.”