NEW YORK -- Boston Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference was suspended for one game by the NHL on Thursday for an illegal check to Toronto forward Mikhail Grabovski's head during Game 1 of their first-round series.
No penalty was called on the hit midway through the first period in the Bruins' 4-1 victory.
Game 2 is Saturday night in Boston (see full story).
Backstrom, Stoner day to day
CHICAGO -- Minnesota Wild goalie Niklas Backstrom and defenseman Clayton Stoner did not practice on Thursday, increasing the possibility they will be unavailable for Game 2 of their first-round playoff series against the Chicago Blackhawks.
Wild forward Jason Pominville also missed Thursday's practice and will not travel to Chicago for Friday's game. He missed Game 1.
Coach Mike Yeo says if Backstrom is unable to go, Josh Harding will get the start on Friday night after he made 35 saves in Minnesota's 2-1 overtime loss in the opener Tuesday night (see full story).
Gordie Howe movie to feature season with sons
DETROIT -- A fascinating part of Gordie Howe's life has been turned into a TV movie.
"Mr. Hockey: The Gordie Howe Story" premieres Saturday night in the U.S. on the Hallmark Channel.
The focus of the film is on the World Hockey Association's 1973-74 season, when the then 45-year-old Howe came out of retirement to play for the Houston Aeros with two of his sons, Mark and Marty. Gordie Howe helped Houston win the WHA title and was MVP of the league that later merged with the NHL (see full story).