NHL Notes: Icing crash leaves Canes' Pitkanen sidelined

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NHL Notes: Icing crash leaves Canes' Pitkanen sidelined

As the trade deadline approaches, expect the Flyers to look to build beyond just the remainder or this season (see story).

Here's a look at headlines from around the league:

Nasty crash sidelines Pitkanen
Former Flyer and current Carolina Hurricane Joni Pitkanen crashed violently into the boards on an icing play and had to be taken off the ice on a stretcher in a 5-3 loss to the Capitals on Tuesday night.

According to Darren Dreger of TSN, per ProHockeyTalk, Pitkanen is expected to be sidelined for at least three months. It will effectively end his season.

The incident will likely stir the debate on hybrid icing, or no-touch icing, which is currently going on around the league.

Flyers defenseman Kurtis Foster, who was injured on an icing play as a member of the Wild in 2008, texted this to Michael Russo of the Minnesota Star Tribune after the crash: "Now that a star like Pitkanen hurt on icing, when is it enough?? No need for it anymore!!!!!!!!"

Pitkanen, 29, has one goal and eight assists for Carolina in 22 games.

Iginla trade 'shady'?
Jarome Iginla's move to the Penguins instead of the Bruins caused a stir last week, as it was expected the long-time Calgary Flame would be headed to Boston after multiple reports confirming the move.

NHL on NBC analyst Mike Milbury thinks there's something we don't know about the deal, per ProHockeyTalk.

“It was shady,” Milbury said prior to Tuesday’s Penguins-Sabres game on NBC Sports Network. “There were some things I didn’t like at all about that.

“I think it’s too bad we didn’t find out a lot more about it. [Bruins GM] Peter Chiarelli handled it, I thought, pretty well.”

Iginla netted his first goal as a member of the club on Tuesday in a 4-1 Penguins loss to the Sabres.

Crosby out of hospital
PITTSBURGH -- Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby is out of the hospital after breaking his jaw Saturday.

The Penguins confirmed on their Twitter account Tuesday that Crosby had been released a day earlier. He will be out of the lineup indefinitely after undergoing surgery.

Crosby was hurt in the first period of the Penguins' 2-0 win over the New York Islanders when he was struck in the mouth by a puck from a deflected shot.

The Eastern Conference-leading Penguins, with 15 straight wins, play their first game without Crosby on Tuesday night at home against Buffalo.

--The Associated Press

NHL Playoffs: Senators, Capitals advance to close out 1st round

NHL Playoffs: Senators, Capitals advance to close out 1st round

TORONTO -- Marcus Johansson stuffed his second goal of the game past Frederik Andersen at 6:31 of overtime, lifting the Washington Capitals t to a series-winning 2-1 victory ove the Toronto Maple Leafs in Game 6 on Sunday night.

Johansson pulled Washington even at 1-1 with less than eight minutes to go in the third period after Auston Matthews broke a scoreless tie with his fourth goal of the series for Toronto. It was the fifth overtime game of the series, and the record-setting 18th in the first round of the playoffs.

Holtby made 37 saves for the Capitals, who will face the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Eastern Conference semifinals.

Andersen was sharp with 34 saves (see full recap).

MacArthur returns, wins series for Sens in OT
BOSTON -- Clarke MacArthur spent almost two full seasons recovering from a concussion, wondering if he would ever be able to return to the Senators.

"There's nothing like living in the NHL and living in these playoffs," he said after scoring a power-play goal 6:30 into overtime to help Ottawa beat Boston 3-2 in Game 6 on Sunday and advance to the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs.

"It (retirement) is something everyone's going to have to deal with one day," said the 32-year-old forward, who was injured in the fourth game of last season and didn't come back until four games left in this one. "But I want to stretch it out as long as I can."

Bobby Ryan and Kyle Turris scored five minutes apart in the second to give the Senators a 2-1 lead, and Craig Anderson stopped 28 shots for Ottawa. The Senators, who hadn't won a postseason series for since 2013, will play the New York Rangers in the second round.

Tuukka Rask made 26 saves for the Bruins, who got goals from Drew Stafford and Patrice Bergeron. The Bruins did not get off a shot in the extra period -- the fourth overtime game of the series and the 17th of the NHL playoffs, tying the record for an opening round (see full recap).

Report: Kings to name John Stevens head coach

Report: Kings to name John Stevens head coach

A person with direct knowledge of the situation tells The Associated Press that the Los Angeles Kings will name associate head coach John Stevens their next head coach.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Sunday because an announcement had not been made.

Stevens replaces Darryl Sutter after serving as a Kings assistant and then associate coach for the past eight seasons, which included two Stanley Cups. He was interim head coach for four games in 2011-12 after Terry Murray was fired and before Sutter was hired.

The 50-year-old was long considered Sutter's eventual replacement, though the firing of general manager Dean Lombardi and Sutter earlier this month put everything into question. When assistant Davis Payne was fired, the door was open to promoting Stevens.

Stevens' Flyers ties run deep.

He was drafted by the Flyers with the 47th pick in the 1984 draft and played nine NHL games with them from 1986-88. He came back to the organization in 1996 to play for the AHL's Phantoms for three seasons, including captaining the 1998 Calder Cup title team, before retiring in 1999.

Stevens moved behind the Phantoms bench in 1999 as an assistant before he took the reins as their head coach in 2000. Stevens was the coach of the star-studded 2004-2005 Phantoms led by Mike Richards, Jeff Carter and Patrick Sharp that won the Calder Cup.

Stevens then caught his first NHL head coaching break in 2006 when Ken Hitchcock was fired and the Flyers promoted Stevens from Lehigh Valley to become head coach of the big club. He went 120-109-34 in three-plus seasons as the Flyers head coach, a tenure that included a run to the 2008 Eastern Conference Final a year after the Flyers were the worst team in the league. Stevens was fired by the Flyers in December 2009 after a poor start and replaced by Peter Laviolette, who helped lead the Flyers to the Stanley Cup Final that year.

ESPN first reported the Stevens' hiring by Los Angeles.

- CSNPhilly.com contributed to this story.