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Thursday’s Dump & Chase: Sidelined

Teravainen of Hurricanes breaks hand, will have surgery
Teuvo Teravainen broke his left hand in the third period of the Carolina Hurricanes’ 4-3 overtime win against the New York Islanders in Game 2 at PNC Arena on Wednesday and will have surgery Thursday.

I started to say that that was awful news for the Hurricanes, and a high price for a win–even a 2-0 series lead–and then I saw the subhead, which says “out for remainder of Eastern 1st Round”. I feel like surgery on a broken hand should get you a recovery timeline measured in larger units than “games”!

Lightning injuries force roster shuffling for Gm. 2
Victor Hedman, a game-time decision, is one of several Lightning players forcing Tampa Bay to shake up its roster for Game 2 of its NHL playoff series against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday.

Wear and tear are catching up to the two-time champs.

Bunting suspended 3 games, out for Maple Leafs starting in Game 2
Michael Bunting has been suspended three games by the NHL Department of Player Safety and will not play for the Toronto Maple Leafs against the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 2 of the best-of-7 Eastern Conference First Round at Scotiabank Arena on Thursday (7 p.m. ET; ESPN, CBC, SN, TVAS, BSSUN).

I’m sure that hockey media and fans everywhere will be very even-keeled about this turn of events.

Hurricanes, Islanders coaches both irked by non-calls late in Game 2
The Hurricanes’ 4-3 overtime win in Wednesday night’s Game 2 of their first-round playoff series left both coaches irked by apparent missed calls that came in critical moments late in this one. That included one that Brind’Amour said will sideline top-line forward Teuvo Teravainen for the rest of th…

I know some people think if you’re annoying both teams you’re doing something right, but I’d like to advance the possibility that maybe refs should call penalties, even if it is the playoffs.

A bolder stance: refs should call penalties, especially if it is the playoffs.

One more for Orr: Whale extend bench boss through 2025
The Connecticut Whale are sticking to what works, extending their longtime head coach through 2025.

Are things finally looking up for the Whale?

Sportsnet Roundtable: What impact will the QMJHL’s fighting ban have?
The QMJHL announced its intention to “ban” fighting next season, with the penalties or suspensions still to be determined. How will that impact players in the league, if at all, and what does it mean for the pro game? The Sportsnet roundtable weighs in.

Eric Engels makes a fantastic point that most of the players in the QMJHL are never going to play hockey as a job–whether or not you support the risk to pro players, it’s dangerous with no reward for the rest of these kids.

Sports leagues unite to set limits on betting ads
A coalition of the NFL, NBA, NHL, MLB, WNBA, NASCAR and MLS aims to implement a set of principles around advertising for sports betting.

I’m in favor of this.

The Bruins and Panthers argument between the benches explained: ‘We’re not splitting the atom down here’
Wednesday’s game between the Boston Bruins and Florida Panthers ended with the Panthers winning 6-3 and evening up the first-round series 1-1 before heading down to Sunrise, Florida. That final score wasn’t the most entertaining or interesting part of the…

That’s…probably for the best, as if they had been splitting the atom down there I’d have some concerns. For one, I’m not sure proper safety procedures would have been followed.