Tampa Bay Sports Day

NHL Notebook: Sharks Captain Thornton Fined $5,000 for Slashing

TAMPA –  Tyler Johnson broke out of a month-long scoring slump with two goals to lead Tampa Bay past San Jose. Johnson scored twice in the third period to break a tie and end a 15-game goalless drought dating to Oct. 24 at Carolina. Nikita Kucherov also scored twice to tie Alex Ovechkin for the league lead with 19 as the Lightning swept the two-game season series.  Andrei Vasilevskiy finished with 25 saves for his league-leading 17th victory of the season. Barclay Goodrow and Justin Braun scored for the Sharks, who saw a three-game winning streak come to an end. San Jose was 4-0-2 in its last six games.

The Lightning have recalled forward Cory Conacher from the Syracuse Crunch.   Conacher, 27, has skated in one game with the Lightning this season, posting one goal. He made his season debut with the Bolts last Saturday night against the Pittsburgh Penguins and scored the Lightning’s second goal of the game. The Burlington, Ontario native has appeared in 153 career NHL games with the Lightning, New York Islanders, Buffalo Sabres and Ottawa Senators, amassing 21 goals and 63 points.  He played in 11 games with Tampa Bay in 2016-17 and scored one goal with three assists. 

The 5-foot-8, 180 pound forward has appeared in 18 games with the Crunch this season, recording seven goals and 15 points, along with four power-play goals.  He leads Syracuse for goals, points and power-play goals.  Conacher has played in 240 career AHL games, notching 91 goals and 228 points, with a plus-23 rating.  He has skated in 70 career Calder Cup Playoff games, including 22 last season, registering 12 goals and 28 points, helping the Crunch to the Calder Cup Finals.

Tampa Bay also recalled defenseman Jamie McBain from the Syracuse. McBain, 29, has appeared in 21 games with the Crunch this season, posting three goals and 11 points to go along with 10 penalty minutes. The Edina, Minn. native leads all Syracuse defensemen for assists (eight), points and plus/minus (+6) and his three goals on the season rank tied for first. McBain has skated in 171 career AHL games, recording 21 goals and 101 points to go along with 72 penalty minutes.
 
The 6-foot-2, 194-pound defenseman has skated in 348 career NHL games over eight seasons, registering 30 goals and 110 points to go along with 72 penalty minutes. McBain has also appeared in four Stanley Cup Playoff games while with the Los Angeles Kings in 2016.  McBain was drafted by the Carolina Hurricanes in the second round, 33rd overall, at the 2006 NHL Draft.
 
San Jose Sharks center Joe Thornton was fined $5,000 for slashing Tampa Bay Lightning forward Tyler Johnson during Saturday night’s game, the NHL’s Department of Player Safety announced Sunday.  The incident occurred at 19:51 of the second period of the Lightning’s 5-2 home win over the Sharks.  The fine is the maximum allowable under the collective bargaining agreement. The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.

The Dallas Stars placed center Martin Hanzal on injured reserve due to a hamstring injury, the team announced. Hanzal, 30, suffered the injury on Tuesday against the Vegas Golden Knights. The move is retroactive to Nov. 28. Hanzal has just three points (one goal, two assists) and 13 penalty minutes in 19 games this season. In a corresponding move, the Stars recalled forward Jason Dickinson from the Texas Stars of the American Hockey League.

The Columbus Blue Jackets assigned left winger Sonny Milano to the Cleveland Monsters of the American Hockey League. Milano, 21, has five goals, five assists and four penalty minutes in 24 games with the Blue Jackets this season. He has an assist in one contest with the Monsters. Milano owns 11 points (five goals, six assists) and four penalty minutes in 31 career NHL games with the Blue Jackets. He has 84 points (32 goals, 52 assists) in 128 career AHL games with the Monsters and Springfield Falcons.

The Edmonton Oilers claimed defenseman Brandon Davidson off waivers from the Montreal Canadiens. Davidson, 26, appeared in 13 games with the Canadiens this season, posting one assist and nine penalty minutes. The 6-foot-2, 208-pound native of Taber, Alberta, was originally selected by the Oilers in the sixth round of the 2010 NHL draft. He appeared in 91 games with the Oilers from 2014-17, recording 13 points (five goals, eight assists).

The Arizona Coyotes recalled defenseman Jakob Chychrun from the Tucson Roadrunners of the American Hockey League. Chychrun, 19, has been out since suffering a knee injury before the start of training camp. He recorded 20 points (seven goals, 13 assists) and 47 penalty minutes in 68 games with the Coyotes last season. The 6-foot-2, 210-pound native of Boca Raton, Fla., became the youngest player in Coyotes history to make his NHL debut. His point total finished as the third-highest by a rookie defenseman in team history.