NHL notes for a Saturday night

1. POMINVILLE OUT FOR THE SABRES

The Buffalo Sabres suffered a tremendous blow during Game 5 of their quarterfinal playoff series when they lost scoring forward Jason Pominville due to a serious leg injury. Pominville, who scored 22 goals and 52 points this past season suffered the injury during the first period when Philadelphia Flyers forward James Van Riemsdyk’s skate accidently grazed Pominville’s leg. The Sabres who went on to win that game 4-3 enter Sunday’s Game 6 holding a 3-2 series lead.

2. SEABROOK SKATES WITH THE BLACKHAWKS

There is a good chance that the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks will have all-star defenceman Brent Seabrook back in their lineup for Sunday night’s Game 6 showdown with the Vancouver Canucks. Seabrook who missed the previous game due to a concussion apparently skated full out on Saturday morning and described himself as being symptom free. “I felt excited out there today, Seabrook who was injured after a Raffi Torres hit said. “Getting on the ice with the guys, joking and laughing and overall excited.”

FORMER NHL ENFORCER BRASHEAR LOOKING TO CHANGE CAREERS

Donald Brashear who carved out a 17 year career with the Montreal Canadiens, Vancouver Canucks, Philadelphia Flyers, Washington Capitals and New York Rangers is focused on getting into the fighting game. This feared enforcer who totalled 2,634  penalty minutes in 1,025 games is scheduled to undergo a full examination in hopes of getting his fighting licence. The 39 year-old who is currently toiling in the  semipro Ligue Nord-Americaine de Hockey is looking to fight on June 4 on the Rigside 11 card taking place at the Quebec Coliseum.

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