Jets blueliner Jacob Trouba has been suspended two games for his headshot on Ottawa forward Mark Stone, the NHL’s Department of Player Safety announced on Monday. “Trouba steps up and delivers a high, forceful blow that makes the head the main point of contact, on a hit where such head contact was avoidable,” the DoPS explained. “The onus here is on Trouba to deliver a full body hit through his opponent’s core. Instead, Trouba takes a poor angle of approach, picking Stone’s head.” The incident occurred in Winnipeg’s 3-2 win over Ottawa on Sunday. Trouba was given a two-minute minor on the play, much to the displeasure of Ottawa head coach Guy Boucher. Stone didn’t return to the game following
What was the most impressive performance of the weekend? Craig Custance: I'm giving the nod to Auston Matthews for scoring the goal of the weekend, with that ridiculous backhand that beat Carolina Hurricanes goalie Cam Ward on Sunday night. The goal pulled Matthews even with Patrik Laine of the Winnipeg Jets for the rookie lead at 28 goals. Those two are going to eclipse 30 goals this season, a feat only six rookies have accomplished in the last decade. It's a great Calder race, one that Zach Werenski (one goal and three points on Sunday) of the? Columbus Blue Jackets?continues to hang in on. Matthews' goal also helped spark a win over the Hurricanes, helping the Toronto Maple Leafs claw back
• Ottawa Senators forward Bobby Ryan could miss over a month with a possible broken right index finger. • After missing the first 59 games of the 2016-17 campaign while battling through different forms of treatment for bile duct cancer, Dallas Stars play-by-play man Dave Strader returned to the broadcast booth Saturday and called his first game of the season.