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NHL roundup: Sharks' Scott suspended two games

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[October 28, 2014]  The Sports Xchange
 The NHL suspended San Jose Sharks forward John Scott two games, without pay, for leaving the bench on a legal line change and starting an altercation with Anaheim Ducks forward Tim Jackman on Sunday, the league announced Monday.

Scott is considered a repeat offender under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement.

Scott was assessed a minor penalty for instigating, a major for fighting and a game misconduct for leaving the bench on a legal line change to start an altercation 13:56 into the third period.

--The Sharks assigned forward Tyler Kennedy to the Worcester Sharks on a long-term injury conditioning assignment, the team announced Monday.

He has been bothered by an upper-body injury.

--Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Olli Maatta is scheduled to undergo surgery next week to remove a tumor from his neck that could be a low-grade thyroid cancer.

"Olli will have surgery to remove the tumor," Dr. Dharmesh Vyas, the Penguins' team physician, said in a statement Monday. "Even if it is found to be cancerous, we do not expect that he will need radiation or chemotherapy, and we anticipate a complete recovery. In all likelihood, Olli will go on to live a healthy life and this should not affect his ability to play hockey long-term."

Maatta, 20, has been cleared to play until the time of the surgery. Dr. Vyas said he will likely be able to return to the lineup within four weeks.

--The Columbus Blue Jackets placed left winger Matt Calvert on injured reserve retroactive to Oct. 24 and recalled center Alexander Wennberg from Springfield of the American Hockey League.

Calvert, 24, is expected to miss one week due to an upper body injury.

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Calvert has recorded a goal and an assist with six penalty minutes in seven games this season.

--Defenseman Carl Gunnarsson is expected to make his St. Louis Blues debut on Tuesday in Dallas, St. Louis coach Ken Hitchcock said.

Gunnarsson, 27, had hip surgery in the offseason before being acquired by the Blues in a trade with Toronto. He missed the first seven games with his new team.

--The Tampa Bay Lightning reassigned forwards Mike Blunden and Jonathan Marchessault to Syracuse of the American Hockey League.

Blunden and Marchessault both skated in the Lightning's 7-2 loss to the Minnesota Wild on Saturday night.

--The Minnesota Wild were without defensemen Keith Ballard and Christian Folin for Monday's game against the New York Rangers due to illnesses.


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