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George Parros is a busy man early in the Stanley Cup playoffs thanks to a rash of questionable hits around the NHL.The vice president of player safety’s department suspended Toronto Maple Leafs center Nazem Kadri three games for boarding Boston forward Tommy Wingels in what the league called a hit made in the name of retribution and Los Angeles Kings defenseman Drew Doughty one game for an illegal check to the head on Vegas forward William Carrier.With two suspensions Connor Brown Jersey , two misconduct ejections for boarding that resulted in injuries, plus Capitals winger Tom Wilson’s hit to the head that knocked Columbus center Alexander Wennberg out of the game, it has been a rough start to the playoffs – and there have only been eight games played. In 1,271 regular-season games, there were a total of 37 game misconducts and 22 suspensions.The NHL has made a concerted effort to rid its game of fighting and questionable hits, wanting to keep skilled players on the ice and boost scoring. In the postseason, goals are usually harder to come by and the adrenaline of the moment brings hard hits that cross the line; a year ago, Penguins star Sidney Crosby missed a game with a concussion after a cross-check to the head from the Capitals’ Matt Niskanen.Kadri was tossed from Toronto’s Game 1 loss at Boston for boarding Wingels, and Blue Jackets winger Josh Anderson was thrown out of their overtime victory at Washington for a hit from behind that injured Capitals defenseman Michal Kempny.A game misconduct will likely suffice for Anderson, but Kadri wasn’t as fortunate and will miss Games 2, 3 and 4.”I certainly wasn’t trying to hit him when he was down like that,” Kadri said after Thursday night’s game. ”Obviously, if he’s still standing up, I think there’s nothing wrong with that, but he ended up falling and reaching for the puck, and I’m not sure what happened after that.”What happened was another Bruins goal on the ensuing power play that made it 5-1 in the first game between the bitter rivals. Down the East Coast, Wilson’s hit on Wennberg allowed the Blue Jackets to tie the score in a game they won in overtime. Wilson blamed himself for costing Washington Game 1 by taking a bad penalty at a critical moment.”I’ve got to be better and maybe pass up on that hit,” Wilson said. ”We’ve got the lead there so maybe a big hit’s not needed. It’s the playoffs. Trying to finish your checks, and unfortunately I took a penalty.”Wilson was suspended two preseason games for interference and then for the first four regular-season games for boarding but had cleaned up his game since. Part of that stemmed from meeting with Parros in Calgary in the fall and educating himself on what’s acceptable and what the NHL looks for.”We had a meeting Frederik Andersen Jersey , me, him and Parros, and went over videos and just what they were looking at when he was being considered for suspensions and fines and other examples throughout the league,” Capitals general manager Brian MacLellan said.Parros spent almost a decade as an NHL enforcer and finished his career with 159 fights and 1,127 penalty minutes. When he took over the league’s player safety department last September, he said he intended to crack down on ”non-hockey plays” that have nothing to do with affecting the course of the game.Some of the hits may alter series because of the resulting injuries.Carrier, Kempny, Wennberg and Wingels are all day-to-day with ”upper-body” injuries – the customarily vague description in the NHL – with their statuses legitimately uncertain moving forward. Columbus general manager Jermo Kekalainen called Wennberg ”doubtful” for Game 2 Sunday at Washington and considered it a ”dangerous hit” by Wilson that the league deemed wasn’t worthy of further punishment.Doughty, a Norris Trophy contender and Los Angeles’ top defender, was suspended for Friday night’s Game 2 against Vegas for what the league called an avoidable hit to Carrier’s head. Kadri’s hit came after Wingels crushed Toronto forward Mitch Marner, but the timing and force of the hit made it worse.”The bottom line is, you always have to be disciplined at all times and emotions are a part of the game, but it’s got to be controlled,” Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock said.Kekalainen disagreed with officials giving Anderson a five-minute major and a game misconduct for his hit on Kempny, which was definitely a minor penalty but seemed less egregious than Wilson’s later. That didn’t stop Capitals coach Barry Trotz from voicing his displeasure with Anderson’s play.”I thought there’s clearly numbers there,” Trotz said. ”Trying to get that out of the game.”— ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Cam Fowler joked it had been a long, long time between scoring hat tricks.The Anaheim Ducks couldn’t have been blamed for feeling that way about winning, too.Fowler completed his first career hat trick 36 seconds into overtime to help the Ducks end a seven-game losing streak Womens Jake Gardiner Jersey , 3-2 over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Sunday night.“It was a product of being in the right place at the right time tonight, and I’ll take it,” the defenseman said. “I’m not complaining, but the main thing is our team found a way to win the game and kind of find a way to get off this losing streak. That was the main thing that came out of tonight’s game.”John Gibson made 24 saves for the Ducks, who had been 0-5-2 since defeating the New York Islanders 4-1 on Oct. 17.Pierre-Luc Dubois scored twice for the Blue Jackets, who lost the final two games of their three-game California road trip. Joonas Korpisalo made 27 saves.Fowler scored on a one-timer from Adam Henrique to end Anaheim’s losing skid. It was Fowler’s 56th career goal, tying Francois Beauchemin for second-most by a Anaheim defenseman all-time.Fowler also became the seventh defenseman in NHL history to cap a hat trick with an overtime winner. Anaheim defensemen are responsible for the past three such hat tricks, with Hampus Lindholm doing so on Dec. 21, 2017 and Lubomir Visnovsky on March 4, 2011.Dubois earned a point for Columbus by scoring with 31.3 seconds remaining in the third period to tie the game at 2, but Fowler said the Ducks did not get down on themselves after conceding late.“It sounds silly, but it was pretty positive,” Fowler said. “We’ve been through a lot as a team right now and I think it shows a lot about our group because we didn’t panic. We played a great hockey game, it would have been easy to get a little bit down after giving up a late goal like that. But luckily we regrouped and found a way to get a big two points.”Henrique and Ducks coach Randy Carlyle each praised Fowler for his leadership and offensive contributions, which took on an added importance after captain Ryan Getzlaf was a late scratch because of an upper-body injury.Fowler scored twice in the second period, tying it at 1 at 9:09 during 4-on-4 play and putting the Ducks ahead 2-1 at 18:26. He has three goals and two assists during a three-game point streak.“You can’t put a bigger exclamation mark on Cam Fowler than what he was able to accomplish tonight,” Carlyle said. “I’m not saying he’s going to score three goals in every hockey game, but he drives a lot of puck possession and he’s got a lot of responsibility on the power play. On the other side, we ask him to play defense and defense is hard work.”Getzlaf is considered day to day Tyler Graovac Jersey Womens , but Carlyle did not know if he would be available to play at Los Angeles on Tuesday.The Blue Jackets ended up earning three of a possible six points during the road trip, which coach John Tortorella considered a positive result for a team he said is lacking in confidence right now.“Anything offensively will help us, and that’s a big point,” Tortorella said. “We leave the California trip .500 with a team that has zero confidence, so we’ll take those points and just try to keep on building ourselves up.”The power play has been the most visible representation of Columbus’ recent struggles, as the Blue Jackets went 0 for 6 with the man-advantage and are 2 for 38 in their past 10 games. Artemin Panarin appeared to have scored a power-play goal early in the third period, but it came immediately after Alexander Wennberg tripped Ducks defenseman Jacob Larsson.Tortorella thought it was a sign of progress that the Blue Jackets were able to put the puck in the net, even if it was waived off.“We had opportunities to score, had a couple of rebound chances that we just missed,” Tortorella said. “Yeah, if they score a goal, sure it helps us. But we’ll take baby steps right now as far as just having them feel the puck and feel comfortable making plays. It’s a crazy dynamic with athletes. You just don’t know, so we got to try to help them.”NOTES: Carlyle got his 460th win, tying Roger Neilson for 30th-most in NHL history. … Blue Jackets D Seth Jones played in his 400th NHL game and had two assists. … The Ducks allowed three shots in the first period, their fewest in any period in regulation this season. Anaheim had allowed at least 16 shots in the first period in each of its first 14 games.UP NEXTBlue Jackets: Return home to host the Dallas Stars on Tuesday.Ducks: Visit the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday.