NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said that there was not yet enough data to draw conclusions about the link between concussions and a degenerative brain ailment that has been found in four dead hockey players. The league wrapped up its Board of Governors meetings in Pebble Beach, Calif., a day after the New York Times reported that former Rangers enforcer Derek Boogaard suffered from chronic traumatic encephalopathy, an ailment related to Alzheimer's disease.
Even though the players found to have CTE were enforcers during their careers, Bettman said there was no discussion at the meetings about trying to eliminate fighting. He said he considers head trauma that comes from fighting different from injuries that come from hits because fighters are willing combatants and not taken by surprise.
In games last night *
At Toronto, David Clarkson's goal 2:40 into overtime gave the New Jersey Devils a 3-2 win over the Maple Leafs.
* At Uniondale, N.Y., Matt Martin scored the game-winning goalas the New York Islanders routed the Tampa Bay Lightning, 5-1. The Islanders are 4-1-2 in their last seven games; Tampa Bay has lost five in a row.
* At Montreal, Rick Nash's shootout goal lifted Columbus to a 3-2 win over the Canadiens.
* At St. Louis, David Backes got the go-ahead goal on a power-play for the Blues, who ended a 2-for-39 slump with the man advantage in a 3-2 victory over the Detroit Red Wings.
* At Nashville, Keith Yandle scored the winning goal with 1:45 to play in the third period in the Phoenix Coyotes' 3-2 victory over the Predators.
* At Winnipeg, Andrew Ladd and Bryan Little scored as the Jets downed Boston, 2-1.
* At Calgary, Brendan Morrison had two goals and two assists as the Flames beat Carolina, 7-6.
* At Vancouver, Daniel Sedin's three goals led the Canucks over Colorado, 6-0.
* At Anaheim, Bobby Ryan's goal with 49 seconds left lifted the Ducks over Los Angeles, 3-2.