NHL notebook: Bruins place Eriksson on IR
• NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said he believes players are learning how to hit and check without violating the league's safety rules. Bettman spoke Tuesday after vice president of player safety Brendan Shanahan gave his address on the final day of the board of governors meeting. Bettman said the league has been proactive about eliminating hits to the head and only about 50-100 of the approximately 55,000 hits in a season are problematic.
• The Bruins placed forward Loui Eriksson on injured reserve with a concussion and recalled Nick Johnson from Providence of the AHL. Eriksson left the Bruins' game Saturday against the Penguins after being hit by defenseman Brooks Orpik in the opening minute of the first period. Eriksson missed five games earlier this season with a concussion.
• Maple Leafs captainDion Phaneuf was suspended two games for his hit from behind on Kevan Miller of the Bruins. Phaneuf will not play against Los Angeles on Wednesday or at St. Louis on Thursday. He loses more than $66,000 in salary. During Toronto's loss to Boston on Sunday night at Air Canada Centre, Miller's back was turned at the time. No boarding penalty was called. Miller left the game, but coach Claude Julien said he wasn't worried about the defenseman's condition.
• According to head coach Joel Quenneville, the Blackhawks will be without goaltender Corey Crawford for about three weeks as he recovers from a lower-body injury sustained in Sunday's game against the Panthers.
• The Rangers' Marc Staal will be sidelined with a concussion suffered during Saturday's game after he took a shot to the jaw from Devils rookie Reid Boucher, according to multiple reports. The Rangers tweeted that the concussion isn't believed to be as serious as those he's had in the past.
— Wire reports
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