Lynx defenseman Denis Chervyakov suffered a badly bruised left ankle as the result of a vicious two-hand slash by Charlotte's David Oliver in the third period of Saturday's 7-4 exhibition win over Charlotte.
Chervyakov was limping badly Sunday and did not know how soon he would be able to skate again. The 30-year-old Russian also was upset that the incident occurred in a preseason game.
"For somebody to do that in an exhibition game I cannot understand," Chervyakov said. "It is uncalled for."
Chervyakov was involved in several altercations Friday, and while Checkers coach Don MacAdam said he doesn't condone Oliver's act, he said it likely was in retaliation for something Chervyakov did Friday.
With Huntington last season, Oliver was suspended for 15 games by the ECHL last season for checking a Toledo player from behind after the player had just scored a goal.
Goalie Judd Lambert made his debut with the Providence Bruins of the American Hockey League on Sunday, recording 33 saves in a 3-3 tie at Springfield.
Lambert is with the P-Bruins on a 25-game contract and is vying for a permanent spot on the roster. The 26-year-old's fate likely hinges on whether the NHL parent Boston Bruins sign another goalie to backup Byron Dafoe.
The Bruins have been searching for a goalie since backup John Grahame broke an ankle in a bar fight two weeks ago. As a quick fix, Boston recalled rookie goalie Andrew Raycroft from Providence, which created an opening for Lambert. If the Bruins decide to give Raycroft a chance as an NHL backup, Lambert's chances of sticking in Providence will improve.
However, Lambert said last week he would not sign with the Bruins unless he is given a one-way AHL contract or a two-way NHL-AHL contract. He said he is not interested in a two-way ECHL-AHL contract because he does not want to bounce back and forth between Augusta and Providence.
Forward Dean Tiltgen wouldn't mind the Alberta Connection getting together again, and he and his old linemates made a strong case for that crusade Saturday.
The line combined for 11 points against Charlotte -- Tiltgen scored a hat trick and had one assist, right winger Louis Dumont had one goal and one assist and center Lars Pettersen had a goal and four assists.
MacPherson is leaning toward breaking up the line by moving captain Scott Morrow to left wing with Pettersen and Dumont. Morrow is a potential goal-scoring threat and the 6-foot-2 veteran also will serve as protection for Dumont. The Morrow-Pettersen-Dumont line made its debut in Friday's win.
"We had a lot of success and a lot of fun together last season and I'd love to play with those guys again," said Tiltgen, who scored four goals in two preseason games. "But it doesn't really matter to me. As long as we win."
The Lynx have the day off today. ... Sunday's loss was the first of MacPherson's career as a head coach. MacPherson went 17-0 as head coach of the Merrimack College JV team, went 2-0 filling in as head coach with Cincinnati of the IHL, and was 2-0 with the Lynx before Sunday.
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