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  • Tuesday, October 21, 2014
    Lightning recall Blunden
    By The Sports Xchange

    Forward Mike Blunden was recalled from the Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League by the Tampa Bay Lightning.

    • Blunden had two goals and three points with 14 shots on goal in four games with the Crunch. Blunden recorded a goal and an assist in his most recent game with the Crunch on October 18 against the Binghamton Senators.

      He has played in 102 career NHL games in parts of seven seasons with the Chicago Blackhawks, Columbus Blue Jackets and Montreal Canadiens.

      He has four career goals. Blunded signed as a free agent on July 1, 2014.

  • Tuesday, October 21, 2014
    G Crawford out, Blackhawks recall Darling
    By The Sports Xchange

    With star goaltender Corey Crawford out Tuesday and Antti Raanta ready to make his 2014 debut with the Chicago, the Blackhawks recalled goaltender Scott Darling from the Rockford IceHogs of the American Hockey League.

    • Crawford is day-to-day with an upper-body injury, coach Joel Quenneville said.

      Darling will be the No. 2 goalie Tuesday night against the Philadelphia Flyers.

      Darling, 25, has appeared in two games with Rockford, posting a 2-0-0 record with a 1.44 goals-against average and .948 save percentage.

      He played two games in the preseason with Chicago, stopping all 27 shots on goal with two wins in 91 minutes of action.

      Darling has never played in an NHL game. He signed as a free agent with the Blackhawks on July 1, 2014. He was originally selected by the Arizona Coyotes in the sixth round, 153rd overall, of the 2007 NHL Draft.

  • Tuesday, October 21, 2014
    Oilers edge Lightning for first win of season
    By The Sports Xchange

    EDMONTON, Alberta -- It took six games, but the Edmonton Oilers picked up their first win of the season Monday.

    • Center Ryan Nugent-Hopkins snapped a tie with 3:25 remaining, and the Oilers upset the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-2 at Rexall Place.

      Edmonton (1-4-1) survived a major scare when Tampa Bay right winger Brett Connolly scored to tie it 2-2 with six minutes left in regulation. However, Nugent-Hopkins secured the victory when he put one in off the post for his first goal of the season.

      "There were a lot of moments in the night when we felt good," Oilers right winger Jordan Eberle said. "Even when they scored, we didn't sink down. And I loved the crowd tonight, they just give us so much energy when they're cheering and we're coming out of the tunnel, it really lifts our team up."

      In what looked like a lopsided matchup between the seventh- and 30th-place teams in the team (and the Lightning's fourth-ranked offense vs. the Oilers' 25th-ranked offense), Tampa Bay struggled all over the ice.

      Needless to say, losing to the last-place team in the NHL didn't sit all that well with the visitors.

      "We have to be better," Lightning goalie Ben Bishop said. "We can't come out and play like this on the road and expect to win. We had too many breakdowns all over the ice. We showed some fight in the third, but it still wasn't even close enough to win in this league.

      "We just weren't making any plays. Any time we had the puck, we turned it back over. We gave up more odd-man rushes tonight than we have had all season. We have to be better."

      Oilers goaltender Ben Scrivens (22 saves) and the shutdown defensive pair of Mark Fayne and Martin Marincin kept the NHL's hottest goal scorer, center Steve Stamkos, without a point. Meanwhile, the line of Eberle, Nugent-Hopkins and left winger Taylor Hall won the battle of skill, producing two goals.

      "Those kind of guys really make you play your best, and I thought we did a good job of handling them tonight," said Nugent-Hopkins, who played 21 minutes in the win. "The top guys definitely take a lot of responsibility on themselves and put the pressure on themselves. You try and go out there every night and perform. When the top players are the top players every night, that's when we're going to be an excellent team."

      After a scoreless first period, the Lightning jumped on top when a centering pass banked in off Oilers defenseman Justin Schultz's skate at 1:22 of the second period. The goal was credited to Tampa Bay center Brian Boyle.

      Edmonton responded with a fluke of its own three minutes later when a Schultz backhander that was headed wide banked in off the knob of Bishop's stick.

      The Oilers took their first lead of the game at 14:57 of the second when Fayne sent Taylor Hall in on a breakaway. The left winger was hauled down from behind, but he scored with a backhand deke on the ensuing penalty shot for his fourth goal in five games.

      "Tonight was one game, another step in the right direction, but those winning habits don't come overnight," Scrivens said. "It takes a lot of repetition for them to be second nature, and we have a long way to go, but this was a good step."

      Bishop finished with 20 saves for the Lightning (3-2-1).

      Edmonton's victory leaves the Carolina Hurricanes (0-2-2) as the NHL's lone winless team.

      "I'd say we looked like a winless club tonight," Tampa Bay coach Jon Cooper said. "In the third, I thought we played desperate. If we had played that way in the first two periods, who knows how the game turns out.

      "(The Oilers) got some breaks, but they earned them. I'm not sure for a couple of periods that we earned ours."

      NOTES: The Lightning sustained a major blow when they learned that D Victor Hedman is out for four to six weeks. He needs surgery to repair a broken finger on his right hand, an injury he sustained while blocking a shot Saturday in Vancouver. ... Tampa Bay LW Jonathan Drouin, the third overall draft pick in 2013, joined the team after a brief AHL conditioning stint and made his NHL debut after C Alex Killorn slid into the boards and was injured at the morning skate. Drouin was out due to a broken thumb. ... Oilers G Viktor Fasth, out with a groin injury, is back on the ice practicing. There were fears he would be lost for six weeks, but the injury isn't as severe as the one that kept him out for almost all of last season.

  • Monday, October 20, 2014
    NHL roundup: Kings' Voynov suspended
    By The Sports Xchange

    Los Angeles Kings defenseman Slava Voynov has been suspended indefinitely pending a formal investigation by the NHL after his arrest Monday morning on charges of domestic violence.

    • The defenseman will continue to be paid during the suspension, but he will be unable to participate in any club activities.

      According to the NHL in making the announcement, a rule in the collective bargaining agreement states that during a criminal investigation: "The League may suspend the Player pending the League's formal review and disposition of the matter where the failure to suspend the Player during this period would create a substantial risk of material harm to the legitimate interests and/or reputation of the League."

      Voynov, a 24-year-old Russian, has two assists in six games this season.

      Lt. Joe Hoffman of the Redondo Beach Police Department said Voynov was arrested at a local hospital while he was with the alleged victim, the Orange County Register reported. The alleged victim was being treated for what the police described as a crime of domestic violence.

      ---The Calgary Flames signed defenseman TJ Brodie to a five-year contract. The deal is worth $23.25 million, according to Sportsnet.

      Brodie has started the season with three goals and four assists for a six-game point streak that is the longest in the NHL this season and a career high.

      ---Dallas Stars forward Patrik Nemeth will be sidelined the rest of the season with an arm laceration suffered in Saturday's against the Philadelphia Flyers, the team announced.

      Nemeth, a second-round pick in the 2010 NHL Draft, was scoreless with a plus-1 rating in five games with the Stars this season.

      ---Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman will be out four to six weeks after having surgery to repair a broken finger.

      Hedman, 23, suffered the injury Saturday in a 4-3 victory over Vancouver. He will have the surgery Tuesday, the team announced.

      Hedman entered Saturday's game leading NHL defensemen in points, with seven.

      ---Toronto Maple Leafs forward Brandon Kozun will miss a minimum of six weeks with a high ankle sprain, coach Randy Carlyle said.

      The rookie has one assist in five games this season.

      ---The Detroit Red Wings assigned goaltender Petr Mrazek to Grand Rapids of the American Hockey League.

      Mrazek, who was originally drafted by Detroit in the fifth round of the 2010 draft, has appeared in 11 career games with the Red Wings, sporting a 3-5 record and a 1.80 goals-against average.

      ---The St. Louis Blues assigned defenseman Petteri Lindbohm to the Chicago Wolves of the American Hockey League.

      Lindbohm, 21, made his NHL debut Sunday night in Anaheim in a 3-0 loss, playing 14:05 and sharing the team lead with four shots on goal.

      ---The Anaheim Ducks recalled goaltender John Gibson from Norfolk of the American Hockey League. The Ducks also reassigned goaltender Jason LaBarbera to Norfolk.

      Gibson, 21, posted a 1-1-0 record with a 3.05 goals-against average and .902 save percentage in two games with Norfolk.

      ---The Boston Bruins recalled forward Seth Griffith from Providence of the American Hockey League.

      Griffith has skated in three games for Boston this season.

      ---The Washington Capitals assigned right winger Tom Wilson to Hershey of the American Hockey League.

      Wilson, who missed the first five games of this season with a lower-body injury, is expected to make his 2014-15 season debut this weekend with Hershey.

      ---The Buffalo Sabres will officially retire the jersey of goaltender Dominik Hasek, one of the best goaltenders in NHL history.

      The ceremony will take place on Jan. 13, 2015, prior to the team's home game against the Detroit Red Wings at First Niagara Center.

  • Monday, October 20, 2014
    Kings' Voynov suspended after domestic violence charge
    By The Sports Xchange

    Los Angeles Kings defenseman Slava Voynov has been suspended indefinitely pending a formal investigation by the NHL after his arrest Monday morning on charges of domestic violence.

    • The defenseman will continue to be paid during the suspension, but he will be unable to participate in any club activities.

      According to the NHL in making the announcement, a rule in the collective bargaining agreement states that during a criminal investigation: "The League may suspend the Player pending the League's formal review and disposition of the matter where the failure to suspend the Player during this period would create a substantial risk of material harm to the legitimate interests and/or reputation of the League."

      Voynov, a 24-year-old Russian, has two assists in six games this season.

      "These developments are of great concern to our organization," the Kings said in a statement. "We support the NHL's decision to suspend Slava Voynov indefinitely during this process, and we will continue to take appropriate action as the legal proceedings and the investigation by the NHL take their course."

      Lt. Joe Hoffman of the Redondo Beach Police Department said Voynov was arrested at a local hospital while he was with the alleged victim, the Orange County Register reported. The alleged victim was being treated for what the police described as a crime of domestic violence.

      Here is Monday's full police statement, as reported by the Register:

      "Last night, at around 11:25 p.m., the Redondo Beach Police Department received a call on our business line -- not our 911 line -- from a resident in the 800 block of Avenue C, concerning a woman screaming and heard crying. An exact address of where this incident was occurring was not provided, however officers did respond to the area and were unable to make contact with anybody. Later information was received that the woman who had been crying had possibly left in a vehicle prior to the arrival of the responding police officers.

      "A short time after that, at around 1 a.m. this morning, the Redondo Beach Police Department received a call from the Torrance Police Department concerning an adult female that was at Little Company of Mary hospital with an injury that was possibly in need of law enforcement. The injury possibly being the result of a crime was what prompted a law-enforcement response, and that possibly the crime had been committed in the city of Redondo Beach.

      "Redondo Beach police officers responded to the hospital and made contact with the victim at the hospital and determined that a crime of domestic violence did, in fact, occur in the city of Redondo Beach. The suspect in this crime was also present at the hospital and was taken into custody at the hospital and transported to the Redondo Beach Police Department. The suspect was booked on a charge of 273.5 of the California Penal Code and was held on $50,000 bail. He subsequently bailed out around 9 a.m."

      Hoffman said Voynov has cooperated with law enforcement throughout the process. He also said he believed the alleged victim had been released from the hospital.

  • Monday, October 20, 2014
    Stars' Nemeth out for season
    By The Sports Xchange

    Dallas Stars forward Patrik Nemeth will be sidelined the rest of the season with an arm laceration suffered in Saturday's against the Philadelphia Flyers, the team announced Monday.

    • "It was a real severe laceration," Stars coach Lindy Ruff said, according to NHL.com. "When I say severe, it's probably an understatement. I don't want to go into detail because I don't know exactly. First and foremost I hope for his sake it's a full recovery."

      Nemeth, a second-round pick in the 2010 NHL Draft, was scoreless with a plus-1 rating in five games with the Stars this season. He played in 13 games for Dallas the past two seasons.

  • Monday, October 20, 2014
    Sabres to retire Hasek's jersey
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Buffalo Sabres will officially retire the jersey of goaltender Dominik Hasek, one of the best goaltenders in NHL history.

    • The ceremony will take place on Jan. 13, 2015 prior to the team's home game against the Detroit Red Wings at First Niagara Center.

      Hasek, who was the fifth and final Sabres player to wear No. 39, will be the seventh player in franchise history to receive the honor of having his jersey retired to the rafters. He was inducted into the Buffalo Sabres Hall of Fame on March 29 and will be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame on Nov. 17.

      Hasek will join six other Sabres legends who have had their jerseys officially retired from use by the team. Other retired jerseys include: center Gilbert Perreault (No. 11, retired in 1990), left winger Rick Martin (No. 7, retired in 1995), right winger Rene Robert (No. 14, retired in 1995), defenseman Tim Horton (No. 2, retired in 1996), right winger Danny Gare (No. 18, retired in 2005) and center Pat LaFontaine (No. 16, retired in 2006).

      Originally acquired by the Sabres from the Chicago Blackhawks on Aug. 7, 1992, Hasek remains as one of the most decorated goaltenders in league history, appearing in a total of 491 games for Buffalo during a span of nine seasons from 1992-2001. While backstopping the Sabres, he became the first goaltender in NHL history to win the Hart Trophy twice (1997, 1998), while also capturing six Vezina Trophies (1994, 1995, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001) as well as the William M. Jennings Trophy (1994, 2001) and the Lester B. Pearson Award twice (1997, 1998).

      During his time in Buffalo, Hasek held numerous franchise records and, upon his departure from the Sabres, owned the records for most all-time games played (491), wins (234), shutouts (55) and lowest career goals-against average (2.22).

      After his time with the Sabres, he spent a total of four seasons with the Detroit Red Wings, where he earned two Stanley Cup championships (2002, 2008) and also suited up for the Ottawa Senators during the 2005-06 season.

      When he retired from the NHL in 2008, Hasek finished with 389 career wins, and also ranked inside the top 10 in several statistical categories, including highest career save percentage (.922), most games played by a European-born goaltender (735), most career shutouts (81) and lowest career goals-against average (2.13).

      In international competition, the Pardubice, Czech Republic native won a gold medal in the 1998 Winter Olympic Games and a bronze medal in the 2006 Games.

  • Monday, October 20, 2014
    Ducks recall G Gibson
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Anaheim Ducks recalled goaltender John Gibson from Norfolk of the American Hockey League on Monday.

    • The Ducks also reassigned goaltender Jason LaBarbera to Norfolk.

      Gibson, 21, posted a 1-1-0 record with a 3.05 goals-against average and .902 save percentage in two games with Norfolk. Reassigned to Norfolk last week, Gibson stopped 32 of 34 shots en route to a 3-2 win in his AHL season debut on Friday against Manchester. The 6-foot-3, 216-pound goaltender has appeared in 48 career AHL games with Norfolk, going 22-18-4 with five shutouts, a 2.40 GAA and .917 save percentage.

      Selected in the second round of the 2011 draft, Gibson made his season debut on Oct. 9 at Pittsburgh, stopping 33 of 39 shots in a 6-4 loss. The Pittsburgh native made his NHL debut last season with Anaheim, posting a 3-0-0 record with a 1.33 GAA and .954 save percentage in three games.

      LaBarbera, 34, did not appear in a game following his Oct. 15 recall from Norfolk. Signed as a free agent on July 1, LaBarbera turned away 33 of 37 shots for a 5-4 victory in his season debut with Norfolk on Oct. 11 against Hershey.

      Selected by the New York Rangers in the third round of the 1998 draft, LaBarbera has gone 60-73-19 with six shutouts, a 2.86 GAA and .907 save percentage in 182 career NHL games with the New York Rangers, Los Angeles, Vancouver, Phoenix and Edmonton.

  • Monday, October 20, 2014
    Caps reassign RW Wilson
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Washington Capitals assigned right winger Tom Wilson to Hershey of the American Hockey League on Monday.

    • Wilson, who missed the first five games of this season with a lower-body injury, is expected to make his 2014-15 season debut this weekend with Hershey.

      Wilson, 20, registered 10 points (three goals, seven assists) and 151 penalty minutes in 82 games with the Capitals last season. The 6-foot-4, 207-pound Wilson made his NHL regular-season debut on Oct. 1, 2013 at Chicago and registered his first NHL goal and point on Nov. 5, 2013 against the Islanders.

      Wilson finished the 2013-14 season ranked seventh in the NHL in penalty minutes and third among rookies and Washington skaters in hits (197). The Toronto native was one of three NHL rookies to appear in all 82 games last season.

  • Monday, October 20, 2014
    Lightning's Hedman out 4-6 weeks
    By The Sports Xchange

    Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman will be out four to six weeks after surgery to repair a broken finger.

    • Hedman, 23, suffered the injury Saturday in a 4-3 victory over Vancouver. He will have the surgery Tuesday, the team announced.

      Hedman entered Saturday's game leading NHL defensemen in points (seven). He has three goals and four assists, recording a point in each game until Saturday.

      "You feel for Hedman," coach Jon Cooper said. "He's come out of the gate so strong. He's poised just to build on the year he had last year (55 points in 75 games)."

  • Monday, October 20, 2014
    Flames sign Brodie to 5-year deal
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Calgary Flames signed defenseman TJ Brodie to a five-year contract Monday.

    • The deal is worth $23.25 million, according to Sportsnet.

      A native of Chatham, Ontario, Brodie has started the season with three goals and four assists for a six-game point streak which is the longest in the NHL this season and a career high.

      Brodie's 176 minutes of ice time leads all players in the NHL and his seven points are tops among defensemen.

      Brodie, a fourth-round pick by the Flames in the 2008 draft, has amassed 11 goals and 55 assists for 66 points in 192 career games.

  • Monday, October 20, 2014
    Maple Leafs' Kozun out 6 weeks
    By The Sports Xchange

    Toronto Maple Leafs forward Brandon Kozun will miss a minimum of six weeks with a high ankle sprain, coach Randy Carlyle said Monday.

    • Kozun was injured going into the boards in a 4-1 loss to the Detroit Red Wings on Friday night. He had to be helped off the ice and did not return.

      The rookie has one assist in five games this season.

  • Monday, October 20, 2014
    Red Wings reassign G Mrazek
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Detroit Red Wings assigned goaltender Petr Mrazek to Grand Rapids of the American Hockey League on Monday.

    • A native of Ostrava, Czech Republic, Mrazek owns a 2.00 goals-against average and a 0.907 save percentage along with a 1-1 record in two appearances with Grand Rapids this season. The third-year pro has played in 76 career games for Grand Rapids, owning a 46-26-3 record, a 2.23 goals-against average, a 0.919 save percentage and four shutouts.

      Mrazek, who was originally drafted by Detroit in the fifth round of the 2010 draft, has appeared in 11 career games with the Red Wings, sporting a 3-5 record, a 1.80 goals-against average, a 0.926 save percentage and two shutouts.

  • Monday, October 20, 2014
    Blues reassign D Lindbohm
    By The Sports Xchange

    The St. Louis Blues assigned defenseman Petteri Lindbohm to the Chicago Wolves of the American Hockey League on Monday.

    • Lindbohm, 21, made his NHL debut Sunday night in Anaheim in a 3-0 loss, playing 14:05 and sharing the team lead with four shots on goal. The 6-foot-5, 202-pound defenseman has also dressed in three games for the Wolves this season, posting a goal and an assist to go along with a plus-3 rating.

      The Helsinki, Finland native was originally drafted by the Blues in the sixth round of the 2012 draft.

  • Monday, October 20, 2014
    Bruins recall F Griffith
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Boston Bruins recalled forward Seth Griffith from Providence of the American Hockey League on Monday.

    • Griffith has skated in three games for Boston this season. In three games with Providence this year, Griffith has two goals with a plus-three rating. Last season, Griffith skated in 69 games with Providence and scored 20 goals and had 30 assists for 50 points (second on the team). He also skated in 12 playoff games with Providence, totaling four goals and seven assists.

      The 5-foot-9, 192-pound native of Wallaceburg, Ontario was drafted by the Bruins in the fifth round of the 2012 draft.

  • Monday, October 20, 2014
    Andersen posts first shutout as Ducks blank Blues
    By The Sports Xchange

    ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The top team in the Western Conference during the 2013-14 regular season, the Anaheim Ducks are back perched atop the standings.

    • The Ducks earned their fifth consecutive victory Sunday, winning 3-0 over the St. Louis Blues in front of 15,687 fans at Honda Center.

      Anaheim (5-1-0) has 10 points, tied with the Montreal Canadiens for the best total league-wide.

      "I thought in Buffalo we played a perfect game, but this was pretty close as far as doing the things that we wanted to do," Anaheim coach Bruce Boudreau said. "We caught them at a good time when they had played three out of four on the road."

      Ducks goaltender Frederik Andersen improved to 5-0 on the season and posted his first career shutout. He faced just four first-period shots but ended up with 28 saves.

      "You're always confident when you've got Freddie in the net," Anaheim left winger Matt Beleskey said. "He's so poised. You never see him panicking or getting out of position."

      The Ducks got two power-play goals from defenseman Sami Vatanen plus the game-winner from Beleskey. They now have six power-play goals in six games, while their penalty kill stifled a Blues power play that went 4-for-4 against the Arizona Coyotes on Saturday.

      "They were just better across the board," Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said. "Quicker, more competitive on pucks, their puck support was better. We took two thirds of the game to get going, and by then it was too late."

      Anaheim got on the board just 1:37 into the game when an innocent dump-in banked off the glass behind the net and hit a linesman's skate. The loose puck yielded a shot from the top of the faceoff circle that Beleskey powered past powered past Blues goalie Brian Elliott (22 saves).

      The goal was Beleskey's fourth of season, placing him second on the team, behind only right winger Corey Perry. The former Hart Trophy winner has five.

      "He's got a great shot," Boudreau said of Beleskey. "Maybe he believes in his shot now, whereas he never believed in it before."

      The Ducks made it 2-0 on a power play as Vatanen's 55-foot shot found the net through a screen from center William Karlsson with 2:07 to play in the first period.

      "I think we move more," Vatanen said of the Ducks' surging power play. "We pass the puck faster, we just move the puck and shoot it."

      Anaheim also captured a decisive 3-0 edge with a man advantage. Fluid puck movement culminated in a cross-ice feed from center Ryan Getzlaf to Vatanen in the left slot, who finished a backdoor play by firing the puck into an open net with 4:23 remaining in the second period.

      Vatanen scored his first and second goals of the season and recorded his first career multi-goal game.

      "He's learned a lot along the way, and I think that's showing up this year," Getzlaf, who contributed two assists, said of Vatanen.

      St. Louis was playing its third game in four nights after a 1-0 shootout loss in Los Angeles on Thursday and a 6-1 rout of Arizona on Saturday. The Blues got off to a sluggish start, registering no shots on goal in the first 12 minutes Sunday.

      "It's common knowledge that you're going to be tired," Elliott said. "That's what you have to battle through, and we can't make any excuses for that."

      NOTES: With Sunday's win, Anaheim G Frederik Andersen joins Ross Brooks (Boston Bruins, 1972-73 to 1973-74) as the only goalies in NHL history to win at least 25 of his first 30 NHL decisions. Andersen is now 25-5-0 in his career, 5-0-0 this season. ... Blues C Paul Stastny missed Sunday's game. He sustained an upper-body injury in the first minute of Saturday's victory over the Arizona Coyotes. LW Magnus Paajarvi dressed in his place. ... St. Louis recalled D Petteri Lindbohm from the AHL Chicago Wolves, and he was inserted into the lineup over veteran D Jordan Leopold on Sunday. ... Blues D Carl Gunnarsson missed his fifth consecutive game with a hip injury. ... LW Chris Porter replaced C Jori Lehtera in the St. Louis lineup. ... Anaheim coach Bruce Boudreau said G John Gibson would be recalled from AHL Norfolk to rejoin the team Monday. ... C Rickard Rakell returned to the Anaheim lineup after being a healthy scratch Friday. ... Anaheim LW Dany Heatley (groin) and RW Kyle Palmieri (ankle) each missed his sixth straight game.

  • Monday, October 20, 2014
    NHL game roundup: Kings win 4th straight
    By The Sports Xchange

    LOS ANGELES -- The trio of Tanner Pearson, Tyler Toffoli and Jeff Carter delivered as the line of the game again.

    • Pearson's third-period goal was the difference after Toffoli scored in the first period as the Los Angeles Kings earned a 2-1 victory over the Minnesota Wild on Sunday at Staples Center.

      That turned out to be the difference as the Kings captured their fourth straight victory and ended a two-game winning streak at Staples by the Wild.

      Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick blanked the Wild until Matt Cooke scored early in the third period. Minnesota netminder Niklas Backstrom, in his season debut, finished with 14 saves.

      Rangers 4, Sharks 0

      NEW YORK -- Rick Nash scored his league-leading seventh goal of the season as the New York Rangers defeated San Jose.

      Carl Hagelin, Martin St. Louis and Kevin Hayes scored for New York while goaltender Henrik Lundqvist made 33 saves for his first shutout of the season.

      San Jose netminder Alex Stalock made 25 saves and took the loss.

      Flames 4, Jets 1

      WINNIPEG, Manitoba -- Rookie Johnny Gaudreau broke a 1-1 tie with his first goal of the season, a power-play marker at 10:12, after Dennis Wideman started the trio of tallies in the second as Calgary won in Winnepeg. T.J. Brodie scored his third goal of the season at 3:18 of the final frame.

      Mark Scheifele scored in the opening period, his first goal of the year, for Winnipeg's only goal of the night.

      Calgary goaltender Jonas Hiller made 34 saves while Ondrej Pavelec blocked 25 shots in net for Winnipeg.

      Ducks 3, Blues 0

      ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Anaheim earned its fifth straight victory, topping St. Louis to move to the top spot early in the West. They also tied Montreal for the best point-total league-wide.

      Anaheim goaltender Frederik Andersen improved to 5-0 on the season while posting the shutout.

      Two power-play goals from Sami Vatanen and the game-winner from Matt Beleskey paced Anaheim.

  • Monday, October 20, 2014
    Flames cap successful trip with win in Winnipeg
    By The Sports Xchange

    WINNIPEG, Manitoba -- The view from the press box Friday gave Calgary Flames rookie Johnny Gaudreau a whole new look just two nights later.

    • Gaudreau showed his flashy side Sunday night with a wraparound goal and a nifty assist to pace the Flames to a 4-1 triumph over the Winnipeg Jets.

      A healthy scratch against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Friday, the diminutive left winger played a big role for the Flames, who capped off a dandy road trip with their fourth victory in six different cities.

      "I think I played a better game tonight," Gaudreau said. "It's nice to help offensively, and I think the whole team, as a whole, this was one of our best games on the road trip.

      "I've been gripping the stick a little too tight the past four or five games. It's nice to get on the score sheet and help the guys by contributing offensively. I was pretty relieved."

      Down 1-0 through the opening 20 minutes, Calgary scored three goals in just over six minutes midway through the second period on the way to the win.

      Left winger Mason Raymond scored his fifth goal of the year and chipped in a pair of assists for Calgary (4-3), while defenseman Dennis Wideman, with his second of the season, and T.J. Brodie, with his third, also scored for the visitors.

      Center Mark Scheifele scored in the opening period, his first goal of the year, for Winnipeg's only goal of the night.

      "It felt good to put one in, but when the team doesn't win it's not a very good feeling," Scheifele said. "I know everyone doesn't want to lose, losing's no fun. It's going to be tough to get a win in this league. Every team is good, every team works hard, and every team has their players and we have to be ready to play a full 60-minute game."

      The struggling Jets (1-4) suffered their second straight loss on home ice, and have now scored just eight goals in five contests.

      "It's reflective of the kind of hockey we've played, the record is accurate," Jets coach Paul Maurice said. "It's about that constant battle to keep doing what you're doing and not change what you're doing. Even in that second period you have to find that confidence to stay up and stay aggressive. We're having a hard time with that."

      Gaudreau, who was pointless in his first five games before being left out of the lineup in Columbus, was visibly thrilled with his major contribution to the win over the Jets. The 21-year-old former star with Boston College said watching from the press box was an eye opener.

      "There were a few things from watching up top, seeing how much more space I could have, where to go to try to get open and make little plays. I think it helped me in some ways and I'm appreciative to the coaching staff," he said.

      Raymond, signed to a three-year deal in the summer after an impressive 2013-14 season with the Toronto Maple Leafs, said the Flames knew it was only a matter of time before Gaudreau would break out.

      "Rookie or no rookie, players go through (slumps)," he said. "I've been there. Everybody's been there. But everybody's been telling him to stay confident," Raymond said. "He's a heck of a hockey player and I think he proved that tonight."

      Calgary goaltender Jonas Hiller made 34 saves while Ondrej Pavelec blocked 25 shots in net for Winnipeg.

      After opening the season with a convincing win in Arizona, the Jets have lost four straight.

      "The first period is about as a good as we're going to look," Maurice said. "And then it's that constant battle with having the confidence to keep doing what you're doing, not change what you're doing. You've got to find that confidence to stay up and stay aggressive in that period, and we're having a hard time with that right now."

      "That second period is not the way it's supposed to look, so that's on me."

      NOTES: Jets rookie C Adam Lowry played his first game up the middle Sunday night after patrolling the left wing for the first four games of the year. Lowry, a 6-foot-5, 201-pound native of Calgary, is the son of former Flames LW Dave Lowry. ... The Jets had a favorable record against rival Canadian teams last season, going 8-5-2 including a 2-1-0 record against Calgary. ... Calgary rookie RW Josh Jooris beat Columbus G Sergei Bobrovsky for his first-ever NHL goal in his league debut Friday night and then later got banged up. He was forced to sit out Sunday night against the Jets with an upper-body injury. ... Flames coach Bob Hartley needs just 13 more games behind the bench to hit the 800 mark for his career in the NHL.

  • Sunday, October 19, 2014
    Report: Stastny week-to-week with shoulder injury
    By The Sports Xchange

    According to a report in the St. Louis Post Dispatch, St. Louis Blues forward Paul Stastny is week-to-week with a shoulder injury he sustained Saturday night in a win at Arizona.

    • Stastny's arm was in a sling after the game Saturday and reportedly remained there for a second day Sunday, when the Blues travels to Anaheim to take on the Ducks.

      The injury occurred in an early collision with Coyotes forward Martin Hanzal on Saturday.

      Forward Magnus Paajavri took Stastny's place Sunday after being a healthy scratch in the Blues' first four games of the season.

      Stastny, 28, is in the first year of a four-year, $28 million contract with the Blues after coming over from the Colorado Avalanche as an unrestricted free agent on the offseason.

  • Sunday, October 19, 2014
    Rangers shut out weary Sharks
    By The Sports Xchange

    NEW YORK -- Facing a tired club nearing the end of a lengthy road trip, the New York Rangers capitalized on the situation.

    • Right winger Rick Nash scored his league-leading seventh goal of the season and goaltender Henrik Lundqvist made 33 saves as the Rangers dispatched the weary San Jose Sharks 4-0 on Sunday night at Madison Square Garden.

      The Sharks were playing their third game in four days and second in a row, but it wasn't the average back-to-back situation -- after a 7 p.m. ET start against the New Jersey Devils on Saturday, the puck dropped at 5 p.m. ET on Sunday against the Rangers.

      Despite that advantage, the Rangers did not put the game away until they scored three times in the final seven minutes of the second period.

      "We knew they were a long ways from home, long road trip, maybe we could catch them off-guard," Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh said. "We didn't get a goal (in the first period), but I think we definitely got some momentum. Guys started feeling good and we built off of that into the second."

      Left winger Carl Hagelin scored 13:01 of the second period, then right winger Martin St. Louis and Nash scored officially four seconds apart in the final minute to push the lead to 3-0.

      Lundqvist took care of the rest, earning his first shutout of the season and the Rangers' second win in a row after dropping three straight. After allowing 12 goals on 51 shots over two games, Lundqvist responded in his two starts since, stopping 52 of 53 shots.

      "It was probably our most complete game of the year," Lundqvist said. "They played last night and they've been on the road for a while, so we wanted to play our physical, focused game. We made so many good decisions. We stayed patient with it too; it was a tight game.

      "Sooner or later, we knew we were going to create a big chance to score."

      The Rangers didn't do much create the chance as much as Sharks goaltender Alex Stalock created the chance for them.

      On Hagelin's goal, Stalock allowed a long rebound on a longer shot, setting the stage for Hagelin to jump on the loose puck and smack it home for his first goal of the season.

      "I was early. It hit the back side of my glove," Stalock said of the initial shot. "I was early and beat the puck to my chest. It's a mistake you can't make in this league."

      After St. Louis made it 2-0, Stalock again misplayed a long shot that led to Nash poking the rebound through his legs for a three-goal Rangers' lead.

      Rangers center Kevin Hayes scored his first NHL goal in the third period to complete the scoring.

      Sharks coach Todd McLellan was given a chance to absolve his goaltender of those two shaky goals, but he instead opted for honesty.

      "They were bad goals," McLellan said. "He knows that. I can't protect him. They only needed one bad goal tonight, though. We didn't give him any run support so we lost this as a group."

      As for the schedule the past two days, McLellan said: "The game was there. We've played some games and won this year where we've been under siege at some point. We didn't feel like that. We weren't overwhelmed in our end for minutes on end and running around. We were talking on the bench, that the game's out there, somebody's going to step up and take it. And they obviously did."

      NOTES: The Sharks, playing this season without a designated captain, had LW Patrick Marleau, C Joe Thornton and D Marc-Edouard Vlasic serving as alternate captains against the Rangers. Vlasic replaced RW Joe Pavelski in the 'A' rotation. ... The Sharks conclude a five-game road trip against the Bruins in Boston on Tuesday. ... Rangers C Chris Mueller made his 2014-15 debut. ... The goals by RW Martin St. Louis and RW Rick Nash were the fastest in Rangers' history that did not involve an empty-net goal. ... Rangers D Dan Girardi (laceration) left the game after blocking shot. ... Rangers D Kevin Klein was hit in the face with a puck in the final seconds and also departed the contest. ... The Rangers were again without C Derek Stepan (leg) and D Dan Boyle (hand), and both players aren't expected back until early November.

  • Sunday, October 19, 2014
    NHL roundup: Lightning call up two players from AHL
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Tampa Bay Lightning recalled left winger Jonathan Drouin and defenseman Luke Witkowski from their AHL affiliate in Syracuse on Sunday.

    • Drouin, the third overall pick in the 2013 draft, was assigned to Syracuse for conditioning Thursday after suffering a minor fracture on his right thumb, causing him to miss the Lightning's training camp. In two games in the AHL, he scored a goal while adding two assists with a plus-4 rating.

      Witkowski, a second-year pro, played in all four games this season for Syracuse, recording an assist and 15 penalty minutes. He skated in four preseason games with Tampa Bay this season, recording an assist and 1

      ---The Boston Bruins assigned forwards Seth Griffith and Ryan Spooner to Providence of the AHL.

      Griffith has skated in three games for Boston this season. Spooner has skated in five games with Boston this season, bringing him to 32 career NHL games.

      ---The Vancouver Canucks assigned center Bo Horvat to Utica of the AHL on a conditioning assignment.

      Horvat, 19, scored a goal in five preseason game with the Canucks.

      Horvat has missed just over two weeks after injuring a shoulder in a preseason game against the Edmonton Oilers on Oct. 2.

      ---New York Rangers center Chris Mueller made his 2014-15 debut Sunday. The Rangers were without center Derek Stepan (leg) and defenseman Dan Boyle (hand), and both players aren't expected back until early November.

      --Winnipeg Jets rookie C Adam Lowry played his first game up the middle Sunday night after patrolling the left wing for the first four games of the year.

      --Calgary Flames rookie right wing Josh Jooris, who scored his first-ever NHL goal in his league debut Friday night, was forced to sit out Sunday night against the Jets with an upper-body injury.

      Another Flames rookie, left wing Johnny Gaudreau, was a healthy scratch Friday but was back in the lineup Sunday.

  • Sunday, October 19, 2014
    Jackets recall Forsberg after placing McElhinney on IR
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Columbus Blue Jackets placed backup goaltender Curtis McElhinney on injured reserve after he suffered an upper-body injury Saturday at Ottawa. The team announced he is expected to miss at least a week.

    • In response, the Blue Jackets recalled goaltender Anton Forsberg from their AHL affiliate in Springfield.

      Forsberg, 21, has gone 1-2-0 with a 2.36 goals-against average and .921 save percentage in three games with Springfield this season, stopping 82-of-89 shots faced. He is 4-2-0 with a 1.69 GAA and .940 save percentage in seven career AHL games since making his North American professional debut with the Falcons late in the 2013-14 season after playing since 2012 in Sweden.

      The Blue Jackets return to action on Thursday when they visit the San Jose Sharks.

  • Sunday, October 19, 2014
    Kings edge Wild for 4th straight win
    By The Sports Xchange

    LOS ANGELES -- The trio of Tanner Pearson, Tyler Toffoli and Jeff Carter delivered the line of the game again.

    • Pearson's third-period goal was the difference as the Los Angeles Kings earned a 2-1 victory over the Minnesota Wild on Sunday before an announced crowd of 18,230 at Staples Center.

      "We're just talking and looking at different kind of situations," said Pearson, who leads the Kings with five goals, on the banter with his linemates. "When we go back to the bench, if there's something there, we'll communicate and work through it."

      Pearson, Toffoli and center Carter, dubbed "That '70s line" because each wears a jersey number in the 70s, has produced 11 of the Kings' 14 goals this season. Pearson and Toffoli provided the scoring against the Wild and Carter added an assist.

      Toffoli connected with left winger Pearson, who fielded a pass from his linemate and slapped a wrist shot for a winner and a 2-0 Kings' advantage at 2:58 of the third period. That turned out to be the difference as the Kings (4-1-1) captured their fourth straight victory and ended a two-game winning streak at Staples by the Wild (2-2-0).

      Kings goalie Jonathan Quick had another strong outing, blanking the Wild until they scored early in the third period. It was the first goal allowed in two games by Quick, who shut out the St. Louis Blues in his last game, since Edmonton center Matt Hendricks scored in the final 20 seconds of a 6-1 rout by the Kings over the Oilers on Tuesday. Quick stopped 40 shots against the Wild.

      "It's been huge," Toffoli said of Quick's play. "I don't think we've had our game the last little while. We're winning, but winning on penalty killing and goaltending right now. We know that. We have to do better in a lot of areas. 'Quickie' is being Quickie, and he's huge for us again."

      Minnesota netminder Niklas Backstrom, in his season debut, finished with 14 saves.

      For the Wild, it was another tough setback on their two-game swing through Southern California.

      "We are creating the chances. Maybe it's in our head a little bit," Minnesota coach Mike Yeo said. "There are times when we are missing nets or a couple of posts that we hit. Maybe if it's coming a little bit easier, then we are not trying to be quite as precise and we are getting if off quicker. We are generating the chances. It's a matter of finishing."

      Toffoli got the Kings rolling, giving them a 1-0 lead, gathering a loose puck that bounced off the skate of Wild defenseman Ryan Suter and ripping it past Backstrom for a power-play goal with 6:06 remaining in the first period. It was Toffoli's third goal of the season.

      Minnesota cut the deficit to a goal when left winger Matt Cooke scored, lifting a backhander past Quick at 6:47 of the third.

      The Wild outshot the Kings 24-12 through two periods and finished with a big edge overall (41-16 shots). Los Angeles also was doubled up in shots on goal (43-18) in a 1-0 shootout win over the Blues on Thursday night.

      Like the Blues, the Wild couldn't take advantage of it.

      "It feels a lot like the other night," said Minnesota forward Thomas Vanek, referring to Friday night's 2-1 setback to the Anaheim Ducks. "It's frustrating because as a team we played well again. There's not much we can change besides scoring goals. It's not like we were trying to be too pretty."

      Pearson acknowledged the Kings have much room for improvement.

      "Obviously, you don't want that to happen, but we just need to get more shots and create more chances," Pearson said. "You want to try to create at 15 shots per period, that's kind of the goal. We keep coming up short of that. I think it's clear we have to shoot more pucks."

      NOTES: Los Angeles D Jake Muzzin and RW Marian Gaborik sat out the game with upper-body injuries. ... D Keith Ballard, C Kyle Brodziak and D Matt Dumba were scratches for Minnesota. ... Both clubs have struggled with power-play goals, with the Wild now 0-for-16 and the Kings 2-for-19. Minnesota, however, was one of five NHL clubs that had not allowed a power-play goal until Sunday. ... The Wild were 6-2-1 in their previous nine games against Los Angeles, with four of those contests decided by shootouts. ... The Wild will host the Arizona Coyotes on Thursday. ... The Kings cap their six-game homestand with games against the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday and the Columbus Blue Jackets on Oct. 26.

  • Sunday, October 19, 2014
    Drouin gets recall from Lightning
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Tampa Bay Lightning recalled left winger Jonathan Drouin and defenseman Luke Witkowski from the their AHL affiliate in Syracuse on Sunday.

    • Drouin, the third overall pick in the 2013 draft, was assigned to Syracuse for conditioning Thursday after suffering a minor fracture on his right thumb, causing him to miss the Lightning's training camp. In two games in the AHL, he scored a goal while adding two assists with a plus-4 rating.

      Witkowski, a second-year pro, played in all four games this season for Syracuse, recording an assist and 15 penalty minutes. He skated in four preseason games with Tampa Bay this season, recording an assist and 11 penalty minutes.

  • Sunday, October 19, 2014
    Canucks assign Horvat to Utica
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Vancouver Canucks assigned center Bo Horvat to Utica of the AHL on a conditioning assignment Sunday.

    • Horvat, 19, scored a goal in five preseason game with the Canucks. Last season he had 30 goals and 44 assists with 36 penalty minutes over 54 games for the OHL London Knights last season.

      Horvat has missed just over two weeks after injuring a shoulder in a preseason game against the Edmonton Oilers on Oct. 2.

      The Canucks selected Horvat with the No. 9 overall pick in the 2013 draft.