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  • Sabres promote G Ullmark from AHL Rochester
    By The Sports Xchange / Thursday, January 19, 2017

    The Buffalo Sabres recalled goaltender Linus Ullmark from Rochester of the American Hockey League on Thursday.

    • The recall is the fourth of the season for Ullmark, who has yet to play in a game with the Sabres in 2016-17.

      The 23-year-old Swede recorded an 8-10-2 mark with a 2.60 goals-against average and .913 save percentage while playing in 20 games during his rookie season in 2015-16.

      Ullmark has posted a 15-13-1 mark with a .908 save percentage in 29 games with the Americans this season.

  • Hurricanes recall veteran G Leighton from Charlotte
    By The Sports Xchange / Thursday, January 19, 2017

    The Carolina Hurricanes recalled veteran Michael Leighton from Charlotte on Thursday and assigned fellow goaltender Alex Nedeljkovic to the American Hockey League affiliate.

    • Leighton posted a 2-1-0 mark with a 3.53 goals-against average in limited duty with the Hurricanes this season. The 35-year-old Ontario native has an 8-6-3 record with a 2.32 goals-against average and .918 save percentage with the Checkers in 2016-17.

      Leighton owns a 37-42-14 mark with a 2.96 goals-against average and .901 save percentage in 109 career outings with the Chicago Blackhawks, Nashville Predators, Philadelphia Flyers and Carolina.

      Nedeljkovic, 21, played well in his NHL debut on Tuesday, stopping all 17 shots he faced in a 30-minute relief appearance versus the Columbus Blue Jackets.

  • NHL roundup: Red Wings win 3rd straight
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, January 18, 2017

    DETROIT -- Thomas Vanek and Frans Nielsen scored in the skills competition tiebreaker to offset a goal by Brad Marchand and give the Detroit Red Wings a 6-5 victory over the Boston Bruins on Wednesday.

    • Detroit, which has now won three games in a row for the first time since October, improved to 6-0 in the shootout this season, rallying from 4-1 and 5-4 deficits for the victory.

      Gus Nyquist, Dylan Larkin, Xavier Ouellet, Andreas Athanasiou and Tomas Tatar

      Frank Vatrano scored twice, and Brandon Carlo, Patrice Bergeron and Adam McQuaid one each for the Bruins.

      Jets 6, Coyotes 3

      WINNIPEG, Manitoba -- Ondrej Pavelec stopped 30 shots to help Winnipeg beat Arizona.

      Josh Morrissey, Blake Wheeler, Andrew Copp, Joel Armia, Jacob Trouba and Nik Ehlers scored for the Jets.

      Josh Jooris, Oliver Ekman-Larsson and Jakob Chychrum scored for the Coyotes.

      Penguins 4, Canadiens 1

      MONTREAL -- Matt Murray stopped 19 shots in a bounce-back effort to help Pittsburgh earn a win over Montreal at the Bell Centre.

      Ian Cole, Eric Fehr, Jake Guentzel and Olli Maatta scored for the Penguins while Sven Andrighetto replied for the Canadiens.

      Carey Price made 22 saves for Montreal.

      Oilers 4, Panthers 3 (OT)

      EDMONTON, Alberta -- Connor McDavid's breakaway winner with just 2.6 seconds left in overtime capped off a three-point night, and gave the Edmonton a win over Florida.

      Greg McKegg, Zack Kassian and Mark Letestu scored for the Oilers in regulation, with Kassian and Letestu being set up by McDavid.

      Jordan Eberle, Vincent Trocheck and Michael Sgarbossa scored for the Panthers.

      Sharks 3, Kings 2

      LOS ANGELES -- Joe Pavelski scored the decisive goal, and Joe Thornton registered two assists as San Jose defeated Los Angeles.

      The Sharks won their second consecutive game after a two-game losing streak and won the season series with a 3-1-1 mark. Tommy Wingels and Brent Burns added goals for the Sharks, and Martin Jones made 22 saves.

      The Kings lost their second straight game and fell for the fourth time in six contests, ending a seven-game homestand with a 3-4-0 record. Marian Gaborik and Tanner Pearson scored goals, and Dustin Brown registered two assists for Los Angeles. Peter Budaj stopped 24 San Jose shots.

  • NHL notebook: Wild's Brodin to miss time with broken finger
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, January 18, 2017

    Defenseman Jonas Brodin of the Minnesota Wild is expected to be sidelined a minimum of four weeks because of a fractured finger, general manager Chuck Fletcher said Wednesday.

    • Brodin, who has played in all 43 of Minnesota's games this season, sustained the injury in Tuesday's 4-3 loss to the New Jersey Devils.

      Fellow defenseman Nate Prosser probably will see an uptick in playing time in place of Brodin, who averages 19:46 of ice time per game. Brodin has scored three goals and set up 13 others this season while his 68 blocked shots rank second on the team.

      --New York Rangers forward Chris Kreider was fined $5,000 for hitting Dallas Stars forward Cody Eakin with a helmet during a fight, the NHL's Department of Player Safety announced.

      The incident occurred at 1:52 of the second period during the Stars' 7-6 win over the Rangers at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday night. During the fight, Kreider got a hold of Eakin's helmet and started beating him on the head with it.

      Kreider and Eakin were both assessed five-minute majors for fighting. Kreider and Eakin each had a goal and an assist in the game.

      --The Anaheim Ducks reassigned forward Stefan Noesen and defenseman Shea Theodore to the San Diego Gulls of the American Hockey League.

      Noesen, 23, has six goals, nine assists and 40 penalty minutes in 22 games with San Diego this season. He has one goal and two penalty minutes in nine games with the Ducks. He was picked by Ottawa in the first round of the 2011 NHL draft.

      Theodore, 21, owns one goal, eight assists and eight penalty minutes in 11 games with the Gulls this season. He has one goal, six assists and 18 penalty minutes in 23 games with the Ducks. Theodore was drafted by Anaheim in the first round in 2013.

  • Ducks reassign F Noesen, D Theodore
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, January 18, 2017

    The Anaheim Ducks reassigned forward Stefan Noesen and defenseman Shea Theodore to the San Diego Gulls of the American Hockey League on Wednesday.

    • Noesen, 23, has six goals, nine assists and 40 penalty minutes in 22 games with San Diego this season. The 6-foot-1, 208-pound right winger has one goal and two penalty minutes in nine games with the Ducks. He was selected by Ottawa in the first round (21st overall) of the 2011 NHL draft.

      Theodore, 21, owns one goal, eight assists and eight penalty minutes in 11 games with the Gulls this season. The 6-1, 194-pounder has one goal, six assists and 18 penalty minutes in 23 games with the Ducks. Theodore was selected by Anaheim in the first round (26th overall) of the 2013 draft.

  • Wild lose D Brodin to broken finger
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, January 18, 2017

    Defenseman Jonas Brodin of the Minnesota Wild is expected to be sidelined a minimum of four weeks because of a fractured finger, general manager Chuck Fletcher said on Wednesday.

    • Brodin, who has played in all 43 of Minnesota's games this season, sustained the injury in Tuesday's 4-3 loss to the New Jersey Devils.

      Fellow defenseman Nate Prosser probably will see an uptick in playing time in place of Brodin, who averages 19:46 of ice time per game.

      Brodin has scored three goals and set up 13 others this season while his 68 blocked shots rank second on the team. The 23-year-old Swede has collected 18 goals, 52 assists and a plus-21 rating in 306 career games with Minnesota.

      "Good teams persevere," Wild coach Bruce Boudreau said, according to the team's Twitter account. "We don't fold like an accordion."

  • Rangers' Kreider fined for hitting Stars' Eakin with helmet
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, January 18, 2017

    New York Rangers forward Chris Kreider was fined $5,000 for hitting Dallas Stars forward Cody Eakin with a helmet during a fight, the NHL's Department of Player Safety announced Wednesday.

    • The incident occurred at 1:52 of the second period during the Stars' 7-6 win over the Rangers at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday night.

      During the fight, Kreider got a hold of Eakin's helmet and started beating him on the head with it.

      Kreider and Eakin were both assessed five-minute majors for fighting. Kreider and Eakin each had a goal and an assist in the game.

      The money goes to the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund. The fine is the maximum allowable under the Collective Bargaining Agreement.

  • NHL roundup: Leafs win third straight
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, January 17, 2017

    TORONTO -- James van Riemsdyk's third-period goal helped the Toronto Maple Leafs edge the Buffalo Sabres 4-3 on Tuesday night at Air Canada Centre.

    • Toronto earned its third win in a row while improving to 9-1-1 in the past 11 games. Buffalo lost for the third time in four games.

      Leo Komarov, Matt Martin and Auston Matthews scored the other goals for the Leafs, while Frederik Andersen made 24 saves for his 19th win of the season. Kyle Okposo, Evander Kane and William Carrier found the back of the net for the Sabres. Buffalo goalie Robin Lehner was pulled after allowing three goals on 16 shots. Anders Nilsson stopped 15 of the 16 shots he faced in relief.

      Stars 7, Rangers 6

      NEW YORK -- Patrick Sharp scored twice as Dallas survived a wild one to defeat New York at Madison Square Garden.

      Patrick Eaves, Jamie Benn, Cody Eakin, Adam Cracknell and Antoine Roussel also scored for the Stars. Antti Niemi made 22 saves to earn the win, although he was replaced by Kari Lehtonen after the Rangers' sixth goal. Lehtonen stopped 11 shots, including three in the final seconds.

      Derek Stepan and Mika Zibanejad scored twice each for the Rangers with Chris Kreider and Pavel Buchnevich scoring the other two goals. Henrik Lundqvist allowed seven goals on 27 shots and gave way to Magnus Hellberg, who made four saves, to start the third period.

      Blue Jackets 4, Hurricanes 1

      COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Brandon Dubinsky scored two goals and Columbus welcomed Sergei Bobrovsky back to the net in a victory over Carolina at Nationwide Arena.

      Bobrovsky, who missed the last three games with an illness, finished with 24 saves and posted his NHL-best 27th win of the season.

      Boone Jenner and Lukas Sedlak scored the other goals for the Blue Jackets. The Hurricanes got a goal from Sebastian Aho, his 11th of the season.

      Senators 6, Blues 4

      ST. LOUIS -- Mark Stone and Mike Hoffman each scored two goals to lead Ottawa over St. Louis.

      Bobby Ryan and Jean-Gabriel Pageau also scored for the Senators.

      Alexander Steen, Kevin Shattenkirk, Patrik Berglund and Paul Stastny scored for the Blues.

      Devils 4, Wild 3

      SAINT PAUL, Minn. -- Beau Bennett, Kyle Palmieri and Adam Henrique scored third-period goals as New Jersey overcame a pair of deficits and cooled off red-hot Minnesota.

      The Devils also got a power-play goal from Pavel Zacha and 32 saves from goalie Cory Schneider.

      Jared Spurgeon, Jason Zucker and Erik Haula scored for the Wild.

      Flames 5, Panthers 2

      CALGARY, Alberta -- Mikael Backlund scored goals 13 seconds apart in the second period to lead Calgary over Florida at the Scotiabank Saddledome.

      Backlund also had an assist for the Flames, while Mark Giordano scored once and set up two others. Sean Monahan had a goal and an assist for Calgary, Kris Versteeg also scored, and Matthew Tkachuk and Michael Frolik chipped in with two assists each.

      Vincent Trocheck scored both goals for the Panthers to extend his point streak to five games.

      Blackhawks 6, Avalanche 4

      DENVER -- Vinnie Hinostroza scored twice in a span of 3:10 of the third period, and Chicago rallied to beat the Colorado.

      Tanner Kero had two goals and an assist and Nick Schmaltz had a goal and an assist. Brent Seabrook also scored and Corey Crawford made 19 saves for the Blackhawks.

      Matt Duchene had two goals and Blake Comeau and Matt Nieto also scored for the Avalanche. Nathan MacKinnon and Tyson Barrie had two assists for Colorado, which has lost 13 of 14 home games.

      Ducks 2, Lightning 1 (OT)

      ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Rickard Rakell scored a power-play goal 54 seconds into overtime to give Anaheim a win vs. Tampa Bay at the Honda Center.

      Ryan Getzlaf also scored for the Ducks, who received 27 saves from John Gibson in earning their seventh win in nine games.

      Valtteri Filppula scored for the Lightning, who suffered their sixth loss in eight games. Ben Bishop stopped 19 shots.

      Canucks 1, Predators 0

      VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Henrik Sedin's goal at 12:28 of the third period gave Vancouver a victory over Nashville.

      The Canucks ended their losing streak at four games while avenging a loss to the Predators in the dying seconds of overtime in Nashville last week. The Predators suffered their first loss in four games.

      Canucks goaltender Ryan Miller posted 30 saves for his second shutout of the season, while Nashville netminder Pekka Rinne stopped 25 of 26 shots.

  • Leafs lose D Rielly to injury
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, January 17, 2017

    TORONTO -- The Toronto Maple Leafs lost Morgan Rielly to a lower-body injury midway through the first period on Tuesday night.

    • Rielly was tripped by Buffalo Sabres forward William Carrier and fell awkwardly into the boards 5:30 into the first period. Rielly missed two shifts, returned for a shift, but was unable to play through the injury.

      The 22-year-old defenseman leads all Leafs blue liners in average ice time per game this season (22:50) and is second in points (17). With Rielly sidelined, Jake Gardiner took turns on a defensive pairing with Nikita Zaitsev.

      Frank Corrado is the lone healthy blue liner on the Leafs active roster. The 23-year-old made his regular-season debut on Nov. 12 playing 16:24 in Toronto's 4-1 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins.

      Corrado was a healthy scratch in the following 21 games before being assigned to the American Hockey League's Toronto Marlies on a conditioning assignment. He was recalled by the Leafs on Tuesday and made a healthy scratch for the game against the Sabres.

      Martin Marincin could also be nearing a return to the Leafs lineup. The 24-year-old defenseman has missed 16 games due to a lower-body injury, but was a participant in Leafs morning skate on Tuesday and wasn't wearing a non-contact jersey.

  • NHL notebook: Islanders fire coach Capuano
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, January 17, 2017

    The New York Islanders fired coach Jack Capuano on Tuesday in the midst of a poor season for the club.

    • The Islanders are 17-17-8 and in last place in the Eastern Conference with 42 points.

      Assistant general manager Doug Weight was named interim head coach.

      Capuano, 50, went 227-191-64 with the Islanders. He ranks second in victories behind Hall of Famer Al Arbour (740 wins). He guided the Islanders to the postseason on three occasions.

      --The Vancouver Canucks got some bad news regarding the health status of two defensemen.

      First the Canucks announced they will shut down Anton Rodin for an indefinite period after he reinjured his knee. Rodin has played in just three games for the Canucks, and his ice time was limited in all three. He started the season on injured reserve after re-aggravating his knee injury in the preseason.

      Later in the day, the team announced defenseman Ben Hutton, who had signed a two-year contract extension in November, will miss the next three to six weeks with a broken hand. Hutton, 23, has four goals and seven assists in 41 games this season while averaging 20:59 of ice time.

      --The Pittsburgh Penguins may get one of their injured defensemen back soon, but now they have lost a forward, as veteran Matt Cullen is expected to miss three to four weeks after being hit by a shot on his right skate on Monday.

      Cullen, 40, has eight goals and nine assists in 43 games, and he has not missed an NHL game since the 2014-15 season.

      Meanwhile, defenseman Kris Letang is still week-to-week with a lower-body injury, while defenseman Brian Dumoulin could be returning soon after being sidelined since late December with a broken jaw.

      --The Winnipeg Jets recalled goaltender Ondrej Pavelec from the Manitoba Moose of the American Hockey League and retroactively placed defenseman Ben Chiarot on injured reserve with an upper-body injury on Tuesday.

      Pavelec, 29, is making his first stint with the Jets this season after spending the previous five seasons with the team.

      --The Nashville Predators claimed defenseman Brad Hunt off waivers from the St. Louis Blues.

      Earlier in the day, Nashville assigned left wing Kevin Fiala to the Milwaukee Admirals of the American Hockey League and placed defenseman Petter Granberg on injured reserve with an undisclosed injury.

      Hunt 28, totaled one goal and four assists in nine games with the Blues this season.

      --The Washington Capitals assigned center Chandler Stephenson to the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League.

      Stephenson, 22, is without a point in nine games with the Capitals this season.

  • Penguins F Cullen out three-to-four weeks
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, January 17, 2017

    The Pittsburgh Penguins may get one of their injured defensemen back soon, but now they have lost a forward, as veteran Matt Cullen is expected to miss three to four weeks after being hit by a shot on his right skate on Monday.

    • Cullen, 40, has eight goals and nine assists in 43 games, and he has not missed an NHL game since the 2014-15 season.

      Cullen is the Penguins' fourth-line center, as well as their top penalty killing forward and a respected player in the dressing room.

      Eric Fehr is expected to replace Cullen in the lineup. Fehr has been a healthy scratch for the past three games.

      Meanwhile, defenseman Kris Letang is still week-to-week with a lower-body injury, while defenseman Brian Dumoulin could be returning soon.

      Dumoulin has been sidelined since late December with a broken jaw. He will travel with the team on its two-game road trip to Montreal and Carolina although he has not been medically cleared.

      He skated with the team on Tuesday and head coach Mike Sullivan told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette he is getting close to returning to game action.

  • Canucks lose defenders Rodin, Hutton
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, January 17, 2017

    The Vancouver Canucks got some bad news Tuesday regarding the health status of two defensemen.

    • First the Canucks announced they will shut down Anton Rodin for an indefinite period after he reinjured his knee.

      Later in the day, the team announced defenseman Ben Hutton, who had signed a two-year contract extension in November, will miss the next three to six weeks with a broken hand.

      On Jan. 6, Rodin injured the same knee that he injured a year ago while playing in Sweden. In the next game, Rodin was on the bench in uniform but did not play a single shift.

      "Our Canucks' medical team and Anton have determined it is in his best interest to undergo a period of rest, followed by rehab, until his knee strength and function return," said general manager Jim Benning in a release. "Anton will undergo an MRI and orthopedic consult this week."

      Rodin has played in just three games for the Canucks, and his ice time was limited in all three. He started the season on injured reserve after re-aggravating his knee injury in the preseason.

      Meanwhile, Hutton has not dressed since Jan. 6, when he played nearly 22 minutes in a win over Calgary. The team's report confirmed that the fracture is small, and surgery is not needed, but Hutton will still be out for about a month.

      Hutton, 23, has four goals and seven assists in 41 games this season while averaging 20:59 of ice time. Last season, Hutton finished tied for second among rookie defensemen in assists, with 24.

      He was named to Team Canada's gold-medal winning team at the 2016 World Hockey Championships.

      Vancouver started Tuesday's action with a 20-19-6 record that put the Canucks in sixth place in the Pacific Division. The absence of Hutton and Rodin puts additional pressure on their defense.

  • Struggling Islanders fire Capuano
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, January 17, 2017

    The New York Islanders fired coach Jack Capuano on Tuesday in the midst of a poor season for the club.

    • The Islanders are 17-17-8 and in last place in the Eastern Conference with 42 points.

      Assistant general manager Doug Weight was named interim head coach.

      "The New York Islanders would like to thank Jack for his tireless work throughout his seven seasons with the organization as head coach," general manager Garth Snow said in a statement. "His leadership guided the team to the playoffs in three of the past four years, which included two straight 100-point seasons. He is a great coach and an even better person. We wish him nothing but the best moving forward."

      Capuano, 50, went 227-191-64 with the Islanders. He ranks second in victories behind Hall of Famer Al Arbour (740 wins). He guided the Islanders to the postseason on three occasions.

      "It's an honor to have served this historic franchise and its passionate fans," Capuano said in a statement. "I'd like to thank Garth and our ownership group for the opportunity to be the head coach of the Islanders. I'd also like to recognize our coaching staff, training staff and players for all of their hard work."

  • Capitals assign C Stephenson to AHL Hersey
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, January 17, 2017

    The Washington Capitals assigned center Chandler Stephenson to the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League on Tuesday.

    • Stephenson, 22, is without a point in nine games with the Capitals this season. He has six goals and 17 assists in 36 games with Hershey this season.

      The former third-round pick (77th overall) of the Capitals in the 2012 NHL Draft made his NHL debut on Oct. 15, 2015.

      He had career highs of 28 points, 21 assists and 26 penalty minutes last season in the AHL.

  • Jets recall G Pavelec, place D Chiarot on IR
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, January 17, 2017

    The Winnipeg Jets recalled goaltender Ondrej Pavelec from the Manitoba Moose of the American Hockey League and retroactively placed defenseman Ben Chiarot on injured reserve with an upper-body injury on Tuesday.

    • Pavelec, 29, is making his first stint with the Jets this season after spending the previous five seasons with the team. He posted a 2.78 goals against average and a .917 save percentage in 18 games with Manitoba this season.

      The Jets (20-23-4) are hoping the veteran netminder will help solve their goaltending woes. Winnipeg has dropped four straight games.

      In 371 career games, Pavelec 148-154-47 with a 2.85 GAA and a .907 save percentage. Last season, he was 13-13-4 with a 2.78 GAA and a .904 save mark in 33 games.

      Chiarot, 25, totaled six assists in 43 games with the Jets before sustaining the injury.

  • NHL roundup: Pens clip Caps 8-7 in OT
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, January 16, 2017

    PITTSBURGH -- Evgeni Malkin recorded a hat trick, and Conor Sheary scored his second goal of the game in overtime as the Pittsburgh Penguins erased a three-goal deficit and ended a three-game losing streak with an 8-7 win over the Washington Capitals on Monday.

    • Washington, the top team in the NHL, had its winning streak dashed at nine games. Pittsburgh improved its league-best home record to 19-2-2.

      Sheary's winner came 34 seconds into overtime as the puck went in off the skate of Washington defenseman Matt Niskanen during a scramble in the crease.

      Andre Burakovsky and Nicklas Backstrom scored in the first period, and Justin Williams increased the Capitals' lead to 3-0. The teams combined for nine goals in the second period. Washington trailed 7-5 in the third period before T.J. Oshie and Lars Eller tied the game and forced overtime.

      Islanders 4, Bruins 0

      BOSTON -- Thomas Greiss stopped 32 shots for his first shutout of the season, and Nikolay Kulemin scored twice in a three-goal second-period outburst to lead New York past Boston.

      It was New York's 87th game, counting playoffs, in the old Boston Garden and the "new" building that opened in 1995 -- and the franchise's first shutout at that site. It was also the Islanders' first shutout of the Bruins since Rick DiPietro had one in 2004 on Long Island.

      Greiss, pulled from his last start Saturday night at Carolina, turned in his second strong performance in Boston this season. He has stopped 80 of 82 shots on Boston's home ice.

      Sharks 5, Jets 2

      SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Martin Jones made 26 saves for his 22nd victory of the season, and San Jose rolled to a victory against Winnipeg.

      Joel Ward, rookie Timo Meier, Brent Burns, Chris Tierney and Joe Thornton scored for the Sharks, who ended their two-game losing streak. Jones made 11 of his saves in the first period, turning away a handful of prime chances.

      Backup goaltender Michael Hutchinson made his second straight start for the Jets and allowed four goals on 31 shots. He made 35 saves in a 3-2 overtime loss to the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday.

      Sabres 4, Stars 1

      BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Playing for the first time since Nov. 7, Tyler Ennis scored 19 seconds into the game to lead Buffalo to a win over Dallas.

      Ennis missed the previous two months after undergoing groin surgery.

      Eichel had two goals and McCabe also scored for the Sabres, who snapped a two-game losing streak. Robin Lehner made 31 saves.

      Red Wings 1, Canadiens 0

      DETROIT -- Jared Coreau made 18 saves for his second shutout as Detroit bested former Hart and Vezina Trophy winner Carey Price and Montreal.

      Coupled with Saturday's 6-3 win over the reigning Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins, it's the first time Detroit has won back-to-back home games since Oct. 22-25.

      Coreau improved to 5-1-1 since his Nov. 26 recall from Grand Rapids of the American Hockey League.

      Lightning 2, Kings 1

      LOS ANGELES -- Brian Boyle and Tyler Johnson each scored a goal as Tampa Bay edged Los Angeles.

      The Lightning won for the second time in three games after a four-game losing streak. The victory was only their second in the last 12 road games as Ben Bishop made 31 saves. The one goal surrendered marked the Lightning's best defensive effort in seven games as they recorded 17 blocked shots in support of Bishop.

      Los Angeles had a two-game winning streak snapped and is 3-3-0 on its current homestand. The Kings dropped to 14-5-2 when scoring first and Peter Budaj stopped 27 Tampa Bay shots.

      Oilers 3, Coyotes 1

      EDMONTON, Alberta -- Edmonton topped Arizona in regulation at home for the first time since Nov. 23, 2009.

      The Oilers finally broke the 14-game curse as Jujhar Khaira's first-ever NHL goal stood up as the game-winner, and Cam Talbot made 20 saves for his 23rd victory of the season.

      Jordan Eberle, who was held without a point in his previous six games, dropped a pass to Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, who had just one goal in his last eight. Nugent-Hopkins' wrist shot beat Coyotes goalie Mike Smith (24 saves). After Khaira made it 2-0, Leon Draisaitl pushed the lead to three before Radim Vrbata responded for the Coyotes.

  • NHL notebook: Rangers recall G Hellberg from AHL
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, January 16, 2017

    The New York Rangers recalled goaltender Magnus Hellberg from the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League on Monday.

    • Hellberg, 25, has a 10-9-4 record with a 2.91 goals-against average and .905 save percentage in 25 games for the Wolf Pack this season.

      Hellberg has been in two NHL games in his career -- the Rangers last season and with the Nashville Predators in 2013-14. The Uppsala, Sweden, native was acquired from Nashville on July 1, 2015.

      The Rangers also assigned forward Marek Hrivik to their AHL affiliate.

      --The Buffalo Sabres recalled forward Cal O'Reilly from the Rochester Americans of the American Hockey League.

      O'Reilly, 30, joins the Sabres for his second recall of the season after playing four games with the team in November.

      --The Minnesota Wild reassigned forward Kurtis Gabriel to Iowa of the American Hockey League.

      Gabriel, 23, has one assist and 24 penalty minutes in 11 games with Minnesota this season.

  • Wild reassign F Gabriel
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, January 16, 2017

    The Minnesota Wild reassigned forward Kurtis Gabriel to Iowa of the American Hockey League on Monday.

    • Gabriel, 23, has one assist and 24 penalty minutes in 11 games with Minnesota this season. The native of Newmarket, Ontario, recorded his first career NHL point with an assist on Dec. 7 at Toronto and ranks third on the team in penalty minutes.

      The 6-foot-4, 211-pound Gabriel has four goals, one assist and 35 penalty minutes in 22 games with Iowa this season. He owns one assist and 34 penalty minutes in 14 career NHL games with Minnesota.

  • Sabres recall F O'Reilly
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, January 16, 2017

    The Buffalo Sabres recalled forward Cal O'Reilly from the Rochester Americans of the American Hockey League on Monday.

    • O'Reilly, 30, joins the Sabres for his second recall of the season after playing four games with the team in November, averaging 10:55 of time on ice. The Toronto native is currently tied for second in the AHL with 26 assists and tied for ninth in the league with 34 points overall, including eight goals.

      In 20 games for the Sabres during the 2015-16 season, the 6-foot, 193-pound O'Reilly recorded three goals, four assists and two penalty minutes.

  • Rangers recall G Hellberg
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, January 16, 2017

    The New York Rangers recalled goaltender Magnus Hellberg from the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League on Monday.

    • Hellberg, 25, has a 10-9-4 record with a 2.91 goals-against average and .905 save percentage in 25 games for the Wolf Pack this season. The 6-foot-6, 209-pound goalie has been in 176 career AHL games, posting an 82-65-13 record, a 2.45 goals-against average and .915 save percentage, with 13 shutouts.

      Hellberg has been in two NHL games in his career -- the Rangers last season and with the Nashville Predators in 2013-14. The Uppsala, Sweden, native was acquired from Nashville on July 1, 2015.

      The Rangers also assigned forward Marek Hrivik to their AHL affiliate.

      Hrivik, 25, has two assists and two penalty minutes in 16 games with the Rangers this season. The 6-2, 197-pound Hrivik also has eight goals, nine assists eight penalty minutes for Hartford.

  • NHL roundup: Caps win 9th straight
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, January 16, 2017

    WASHINGTON -- Justin Williams and Matt Niskanen each scored twice within a five-minute span of the third period, Philipp Grubauer stopped 24 shots and the Washington Capitals defeated the Philadelphia Flyers 5-0 on Sunday at Verizon Center for their ninth straight win.

    • Washington, the defending Presidents' Trophy winner, moved ahead of idle Columbus for first place in the Metropolitan Division as well as for the overall NHL points lead.

      With Braden Holtby being rested ahead of Monday night's game at Pittsburgh, Grubauer stopped an early Flyers surge and picked up his second career shutout.

      Andre Burakovsky scored Washington's first goal and Nicklas Backstrom had two assists.

      Devils 2, Canucks 1 (OT)

      VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Taylor Hall's goal at 1:28 of overtime gave New Jersey a victory over Vancouver.

      Hall beat Vancouver goaltender Jacob Markstrom with a shot through the legs during a two-on-one in which he elected to keep the puck.

      Kyle Quincey also tallied for the Devils, while Loui Eriksson scored for the Canucks.

      Wild 3, Blackhawks 2

      CHICAGO -- Jason Pominville scored the go-ahead goal early in the third period, and Minnesota held on for a win over Chicago.

      Nino Niederreiter and Chris Stewart also scored for the Wild.

      Patrick Kane scored both goals for the Blackhawks, who lost their second game in a row.

      Blues 2, Ducks 1 (OT)

      ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Patrik Berglund scored his second goal 51 seconds into overtime to give St. Louis a win over Anaheim in front of a sellout crowd of 17,174 at the Honda Center.

      Carter Hutton stopped 22 shots in his second successive start for the Blues, who earned their second consecutive victory after losing three of four.

      Rickard Rakell scored for the Ducks, who missed a chance to get their fourth straight win, which would have been a season high. Goalie John Gibson made 23 saves.

  • Lightning lose Callahan for 4 weeks
    By The Sports Xchange / Sunday, January 15, 2017

    Tampa Bay Lightning forward Ryan Callahan is expected to be sidelined four weeks with a lower-body injury.

    • Callahan underwent offseason hip surgery in June and has mustered just two goals and as many assists in 18 games this season. The 31-year-old alternate captain hasn't played since Jan. 7.

      Callahan has registered 174 career goals and 351 points in 638 career games with the New York Rangers and Lightning.

      Tampa Bay (20-20-4) is just 3-6-1 in its last 10 contests heading into the opener of a six-game road trip against the Los Angeles Kings on Monday.

  • Lightning recall F Vermin
    By The Sports Xchange / Sunday, January 15, 2017

    The Tampa Bay Lightning recalled forward Joel Vermin from the Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League on Sunday.

    • Vermin, 24, has been in 23 games with the Crunch this season, collecting seven goals, six assists and 18 penalty minutes. He ranks second on Syracuse with four power-play goals.

      The Bern, Switzerland native has two assists in eight games with the Lightning this season. In 14 career NHL games, all with the Lightning over the past two seasons, Vermin owns three assists and two penalty minutes.

      The 5-foot-11,192-pound Vermin was originally drafted by Tampa Bay in the seventh round of the 2013 NHL draft.

  • NHL roundup: Hurricanes almost unbeatable at home
    By The Sports Xchange / Saturday, January 14, 2017

    RALEIGH, N.C. -- Rookie Brock McGinn had one goal and three assists, while Lee Stempniak scored the game-winning goal early in the third as the Carolina Hurricanes remained nearly unbeatable at home, downing the New York Islanders 7-4 Saturday night.

    • Carolina scored 21 goals in a four-game homestand sweep of Boston, Columbus, Buffalo and the Islanders, improving to 14-1-1 in its last 16 games at PNC Arena.

      The Islanders, playing their third game in four nights, led by two goals early in the second, but couldn't keep pace with a fast Carolina team without injured defensemen Johnny Boychuk and Travis Hamonic as the Hurricanes registered 45 shots.

      Panthers 4, Blue Jackets 3

      SUNRISE, Fla. -- Jonathan Marchessault scored the go-ahead goal to lead Florida to a win over Columbus at the BB&T Center.

      In a battle of backup goalies -- James Reimer for Florida and Joonas Korpisalo for Columbus -- the Panthers prevailed over the Blue Jackets.

      The Panthers got a goal and an assist from Vincent Trochek as well as goals from two polar opposites, Jaromir Jagr, who is second in NHL history in points, and defensive forward Shawn Thornton, who rarely gets on the board.

      Columbus got goals from Scott Hartnell, Cam Atkinson and Boone Jenner.

      Predators 3, Avalanche 2

      DENVER -- Filip Forsberg and Mike Fisher scored goals in the third period, Pekka Rinne had 28 saves and Nashville beat Colorado.

      Cody McLeod also scored a day after Nashville acquired him from Colorado. The Avalanche honored him with a video tribute early in the first period, and then he dropped the gloves with Jarome Iginla early in the second period.

      Gabriel Landeskog and Francois Beauchemin scored and Semyon Varlamov had 29 saves for Colorado, which has lost 12 of 13 at home.

      Bruins 6, Flyers 3

      BOSTON -- Brad Marchand has played in 500 NHL regular-season games, and No. 500 was certainly one of his best.

      Marchand scored two goals and three assists to lead Boston to a victory over Philadelphia at TD Garden.

      Marchand bookended his day by finding the net, putting the Bruins on the board early with an unassisted goal and adding an empty-netter in the final minute. In between, he set up Patrice Bergeron, Zdeno Chara and Torey Krug for goals of their own as the Bruins scored three times in the second period to take control of the game.

      Red Wings 6, Penguins 3

      DETROIT -- Andreas Athanasiou took the puck in his own end and kept it all the way until he fired a shot over the glove of Marc-Andre Fleury.

      The unassisted tally snapped a tie at 1:46 of the third period, which proved to be the game-winner in Detroit's victory over Pittsburgh at Joe Louis Arena.

      Pittsburgh defenseman David Warsofsky appeared to tie the game at 4 at 5:09 but the Red Wings challenged the tally, saying there was goaltender interference.

      After review, the referees agreed and the goal was waved off.

      Maple Leafs 4, Senators 2

      OTTAWA -- Curtis McElhinney made his debut with Toronto by stopping 35 shots in a victory over Ottawa at Canadian Tire Centre.

      The win pulled the Maple Leafs into a tie with the Senators in the Eastern Conference standings.

      McElhinney, who was picked up off waivers by the Maple Leafs earlier this week, played seven games with the Senators in the 2010-11 season.

      Nazem Kadri led the Maple Leafs with two goals. Tyler Bozak and Connor Brown had the others.

      Canadiens 5, Rangers 4

      MONTREAL -- Montreal rallied from a third-period deficit to beat New York at the Bell Centre.

      Alex Galchenyuk, Brian Flynn, Alexei Emelin, Max Pacioretty and Paul Byron scored for Montreal.

      Brandon Pirri, Rick Nash, J.T. Miller and Derek Stepan scored for the Rangers.

      Wild 5, Stars 4

      DALLAS -- Jason Zucker scored the winning goal with 6:45 remaining as Minnesota held off Dallas for a victory at American Airlines Center.

      Zucker, who also had an assist, scored his 11th goal of the season after a pass from Mikael Granlund, who had two assists, deflected off Kari Lehtonen's stick and then off Zucker's chest.

      Minnesota, which blew a 4-0 first-period lead, also got goals from Mikko Koivu, Eric Staal, Matt Dumba and Chris Stewart. Darcy Kuemper stopped 36 of 38 shots.

      Ducks 3, Coyotes 0

      GLENDALE, Ariz. -- If the Anaheim Ducks' New Year's resolution was simply to win games, they are staying remarkably true to their promise.

      Hampus Lindholm scored early in the first period, Nick Ritchie added an insurance goal and backup goalie Jonathan Bernier made 26 saves for his 13th career shutout as the Pacific Division-leading Ducks won for the sixth time in seven 2017 games with a 3-0 victory over the Arizona Coyotes on Saturday at Gila River Arena.

      It was Bernier's second career shutout against the Coyotes in seven appearances. He had not started a game since Dec. 20 at Montreal, but got the nod because the Ducks host St. Louis on Sunday so coach Randy Carlyle was saving starter John Gibson for that game.

      Kings 3, Jets 2 (OT)

      LOS ANGELES -- Jeff Carter scoring the game-winning overtime goal, and Anze Kopitar registered three assists as Los Angeles defeated Winnipeg.

      Carter took a feed from Jake Muzzin and beat Jets goaltender Michael Hutchinson for his team-leading 23rd goal of the season at 1:36 of the extra session. The Kings, who extended their overtime record to 9-1, got regulation goals from Marian Gaborik and Dustin Brown. Peter Budaj made 26 saves for Los Angeles.

      Winnipeg lost its third straight game and four out of the past five. Drew Stafford and Dustin Byfuglien scored for the Jets, and Hutchinson made 35 saves.

      Oilers 2, Flames 1 (SO)

      EDMONTON, Alberta -- Edmonton got shootout goals from Leon Draisaitl and Mark Letestu in a win over Calgary.

      Brian Elliott made 26 saves for the Flames. Oilers goalie Cam Talbot made 24 stops and was perfect in the shootout.

      The only scoring in the game came in a 26-second span of the second period. Patrick Maroon's power-play goal staked the Oilers to a lead at 16:24, but Sean Monahan quickly replied for the Flames.

      Blues 4, Sharks 0

      SAN JOSE, Calif. -- St. Louis played a physical brand of hockey and received stellar goaltending from one-time San Jose farmhand Carter Hutton en route to the win.

      Hutton stopped 23 shots for his fifth career shutout as San Jose was blanked at SAP Center for the second time in 21 games. The Sharks were last shut out at home by Pittsburgh 5-0 on Nov. 5.

      Colton Parayko had a goal and an assist for the Blues, and Jori Lehtera, David Perron and Alexander Steen also scored.

  • Penguins D Letang exits with injury
    By The Sports Xchange / Saturday, January 14, 2017

    DETROIT -- Not even three minutes after scoring the game's first goal, the Pittsburgh Penguins' Kris Letang had to leave the game against the Detroit Red Wings on Sunday.

    • The veteran defenseman got tangled up with Red Wings forward Thomas Vanek at 3:21 of the first in Pittsburgh's end. Letang appeared to be favoring his left leg when he hobbled off the ice and headed to the dressing room.

      Letang gave his team a 1-0 lead 27 seconds into the game on a shot from the point, assisted by Penguins captain Sidney Crosby.

      Letang returned at 12:30 of the first period, took one shift and then headed back to the dressing room.