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  • Thursday, November 27, 2014
    Flames blank Sharks at SAP Center
    By The Sports Xchange

    SAN JOSE, Calif. -- San Jose's pop-gun offense fired a blank Wednesday night as the Sharks' frustrations at home continued.

    • Calgary goalie Karri Ramo stopped 32 shots to record his first shutout of the season as the Flames extended the hosts' woes at SAP Center with a 2-0 victory in front of a third straight non-sellout crowd.

      The Sharks, shut out twice this season, have scored just 12 goals in eight games, and have been held to two or fewer goals in 11 of 24 games.

      "Chances are there," Sharks left winger Patrick Marleau said. "Hopefully it's a big build-up of a dam and it's going to break soon and we're going to get on a winning streak."

      The Sharks were certainly were no match for Ramo, who is 3-0 with an 0.65 goals-against average and .979 save percentage in his last three appearances against San Jose.

      "He's definitely the reason we won that game," Calgary defenseman TJ Brodie said. "He made some big saves when we needed him to. He was solid all night."

      San Jose lost a fourth straight game at home and brace for a visit by division-leading Anaheim on Saturday.

      "They're all tough, obviously, when you're chasing teams," Sharks right winger Joe Pavelski said. "We've got to start climbing at some point. It's got to start somewhere."

      Center Jiri Hudler scored both Calgary goals, including a power-play marker into an empty net with 49.2 seconds left.

      The Sharks had goalie Antti Niemi pulled for an extra attacker despite being short-handed. Marleau's slap shot from the top of the left circle ricocheted hard off the end boards, out of the zone and on to the stick of Hudler to an easy breakaway.

      "He might have got a stick on it," Marleau said of Ramo. "I was trying to go against the grain. Then it took a funny hop on Pavs."

      The outcome represented the first shutout by a Flames goalie in San Jose during the regular season since Fred Brathwaite made 30 saves during a 1-0 win on Jan. 3, 2001.

      "We were pretty focused the whole game," Ramo said. "We didn't make too many mistakes. We knew that against a team like that, we have to bear down in our own zone. We didn't panic late in the game."

      The Flames broke a scoreless tie late in the second period after getting the Sharks to run around in their own end.

      Hudler and Brodie executed a perfect give-and-go with Hudler capping off the play at 17:16 with a shot over the right shoulder of Niemi.

      Ramo made several stellar saves in the period, and maybe none better than a glove stop while doing the splits at 18:34 when San Jose right winger Tommy Wingels was bidding to tie the game.

      Ramo robbed Marleau on a couple chances earlier in the period. Ramo made a blocker save on Marleau off a feed from Thornton during 4-on-4 play inside the first seven minutes of the period.

      Ramo came up big on San Jose's second power play after Calgary defenseman Mark Giordano tripped San Jose right winger Tomas Hertl at 11:30. Ramo made a glove save on left winger Matt Nieto on the second half of the advantage after a Marleau shot rang off the cross-bar during the first half.

      "We played well tonight," Flames defenseman Dennis Wideman said. "That's a team that's really tough to beat in this arena. They come at you hard. They threw a lot at us."

      NOTES: The Sharks signed emergency G Ryan Lowe to back up starting G Antti Niemi. Lowe, a 31-year-old nearby San Jose State alumnus, was needed when rookie G Troy Grosenick sustained an upper-body injury during Tuesday's practice. Grosenick is up from the minors in place of G Alex Stalock, who is recovering from a minor knee procedure performed Nov. 11. ... The Flames waived RW Devin Setoguchi, who was scoreless in 12 games and a minus-7 while averaging 12:09 of ice time per game. ... RW David Jones returned to the Calgary lineup for the first time in five games after sustaining an upper-body injury and C Corban Knight was re-assigned to Adironback. ... Calgary C Mikael Backlund had an abdominal procedure Wednesday and is listed as week-to-week. ... Sharks D Matt Tennyson, who was promoted from Worcester of the AHL earlier in the week, appeared in his first NHL game since April 24, 2013. ... RW Brian McGrattan and D Deryk Engelland were healthy scratches for the Flames while D Scott Hannan, D Matt Irwin and LW John Scott did not dress for the Sharks.

  • Thursday, November 27, 2014
    NHL game roundup: Bickell breaks tie for Blackhawks
    By The Sports Xchange

    DENVER -- Left winger Bryan Bickell scored a tie-breaking goal late in the third period, and the Chicago Blackhawks overcame a strong performance from Colorado goaltender Calvin Pickard to beat the Avalanche 3-2 on Wednesday night.

    • Centers Jonathan Toews and Andrew Shaw also scored and goaltender Corey Crawford had 27 saves for the Blackhawks. Right winger Patrick Kane had three assists.

      Pickard stopped a career-high 42 shots but couldn't steal a win for the Avalanche, which had its two-game winning streak stopped.

      Centers Ryan O'Reilly and Max Talbot had goals for Colorado.

      Penguins 4, Maple Leafs 3 (OT)

      PITTSBURGH -- Left winger Blake Comeau scored three goals, oncluding the overtime winner to push Pittsburgh past Toronto at the Consol Engery Center.

      Center Evgeni Malkin scored his 11th goal of the year and added two assists for Pittsburgh and center Sidney Crosby also tallied two assists, becoming the sixth-fastest player in league history to reach 800 points. He joins Mario Lemieux and Jaromir Jagr as the only players in team history to reach that mark.

      Toronto center Leo Komarov scored two goals and center Tyler Bozak converted a short-handed breakaway for his ninth of the season.

      Kings 4, Wild 0

      SAINT PAUL, Minn. -- Goaltender Martin Jones made 28 saves and Los Angeles jumped all Minnesota with four goals in the first period and then played 40 minutes of defensive hockey.

      Centers Mike Richards and Tyler Toffoli, left winger Dustin Brown and right winger Justin Williams all scored for Los Angeles, which won just one of their first nine road games of the season

      Minnesota, which had won five of its previous six games, got 12 saves from goalie Niklas Backstrom, who played the last two periods in relief of starter Darcy Kuemper. Of the 10 shots Kuemper faced in the opening period, four ended up in the net.

      Red Wings 5, Flyers 2

      DETROIT -- Center Pavel Datsyuk scored twice after sitting out four games with a sore groin as Detroit beat Philadelphia at Joe Louis Arena.

      Forward Stephen Weiss, who played with Datsyuk and Darren Helm on a line made up of three natural centers, had a goal and an assist Wednesday, and Helm had two assists. Right winger Tomas Jurco and center Henrik Zetterberg also scored for Detroit. Defenseman Jakub Kindl had two assists and goaltender Jimmy Howard made 22 saves.

      Center Claude Giroux had a goal and an assist and right winger Jakub Voracek scored for Philadelphia. Goalie Steve Mason stopped 11 shots before being replaced by Ray Emery in the second period. Emery made nine saves.

      Lightning 4, Rangers 3

      TAMPA -- Right winger Ryan Callahan scoring two goalsagainst his former team, the New York Rangers, in a win at Amelie Arena.

      Center Steven Stamkos scored his 15th goal had a goal and added two assists and right winger Nikita Kucherov also scored for Tampa Bay.

      Left winger Rick Nash scored his 15th goal unassisted and center Mats Zuccarello and defenseman Dan Boyle scored for New York.

      Panthers 1, Hurricanes 0

      SUNRISE, Fla. -- It's not often a team uses two goalies in a shutout, but that's what happened Wednesday night in Florida's win over Carolina at BB&T Center.

      With 9:38 left in the second period, starter Roberto Luongo suffered an upper-body injury while extending himself on a poke check. Backup Al Montoya came in and held on.

      Florida center Nick Bjugstad scored the game's only goal, his eighth of the season, just 21 second in.

      Islanders 3, Capitals 2 (OT)

      UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- Center John Tavares scored a spectacular power-play goal with 23.2 seconds left in overtime to lift the red-hot New York Islanders to a win over Washington at Nassau Coliseum.

      Center Anders Lee and defenseman Travis Hamonic scored in the first period for New York while goalie Jaroslov Halak made 25 saves in earning his eighth straight win.

      Left winger Alex Ovechkin scored a pair of power-play goals for Washington, which has lost two straight and four of six.

      Jets 2, Sabres 1

      BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Winnipeg continues to find ways to win on the road, the latest at Buffalo behind a solid defensive effort for their second road win in as many nights.

      Center Bryan Little and right winger Michael Frolik scored for Winnipeg, which also beat Columbus on Tuesday.

      Right winger Chris Stewart scored for Buffalo, which was sluggish and saw a three-game winning streak come to an end. Goaltender Jhonas Enroth made 24 saves.

      Flames 2, Sharks 0

      SAN JOSE, Calif. -- San Jose's pop-gun offense fired a blank as Calgary goalie Karri Ramo stopped 32 shots to record his first shutout of the season at SAP Center.

      San Jose, shut out twice this season, scored just 12 goals in eight games, and have been held to two or fewer goals in 11 of 24 games.

      Center Jiri Hudler scored both Calgary goals, including a power-play marker into an empty net with 49.2 seconds left.

  • Thursday, November 27, 2014
    Comeau's hat trick nets Penguins OT win
    By The Sports Xchange

    PITTSBURGH -- Pittsburgh Penguins left wing Blake Comeau is making the most of his time with center Evgeni Malkin.

    • Comeau capped a hat trick with 2:07 left in overtime and Malkin enjoyed a three-point night as the Pittsburgh Penguins defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-3 on Wednesday at Consol Energy Center.

      "I'm getting a good opportunity to play with some really good players and it feels really good to contribute offensively," Comeau said. "Things are going well right now."

      They certainly are for Comeau, who scored his sixth and seventh goals during regulation before adding his eighth in the overtime. He completed his second career hat trick by blasting a shot from the point that got past goaltender Jonathan Bernier.

      His first hat trick came March 2, 2010, as a member of the New York Islanders. That season, Comeau scored 17 goals. He added a career-high 24 the following year. Things got tougher from there for Comeau, who played for two teams and scored 16 goals before landing in Pittsburgh.

      "At one time he was a very good hockey player, and then he's had some bumps along the way, some ups and downs," Penguins coach Mike Johnston said. "Now, he's really played well for us."

      Malkin scored his 11th goal of the year and added two assists for Pittsburgh (15-4-2), which won its fifth straight against the Maple Leafs. Penguins center Sidney Crosby also tallied two assists, becoming the sixth-fastest player in league history to reach 800 points. He joins Mario Lemieux and Jaromir Jagr as the only players in team history to reach that mark.

      "It's a nice number," Crosby said. "When you get around those, your total gets talked about and hopefully you can get it and move on."

      Toronto (11-8-3) center Leo Komarov scored two goals and center Tyler Bozak converted a short-handed breakaway for his ninth of the season. The Maple Leafs battled back from deficits of 2-0 and 3-2 but couldn't win their third straight.

      "I don't like to make excuses, but we have to work harder," Maple Leafs coach Randy Carlyle said. "We have to execute at a higher level and move the puck more effectively."

      Pittsburgh goalie Marc-Andre Fleury, who earned his 300th career win Monday at Boston, stopped 24 shots for the win Wednesday. Bernier made 22 saves in defeat.

      The teams were tied at 3 through two periods and played a scoreless third, as Pittsburgh failed to capitalize on a four-on-three power play midway through. Comeau won it in the overtime.

      "We needed that," Crosby said. "It wasn't easy today. It was kind of ugly out there for a bit. We put our heads down, kept working and found a way to win."

      Pittsburgh struck 26 seconds into the game as Malkin sent a pass to Comeau, who backhanded a shot past Bernier while falling to the ice.

      The Penguins scored on the power play later in the period as Malkin's cannonading blast from the point beat Bernier to the glove side. It was his 95th power-play goal, tying Rick Kehoe for fourth place in team history.

      Komarov tied it midway through the second period with a pair of goals in less than three minutes. The first was a one-timer off a pass from center Mike Santorelli. Komarov floated the puck over the shoulder of Fleury.

      Komarov deflected a shot by defenseman Dion Phaneuf for his second goal, which took an awkward bounce past a fallen Fleury.

      Pittsburgh regained the lead 2:31 later on Comeau's second goal as he tipped a shot from left winger Chris Kunitz behind Bernier. However, Bozak tied it soon after for the Maple Leafs.

      Toronto suffered the loss despite playing with a healthy group of forwards on Wednesday as the Maple Leafs welcomed right winger Joffrey Lupul and left winger David Booth back from injury. Lupul missed 12 games with a broken hand, while Booth hadn't played since fracturing his foot in training camp.

      Still, Carlyle was encouraged by his team's resolve, battling back from a pair of deficits.

      "If we can continue to build on playing road games like we played tonight, we'll give ourselves a good chance to earn points," Carlyle said.

      NOTES: Penguins RW Beau Bennett will miss two weeks with a lower-body injury. ... The Penguins and Maple Leafs completed their three-game season series on Wednesday. ... Pittsburgh and Toronto are two of the three highest-scoring teams in the league. ... The Penguins wore their third jersey, a throwback to the black and yellow-gold color scheme from when they won their first two Stanley Cups in 1991 and 1992. ... Pittsburgh goalie Marc-Andre Fleury wore gold pads for the first time since Dec. 6, 2007, at Calgary. ... Pittsburgh, which plays five of its next six at home, will host the Carolina Hurricanes on Friday. The Maple Leafs, home for eight of their next nine, begin a five-game homestand against the Washington Capitals on Saturday.

  • Thursday, November 27, 2014
    Blackhawks 3, Avalanche 2
    By The Sports Xchange

    DENVER -- Left winger Bryan Bickell scored a tie-breaking goal late in the third period, and the Chicago Blackhawks overcame a strong performance from Colorado goaltender Calvin Pickard to beat the Avalanche 3-2 on Wednesday night.

    • Centers Jonathan Toews and Andrew Shaw also scored and goaltender Corey Crawford had 27 saves for the Blackhawks. Right winger Patrick Kane had three assists.

      Pickard stopped a career-high 42 shots but couldn't steal a win for the Avalanche, which had its two-game winning streak stopped.

      Centers Ryan O'Reilly and Max Talbot had goals for Colorado.

      Trailing by a goal entering the third, the Avalanche came out swarming at the start of the period. They tied it at 2 when O'Reilly chipped in a loose puck at 3:36 of the frame.

      Right winger Marian Hossa, who finished with nine shots, nearly gave the Blackhawks the lead when his shot trickled through Pickard's body and to the goal line before the netminder batted it away.

      Bickell got the winner when he swatted Kane's pass by Pickard at 14:43.

      Pickard, who came into Wednesday following two straight wins in relief of goaltender Reto Berra, went off for an extra skater with 2:15 remaining but Colorado could not get the equalizer.

      He shut out the Blackhawks until the 11:50 mark of the second period before Chicago broke through on its fourth power play of the game.

      Defenseman Brent Seabrook's shot from the point snuck through Pickard's pads and Toews knocked it in to tie the game at one after Talbot had opened the scoring earlier in the period. It was Toews' team-leading 10th goal of the season.

      Toews' goal ended Pickard's scoreless streak at 149 minutes, 24 seconds.

      The Blackhawks made it 2-1 less when Shaw's one-timer from the left circle beat Pickard on the short side at 14:21 of the second.

      Colorado had killed off 15 straight power plays before Chicago scored on two straight.

      Talbot gave Colorado the 1-0 lead at 7:35 of the second when he went hard to the net and deflected center Marc-Andre Cliche's pass from the backboards for his second goal of the season.

      NOTES: Chicago C Andrew Shaw returned to the lineup after missing three games with an upper-body injury. ... Avalanche D Erik Johnson did not play after suffering a head injury in Arizona on Tuesday. D Karl Stollery, recalled from Lake Erie on Wednesday, took his place in the lineup. ... Blackhawks LW Patrick Sharp started skating again and could return to action Dec. 3. He has missed nine games with a leg injury. ... Colorado LW Alex Tanguay was back in the lineup. He missed two games after being hit in the face with a shot against Washington on Friday.

  • Thursday, November 27, 2014
    Returning Datsyuk scores twice in Detroit's win
    By The Sports Xchange

    DETROIT -- The Detroit Red Wings are getting accustomed to big returns because they got their second consecutive two-goal game from a player in his first game back in the lineup.

    • Center Pavel Datsyuk scored twice after sitting out four games with a sore groin as the Detroit Red Wings beat the Philadelphia Flyers 5-2 at Joe Louis Arena on Wednesday night.

      Forward Stephen Weiss scored twice on Monday, in his second game of the season, in the Red Wings' 4-3 win against the Ottawa Senators.

      "I feel good. (I haven't played) many games and feels like I had a lot of energy," said Datsyuk, who has seven goals and six assists despite playing in only half of Detroit's 22 games.

      Weiss, who played with Datsyuk and Darren Helm on a line made up of three natural centers, had a goal and an assist Wednesday, and Helm had two assists.

      Right winger Tomas Jurco and center Henrik Zetterberg also scored for Detroit (12-5-5). Defenseman Jakub Kindl had two assists and goaltender Jimmy Howard made 22 saves.

      "In training camp this is what we were aiming for, to get off to this kind of start," Howard said. "We've been doing a great job. Now we'll enjoy some turkey tomorrow and then get to New Jersey (Friday night) and hopefully play another full 60 minutes."

      Center Claude Giroux had a goal and an assist and right winger Jakub Voracek scored for Philadelphia (8-10-3). Goalie Steve Mason stopped 11 shots before being replaced by Ray Emery in the second period. Emery made nine saves.

      "We've got a couple of guys who aren't competing hard enough and the result was goals," Flyers coach Craig Berube said.

      Philadelphia has lost six of its last seven and dropped its last six road games. The players held a meeting among themselves after the game.

      "You never want to see it come to that, but you see the standings, you kind of see things slipping away," Mason said.

      Giroux tied the game at 1, 2:31 into the second period, but Detroit answered with three goals to take a 4-1 lead heading into the third.

      "Second period, we got away from our game and it showed on the scoreboard," Giroux said.

      Jurco broke the tie with 9:42 left in the second when he put in a rebound for his second goal of the season. Datsyuk's first goal of the game, on the power play, came 1:29 later when he scored on a wrist shot from the top of the left circle.

      Berube then pulled Mason in favor of Emery.

      The Flyers' coach said he made the change partially due to Mason's play and partially because he want to wake his team up.

      Datsyuk got his second of the game and seventh of the season when he put in a rebound out of the air with 1:21 remaining in the middle period.

      "He's incredible, stealing pucks, a couple big goals for us at key times when we weren't at our best," Weiss said. "But when you have guys like that who can turn games pretty quickly, he's fun to play with."

      Weiss opened the scoring with 9:48 left in the first period when he tipped Helm's shot past Mason. It was his third goal of the season and the 150th of his career.

      Voracek and Zetterberg traded goals in the third to cap the scoring.

      NOTES: Detroit C Pavel Datsyuk returned after a sore groin forced him to miss the past four games and six of the past eight. ... Philadelphia LW Michael Raffl active after missing eight games with a lower-body injury. D/RW Luke Schenn did not play. ... Detroit RW Joakim Andersson was a healthy scratch. His place on the fourth line was taken by Tomas Jurco, who had been playing on the third unit. ... Also scratched for Detroit were RW Dan Cleary and D Brian Lashoff.

  • Thursday, November 27, 2014
    Tavares keeps Islanders rolling with game-winner
    By The Sports Xchange

    UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- Johnny Boychuk served as the screen on the game-winning goal for John Tavares Wednesday night. But Boychuk didn't need to see the goal by the New York Islanders' center to be convinced of how impressive it was.

    • "I've seen his top 10 plays today," the Islanders defenseman said, referring to the highlight reel that ESPN aired earlier Wednesday on its Canadian version of SportsCenter. "So I know what he can do."

      Tavares produced another contender for his top 10 list Wednesday night, when he scored a spectacular power play goal with 23.2 seconds left in overtime to lift the red-hot Islanders to a 3-2 win over the Washington Capitals in front of a sellout crowd of 16,170 at Nassau Coliseum.

      The Islanders (16-6-0) have won five in a row and 10 of their last 11 to move into a tie for first place in the Metropolitan Division with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

      "Cream is always going to rise to the top," Islanders head coach Jack Capuano said "At the end of the day, 91 (Tavares) gets a big goal for us and 55 (Boychuk) makes a great screen in front of the net."

      The game-winning sequence began with Boychuk exercising caution as time began running out on the Islanders power play, which was generated when Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom was whistled for holding the stick with 2:22 left.

      With nobody open near him and Boychuk unwilling to clear the puck with a no-look backhand, Boychuck deposited the puck down low, where center Ryan Strome picked it up.

      And while Boychuk, who was acquired from the Boston Bruins on Oct. 5, has been with the Islanders for less than two months, he knows enough about Tavares to realize the Islanders captain would try to create something near the faceoff circle.

      "Once he rolled up, I knew I could stay in front of the net and screen him, "Boychuk said.

      Tavares momentarily lost control of the puck upon receiving it, which allowed him to size up Capitals defenseman Karl Alzner. Tavares deked Alzner, who slipped to the ice, and bided his time until Boychuk got into the perfect spot.

      "Their defenseman was sliding over and I could tell I could try to freeze him a little bit and just step into the middle ice and get a good look at the net," Tavares said.

      Tavares shot sailed past Capitals goalie Braden Holtby and set off a wild celebration by the Islanders' second straight sellout crowd. Chants of M-V-P rained down minutes later as Tavares conducted a post-game television interview.

      It was the second consecutive game-winning goal for Tavares. He scored the decisive goal in a 1-0 shootout win over the Philadelphia Flyers on Monday, when he came to a complete stop in front of Flyers goalie Steve Mason and shuffled the puck until he faked out Mason and deposited the puck in the left corner of the net.

      Six of the Islanders last 10 wins have come in overtime or the shootout. Overall this season, New York is 7-0 in overtime or shootout. Minnesota is the only other unbeaten team in overtime, but the Wild has reached overtime just twice.

      "I think we just believe we can win any hockey game we're in, whether we're down, we're up, we're tied, going to a shootout (or have) an opportunity in overtime," Tavares said. "We just feel confident about our group and every guy that goes on the ice to get the job done."

      Center Anders Lee and defenseman Travis Hamonic scored in the first period for the Islanders. Goalie Jaroslov Halak made 25 saves in earning his eighth straight win.

      Left winger Alex Ovechkin scored a pair of power play goals for the Capitals (9-8-4), who have lost two straight and four of six (2-3-1) but still moved into a tie with the New York Rangers for third in the Metropolitan.

      "Start wasn't great, but after that I thought we went toe to toe with a very good hockey team that's playing extremely well," Capitals head coach Barry Trotz said.

      Holtby made 32 saves.

      "That's a good point in this building," Trotz said "I don't look at this as a negative, I look at this as a positive."

      NOTES: The Islanders win snapped a streak of six straight Thanksgiving Eve losses at Nassau Coliseum. The Islanders finished 6-7-1-3 (wins-losses-ties-overtime losses) in Thanksgiving Eve games at Nassau Coliseum, which they are leaving after this season for Brooklyn's Barclays Center. ... The Islanders had a trio of healthy scratches: C Cory Conacher, D Matt Donovan and D Brian Strait. ... The Capitals scratched D Mike Green, who missed his second straight game with an upper-body injury, as well as C Michael Latta. ... LW Alex Ovechkin was in the Capitals' starting lineup after surviving an injury scare Wednesday, when he left Washington's off-day practice due to an upper-body injury.

  • Thursday, November 27, 2014
    Kings miraculously win in Minnesota
    By The Sports Xchange

    SAINT PAUL, Minn. -- The Minnesota Wild rarely lose at home, and the Los Angeles Kings have been brutal on the road this season. So maybe Wednesday night's game was a holiday miracle.

    • Goaltender Martin Jones made 28 saves and the Kings jumped all over the Wild with four goals in the first period and then played 40 minutes of defensive hockey for a 4-0 win.

      Centers Mike Richards and Tyler Toffoli, left winger Dustin Brown and right winger Justin Williams all scored for the Kings, who had won just one of their first nine road games of the season. The Kings improved to 12-6-5 overall, as Jones recorded his fifth career shutout.

      "We defended well and we checked well tonight," Kings coach Darryl Sutter said. "We had good sticks more than anything."

      Minnesota (12-9-0), which had won five of its previous six games, got 12 saves from goalie Niklas Backstrom, who played the last two periods in relief of starter Darcy Kuemper. Of the 10 shots Kuemper faced in the opening period, four ended up in the net.

      "Off night for myself. Just was off a little bit tonight and it cost me," said Kuemper, now 9-7-0. "I felt good this morning, felt good in warmups, just one of those nights where it doesn't really go your way."

      The Wild lost for just the second time at home this season, falling to 7-2-0 at Xcel Energy Center. It was the second time Minnesota has been blanked, and the third shutout for the Kings this season.

      Jones, playing on back-to-back nights for the first time this season, improved to 2-2-1.

      The Kings made the first mark on the scoreboard early in the opening period. Left winger Dwight King's shot from a tough angle deflected off Richards in front of the net, clanking the inside of the left post and landing behind the goalie. It was the second goal in three games for Richards.

      "They certainly took it to us in the first game and we were fortunate to get two points out of that," Richards said, recalling a 2-1 Kings win over Minnesota in Los Angeles last month. "We kind of wanted to punctuate this night and show what we're all about, and we did a little bit. We got some turnovers and capitalized early, and were able to shut the game down."

      Brown made it 2-0 later in the first, capping off a 2-on-1 rush to the net with a wrist shot that trickled between Kuemper's pads.

      "Jones was good, our D were really good defending, and as a result we had a lot more offensive zone time," said Brown who got his 200th career goal on Wednesday. "The first period was all about our rush defense. They're a pretty good rush team and we forced them into turnovers, which allowed us to have our own rush game."

      Things got much worse for the Wild goalie in the waning minutes of the opening period, as Toffoli scored on a solo rush to the net after blocking a Minnesota shot at the far blue line. And Williams added his fifth of the season on a soft shot in the final 10 seconds.

      "Not even close to the way we're supposed to play the game," Wild coach Mike Yeo said. "It's one thing to have energy and to want to go and to want to do the right things, but there's a way that you have to do it."

      NOTES: Veteran Wild D Keith Ballard celebrated two milestones Wednesday. The Minnesota native turned 32, and he skated in his 600th career game. Ballard, who starred at the University of Minnesota, played for the Phoenix Coyotes, Florida Panthers and Vancouver Canucks before returning to his home state as a free agent in 2013. ... Kings C Mike Richards skated in his team-best 202nd consecutive game, but he is still well shy of the franchise record. Los Angeles C Anze Kopitar skated in 330 games without a break between March 2007 and March 2011. ... The Kings play host to the Blackhawks on Saturday. It will be their first meeting with Chicago since Los Angeles needed seven games to eliminate the Blackhawks in the Western Conference finals last spring. ... The Wild head out to play the Dallas Stars on Friday, then return to Minnesota for a four-game homestand.

  • Thursday, November 27, 2014
    Panthers use two goalies to blank Hurricanes
    By The Sports Xchange

    SUNRISE, Fla. -- It's not often a team uses two goalies in a shutout, but that's what happened Wednesday night in the Florida Panthers' 1-0 win over the Carolina Hurricanes at BB&T Center.

    • With 9:38 left in the second period, starter Roberto Luongo suffered an upper-body injury while extending himself on a poke check. Right after getting hurt and before leaving the game, Luongo made a huge glove save on Carolina center Victor Rask.

      "That was maybe the best save of the year," Carolina goalie Cam Ward said.

      After Luongo left, backup Al Montoya came in and held on to the team's first shutout since they beat the Buffalo Sabres 1-0 on Oct. 7.

      "As a goalie, you want pressure on you," Montoya said. "That's why you strap on the pads. I was able to do something and help us out."

      Montoya was especially big in the third period, when Carolina outshot the Panthers 17-5.

      A tripping penalty by Panthers center Derek MacKenzie with 5:10 left in the game added pressure on Montoya. But the Panthers killed off their third penalty of the game and held up even after Carolina pulled Ward with 1:40 remaining.

      "(Montoya) was excellent in the third period," Panthers Coach Gerard Gallant said. "You never want to lose your starting goalie, but when (Montoya) comes in, makes a lot of big saves and gets confidence ..."

      Gallant said the Panthers' trainer told him that Luongo's injury was not serious, but the team will know more Thursday. The Panthers' next game is at home Friday against the Ottawa Senators.

      Before Luongo's injury, the story of the game was that the Panthers got their quickest goal of the season. Center Nick Bjugstad scored 21 seconds into the game, and the goal stood up despite 33 Carolina shots. Montoya had 22 of the 33 saves.

      "We had a great start," Gallant said. "Our first period was excellent. We were fore-checking hard, and we were aggressive. Most of the second, we played pretty well. But in the third period, we got away from the things we were doing. We were watching instead of playing, and they took it to us."

      Florida snapped a two-game losing streak. The Panthers got some measure of revenge against a Hurricanes franchise that swept them in three games last season, winning by a combined score of 11-3.

      Carolina lost for the sixth time in seven games. The Hurricanes are 2-9-2 away from home, which is the worst road record in the NHL.

      Carolina got off to a bad start when Bjugstad scored three seconds quicker than the goal he got last week in San Jose. Center Jonathan Huberdeau, who assisted on Bjugstad's quickie in San Jose, got a point on this one, too.

      The goal also continued a hot streak for Bjugstad, who has six goals in his past six games.

      Florida outshot the Hurricanes 16-5 in the period.

      "It's been a trend through the first 21 games," Carolina defenseman Ron Hainsey said. "We've come out on the wrong side of the first 10 minutes more often than not. We were vastly improved from there (against Florida), but we couldn't get any goals."

      Ward said the scouting report is out on Carolina.

      "We're well aware we've been bad in the first period," he said. "We can't afford to have lackluster first periods like that."

      NOTES: The Hurricanes ($220 million) and Panthers ($190 million) are two of the three least-valuable teams in the NHL, according to Forbes Magazine's annual survey, which was released this week. ... Panthers RW Scottie Upshall (lower body), who just came off the injured list, is hurt again and missed Wednesday's game. ... Panthers C Derek MacKenzie (sick) missed practice on Tuesday but played Wednesday. ... Panthers C Brandon Pirri, who had never played RW before this week, found himself on the wing Wednesday. ... Hurricanes C Jordan Staal (broken leg) is out. ... Carolina called up D Michal Jordan to replace D Brett Bellemore (lower-body injury). ... Carolina scratched D Jay Harrison, LW Chris Terry and C Brad Malone. ... Florida scratched D Colby Robak and C Jimmy Hayes. Panthers D Dylan Olsen, who was scratched in favor of Robak on Monday, was back in the lineup. ... The Hurricanes' five-game road trip ends Friday in Pittsburgh.

  • Thursday, November 27, 2014
    Lightning's Callahan scores twice in win against Rangers
    By The Sports Xchange

    TAMPA -- It was a playoff atmosphere as New York Rangers right-winger Martin St. Louis made his return to the building he called home for 14 years Wednesday night.

    • The Tampa Bay Lightning saw the player they acquired for him last season, right-winger Ryan Callahan, steal the show, scoring two goals in a 4-3 win at Amelie Arena.

      "That was as loud and rowdy as I've heard our building this year -- they were into it, and it was a lot of fun," Lightning coach Jon Cooper said.

      Callahan scored the tying and go-ahead goals, giving him four against his old team in 11 days, and Tampa Bay (15-6-2) improved to 9-2-1 at home, while the Rangers (10-7-4) dropped to 2-4-1 on the road this season.

      "Cally's been a guy who's had an immediate impact on this team, not only what he can do on the ice, but the leadership qualities he has, the person that he is," said center Steven Stamkos, who scored his 15th goal had a goal and added two assists.

      Holding a 3-2 lead in the final period, the Lightning got a cushion with 10:22 left when defenseman Matthew Carle's long shot went through the legs of Rangers defenseman Kevin Klein, then caromed off the right skate of right wing Nikita Kucherov, whose eighth goal was upheld after official review as not being an intentional kick.

      Rangers left-winger Rick Nash scored his 15th goal unassisted with 7:11 left in the third, putting pressure on Lightning goalie Ben Bishop, who held on for the win, even as the Rangers pulled goaltender Henrik Lundqvist in the final two minutes.

      On the ice, it was a quiet return for St. Louis, held scoreless and without a shot in 19:36 of ice time. It was still a special night for St. Louis, who was appreciative of the standing ovation he got at the end of his video tribute, and understanding of the booing he heard as well.

      "It was definitely different for me," St. Louis said. "It was great, brought a lot of memories. I wanted to give them the thank-you they deserved. (Boos) were expected, but I understand. They care."

      After a wild opening period with four goals, three on power plays, the Lightning jumped ahead 3-2 on Callahan's second goal of the night against his former team in the second period.

      Stamkos skated behind the goal and fed a pass to Callahan in front of the net to beat Lundqvist. Callahan, acquired along with draft picks in the St. Louis trade last March, also had two goals in a 5-0 win against the Rangers last week.

      While much of the attention before the game was on St. Louis, the crowd erupted five minutes into play when Stamkos ripped a shot over Lundqvist's left shoulder for a 1-0 lead.

      At the first break in the opening period, the Lightning showed a tribute video to St. Louis on the main boards over the ice, and early boos turned into loud cheers for the longtime Tampa Bay favorite, who left awkwardly late last season after demanding a trade.

      "I figured that was what it was going to be like -- they applaud him on that tribute, then boo him when he touches the puck," said Bishop, now 7-0 in his career against the Rangers. "It was nice to keep him out of the net tonight. It was nice to give our fans a win when they have some fans in the stands, too."

      Seconds after the video, the Rangers tied the game, as Lightning defenseman Andrej Sustr turned the puck over and Nash passed quickly to center Mats Zuccarello for a 1-1 tie on his fourth goal of the season.

      Just two minutes later, when the Lightning drew a bench minor for too many men on the ice, New York took the lead on a power-play goal by former Tampa Bay defenseman Dan Boyle.

      New York's lead didn't last long either, as Nash drew a double-minor for high-sticking and roughing and the Callahan scored on the power play.

      "(Tampa's) puck possession, that means being strong on D, take it away from them and vice versa, when you're in their end, hold onto pucks and make some plays," Boyle said. "That's the key and we probably could have used a little more of that."

      NOTES: The Rangers' lone scratch was RW Lee Stempniak, while the Lightning didn't dress D Eric Brewer, RW J.T. Brown and rookie LW Jonathan Drouin. ... While the spotlight was on Martin St. Louis' first game back to Tampa, it was also a reunion for three Lightning players -- RW Ryan Callahan, D Anton Stralman and C Brian Boyle -- who all played for the Rangers last season. They had a homecoming last week in the Lightning's 5-1 win at Madison Square Garden. ... The teams finish their season series with a third game Monday night at MSG.

  • Thursday, November 27, 2014
    Jets continue winning ways on road in Buffalo
    By The Sports Xchange

    BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The Winnipeg Jets continue to find ways to win on the road, and they aren't looking for style points along the way.

    • The Jets defeated the Buffalo Sabres 2-1 Wednesday night behind a solid defensive effort for their second road win in as many nights.

      "It's what we're good at," Winnipeg coach Paul Maurice said. "That's the kind of people that we have. They're a highly competitive group and we can suffer some adversity over the course of the game and manage to survive."

      Center Bryan Little and right winger Michael Frolik scored for the Jets (12-9-3), who also beat the Columbus Blue Jackets, 4-2, on Tuesday. Those goals helped Winnipeg improve to 8-4-2 on the road compared to their 4-5-1 home mark.

      "I just think we keep things really simple on the road," Little said. "We bring our work boots and keep it simple. There's not really any simple remedy to how we play.

      "It wasn't the prettiest game by any standards but we had a couple huge penalty kills, the power play came through again. It was ugly but we'll take it."

      Little opened the scoring 3:41 into the first period on the power play. After receiving the puck inside the left circle, Little paused to avoid a sliding Sabres defenseman before putting a wrist shot home for his eighth goal of the season and third in as many games.

      Frolik made it 2-0 on a short-handed goal with 5:40 left in the second period following a terrible giveaway by Buffalo defenseman Andre Benoit.

      Benoit, who was in the lineup after Tyler Myers suffered a lower-body injury, had a giveaway on a sloppy pass behind the Buffalo net. Frolik then skated out and lifted a backhand shot past Sabres goaltender Jhonas Enroth for his fifth goal of the season.

      Right winger Chris Stewart scored for the Sabres (6-14-2), who were sluggish and saw a three-game winning streak come to an end. Enroth made 24 saves.

      "That first period and a half or so, I thought our hands were handling that puck like a grenade," Sabres head coach Ted Nolan said. "It just kept bouncing and bouncing. That third period we played the way we have to in order to be successful."

      Stewart got the Sabres on the board 5:30 into the third with a breakaway goal. After a Winnipeg shot was blocked at the Buffalo blue line, Stewart raced down the ice and put a backhand attempt past Pavelec.

      Buffalo's best moments came during a short stretch in the third period when the Jets showed signs of fatigue. But Winnipeg's defense held strong and goalie Ondrej Pavelec came through when tested.

      Pavelec made 19 saves and his best stop came on a 2-on-1 midway through the third period.

      "Every time the game is like that -- something's coming," Pavelec said. "It's never like that for 60 minutes. We knew that if they played like that for two periods, they're coming. We knew it. They had a few chances. I'm happy that they scored only goal. We found a way. The guys helped me in the first two periods, and it was up to me to help them in the third."

      Added Maurice: "I thought a couple things affected us in the third period and it was the worst possible situation, we're running three lines and there's no timeouts in the last 10 minutes of that game. I'm looking at the clock expecting two more (stoppages) and we'll be able to reset and get some rest. We played a really solid game through two (periods) I thought we did a good job staying in our structure even when we were 100 percent sure what was coming the other way."

      A scary moment came just before Frolik's goal when Sabres right winger Patrick Kaleta was sent into the boards on a hit from behind by Jets left winger Adam Lowry. Kaleta immediately went to the Sabres locker room and Lowry was given a game misconduct penalty in addition to a five-minute major.

      Buffalo was unable to score on the ensuing power play and gave up the Frolik's goal seconds into the five-on-four advantage. Kaleta eventually returned to the game.

      It was Kaleta's first game back in the lineup since suffering a torn ACL last October.

      "It felt good (to come back) but we lost so it's obviously not good enough," Kaleta said. "So back to the drawing board."

      NOTES: D Tyler Myers (lower body) and C Cody McCormick were scratched for the Sabres. ... LW TJ Galiardi, D Toby Enstrom and C Mathieu Perreault were scratched for the Jets. ... This was the 54th game between the teams and the first of two meetings this season. Their next meeting is Dec. 16 in Winnipeg. ... Winnipeg RW Chris Thorburn entered the NHL with the Sabres, who drafted him 50th overall in 2001. Jets D Adam Pardy also played for the Sabres, during the 2012-13 season.

  • Wednesday, November 26, 2014
    NHL roundup: Penguins LW Bennett injured again
    By The Sports Xchange

    Pittsburgh Penguins left winger Beau Bennett just can't seem to stay healthy.

    • After missing the first 13 games of the season with a lower-body injury, Bennett was hurt again Monday night in a game against the Boston Bruins and is expected to be out for a few weeks because of the same issue.

      Since Bennett was the 20th overall pick in the 2010 draft, he has battled health problems. Last season, he was out for almost two-thirds of the season with a wrist injury.

      This year in training camp, a collision with teammate Kasperi Kapanen led to Bennett's latest medical issue and sidelined him for six weeks.

      Bennett returned to make his season debut on Nov. 11 against the New York Rangers. His best game since coming back was a one-goal, three-point night last Tuesday against the Montreal Canadiens.

      "When you look at the injuries he's had, it's just the way things happen," Penguins coach Mike Johnston said, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. "Maybe it's just a stroke of bad luck. He's trained hard. He was ready for the start of the season. I'm convinced it's just one of those things."

      ---The Calgary Flames placed veteran forward Devin Setoguchi on waivers, activated forward David Jones from injured reserve and assigned forward Corban Knight to the Adirondack Flames of the American Hockey League.

      Setoguchi, 27, had no points in just over 12 minutes of ice time per game. His last appearance for the Flames was in a 5-4 shootout win over the New Jersey Devils on Saturday night when he played for 7:35.

      Jones had been out with an upper-body injury since Nov. 15.

      Knight played in two games with Calgary after starting the season with Adirondack, where he had five goals and three assists in 16 games.

      ---The St. Louis Blues summoned goaltender Jordan Binnington from the Chicago Wolves of the AHL on an emergency recall after Brian Elliott suffered a lower-body injury on Tuesday night against the Ottawa Senators.

      Jake Allen relieved Elliott in goal and lost in a shootout. The two goalies have split time in net this season for the Blues, with Elliott getting 14 starts and Allen nine.

      The 21-year-old Binnington has played in nine games for the Wolves this season and has a 6-2-1 record with a 1.89 goals-against average and a .925 save percentage.

      ---The Edmonton Oilers placed winger Benoit Pouliot on injured reserve and recalled defenseman Oscar Klefbom from the Oklahoma City Barons of the AHL.

      Pouliot suffered a broken foot Friday in a loss to the New Jersey Devils and is expected to miss five or six weeks.

      Klefbom, 21, has registered eight points in nine games with the Barons this season. He was up with the Oilers for two games earlier this season.

  • Wednesday, November 26, 2014
    Oilers put Pouliot on IR, recall Klefbom
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Edmonton Oilers placed winger Benoit Pouliot on injured reserve Wednesday and recalled defenseman Oscar Klefbom from the Oklahoma City Barons of the AHL.

    • Pouliot suffered a broken foot Friday in a loss to the New Jersey Devils and is expected to miss five or six weeks.

      Klefbom, 21, has registered eight points in nine games with the Barons this season. He was up with the Oilers for two games earlier this season.

  • Wednesday, November 26, 2014
    Flames activate Jones, demote Knight
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Calgary Flames activated forward David Jones from injured reserve Wednesday and assigned forward Corban Knight to the Adirondack Flames of the American Hockey League.

    • Jones had been out with an upper-body injury since Nov. 15.

      Knight played in two games with Calgary after starting the season with Adirondack, where he had five goals and three assists in 16 games.

  • Wednesday, November 26, 2014
    Blues call up goalie after injury
    By The Sports Xchange

    The St. Louis Blues summoned goaltender Jordan Binnington from the Chicago Wolves of the American Hockey League on an emergency recall Wednesday after Brian Elliott suffered a lower body injury on Tuesday night.

    • Elliott left Tuesday's game against the Ottawa Senators in the second period with a lower-body injury. Jake Allen relieved Elliott in goal and lost in a shootout.

      The two goalies have split time in net this season for the Blues, with Elliott getting 14 starts and Allen nine.

      The 21-year-old Binnington has played in nine games for the Wolves this season and has a 6-2-1 record with a 1.89 goals-against average and a .925 save percentage. Last season, he posted a 23-13-3 record while playing for Kalamazoo in the East Coast Hockey League.

      Allen, 24, has a 6-2-1 record with a .920 save percentage and a 2.12 goals-against average for the Blues this season.

      Last season, Allen went 33-16-3 with a 2.03 goals-against average and a .928 save percentage in the AHL.

      The Blues' next game is Friday against the Edmonton Oilers.

  • Wednesday, November 26, 2014
    Flames waive Setoguchi
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Calgary Flames placed veteran forward Devin Setoguchi on waivers Wednesday after playing in 12 games this season.

    • The 27-year-old Setoguchi had no points in just over 12 minutes of ice time per game. His last appearance for the Flames was in a 5-4 shootout win over the New Jersey Devils on Saturday night when he played for 7:35.

      A 2005 first-round draft pick, Setoguchi has moved between four teams -- the San Jose Sharks, Minnesota Wild, Winnipeg Jets and the Flames -- in the past five years.

      If the former 30-goal scorer remains unclaimed by another organization, he would be eligible to go to Calgary’s AHL Adirondack affiliate. Setoguchi has a one-year, $750,000 contract this season.

  • Wednesday, November 26, 2014
    More injury trouble for Penguins' Bennett
    By The Sports Xchange

    Pittsburgh Penguins left winger Beau Bennett just can't seem to stay healthy.

    • After missing the first 13 games of the season with a lower-body injury, Bennett was hurt again Monday night in a game against the Boston Bruins and is expected to be out for a few weeks because of the same issue.

      Since Bennett was the 20th overall pick in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, he has battled health problems. Last season, he was out for almost two-thirds of the regular season with a wrist injury.

      This year in training camp, a collision with teammate Kasperi Kapanen led to Bennett's latest medical issue and sidelined him for six weeks.

      Bennett returned to make his season debut on Nov. 11 against the New York Rangers. His best game since coming back was a one-goal, three-point night last Tuesday against the Montreal Canadiens.

      "When you look at the injuries he's had, it's just the way things happen," Penguins coach Mike Johnston said, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. "Maybe it's just a stroke of bad luck. He's trained hard. He was ready for the start of the season. I'm convinced it's just one of those things."

  • Wednesday, November 26, 2014
    Ducks hang on to defeat Flames
    By The Sports Xchange

    ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Once they split goaltending duties, now Jonas Hiller and Frederik Andersen have split a pair of bouts against each other this season.

    • Andersen's Anaheim Ducks defeated Hiller's new club, the Calgary Flames, 3-2 at Honda Center Tuesday. One week earlier, the Flames rallied to beat the Ducks 4-3 in a shootout at Calgary.

      "They came back and beat us in the third when we were in their building, so it's good to hold them off and keep it out of overtime," Ducks left winger Matt Beleskey said.

      Hiller faced 29 shots and blocked 26, while Andersen made 32 of 34 saves for Anaheim, including several strong stops against an aggressive, third-period push by Calgary.

      "When he's on top of his game, that's what he does. He's a great goaltender and he makes those saves," Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau said.

      The Ducks got goals from right wingers Kyle Palmieri and Corey Perry, as well as Beleskey, who also contributed an assist. Defenseman T.J. Brodie and right winger Jiri Hudler scored for Calgary.

      After the Ducks went up 3-0 after two periods, Calgary got one back 11:02 into the third period. Brodie scored his fifth goal of the season, as center Sean Monahan found him in the high slot off a 4-on-4 cycle play.

      "We play better when we're down a goal because I think guys are less worried about making mistakes," said Brodie, lamenting their early deficit.

      The Flames pulled their goaltender for the extra attacker with well over three minutes remaining. With 3:11 to play, they appeared to have trimmed the Anaheim lead to 3-2, but video review confirmed that left winger Johnny Gaudreau's skate directed the puck into the net with a distinct kicking motion.

      Calgary would indeed draw to within a goal with 25 seconds left, when their 6-on-5 effort culminated in Hudler's deflection of defenseman Mark Giordano's blast from the right point for Hudler's eighth goal of the campaign.

      "They just play as a desperate team, you see it with all their comeback wins and comeback points: They're a team that never gives up," Palmieri said.

      Anaheim received a favorable bounce to open the scoring. Beleskey's centering pass was redirected into the Calgary net by the skate of Flames defenseman Kris Russell to establish a 1-0 Ducks lead 4:37 into the game. It was Beleskey's 10th goal of the season, surpassing his total from last season and putting him one shy of his career high a mere 23 games into the season.

      "When you're hot, you're hot," Beleskey said. "There's times you can't buy a goal and today you get one off the foot."

      Perry put the Ducks up 2-0 5:04 into the second period with his 12th goal of the season. Defenseman Francois Beauchemin launched a shot toward the net, which hit a pile of bodies before Perry poked the loose puck in from close range.

      "Getzalf and Perry, they're not franchise players for nothing," Flames coach Bob Hartley said. "Tonight they played like the leaders of this organization. We had no answer for them."

      Anaheim made it 3-0 with just 16 seconds left in the middle frame. A pivoting Palmieri lost his footing down low but swept the puck into the net off his backhand as he fell to the ground for his third goal of the season. Left winger Rene Bourque, a former Flame, picked up his first point as a member of the Ducks by assisting on the goal.

      "That's a goal-scorer's goal," Boudreau said. "You look at the Sidney Crosbys and the Ovechkins, they find ways to score these things."

      NOTES: Ducks D Francois Beachemin sustained an upper-body injury during Tuesday's game and did not return. His injury will be updated Wednesday or Thursday. ... RW Tim Jackman dressed in place of scratched C Rickard Rakell for Anaheim, leaving LW Devante Smith-Pelly to play an NHL game at center for the first time. ... Anaheim assigned LW Emerson Etem and C William Karlsson to its AHL affiliate in Norfolk, Va. ... Ducks D Clayton Stoner (illness) was cleared to rejoin the team but did not dress Tuesday. He could be back in action later this week. ... Anaheim was without D Ben Lovejoy (finger), D Mark Fistric (back), G John Gibson (groin) and LW Dany Heatley (groin). ... Out of action for the Flames were C Mikael Backlund (abdomen), C Sam Bennett (shoulder), C Joe Colborne (wrist), C Matt Stajan (knee), LW Mason Raymond (upper body) and RW David Jones (upper body). ... G Jonas Hiller made his return to Anaheim, where he played seven seasons before signing with Calgary as a free agent last summer. ... The Ducks have won 19 straight meetings against the Flames at Honda Center.

  • Wednesday, November 26, 2014
    Miller, Canucks blank Devils
    By The Sports Xchange

    VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Ryan Miller has never been a big shutout guy, only once recording as many as six in one season.

    • The Vancouver Canucks goalie earned one of his easiest shutouts Tuesday night, blanking the New Jersey Devils 2-0 at Rogers Arena.

      Miller stopped 20 shots for his second shutout of the season. Right winger Alex Burrows scored the winner in the second period, and center Shawn Matthias added the clincher in the third period.

      "Every game is unique, and (the Devils) didn't have a lot going on early," said Miller, who is tied for the league lead in victories with Nashville's Pekka Rinne, each with 14. "You've got to be awake for those type of games."

      The Canucks (15-6-1) had 10 shots on New Jersey goalie Cory Schneider before the Devils managed one on Miller, a floater from the point 3:31 into the game.

      New Jersey, playing its final game of a four-game Western Canada road trip, looked as if it couldn't wait to get back home, although the Devils had a two-day rest before Tuesday's game.

      The Devils (9-10-3) didn't created a good scoring chance until Miller stopped center Stephen Gionta on a two-on-one at 6:45 of the third period. Miller denied left winger Dainius Zubrus in the slot a minute later.

      "That's kind of how it's been this year," said Schneider, who is winless in three starts against his old team. "We were pushing late, trying to get chances and looks, and all of a sudden it's 2-0.

      "It's tough to come back against a team like Vancouver, they come fast and they move the puck. They're one of the better teams we've seen."

      The Canucks got on the scoreboard at 1:14 of the second period after defenseman Kevin Bieksa corralled a clearing attempt by Devils defenseman Marek Zidlicky at the blue line.

      Bieksa sent a slap pass to Burrows at Schneider's far side, and Zidlicky didn't cover the Vancouver right winger as Burrows tapped the puck into a wide-open net.

      It was Burrows' fifth goal in 17 games. Last season, he managed just five goals in 49 games during an injury-riddled campaign.

      Burrows also grazed a hard wrist shot off the post at 9:30 of the third period on a two-on-one.

      "I used to score on (Schneider) in practice sometimes with that shot," he said.

      Bieksa, whose wife was sitting with Schneider's wife in the stands, also wired a hard shot that hit Schneider on the mask during the Canucks' opening-game flurry.

      "He apologized for that," Schneider said. "I don't know if that one got away from him."

      Playing its second full game without defenseman Dan Hamhuis, Vancouver saw its remaining corps of defenders dig hard.

      Luca Sbisa was a physical presence. Ryan Stanton, two games off being a healthy scratch, had an assist and was plus-1.

      "They played tough," Canucks coach Willie Desjardins said of his defensemen. "The Devils have some high-end guys, so you can't get too aggressive or they'll make you pay.

      "At the same time, if you're not aggressive enough, they'll take advantage of that."

      Miller improved to 14-3-0.

      Schneider, who started New Jersey's first 20 games before getting a break on Saturday at Calgary, stopped 34 of 36 shots. He fell to 9-9-2.

      New Jersey finished its four-game trip 1-2-1.

      The Canucks, who went 2-0-1 on a three-game homestand, now head out on a seven-game Eastern road trip.

      NOTES: Canucks RW Jannik Hansen had his scoring streak end after scoring five goals in the previous three games. ... The Canucks paid a pregame tribute to Pat Quinn, who died at 71 Sunday. Quinn juggled roles as Vancouver's president, GM and coach from 1987-97. A two-time coach of the year and coach of Canada's 2002 Olympic gold-medal team, his record of 35 straight unbeaten games with the 1979-80 Philadelphia Flyers still stands. ... Canucks RW Alex Burrows (upper body) returned after two games. ... Canucks C Bo Horvat, 19, was told he will stay with the club and not be sent down to junior hockey. ... Devils G Cory Schneider, 0-0-2 vs. the Canucks last season, was Vancouver's first pick (26th overall) in 2004. He was traded for New Jersey's first round selection in 2013, which the Canucks used to take Horvat ninth overall. ... Out injured: Devils LW Ryane Clowe (concussion), D Bryce Salvador (lower body), D Jon Merrill (hand); Canucks D Dan Hamhuis (leg), LW Tom Sestito (groin).

  • Wednesday, November 26, 2014
    NHL game roundup: Ryan lifts Sens past Blues in shootout
    By The Sports Xchange

    ST. LOUIS -- Right winger Bobby Ryan scored the only goal in the shootout, lifting the Ottawa Senators to a 3-2 win over the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday night.

    • Goalie Robin Lehner stopped all three St. Louis shots in the shootout from right winger T.J. Oshie, left winger Alexander Steen and right winger Vladimir Tarasenko.

      Blues goaltender Jake Allen stopped the first two Ottawa shooters, center Kyle Turris and left wing Mike Hoffman, before Ryan was able to score the game-winner and complete the Senators' comeback from a 2-0 deficit.

      Ottawa sent the game to overtime with two goals in the third period by right wingers Alex Chiasson and Erik Condra.

      Defenseman Ian Cole and left winger Alexander Steen scored for the Blues

      Predators 4, Kings 3 (SO)

      NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Left winger James Neal scored the shootout's only goal in the sixth round as Nashville knocked off Los Angeles at sold-out Bridgestone Arena.

      Center Craig Smith, defenseman Ryan Ellis and left winger Eric Nystrom scored in regulation for Nashville while defenseman Jamie McBain, right winger Marian Gaborik and defenseman Drew Doughty scored for Los Angeles.

      Goaltender Martin Jones finished with 30 saves with Los Angeles while Nashville's Pekka Rinne managed 18.

      Jets 4, Blue Jackets 2

      COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Winnipeg center Bryan Little scored nine seconds into the game, sending his team off and running to a win over Columbus at Nationwide Arena.

      Left winger Evander Kane scored two goals for Winnipeg, while Little and left winger Andrew Ladd each had a goal and an assist. Defenseman Jacob Trouba and right winger Blake Wheeler had two assists apiece.

      Columbus got goals from defenseman Jordan Leopold and center Ryan Johansen, but they lost their fourth straight game and fell to 2-11-2 since Oct. 23.

      Stars 3, Oilers 2

      DALLAS -- Center Tyler Seguin had two goals and defenseman John Klingberg a goal and an assist as Dallas defeated Edmonton at American Airlines Center.

      Both Seguin's goals came in the second period, increasing his league-leading total to 17.

      Edmonton got goals from center Boyd Gordon while shorthanded late in the first period and center Taylor Hall early in the third.

      Avalanche 4, Coyotes 3 (OT)

      GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Colorado center Daniel Briere was credited with the game-winning goal in overtime when his centering pass bounced off Arizona center Martin Hanzal to win at the Gila River Arena.

      Goaltender Calvin Pickard, who replaced starter Reto Berra after the Coyotes took their 3-0 lead in the first 10:53, had 26 saves in 53 minutes.

      Center Antoine Vermette, defenseman Michael Stone and Tobias Rieder scored in regulation for Arizona while left winger Gabriel Landeskog scored twice and center Matt Duchene onece for Colorado.

      Ducks 3, Flames 2

      ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Goaltender Frederik Andersen made 32 saves, leading Anaheim past Calgary.

      Flames goalie Jonas Hiller stopped 26 shots.

      The Ducks got goals from right wingers Kyle Palmieri and Corey Perry and left winger Matt Beleskey, who also contributed an assist. Defenseman T.J. Brodie and right winger Jiri Hudler scored for Calgary.

      After the Ducks went up 3-0 after two periods, Calgary got two back in the third period but couldn't manage an equalizer.

      Canucks 2, Devils 0

      VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Ryan Miller earned his 14th win in 17 games this season, and Vancouver beat New Jersey.

      Miller's second shutout of the season kept him tied with Nashville's Pekka Rinne, who also won Tuesday, for the league lead in goaltender victories.

      Vancouver right winger Alex Burrows' second-period goal stood up as the winner. Center Shawn Matthias, with his third of the season, added an insurance goal on a short-handed breakaway with 5:23 to play in the third period.

  • Wednesday, November 26, 2014
    Avs erase 3-0 deficit, down Coyotes in OT
    By The Sports Xchange

    GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The Colorado Avalanche found a recent strategy that works, although they do not want to make it a regular tactic.

    • Colorado recovered from a three-goal deficit for a second consecutive game behind reserve goalie Calvin Pickard, this time taking a 4-3 victory over the Arizona Coyotes on center Daniel Briere's overtime goal Tuesday at Gila River Arena.

      The Avalanche trailed 3-0 after 10:53 of the first period, when Pickard replaced starter Reto Berra. On Friday, the Avalanche overcame a 3-0 deficit to beat Carolina 4-3 when Pickard shut out the Hurricanes for the final 43 minutes in a relief role.

      "You feel confident, absolutely, but at the same time it sucks a lot of energy out of you to mentally regroup when it is 3-0 on the scoreboard after 10 minutes," said left winger Gabriel Landeskog, who scored Colorado's first two goals Tuesday. "We don't want to get in the habit of doing this every night, but it certainly builds confidence for the future."

      In overtime, Briere's centering pass bounced off Martin Hanzal's stick as the Arizona center attempted to clear it in front of the net. The puck then went through goalie Mike Smith's legs with 1:44 remaining.

      "They don't ask how, just how many," said Briere, who has four goals this season and 306 in a career that started with the Coyotes in 1997-98. "I got a lucky break on this one, but I'll definitely take it."

      Pickard made 25 saves as the Avalanche (8-9-5) won for the fourth time in five games.

      "He did a really good job against Carolina the other night, and he was again perfect," Colorado coach Patrick Roy said. "He battles out there and he competes."

      Center Antoine Vermette, defenseman Michael Stone and center Tobias Rieder scored for Arizona in the first 10:53, but Colorado scored once in the second period and twice in the first five minutes of the third period to tie the game.

      Landeskog posted goals at 5:49 of the second period and 1:36 of the third, both on shots from point blank range. He has six goals this season. Avalanche center Matt Duchene produced the tying goal 4:05 into the third period.

      Duchene's goal came on a shot from behind the net that bounced off left winger Lauri Korpikoski's stick and past Smith.

      "We had some breaks to get the lead, and they got some breaks to get back in the game," Arizona coach Dave Tippett said. "When you shoot it in your own net, that's a bad break."

      Smith made 29 saves for the Coyotes (9-11-3), who lost their past four home games in the final three minutes of the third period or overtime. Smith is 4-11-2 this season.

      "We had a good handle on the game after the first period and let it get away," said Stone, who tied a career high with two points.

      Berra, starting for injured Avalanche regular Semyon Varlamov, has allowed nine goals on 37 shots the past three games. He was pulled in the first period in each of the past two.

      NOTES: Coyotes C Martin Hanzal, who missed seven of the first 22 games with assorted injuries, was back on the ice Tuesday. He finished minus-1 and put four shots on goal in 18:37 of ice time. ... Colorado LW Alex Tanguay, the Avalanche's leading scorer, missed his second straight game after being hit in the face by slap shot from Washington RW Alex Ovechkin last Thursday. Tanguay, who has seven goals, has been hit in the face by pucks three times in recent weeks. ... Coyotes G Devan Dubnyk (5-0-1) sat out in favor of G Mike Smith, who is now 8-1-4 in 13 starts against Colorado. ... The Coyotes are 5-1-3 in their past nine games against Colorado. ... Coyotes RW Shane Doan played in his 1,338th game Tuesday, 48th in NHL history. The only active payer with more goals is New Jersey RW Jaromir Jagr.

  • Wednesday, November 26, 2014
    Stars take advantage of Oilers mistakes in win
    By The Sports Xchange

    DALLAS -- The Dallas Stars pounced on a costly Edmonton Oilers mistake late in the second period, resulting in the eventual game-winner by center Tyler Seguin, one of two goals for Seguin, as Dallas held on for a 3-2 victory Tuesday at American Airlines Center.

    • Edmonton couldn't clear the puck from behind their goal and after Dallas right winger Patrick Eaves dug it out, Stars left winger and captain Jamie Benn fed Seguin in the high slot. Seguin beat Oilers goaltender Viktor Fasth with a wrist shot over his left shoulder with 2:18 left in the second.

      Dallas led 3-1 after two and Edmonton made it a one-goal game when center Taylor Hall scored his 100th career goal early in the third, but the Oilers couldn't find an equalizer.

      "We played a smart third period," Stars head coach Lindy Ruff said. "There really was only a bad shift after I called a timeout."

      Seguin also scored earlier in the second, beating Fasth with a backhand after a great pass from rookie defenseman John Klingberg from the Dallas zone as the Stars caught the Oilers on a line change.

      "Obviously, I think my teammates, linemates set me up well," Seguin said. "Things have been clicking and I've been shooting the puck a bit more than I have than in previous years."

      The circumstances surrounding Seguin's first goal was a sore spot for Oilers head coach Dallas Eakins.

      "I don't even know what to say about it," Eakins said. "It's mind numbing that at this level we would try to change there."

      Goaltender Kari Lehtonen stopped 35 shots for the Stars (9-9-4), who won their third straight.

      Edmonton (6-14-2), which has now lost seven straight, got goals from center Boyd Gordon while shorthanded late in the first and Hall early in the third.

      Dallas struck first when Klingberg delivered another highlight-reel goal, a slapshot from beyond the Edmonton blue line 12:49 into the game. Stars center Jason Spezza won a faceoff against Oilers center Leon Draisaitl on the left side of the neutral zone.

      Klingberg gained possession on the right side and after taking several strides, launched a 74-foot blast that beat Fasth low on his glove side. It was Klingberg's third goal in eight NHL games. Klingberg now has a five-game point streak.

      With two minutes left in the first, Seguin almost converted from the right circle with the Stars on the power play. However, Seguin's slapshot rang the near post.

      However, the visitors answered late in the first when Gordon scored a shorthanded goal 30 seconds before intermission. Oilers defenseman Jeff Petry was trying to clear the puck from the Edmonton zone when Stars defenseman Trevor Daley failed to intercept near the Edmonton blue line.

      Gordon got the puck just beyond the Dallas blue line and, after Lehtonen made a pad save on his initial effort, a wrist shot at close range, Gordon tapped in the carom for his fourth of the season.

      Sandwiched between the Seguin's pair in in the second was a disallowed goal by center Cody Eakin, who had apparently scored at 9:02 but saw his goal waved off after Stars center Ryan Garbutt pushed Petry into Fasth.

      Hall's goal, his eighth 5:59 into the third, made it 3-2. Hall knocked in a nifty backhand pass from right winger Jordan Eberle, beating Lehtonen with a snap to the far post.

      "I'm very proud of Taylor Hall," Eakins said. "He's growing. He's turning into a leader right in front of us. You could argue that he is the best left winger in the game."

      Eakin prevented a game-tying goal from center Ryan Nugent-Hopkins with 4:14 remaining when he cleared a shot that had gotten behind Lehtonen out of the Dallas crease.

      Fasth stopped 31 shots, including denying Seguin's bid for a hat trick with 1:45 remaining before leaving the ice with 25 seconds remaining.

      Edmonton had one final chance with nine seconds remaining but left winger David Perron hit the crossbar on a wraparound.

      NOTES: Oilers D Keith Aulie, LW Jesse Joensuu and LW Benoit Pouliot (foot) were scratched. ... Stars D Jordie Benn and C Colton Sceviour were scratched. ... Oilers LW Luke Gazdic, who spent six years in the Dallas organization before being claimed off waivers by Edmonton last September, made his season debut on the right side of the Oilers' third line alongside C Leon Draisaitl and RW Nail Yakupov. ... Stars LW Ryan Garbutt returned to the right side of the fourth line after missing Dallas' past three games with an upper-body injury. ... Edmonton is beginning a three-game road trip. ... Stars RW Ales Hemsky and C Shawn Horcoff once played for the Oilers. ... Tuesday marks the first game for Edmonton goaltending coach Justin Schwartz, who replaced Frederic Chabot, who was relieved of his duties on Monday. Schwartz was previously the goaltending coach for the WHL's Edmonton Oil Kings.

  • Wednesday, November 26, 2014
    Senators rally for shootout victory
    By The Sports Xchange

    ST. LOUIS -- Bobby Ryan and the Ottawa Senators could have been excused if they felt a little discouraged after the second period of their game Tuesday night against the St. Louis Blues.

    • Trailing 2-0, and playing for the second night in a row on the road, the Senators -- who had lost six of their previous eight games -- could have packed up and skated through the third period just so they could get the game over with and hope for better results on another night.

      Their attitude, however, was completely the opposite.

      "I think when we came in after the second we really weren't down," Ryan said, after the Senators rallied for a 3-2 shootout victory. "I think we thought physically and emotionally we were still invested in the game. We got the ugly one to start us rolling."

      The Senators cut the Blues lead to 2-1 on right wing Erik Condra's first goal of the season 7:55 into the period, but they still were down when they pulled goalie Robin Lehner for an extra attacker in the final two minutes.

      The move paid off when right wing Alex Chiasson scored with 41 seconds left in regulation to send the game to overtime.

      Ryan barely missed winning the game for the Senators in the extra period when his shot hit the post, but he -- and Lehner -- made the most of their chances in the shootout as the Senators earned the victory.

      Lehner shut down the Blues' usual shootout stars, right wing T.J. Oshie, left wing Alexander Steen and right wing Vladimir Tarasenko, and Ryan, the third Ottawa shooter, scored the only shootout goal for the victory..

      "They have fantastic players," Lehner said. "They are very good. You just have to be patient. It was nice."

      When Lehner stopped Tarasenko, that brought Ryan to the ice to shoot against goalie Jake Allen, who had replaced starter Brian Elliott because of an injury midway through the second period.

      "It was low, on the glove side," Ryan said. "I really try to feather it in, but I didn't get as much on it as I like. Maybe that was a benefit."

      The win was important for the Senators, who had lost Monday night in Detroit, and also lost a 3-2 game to the Blues on Saturday in Ottawa.

      "It was very important for our team to come back here and get two points," Lehner said. "We just need to trust our system and keep working and we will get rewarded. We kept with it and didn't change and got rewarded. It was good for our group to see that and stick with it. We have to take the opportunities that come to us."

      The loss might have been costly to the Blues, who will know more about the extent of Elliott's injury on Wednesday. He appeared to hurt his right leg in a collision with Condra in a scramble in front of the net.

      "It's definitely hard to see a teammate get hurt and not be able to finish the game, especially when you're Brian Elliott, who cares so much about playing well, cares so much about winning, especially against one of his former team," said defenseman Ian Cole, who scored his first goal for the Blues.

      "For him to not to finish a game, obviously something must be wrong. There were guys falling everywhere, bodies everywhere, so it was tough to see what actually happened."

      It was easy for Blues coach Ken Hitchcock to see what happened to his team, however.

      "We played really poor. We didn't play well at all," Hitchcock said. "Our attention to detail has to change. We really lacked detail in our game and that's what losing hockey is. When you don't have detail in your game eventually you crack. Both goals we didn't block shots, we didn't get in lanes. Both goals we gave up easy entries. You don't do that stuff if you are paying attention to detail."

      NOTES: After missing his first game since 2004 on Sunday, ending his iron man streak at 737 consecutive regular-season games, Blues D Jay Bouwmeester was sidelined again Tuesday due to a lower-body injury. He is expected back for the Blues' next game, Friday against the visiting Edmonton Oilers. ... D Barret Jackman moved into third place on the career list for most games played for the Blues on Tuesday, his 745th game for the team. He trails Bernie Federko (927) and Brian Sutter (779). ... Ottawa D Chris Phillips participated in the morning skate but missed his third consecutive game with an undisclosed injury. ... LW Milan Michalek and C Mika Zibanejad were both healthy scratches for Ottawa, missing their first games of the season. ...Tuesday night's game was the second of a five-game trip for the Senators, who play Friday at Florida.

  • Wednesday, November 26, 2014
    Predators continue surprise start with win over Kings
    By The Sports Xchange

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Nashville Predators center Craig Smith stood in front of his locker and pondered the question.

    • Was Tuesday night's 4-3 shootout win over the defending Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings another "measuring stick" game for his team?

      "We're measuring ourselves against ourselves right now," Smith said. "We're just worrying about getting better in here. If you start worrying about other teams and how you size up against them, you can get in a little bit of a mind game."

      By whatever system one wants to measure Nashville, it's stacking up pretty well against the best of the Western Conference. In improving to 14-5-2 overall and 8-1-1 in Bridgestone Arena, it outshot Los Angeles 33-21, consistently generating good scoring chances from three of its four lines and its talented defense corps.

      Goalkeeper Pekka Rinne (14-3-1) stopped all six shots he saw in the shootout, denying left winger Dwight King after Predators left winger James Neal scored the shootout's only goal.

      Simply put, Nashville continues to pile up points for first-year coach Peter Laviolette while appearing more comfortable in his system, which stresses attacking on both ends of the ice.

      "It's a different team from last year," left winger Eric Nystrom said. "Different guys, different coach, different everything. We think we have a good group of guys here. We've played in some big games here and found ways to (win)."

      One rap against the Predators early is that their scoring has been top-heavy, restricted mostly to the No. 1 line of Neal, center Mike Ribeiro and right winger Filip Forsberg. The Kings kept that line off the scoresheet, but others stepped up.

      Smith got Nashville on the board with a breakaway goal at 6:24 of the first period. After Los Angeles (11-6-5) grabbed a 2-1 lead on a deflection by defenseman Jamie McBain at 11:32 of the first and a breakaway by right winger Marian Gaborik just 1:01 into the second period, the Predators responded.

      Smith and center Colin Wilson drew assists on the equalizing tally by defenseman Ryan Ellis at 17:36 of the second. Fifty-two seconds later, Nystrom deflected left winger Taylor Beck's wrister past goalie Martin Jones (1-2-1) for a 3-2 lead as the sellout crowd of 17,181 shook with delight.

      "I like the way we're playing," Laviolette said. "I thought we played a pretty good game from start to finish. We were playing a pretty good team. If you give them opportunities, they're going to capitalize because they're so deep, but I felt we were able to generate some scoring chances."

      Kings defenseman Drew Doughty tied it up at 38 seconds of the third period, lugging the puck end-to-end before ripping a wrister by Rinne for his second goal. Los Angeles then earned a pair of power plays in regulation's last eight minutes, but couldn't convert.

      Forsberg and defenseman Shea Weber each hit goal posts in overtime, Weber's coming during a 92-second power play to end the extra period. Jones also robbed Neal with a glove save, giving the Kings a chance to win an extra point in the shootout.

      But Los Angeles couldn't solve Rinne when it mattered most, falling to 1-4-4 on the road.

      "They've only lost once in regulation here this season," Kings coach Darryl Sutter said. "This was a hard-earned point."

      As for Nashville, it banked two more points and is tied with St. Louis atop not only the Central Division, but the conference.

      "Every time we play a new team, especially a team that is as talented as they are, we want to show the rest of the league who we are and that we are not winning by flukes," Wilson said. "We have beaten a lot of great teams and I think people are going to start talking about us a little more."

      NOTES: Los Angeles RW Dustin Brown played in his 200th game with the franchise Tuesday night. ... Saturday evening's 3-2 shootout win over Florida allowed Nashville to tie the second-best start after 20 games in franchise history at 13-5-2, good for 28 points. The 2005-06 team was 14-3-3 (31 points) through 20 games. ... Kings D Drew Doughty logged a career-high 33:40 of ice time in this game after skating for 33:07 Saturday night in Dallas. ... Predators C Matt Cullen became the oldest player in franchise history Tuesday night at 38 years and 23 days, surpassing former D Hal Gill's mark of 38 years, 21 days.

  • Tuesday, November 25, 2014
    Quick-strike Jets double up Blue Jackets
    By The Sports Xchange

    COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The Winnipeg Jets talked about getting off to a fast start. But nine seconds? Really?

    • Winnipeg center Bryan Little scored nine seconds into the game, sending the Jets off and running to a 4-2 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday in Nationwide Arena.

      The Jets had a quick-strike attack all night. They pulled away with two goals in a 31-second span during the second period.

      "The tale of the game, for me, was the first 30 seconds," Winnipeg coach Paul Maurice said. "We win a faceoff, come down and score a goal (by Little), right off the bat.

      "They win a draw, come down and hit a post (on a shot by right winger Jack Skille). There you have it."

      Left winger Evander Kane scored two goals for Winnipeg, while Little and left winger Andrew Ladd each had a goal and an assist. Defenseman Jacob Trouba and right winger Blake Wheeler had two assists apiece.

      "We talked about starting the road trip on a high note, and that needed to start tonight," said Winnipeg goaltender Michael Hutchinson, who made 32 saves to improve to 4-1-1 this season.

      "Nine seconds in ... you don't expect that, but it helped everybody settle into the game. It's good feeling to have early in the game."

      The Blue Jackets got goals from defenseman Jordan Leopold and center Ryan Johansen, but they lost their fourth straight game (0-3-1) and fell to 2-11-2 since Oct. 23.

      Blue Jackets goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky finished with 28 saves.

      Asked about falling behind so early and struggling for most of the first two periods, Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards essentially shrugged.

      "If I knew what the switch was," he said, "I would have flipped it earlier."

      Little won the opening faceoff, skated right past two Blue Jackets defenders when he was sprung by a Ladd pass, then beat Bobrovsky with a roofer off his backhand.

      It was the second-fastest goal in Atlanta/Winnipeg franchise history, and the third-fastest goal allowed in Blue Jackets' team history.

      Columbus responded just a few minutes later to tie it.

      Leopold, acquired in a trade with the Dallas Stars two weeks ago, scored on a soft wrist shot through traffic from just inside the left circle. It was his first goal in 17 games and his first goal with Columbus.

      The Jets seized control of the game late in the second period.

      At 16:25, Kane scored a tap-in goal off a slick feed from defenseman Dustin Byfuglien, a goal that snapped an 0-for-25 drought by Winnipeg's power play.

      "The power play's on fire," Maurice joked. "It has to start somewhere. You have to find a good feeling on it, and a quick moment like that where the confidence is good."

      Only 31 seconds later, the lead was pushed to 3-1 when Ladd fired from the left dot through a forest of trees. Judging by his reaction to the goal, Bobrovsky never saw the puck.

      The Blue Jackets earned a glimmer of hope in the final stages of the game after Johansen's goal midway through the third.

      Johansen gathered the puck on the right side of Hutchinson, carried it behind the cage and curled around in the low slot, whipping the puck off his backhand before Hutchinson was expecting it. The goal pulled Columbus within 3-2.

      The Blue Jackets tried to get Bobrovsky off the ice for an extra skater with 1:09 remaining in the game, but even that backfired into a too-many-men penalty.

      Kane scored into an empty net with 17.6 seconds remaining.

      "In our last four games, I think we played the best in the two games we lost," Maurice said. "We played just a notch below that in the games we won.

      "But it was good to win a greasy one here tonight."

      NOTES: The NHL record for fastest goal to start a game is five seconds, shared by three players. ... Columbus rookie C Alexander Wennberg may be losing favor with coach Todd Richards and staff. Wennberg, who has yet to score and is minus-14 in 19 games, opened last night's game on the fourth line. ... Jets D Tobias Entstrom is listed as day-to-day with a lower-body injury. ... Winnipeg D Grant Clitsome was back in the lineup against his former club after missing two games with an illness and two as a healthy scratch. ... Columbus D Tim Erixon was a healthy scratch for a third straight game. He hasn't played since the Blue Jackets claimed D Kevin Connauton on waivers from the Dallas Stars.

  • Tuesday, November 25, 2014
    Enforcer Brashear signs in Sweden
    By The Sports Xchange

    NHL veteran tough guy Donald Brashear is headed to Sweden to restart his hockey career.

    • Brashear, an 16-year NHL veteran with 2,634 career penalty minutes, signed with MODO of the Swedish Hockey League on Tuesday. The deal was announced by Peter Forsberg, a Hockey Hall of Fame member who is MODO's assistant general manager.

      The 42-year-old Brashear's final NHL season was in 2009-10 with the New York Rangers. He last played hockey in a Quebec-based professional league notorious for fighting. He also has been involved in Mixed Martial Arts.

      MODO's interest in Brashear appeared to be motivated by several incidents involving William Nylander, a recent Toronto Maple Leafs first-round draft pick.

      "He's a type of player we're missing," Forsberg said of Brashear, a former teammate with the Philadelphia Flyers. "He will provide physicality and security."