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  • Thursday, October 23, 2014
    Perry hat trick leads Ducks past Sabres
    By The Sports Xchange

    ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The Anaheim Ducks and Buffalo Sabres continued moving swiftly in opposite directions.

    • On Wednesday, the Ducks earned a 4-1 win over the Sabres with 16,067 on hand at Honda Center.

      Anaheim won its sixth consecutive game since dropping its season opener while Buffalo lost its third straight since its first victory of the season, a 4-3 overtime win against Carolina on Oct. 14.

      "It's all a feeling-out process at the start of the season," right winger Corey Perry said. "The team that can come together the quickest is going to get off to the best start and that's what we're trying to do."

      The Ducks' top players dominated the game as center Ryan Getzlaf assisted on two of Perry's three goals. Perry added a third goal into the empty net for his eighth tally of the season. The duo leads the Ducks in points with 10 apiece and Perry's second hat trick of the season moved him into a tie with the Rangers' Rick Nash for the league lead in goals.

      "When you're a natural goal-scorer like he is, the puck follows you and good things happen," Anaheim coach Bruce Boudreau said.

      Goalie Frederik Andersen nearly recorded his second straight shutout. He had not allowed a goal in nearly 153 minutes on ice dating back to Friday's victory over Minnesota before he gave up a goal to Buffalo forward Tyler Ennis with 5:06 to play Wednesday.

      "It's huge when you put a guy back there and he's making saves like he's making," Perry said. "On 2-on-0s and some of the stuff that we're giving up, it relieves a lot of pressure."

      Perry opened the scoring 8:50 into the game. A touch pass from center Getzlaf sprung him for a partial breakaway that he finished to the far side past Sabres goaltender Michal Neuvirth's stick.

      Later in the period, Anaheim would pin the Sabres down in their zone for three full shifts, although they were unable to add another goal.

      In the second period, following another stretch of sustained pressure, the Ducks regrouped to score off the rush on their next possession. Right winger Andrew Cogliano's drop pass set up center Ryan Kesler, who trailed the play and finished it with a rising wrist shot 9:20 into the middle frame. Kesler now has three goals and six points in his first campaign with Anaheim.

      "It's a great addition to our team. When you have depth and scoring on all four lines, you're going to pin some teams in and really go after them," Perry said.

      Seconds later, Sabres defenseman Andrej Meszaros dinged the post to the left of Andersen, one of a handful of near misses for Buffalo.

      Center Zemgus Girgensons had a sterling chance nullified by the lunging left pad of Andersen early in the second period. Andersen's right pad denied a pivoting backhand bid from Ennis in the first stanza. The Danish netminder also reached behind him to snag a puck on the goal line earlier in the first period when right winger Drew Stafford nearly scored on a breakaway which came off defenseman Mark Fistric's turnover.

      "You have to give Andersen credit, that's why he's one of the stars of the game here tonight," said Buffalo coach Ted Nolan, who was more satisfied with his team's effort than in their 5-1 loss to Anaheim in Buffalo on Oct. 13.

      "We had our chances, we just didn't bury them," Nolan said.

      Buffalo got on the scoreboard with just over five minutes to play. Anaheim center Nate Thompson turned the puck over in the corner of the Ducks zone to left winger Matt Moulson. Moulson put the puck on net and Ennis swooped in to score on the rebound.

      "The goal got us right back in the game," Ennis said. "It felt good but then we got back down 3-1. It's tough, but there are positives to take away from tonight."

      Boudreau was critical of the Ducks' carelessness in their own zone as they coughed up the puck repeatedly in dangerous situations.

      "With the giveaways we had tonight, if this were the Chicago Blackhawks, the score wouldn't have been 4-1 for us," Boudreau said.

      Anaheim quelled any aspirations of a Buffalo comeback with 2:43 to play when Getzlaf dished the puck to Perry for a one-timer from just inside the blue line.

      With 1:25 to play, Perry completed his hat trick with an empty-net goal.

      NOTES: G Frederik Andersen became the first goalie in NHL history to win 26 of his first 31 career decisions. ... D Bryan Allen (lower body), LW Dany Heatley (groin) and RW Kyle Palmieri (ankle) each missed their seventh straight game for Anaheim, while LW Patrick Maroon (knee) missed his fourth consecutive contest. ... D Mark Fistric dressed in place of D Clayton Stoner for the Ducks. ... No. 2 overall draft selection C Sam Reinhart was inserted into the Buffalo lineup in place of C Brian Flynn. ... Sabres RW Patrick Kaleta has yet to make his season debut because of a facial injury.

  • Thursday, October 23, 2014
    Scrivens, Oilers hang on to beat Capitals
    By The Sports Xchange

    EDMONTON, Alberta -- The Washington Capitals outplayed the Edmonton Oilers so badly in stretches Wednesday night it should have counted for two wins, never mind one.

    • However, since the NHL only cares about final scores, the Capitals left Edmonton with nothing.

      Despite outshooting the Oilers 23-10 over the final 40 minutes (including 12-1 through the first 10 minutes of a third-period siege), the Capitals dropped a 3-2 decision to goaltender Ben Scrivens and the bullet-dodging Oilers.

      "(Scrivens) was unbelievable," said Edmonton defenseman Justin Schultz as the 2-4-1 Oilers savored their second consecutive victory. "It wasn't our best effort tonight, that's for sure, a little sloppy in the third period, but we found a way to hold on and get the two points, and that's all that matters in this league."

      Which is unfortunate for a Capitals team that insists it deserved better.

      "For the last two periods we played great," Washington center Marcus Johansson said. "We had enough chances to score, we just didn't bury them. It is the small details that can cost you a game, and tonight it did. It was a tough one to lose, but that's hockey sometimes."

      The Capitals (3-1-2) took their first regulation loss of the season.

      "We did a lot of good things, we just didn't seem to be able to get a bounce," said Capitals goalie Braden Holtby. "Our team played well enough to get a win. In the end, they won a goaltending battle. Their second goal had no business going in and that was the difference in the game."

      The Oilers opened the scoring for the first time in three games when Schultz pinched in from the point at 6:53 and buried a one-timer made possible by a pass from right winger Ted Purcell, who had two assists for 22 points in 23 career games against Washington.

      The Capitals tied it at 1 five minutes later on the power play, when defenseman John Carlson stepped in from the point and ripped a slap shot that Scrivens had no chance on.

      Scrivens, coming off a pair of great starts, made several big saves to keep it 1-1 after 20 minutes.

      The Capitals scored first in the second period, on a wrist shot from defenseman Mike Green that went through a little traffic at 4:50. But the Oilers needed just 20 seconds to tie it back up. Center Ryan Nugent-Hopkins scored his second goal in as many games, picking the far corner on Holtby.

      "It just shows that we have a lot more confidence this year," said Nugent-Hopkins. "In the past couple of years, those types of situations deflated our bench. But these guys don't have to say much on the bench, it's an automatic reaction that we're going to go out there and get that next one."

      The Oilers took back the lead on a power play of their own when defenseman Nikita Nikitin scored his first goal as an Oiler, threading the needle with a slap shot at 16:08 to make it 3-2.

      Despite furious attempts to net the equalizer, the Capitals couldn't solve Scrivens.

      "I thought we played well enough to win, but I don't think we managed the situations," said Capitals coach Barry Trotz. "We had the lead and the momentum and then the next shift we give up a goal and give them the momentum back.

      "They had a little bit of fortune and we couldn't find the back of the net. We dictated much of the play in the second and third. They just came out ahead. They had a group that was blocking shots and doing all those things and we couldn't find the back of the net."

      NOTES: After giving up 14 goals on 70 shots in his first three appearances, Oilers G Ben Scrivens stopped 82 of the last 87. ... The Capitals made the first stop on a three-game Western road swing. ... Washington C Brooks Laich is out with a shoulder injury and didn't make the trip. ... RW Nail Yakupov began the night averaging 12:46 of ice time per game, which ranked 19th out of 20 Oilers with two or more games. ... The Capitals' fourth line of LW Chris Brown, C Evgeny Kuznetsov and RW Liam O'Brien has a combined total of 50 NHL games after Wednesday. ... Oilers D Mark Fayne needs one more game for 250 in his NHL career. ... Wednesday was the seventh game on Oilers rookie C Leon Draisaitl's nine-game NHL audition. If he plays Game No. 10 instead of returning to junior hockey, 2014-15 counts as the first year of his contract.

  • Thursday, October 23, 2014
    NHL game roundup: Flyers feel at home in Pittsburgh
    By The Sports Xchange

    PITTSBURGH -- The Philadelphia Flyers have felt at home at Pittsburgh's Consol Energy Center since the building opened in 2010.

    • Their latest visit to the Steel City proved no different, only this time the struggling Flyers got a boost from a hometown guy for the latest road win against their rivals. Matt Read and Pittsburgh native R.J. Umberger scored third-period goals, carrying the Flyers past the Penguins 5-3 Wednesday in Pittsburgh.

      Pierre-Edouard Bellemare, Mark Streit and Sean Couturier also scored for Philadelphia while Nick Spaling, Pascal Dupuis and Marcel Goc scored for Pittsburgh.

      Oilers 3, Capitals 2

      EDMONTON, Alberta -- Ben Scrivens was sensational, making 32 saves to preserve Edmonton's victory over Washington.

      The Captials suffered their first regulation loss of the season.

      Justin Schultz, Nikita Nikitin and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins scored for Edmonton while John Carlson and Mike Green scored for Washington.

      Ducks 4, Sabres 1

      ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry dominated as Anaheim topped Buffalo

      The duo leads the Ducks in points with 10 and Perry scored a hat trick to move him into a tie with the Rangers' Rick Nash for the league lead in goals.

      Ryan Kesler also scored for Anaheim while Getzlaf added two assists. Tyler Ennis scored the lone goal for Buffalo.

  • Thursday, October 23, 2014
    Flyers make themselves at home in Pittsburgh again
    By The Sports Xchange

    PITTSBURGH -- The Philadelphia Flyers have always felt at home at Pittsburgh's Consol Energy Center since the building opened in 2010.

    • Their latest visit to the Steel City proved no different, only this time the struggling Flyers got a boost from a hometown guy for the latest road win against their rivals.

      Matt Read and Pittsburgh native R.J. Umberger scored third-period goals, carrying the Flyers past the Penguins 5-3 during a nationally-televised game between the rivals Wednesday in Pittsburgh.

      "Coming in here tonight and beating a good team on their ice to finish off a road trip, to me it shows a lot of character," said Umberger, who grew up 20 minutes East of Pittsburgh.

      Center Umberger and right winger Read netted their first of the season, while left winger Pierre-Edouard Bellemare scored the first goal of his career for Philadelphia, which completed a three-game road trip with two wins.

      "You're not happy about certain things, but you look at the big picture and we got two wins on the road, so we'll take it and go home," said Flyers' coach Craig Berube.

      Defenseman Mark Streit scored his second for the Flyers, who avoided their sixth loss in seven games, winning for the fifth straight time in Pittsburgh. Center Sean Couturier added an empty-netter and two assists, while right wingers Claude Giroux and Jakub Voracek both added a pair of helpers for Philadelphia, which is 10-1-1 in 12 regular-season games at Consol Energy Center, winning 12 of 15 overall, including playoffs.

      "I think playing against the Penguins, it's no secret we have a good rivalry," Flyers' goaltender Ray Emery said. "The elite players they have on their team is easy for guys to get up against. It's a good measuring stick playing against guys like (Evgeni) Malkin and (Sidney) Crosby."

      Center Nick Spaling scored his first for the Penguins, who failed to score a power-play goal for the first time in five games. Right winger Pascal Dupuis and center Marcel Goc also scored for Pittsburgh, which plays seven of its next 10 away from home.

      "Our second period wasn't good," Penguins center Sidney Crosby said. "We still found a way to get ourselves back in the game, but we didn't set ourselves up for the third the way we wanted. We had a bad third period."

      Emery stopped 22 shot for the Flyers, holding off a late charge after Pittsburgh pulled within a goal. Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury made 28 saves in defeat.

      About seven minutes into the third period, officials reviewed forward Malkin's shot that hit Emery's pad, but never crossed the goal-line.

      Seconds later, Umberger gave the Flyers the lead off the rush when he one-timed Giroux's saucer pass past Fleury.

      Read gave the Flyers a two-goal lead two minutes later. He took a pass from Couturier on the rush and switched to his backhand to avoid Fleury's diving pokecheck, making it 4-2 from the top of the crease.

      Goc scored with less than three minutes left, finishing a give-and-go from Spaling to cut the Flyers' lead to a goal, but it wasn't enough.

      "I think it was one of those games where their energy caught fire and ours took a step back," Penguins' coach Mike Johnston said.

      Slow starts have been the norm for Philadelphia this season, but not on Wednesday. The Flyers, who allowed nine first-period goals in seven games, including three in a 4-0 loss against Chicago on Tuesday, held a 2-1 lead after 20 minutes on goals from Streit and Bellemare.

      Pittsburgh, however, opened the scoring less than four minutes into the game and seven seconds after an early power-play expired.

      Spaling grabbed defenseman Christian Ehrhoff's blocked attempt at the left faceoff dot and fired a shot that beat Emery on the blocker side.

      Philadelphia got it back a little more than five minutes later, tying the game on Streit's twice-deflected blast from the right point that got past Fleury.

      The Flyers took the lead 14 seconds after a Penguins' power play expired as Bellemare re-directed Couturier's shot over Fleury's glove during a three-on-one.

      Pittsburgh tied it nine minutes into the second when defenseman Paul Martin's shot from the point, following Malkin's faceoff win, deflected off Dupuis and in.

      "We played back-to-back games, but we felt like, after the second period, they were the ones who were tired," Umberger said. "We jumped on them in the third."

      NOTES: Philadelphia's scratches were D Braydon Coburn (lower body), C Vincent Lecavalier (lower body) and C Blair Jones. Pittsburgh sat D Robert Bortuzzo (lower body), D Scott Harrington and C Andrew Ebbett. ... The Canadian national anthem was played along with the U.S. national anthem prior to the game as a gesture acknowledging the tragedy in Ottawa. ... The Penguins wore their third jersey for the first time, a throwback to black and yellow-gold color scheme from when they won their first two Stanley Cups in 1991 and '92. ... Flyers C Brayden Schenn is a game shy of 200 for his career. ... The Flyers won the season series against the Penguins three of the past four years.

  • Wednesday, October 22, 2014
    Caps' Erskine has neck surgery
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Washington Capitals placed defenseman John Erskine on injured reserve Wednesday after surgery to repair a disk in his neck.

    • The team said Erskine is scheduled to rehabilitation in the next few weeks, but there was no indication when he might return. He has not played this season.

      The 6-foot-4 Erskine entered the NHL during the 2001-02 season and has played for three teams. He has spent the last nine seasons with the Capitals and is in the final year of a two-year, $3.925 million contract.

      The 34-year-old has 15 career goals, 39 assists and 865 penalty minutes in 491 career games.

  • Wednesday, October 22, 2014
    NHL roundup: Senators-Leafs postponed after shootings
    By The Sports Xchange

    The NHL postponed the game between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Ottawa Senators after a series of shootings in downtown Ottawa on Wednesday.

    • The shootings resulted in the death of a Canadian soldier who was stationed at the National War Memorial and a gunman at Parliament Hill's Centre Block, according to Ottawa police officials.

      The Leafs were scheduled to play the Senators on Wednesday night at Canadian Tire Centre in nearby Kanata, Ontario. The date and time of the rescheduled game will be announced at a later date.

      The Maple Leafs were on lockdown at the team's hotel in downtown Ottawa, a team representative confirmed to ESPN.com.

      ---Forward Charlie Coyle and the Minnesota Wild reached agreement Wednesday in a five-year contract extension reported to be worth $16 million.

      The 22-year-old Coyle has one goal, one assist, a plus-3 rating and 10 penalty minutes in four games this season.

      In 111 career games with the Wild, Coyle has 46 points (21 goals, 25 assists) and 71 penalty minutes. Last season, he collected 30 points in 70 games.

      ---The New York Islanders placed forward Mikhail Grabovski on injured reserve retroactive to Oct. 16 and waived forward Colin McDonald on Wednesday.

      Grabovski, 30, sustained a concussion in a victory against the San Jose Sharks on Oct. 16. He would be eligible to return to the ice Friday. Grabovski has two goals and three points in four games this season.

      In two games this season, McDonald had three shots on goal. He had been a healthy scratch in the first four games. The 30-year-old has 16 goals and 36 points in 124 games with the Edmonton Oilers, Pittsburgh Penguins and Islanders.

  • Wednesday, October 22, 2014
    Wild's Coyle receives five-year extension
    By The Sports Xchange

    Forward Charlie Coyle and the Minnesota Wild reached agreement Wednesday in a five-year contract extension, the team announced.

    • Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed by the team, but the deal was worth a reported $16 million with an annual average of $3.2 million.

      The 22-year-old Coyle has one goal, one assist, a plus-3 rating and 10 penalty minutes in four games this season.

      In 111 career games with the Wild, Coyle has 46 points (21 goals, 25 assists) and 71 penalty minutes. Last season, he collected 30 points in 70 games.

      "We're very excited to get Charlie Coyle signed through the 2019-20 season," Wild general manager Chuck Fletcher said. "Charlie's size, overall skill set and character give him a chance to emerge as a top power forward in the game and we're happy he will be doing that in the 'State of Hockey' for years to come."

      Coyle, a former first-round draft pick, came to the Wild in a deal with the San Jose Sharks that included Devin Setoguchi and a 2011 first-round selection (Zack Phillips) in exchange for Brent Burns and a 2012 second-round selection (Pontus Aberg) in June 2011.

  • Wednesday, October 22, 2014
    Leafs-Sens game postponed after Ottawa shootings
    By The Sports Xchange

    The NHL postponed the game between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Ottawa Senators after a series of shootings in downtown Ottawa on Wednesday.

    • The shootings resulted in the death of a Canadian soldier who was stationed at the National War Memorial and a gunman at Parliament Hill's Centre Block, according to Ottawa police officials.

      "The National Hockey League wishes to express its sympathy and prayers to all affected by the tragic events in Ottawa," the league said in a statement.

      The Leafs were scheduled to play the Senators on Wednesday night at Canadian Tire Centre in nearby Kanata, Ontario. The date and time of the rescheduled game will be announced at a later date.

      "We are shocked and deeply saddened by today's tragic events on Parliament Hill and in downtown Ottawa," Senators owner Eugene Melnyk said in a statement. "Our collective thoughts and prayers are with the families of the victims as well as with all Members of Parliament and staff who have had to manage through today's difficult circumstances. Hockey is certainly secondary to these type of tragic events and we know our fans stand alongside us with the league's decision to postpone tonight's game."

      The Maple Leafs were on lockdown at the team's hotel in downtown Ottawa, a team representative confirmed to ESPN.com.

      "The Toronto Maple Leaf Hockey Club extends its deepest condolences to the family and friends of all affected by the tragic events in downtown Ottawa today," the team said in a statement. "The club supports the National Hockey League's decision to postpone tonight's scheduled meeting with the Ottawa Senators. We have been witness today to some terrible events but are thankful to those brave men and women for their tireless service in protecting everyone's safety."

      Maple Leafs forward Joffrey Lupul described the scene on Twitter:

      "Surreal scene outside of our hotel right now. Lot of very brave police officers we should all be very proud of."

  • Wednesday, October 22, 2014
    Isles' Grabovski on IR; McDonald waived
    By The Sports Xchange

    The New York Islanders placed forward Mikhail Grabovski on injured reserve retroactive to Oct. 16 and waived forward Colin McDonald on Wednesday.

    • Grabovski, 30, sustained a concussion in a victory against the San Jose Sharks on Oct. 16. He would be eligible to return to the ice Friday. Grabovski has two goals and three points in four games this season.

      In two games this season McDonald had three shots on goal. He had been a healthy scratch in the first four games.

      McDonald, 30, has 16 goals and 36 points in 124 games with the Edmonton Oilers, Pittsburgh Penguins and Islanders.

  • Wednesday, October 22, 2014
    Palat makes amends with OT winner for Lightning
    By The Sports Xchange

    CALGARY, Alberta -- Tampa Bay Lightning left winger Ondrej Palat blamed himself for Monday's loss.

    • He quickly made amends.

      Palat buried the game-winner in Tuesday's 2-1 overtime triumph over the Calgary Flames, a nice way to erase the memories of a giveaway that had cost the Lightning a point only 24 hours earlier in Edmonton.

      "I knew I owed the team something -- a goal or a game-winning goal ... something," Palat said. "I'm really happy I could score for the guys."

      He might owe a thank-you to Lightning center Valtteri Filppula for setting the stage for his overtime heroics.

      The Lightning (4-2-1) were in danger of being swept in a two-games-in-two-nights swing through Alberta, but Filppula scored from inside the blue paint with just 2:16 remaining Tuesday to tie it up and spoil Karri Ramo's shutout bid.

      Palat would seal the victory with just two minutes to go in the extra period, sliding a backhander behind Ramo after Anton Stralman's initial shot.

      "I think he's such an unnoticed player in this league, but so good," Lightning coach Jon Cooper said of Palat. "I don't know if there'd be a coach in the league that would sit here and not want to take an Ondrej Palat or have a guy like that on his team. He earns his breaks, and he deserved that one tonight."

      Down the hall, the Flames (4-3-1) felt like they deserved Tuesday's win, too.

      "I think we played solidly," said Flames defenseman Dennis Wideman, who had the lone goal for the hosts. "We got great goaltending again. We had the lead, we just couldn't stretch it and get the insurance goal. Then we had a little breakdown late, and against a team like that, you have that one breakdown and they make you pay.

      "We ended up getting the point. It's unfortunate we didn't get the two, but it's a lesson learned for us."

      Most of the sellout crowd of 19,289 at the Scotiabank Saddledome likely headed home Tuesday talking about Flames rookie left winger Johnny Gaudreau, the 2014 Hobey Baker Award winner who split two defensemen before setting up Wideman for a power-play goal early in the third period of Tuesday's loss to the Lightning.

      The 21-year-old Gaudreau, who was a fourth-round selection of the Flames in the 2011 draft and starred for three seasons at Boston College, was a healthy scratch last Friday in Columbus but has a goal and two assists in a pair of games since his one-game sit-down.

      "I think we all knew Johnny could be a great gamebreaker. That's no secret," Wideman said. "Whenever he has the puck in the offensive zone, he can control the play and control the game. He made a great play on that goal, but the end result is we didn't get what we wanted."

      It seemed that Wideman's tally -- his third in a span of four games -- would stand up as the winner, but Ramo didn't get all of defenseman Jason Garrison's shot from the blueline and Filppula had an easy finish from inside the crease.

      Ramo robbed Lightning rookie Jonathan Drouin in overtime but couldn't stop Palat. It was still a nice night for Drouin, who had his first NHL point with an assist on Filppula's goal.

      "Maybe it's not the right time to get my first (goal)," Drouin said. "It was nice for (Palat) to cover that for me. It was an unbelievable save by Ramo. I thought I had him. He made a great save."

      Lightning goalie Evgeni Nabokov made 21 saves, while Ramo made 20 stops at the other end.

      The Flames continue their five-game homestand Thursday, when they welcome the Carolina Hurricanes to the Scotiabank Saddledome. The next stop for the Lightning on their western swing is Friday's date with the Winnipeg Jets.

      NOTES: Lightning RW Ryan Callahan missed a second consecutive game due to a lower-body injury. Coach Jon Cooper said the first-line forward is week-to-week. Tampa Bay also was without D Radko Gudas (lower body), D Victor Hedman (finger) and C Alex Killorn (upper-body). ... Flames D Deryk Engelland returned to the lineup after missing three games with a lower-body issue, while RW Josh Jooris made his second NHL appearance after a one-game absence due to an upper-body ailment. Flames RW David Jones (upper-body) is skating but remains out. ... Tampa Bay recalled LW Mike Blunden from AHL Syracuse. The 27-year-old, already with 102 games of NHL experience, made his Lightning debut against the Flames.

  • Wednesday, October 22, 2014
    Panthers win on road against struggling Avalanche
    By The Sports Xchange

    DENVER -- The Florida Panthers are struggling at home, but they're learning to love life on the road.

    • Brad Boyes scored a power-play goal 2:23 into overtime and the Panthers beat the Colorado Avalanche 4-3 on Tuesday night.

      The Panthers improved to 2-0-2 away from the BB&T Center.

      "Good to win games like this," Boyes said. "You lose the lead and then battle back."

      The winner came after Avalanche defenseman Brad Stuart was called for tripping 1:26 into the overtime to give Florida just its second power play of the game. Center Jonathan Huberdeau fed a pass from the backboards and Boyes blasted a shot past goaltender Reto Berra to give the Panthers their second road win of the season.

      "It was a play we drew up. We worked on it a little bit in practice. Everyone executed properly and it was good play off good motion," Boyes said. "We read each other very well."

      Berra never saw the shot.

      "On four against three they had a lot of room," he said. "It was a little screen and I have no idea where it went in, somewhere on the stick side."

      Left winger Sean Bergenheim and centers Brandon Pirri and Aleksander Barkov scored for the Panthers. Goaltender Roberto Luongo stopped 30 shots to improve to 13-0-2 in his last 15 games against the Avalanche.

      "I'm fortunate," Luongo said. "It seems you have success like this against one or two teams."

      Defenseman Tyson Barrie and left winger Gabriel Landeskog scored power-play goals 31 seconds apart in the second period, and left winger Alex Tanguay also scored for Colorado, which is winless at home this season.

      It's a far different beginning than last season when the Avalanche won its first six games on the way to a 12-1 start. Colorado is 1-4-2 this year.

      "The way I look at it is, we want an easy game, and until we're going to want to compete at the level we were last year then we're going to struggle," Colorado coach Patrick Roy said. "We're not sharp mentally, we're making bad decisions. We make too many giveaways and we're losing easy one-on-one battles, then we're going to give 35 shots per night. This is a game of one-on-one battles. Yeah, we battled back and I'm very happy about that, but we need to play 60 minutes."

      Jokinen finished with two assists to help Florida overcome a tough second period to get the win.

      Barrie's goal on a 5-on-3 midway through the second period cut the deficit to 2-1, and 31 seconds later Landeskog tied it on the man-advantage.

      They were the first two home goals for the Avalanche this season.

      Tanguay gave Colorado a 3-2 lead when his rebound went of the Bergenheim's skate. Bergenheim made up for the miscue by deflecting defenseman Dylan Olsen's shot from the point past Berra with 2:19 left in the second period.

      "The good thing is we battled back after getting pretty frustrated, taking some penalties and they scored some power play goals and went up 3-2 against us," Florida coach Gerard Gallant said. "The guys held their composure."

      Berra had 32 saves in his return to the lineup. He had missed the last two games with a neck injury suffered early in an overtime loss to Toronto.

      "I felt pretty good," he said. "It's hard to go in and after one it's 2-0, but I think overall I played good."

      Florida, which had not scored in the first period this season, jumped on the Avalanche early. The Panthers outshot Colorado 14-10 in the first period and took a 2-0 lead with a couple of quick plays.

      Avalanche defenseman Ryan Wilson's poor clearing attempt was intercepted by Jokinen, who fed Pirri in the slot for a snapshot that made it 1-0 4:43 into the game.

      Barkov made it 2-0 when he knocked in a centering pass from Aaron Ekblad at 13:03 of the first.

      They were the first two goals the Panthers have scored in the first period this season.

      Wilson left the game in the second period with a shoulder injury and did not return.

      NOTES: Avalanche G Semyon Varlamov is eligible to come off injured reserve Friday and will likely start Colorado's game against Vancouver that night. Varlamov was placed on the injured list when he hurt his groin muscle during the morning skate on Oct. 16. ... Panthers G Roberto Luongo has 375 wins. He also recorded his 67th career shutout Friday, passing Colorado coach Patrick Roy for 13th on the all-time list. ... Avalanche C Jesse Winchester (concussion) practiced non-contact drills with the team Monday. Winchester has yet to play this season and there is no timetable for his return. ... Florida LW Jussi Jokinen is one goal shy of 150 for his career.

  • Wednesday, October 22, 2014
    NHL game roundup: Rangers come back in third
    By The Sports Xchange

    NEWARK, N.J. -- The New York Rangers overcame a 3-1 third-period deficit to top the New Jersey Devils 4-3 in overtime at the Prudential Center on Tuesday.

    • Kevin Klein scored the winner in the extra period after Chris Kreider, Chris Mueller and Rick Nash scored in regulation for the Rangers.

      Jaromir Jagr, Adam Henrique and Jon Merrill scored for the Devils.

      Goaltender Henrik Lundqvist stopped 28 shots to earn the victory while Cory Schneider stopped 21 shots in goal for New Jersey.

      Maple Leafs 5, Islanders 2

      UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- The Maple Leafs scored four unanswered goals in a span of less than nine minutes in the second period to top the Islanders.

      Phil Kessel scored twice and Roman Polak, David Clarkson and James van Riemsdyk one for Toronto while Nick Leddy and John Tavares scord for the Islanders.

      Bruins 5, Sharks 3

      BOSTON -- The Bruins scored three goals in the third period to top San Jose.

      Brad Marchand, Torey Krug scored early and Seth Griffith, Gregory Campbell and David Krejci late for Boston.

      Logan Couture scored twice and Joe Thornton once in the losing effort for San Jose.

      Canadiens 2, Red Wings 1 (OT)

      MONTREAL -- For the third time this season, Montreal trailed heading into the third period, tied the game and came out with the win in overtime, topping Detroit.

      David Desharnais scored the winner and Alex Galchenyuk also scored for Montreal.

      Henrik Zetterberg scored Detroit's lone goal

      Jets 3, Hurricanes 1

      WINNIPEG -- Winnipeg snapped a four-game losing streak by beating Carolina.

      Andrew Ladd, Adam Lowry and Dustin Byfuglien scored for Winnipeg.

      Jiri Tlusty scored Carolina's lone goal.

      Predators 4, Coyotes 3 (SO)

      NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Ryan Ellis scored a goal and two assists, then scored the game-winning goal in the fourth round of a shootout as Nashville subdued Arizona.

      Mike Ribeiro and James Neal also scored in regulation for Nashville.

      Rob Klinkhammer, Keith Yandle and Martin Erat scored for Arizona.

      Stars 6, Canucks 3

      DALLAS -- Two goals from Erik Cole helped Dallas defeated Vancouver.

      Ryan Garbutt , Tyler Seguin, Jamie Benn and Cody Eakin also scored for Dallas.

      Radim Vrbata, Zack Kassian and Jannik Hansen scored for the Canucks.

      Blackhawks 4, Flyers 0

      CHICAGO -- Antti Raanta made 32 saves as Chicago blanked Philadelphia.

      Patrick Kane scored twice for Chicago, and Brandon Saad and Bryan Bickell once to provide the offense.

      Steve Mason made 39 saves in the loss for Philadelphia.

      Panther 4, Avalanche 3 (OT)

      DENVER -- Brad Boyes' overtime goal lifted Florida over Colorado.

      Sean Bergenheim, Brandon Pirri and Aleksander Barkov also scored for Florida while goaltender Roberto Luongo stopped 30 shots.

      Tyson Barrie, Gabriel Landeskog and Alex Tanguay scored for Colorado.

      Lightning 2, Flames 1 (OT)

      CALGARY, Alberta -- Ondrej Palat scored in overtime as Tampa Bay won in the extra period at Calgary.

      Valtteri Filppula as scored for Tampa Bay.

      Dennis Wideman scored Calgary's lone goal.

  • Wednesday, October 22, 2014
    Cole scores twice as Stars crush Canucks
    By The Sports Xchange

    DALLAS -- After taking disappointing defeats in their first two games at American Airlines Center, the Dallas Stars hit the ice Tuesday against the Vancouver Canucks seeking their first home win.

    • Thanks to two goals from left winger Erik Cole, Dallas defeated Vancouver 6-3, sending 15,678 fans home happy.

      "That's a tough one to assess," Stars coach Lindy Ruff said. "We started the game, did a lot of great things. I thought defensively we really struggled. We had a tough time down low. We made some poor decisions that led to some pretty good chances."

      The Stars led 3-0 after the first period and 5-0 less than two minutes into the second before the Canucks made the final score more respectable.

      Dallas (3-1-2) took its first lead 4:08 into the game when Vancouver defenseman Alexandre Burrows knocked a pass from Stars left winger Ryan Garbutt into his own net.

      Stars goaltender Kari Lehtonen denied Vancouver right winger Jannik Hansen on a breakaway with 3:09 left in the opening period, a stop that loomed large when the Stars scored just under a minute later. With 2:14 left before the first intermission, Cole scored on a wrist shot from the high slot that sailed in over the glove of Canucks goaltender Ryan Miller.

      "It's obviously extremely frustrating when you see the momentum swing in such a big way," Hansen said. "One minute you miss a breakaway, and another, they get back to the other end and score."

      Right before the end of the first, Dallas center Tyler Seguin made it 3-0 with a slap shot from the right circle that chewed up Miller.

      "I thought they put lots of pressure on us," Canucks coach Willie Desjardins said. "They've got good speed on their attack. They went to the net hard, and the goals, they look fortunate, but they got goals because they worked hard and put pressure on our net."

      Dallas carried the momentum into the second period. Left winger Jamie Benn scored from the left circle off a slap shot that Miller appeared to contain with his blocker. However, the puck ended in the back of the net to make it 4-0 just 48 seconds after the first intermission.

      "It hit my blocker and then it hit my knob, right? I couldn't do that again if I tried, line up a million pucks," Miller said. "I don't even know what to say. I haven't done that one in the NHL before. I've done a lot of stupid things, but that's a new one."

      Twenty-nine seconds later, the Stars went ahead by five when center Cody Eakin flicked a wrister past Miller after a nice pass from Garbutt.

      Vancouver backup goaltender Eddie Lack replaced Miller after the Eakin goal. Miller stopped nine of the 13 shots he faced, while Lack made 14 saves and allowed one goal.

      The Canucks got on the board at 3:39 of the second when right winger Radim Vrbata scored from an impossible angle to the left of the Dallas goal to make it 5-1.

      However, Dallas regained its five-goal edge when Cole scored his second of the game after a pass by center Shawn Horcoff deflected in off his stick 1:05 after Vrbata's goal.

      Vancouver pulled within 6-2 with 6:05 left in the second when right winger Zack Kassian scored on a tip-in.

      Early in the third, the Canucks looked to have cut it to 6-3 on an apparent goal by center Henrik Sedin 2:54 into the period. However, the goal was nullified when left winger Daniel Sedin was deemed guilty of incidental contact with Lehtonen.

      The Canucks did find a third at 6:45 of the third when Hansen fired a wrister past Lehtonen from the slot with a flurry of activity in front of the Dallas net.

      Lehtonen stopped 43 of the 46 shots he faced.

      The Stars had five players finish with two points apiece: Cole, Benn, Garbutt, Horcoff and Seguin.

      NOTES: Canucks coach Willie Desjardins made his first appearance in Dallas as an NHL head coach. Desjardins spent the past four seasons in the Stars' organization, two as an NHL assistant and the past two as head coach of AHL Texas, the 2014 Calder Cup champions. ... Stars coach Lindy Ruff went with a top line of LW Jamie Benn, C Jason Spezza and RW Tyler Seguin, a natural center, for a second straight game. ... Canucks D Frank Corrado, C Bo Horvat, who is on a conditioning assignment with AHL Utica, and LW Tom Sestito were scratched. ... Stars RW Patrick Eaves and D Jyrki Jokipakka were scratched. ... Desjardins moved RW Linden Vey from centering the third line to the same role on the fourth line. ... D Jamie Oleksiak replaced D Patrik Nemeth, lost for the rest of the regular season with an arm laceration, in Dallas' third defensive pair.

  • Wednesday, October 22, 2014
    Raanta, Blackhawks blank Flyers
    By The Sports Xchange

    CHICAGO -- Antti Raanta woke up Tuesday morning wondering when he might see his first action of the season as the Chicago Blackhawks goalie.

    • But when starting goalie Corey Crawford pulled up lame Tuesday morning with an undisclosed upper-body injury, Raanta got the call and responded in spectacular fashion in that evening's game with the visiting Philadelphia Flyers.

      Raanta turned back all 32 of Philly's shots, leading the Blackhawks to a 4-0 shutout at the United Center.

      Raanta, who was chosen the No. 1 star of the game for his outstanding performance, recorded his second NHL career shutout.

      "He was real solid, definitely in control," Chicago coach Joel Quenneville said. "It was nice to see him get the win."

      Raanta gave credit to his teammates for giving him an early lead with three mid-first period goals that helped take some of the pressure off him in his first appearance of the season.

      "We started the game good, it was a good start for us," Raanta said. "It was important that we got those early goals.

      "We have struggled a little bit with goal scoring, so it was good to see that guys were shooting a lot and we got nice goals in the first period. It helped of course."

      Although Quenneville said earlier in the day that he considered Crawford's injury not serious, listing him as day-to-day, it may result in Raanta remaining as the team's starting goalie for at least the next game or two.

      "We'll know more in the morning," Quenneville said of Crawford's condition. "He could join us (on the roadtrip to Nashville Thursday and at St. Louis on Saturday), but I don't know if he will."

      As a result of Crawford's malady, the Blackhawks scrambled to call up goalie and suburban Chicago native Scott Darling from its AHL affiliate 90 miles away, the Rockford (Ill.) IceHogs, to take Crawford's spot on the roster until the latter returns.

      Forward Patrick Kane led the Blackhawks' scoring attack with two power-play goals, giving him a team-leading three tallies.

      With 21,162 fans on hand, Chicago erupted for three mid-first period goals and never looked back.

      The Blackhawks improve to 4-0-1 on the young season, while the Flyers dropped to 1-3-2.

      Philadelphia goalie Steve Mason remains winless this season at 0-3-1, turning back 39 of Chicago's 43 shots in the game.

      "We have to do a better job," Mason said. "Our penalty kill needs to be a strong point and right now it's not.

      "It was a terrible (first) period. Everybody in the room knows it."

      The Blackhawks scored first at 11:54 of the first period. Forward Brandon Saad took a rebound off a shot from center Brad Richards in front of the net and caromed it off Mason's pad for Saad's first goal of the season.

      Just over 30 seconds later, at 12:26 and on the power play with Flyers forward Michael Raffi in the penalty box (kneeing), Kane scored his second goal of the season, sneaking a wrist shot behind Mason, making it 2-0.

      But the Blackhawks weren't done. Forward Bryan Bickell fired a quick wrister into the Flyers' net at 14:00 for his first goal of the season and a 3-0 lead.

      Kane came back to score his second goal of the night at 3:50 of the third period.

      NOTES: Chicago LW Kris Versteeg, who missed the first four regular-season games with an upper-body injury sustained during the preseason, was activated before Tuesday's game. ... Chicago continues to lead the NHL with an average of 40 shots on goal per game. Coming into the game, the Blackhawks also were No. 1 in short-handed goals (two in 15 opportunities). ... Philadelphia lost 21 man-games to injury in its first five games. Chicago lost zero man-games before Crawford sat out Tuesday. ... The Flyers came into the game as the least-penalized team (seven penalty minutes in total) in the league, but saw that number more than double with eight penalty minutes in Tuesday's contest.

  • Wednesday, October 22, 2014
    Jets keep Hurricanes winless
    By The Sports Xchange

    WINNIPEG, Manitoba -- Winnipeg Jets fans can take their finger off the panic button.

    • For now.

      The Jets ended a four-game winless streak with a 3-1 victory over the still-winless Carolina Hurricanes at the MTS Centre on Tuesday. Winnipeg (2-4-0) earned its first points since a season-opening victory over the Arizona Coyotes.

      The Hurricanes (0-3-2) remain the only team in the NHL without a victory this season.

      Rookie left winger Adam Lowry scored the winner with his first career goal at 2:37 of the first period, giving the Jets a 2-0 lead. He tipped home a point shot from defenseman Grant Clitsome, who was playing his first game since last December after a back injury ended his 2013-14 season.

      "It's something I've dreamed about for a long time," the 21-year-old Lowry said. "It was a pretty special feeling to tip it and see the puck go through (goalie Anton Khudobin's) legs."

      He knew he deflected Clitsome's shot but he wasn't sure if it would be ruled a high stick.

      "I kind of went off on my own and celebrated a little bit and everybody went to Grant," Lowry said. "I tried to stay a little subdued. Then the guys on the bench realized I got a stick on it, and they were calling for the puck. When they announced it was my goal, I was pretty excited."

      Clitsome said he was happy for Lowry even though there was some debate whether he might have actually scored.

      "It's too bad we didn't know right off the hop because we didn't really celebrate with him," Clitsome said. He added with laugh, "I said he better put the game sheet over his bed and think of me all the time."

      Jets coach Paul Maurice said he was happy with his players' effort and how they handled the pressure that comes with a four-game slide.

      "The (sign) for me isn't always what happens on the ice, it's how they're dealing with each other on the bench and how wired into the game they are," he said. "Not just about being positive or supportive, but talking about the specifics of what's happening on the ice. That was really good. It was the whole bench talking about things, that's when you know your team is connected and into the game. That was as good as it's been all year and as good as it was at any point last year."

      Clitsome agreed with his coach.

      "Between periods and before the game on the bench, there was a lot of communication and a lot of talking," he said. "We were a confident hockey team, and I think it showed on the ice."

      Outside the visitors' dressing room, Carolina coach Bill Peters was noticeably frustrated with his team's inability to get its first win. In particular, he was upset that the Hurricanes gave up two goals before the game was three minutes old.

      "The start wasn't what we were looking for at all," he said. "Then I thought we got away from our structure and we were freelancing and then it made it harder than it needs to be.

      "Everyone has to be on the same page and hungry for (a win) to happen."

      Jets left winger Andrew Ladd opened the scoring at 1:57 of the first period. After Lowry doubled Winnipeg's advantage, Carolina left winger Jiri Tlusty scored on the power play at 7:03 of the opening period.

      Winnipeg right winger Dustin Byfuglien capped the scoring with an unassisted goal at 16:26 of the second period.

      Jets goalie Ondrej Pavelec made 21 saves. Khudobin stopped 23 shots.

      NOTES: Hurricanes LW Jeff Skinner made his 2014-15 debut Tuesday after separating his shoulder during the pre-season. ... The Jets don't have much of a history with the Hurricanes but their coach does. Paul Maurice coached them on two separate occasions, starting in Hartford in 1993 to Carolina in 2003 and then from 2008-11. ... The Jets gave up their first power-play goal of the season against the Flames on Sunday, a 4-1 loss. That snapped a streak of 18 straight penalty kills over four games. ... Jets captain Andrew Ladd is a former fourth overall draft pick of the Hurricanes from 2004. He played parts of three seasons, winning a Stanley Cup in 2006. ... C Eric Staal and C Jordan Staal and D John-Michael Liles are injured and did not suit up for the Hurricanes. ... Jets RW Anthony Peluo and D Adam Pardy sat out.

  • Wednesday, October 22, 2014
    Ellis shows his worth in Predators win over Coyotes
    By The Sports Xchange

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Two weeks before the season started, the Nashville Predators inked Ryan Ellis to a five-year, $12.5 million contract.

    • The 23-year-old defenseman showed why Tuesday night.

      After scoring a goal and assisting on two others, Ellis potted the game-winner in the fourth round of a shootout as Nashville subdued the Arizona Coyotes 4-3 at Bridgestone Arena.

      On a team with plenty of capable scoring options on the backline, such as Shea Weber, Roman Josi and Seth Jones, Ellis offers another player who can jump up in the play and deliver some offense.

      "It seemed like every time I had the puck, I either got a favorable bounce or made something else happen," he said.

      Ellis didn't need luck on his side in the shootout. Taking his turn after center Antoine Vermette kept Arizona (2-2-1) alive by scoring on what could have been the game's last shot, Ellis carefully skated in from center ice, stickhandled and beat goalkeeper Devan Dubnyk with a five-foot wrister off the forehand side.

      Ellis didn't study what Dubnyk did on the Predators' first three attempts in the shootout.

      "I have my moves," Ellis said. "I really don't read too much into what the goalie does."

      Goalie Pekka Rinne (4-0-1) stoned right winger Martin Erat from 18 feet away to seal the verdict. Nashville (4-0-2) has picked up points in its first six games under coach Peter Laviolette.

      "What I liked about tonight was even when things weren't going our way, the guys kept pushing, kept fighting," Laviolette said.

      Rinne stood tall in a busy third period, making 16 of his 33 saves, and turned away Vermette's slapper with two seconds left on an overtime power play.

      "He's a big part of the team," Predators center Mike Ribeiro said. "He saved what, close to 40 shots. He gave us a chance to win that game."

      Ribeiro was part of that equation as well, bagging his third goal at 12:05 of the first period to finish a 4-on-1, then setting up left winger James Neal for the equalizer at 8:03 of the third period.

      That occurred just 21 seconds after Erat, who played the first 722 games of his NHL career with Nashville, gave the Coyotes a brief lead with a power-play tally, his second goal.

      Arizona initiated scoring at 3:21 of the first period as left winger Rob Klinkhammer converted right winger David Moss' pass into his second goal.

      Ellis, who drew the assist on Ribeiro's goal, gave the Predators their first lead at 5:12 of the second as he ripped a wrister by Dubnyk three seconds after the first of five unsuccessful Nashville power plays ended.

      However, defenseman Keith Yandle made his 500th NHL game one to remember, collecting a power-play marker at 8:12 off Vermette's faceoff win.

      "It was a great play by Vermy," Yandle said. "It was a set play and I just kind of lucked out."

      Dubnyk (1-0-1) finished with 23 saves in relief of normal starter Mike Smith, who's allowed 16 goals in his first three games.

      NOTES: One of the referees seemed confused by the Coyotes' change from Phoenix to Arizona, saying that Phoenix had been called for minors twice in the second period. The team switched to Arizona during the offseason. ... Nashville C Mike Fisher (Achilles tendon) skated in practice Tuesday morning wearing a non-contact jersey. Fisher, who was injured in the offseason, could be back late in November, but a December return to action is more realistic. ... Arizona played its first four games at home, but started a stretch of seven road games in the next nine with this game.

  • Wednesday, October 22, 2014
    Habs come back again, top Wings in OT
    By The Sports Xchange

    MONTREAL -- The Montreal Canadiens might be down on the scoreboard late in the game, but they are proving they can never be counted out.

    • For the third time this season, the Canadiens trailed heading into the third period, tied the game and came out with the win in overtime.

      Center David Desharnais sealed the latest such instance when his goal 56 seconds into overtime lifted the Canadiens to a 2-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday night at the Bell Centre.

      "We always think we've got a chance. That's our leadership in this room," said Montreal defenseman P.K. Subban, who earned an assist on the winning tally. "We always know we have an opportunity to win a hockey game and if you look at the last couple of years in terms of how we've handled ourselves when faced with adversity ...

      "I think it says a lot about our team and the character in this room."

      For the sixth straight game, the Canadiens (6-1-0) saw the opposition hit the scoresheet first.

      Red Wings forward Pavel Datsyuk hit center Henrik Zetterberg with a stretch pass through the neutral zone. Zetterberg fired a shot from the right circle, the puck hitting Price, then Subban before hitting the crossbar and dropping into the net at 13:41 of the second period.

      The Red Wings (3-1-2) had their chances to get on the board earlier in the middle stanza with a pair of power plays a few minutes apart but couldn't connect. It has been a problem for coach Mike Babcock's crew thus far in the season, now at 2-for-24 (8.3 percent) after coming up empty on three tries against Montreal.

      "Obviously, when we lose a game and we have opportunities on the power play, if you score there it's a different game," Zetterberg said.

      The Canadiens came close to the notching the equalizer late in the frame on the power play when right winger Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau had an open net from in close but hit the left post.

      Another opportunity presented itself early in the third when Datsyuk nearly tipped right winger Brendan Gallagher's shot from the left circle past Howard.

      Datsyuk then thought he doubled the Red Wings' lead off a spin-o-rama backhand shot that beat Price, but the goal was waved off due to right winger Justin Abdelkader's incidental contact with the Canadiens netminder.

      Galchenyuk finally gave the sell-out crowd something to cheer about at 16:51 of the third. Playing four-on-four, defenseman Alexei Emelin found the 20-year-old to Howard's right, in a battle with Detroit blueliner Kyle Quincey. Galchenyuk came out on top and went around the back of the net before tucking the puck in on the left side.

      It was his third goal and seventh point on the season, in seven games played.

      "I feel really comfortable playing with Pleky (Tomas Plekanec) and P-A (Parenteau) and they help me a lot. All three of us are trying to bring something to the line and do our job to try and create offense and trying to be solid defensively. It's just clicking," he said.

      After holding the lead for nearly 57 minutes, leaving with one point wasn't what the Red Wings had hoped for.

      "I thought in the third we backed off a little bit too much. We didn't really go after them the way we would have liked to," Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall said. "In saying that, Howie was strong in front of our net and it felt like we were in good shape."

      NOTES: Red Wings D Niklas Kronwall appeared in his 600th NHL game. ... Montreal made one change to its lineup, scratching LW Jiri Sekac while RW Dale Weise returned after sitting out the last two games. ... Detroit C Pavel Datsyuk made his season debut after recovering from a shoulder injury suffered four weeks ago. ... To make room for him on the roster, the Red Wings put RW Johan Franzen on injured reserve. ... Heading into the game, C Manny Malhotra led all Montreal players in both career points (eight goals, seven assists in 48 games) and penalty minutes (22 PIM) vs. Detroit.

  • Wednesday, October 22, 2014
    Second-period barrage paces Leafs win over Islanders
    By The Sports Xchange

    UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- After the Toronto Maple Leafs scored four unanswered goals in a span of less than nine minutes in the second period, goaltender Jonathan Bernier figured the least he could do was stop a whole bunch of shots in the third period.

    • Center Phil Kessel opened and closed the second period outburst for the Leafs and Bernier made 17 saves in a spectacular shutout third period as Toronto beat the New York Islanders 5-2 at Nassau Coliseum on Tuesday.

      "Whenever your team scores that many goals, you've got to find a way to win those," Bernier said after earning his first win of the season in his fourth start.

      Bernier ended the night with 34 saves, including several of the point-blank variety in the third.

      With the Islanders on a power play and a little less than 12 minutes remaining, Bernier was on his stomach yet got his stick into the open right corner of the net to corral a shot by center Casey Cizikas.

      "Which one was that?" Bernier said before getting a further description. "On my stomach. I don't know, I just guess you just try to react right."

      Kessel reacted right -- and displayed his athleticism and uncanny nose for the net -- on his goals, both of which came about spontaneously.

      He was jumping over the boards for a shift change when he took a pass in stride from center Leo Komarov and beat Islanders goalie Jaroslav Halak from the right faceoff circle with 11:56 left in the second.

      Defenseman Roman Polak scored the game-winner just 2:07 later while right winger David Clarkson extended the lead to 4-2 at 16:21.

      Kessel scored his second goal 1:32 later, when he broke down the ice in anticipation of a clearing pass out of the Maple Leafs' zone by left winger James Van Riemsdyk. Islanders defenseman Thomas Hickey, whose turnover deep in the New York zone in the first led to a game-tying goal by Riemsdyk, jumped to try and knock the puck down, but he missed. Kessel picked it up and easily beat Halak on the breakaway.

      "Special players find ways to score those goals," Maple Leafs coach Randy Carlyle said. "Those are goals that goal-scorers score."

      The four second-period goals were as many as the Maple Leafs scored in their previous three games combined. It was also the second time this season Toronto scored at least four goals in a period. The Maple Leafs scored five goals in the second period of a 6-3 win over the New York Rangers on Oct. 12.

      "We kind of got things going our way in the second period and then we finally decided that we're going to control the puck in the offensive zone a little bit more and we were rewarded for that," Carlyle said.

      The third period on Tuesday was all about Bernier, which didn't exactly thrill Carlyle, even after the Maple Leafs (3-3-1) snapped a two-game losing streak.

      "Our goaltender in the third period was called upon," Carlyle said. "We stopped playing. We just started watching."

      Defenseman Nick Leddy and center John Tavares scored in the first period for the Islanders (4-2-0), who lost two straight following the third 4-0-0 start in franchise history.

      "They got a surge and they got some momentum in the second during the eight or 10 minutes," Islanders coach Jack Capuano said. "But we had some chances. It's a different game if we can get the (third) one. Just couldn't get it by (Bernier) when we needed to."

      Halak was pulled after the nightmarish second period, which was the worst period for the Islanders since they gave up five second-period goals against Washington on Nov. 5, 2013.

      Halak made 18 saves on 23 shots overall. Backup Chad Johnson made five saves in the third period.

      NOTES: Mark Hunter, who played for five NHL teams from 1981-92, was named the Maple Leafs' director of player personnel on Tuesday. Hunter spent the previous 12 years in a variety of management positions, including co-owner, with the London Knights of the OHL. ... The Maple Leafs scratched RW Carter Ashton and RW Matt Frattin. ... The Islanders scratched the healthy duo of LW Eric Boulton and D Matt Donovan, while C Mikhail Grabovski, who suffered an upper-body injury against the San Jose Sharks last Thursday, was also scratched. He skated Tuesday morning and is day-to-day. ... Islanders D Thomas Hickey was helped off the ice after being cut under his mouth by a skate in the third period.

  • Wednesday, October 22, 2014
    Bruins hold off Sharks
    By The Sports Xchange

    BOSTON -- It was the kind of game a team can build on.

    • "That one felt good, for sure," defenseman Torey Krug said after his goal and two assists helped the Boston Bruins to an exciting 5-3 victory over the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday night. "Our building, down going into the third period -- we knew we were playing a pretty solid game, and a five-minute lapse there and they take over the lead.

      "So, we wanted to keep doing what we were doing, and we were about to do that, and some of those pucks go in. It's a nice win, for sure."

      The Bruins, who fell behind when the Sharks scored twice in 37 seconds late in the second period, struck for three in the third and evened their record at 4-4-0 with their first back-to-back victories of the season.

      Just-recalled rookie right winger Seth Griffith tied the game with his first NHL goal (and point) 4:50 into the third before center Gregory Campbell scored his first of the season at 10:42. Center David Krejci scored a short-handed, empty-net goal with 24.5 seconds left.

      "He's been on the verge," Campbell said of Griffith, who was sent to AHL Providence for a game and then recalled to play on the top line. "He's had a few good looks. He's not afraid to shoot, and he has a lot of confidence for a young kid, so we're all happy to see him score a goal, and not only a goal, but an important goal."

      Griffith went a bit wild in his goal celebration, charging over to the glass.

      "It was just my first one, so I had to do something a little crazy, I guess," he said.

      The Bruins killed a late double minor on center Patrice Bergeron to escape with the win, playing two men down when San Jose goaltender Antti Niemi was pulled with 1:07 left. Krejci ended the suspense with his second in five games since returning from an injury.

      Bruins left winger Milan Lucic, still looking for his first goal of the season, assisted on the first three Boston goals.

      Right winger Brad Marchand (first goal in 20 games dating back to the final game of the last regular season) and Krug scored on Boston's first two power plays of the game. The Bruins were just 3-for-22 with the man advantage coming in.

      "We talk a lot about ... if you can't score goals, you want to at least get some momentum," Krug said of the power play. "Tonight, it's nice to actually see some of those go in. It's good for our power play, for sure."

      Sharks center Logan Couture scored his second and third goals of the season, both on assists from left winger Patrick Marleau. Couture and center Joe Thornton, the former captain of both teams, scored the two goals in 15 seconds, beating goalie Tuukka Rask.

      "I mean, we were making plays and just giving up pucks, giving pucks to them and not being good around our own net," said Couture, whose team fell to 4-2-1 with its second consecutive loss. "It's all stuff that we've talked about since training camp that we're not doing well, so we got to get a lot better."

      Rask, the defending Vezina Trophy winner, made 31 saves in evening his record at 3-3. Niemi made 28 saves and took his first loss of the season after three wins.

      Thornton recorded his seventh point in seven games on the season, while Marleau has nine points.

      "The game just went back and forth, back and forth, and you know, we thought we had it," said Thornton, who has six points in 10 games against his old team. "We had a good chance on the four-minute power play in the end. We just didn't bury it, so tough game to lose."

      NOTES: Sharks LW James Sheppard, who was rehabbing after offseason knee surgery, made his season debut. ... Bruins D Kevan Miller is out indefinitely with a dislocated right shoulder he sustained in a fight Saturday in Buffalo. With Miller missing, D Matt Bartkowski dressed for his second game of the season. ... Finishing up a five-game road trip, the Sharks head home and face the Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday, while the Bruins are home to play the New York Islanders the same night. That means a return by D Johnny Boychuk, recently sent from Boston to the Islanders. ... The Sharks announced F Raffi Torres, who has yet to play this season, will not have a second surgery on his injured and infected knee. He will try to rehab the injury.

  • Tuesday, October 21, 2014
    Klein scores OT winner as Rangers nip Devils
    By The Sports Xchange

    NEWARK, N.J. -- Even though they trailed 3-1 midway through the third period on the road against their dreaded rivals, the New York Rangers never gave up the hope that they could mount a comeback Tuesday night.

    • "We never got down," said Rangers defenseman Kevin Klein, who broke a 3-3 tie with 2:18 remaining in overtime with his first goal of the season, giving the Rangers a come-from-behind 4-3 win over the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center.

      "We knew we could come back," Klein said. "We kept playing forward, scrapping for the puck."

      Defenseman and team captain Ryan McDonagh agreed.

      "It was important for everyone to believe that we had an opportunity to get back in the game," said McDonagh, who had two assists. "We weren't depending on one guy. We played with confidence even when we were down. We played with speed. We played with intensity."

      After defenseman Jon Merrill tallied his first goal of the season, the Devils' third power-play goal of the night just 36 seconds into the third period, the Rangers didn't wither and kept up the pressure.

      They first got a crucial power-play goal from center Chris Mueller, his first of the season and only the third of his NHL career, at 9:06 of the third.

      "We were going along well and the penalty changed the momentum," said Devils coach Peter DeBoer, whose team suffered its third straight loss after beginning the year with three wins on the road. "We needed a kill there and didn't get it."

      Trying desperately to hold onto the lead, Devils defenseman Marek Zidlicky made an ill-advised pass in front of his goal. Rangers right winger Kevin Hayes stole the pass, fired it on goal and left winger Rick Nash knocked home the rebound for the game-tying score with 4:26 left in regulation.

      "Then we make a bad decision with the puck and the game is tied," DeBoer said. "We made a couple of bad decisions and a guy like Nash will make you pay for it."

      It was the veteran Nash's eighth goal of the young season.

      Right winger Jaromir Jagr scored a goal, his first of the season and the 706th of his career, and added an assist for the Devils. Center Adam Henrique also added a goal and an assist. Center Damien Brunner, playing in just his second game of the season, added his first two assists of the year.

      Goaltender Henrik Lundqvist stopped 28 shots to earn the victory in net for the Rangers (4-3).

      "Our guys are playing great," Lundqvist said. "They're playing hard. We had to make the right plays the last three games. I like the way we're playing. We responded tonight in a big way."

      Rangers coach Alain Vigneault agrees.

      "It's real good to scrounge your way back and win it in overtime against a good team," Vigneault said. "We just stayed with it. We just had to find a way to tie it, then win it. For us to be able to come back after being down 3-1 to a good team is a good thing for us."

      After Nash scored, sending the game to the overtime, Klein made the most of his opportunity, scoring the first goal for a Rangers defenseman in the seven games of the season.

      "Kreids (Chris Kreider, who had a goal and an assist) did a great job with the puck and gave me the shot," Klein said. "He made a great pass to me and I was fortunate to score the goal. To win in that fashion makes it extra special."

      Goalie Cory Schneider stopped 21 shots in goal for New Jersey.

      "We should have been able to close it out," said Devils left winger Mike Cammalleri, whose shot late in regulation clanked off the crossbar, denying the chance to be a game-winning hero. "We did a lot of nice things, then we let the Rangers come back and grab it. It's the result of us not doing good things at the right time. We'll be alright. We're not going to give them too much credit."

      NOTES: Devils D Adam Larsson made his first appearance of the season and was in the starting lineup. ... Devils D Eric Gelinas was a healthy scratch, as was LW Tuomo Ruutu. ... The Rangers scratched promising rookie LW Anthony Duclair, who had three assists in five prior games this season. ... D Michael Kostka was also a healthy scratch. ... Before the game, Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said that it "felt funny" that sure-fire Hall of Fame goaltender Martin Brodeur was not on the New Jersey roster. It was the first time since 1991 that the Rangers faced the Devils and Brodeur was not on the roster.

  • Tuesday, October 21, 2014
    Report: Career of Blue Jackets' Horton in jeopardy
    By The Sports Xchange

    The career of Columbus Blue Jackets right wing Nathan Horton may be in jeopardy after he was diagnosed with degeneration of the entire lumbar region of his spine, The Columbus Dispatch reported Tuesday.

    • Horton, 29, has not played in any games this season as a result of back issues, and played in only 35 games last season.

      According to the Dispatch report, surgery has not been scheduled yet and is considered a last resort.

      "He's going to rest it and see if it responds," general manager Jarmo Kekalainen told the newspaper.

      Horton has 202 goals and 218 assists in 626 games in his NHL career with the Florida Panthers, Boston Bruins and Columbus. He had eight goals and nine assists during the 2011 playoffs, when he helped the Bruins win the Stanley Cup.

      Horton signed a seven-year, $37.1 million free-agent contract with the Blue Jackets in the summer of 2013

      The Blue Jackets also are without forwards Brandon Dubinsky (abdominal surgery) and Boone Jenner (broken hand).

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      The rookie has one assist in five games this season.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      Griffith has skated in three games for Boston this season.

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

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

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

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