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  • Saturday, November 1, 2014
    Third-period burst ignites Flames' win over Predators
    By The Sports Xchange

    CALGARY, Alberta -- The Calgary Flames certainly aren't the NHL's scariest bunch, but for four minutes on Halloween night, they had the Nashville Predators spooked.

    • Flames right winger Jiri Hudler, defenseman TJ Brodie and left winger Johnny Gaudreau all scored in a span of 4:01 in the third period as the hosts stormed back for a 4-3 victory over the visiting Predators on Friday at the Scotiabank Saddledome.

      "It was a bad four minutes," said Predators coach Peter Laviolette.

      Most of the 18,505 fans in attendance didn't feel that way.

      The Flames trailed 2-1 after 40 minutes, but Hudler evened the score 2:36 after the intermission after a crafty setup from center Markus Granlund, who was skating in his first NHL game of the season after Wednesday's recall from the AHL's Adirondack Flames.

      With the Flames on the power play less than two minutes later, Brodie's attempted pass to right winger David Jones deflected off Predators captain Shea Weber and past goalie Pekka Rinne for the go-ahead goal.

      At 6:37 of the third period, Gaudreau would lift a wrist shot over Rinne's right shoulder for what turned out to be the game-winning goal.

      Center Sean Monahan also scored for the Flames (6-4-2), while left winger James Neal scored a pair for the Predators (6-2-2) and center Craig Smith added another.

      However, the star of the night was Gaudreau, who also assisted on Hudler's goal. Less than a month into his first professional season, the former Boston College Eagles star is blossoming into a favorite in Calgary, where fans are buzzing about his eye-popping offensive abilities.

      "Tonight, it was Halloween dance for Johnny," said Flames coach Bob Hartley. "He was dancing."

      "When he's flying and making those moves and dancing around guys, that's pretty special to see," said Monahan. "Obviously it gets people out of their seats. He's a talented player. He does that every day."

      Neal would score his second goal of the night on the power play with 9:13 remaining in Friday's third period, but that was as close as the Predators would get.

      Flames goalie Jonas Hiller finished with 28 saves, while Rinne made 26 stops.

      "For two periods, I loved the way we played," said Neal, who leads the Predators with seven goals this season. "In this league, if a team hangs around long enough and gets a few bounces, they're right back in it and give themselves some life.

      "We know what was at stake going into that third period and we knew what we had to do and we just let it slip away for a little bit. We'll learn from that and get better. But other than that, I liked what we did."

      After a scoreless opening period, Monahan struck first for the Flames at the 4:23 mark of the middle frame, tucking a rebound behind Rinne after a blast by defenseman Dennis Wideman on the power play.

      Calgary's lead lasted only 67 seconds, as Smith buried Ryan Ellis' rebound at the other end to tie it up. About six minutes later, Nashville's Mike Ribeiro bettered Monahan on a faceoff and slid the puck back to Neal, who made no mistake on the shot.

      The next stop for the Predators on their six-game road-swing is Vancouver, where they'll face the Canucks on Sunday. The Flames are headed to Montreal for Sunday's contest with the Canadiens, their first of five straight road games.

      NOTES: Flames LW Michael Ferland made his NHL debut against the Predators but exited late in the second period with an upper-body injury and did not return. The 22-year-old Ferland had been a point-per-game guy for AHL's Adirondack Flames, with four goals and five assists in nine appearances. ... The Flames also recalled C Markus Granlund after two of their usual centers -- Matt Stajan (knee) and Mikael Backlund (abdomen) -- were placed on injured reserve. The Flames are also missing RW Joe Colborne (upper-body) and LW Mason Raymond (shoulder) due to injuries ... C Calle Jarnkrok (upper-body) and C Mike Fisher (Achilles) are sidelined for the Predators ... Predators C Olli Jokinen knows his way around the Scotiabank Saddledome. In two separate stints with the Flames, Jokinen scored 59 goals and added 106 assists in 236 regular-season contests for Calgary.

  • Saturday, November 1, 2014
    Perry's goal, assist lead Ducks over Stars
    By The Sports Xchange

    DALLAS -- Anaheim right winger Corey Perry is approaching most-hated status among Dallas fans. And after a game where he scored and assisted on the game-winner by forward Nate Thompson in overtime, that hatred might reach a new level as the Ducks defeated the Stars 2-1 in overtime at American Airlines Center.

    • Perry's shot from the left point 2:30 into overtime was tipped in by Thompson, capping the Ducks win on the second night of a back-to-back.

      "I just put it on net," Perry said of the game-winner. "I knew somebody was going. Cam (Fowler) kicked it out, so he was going through. I saw somebody come up. I had no idea who it was, but they did a great job going to the net."

      After a scoreless opening period, Perry scored late in the second period, breaking the deadlock with a low slap shot from the right faceoff circle that beat Dallas goalie Kari Lehtonen to the far post to give the visitors the lead.

      Perry's goal, his 10th of the season, came after a great pass from Ducks defenseman Francois Beauchemin from the Anaheim zone. Beauchemin banked the puck off the boards before the right winger collected it near center ice and raced up the right side. Perry's goal came in a 4-on-4 situation after Stars defenseman Kevin Connauton was called for holding the stick at 15:29 and Ducks center Ryan Getzlaf joined him in the box at 16:02 after a roughing penalty.

      The Stars are now 1-4 in overtime games and head coach Lindy Ruff was clearly not pleased with Friday's outcome.

      "The first 40 minutes, I think that's as poor as I've seen us play," Ruff said. "From execution, from starting with the play breaking out of our own end. It starts with that first pass, and we didn't win enough of those small battles. When you lose the small battles, the big battle becomes fighting your way back to the other team's end usually."

      Anaheim looked poised to double their lead when right winger Tim Jackman skated into the Dallas zone on a breakaway at 8:01 of the third. However, Lehtonen denied Jackman with a pad save.

      Ducks rookie defenseman Josh Manson knocked in the ensuing rebound, but his goal was disallowed because Jackman had bowled over Lehtonen near the far post.

      "I would have really liked to see that goal counted, what a great thing, your first game you score a goal," Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau said of Manson's disallowed tally.

      Dallas tied it with 5:27 remaining in regulation when left winger Antoine Roussel scored on a tap-in after a cross-ice pass from Stars defenseman Trevor Daley.

      Boudreau devised a simple strategy to kill any potential Dallas momentum following the game-tying goal and it worked.

      "We didn't mind taking as many face offs after the goal as possible just to slow the momentum down, slow the crowd down," Boudreau said. "At that point, we said let's take it to overtime and try our luck there."

      And even though Dallas had several chances in overtime, it was a well-earned win on the road.

      "They had it in our zone for a little bit but I thought we deserved it," Boudreau said. "We played really well and any time you hold a team to one shot in the second period, you deserve to win."

      One prominent Star felt he and his teammates were fortunate to come away with a point after such a disappointing performance.

      "We were pretty lucky to get there in the first place," Jamie Benn said. "I don't think we worked tonight very well. It was definitely not Dallas Stars hockey right there and it's just embarrassing."

      Ducks goaltender Frederik Andersen stopped 21 shots while Lehtonen saved 22.

      NOTES: Friday marked the first meeting between the Anaheim Ducks and Dallas Stars since Anaheim eliminated Dallas in six games in their first-round playoff series last April. ... Ducks LW Dany Heatley and RW Rickard Rakell were scratched. ... Stars D Jyrki Jokipakka and RW Valeri Nichushkin, who was assigned to AHL Texas on Thursday for a conditioning assignment, were scratched. ... Ducks LW Patrick Maroon returned to the ice against Dallas after missing the past eight games with a knee injury. ... Friday's game marks the end of a two-game homestand for the Stars, who will finish the back-to-back on Saturday night at the Minnesota Wild. ... Ducks D Josh Manson, son of longtime NHL player Dave Manson, was making his NHL debut. ... After an optional morning skate, Stars head coach Lindy Ruff said D Sergei Gonchar, out since preseason with an ankle injury, could return next week.

  • Saturday, November 1, 2014
    NHL game roundup: Wings handle suddenly struggling Kings
    By The Sports Xchange

    DETROIT -- Winger Gustav Nyquist and center Pavel Datsyuk had two goals and an assist each and the Detroit Red Wings beat the Los Angeles Kings 5-2 at Joe Louis Arena on Friday night.

    • Left winger Tomas Tatar also scored for Detroit, defenseman Niklas Kronwall and center Henrik Zetterberg had two assists each and goaltender Jimmy Howard made 28 saves.

      Defenseman Alec Martinez and center Tyker Toffoli scored for Los Angeles while goalie Jonathan Quick stopped 30 shots.

      Maple Leafs 4, Blue Jackets 1

      COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Right winger Daniel Winnik and center Phil Kessel each had a goal and two assists, leading Toronto to an almost effortless win at Columbus.

      Center Nazim Kadri added a goal and an assist, while right winger David Clarkson added a goal for Toronto and goaltender Jonathan Bernier finished with 28 saves and improved to 3-3-1.

      Columbus' goal was scored by right winger Cam Atkinson and goaltender Curtis McElhinney had 23 saves.

      Ducks 2, Stars 1 (OT)

      DALLAS -- Right winger Corey Perry scored a goal in regulation and added the primary assist on the overtime game winner by center Nate Thompson as Anaheim edged Dallas at American Airlines Center.

      The clincher came when Perry blistered a slap shot from the left point that Thompson tipped under the right shoulder of Dallas goaltender Kari Lehtonen.

      Left winger Antoine Roussel scored for Dallas while Anaheim goaltender Frederik Andersen stopped 21 shots to earn the win.

      Flames 4, Predators 3

      CALGARY, Alberta -- Right winger Jiri Hudler, defenseman TJ Brodie and left winger Johnny Gaudreau all scored in a span of 4:01 in the third period as Calgary stormed back for a victory over Nashville at the Scotiabank Saddledome.

      Center Sean Monahan also scored for Calgary, while left winger James Neal scored a pair for the Predators and center Craig Smith added another.

      Calgary goalie Jonas Hiller made 28 saves and Nashville netminder Pekka Rinne made 26.

  • Saturday, November 1, 2014
    Red Wings come up big in win over Kings
    By The Sports Xchange

    DETROIT -- The Detroit Red Wings broke out of their goal-scoring doldrums at even strength and on the power play.

    • Winger Gustav Nyquist and center Pavel Datsyuk had two goals and an assist each and Detroit beat the Los Angeles Kings 5-2 at Joe Louis Arena on Friday night.

      The Red Wings came into the game with 22 goals in nine games and the 25th ranked power play in the NHL.

      Detroit scored on its first two power-play chances when it scored four goals in less than 10 minutes.

      "That was good. Big for our power play," said Nyquist who had both power-play goals. "I think it's been getting better and better and today we converted on the first two opportunities there so that was good."

      Left winger Tomas Tatar also scored for Detroit while defenseman Niklas Kronwall and center Henrik Zetterberg had two assists each and goaltender Jimmy Howard made 28 saves.

      "We did a good job at the beginning,"Howard said. "We knew they played last night so we figured if we jumped on them early and had some success it would be the best recipe for us."

      The Kings lost 3-0 against the Pittsburgh Penguins Thursday.

      Defenseman Alec Martinez and center Tyler Toffoli scored for Los Angeles while goalie Jonathan Quick stopped 30 shots.

      "We just have to find a way to come out strong in the first period. Not necessarily score goals but play our game," Toffoli said. "I don't think we were prepared to play and do the things necessary to win."

      Detroit led 4-0 after the first 18:08 and the first period.

      A pane of glass was broken at that point and the officials sent the teams to their dressing rooms for the first intermission. The remainder of the first period was completed after that.

      Nyquist's first goal of the game opened the scoring 5:51 in. He put in a one-timer from the slot for a power-play goal.

      Datsyuk made it 2-0 with his third goal, at 9:42. After stealing the puck from Los Angeles left winger Dwight King in the King's zone, Datsyuk's attempted pass from the left circle deflected in off Los Angeles defenseman Jake Muzzin.

      Nyquist's second goal of the game, and his seventh of the season, also came on the power play. He slammed in the rebound of a shot that bounced off the boards behind the net.

      Tatar increased the lead to 4-0 with 4:32 remaining in the opening period when he scored on a one-timer from Quick's left off a pass from behind the net by Nyquist.

      "We got off to a real good start. Obviously the power play was magic. Guys really were skating," Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said. "The schedule favored us tonight. We were able to jump on them early."

      Martinez put Los Angeles on the board with 9:19 left in the second period.

      He slid in a backhander from Howard's right off a goal-mouth scramble for his first goal.

      Toffoli cut the lead to 4-2 with a short-handed goal 1:48 into the third period. He put in the rebound of center Mike Richards' shot. It was Toffoli's sixth goal.

      Datsyuk added an empty-net goal for his second of the game and fourth of the season.

      Howard stopped Kings right winger Dustin Bown on a penalty shot 2:29 into the third, also with Los Angeles short-handed.

      "The ice wasn’t the best there in the third," Howard said. "I think with all the rain today it was a bit humid tonight so it probably wasn’t the best ice for him to do a move so I just stayed patient.

      "I told myself this could be the game so I had to come up with a save."

      NOTES: Detroit D Kyle Quincey left in the first period with an ankle injury and did not return. Babcock said the team would know more Saturday. ... Los Angeles was without LW Marian Gaborik (upper body) and C Anze Kopitar (upper body). ... Detroit played without RW Johan Franzen (groin). He is expected to return on Sunday when the team plays the Buffalo Sabres in Buffalo. ... The Kings returned RW David Van der Gulik to AHL Manchester after recalling him from there Thursday. ... Red Wings assistant coach Tony Granato was a member of the Kings during his playing career.

  • Friday, October 31, 2014
    Leafs dominate banged-up Blue Jackets
    By The Sports Xchange

    COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Toronto Maple Leafs right winger Daniel Winnick upstaged his own milestone by matching one of his career highs.

    • Winnik, playing in his 500th NHL game, had a goal and two assists to lead the Leafs to a 4-1 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets before 14,479 in Nationwide Arena on Friday.

      It was only the fourth three-point night of Winnick's career.

      "If you had to write it yourself, that's how you'd write it," Winnik said. "It felt great. It couldn't have gone any better."

      Center Phil Kessel also had a goal and two assists, while center Nazim Kadri and right winger David Clarkson had goals, and the Leafs improved to 3-0-1 on the road.

      The Leafs led 3-0 midway through the third period, taking any drama out of the game.

      "We had some puck luck and, yeah, some great bounces," Kadri said. "But that's what happens when you stick with it. We earned what we got tonight."

      Maple Leafs goaltender Jonathan Bernier went long stretches between saves, but finished with 28 and improved to 3-3-1.

      The only Blue Jackets goal was scored by right winger Cam Atkinson midway through the third period.

      Blue Jackets goaltender Curtis McElhinney had 23 saves.

      The Blue Jackets played Friday's game without eight of their lineup regulars, including four of their top six forwards, top defenseman James Wisniewski and No. 1 goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky.

      That put three NHL rookies and three call-ups from their AHL affiliate in Springfield, Mass., in the lineup and sapped them of their offensive punch and forechecking strength.

      Still, coach Todd Richards was not pleased with the performance.

      "When things aren't going right, it puts you on your heels," Richards said. "We have to get pas that and start playing on our toes.

      "If we're going to go down, let's go down swinging."

      For long stretches, the Maple Leafs held the puck in the Blue Jackets' zone, forcing McElhinney to make saves in bunches.

      Kessel scored first at 15:28 of the first period, firing a wrister through a scrum that barely cleared the goalline before it was kicked away by Blue Jackets defenseman Fedor Tyutin.

      The goal -- initially ruled a "no goal" on the ice as play continued -- was awarded after it was reviewed at the next stoppage of play.

      The Leafs pushed the lead to 2-0 with a power-play goal at 12:13 of the second period when Clarkson redirected a shot by defenseman Dion Phaneuf.

      Only 2:38 in the third, Kadri finished a 2-on-1 with Kessel to make it 3-0.

      The Blue Jackets avoided their first shutout of the season with 9:20 left in the third period when Atkinson poked in a rebound off a shot by center Ryan Johansen.

      The Leafs got the goal back with 3:33 play when Winnik jumped on a loose puck, carried it in on McElhinney and scored over his left shoulder.

      "It was nice to see it on his 500th game," Maple Leafs coach Randy Carlyle said. "He had nice things to say about his linemates, and he's a versatile player who can play on a few lines.

      "That's why he's played 500 games in this league."

      NOTES: Blue Jackets RW Corey Tropp left the game after two periods because of an illness. ... Toronto LW Joffrey Lupul fell in practice on Thursday and suffered a broken hand. He is out indefinitely, the club said. ... With Lupul out, Toronto RW Carton Ashton made his season debut. ... Blue Jackets LW Nick Foligno returned to the lineup after missing one game with a stiff neck. He was taken off the ice on a stretcher last Sunday in Staples Center after colliding with an NHL official. ... Columbus D Jack Johnson and Toronto C Daniel Winnik each played their 500th NHL game. ... Former Blue Jackets general manager Scott Howson, now assistant GM in Edmonton, returned to Nationwide Arena to scout last night's game. ... Blue Jackets LW Brian Gibbons, recalled from minor league Springfield on Thursday, was a healthy scratch.

  • Friday, October 31, 2014
    NHL roundup: Canucks' Burrows suspended three games
    By The Sports Xchange

    The NHL suspended Vancouver Canucks forward Alexandre Burrows for three games, without pay, for a late, illegal check to the head of Montreal Canadiens defenseman Alexei Emelin on Thursday, the league announced Friday.

    • The incident occurred at 8:23 of the second period. No penalty was called on the play at the time, and Emelin later returned to the game.

      Burrows, who has never been suspended previously, has two goals and four assists in 10 games this season.

      ---Detroit Red Wings general manager Ken Holland said forward Stephen Weiss will be put on injured reserve to open up a spot on the roster for forward Johan Franzen, MLive.com reported.

      Franzen, who has two goals and three assists in four games this season, has been sidelined with a groin injury since Oct. 17, but he is expected to return for Sunday's game against the Buffalo Sabres.

      Weiss suffered a groin injury Wednesday while on a conditioning stint with the Grand Rapids Griffins of the American Hockey League. He played one NHL game this season, and had no shots on goal in that Oct. 18 game against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

      ---The Buffalo Sabres returned forward Sam Reinhart to Kootenay of the Western Hockey League.

      The Sabres were allowed to play Reinhart, the second pick of the 2014 draft, in nine games before deciding whether to keep him beyond his 10th game and start the clock on his three-year, entry-level contract, or return him to junior hockey. He played his ninth game Thursday night against the Boston Bruins.

      ---The Tampa Bay Lightning reassigned forward Cedric Paquette to Syracuse of the American Hockey League.

      Paquette, 21, has skated in four games with the Lightning this season, recording five penalty minutes. The 6-foot-1, 199-pounder made his season debut on Oct. 24 in Winnipeg.

      ---The Chicago Blackhawks reassigned goaltender Scott Darling to Rockford of the American Hockey League.

      Darling, 25, appeared in three games with Chicago, posting a 2-1-0 record, .933 save percentage and 1.98 goals-against average.

      ---The Winnipeg Jets reassigned forward Patrice Cormier to St. John's of the American Hockey League.

      Cormier, 24, did not appear in any games with the Jets since being recalled on Oct. 25.

      ---After a 4-3 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday night, the Philadelphia Flyers announced the signing of 6-foot-1, 200 pound defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo.

      The 31-year-old most recently played with the St. Louis Blues, scoring a goal and three assists in 25 games last season.

      ---The Los Angeles Kings returned RW David Van der Gulik to AHL Manchester after recalling him from there on Thursday.

      --Toronto Maple Leafs left wing Joffrey Lupul fell in practice on Thursday and suffered a broken hand. He is out indefinitely, the club said.

      ---Columbus Blue Jackets left wing Nick Foligno returned to the lineup after missing one game with a stiff neck. He was taken off the ice on a stretcher last Sunday in Staples Center after colliding with an NHL official.

  • Friday, October 31, 2014
    Canucks' Burrows suspended three games
    By The Sports Xchange

    The NHL suspended Vancouver Canucks forward Alexandre Burrows for three games, without pay, for a late, illegal check to the head of Montreal Canadiens defenseman Alexei Emelin on Thursday, the league announced Friday.

    • The incident occurred at 8:23 of the second period. No penalty was called on the play at the time, and Emelin later returned to the game.

      Burrows, who has never been suspended previously, has two goals and four assists in 10 games this season.

      Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and, based on his average annual salary, Burrows will forfeit $72,580.65. The money goes to the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund.

  • Friday, October 31, 2014
    Report: Franzen to return Sunday; Weiss to IR
    By The Sports Xchange

    Detroit Red Wings general manager Ken Holland said forward Stephen Weiss will be put on injured reserve to open up a spot on the roster for forward Johan Franzen, MLive.com reported.

    • Franzen, who has two goals and three assists in four games this season, has been sidelined with a groin injury since Oct. 17, but he is expected to return for Sunday's game against the Buffalo Sabres.

      "We anticipate Mule [Franzen] playing on Sunday," Holland said, according to MLive.com. "And if Mule is ready to go on Sunday, whenever we need a roster spot, Weiss will go on IR because he's not eligible to play right now."

      Weiss suffered a groin injury Wednesday while on a conditioning stint with the Grand Rapids Griffins of the American Hockey League. He played one NHL game this season, and had no shots on goal in that Oct. 18 game against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

      Instead of traveling with the team on its upcoming road trip, Weiss will visit doctors in an effort to find the cause of his groin problems.

      Groin issues limited Weiss to 26 games last season. He had sports hernia surgery in December 2013 and another procedure in April.

      Weiss, 31, signed a five-year, $24.9 million contract in 2013.

      He scored 60 points for the Panthers three seasons ago but had wrist surgery limiting him to 17 games in 2012-13.

  • Friday, October 31, 2014
    Lightning reassign F Paquette
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Tampa Bay Lightning reassigned forward Cedric Paquette to Syracuse of the American Hockey League on Friday.

    • Paquette, 21, has skated in four games with the Lightning this season, recording five penalty minutes. The 6-foot-1, 199-pounder made his season debut on Oct. 24 in Winnipeg.

      Paquette has skated in six career NHL games, registering one assist and five penalty minutes. He also appeared in all four of the Lightning's 2014 postseason games, recording a pair of assists to go along with 16 penalty minutes.

      The Gaspe, Quebec native has played in four games with Syracuse this season, posting three goals and five points to go along with a plus-5 rating.

  • Friday, October 31, 2014
    Jets reassign F Cormier
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Winnipeg Jets reassigned forward Patrice Cormier to St. John's of the American Hockey League on Friday.

    • Cormier, 24, did not appear in any games with the Jets since being recalled on Oct. 25.

      Cormier has played in four games this season with St. John's, collecting two goals and five penalty minutes.

      Cormier has compiled five points (one goals, four assists) in 49 career NHL games with Winnipeg and the then-Atlanta Thrashers.

      The Moncton, New Brunswick was originally drafted by the New Jersey Devils in the second round (54th overall) in the 2008 draft.

  • Friday, October 31, 2014
    Blackhawks reassign G Darling
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Chicago Blackhawks reassigned goaltender Scott Darling to Rockford of the American Hockey League on Friday.

    • Darling, 25, appeared in three games with Chicago, posting a 2-1-0 record, .933 save percentage and 1.98 goals-against average.

      The Lemont, Ill., native made his NHL debut with the Blackhawks on Sunday against Ottawa, turning aside 31 of 32 shots on goal for his first career win.

      Darling posted a 2-0-0 record with a .948 save percentage and 1.44 goals-against average in two games with Rockford to open the season.

  • Friday, October 31, 2014
    Sabres F Reinhart returns to juniors
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Buffalo Sabres returned forward Sam Reinhart to Kootenay of the Western Hockey League on Friday.

    • The Sabres could play Reinhart, the second pick of the 2014 draft, in nine games before deciding on whether to keep him beyond his 10th game and start the clock on his three-year, entry-level contract, or return him to junior hockey. He played his ninth game Thursday night against the Boston Bruins.

      Reinhart had one assist, a minus-1 rating and three shots on goal in nine games for the Sabres, and was averaging 10:21 of ice time per game, second-lowest among Sabres forwards.

      Reinhart tied for fifth in the WHL last season with 105 points in 60 games, and his 36 goals were second on Kootenay. Reinhart also led the Ice with 23 points (six goals, 17 assists) in 13 WHL playoff games.

  • Friday, October 31, 2014
    Daniel Sedin's OT goal rescues Canucks
    By The Sports Xchange

    VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- After their team nearly unraveled in the third period, Henrik and Daniel Sedin helped the Vancouver Canucks stitch together a 3-2 overtime win against the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday night.

    • With Montreal defenseman Tom Gilbert off for interference, center Henrik Sedin sent his twin brother Daniel in alone behind the Montreal defense. Left winger Daniel Sedin beat Canadiens goaltender Carey Price with a high shot over the blocker with 2:15 remaining in overtime.

      The Canucks almost let the win slip through their fingers after blowing a 2-0, third-period lead.

      "You should not give up a 2-0 lead at home," said Daniel Sedin, who scored his third goal of the season. "It happens.

      "We stuck with our game plan, no panic, nothing. We stayed with our game plan, and it paid off."

      It was a disappointing end for an exciting comeback by the Canadiens. Left winger Max Pacioretty tied the game with 2:33 left in the third with a blast over Vancouver goaltender Ryan Miller's glove.

      Center Alex Galchenyuk started the rally when he deflected a shot from defenseman P.K. Subban past Miller at 12:11 of the third.

      "I thought we showed a lot of character battling back," Subban said. "We had our chances. The puck just didn't go in for us."

      The Canadiens had a lot of jump early, using their speed and size to control much of the scoreless first period. Miller proved the difference, making several key saves to keep the Canucks in the game.

      "He is so calm," Daniel Sedin said about the Vancouver goaltender, who was named the game's first star after blocking 23 shots.

      Although not known as a physical player, Daniel Sedin had several confrontations with Subban during the game.

      "That was my bad," he said. "That is part of his game. He gets better when he gets involved like that. I should have stayed away from that."

      The Canadiens were angry Vancouver's first goal came seconds after Canucks right winger Alex Burrows appeared to hit Montreal defenseman Alexei Emelin with a late, high hit. Emelin crumpled to the ice, but the play continued.

      Montreal coach Michel Therrien called the play "a dirty hit to the head."

      "Instead of having a power play of five minutes, the puck is in your own net," he said.

      Right winger Brad Richardson, with his third goal in two games, and center Nick Bonino scored the other goals for Vancouver (7-3-0).

      The Canadiens' power play continued to struggle on the road. Montreal (8-2-1) failed to score on three man-advantages, leaving its power play 0-for-25 on the road.

      Daniel Sedin said the Canadiens were able to capitalize on a couple Vancouver errors.

      "For at least 40 minutes, we played really well," he said. "They are going to push when they are down and get some chances.

      "We gave them two or three chances, and they scored."

      Defenseman Kevin Bieksa said the Canucks were confident after regulation.

      "Getting into overtime, we were in good shape," he said. "We are a good team four-on-four. We have a lot of combinations we can throw at you.

      "I didn't see the penalty, but you get a power play in overtime, and a lot of times that is going to be the end of it. We made them pay. We were resilient."

      The win was the third in a row for the Canucks and fourth in five games.

      Henrik Sedin believes there is still room for improvement.

      "We had a lot of guys stepping up," he said. "I think our line can play better.

      "We rolled the lines, we're fresh and we're playing good defensively. We should have won this game after 60 minutes. I think overall, if you look top to bottom, it was one of our better efforts for sure."

      The Canadiens collected three of six points on a three-game western swing.

      "Full marks for our guys for coming back," Montreal right winger Dale Weise said. "We got a point out of this. It's not an easy place to win. I really liked our game tonight."

      NOTES: The Canucks assigned D Frank Corrado to AHL Utica. ... Canucks D Yannick Weber and LW Chris Higgins are former Canadiens. Montreal RW Dale Weise and C Manny Malhotra are former Canucks. ... Vancouver's Ryan Miller is one of 30 NHL goaltenders with 300 or more wins. ... Canucks RW Jannik Hansen is one game short of 400 in the NHL. ... Even in the warmups, there were "go Habs go" cheers at Rogers Arena. ... D P.K. Subban played in his 135th consecutive game, the Canadiens' longest active streak. ... The Canadiens ended a three-game western trip that saw them lose in Edmonton and win in Calgary. They return home to play the Flames on Sunday. ... The Canucks play the Oilers in Edmonton on Saturday.

  • Friday, October 31, 2014
    Flyers sign D Colaiacovo
    By The Sports Xchange

    After a 4-3 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday night, the Philadelphia Flyers announced the signing of 6-foot-1, 200 pound defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo.

    • The 31-year-old most recently played with the St. Louis Blues, scoring a goal and three assists in 25 games last season.

      In 401 career games over 11 seasons with Toronto, St. Louis and Detroit, Colaiacovo scored 31 goals and recorded 144 points, along with 211 penalty minutes.

  • Friday, October 31, 2014
    NHL game roundup: Josefson helps Devils exorcise shootout demons
    By The Sports Xchange

    NEWARK, N.J. -- It had been an NHL record 18 straight losses when a game came down to a shootout for the New Jersey Devils, center Jacob Josefson scored the only goal in the tiebreaker Thursday and his team topped the Winnipeg Jets 2-1.

    • The Devils trailed 1-0 late in the third period, but right winger Michael Ryder made a steal in the Winnipeg zone and scored an unassisted goal to tie it at 1, sending it to overtime.

      Right winger Blake Wheeler, who led Winnipeg in scoring last season with 28 goals and 41 assists, took a perfect pass from defenseman Toby Enstrom off the boards with an extra skater on the ice at the 6:56 mark of the first period and deposited it in the net for the early Jets advantage.

      Lightning 4, Flyers 3

      TAMPA, Fla. -- Tampa Bay center Steven Stamkos scored two goals to lead his team past Philadelphia.

      Vladislav Namestnikov and Jason Garrison also scored for Tampa.

      Wayne Simmonds, Jakub Voracek and Michael Raffl scored for Philadelphia in the loss.

      Penguins 3, Kings 0

      PITTSBURGH -- Pittsburgh tricked Los Angeles goaltender Martin Jones three times and treated their home fans to a 3-0 win. Two of the three goals came via the power play, pushing Pittsburgh to its third-consecutive win.

      For the Kings, it was their second defeat in a row.

      Right winger Chris Kunitz figured in on all three Pittsburgh goals, scoring two and assisting on the other while Defenseman Kris Letang scored the other goal.

      Bruins 3, Sabres 2

      BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Left winger Brad Marchand scored two goals and an assist, including the winner 1:20 into overtime, to lead Boston past Buffalo.

      Defenseman Adam McQuaid also scored for the Bruins while goalie Niklas Svedberg made 13 saves.

      Center Tyler Ennis and right winger Drew Stafford scored for Buffalo while goaltender Jhonas Enroth made 34 saves.

      Blackhawks 5, Senators 4 (SO)

      OTTAWA -- Winger Patrick Sharp scored the only goal of the shootout to give Chicago a victory over Ottawa.

      Center Jonathan Toews had two goals and wingers Kris Versteeg and Marian Hossa added one each to round out the Chicago scoring.

      Bobby Ryan, Mika Zibanejad and wingers Clarke MacArthur and Mark Stone also scored for the Senators.

      Panthers 2, Coyotes 1

      SUNRISE, Fla. -- Scottie Upshall's breakaway goal with 9:04 left in the third period led Florida to a win over Arizona. It was the first goal of the season for Upshall, who had 15 last season.

      Arizona opened the scoring on a power-play goal by center Martin Hanzal with 2:33 left in the first period.

      Florida's Brandon Pirri, who missed off the left post in the first period, scored a power-play goal with 14:23 left in the second period to tie the game before Upshall's winner.

      Blues 2, Ducks 0

      ST. LOUIS -- Goaltender Jake Allen earned the second shutout of his career as St. Louis Blues got goals from left winger Alexander Steen and right winger Ryan Reaves in a win vs. Anaheim Ducks.

      The win for injury-riddled St. Louis was their third in a row and snapped a four-game losing streak to Anaheim that dated back to last season.

      Allen, playing the 18th game in his NHL career, earned his first shutout since March 14, 2013, by stopping 24 shots.

      Wild 4, Sharks 3 (SO)

      SAINT PAUL, Minn. -- Center Mikko Koivu and right winger Jason Pominville scored in a shootout and center Kyle Brodziak added two goals in the third period as Minnesota stayed unbeaten at home with a victory over San Jose.

      Goalie Darcy Kuemper made 25 saves in the first 65 minutes, and stopped two of the three in the shootout. Koivu also scored in regulation for Minnesota.

      Rookie defenseman Mirco Mueller along with centers Tommy Wingels and Joe Thornton scored for San Jose.

      Avalanche 5, Islanders 0

      DENVER -- Semyon Varlamov made 40 saves for his first shutout of the season, center Nathan MacKinnon scored two goals, and Colorado beat the New York Islanders.

      Right winger Cody McLeod and defenseman Erik Johnson each had a goal and an assist. Center Marc-Andre Cliche had the other tally for Colorado.

      Goaltender Chad Johnson stopped 18 shots for New York.

      Canucks 3, Canadiens 2 (OT)

      VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Daniel Sedin scored a power-play goal at 2:45 of overtime to give Vancouver a victory over Montreal.

      Montreal forced overtime with a pair of third-period goals by left winger Max Pacioretty and center Alex Galchenyuk.

      Right winger Brad Richardson gave Vancouver a 2-0 lead at 2:17 of the third when he beat Montreal goaltender Carey Price with a rising shot. Center Nick Bonino also scored for Vancouver.

  • Friday, October 31, 2014
    Varlamov, Avalanche shut out Isles
    By The Sports Xchange

    DENVER -- Colorado Avalanche coach Patrick Roy believes his goaltender is one of the best in the NHL.

    • Semyon Varlamov backed up that claim with another stellar performance in net.

      Varlamov made 40 saves for his first shutout of the season, center Nathan MacKinnon scored two goals, and the Avalanche beat the New York Islanders 5-0 on Thursday night.

      Right winger Cody McLeod and defenseman Erik Johnson each had a goal and an assist. Center Marc-Andre Cliche had the other tally for Colorado.

      Goaltender Chad Johnson stopped 18 shots for New York. The Islanders, one of the surprise teams to start the season, lost for the fourth time in six games.

      Varlamov recorded 49 saves in a shootout loss to the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday and continued that hot play. He kept the Islanders off the scoreboard despite six power-play chances.

      "He made big saves," Roy said. "He's one of the best if not the best in the game right now. We have a lot of confidence in him."

      Varlamov has played well since coming off injured reserve with a groin strain. He was 1-0-2 in his last three starts despite stopping 103 of 108 shots.

      Last season, Varlamov lost a few shutouts in the waning moments before blanking St. Louis on April 5. It was his only shutout of the season, so getting one early helps after missing some time.

      "I had a rough start and right now it's very important for me to get my confidence back," he said. "I remember (last season). It's really frustrating when you almost have a shutout and then the team scores at the end of the game. It's frustration for sure.

      Johnson was disappointed in his play.

      "I've got to make some saves," he said. "I can't allow five goals on 20-some shots. I'm letting too many goals in the last three games. I've got to be better."

      Center Matt Duchene, who had two assists, helped get things going when he backhanded the puck to the front of the net and McLeod wristed it past Johnson 2:34 into the game. It was McLeod's first goal of the season.

      New York's defense kept Colorado's offense in check for the rest of the period, but the Avalanche broke it open in the second.

      MacKinnon made it 2-0 with a power-play goal at 3:25 of the second period. MacKinnon, the Calder Trophy winner as rookie of the year last season, was scuffling and pressing for his first one and finally got it when he stick-handled near the net until Johnson committed. MacKinnon put a snap shot into the top right corner.

      "I had a lot of time on the first one," MacKinnon said. "I didn't expect to have that much time in front of the net. I figured it would come sooner or later, obviously a little later than I wanted but it's all in the past now."

      Cliche made it 3-0 when he held the puck to the right of the goal and then banked his shot off Johnson's right side at 8:59 of the second period. MacKinnon scored his second goal 1:15 later, a tip-in of right winger Jarome Iginla's pass to the front of the net.

      "The second one, I didn't even yell for the puck," MacKinnon said. "He saw me, thankfully, put it on my stick and I didn't really have to do anything."

      Varlamov was sharp in the second period, stopping 17 shots, with many coming on three power plays by New York.

      "He was good. He's an elite goalie in our league," New York center John Tavares said. "He definitely didn't give us too many rebounds or second opportunities. Probably could've made it tougher on him. It's obviously a frustrating loss."

      The Islanders had their chances but were victims of bad bounces. One puck was cleared in the air before it crossed the goal line and center John Tavares hit a crossbar on a power play just before the first period horn sounded.

      "Big part of the game," Islanders coach Jack Capuano said. "Couldn't capitalize."

      NOTES: Colorado recalled RW Dennis Everberg from Lake Erie of the AHL. He was in the lineup while RW Daniel Briere was a healthy scratch. Briere has two goals and three points in 10 games. ... Islanders RW Kyle Okposo played in his 400th career game. ... Avalanche D Nate Guenin was back in the lineup and D Zach Redmond was a healthy scratch. ... New York has now played three games of eight straight against Western Conference teams. ... Avalanche C Jesse Winchester (head) was downgraded to non-contact drills in practice. Winchester started the week without restrictions but has regressed. "He has good days and bad days," Colorado coach Patrick Roy said.

  • Friday, October 31, 2014
    Wild erase late deficit, beat Sharks in shootout
    By The Sports Xchange

    SAINT PAUL, Minn. -- Trailing by multiple goals in the third period and failing to score on the power play are bad habits that would sink plenty of hockey teams. For the Minnesota Wild lately, those are just challenges to be dealt with on the way to, eventually, another win.

    • Center Mikko Koivu and right winger Jason Pominville scored in a shootout, and center Kyle Brodziak netted two goals in the third period as the Wild stayed unbeaten at home with a 4-3 victory over the San Jose Sharks on Thursday.

      Goalie Darcy Kuemper made 25 saves in the first 65 minutes, and stopped two of the three Sharks in the shootout.

      Koivu also scored in regulation for the Wild, who overcame a 3-1, third-period deficit for the second consecutive game to win. Still, the Wild (6-3-0) were again unable to score with the man-advantage, falling to a league-worst 0-for-27 on the power play this season.

      "It goes to show that you've got to play a full game to win, and we've been able to bounce back the last couple games," said Pominville, who scored on a glove-side wrist shot in the shootout. "We didn't get off to the best start, but we hung with it and found a way."

      On Tuesday in Boston, the Wild rallied to beat the Bruins 4-3.

      Rookie defenseman Mirco Mueller and centers Tommy Wingels and Joe Thornton scored for the Sharks (6-4-2), who saw their third-period lead slip away despite a career-high 43 saves by goalie Antti Niemi.

      "Sometimes it's tougher coming off an emotional win than it is an emotional loss, and that was one thing that was a little bit scary for me coming into this game," Wild coach Mike Yeo said. "You're coming back home after a really big, emotional win. You have to guard against that letdown. You can only talk so much, and we weathered it, fortunately."

      The Sharks appeared to get a goal from defenseman Brent Burns in overtime, but officials ruled the play dead because he made contact with the goalie.

      "I don't know. I thought it was a good goal," said Burns, the NHL's top-scoring defenseman this season. "I just kind of got pushed into the net, so I really didn't see it. I knew it was in. They said I pushed the goalie, so I don't know. Can't say I agree."

      Niemi was busy right away, as Minnesota rattled off five of the game's first six shots, and he turned aside a breakaway by Wild center Kyle Broziak in the opening minutes. The Sharks appeared to take an early lead when defenseman Jason Demers got a short-range shot past a diving Kuemper. However, referee Brad Meier emphatically signaled no goal, noting that center Logan Couture skated through the crease prior to the shot.

      Keumper equaled his San Jose counterpart midway through the first period, stopping Sharks center Patrick Marleau on a short-handed breakaway with a blocker save.

      Mueller broke the deadlock late in the first, getting his first career goal off an odd bounce. Wild left winger Zach Parise attempted to swat away Mueller's pass from the corner across the top of the crease, but the Minnesota alternate captain inadvertently redirected the puck between Kuemper's skates, giving the Sharks a 1-0 lead after 20 minutes.

      "They're a very aggressive team with their defense jumping into the rush," Sharks coach Todd McLellan said. "We were able to manage the puck and spring some guys loose in the first. Second we didn't manage it as well, and they weren't near as aggressive and kept us in our zone."

      Wingels doubled the San Jose lead in the opening minutes of the middle period, scoring on a power play by slipping a shot between Keumper and the goalpost.

      Koivu finally got Minnesota on the scoreboard near the midway point of the second, taking a Parise feed from the corner and crashing the net, slipping the puck past Niemi before barreling over the goalie's outstretched right leg pad.

      NOTES: Wild C Erik Haula missed his second consecutive game after a hard hit to the head during Monday night's game in New York against the Rangers. The hit resulted in Rangers D John Moore receiving a five-game suspension from the NHL on Wednesday. ... Sharks RW Barclay Goodrow made his NHL debut Thursday in the same building where he experienced one of his biggest disappointments. In 2011 when Minnesota hosted the NHL Draft, Goodrow was in attendance and went unclaimed, eventually signing a free agent contract with San Jose. ... Wild LW Stephane Veilleux was recalled Thursday and played his first game of the season for the NHL club after LW Matt Cooke was scratched because of a lower body ailment. ... Both teams will open November on home ice. The Wild, in the midst of a three-game homestand, host the Dallas Stars on Saturday. The Sharks return to San Jose for a Saturday night meeting with the New York Islanders.

  • Friday, October 31, 2014
    Blues shut out Ducks for third straight win
    By The Sports Xchange

    ST. LOUIS -- When Jake Allen took a look at who was not going to be in the lineup for the St. Louis Blues Thursday night, the goalie knew it meant only one thing.

    • The rest of the team, including himself, was going to have to step up their game if the Blues were going to have a chance to beat the Anaheim Ducks.

      Allen more than did his part, recording the second shutout of his career as the Blues, minus centers David Backes and Paul Stastny and right wing T.J. Oshie because of injuries, snapped a four-game losing streak against Anaheim with a 2-0 victory.

      The win was the third in a row for the Blues -- over Chicago, Dallas and the Ducks -- while Anaheim saw its streak of four consecutive wins on the road snapped.

      "Every team in the league is going to have losses (injured players) all season long and unfortunately we have them right now," Allen said. "They (the Ducks) are one of the best teams in the league with so much firepower, guys were sacrificing themselves tonight and it was a big win."

      Allen had to stop just 24 shots on goal for his first shutout since March 14, 2013. The Ducks had 13 shots in the first period, then just 11 more over the final two periods.

      "We were standing around watching," said Ducks center Ryan Getzlaf. "It's our responsibility as professionals to be ready to play. You can make mistakes on the ice but not moving our legs and not being mental between the ears is our fault."

      Getzlaf said he thought part of the Ducks' problem might have been thinking too much about who was out of the Blues lineup instead of worrying about who was playing.

      "We talked about it before the game and half of the problem is when you talk about it and point it out, it gets everybody thinking about it instead of just going out and playing," Getzlaf said.

      Coach Bruce Boudreau agreed.

      "They were a hungry team tonight," Boudreau said of the Blues. "We talked about it before the game. Teams that are down some of their best players, they dig deeper and they played as hard as they could. If you are not ready to meet their work ethic then you are not going to have success. They just worked harder."

      Left wing Alexander Steen gave the Blues a 1-0 lead just 4:29 into the game when he deflected a shot by defenseman Carl Gunnarsson past goalie John Gibson.

      That stood as the only goal of the game until right wing Ryan Reaves capitalized on an Anaheim turnover and scored 2:03 into the final period.

      Allen and the Blues preserved that lead for the rest of the game, including killing off a three-minute power play and the final 2:48 of the game after Gibson was pulled from the Anaheim net.

      "The feeling for me on the bench was that they weren't going to score, which is a real good feeling," said coach Ken Hitchcock. "He made some real good saves, as did Gibson."

      Steen thought too much was made of who was not playing for the Blues.

      "We are not a young team and teams go through these things every year," Steen said. "We always seem to stand here and talk about it like it's something new. We are no different. We are going through it right now. It's tough with the guys we have out but we are doing our best to keep the train moving forward and start getting guys back when they feel healthy."

      The loss was only the third for the Ducks in 11 games this season.

      NOTES: The Blues played without three of their most experienced players Thursday night. C David Backes and RW T.J. Oshie missed the game because of concussions and C Paul Stastny remained out with a shoulder injury. Backes and Oshie were injured in Tuesday night's win at Dallas. There is no word on how long each will be out. Stastny has been sidelined since Oct. 18 but has resumed skating. ... Anaheim LW Patrick Maroon, a St. Louis native, missed the game in his hometown because of a lower-body injury suffered Oct. 13. The Ducks believe he might be able to play before their current road trip ends Sunday at Colorado. ... The Ducks sent D Bryan Allen to Norfolk on a conditioning assignment. ... The Blues will host Colorado on Saturday night and the Ducks play at Dallas on Friday night before heading to Denver.

  • Friday, October 31, 2014
    Hossa scores 1,000th point as Blackhawks defeat Senators in shootout
    By The Sports Xchange

    OTTAWA -- If it was a Hollywood script, perhaps Chicago Blackhawks winger Marian Hossa's 1,000th NHL point would have also stood as the deciding goal in the rink he started his career.

    • But Hossa was more than happy to hit the milestone and celebrate winger Patrick Sharp's shootout winner from the bench at Canadian Tire Centre Thursday night.

      Sharp went from his backhand to his forehand before flicking a shot by goalie Craig Anderson for the only goal of the tie-breaking skills contest, giving Chicago a 5-4 win over the Ottawa Senators in a wildly entertaining back and forth affair.

      "Usually I go fourth (in the shootout), I think it was my turn (next), but it was a good thing Patrick scored. He made a nice move," said Hossa, who had a first-period assist for point No. 999 then scored to break a 3-3 tie with 6:10 left in the third period to become the 80th player in NHL history to hit the 1,000 mark. "It's such a privilege to be one of these 80 great players to do this milestone and it doesn't get better than this doing it where I started. It means lots to me."

      Blackhawks goalie Scott Darling, making his third career start, turned back Senators center Kyle Turris and wingers Alex Chiasson and Bobby Ryan to set the stage for Sharp's shootout heroics.

      Senators center Mika Zibanejad picked up his first point of the season when he scored with 2:08 left to salvage a point for the Senators, who saw their record slip to 5-2-2.

      "I didn't really know (it went in) until they started cheering, to be honest with you," said Zibanejad, whose relief in breaking the slump was evident in his celebration. "I was hoping I didn't knock that glass over, but I don't think I'm that strong. It was nice to get that goal, obviously."

      Center Jonathan Toews scored twice and winger Kris Versteeg had the other to round out the scoring for the Blackhawks, who improved to 6-3-1.

      Wingers Clarke MacArthur, Mark Stone and Ryan also scored for the Senators.

      Anderson made 35 saves and Darling stopped 28 shots.

      Ryan put the Senators ahead 3-2 at 30 seconds of the third period, one-timing a giveaway by Blackhawks winger Bryan Bickell past a startled Darling.

      But Toews tied it up again with his second of the night at 7:31 of the period, slipping off his check to push the puck into an open net after defenseman Brent Seabrook's wrist shot from the left-wing boards snuck past a screened Anderson.

      The Senators scored the only goal of the second period to knot the game at 2-2.

      MacArthur's third goal in the last two games and fifth of the season came with Ottawa on a power play at the 2:51 mark of the evenly played frame.

      Taking a pass from center David Legwand, MacArthur quickly jumped out of the corner and jammed the puck behind Darling.

      Stone opened the scoring at 2:48 of the first, redirecting a shot by center Curtis Lazar between Darling's legs for his second goal of the season.

      The Hawks bounced back in the second half of the opening segment with goals by Toews and Versteeg 4:13 apart.

      "We certainly showed some resiliency to get to (the shootout) coming back throughout the game," said Ryan. "You almost feel you earned (the win), but when it comes down to a shootout they found a way to get one by him.

      "They played a heckuva game. Their goalie stood on his head sometimes. It was still a gutsy effort and I think we're all pretty proud of that.

      "Obviously we left some points out there, but outside of that I think we got a good measuring stick and we know where we can go, and where we can clean up from here."

      Ryan was happy to see Zibanejad get on the score sheet.

      "I think I jumped as high as he did," he said. "I've been there, we've all been there, and we know. He's still a young kid. All you can do is tell him to keep his head up. I think we all took a collective sigh of relief and we're happy for him. Hopefully it's something where he can leave here tonight feeling good about himself."

      Chicago coach Joel Quenneville was equally proud for Hossa.

      "To get the 1,000th point in a special place, very memorable for him," he said. "It's a special accomplishment. It shows you've been consistently productive in your career. He does it not just production-wise offensively. He does it by playing on both sides of the puck, which makes that 1,000 number pretty impressive."

      NOTES: Blackhawks RW Marian Hossa played his 1,100th game Thursday in Ottawa, where his NHL career began in 1997. A former 12th overall pick of the Senators, Hossa was traded to Atlanta in the summer of 2004 for Dany Heatley. "This is a special place for me," Hossa said. "It just hits you, you have friends around, they call you, you meet them, you come to the building, it always just brings you great, great memories." ... Blackhawks G Corey Crawford served as backup to G Scott Darling and, according to coach Joel Quenneville, will play Saturday in Toronto. Crawford has been out since Oct. 18 with an undisclosed injury. ... Senators G Robin Lehner missed the game to be with his wife as she gave birth to their first child. Taking his roster spot was G Andrew Hammond, who was also called up from Binghamton in February when G Craig Anderson missed a game against Detroit to be with his wife as she delivered. ... The Senators were without rookie D Mark Borowiecki, who was injured when slammed into the boards by Columbus Blue Jackets W Corey Tropp on Tuesday. Borowiecki, who has played well through the first eight games, was replaced by D Patrick Wiercioch. Also returning to the Ottawa lineup was LW Mike Hoffman. Veteran Ws Colin Greening and Erik Condra were healthy scratches.

  • Friday, October 31, 2014
    Devils finally win in shootout, edge Jets
    By The Sports Xchange

    NEWARK, N.J. -- It had been an NHL record 18 straight losses when a game came down to a shootout for the New Jersey Devils, but when Thursday night's game with the Winnipeg Jets headed down that road, Devils coach Peter DeBoer was surprisingly confident -- turning to a little-used reserve as well.

    • "I'm confident with this group that we're going to win shootouts," DeBoer said. "I always try to instill confidence in my guys. It's a new year, a different team. I knew we were going to win this year."

      Taking a hint from Devils veteran center Patrik Elias, DeBoer inserted center Jacob Josefson into the shootout.

      "Patrik has been bringing up Jo's name," DeBoer said. "He's been really good in practice in the shootouts. Patrik said that he's had a knack for scoring in practice. Patrik jumped up, threw Jo's name in there and we went with him."

      Josefson responded by scoring the lone goal and goaltender Cory Schneider stopped all three attempts, as the Devils finally won a game in a shootout, defeating the Jets 2-1 for the Devils' first home win of the season.

      The win enabled the Devils (5-3-2) to snap the 18-game losing streak when a game goes to the shootout dating back to March 10, 2013, when they ironically also defeated Winnipeg. They lost all 13 games last year and one this season.

      The Jets dropped to 4-6 after surrendering a late lead.

      The Devils trailed 1-0 late in the third period, but right winger Michael Ryder made a steal in the Winnipeg zone and scored an unassisted goal to tie it at 1, sending it to overtime.

      "I managed to get the turnover," said Ryder, who scored his second goal of the season. "I got the puck onto my stick. I was trying to go around him (Winnipeg goalkeeper Ondrej Pavelec), but I was able to get it up high."

      DeBoer applauded Ryder's play.

      "That was a big play," DeBoer said. "We really needed that. We need our forwards to step up and finish their chances. It was a big play at the right time. I felt if we could tie it in the third, we had a chance to win it, but we needed to grind to get that first goal. Once Ryder got that one, I felt better."

      After a scoreless overtime, Josefson, who was just activated last week, took a left-handed wrist shot past a sprawling Pavelec for the lone score of the shootout. Schneider, who made 24 saves in regulation and overtime, sealed the deal with three saves in the shootout, snapping the Devils' frustration.

      "It was our first shootout win in what seems like 10 years," DeBoer said. "It was big for us. To say that a huge burden was lifted off my shoulders would be an understatement."

      Right wing Blake Wheeler, who led Winnipeg in scoring last season with 28 goals and 41 assists, took a perfect pass from Toby Enstrom off the boards with an extra skater on the ice at the 6:56 mark of the first period and deposited it in the net for the early Jets advantage.

      Early in the period, center Mark Scheifele had a breakaway try, but Schneider made the save. Two minutes later, Wheeler could have made it 2-0, but his backhanded attempt hit the side of the net as Schneider tried to get back in time to make the save.

      "Cory was outstanding," DeBoer said. "If he didn't play as well as he did, we wouldn't have had a chance. After they got the first goal, he was the difference. He gave us the chance to turn it around and then win in the shootout."

      Jets coach Paul Maurice wasn't too upset with the setback.

      "It was a pretty solid road game and we didn't give up much," Maurice said. "It was a pretty good game. We just didn't get our way in the shootout. But we played hard and got the point."

      NOTES: Jets LW Evander Kane was set to return to action Thursday night after missing the last eight games with a knee injury that Kane suffered in the season opener. Kane scored both winning goals last year against New Jersey and totaled three goals against the Devils last year. ... The Jets are in the midst of a four-game road trip that began with a win over the New York Islanders on Tuesday night. ... Jets LW Andrew Ladd has been on fire, scoring four goals in the last four games. ... Devils LW Mike Cammalleri, the team's leading scorer with five goals and two assists, sat out the morning skate and did not take the ice for warm-ups. ... Devils LW Martin Havlat, a free-agent signing in the offseason, was placed on the injured list and replaced by Reid Boucher, who was called up from Albany. ... Devils rookie D Damon Severson has four goals and three assists and will remain with New Jersey after the strong start. "He wanted to get a chance to play and he busted the door down," Devils coach DeBoer said.

  • Friday, October 31, 2014
    Panthers grab first home win of season
    By The Sports Xchange

    SUNRISE, Fla. -- The wait seemed interminable -- both for a Florida Panthers home win eight games into the season and for Scottie Upshall to get out of the penalty box.

    • Both happened -- in essence -- at the same time Thursday night as Upshall's breakaway goal with 9:04 left in the third period led the Panthers to a 2-1 win over the Arizona Coyotes before 7,691 fans at the BB&T Center.

      Upshall, who had just finished serving a two-minute penalty for charging, came out of the box, took a pass from right winger Tomas Kopecky and beat goalie Mike Smith with a backhand shot that went in between his pads.

      "I knew we were toward the end of the penalty kill," Kopecky said. "I heard our whole bench (yelling for the pass).

      "We were out there for 45 seconds already. I was just waiting for (Upshall) to step out of the box."

      It was the first goal of the season for Upshall, who had 15 last season.

      "(Kopecky) made a great pass -- he hit me with one like that last season," said Upshall, whose goal helped the Panthers get their first home win of the season after dropping their first two. "You always in the back of your mind wonder what you are going to do if the puck squirts free on a PK like that."

      Smith, who was pulled after allowing six goals on Tuesday in a 7-3 loss at Tampa, was much better this time. He beat the Panthers 2-1 on Saturday in Arizona but could not repeat the feat.

      "It's a game of inches, breaks and mistakes," said Smith, who made 24 saves. "I didn't get my stick down in time (on Upshall's goal). I felt it go under me."

      Coyotes Coach Dave Tippett hit on a similar theme in terms of bad fortune.

      "We lost on a bad break," Tippett said. "We get a blocked shot and their guy (Upshall) happened to be stepping out of the box."

      Florida's Roberto Luongo, who made 32 saves, took the win after losing to Smith on Saturday.

      The well-rested Panthers, who had not played since Saturday, entered the night with a league-low 10 goals in seven games. But they got just enough offense on Thursday, including a goal from center Brandon Pirri.

      This was a battle of two warm-weather franchises with relatively new ownership and little in the way of a winning tradition. The Coyotes have missed the playoffs two years in a row. The Panthers have not won a playoff series since 1996.

      Arizona opened the scoring on a power-play goal by center Martin Hanzal with 2:33 left in the first period. After Kopecky got sent off for slashing, Coyotes defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson fired a shot from the right circle that was tipped in by Hanzal, who had screened off Luongo.

      Coyotes defenseman Keith Yandle drew the penalty that led to the goal.

      Pirri, who missed off the left post in the first period, scored a power-play goal with 14:23 left in the second period. Left winger Jussi Jokinen centered the puck to Pirri, whose quick wrist shot beat Smith stick-side for his team-high third goal of the season.

      Pirri, who started the season on the bench, has those three goals in just four games.

      NOTES: The Panthers are coming off a successful four-game road trip in which they captured six of a possible eight points. ... Unfortunately for the Panthers, they came home to a near-empty arena as their financial issues mount. Thursday's attendance ranks as the second smallest home crowd in the Panthers' 21-year history. The record of 7,311 was set in the Panthers' previous home game against Ottawa on Oct. 13. ... Panthers officials say they are losing up to $30 million annually or more than $100,000 per day. ... The Panthers' lease at BB&T Center runs 14 more years, but they could leave if they get NHL approval and if they agree to cover their remaining debt payments of $64 million. ... Arizona scratched D David Schlemko and RW B.J. Crombeen. ... Florida scratched D Colby Robak, RW Jimmy Hayes and C Dave Bolland, who missed his fourth straight game because of a groin injury. Robak has been a healthy scratch every game this season. ... The Panthers play host to the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday. The Coyotes play at the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday.

  • Friday, October 31, 2014
    Lightning hold on for 4-3 win
    By The Sports Xchange

    TAMPA, Fla. -- Tampa Bay center Steven Stamkos' first goal Thursday was emblematic of the night the Lightning had. Forward Valtteri Filppula missed wide on an open net, only to see Stamkos score seconds later.

    • It wasn't a dominant performance for Tampa Bay, but the Lightning held on for a 4-3 win over the Philadelphia Flyers, their fourth victory in five games before a crowd of 18,642 on Thursday night at Amalie Arena.

      "I didn't think we had our best game, but we found a way to win," said Stamkos, who had two goals after totaling one goal and one assist in the previous five games. "That's a good characteristic to have. ... We scored on our chances and Bish (goalie Ben Bishop) made the saves when he had to. Sometimes you have to get wins like that."

      Tampa Bay (7-3-1) continued its home dominance of Philadelphia (4-4-2), improving to 8-0-1 in Tampa in the series since 2011-12.

      "You want to win the lion's share of your home games," said Lightning coach Jon Cooper, now 4-1-1 at home this season. "They had reeled off three in a row. They've got a good team over there. ... Every time we were inching ahead, they would push their way back."

      Down 4-2 late, the Flyers pulled their goalie and left winger Michael Raffl scored with 53 seconds left, but Bishop held on, finishing with 22 saves, including 13 in the final period and three in the final 20 seconds.

      "We keep excitement in the building," Cooper said of the final minute. "We did that tonight. We bent a little bit, we didn't break. That was good to see."

      Philadelphia had gotten back within a goal just 68 seconds after Stamkos' second goal, cutting the lead to 3-2 on right winger Jakub Voracek's third goal of the season.

      The Flyers were assessed a bench minor for having too many men on the ice and with 3:12 left in the game -- and five seconds on the power play -- Stamkos flicked a pass to defenseman Jason Garrison for his first goal of the season.

      "I saw we had three forwards on the ice ... it's a tough call, but it's the way they saw it and there's nothing we can do about it," Voracek said.

      To get Stamkos scoring again is encouraging for the Lightning -- he now has eight goals in the team's first 11 games -- but he also sees promise in the depth of their lines, as Garrison showed on the final goal.

      "We had a lot of in-zone time, and Garri's got a great shot, a heavy shot," Stamkos said. "I told him, any time we give it to him, just let it rip. It was nice to see that one go in and give us a little cushion because we knew they were going to play strong at the end."

      Both teams came into the game on a roll, with the Flyers winning three straight and the Lightning three of their last four.

      "I thought we played pretty well, battled pretty well," Flyers goalie Ray Emery said. "You kind of lose momentum when you take penalties. I thought in the third we came out fairly hard again. It's a disappointing loss."

      NOTES: Longtime Lightning C Vincent Lecavalier did not play in the Flyers' only game in Tampa this season. He's still recovering from a foot injury that has sidelined him for seven games since Oct. 11. ... Thursday's scratches were C Blair Jones and D Shayne Gostisbehere for the Flyers and D Mark Barberio and RW Brett Connolly for the Lightning. Connolly has already missed two games with a lower-body injury. ... Tampa Bay hopes to have RW Ryan Callahan back on the ice Saturday against the Washington Capitals. He has now missed five games with a lower-body injury. ... The Flyers play Saturday at the Florida Panthers, then return home for a four-game homestand starting with Tuesday against the Edmonton Oilers.

  • Friday, October 31, 2014
    Marchand propels Bruins past Sabres
    By The Sports Xchange

    BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Left winger Brad Marchand picked as good a time as ever to break out of his scoring slump.

    • Marchand had two goals and an assist, including the winner 1:20 into overtime, to lead the Boston Bruins to a 3-2 win over the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday night.

      "It's frustrating when I felt pretty good in training camp and the numbers were there, the opportunities were there," Marchand said. "The last 11-12 games haven't been the best, but hopefully I can continue to build on things."

      Marchand doubled his output through the first 11 games of the season with his three-point evening. And it all came after Marchand was a game-time decision because of injury.

      His goals couldn't have been any more different, but both showcased his ability to change a game.

      In overtime, Marchand ripped a one-timer from the slot into the top right corner of the net after a perfect feed from right winger Reilly Smith. Marchand's tying goal was more about grit and determination; it came after he skated hard to the net and right winger Loui Erikkson's shot caromed off Marchand's glove and into the goal.

      "Brad has been having a slow start to the season and again in the third period he just showed his true colors and what he can do when he decides to play the way he can," Boston coach Claude Julien said. "So it's nice to see him get rewarded with the things that he needs to do, so hopefully that encourages him to do a little bit more."

      Defenseman Adam McQuaid also scored for the Bruins (6-6-0), who dominated large portions of the game (outshooting Buffalo 37-15) but had to dig deep for each of their late goals.

      Goalie Niklas Svedberg made 13 saves.

      "Those aren't easy games to play sometimes and you feel like you're pushing and pushing like we did in the third," Julien said. "I thought our guys in the third period held their own and made some good plays and we didn't panic."

      Center Tyler Ennis and right winger Drew Stafford scored for the Sabres (2-8-1). Goalie Jhonas Enroth made 34 saves.

      "There's a couple positive things we can take from this game, for sure," Sabres coach Ted Nolan said. "The effort was there. I

      liked our effort. Don't get me wrong; you're just frustrated you played hard and still you didn't get two points."

      The Sabres opened a 2-1 lead in the second period with two goals on just three shots.

      Stafford opened the scoring on Buffalo's first power-play goal of the season 5:12 into the period. Ennis looped skated out from behind the Boston net and found Stafford in the left circle. The veteran buried his first goal of the season.

      The Sabres failed to score ontheir first 33 power-play attempts in 2014-15.

      "I felt we were doing a lot better job getting pucks on net, getting pucks in," Stafford said. "The results showed during the game."

      McQuaid tied the score at 1 at 11:36 of the second period. Fellow defenseman Carl Soderberg found a wide-open McQuaid in the slot, and McQuaid's shot deflected off Sabres defenseman Mike Weber and tucked into the net.

      Ennis gave Buffalo a 2-1 lead with 3:35 remaining in the second period by finishing a two-on-one opportunity after a nice feed from center Torrey Mitchell.

      It didn't take long for the action to get under way. Just 51 seconds into the game, forwards Chris Stewart and Milan Lucic had a spirited scrap. Stewart hit Lucic with a jab, and the Boston forward responded accordingly with several punches.

      NOTES: The Sabres scratched D Andrej Meszaros, D Nikita Zadorov and C Brian Flynn. Tyson Strachan replaced Meszaros in the lineup, Strachan's second game of the season. ... The Bruins scratched RW Matt Fraser and D Matt Bartkowski. Boston also was without injured defensemen Zdeno Chara (left knee ligament), Torey Krug (broken finger) and Kevan Miller (dislocated right shoulder). ... This was the second of four meetings between the Sabres and Bruins this season and the 275th game all-time between the two teams. Their next matchup is Dec. 21 in Boston.

  • Friday, October 31, 2014
    Fleury, Kuntiz lead Penguins over Kings
    By The Sports Xchange

    PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Penguins tricked Los Angeles Kings goaltender Martin Jones three times and treated their home fans to a 3-0 win on Halloween Eve. Two of the three goals came via the power play, pushing Pittsburgh to its third-consecutive win.

    • For the Kings, it was their second defeat in a row.

      "Tonight I thought we chased the game, penalties were a small part of that, but we just chased the game too much," said Kings center Jarret Stoll.

      Right winger Chris Kunitz figured in on all three Pittsburgh goals, scoring two and assisting on the other.

      The Kings (6-2-2) had played 98 games, including 50 in Pittsburgh, without being shut out by the Penguins (6-2-1). Pittsburgh's last blanking of the Kings was in a 0-0 tie at the Civic Arena on Nov. 23, 1974. The win also improved the Penguins' league-best record against Western Conference foes to 33 wins in 50 tries since the start of the 2011-12 season.

      Pittsburgh goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury made 36 saves to earn the win and 30th shutout of his career on what was the 11-year anniversary of his first-career shutout.

      "Tonight he had action, he had tough shots, he had big bodies in his way ... and he was rock solid," said Penguins coach Mike Johnston.

      The Penguins got plenty of opportunities, six overall, to put the league's best power-play unit to work and they made the Kings pay early. Pittsburgh was given 39 seconds of a five-on-three power play mid-way through the first and took full advantage. Center Evgeni Malkin faked a slap shot from the high slot and executed a slap-pass to the stick of Kunitz, stationed at the left post. Kunitz quickly redirected the puck into the net to record the power-play tally.

      "We do a lot of different shots and things in practice, going to the net with your stick down and everybody's got a chance," said Kunitz. "(Malkin's) got a great shot too, but he made a great pass and I got a little redirect."

      With the primary assist on the goal, Malkin picked up his 400th career helper and extended his points-streak to nine straight games, having recorded at least a point in all of Pittsburgh's games so far this season.

      The Penguins' power play struck again at 15:14 of the first. This time it was Kunitz setting up the goal by feeding a cross-ice pass from below the goal line to defenseman Kris Letang cutting toward the net.

      Letang attempted a pass of his own, but it deflected off of Kings left winger Dwight King and into the net to put the Penguins ahead 2-0. It was Letang's first goal of the season and just the third goal from a Penguins' defenseman overall.

      "We took too many penalties and they have the best power play in the league, so that's probably the story of the game, but we were too slow so we had to take penalties," said Kings right winger Dustin Brown.

      The goal also marked the seventh time in nine games this season that Pittsburgh scored multiple power-play goals while its power play has tallied 15 goals in just nine games overall. Additionally, the Penguins' two first-period goals extended their league-leading mark to 15 goals scored in the opening frame of games this season.

      The Penguins' penalty kill unit also played a key role in the game, killing off all four Los Angeles penalties. The Penguins' penalty kill has now killed off 22-conesecutive power plays.

      The Penguins iced the game at 10:36 of the third when Kunitz recorded his second of the game by wristing the puck over the shoulder of Jones from nearly impossible angle along the goal line.

      "That's how you've got to play when push comes to shove," said Penguins defenseman Rob Scuderi.

      Jones made 20 saves in defeat.

      NOTES: The Penguins celebrated their annual "Hockey Fights Cancer" night by donning purple jerseys during warm-ups. ... Los Angeles has lost 24 man-games to injury this season. ... The Penguins recalled C Jayson Megna from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the AHL. ... Kings G Jonathan Quick (2012, 2014) is one of three U.S.-born goaltenders to win the Stanley Cup twice as a team's primary starting goaltender. The others are the Penguins' Tom Barrasso (1991, 1992) and the Boston Bruins' Frank Brimsek (1939, 1941). ... Scratches for the Penguins were D Robert Bortuzzo (lower body) and C Jayson Megna. ... Scratches for the Kings were D Slava Voynov (suspended), C Anze Kopitar (upper body) and RW Marian Gaborik (upper body). ... The Penguins will next be in action on Saturday when they host Buffalo. The Kings travel to Detroit for their second game in as many nights on Friday.

  • Thursday, October 30, 2014
    Blues' Backes, Oshie out with concussions
    By The Sports Xchange

    The St. Louis Blues played without three of their most experienced players Thursday vs. the Anaheim Ducks. Center David Backes and right winger T.J. Oshie missed the game because of concussions suffered in Tuesday night's win at Dallas and there is no word on how long each will be out. Center Paul Stastny, out with a shoulder injury since Oct. 18, resumed skating but is still unable to play.

    • Backes was injured after a collision with Stars defenseman Trevor Daley caused him hit his head on the ice.

      Oshie also was injured when he crashed into the Dallas goal after being shoved from behind. He finished the game but did not practice Wednesday.

      "Backes is concussed, out. Oshie's concussed, out," Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said Thursday morning. "Oshie has something else going on plus the concussion so we're not sure whether it's the bacterial (infection)."

      While Stastny was out Thursday, he is reportedly close to returning after missing four games.