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  • Thursday, October 30, 2014
    Leafs recall D Percy
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Toronto Maple Leafs recalled defenseman Stuart Percy from the American Hockey League on Thursday.

    • The 21-year-old Percy has played in seven games with the Maple Leafgs this season and has three assists and two penalty minutes. His three points came in his first three NHL games, a franchise record.

      Percy was sent down to the Toronto Marlies last Saturday after playing in seven games for the Maple Leafs.

  • Thursday, October 30, 2014
    Stars activate 2013 first-round pick
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Dallas Stars activated forward Valeri Nichushkin from injured reserve Thursday and assigned him to the Texas Stars of the American Hockey League for a conditioning assignment.

    • Nichushkin, the 10th overall pick in the 2013 draft, has missed the last seven games with a lower-body injury suffered Oct. 11 at Nashville. He has played in two games this season.

      As a rookie last season, the 6-foot-4, 210-pound forward earned 34 points (14 goals and 20 assists) -- the No. 4 total among rookies in team history.

  • Thursday, October 30, 2014
    Wild recall veteran Veilleux
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Minnesota Wild recalled forward Stephane Veilleux from the Iowa Wild of the American Hockey League and reassigned defenseman Stu Bickel to Iowa on Thursday.

    • Veilleux, 32, has tallied 12 penalty minutes and 10 shots in seven games with Iowa this season.

      He has 104 points (49 goals and 55 assists) in 494 NHL games with Minnesota, Tampa Bay and New Jersey, and he ranks fourth in Wild history in hits (437), eighth in games played (416), 10th in penalty minutes (290) and 11th in shots (584).

      Bickel, 28, returns to Iowa after just two days with the NHL club.

      Minnesota hosts the San Jose Sharks on Thursday.

  • Thursday, October 30, 2014
    Kings recall Van der Gulik
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Los Angeles Kings recalled forward David Van der Gulik from the Manchester Monarchs of the AHL on Thursday.

    • Van der Gulik, 31, had played in five games for the Monarchs this season, scoring two goals.

      Van der Gulik, a seventh-round pick in 2002, has played in 48 NHL games with Colorado and Calgary, scoring 13 points (two goals and 11 assists).

      The Kings' five-game trip continues Thursday in Pittsburgh.

  • Thursday, October 30, 2014
    Blue Jackets put Letestu, Wisniewski on IR
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Columbus Blue Jackets placed center Mark Letestu and defenseman James Wisniewski on injured reserve Thursday and brought up centers Sean Collins and Brian Gibbons from the Springfield Falcons of the AHL.

    • Letestu, who has three goals and two assists in nine games, is expected to be out 2-4 weeks with a groin injury suffered vs. Ottawa on Tuesday.

      Wisniewski will miss up to two weeks with a broken finger suffered vs. the Senators. He has three assists in nine games after leading the team's defensemen with 51 points last season.

      Collins, 25, has six points (one goal, five assists) in eight games with Springfield. Columbus' ninth pick (187th overall) in the 2008 draft, Collins has one assist in 11 NHL games over the past two seasons.

      Gibbons, 26, was signed in July and has four points (one goal, three assists) with Springfield. He spent the previous three seasons in the Pittsburgh Penguins' organization, tallying 17 points (five goals, 12 assists) in 41 games with the Penguins.

      The Blue Jackets host the Toronto Maple Leafs on Friday.

  • Thursday, October 30, 2014
    Red Wings Weiss hurt again
    By The Sports Xchange

    Detroit Red Wings forward Stephen Weiss returned from Grand Rapids to be evaluated for a groin injury.

    • Weiss, who signed a five-year, $24.9 million contract in 2013, played only 26 games last season while dealing with a sports hernia. The 31-year-old scored 60 points for the Panthers three seasons ago but had wrist surgery limiting him to 17 games in 2012-13.

      Weiss was shipped to the Red Wings' AHL affiliate for conditioning.

      He left Wednesday night's game with an apparent groin injury and did not practice Thursday morning.

  • Thursday, October 30, 2014
    Predators trounce Oilers in battle of hot teams
    By The Sports Xchange

    EDMONTON, Alberta -- The Edmonton Oilers were hot, but the Nashville Predators were just a little hotter Wednesday in a showdown of streaking NHL teams.

    • Nashville, on the strength of two goals from center Craig Smith, rolled into Rexall Place and snuffed out the Oilers' four-game winning streak with a convincing 4-1 victory.

      The revamped Predators, with defenseman Shea Weber on the point, Pekka Rinne in net and some added scoring punch up front, proved a much tougher test than anything else Edmonton saw through the first five games of its seven-game homestand.

      "We came in here and did a pretty good job," said Weber, whose third-period goal put the game out of reach for good at 3-0. "That's a hot team, they had won four in a row. We knew we had to be ready."

      And they were. Smith scored the first and last goals of the game as the Central Division-leading Predators improved to 6-1-2 on the season.

      "I think our line played well, and I think our unit was able to create some turnovers and use our speed to make plays," said Smith, sharing credit with his linemate, center Matt Cullen, who was in his first game back from injured reserve. "I thought he was outstanding tonight, moving his feet well, I didn't think he missed a stride.

      "He seems to have a knack for finding my stick when I'm trying to get open. I really like playing with him, and he's been good on our line so far."

      The Oilers, who were 14-14-4 against the East last season and 15-30-5 against the West, are now 4-0-0 against the East and 0-5-1 against the West this season.

      It is a question they are tired of answering.

      "Yeah, I know, you guys really want to make a story about that," left winger Taylor Hall said. "It's unfortunate we can't beat teams in our own division because we get zero points, they get two and they get a leg up on us.

      "Tonight wasn't really an effort that deserved two points, but at times during the game, it was there to be taken."

      The Predators hit a goal post, had a good goal erased by a blown call and outshot the Oilers 11-3 in the first period, but they still had to settle for a scoreless tie at the first intermission.

      Their hard work started to pay off in the second period. Nashville grabbed a 2-0 lead on goals from Smith and left winger Taylor Beck at 6:23 and 7:49, respectively.

      "I thought we started the game strong and played a real good first period," Nashville coach Peter Laviolette said. "I really like the way we came out and played. We were able to get a lead and then build on that, and I think the goal to start the third was a real positive for us."

      The Predators put the game away early in the third. Weber knocked a slap shot behind Oilers goalie Ben Scrivens to make it 3-0 and pretty much seal the victory 24 seconds after the second intermission.

      "If we get a goal there, it's completely different," Edmonton center Ryan Nugent-Hopkins said. "We're the type of team now that if we get that goal, we're right in that game. Obviously, it went the other way and it's tough to come back against a team like that when it's 3-0."

      The Oilers tried to make a fight of it, with Hall cutting the deficit to 3-1 with his sixth goal in 10 games at 8:54, but Nashville snuffed the comeback attempt when Smith converted a two-on-one with eight minutes to play to close out the scoring.

      The Oilers admitted the new-look Predators, more aggressive and offensive than previous versions, caught them somewhat by surprise.

      "Maybe even we were thinking too much about the previous Nashville Predators teams," Edmonton left winger Jesse Joensuu said. "They're a different team now. And they play really good."

      NOTES: Matt Cullen returned from injured reserve to center Nashville's third line with LW Gabriel Bourque and RW Taylor Beck. ... Predators LW Viktor Stalberg, pointless and minus-1 in his first five games after missing the preseason with a knee injury, was sent to the minors on a conditioning assignment. ... Oilers D Nikita Nikitin will have an MRI to determine what is causing the back pain that has kept him on the sideline since Sunday. ... Oilers G Viktor Fasth is expected to be given green lights to play this week. Fasth has been out two weeks with a groin injury. ... Oilers LW Luke Gazdic, out since April while rehabilitating from shoulder surgery, was assigned to the club's AHL affiliate in Oklahoma City postgame on a conditioning assignment. G Richard Bachman also was sent to Oklahoma City.

  • Thursday, October 30, 2014
    Oilers send Gazdic, Bachman to Oklahoma City
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Edmonton Oilers assigned winger Luke Gazdic to their AHL affiliate in Oklahoma City following a 4-1 loss to the Nashville Predators on Wednesday.

    • The 25-year-old Gazdic has been out since April while rehabilitating from shoulder surgery and was sent down on a conditioning assignment.

      Gazdic scored two goals and added two assists to go along with 127 penalty minutes in 67 games last season. His 15 fighting majors tied him for third in the league.

      Also Wednesday night, the Oilers assigned goaltender Richard Bachman to Oklahoma City.

      The move clears a roster spot for goaltender Viktor Fasth, who is close to returning after missing the past two weeks with a groin injury.

  • Thursday, October 30, 2014
    NHL game roundup: Abdelkader's two goals pace Red Wings
    By The Sports Xchange

    WASHINGTON - Detroit Red Wings left winger Justin Abdelkader entered Wednesday night's game against the Washington Capitals as his team's leading hitter with 24 body checks. He left the game tied with center Gustav Nyquist as the Red Wings' leading goal scorer with five.

    • Abdelkader scored a pair of third-period goals in a span of 6:30 to lead the Red Wings to a come-from-behind 4-2 victory at the Verizon Center. Nyquist and center Pavel Datsyuk also scored for Detroit, which improved to 5-2-2.

      Rookie center Evgeny Kuznetsov and right winger Troy Brouwer scored for the Capitals, who lost for the third time in four games and fell to 4-3-2.

      The Capitals entered the final period with a 2-1 lead but Abdelkader took advantage of a pair of giveaways by Capitals defenseman Brooks Orpik and rookie center Andre Burakovsky to tie the score on a blast from the top of the left circle 4:04 into the third period.

      Abdelkader gave the Red Wings a 3-2 lead 6:30 later when Datsyuk intercepted a pass from Capitals defenseman John Carlson and pushed the puck to left wing Henrik Zetterberg, who fed Abdelkader for his second goal of the night.

      Predators 4, Oilers 1

      EDMONTON, Alberta -- Center Craig Smith scored the first and last goals of the game to help the Nashville Predators win.

      The Oilers (4-5-1) were looking for their first win against a Western Conference opponent this season after consecutive wins over Tampa Bay, Washington, Carolina and Montreal, but they were never close in this one.

      The Predators (6-1-2) put the game away early in the third period when defenseman Shea Weber put a slap shot inside the corner behind Oilers goalie Ben Scrivens to make it 3-0 and pretty much seal the victory 24 seconds into the final period.

  • Thursday, October 30, 2014
    Abdelkader's two goals pace Red Wings' win
    By The Sports Xchange

    WASHINGTON -- He's now 27 years old and in his eighth season with the Detroit Red Wings, but left winger Justin Abdelkader is starting to look like a legitimate goal scorer.

    • Abdelkader entered Wednesday night's game against the Washington Capitals as his team's leading hitter with 24 body checks. He left the game tied with center Gustav Nyquist as the Red Wings' leading goal scorer with five.

      "That's what happens to all these kids," Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said after seeing Abdelkader score a pair of third-period goals in a span of 6:30 to lift the Red Wings to a 4-2 win.

      "We sometimes go so far as saying they have no hockey sense. They have tons of hockey sense. It's just the league is going so fast they're just not ready for it.

      "Abby now has become the player he was in college. It takes a lot of catching up from the player he was in the American (Hockey) League."

      Nyquist and center Pavel Datsyuk also scored for Detroit, which improved to 5-2-2.

      Rookie center Evgeny Kuznetsov and right winger Troy Brouwer scored for the Capitals, who lost for the third time in four games and fell to 4-3-2.

      Capitals left winger Alex Ovechkin managed seven shots on goal but failed to record a point for the fifth straight game, the longest point drought of his NHL career.

      "I thought we were good up until the end of the second period," said Brouwer, who gave the Capitals a 2-1 lead in the second period. "But then we started taking a few chances. A couple of needless turnovers."

      Abdelkader spent parts of three seasons at Michigan State and two more with the Grand Rapids Griffins of the American Hockey league before getting full-time work with the Red Wings in 2010-11. He's already halfway to his career high of 10 goals.

      Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard made 25 saves, while Capitals goalie Braden Holtby had 18.

      Abdelkader took advantage of a pair of giveaways by Capitals defenseman Brooks Orpik and rookie center Andre Burakovsky to tie the score on a blast from the top of the left circle 4:04 into the third period.

      He gave the Red Wings a 3-2 lead 6:30 later when Datsyuk intercepted a pass from Capitals defenseman John Carlson and pushed the puck to left wing Henrik Zetterberg, who fed Abdelkader for his second goal of the night and fifth of the season.

      "In the first period I thought [Washington] took it to us," he said. "We knew we had to find our legs and get going and in the third period we came out with some urgency."

      Datsyuk completed the scoring with 53 seconds remaining.

      The Red Wings struck first 8:56 into the second period on Nyquist's fifth goal of the season. The Capitals answered with a power-play goal by Kuznetsov and took their first lead of the game with 58 seconds remaining in the second period when Carlson froze the Red Wings defense and fed Brouwer for a one-timer and his second goal of the season.

      That's when Abdelkader and the Red Wings turned their game up a notch.

      "They do all the hard things that you have to do," Capitals coach Barry Trotz said. "When you're chasing a game against them, they're tough."

      The Red Wings thought they had taken a 1-0 lead 6:22 into the game when left winger Drew Miller scored into a gaping net. But referee Mike Leggo waved off the goal, calling Detroit center Luke Glendening for interfering with Holtby. Replays later showed that Holtby fell to the ice without making contact with Glendening.

      NOTES: Washington RW Tom Wilson returned to the lineup after missing the first eight games with a broken left ankle. ... Capitals D Matt Niskanen played in his 500th NHL game on Wednesday night, exactly seven years after scoring his first NHL goal on Oct. 29, 2007, as a member of the Dallas Stars. ... Capitals coach Barry Trotz and Red Wings coach Mike Babcock met for the 63rd time as coaches and the first as Eastern Conference opponents. Trotz's teams in Nashville went 29-26-7 against Babcock's teams in Anaheim and Detroit. Trotz entered the game ranked fourth among active NHL coaches with 561 victories. Babcock, now in his 10th season with Detroit, ranked sixth with 488 wins. ... The Red Wings return home to face the Los Angeles Kings on Friday, then hit the road again for games in Buffalo, Ottawa and New York. ... The Capitals visit the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday, then return home for a Sunday game against the Arizona Coyotes.

  • Wednesday, October 29, 2014
    Flames recall Granlund, place Stajan on IR
    By The Sports Xchange

    Seeking a replacement for injured center Matt Stajan, the Calgary Flames recalled forward Markus Granlund from Adirondack of the American Hockey League.

    • Stajan was placed on injured reserve, and he will miss approximately six weeks due to a knee injury. The Flames' center corps is further weakened because Joe Colborne is nursing an upper-body injury. Colborne is listed as day-to-day.

      Granlund, a 21-year-old from Finland, led Adirondack with three goals in eight games this season. He also had two assists. Last season, he appeared in seven games for Calgary and compiled his first two NHL goals plus an assist.

      Stajan, 30, is in his sixth season with the Flames after 6 1/2 seasons with the Toronto Maple Leafs. He has one goal and one assist through 11 games in 2014-15. Last season, he finished with 14 goals and 19 assists in 63 games.

  • Wednesday, October 29, 2014
    NHL roundup: Howe in guarded condition after stroke
    By The Sports Xchange

    Detroit Red Wings and hockey legend Gordie Howe remained in guarded condition Wednesday after he suffered a major stroke Sunday morning.

    • Howe has lost some function on the right side of his body and has difficulty speaking, his daughter, Cathy Purnell, confirmed to ESPN.com.

      Howe, known as "Mr. Hockey," is the Red Wings franchise leader in goals, points and games played, and many regard him as the greatest player of his generation. Howe, 86, led the Red Wings to four Stanley Cup championships while winning six league scoring titles and taking home the Hart Trophy six times as the league's MVP.

      Howe's family including his four children -- Marty, Mark, Cathy and Murray -- has gathered in Lubbock, Texas, where they remain by their father's side.

      ---Boston Bruins defenseman Torey Krug will miss two to three weeks with a broken finger, according to the team.

      The injury occurred during the Bruins' 4-3 loss to the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday night. Krug has two goals, six points and a plus-2 rating in 11 games this season.

      The Bruins also recalled defensemen Joe Morrow and David Warsofsky from Providence of the American Hockey League.

      ---New York Rangers defenseman John Moore received a five-game suspension from the NHL on Wednesday for an illegal check on Minnesota Wild forward Erik Haula.

      The suspension is Moore's second for a check to the head. He was given a two-game banishment for a hit on Montreal Canadiens forward Dale Weise during the 2014 Stanley Cup playoffs.

      ---The Dallas Stars reassigned left winger Curtis McKenzie to the Texas Stars of the American Hockey League on Wednesday.

      McKenzie, 23, appeared in two games for Dallas, including his NHL debut on Oct. 18 vs. Philadelphia, and did not record a point. In one game with Texas this season, he registered one goal and four shots on net.

      ---The Nashville Predators sent forward Rich Clune to Milwaukee of the American Hockey League after he cleared waivers Wednesday.

      The Predators also activated forward Matt Cullen from injured reserve in advance of Wednesday night's game at Edmonton. Cullen suffered an upper-body injury Sept. 24.

      Clune has appeared in one game for Nashville this season and 120 career NHL games since 2009-10, amassing 18 points (seven goals, 11 assists) and 305 penalty minutes.

  • Wednesday, October 29, 2014
    Rangers' Moore suspended five games for hit
    By The Sports Xchange

    New York Rangers defenseman John Moore received a five-game suspension from the NHL on Wednesday for an illegal check on Minnesota Wild forward Erik Haula.

    • The suspension is Moore's second for a check to the head. He was given a two-game banishment for a hit on Montreal Canadiens forward Dale Weise during the 2014 Stanley Cup playoffs.

      Moore participated in a hearing conducted by the NHL Department of Player Safety on Wednesday in New York.

      The hit on Haula, who was injured, occurred Monday night at 7:12 of the second period. The five-game suspension was the result of Moore being a repeat offender. He also was fined $51,859.75.

  • Wednesday, October 29, 2014
    Gordie Howe recovering after severe stroke
    By The Sports Xchange

    Detroit Red Wings and hockey legend Gordie Howe remained in guarded condition Wednesday after he suffered a major stroke Sunday morning.

    • Howe has lost some function on the right side of his body and has difficulty speaking, his daughter, Cathy Purnell confirmed to ESPN.com.

      Howe, known as "Mr. Hockey," is the all-time Red Wings franchise leader in goals, points and games played, and many regard him as the greatest player of his generation.

      Howe, 86, led the Red Wings to four Stanley Cup championships while winning six league scoring titles and taking home the Hart Trophy six times as the league's MVP.

      Howe's family including his four children -- Marty, Mark, Cathy and Murray -- is gathered in Lubbock, Texas, where they remain by their father's side.

      "The Howe family would like to thank friends, family and fans for your overwhelming well-wishes, prayers and support for Gordie," the family said in a statement Wednesday. "He suffered a significant stroke on Sunday morning while at his daughter's home in Lubbock, Texas. His condition remains guarded, although he is showing some signs of improvement. We acknowledge that there is a long road to recovery ahead, but Dad's spirits are good and his competitive attitude remains strong."

      Howe is recovering at his daughter's house in Lubbock, his son Dr. Murray Howe told The Detroit News. Dr. Howe is the head of the department of radiology at Toledo Hospital in Ohio.

      "Basically, sometime in the early morning on Sunday he suffered a pretty bad stroke," Dr. Howe told the News on Tuesday. "The right side of his body is very, very weak. He's unable to stand without help. He's able to speak, but very, very difficult to speak.

      "He knows who he is. He knows the people around him. But it is very difficult for him to get up and walk around. So he is pretty much confined to his bed right now. So we're just trying to keep him comfortable, and that's our goal."

      Howe's son told the newspaper his father had returned to shape and was walking up to a mile a day after undergoing spinal surgery this summer.

      Gordie Howe suffers from dementia, according to the Detroit Free Press. In September, son Mark Howe revealed to the newspaper that Gordie had had a very bad summer, one punctuated by mini-strokes. He also needed outpatient surgery to help with spinal stenosis, which caused him debilitating pain.

      "The doctor said those mini-strokes would gradually get worse and worse," said Mark, like his father a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame. "With the type of dementia he has, the long-term outlook is not good. Dad was with me most of summer, and he had a very difficult summer. He had surgery, and that got rid of some of the pain. But he had small strokes, and we were told there were ultimately going to be bigger and bigger ones. That was predicted six months ago. And that's been the case.

      "I told my kids earlier this summer, my dad's health is not what it should be. That's why my daughter went to Lubbock on Saturday, brought her little 1-year-old. They had a wonderful day, went for a long walk with Dad. Sunday morning, he had the stroke."

      NHL commissioner Gary Bettman released a statement Tuesday night:

      "The entire National Hockey League family sends prayers for strength and healing to our revered Gordie Howe. We all are thinking of Gordie and his loved ones as we wish him a speedy and full recovery."

  • Wednesday, October 29, 2014
    Bruins' Krug out with broken finger
    By The Sports Xchange

    Boston Bruins defenseman Torey Krug will miss two to three weeks with a broken finger, according to the team Wednesday.

    • The injury occurred during the Bruins' 4-3 loss to the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday night. Krug has two goals, six points and a plus-2 rating in 11 games this season.

      The Bruins also recalled defensemen Joe Morrow and David Warsofsky from Providence of the American Hockey League.

      Morrow and Warsofsky joined the team for practice and will travel to Buffalo to face the Sabres on Thursday night.

      Morrow has skated in five games with the Providence Bruins this season with one goal and one assist. Last year, Morrow skated in 56 games with Providence and scored six goals and notched 23 assist for a total of 29 points. The 6-foot-1, 206-pound native of Edmonton, Alberta was drafted by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the first round (23rd overall) of the 2011 draft.

      Warsofsky has skated in seven games with Providence this season. Last year, Warsofsky played in 56 games with Providence, compiling six goals and 26 assists for 32 points. He also skated in six games with Boston with one goal and one assist. The 5-8, 170-pound native of Marshfield, Mass., was drafted by the St. Louis Blues in the fourth round of the 2008 draft.

  • Wednesday, October 29, 2014
    Predators reassign F Clune
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Nashville Predators sent forward Rich Clune to Milwaukee of the American Hockey League after he cleared waivers Wednesday.

    • The Predators also activated forward Matt Cullen from injured reserve in advance of Wednesday night's game at Edmonton. Cullen suffered an upper-body injury Sept. 24.

      Clune, 27, has appeared in one game for the Predators this season and 120 career NHL games since 2009-10, amassing 18 points (seven goals, 11 assists) and 305 penalty minutes.

  • Wednesday, October 29, 2014
    Stars reassign LW McKenzie
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Dallas Stars reassigned left winger Curtis McKenzie to the Texas Stars of the American Hockey League on Wednesday.

    • McKenzie, 23, appeared in two games for Dallas, including his NHL debut on Oct. 18 vs. Philadelphia, and did not record a point. In one game with Texas this season, he registered one goal and four shots on net.

      The 6-foot-2, 210-pound native of Golden, British Columbia was selected by Dallas in the sixth round of the 2009 draft.

  • Wednesday, October 29, 2014
    Richardson scores twice as Canucks top Hurricanes
    By The Sports Xchange

    VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Brad Richardson knew it was time for the third line to step up.

    • The right winger scored two goals and got into a third-period fight, and left winger Zack Kassian dished out a game-high eight hits as the Vancouver Canucks posted a 4-1 victory over Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday night.

      Carolina (0-6-2) remains the NHL's lone winless team. Vancouver (6-3-0) won for the third time in four games.

      Canucks goaltender Ryan Miller stopped 29 shots to earn his 300th career victory.

      Richardson admitted he was feeling the pressure after not scoring in eight games this season. He got his first of the year on a wrist shot with the game just 92 seconds old, then sealed the win by scoring into an empty net in the dying seconds of the third.

      "It was nice to get the zero off the boards," Richardson said. "You get to that 10-game mark, you don't want to be sitting there with zeros."

      Most of the Canucks' scoring this season has come from the top line of center Henrik Sedin, left winger Daniel Sedin and right winger Radim Vrbata.

      Against Carolina, the third line of Richardson, Kassian and center Shawn Matthias not only showed some offensive skill put played very physically.

      "I thought that was probably our best game as a line," Richardson said. "It has to come every night. We have a couple of big guys on our line. We can turn the tide of a game and get them on their heels a little bit."

      Miller didn't have to make many tough saves during the game but was satisfied with reaching the 300-win plateau.

      "It feels good," said Miller, signed as a free agent this summer after playing 11 seasons with the Buffalo Sabres and then completing last season with the St. Louis Blues. "It's a collection of a lot of good teams and a lot of good players over the years. It's been a lot of fun. This win, with this group, feels good."

      Richardson said Miller's play is one reason why the Canucks are off to a strong start.

      "He's been unbelievable all year," Richardson said. "He probably kept us in that game. Too bad we couldn't get him the shutout."

      Right winger Linden Vey, on the power play, and right winger Jannik Hansen also scored for Vancouver.

      Left winger Jiri Tlusty scored for Carolina in the third period. Center Eric Staal, the Carolina captain who returned to the lineup after missing five games with an upper-body injury, earned an assist.

      It was another frustrating night for the Hurricanes. They were outplayed most of the game and couldn't convert on the chances they had.

      "It's just execution," Staal said. "We just weren't good enough.

      "We didn't deserve to win. We didn't move the puck well enough, and it causes turnovers and causes you to play in your end, and that wasn't an area where we were strong."

      Coach Bill Peters said the Hurricanes have to return home and regroup. After a five-game road trip, Carolina plays host to the Arizona Coyotes on Saturday.

      "We're not happy with where we are at, obviously," Peters said. "We need to reset for sure. We have to be honest about our commitment and our focus and our willingness to do what it takes to win."

      The Canucks rattled the Hurricanes with Richardson's early goal. Vey doubled the lead in the first minute of the second period. Hansen made it 3-0 with 1:21 left in the second when he deflected a shot by defenseman Yannick Weber past Carolina goaltender Cam Ward.

      "Those are huge (for) momentum," said Hansen of scoring late in the period. "They are trying to get a little bit of spark, and we were able to put one past them. It's never fun to be on the receiving end of those ones."

      Miller said getting the early lead opened up the ice for Vancouver.

      "When we have our legs and we are skating, we can really apply some pressure," he said. "We have got off to some great starts in some of these games. It's good to see them get rewarded."

      NOTES: Vancouver C Henrik Sedin missed Monday's practice due to a "maintenance" day and Tuesday morning's optional skate but dressed for the game. ... D Ryan Stanton, out with a groin injury, practiced with the Canucks for a second day and is close to playing. ... The Canucks end a three-game homestand by facing the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday night. ... Hurricanes LW Jeff Skinner, who missed the first four games of the season with a concussion, scored his first goal of the season in Carolina's 6-3 loss to Edmonton Friday. ... The Hurricanes set a franchise record for longest winless streak to start the season, beating the previous high of five games in 1987 and 2003. ... Carolina last won in Vancouver on Oct. 15, 1999.

  • Wednesday, October 29, 2014
    Price, Parenteau lead Canadiens to shootout win over Flames
    By The Sports Xchange

    CALGARY, Alberta -- Not for one second will P.A. Parenteau think he was the hero of the night. Not with the way Carey Price performed in goal for the Montreal Canadiens.

    • Parenteau may have scored the shootout winner, but to a man in the Canadiens dressing room, everyone agreed the accolades belonged to their goalkeeper after their 2-1 shootout win over the Calgary Flames Tuesday night in the Scotiabank Saddledome.

      It can't be argued after the gold-medal winning netminder for Team Canada in 2014 made 37 saves through overtime and then stopped all three shootout attempts.

      "That's what he does. He's an exceptional goalie," Parenteau said. "We've got to give him a break. We have to play better hockey. Tonight we didn't play the way we wanted. We come out with two points, but we've got to address a few of our weaknesses we had tonight."

      The Eastern Conference-leading Canadiens may sport an 8-2-0 record to start the season, but their trip through Alberta was on the verge of being another disaster. It would have been same old, same old for Price.

      The netminder from British Columbia went into the game with matching 0-3-0 records and even uglier goals-against averages in road games against the Flames and Edmonton Oilers. Price was on the bench when the Habs faced the Oilers Monday night, a 3-0 loss, but did about all you can to erase the past when up against a Flames team that put him in a shooting gallery.

      "This has been a tough place to get wins," Price said. "They play us tough when we come to town. It took every ounce of effort to get this one. We're just happy we pulled it off."

      The Flames couldn't be happy, but couldn't be down in the dumps, either. After all, the Canadiens are considered an Eastern Conference power and the Flames are not expected to be anywhere close to the playoffs when the regular season is in the books, but they gave the visitors all they could possibly handle.

      "You got to tip your hat to Price over there," said Flames defenseman Mark Giordano, who opened the scoring early in the second period. "He made the saves when they needed them. A few of us, myself probably number one, had some really good looks down the stretch and gotta find a way to bury one of those. It sucks to lose in a shootout, always, but we can't be disappointed with that game."

      That a Flames blue-liner scored should come as no surprise. Calgary's defensemen have scored 10 of the team's 26 goals this season.

      But nobody could score the one to pull away.

      "I don't think I can ask for anything more from my guys," Flames coach Bob Hartley said. "What a great game. I think our fans saw a great goalie battle. We just couldn't capitalize on a couple of scoring chances and that was the difference in the game."

      His counterpart, and good friend, Michel Therrien agreed.

      "Tonight's game was all about Carey Price," the Montreal coach said. "He certainly deserved to win because of the way he performed. Carey was outstanding. ... I thought we had a lack of energy."

      Tom Gilbert scored the lone goal for the Habs late in the second period.

      Jonas Hiller made 18 saves through overtime for the Flames (5-4-2), who have just one win in five home games this season.

      NOTES: Flames RW David Jones suited up for just the second game this season after missing the last eight games due to a lower-body injury. He was also a healthy scratch in the first outing. Since being acquired prior to last season, Jones has played just 50 games for the Flames, missing 41 due to four different injuries. ... Even with Jones returning to the lineup, the Flames didn't need to send any players to the minors. LW Mason Raymond is out on a week-to-week basis due to a shoulder injury. Raymond was off to the best start of his career with five goals in the first 10 games. ... Canadiens coach Michel Therrien started his coaching career thanks to Flames bench boss Bob Hartley. Hartley was the head coach of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League's Laval Titan and hired Therrien as an assistant. ... Montreal D Jarred Tinordi was back in the lineup after being a healthy scratch the night before in Edmonton. D Nathan Beaulieu came out.

  • Wednesday, October 29, 2014
    Sharks solve Avs' Varlamov in shootout
    By The Sports Xchange

    DENVER -- The San Jose Sharks had trouble putting pucks past Colorado Avalanche goaltender Semyon Varlamov on Tuesday.

    • Until the shootout.

      Centers Patrick Marleau and Joe Pavelski ended 65 minutes of frustration against Varlamov with a goal each in the shootout and the Sharks beat the Avalanche 3-2 on Tuesday night.

      "There's certain things guys like to do, and we finally made a couple good shots to beat him," Pavelski said.

      Antti Niemi made 31 saves in regulation and overtime, then two more in a shootout. Defenseman Brett Burns and center Logan Couture scored in regulation for the Sharks.

      Varlamov made a season-high 49 saves but didn't stop either shot he faced the shootout. Center Alex Tanguay and left winger Gabriel Landeskog scored in regulation for Colorado (2-4-4).

      Varlamov was nearly unbeatable before the shootout. He kept Colorado in the game with several highlight-reel saves, including ones on Marleau and Pavelski.

      "Outstanding," Avalanche left winger Jamie McGinn said of Varlamov. "We're leaving him out to dry, unacceptable. He stood on his head just like last year, except we pulled out a couple wins and this year we're not doing that. He's battling every night; it's amazing what he's doing back there."

      The Avalanche had a chance to end it when Marleau was called for slashing at 3:55 of overtime. Niemi made a save on center Matt Duchene just as the horn sounded.

      "That was a big save, and it really did give us confidence going forward," Niemi said.

      Varlamov's strong play looked like it might pay off when Landeskog gave Colorado a 2-1 lead with a sharp-angle shot 3:04 into the third period. Couture answered two minutes later when he beat Varlamov with a rebound shot from the slot.

      "We got to loose pucks, we took the first shot," San Jose coach Todd McLellan said. "When we got away from it they kind of took the game over."

      Avalanche coach Patrick Roy shuffled his lines during the first period to find a spark. It finally worked with a short-handed goal in the second after Varlamov made a sprawling save on Pavelski's rebound shot.

      Colorado defenseman Erik Johnson cleared the puck to the San Jose blue line, but Burns turned it over trying to glove it. Tanguay corralled it, went around Couture and beat Niemi high at 13:24 to tie the game at 1.

      Varlamov made several saves on San Jose's second power play of the second period. He denied Marleau when the center tried to stuff it in the corner, and he made another stop on center Joe Thornton's one-timer in the slot.

      Marleau had a chance again with 6.2 seconds left in the second period, but Varlamov stopped the mini-breakaway shot.

      "I felt pretty good, but we need points right now," Varlamov said. "Every point is very important. We want to win every game and there is frustration, but I think we played a solid game. We had a couple chances around the net. We played better hockey in the third period and overtime, but we just couldn't score."

      San Jose dominated the first period but led only 1-0 on Burns goal at 9:23. The Sharks outshot the Avalanche 23-8 in the frame and had 17 of the 18 shots on goal at one point. The play of Varlamov and a friendly post kept the game from getting away from Colorado.

      San Jose center Tomas Hertl had several chances, including an open net, but his backhander slid across the top of the crossbar.

      "He was outstanding" Roy said of Varlamov. "He made some incredible saves, especially in the first where we were struggling a lot. After they took a 1-0 lead we just lost our focus. That part of the game was not very pretty for us."

      Duchene nearly tied it late in the first, but Niemi made a diving glove save on his backhand shot with 1.5 seconds left.

      NOTES: Avalanche D Erik Johnson was in the lineup after taking a hit to the head during Sunday's loss in Winnipeg. Johnson left the Jets game but took part in Monday's practice and Tuesday's morning skate. ... The Sharks assigned LW Tyler Kennedy to AHL Worcester for a conditioning assignment. ... Colorado C Jesse Winchester took part in non-contact drills in practice Monday and at Tuesday's morning skate. He could make his Avalanche debut Thursday against the Islanders. ... Avalanche LF Jamie McGinn and Sharks LW Tye McGinn are brothers, and they played against each other for the first time at any level.

  • Wednesday, October 29, 2014
    Reports: Hockey legend Howe suffers serious stroke
    By The Sports Xchange

    According to multiple reports, hockey legend Gordie Howe suffered a serious stroke Sunday.

    • "The entire National Hockey League family sends prayers for strength and healing to our revered Gordie Howe," NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said in a statement Tuesday night. "We all are thinking of Gordie and his loved ones as we wish him a speedy and full recovery."

      Howe, 86, who reportedly suffered the stroke while in Texas, is recovering at his daughter's house there.

      "Basically, some time in the early morning on Sunday he suffered a pretty bad stroke," Dr. Murray Howe, head of the department of radiology at Toledo Hospital in Ohio, told The Detroit News.

      "The right side of his body is very, very weak. He's unable to stand without help. He's able to speak, but very, very difficult to speak.

      "He knows who he is. He knows the people around him. But it is very difficult for him to get up and walk around. So he is pretty much confined to his bed right now. So we're just trying to keep him comfortable, and that's our goal."

      Howe played professional hockey in the 1970s and was a six-time winner of the Hart Trophy as league MVP, won six Art Ross Trophies as the leading scorer and played on four Stanley Cup-winning teams with the Detroit Red Wings.

      "I feel like this is his final lap around the rink," Murray Howe, one of Gordie's three sons, told the Detroit Free Press on Tuesday. "I'm guessing that he's not going to recover ... but then again, he's about as strong as they get. If anybody can do it he can."

  • Wednesday, October 29, 2014
    Tarasenko's hat trick leads Blues to OT win in Dallas
    By The Sports Xchange

    DALLAS -- Several days ago, St. Louis Blues right wing Vladimir Tarasenko was battling a nasty illness.

    • He apparently was feeling much better Tuesday night, when he delivered his first career hat trick as the Blues defeated the Stars 4-3 in overtime before 16,232 at American Airlines Center.

      "He played at 50 percent on Saturday (against Chicago)," Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said. "He wasn't himself. And then to come back and play like that's pretty impressive."

      Tarasenko scored tying goals late in the first and third periods. Both were assisted by Blues center Jori Lehtera.

      "We played together in Russia, so it was fun to play on the same line," Tarasenko said. "We have some chemistry."

      His third tally came 1:28 into overtime when he one-timed a pass from defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk past Dallas goaltender Kari Lehtonen to seal a hard-fought win.

      St. Louis was on the power play at the time, gaining the man advantage 14 seconds into the extra frame after Dallas center Tyler Seguin was called for high-sticking.

      "It was pedal to the metal for 50 minutes. We made a couple of mistakes that ended up beating ourselves again, and that hurts," Stars coach Lindy Ruff said.

      Dallas struck first when young defenseman Jamie Oleksiak scored his first NHL goal 13:10 into the game, a slap shot from the left point that deflected in off the stick of Blues center Patrik Berglund.

      However, as they did for much of the game, the Blues had a quick answer. They tied the game at 1-1 just 35 seconds later when Tarasenko sent a wrister from the high slot just under Lehtonen's blocker at 13:45.

      Late in the first period, the Blues were down a man after center and captain David Backes suffered an upper-body injury in a collision with Dallas defenseman Trevor Daley. Backes hit his head on the ice and did not return.

      "He's going to be re-evaluated tomorrow," Hitchcock said. "We're just going to have to see what the doctors say."

      Early in the second, Dallas quickly broke the tie, going ahead 2-1 when Seguin beat Blues goaltender Brian Elliott with a slap shot from the left circle at 5:28.

      Again, the Blues countered, as Lehtera beat Lehtonen with a stellar backhand that sailed over the goalie's blocker at 6:05.

      Just past the midway point of the second, St. Louis had a 5-on-3 power play for 53 seconds after Dallas defenseman Kevin Connauton was called for interference and fellow defenseman Brenden Dillon joined him in the penalty box for high-sticking. But the Blues couldn't capitalize.

      Early in the third, Dallas regained the lead when Daley flicked a wrister under Elliott's glove from the left circle to make it 3-2 at 3:27.

      However, the Blues answered again, as Tarasenko scored his second of the game with a wrister from the right circle that beat Lehtonen on his blocker side with 8:23 left in regulation.

      Dallas has coughed up a third-period lead three times over their first four home games.

      "Enough is enough," Daley said. "In order to be a good team, you've got find ways to get the job done. I don't think we should have even been in that situation to start."

      About four minutes later, St. Louis nearly took their first lead, but a hard wrister by Lehtera from the right circle found the crossbar with 4:43 remaining in regulation.

      Elliott stopped 25 shots to earn the win while Lehtonen stopped 23 for Dallas.

      NOTES: Blues D Jordan Leopold, LW Magnus Paajarvi and LW Chris Porter were scratched. ... Stars D Jyrki Jokipakka and LW Curtis McKenzie were scratched. ... Blues coach Ken Hitchcock spent six seasons as the coach in Dallas, leading the Stars to the 1999 Stanley Cup. ... Stars D Kevin Connauton returned to the ice for Dallas after being a healthy scratch the past two games. ... Blues D Carl Gunnarsson, acquired in an offseason trade with the Toronto Maple Leafs, made his St. Louis debut. ... Dallas started a two-game homestand on Tuesday. ... St. Louis general manager Doug Armstrong was with the Stars organization between 1991 and 2007, including serving as GM between 2002 and 2007. ... In the last meeting, on April 11, 2014, Dallas prevailed 3-0 at American Airlines Center to clinch its first playoff berth in six years. ... Midway through the first period Tuesday, Dallas honored Blues center Steve Ott, who spent much of his career in Dallas. After a video montage, Ott received a huge ovation from the crowd, which he saluted with a wave.

  • Wednesday, October 29, 2014
    NHL game roundup: Flyers top Kings in OT
    By The Sports Xchange

    PHILADELPHIA -- Center Brayden Schenn scored a breakaway goal with 2:24 left in overtime, and the Philadelphia Flyers beat the Los Angeles Kings 3-2 Tuesday night.

    • Left winger Michael Raffl and center Chris VandeVelde also had goals to help the Flyers win their third consecutive game.

      Schenn's winner was initially ruled no goal, but was overturned on a video review. His shot was stopped by Jonathan Quick, but the Kings goaltender fell into the net and the puck crossed the line.

      Quick angrily tossed his stick after the call was changed. The defending Stanley Cup champion Kings had won six in a row prior to Tuesday.

      Wild 4, Bruins 3

      BOSTON -- Minnesota rallied from a 3-1 third-period deficit to stun Boston.

      The Wild got goals from left winger Zach Parise, right winger Justin Fontaine and defenseman Marco Scorabella -- Scorabella scored his second goal of the season from the left point with 5:53 left.

      Rookie Seth Griffith, playing in his seventh NHL game, scored two goals and added an assist to lead the Bruins.

      Jets 4, Islanders 3

      UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- Left winger Andrew Ladd scored twice to lift Winnipeg past New York.

      The Jets captain scored his second goal of the game at 3:31 of the third period, beating Islanders right wing Kyle Okposo to a rebound of a saved shot by center Bryan Little to give the Jets a 4-3 lead.

      The Jets have back-to-back wins and victories in three of their last four games, while the Islanders lost for the second time on home ice.

      Senators 5, Blue Jackets 2

      COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Defenseman Erik Karlsson, right winger Alex Chiasson and left winger Clark MacArthur scored third-period goals, leading Ottawa over Columbus.

      The game featured two ejections -- Columbus right winger Corey Tropp and Ottawa defenseman Eric Gryba were given game misconducts -- and at least two hits that will get a closer look by the league for supplemental discipline.

      MacArthur had two goals and an assist, and center Zack Smith also scored for the Senators. Goaltender Robin Lehner, backed by a rare burst of goals by his teammates, made 36 saves.

      Penguins 8, Devils 3

      PITTSBURGH -- Pittsburgh scored four second-period goals and seven unanswered en route to a rout of New Jersey.

      Eleven players recorded at least one point for the Penguins.

      Pittsburgh center Sidney Crosby scored twice, while four of his teammates had a goal and an assists.

      Maple Leafs 4, Sabres 0

      TORONTO -- Phil Kessel recorded a goal and an assist, and goaltender Jonathan Bernier turned aside all 10 shots he faced as Toronto picked up its first home regulation win of the season.

      Kessel led the way for the Maple Leafs with a goal and an assist. The right winger has six points in four games against the Sabres. Center Tyler Bozak, left winger James van Riemsdyk and defenseman Jake Gardiner had the other Toronto goals.

      Bernier picked up his eighth career shutout.

      Lightning 7, Coyotes 3

      TAMPA, Fla. -- Nikita Kucherov, who hadn't scored more than one goal in any of his 61 career games, recorded a hat trick Tuesday, leading Tampa Bay to an easy win over Arizona.

      Kucherov, a 21-year-old Russian right winger who was a second-round draft pick in 2011, had one goal in Tampa Bay's first nine games, but came through Tuesday as the Lightning played their first home game in two weeks.

      Tampa Bay jumped out early and stayed in control of Arizona, which allowed two goals before it had its fourth shot.

      Blues 4, Stars 3 (OT)

      DALLAS -- St. Louis right winger Vladimir Tarasenko scored three of his team's four goals, including the game-winner 1:28 into overtime to top Dallas.

      Jori Lehtera scored the other goal for St. Louis, his second.

      Tyler Seguin, Jamie Oleksiak and Trevor Daley scored for Dallas.

      Ducks 1, Blackhawks 0

      CHICAGO -- Anaheim forward Devante Smith-Pelly's short-handed goal at 11:32 of the third period snapped a scoreless game, leading his team to victory over Chicago.

      Smith-Pelly's third goal of the season, unassisted as well, came on a breakaway against rookie Chicago goalie Scott Darling, who made 24 saves in only his second game in the NHL.

      Anaheim goaltender John Gibson made 38 saves to record the shutout win.

      Canadiens 2, Flames 1 (SO)

      CALGARY, Alberta -- Goaltender Carey Price made 37 saves, then stopped all three shootout chances, leading Montreal to a shootout victory over Calgary.

      Right winger P.A. Parenteau scored the lone shootout goal for the win, which has the Eastern Conference-leading Canadiens at 8-2-0 to start the season.

      Calgary defenseman Mark Giordano opened the scoring at 2:09 of the second period. Ten minutes later, Montreal tied the score on defenseman Tom Gilbert's unassisted goal.

      Sharks 3, Avalanche 2 (SO)

      DENVER -- Antti Niemi made 31 saves in regulation and overtime, then two more in a shootout, and San Jose topped Colorado.

      Centers Patrick Marleau and Joe Pavelski recorded shootout goals for the Sharks. San Jose defenseman Brett Burns and center Logan Couture scored in regulation.

      Avalanche goaltender Semyon Varlamov made a season-high 49 saves but didn't stop either shot he faced the shootout. Center Alex Tanguay and left winger Gabriel Landeskog scored in regulation for Colorado.

      Canucks 4, Hurricanes 1

      VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Goaltender Ryan Miller made 29 saves for his 300th career win, and center Brad Richardson scored twice as Vancouver kept Carolina winless.

      Right winger Linden Vey, on the power play, and right winger Jannik Hansen also scored for Vancouver. Richardson opened the scoring early in the first period with his first of the season, then scored into an empty net late in the third.

      Left winger Jiri Tlusty scored for Carolina in the third period.

  • Wednesday, October 29, 2014
    Smith-Pelly's shorty the difference as Ducks edge 'Hawks
    By The Sports Xchange

    CHICAGO -- Depending upon your perspective, Tuesday's battle between the Chicago Blackhawks and Anaheim Ducks came down to which team cracked -- or in the Ducks' case, quacked -- first.

    • In an excellent battle between Anaheim goalie John Gibson and counterpart Scott Darling, Anaheim forward Devante Smith-Pelly's short-handed goal at 11:32 of the third period was the deciding factor in the Ducks' 1-0 win over the Blackhawks at the United Center.

      "Whoever scored first, the way it was going, was in a pretty good spot," Chicago coach Joel Quenneville said.

      It was Anaheim's second shutout win of the season, and Chicago's first shutout loss.

      "I think we all played really well," said Gibson, who made 38 saves in the win. "We played good team defense, especially in the last 10 minutes when we got the lead. (The defense) blocked a lot of shots for me and helped me out."

      Smith-Pelly's third goal of the season, unassisted, came on a breakaway against Darling, playing in only his second game ever in the NHL.

      Darling, who made 24 saves, earned the start due to his outstanding play in his debut Sunday, a win over Ottawa, as well as Corey Crawford remaining sidelined with an upper-body injury.

      With the victory, Anaheim (8-2-0) started a new winning streak after its seven-game streak was snapped Sunday at San Jose.

      "They're so good and they can make something out of nothing so fast, that if you don't hit them and slow them down, then they're going to just skate," Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau said of the Blackhawks. "There are a lot of fast teams in the NHL, but this is the team that plays the fastest. That's why they have the most success I think."

      Chicago (5-3-1) has lost three of its last four games after winning four of its first five matches.

      "You have stretches sometimes maybe when things are not going in for us, but we played the right way," Quenneville said. "We gave up probably the fewest chances all year. It was a tight game. We played well in a lot of areas."

      But Chicago failed to take advantage of four power plays, including breaking down on Smith-Pelly's breakaway tally.

      "It was a tough play and we can't give that up against good teams that play good defense," Chicago defenseman Brent Seabrook said. "We have to learn to win these games."

      Added Quenneville, "Our power play hasn't been bad all year. We've scored some big goals. Today, it would have been nice to get at least one."

      "The (Blackhawks) have probably the best D-core in the league offensively," Gibson said. "We knew we had to do a good job boxing out and blocking shots and helped me out a lot to where I could see the puck, not too many screens."

      The Ducks and Blackhawks played a methodical back-and-forth match through the first two periods, ending the middle stanza tied in shots on goals at 20 each.

      In the third period, Chicago far outshot the visiting Ducks 18-5, but it was Smith-Pelly's one shot that ultimately proved to be the game-winner in front of a sellout crowd of 21,233.

      NOTES: Chicago LW Daniel Carcillo will likely miss the next month after injuring his right knee in Sunday's win over Ottawa. ... Chicago G Corey Crawford remains day-to-day, having missed nearly a week with an upper-body injury. Crawford will make the upcoming two-game road trip and could be ready to play in the Blackhawks' next game, Thursday at Ottawa. ... Tuesday was the Blackhawks' 283rd consecutive sellout at their United Center home. ... The injury bug really hit the Ducks hard, having lost 43 man-games as of Tuesday. ... Ducks D Ben Lovejoy will miss the next 6-8 weeks after breaking his finger in a fight with San Jose C Joe Pavelski on Sunday. ... Chicago RW Marian Hossa remains two points away from 1,000 in his storied NHL career. Center and team captain Jonathan Toews is three goals away from 200 in his career. ... Anaheim continues to lead the Western Conference in points (16).

  • Wednesday, October 29, 2014
    Leafs dominate Sabres
    By The Sports Xchange

    TORONTO -- Buffalo Sabres defenseman Tyler Myers stood in dressing room stall and said simply that something has to change for his team.

    • The Sabres were shut out for the fourth time this season and held to a franchise-worst 10 shots on goal through 60 minutes passing the previous mark of 11 set in December 1981.

      "Until we as a group make up our mind that we're going to play a certain way, the way we have to play to be competitive in every game... its' just not going to work," said Myers.

      Buffalo (2-8-0) dropped a 4-0 decision to the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Air Canada Centre on Monday night.

      The Sabres scored just 11 goals total through the first 10 games of the season.

      "I don't know who we think we are or what kind of team we think we are or what we've accomplished to be playing like that. We haven't done nothing to be playing a cute game," said Sabres defenseman Josh Gorges. "We don't deserve to play a cute game and until we figure out that we have to work and scratch and claw and grind and dig in order to give ourselves a chance every night to win, then we're going to have nights like this."

      Phil Kessel recorded a goal and an assist, and goaltender Jonathan Bernier turned aside all 10 shots he faced as the Toronto Maple Leafs picked up their first home regulation win of the season,

      Kessel led the way for the Maple Leafs (4-4-1) with a goal and an assist. The right winger has six points in four games against the Sabres.

      Center Tyler Bozak, left winger James van Riemsdyk and defenseman Jake Gardiner had the other Toronto goals.

      Bernier (2-3-1) picked up his eighth career shutout and second as a member of the Toronto Maple Leafs.

      "Obviously playing like that for a full 60, that's what we wanted tonight and we did it," said Bernier. "Even when we scored that one goal, I thought we kept going and kept going and I thought we stuck to our game plan.

      "You're just trying to stay focused and make the save that you should make, right? I thought we played very solid. We kept everything to the outside. Probably the best game since I've been here."

      Buffalo starter Michal Neuvirth stopped 33 shots in the loss.

      With the Leafs struggling to find scoring, coach Randy Carlyle put his lines in a blender at Monday's practice.

      Winger David Clarkson moved up to play with van Riemsdyk and Bozak, while Kessel was on a line with center Nazem Kadri and left winger Joffrey Lupul.

      The Clarkson-van Riemsdyk-Bozak line combined for two goals and an assist, while the Lupul-Kadri-Kessel line accounted for a goal and an assist.

      "It's one where the message is: 'Now that you've been able to prove to us that you can play a game that we needed to play, that we have to play, a style that we have to play with a commitment to the little things in the game that now our expectations are to carry that on to the next one,'" said Carlyle.

      Toronto opened the scoring at 19:10 of the middle period when Kessel sprung Bozak in all alone. Bozak beat Neuvirth glove-side for his fourth of the season.

      With the goal, Toronto ended an 0-for-24 skid with the man advantage.

      Toronto scored twice in a 60-second span early in the third to take a 3-0 lead.

      Kessel made it 2-0 lead at 4:18, banking a shot off of Neuvirth, from behind the net, for his fifth of the season.

      "You get lucky every once in a while. Just throw it in front and fortunately it hit off him," said Kessel, who had just a goal and an assist in five home games entering Tuesday. "Sometimes you get lucky, right? Just throwing it out there and hoping that it went in."

      Van Riemsdyk subsequently one-timed a Morgan Rielly feed past Neuvirth for his fourth of the season.

      Gardiner made it 4-0 midway through the third. He went around the Sabres' net and beat Neuvirth, who was well out of position, for his first of the season.

      "That was huge. We played a great team game tonight," said Gardiner. "You can see when we play like that, we're a good hockey team. There wasn't any selfish plays, not many one-on-one plays, got the puck deep and went to work.

      "It shows we'll be successful if we keep doing those things."

      NOTES: Sabres RW Chris Stewart, a native of Toronto, played his first NHL game in his hometown Tuesday. ... Buffalo C Sam Reinhart played in his eighth game of the season Monday. The Sabres have one more game to decide whether or not to send him back to junior before his entry-level contract kicks in. ... Leafs RW Carter Ashton was the lone healthy scratch for Toronto. ... The Leafs reassigned rookie D Stuart Percy on Sunday and now have just 21 players on the active roster. ... LW David Booth (foot) and RW Brandon Kozun (ankle) remain on injured reserve for the Leafs.