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  • Monday, November 24, 2014
    Hansen hat trick leads Canucks past Blackhawks
    By The Sports Xchange

    VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Being on the fourth line isn't affecting Jannik Hansen's confidence.

    • The right winger had the first three-goal game of his eight-year NHL career to lead the Vancouver Canucks to a 4-1 win over the Chicago Blackhawks Sunday night.

      "Confidence is a funny thing," said the 28-year-old from Herlev, Denmark. "Once the puck goes in, you feel like every shot you take might have a chance.

      "Right now, I am trying to put pucks in the net. As long as they go in I'm happy."

      Hansen opened the scoring for the Canucks in the first period. He put Vancouver ahead 2-1 in the third by deflecting a pass from right winger Derek Dorsett over the glove of Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford, then scored into an empty net in the game's final minute.

      "It's not something that I longed after, that I have to get a hat trick," said Hansen, who has eight goals on the season and has scored in three consecutive games.

      "It's extremely nice to get it. It's not one of those things I have on my bucket list."

      On a night when the Canucks honored left winger Daniel Sedin for playing in his 1,000th NHL game, rookie center Bo Horvat showed he might be the player of the future.

      Horvat collected the first three assists of his career to go with his first NHL goal he scored last week against Anaheim. The 19-year-old from London, Ont., who played on the fourth line with Hansen and Dorsett, also won 13 faceoffs while losing just three.

      "I just want to go play my game and see what happens," said Horvat.

      "We're pretty confident as a line that we can go out there against some tough guys and some tough players. I think we proved that tonight."

      Hansen has been impressed by the eight games Horvat has played.

      "He's strong for a teenager," he said. "He's taking draws with the best of them out there and winning them.

      "It's a big trait for him and important for us that we can rely on it in your own end."

      Right winger Radim Vrbata scored the other Canucks goal.

      Left winger Kris Versteeg scored on the power play for Chicago, who saw a three-game win streak snapped.

      The Blackhawks were playing the second of back-to-back games. The teams played a fast-paced, wide-open style most of the night but Chicago seemed to slow down in the third.

      "Things unraveled pretty quickly," said right winger Patrick Kane. "But back-to-back games, they were waiting for us.

      "They were ready, a lot of motivation for this one. We were in the game. We just didn't find a way to win it."

      Chicago was outshot 30-25. The game remained close because of some big saves by Crawford. In the second period, with the Canucks on the power play, center Henrik Sedin looked to have an open net but Crawford managed to get a skate on the shot.

      "We just didn't take control of the game," said Chicago center Jonathan Toews.

      "I think we let them move the puck side to side across the ice and get their rush game going a little too easy. We weren't checking well. Crow made some big saves but it could have been wide-open early in the game. We didn't deserve to win that one."

      The win improved Vancouver's record to 14-6-1 for 29 points and moved the Canucks into a tie for second place in the Western Conference with St. Louis.

      The loss leaves Chicago at 12-8-1 for 25 points.

      In a pregame ceremony, Daniel Sedin was presented with a silver stick and puck by his teammates, plus a Tiffany crystal by the league to commemorate his 1,000th game. Canucks president Trevor Linden and Sedin's three children were on the ice for the presentation.

      "It meant a lot having Trevor out there," said Daniel Sedin. "He was a big supporter of us."

      NOTES: The Canucks played a video tribute prior to the match to honor LW Daniel Sedin's 1,000th NHL game. ... C Henrik Sedin and Vancouver president Trevor Linden are the only other Canucks to play 1,000 games. ... Vancouver D Dan Hamhuis (lower body) and RW Alex Burrows (upper body) were out with injuries. ... The Canucks' last win over the Blackhawks at Rogers Arena was a 3-1 victory on April 22, 2013. ... The Canucks host the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday night then start a seven-game road trip. ... Chicago's Bryan Bickell played in his 300th NHL game. ... G Corey Crawford made his 11th consecutive start for Chicago. ... The Blackhawks were coming off a 7-1 whipping of Edmonton on Saturday night. ... In their previous three games, the Blackhawks outscored their opponents 17-6. ... Chicago played the third match of a six-game road trip. The Blackhawks play in Colorado on Wednesday, Anaheim on Friday and Los Angeles on Saturday. ... Chicago's injured list included LW Patrick Sharp (knee), C Andrew Shaw (upper body) and D Trevor Van Riemsdyk (knee).

  • Monday, November 24, 2014
    NHL game roundup: Rangers blank Canadiens
    By The Sports Xchange

    NEW YORK -- New York Rangers Goaltender Henrik Lundqvist made 21 saves and his team dominated a weary Montreal Canadiens club from start to finish in a 5-0 drubbing Sunday night at Madison Square Garden.

    • The Rangers took a 1-0 lead to the first intermission thanks to center Dominic Moore's first goal of the season at 9:44. The Rangers' five-goal onslaught featured at least one goal from all four lines, as right winger Martin St. Louis, center Derek Stepan, left winger Carl Hagelin and right winger Rick Nash added goals.

      The Canadiens remain atop the league standings with 33 points in 21 games while the Rangers moved into third place in the Metropolitan Division.

      Blues 4, Jets 2

      WINNIPEG, Manitoba -- Ryan Reaves scored the game-winning goal early in the third period as St. Louis downed Winnipeg.

      Blues center Paul Stastny scored into the empty net after left winger Jaden Schwartz, with his eighth goal, and center David Backes, with his sixth, also scored for St. Louis.

      Winnipeg center Jim Slater netted his first goal, and first point, of the year, while center Bryan Little opened the scoring with his sixth.

      Ducks 2, Coyotes 1

      ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Anaheim carried play for two periods and fended off a third-period surge to beat Arizona at Honda Center.

      Arizona goalie Mike Smith had to be a wall for the first 40 minutes and ultimately stopped 28 of 30 shots he faced. Frederik Andersen made 26 of 27 saves for Anaheim, including 16 of 17 in the third period.

      Right winger Kyle Palmieri and left winger Patrick Maroon scored for the Ducks, while defenseman Keith Yandle scored Arizona's lone goal. Maroon also had an assist and center Ryan Kesler added a pair of helpers for Anaheim.

      Canucks 4, Blackhawks 1

      VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Jannik Hansen scored three goals and rookie center Bo Horvat collected the first three assists of his career as Vancouver defeated Chicago.

      Hansen put the Canucks ahead 2-1 at 6:24 of the third when he deflected a pass from right winger Derek Dorsett over the glove of Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford. Hansen's final goal went into an empty net. Hansen, who has seven goals on the season, has scored in three consecutive games.

      The win improves Vancouver's record to 14-6-1 for 29 points. The loss snaps a three-game win streak and leaves Chicago at 12-8-1 for 25 points.

  • Monday, November 24, 2014
    Ducks hang on to beat Coyotes
    By The Sports Xchange

    ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The Anaheim Ducks have made overtime part of their routine lately, but Sunday they decided to finish the game off in its regularly scheduled allotment of time.

    • Anaheim carried play for two periods and fended off a third-period surge to beat the Arizona Coyotes 2-1 at Honda Center.

      "We're still way too tentative in the third period with a lead, but that comes with playing so many overtime games and close games," Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau said.

      Coyotes goalie Mike Smith had to be a wall for the first 40 minutes to keep the game close. He ultimately stopped 28 of 30 shots he faced.

      "They were dominating us and the only reason it wasn't three or four to nothing after the first was because of him," Coyotes defenseman Keith Yandle said of his goaltender.

      Goalie Frederik Andersen made 26 of 27 saves for Anaheim, including 16 of 17 in the third period to fend off the late push for the equalizer.

      Right winger Kyle Palmieri and left winger Patrick Maroon scored for the Ducks, while Yandle netted the Coyotes' lone goal. Maroon also had an assist and center Ryan Kesler added a pair of helpers for Anaheim.

      The Ducks dominated possession in a scoreless first period, outshooting the Coyotes 12-4 while drawing the period's only penalty. Newly acquired Ducks left winger Rene Bourque made his presence felt with a crunching hit on center Joe Vitale behind the net at 12:51. Smith made a spectacular lunging save on Kesler's backhand bid one minute later.

      "He was awesome for us and we weren't able to help him out," Yandle said.

      The Coyotes relied heavily on Smith in the second period as well as they struggled to control the puck. They were outshot again, 13-6, and once again surrendered the only power play of the period. Smith stood tall, stopping 21 straight shots.

      It was only when Smith was taken out of a play -- he fell alone behind his net and then defenseman Zbynek Michalek inadvertently pinned him -- that Anaheim finally capitalized on an opportunity. With Smith impeded, the Ducks set up Palmieri for a wrist shot into the abandoned net. The goal came at 14:08 and was Palmieri's second in four games played this season after recovering from an ankle injury.

      "He's very good, everyone in the league knows that, at playing the puck," said Palmieri, who also dumped the puck in to start the play. "You want to keep it away from him and I put it right on his tape, but it worked out."

      Anaheim added a goal at 17:20 to take a 2-0 lead. A clean faceoff win led to a heavy shot from the right point by defenseman Sami Vatanen. The resultant rebound off Smith's pad was swept in by Maroon for his first goal of the campaign.

      "It was a little bit of a load off, but there's more to my game, I can do it every night," Maroon said.

      Arizona had a strong start to the third period that included a power play. They got on the board 8:56 into the final frame when Yandle drifted down low and snapped a wrist shot from right between the two faceoff dots for his third goal of the season.

      "As a D-man, you can kind of get lost in there, guys will kind of forget where you are," Yandle said.

      The Coyotes drew a penalty 46 seconds later but failed to convert on the ensuing power play. They also concluded the game on a truncated power play, which they played 6-on-4 by pulling Smith from his net. They generated just one shot on net and could not earn the equalizer.

      "We came out with a lot of jump and did the things we needed to do from the start of the game, unfortunately it was a little too late," Smith said.

      Eight of Anaheim's 10 previous games had gone to overtime or a shootout. They got a regulation win, though perhaps not a full three-period effort.

      "We played 40 minutes, now we need to figure out how to finish off a 60-minute game," Maroon said.

      NOTES: Sunday's win was just Anaheim's second regulation victory in its last 10 games. ... Attendance was 15928. ... Anaheim LW Rene Bourque, acquired in a trade for D Bryan Allen Thursday, made his Ducks debut, dressing in place of LW Emerson Etem. ... Ducks D Clayton Stoner missed Sunday's game with mumps-like symptoms. He has not been confirmed to have mumps, the ailment that sidelined RW Corey Perry and D Francois Beauchemin recently. D Mat Clark replaced Stoner in the lineup. ... Anaheim C William Karlsson (illness), D Ben Lovejoy (finger), D Mark Fistric (back), LW Dany Heatley (groin) and G John Gibson (groin) were all unavailable Sunday. ... Anaheim returned C/RW Chris Wagner to their AHL affiliate in Norfolk, Va. ... Arizona D Brandon Gormley (lower body), C Martin Hanzal (lower body) and RW David Moss (upper body) were out of action Sunday.

  • Sunday, November 23, 2014
    Rangers blank Canadiens for second straight shutout win
    By The Sports Xchange

    NEW YORK -- The New York Rangers haven't played all that well over the first two months of the season, but if their past two games are any indication, they may be close to turning things around.

    • Goaltender Henrik Lundqvist made 21 saves and the Rangers dominated a weary Montreal Canadiens club from start to finish in a 5-0 drubbing Sunday night at Madison Square Garden.

      It was the second straight shutout for the Rangers, who blanked the Philadelphia Flyers 2-0 here Wednesday.

      "These past two games are as good as we've played all year," Lundqvist said. "Playing in our own end, coming with speed, close support in our own end, just really paying attention to all the details in the game that you need to have success. It's great to see."

      The victory comes with a caveat; the Rangers hadn't played since Wednesday while the Canadiens were coming off a 2-0 road win in Boston on Saturday night. There was no doubt the Rangers were the fresher team, as they outshot the Canadiens 34-21 and consistently beat them to loose pucks.

      "Obviously they had a big game last night," Lundqvist said. "You want to take advantage of that."

      "They beat us in every aspect of the game, physically and mentally," Canadiens left winger Max Pacioretty said. "So it's hard to use that as an excuse. We weren't a good team, that's for sure. Everyone's tired in this league. It's a demanding schedule. But at the end of the day, the ones that win are the ones that find a way to pull through and we weren't able to do that."

      The Rangers (9-7-4) took a 1-0 lead to the first intermission thanks to center Dominic Moore's first goal of the season at 9:44. He capitalized on a misplay by Canadiens left winger Alex Galchenyuk in front of goaltender Dustin Tokarski, who was given little help on this night while he made 29 saves.

      Moore's goal was his first since scoring the series-clinching goal in Game 6 of the 2014 Eastern Conference final against the Canadiens last season.

      "We haven't played our best hockey all year; it's a process," Moore said. "We still aren't (playing our best), we are working at it."

      The Rangers' five-goal onslaught featured at least one goal from all four lines, as right winger Martin St. Louis, center Derek Stepan, left winger Carl Hagelin and right winger Rick Nash added goals.

      "Everyone wants to contribute offensively," Rangers defenseman Marc Staal said. "You can't be dependent every night on one line or two lines. Those are big goals. The more you can do that, the more consistently you can win hockey games."

      If not for Tokarski, the Canadiens would have suffered a more lopsided loss. He made several key saves to keep his team within two goals during the second period but he could not keep the dam from breaking.

      "He was very good but we didn't have much going on tonight," Canadiens center Tomas Plekanec said.

      The Canadiens (16-6-1) remain atop the league standings with 33 points in 21 games while the Rangers moved into third place in the Metropolitan Division.

      Nash's goal late in the third period was his 14th of the season and moved him one behind league leader Tyler Seguin of the Dallas Stars. Thirteen Rangers had a point Sunday with St. Louis and left winger Chris Kreider leading the way with two points.

      "We knew tonight coming in that we were playing the top team as far as points in the NHL," Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said. "We need another strong team effort and that's what we got from our group tonight."

      NOTES: Canadiens G Carey Price had started seven of the previous eight games, over which time he is 6-1-0 with a 1.43 goals-against average and .950 save percentage. ... The Canadiens scratched LW Drayson Bowman and D Nathan Beaulieu. ... Rangers RW Lee Stempniak (back) missed his second straight game. ... Rangers D Ryan McDonagh (shoulder) skated Sunday morning at Madison Square Garden but is not yet practicing with the team. There is no timetable for his return to the lineup. ... This was the first game for the Rangers since Wednesday, as their game against Buffalo on Friday was postponed due to snow conditions.

  • Sunday, November 23, 2014
    Reaves' pivotal goal helps Blues win
    By The Sports Xchange

    WINNIPEG, Manitoba -- Ryan Reaves used his hands for good instead of evil on Sunday afternoon with his mom in the crowd.

    • The hometown kid scored the game-winning goal early in the third period as the St. Louis Blues downed the Winnipeg Jets 4-2 on Sunday afternoon.

      Reaves picked up a rebound off a shot from center Steve Ott, spun and fired the puck past Jets goalie Ondrej Pavelec at 2:25 of the third period to break a 2-2.

      St. Louis improved to 14-6-1, while the Jets lost their second straight on home ice and fell to 10-9-3.

      It was the second afternoon game in as many days for the Blues, who earned a 3-2 triumph over the Senators on Saturday in Ottawa.

      Blues center Paul Stastny scored into the empty net, his third goal of the season, with just 40 seconds left to seal the win.

      Known more as an enforcer than goal scorer, Reaves showed his flashy side when Blues head coach Ken Hitchcock called on his fourth line to take an early shift in the final period.

      "It just kind of laid in perfectly for me," said Reaves, describing the loose puck off the Pavelec rebound. "I was going to go to the backhand, but the momentum of the puck kind of took me on the spin-o-rama, so I kind of went with it."

      The timely goal, with dozens of friends and family in the crowd, was the right winger's third in 20 games this season. He has yet to chip in an assist, but leads the club with 26 penalty minutes.

      Reaves, 27, was born and raised in Winnipeg and played his junior hockey just two hours down the road with the Brandon Wheat Kings of the Western Hockey League. His father, Willard Reaves, was an all-star running back for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the Canadian Football League from 1983-87.

      Reaves said he's played about five or six games in Winnipeg with NHL and AHL clubs.

      "I don't think I've ever had a point here, so it was fun," he said, estimating that about 50 to 60 friends and family members were in the crowd.

      "My mom invited all her family and I've got a bunch of friends here, so I'm sure it's going to be packed in there," Reaves said, of a room set aside for visiting players' guests.

      Left winger Jaden Schwartz, with his eighth goal, and center David Backes, with his sixth, scored power-play goals for St. Louis, which wrapped up a four-game road trip with two wins and two losses

      St. Louis center Alexander Steen, also a native Winnipegger, provided a pair of assists.

      Winnipeg center Jim Slater netted his first goal, and first point, of the year, while center Bryan Little opened the scoring with his sixth.

      The Jets are still in the top 10 in the league on the penalty kill. However, the unit has surrendered five goals in the past four games.

      The Blues notched a pair of goals on five chances with the man advantage.

      "(Giving up) two power-play goals, that stung a little bit because we take a lot of pride in our (penalty kill). But that's the way it goes some games," said Slater. "We've played against some really top-tier power plays the last little bit, and obviously we have to get better at it. Some little things are creeping into our game that we have to take out. Once we do that, I think we should be good."

      Blues backup goalie Jake Allen got the call and blocked 28 shots for his sixth win in eight games, while Pavelec made 25 saves for Winnipeg.

      "It was a war out there," Allen said. "You just saw a lot of guys getting clipped in the face, a lot of big hits and potential fights, so it's definitely going to be fun.

      "We've still got a lot of games against them, this was the first one. They've got a skilled, quick team with a lot of offensive talent, so we're going to have our work cut out for us."

      The Central Division rivals meet four more times this season, but the next game isn't until late February.

      "They're a physical team. They're deep up front and on the back end. It doesn't matter who you're playing against, you're playing against good players," said Jets blueliner Mark Stuart.

      NOTES: The "Ironman" streak is over for Blues D Jay Bouwmeester. The 31-year-old was scratched from Sunday's matinee in Winnipeg after suffering a lower-body injury Saturday in Ottawa, ending the longest active consecutive games-played streak in pro sports at 737. Bouwmeester last missed a game during the 2003-04 season when he skated with the Florida Panthers. ... RW Dustin Byfuglien and LW Adam Lowry both halted 14-game goal droughts in Winnipeg's 4-3 loss to the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday night. ... D Barret Jackman played his 744th career game Sunday with St. Louis, tying Hall of Famer Brett Hull for third on the all-time franchise list. ... Winnipeg closes out the month of November with games in Columbus, Buffalo and Boston. ... The Blues host a couple of Canadian clubs -- Ottawa and Edmonton -- this week.

  • Sunday, November 23, 2014
    NHL roundup: Bouwmeester's streak ends
    By The Sports Xchange

    The "Ironman" streak is over for St. Louis Blues defenseman Jay Bouwmeester.

    • The 31-year-old was scratched from Sunday's game in Winnipeg after suffering a lower-body injury Saturday in Ottawa, ending the longest active consecutive games-played streak in pro sports at 737.

      Bouwmeester last missed a game during the 2003-04 season when he skated with the Florida Panthers.

      --The Boston Bruins assigned forwards Jordan Caron and Matt Lindblad to the Providence Bruins of the AHL.

      --The San Jose Sharks recalled defenseman Matt Tennyson from the Worcester Sharks of the AHL.

      --The Florida Panthers reassigned forward Rocco Grimaldi to the San Antonio Rampage of the AHL. Grimaldi, 21, scored his first NHL goal Saturday night in Florida's 3-2 shootout loss to the Nashville Predators.

      ---The Buffalo Sabres assigned goaltender Nathan Lieuwen to the Rochester Americans of the AHL.

  • Sunday, November 23, 2014
    Panthers reassign Grimaldi to San Antonio
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Florida Panthers reassigned forward Rocco Grimaldi to the San Antonio Rampage of the AHL Sunday.

    • Grimaldi, 21, scored his first NHL goal Saturday night in Florida's 3-2 shootout loss to the Nashville Predators. He has played in seven games for the Panthers season, scoring one goal on 18 shots, while averaging 12:36 of ice time per game.

      In 13 games with San Antonio this season, Grimaldi has three goals and three assists.

  • Sunday, November 23, 2014
    Sharks recall D Tennyson from Worcester
    By The Sports Xchange

    The San Jose Sharks recalled defenseman Matt Tennyson from the Worcester Sharks of the AHL Sunday.

    • Tennyson, 24, has three goals and three assists with eight penalty minutes in 17 games with Worcester this season.

      In 2012-13, Tennyson had two assists in four games with the Sharks.

      Also, the Sharks assigned forward Adam Burish to Worcester. Burish has one goal and two assists with 33 penalty minutes in 20 games with the Sharks this season.

  • Sunday, November 23, 2014
    Sabres assign G Lieuwen to Rochester
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Buffalo Sabres assigned goaltender Nathan Lieuwen to the Rochester Americans of the AHL Sunday.

    • Lieuwen has not appeared in a game with the Sabres this season.

  • Sunday, November 23, 2014
    Bruins assign Caron, Lindblad to Providence
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Boston Bruins assigned forwards Jordan Caron and Matt Lindblad to the Providence Bruins of the AHL Sunday.

    • Caron has played nine games for Providence this year, compiling five goals and four assists with a plus-seven rating. For his career, he has played 120 games with Providence, posting 32 goals and 36 assists.

      Lindblad made his season debut with Boston on Saturday and skated in two games for Boston last season. In 16 games for Providence this season, he has two goals and four assists with a plus-four rating.

  • Sunday, November 23, 2014
    Coyotes' Vermette scores shootout winner
    By The Sports Xchange

    SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Arizona center Antoine Vermette said Saturday night's win on the road was all about good timing.

    • Vermette was the only skater to convert in the shootout as the Coyotes beat the San Jose Sharks 4-3. Patience was the key to beating Sharks goalie Antti Niemi during the one-on-one confrontation.

      "I tried to make him move and tried to outwait a little bit, see what was going to open for me and I found a way to score," said Vermette, who used a move to his forehand to freeze the goalie. "So it was good timing."

      San Jose had an opportunity to win in overtime when Arizona's Shane Doan high-sticked Matt Nieto, but the Sharks' power play failed to score despite producing three shots. Right winger Joe Pavelski had a shot that somehow stayed out.

      "There were a lot of sticks; it looked like it was going in," Pavelski said. "That's the way it's been going."

      The Sharks doubled up the Coyotes 38-19 in shots through regulation but couldn't get over the hump after rallying from an early 2-0 deficit and one-goal down late in the third period.

      "Too many mistakes; defensively, lapses that cost us," Sharks coach Todd McLellan said. "At the other end, when you get three, you should win the game."

      Pavelski scored his 200th career goal at 7:47 on the power play to answer a tiebreakerl earlier in the period by Arizona's Shane Doan -- his seventh goal of the season, all of which have come on the road.

      The Coyotes took advantage of a very sloppy opening period by the Sharks to bolt out to a 2-0 lead.

      San Jose right winger Tomas Hertl interfered with Arizona defenseman Michael Stone 200 feet from his net, and the visitors quickly took advantage.

      Vermette slipped a shot from in front under the left pad of Niemi for a power-play goal at 6:08. Vermette's fifth goal of the season came 1:10 into the advantage and on Arizona's only shot of the power play.

      Arizona doubled its lead thanks to more struggles by the hosts.

      San Jose defenseman Brent Burns turned a puck over at center with a bad pass intended for left winger Patrick Marleau. Burns then slid early to block a pass, which allowed Arizona's Mikkel Boedker to take his time finding trailer David Schlemko, and the defenseman snapped a 46-game goal-less streak by powering his first of the season with a top-shelf slap shot at 12:05.

      "Usually, this is a team that takes advantage of home ice early on," Vermette said. "It's been a team that's been doing that for years, but it's something we focused on and it translated real nice with a 2-0 lead early on."

      The Sharks outshot the Coyotes 14-6 in the second period and scored twice to tie it 2-2 after 40 minutes.

      Rookie left winger Barclay Goodrow led a three-on-one break after Arizona defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson failed to hold a puck in at the San Jose line. Goodrow's cross-ice feed over the stick of Coyotes defenseman Keith Yandle was one-timed by right winger Tommy Wingels at 4:11.

      Wingels' sixth goal of the season was San Jose's first shortie of the year.

      After the teams traded failed power plays, the hosts even things when right winger Tyler Kennedy's long shot bounced off Arizona goalie Devan Dubnyk's right pad directly to Andrew Desjardins. The fourth-line center deposited his first goal of the season at 17:53.

      "I thought we got tremendous energy from our third and fourth lines," McLellan said. "They gave us a real good boost on a night when our top players didn't have the energy or the details."

      NOTES: D Brenden Dillon, acquired by San Jose on Friday, did not skate in the morning before Saturday's game but his equipment arrived from Dallas in time for him to play. ... The Sharks placed veteran RW Adam Burish on waivers. "It's not a reflection on Adam, by any means," coach Todd McLellan said. "He's probably played his best hockey for us at this point in the season." With a goal and three points in 20 games, Burish has two years at $1.85 million remaining on a four-year, $7.4 million deal he signed in 2012. ... Five of Arizona's eight wins before Saturday had come against Pacific Division opponents. ... Coyotes backup G Devan Dubnyk started on Saturday despite G Mike Smith's solid numbers against the Sharks (8-4-2 including two shutouts). Smith is 4-10-1 with a 3.30 goals-against average and .890 save percentage this season. ... Arizona C Martin Hanzal is nursing a lower-body injury while LW Rob Klinkhammer and D Chris Summers were healthy scratches. ... The Coyotes complete a three-game road trip over four nights at Anaheim on Sunday. ... LW John Scott and D Matt Irwin were San Jose's healthy scratches.

  • Sunday, November 23, 2014
    Flames stage another comeback win
    By The Sports Xchange

    CALGARY, Alberta -- The Calgary Flames are the comeback kids.

    • There seems to be no other way for the Flames to win other than pulling a victory from the jaws of defeat.

      How else do you describe a team that won for the second time in three games by erasing a two-goal, third-period deficit? Or a team that boasts a 5-6-0 record when trailing after 40 minutes?

      They yet again did what was supposedly impossible for a team that was expected to be offensively challenged in Saturday night's 5-4 shootout win over the New Jersey Devils at the Scotiabank Saddledome.

      "I'll have to get my heart checked," Flames coach Bob Hartley said. "I don't know how they do it, but we found a way again. We're not making it easy, but we're making it interesting."

      The Flames trailed 4-2 late in regulation before they completed a furious and thrilling comeback that featured two goals while goalie Karri Ramo was on the bench for an extra attacker.

      Right winger Jiri Hudler made it a one-goal game with 2:22 left on the clock and then left winger Curtis Glencross scored his second of the night with just five seconds left to tie it. It's the first time in Flames history they've scored twice with the goalie pulled.

      Hudler scored the difference-maker in the shootout.

      "It was one of those games that fans can go home happy," Ramo said. "They saw a lot of emotion and saw a lot of drama in a game. The main thing is we took the two points.

      "We play to win a game. We don't play to lose by one goal. We attack, we attack a lot, and we create a lot of scoring chances.

      "Sometimes it comes and bites us, but that's what I've noticed and think it's the reason we find success when we're behind. We play on the edge all the time and keep pushing."

      The Flames (13-7-2) claimed four of five games during their homestand, in big part because of their third-period dominance. Calgary has outscored its opponents by a 30-14 margin in third periods this season.

      The Devils, who have had trouble in shootouts, fell to 9-9-3 and lamented one that got away.

      The visitors had a two-goal lead on three separate occasions. Center Adam Henrique and left winger Michael Cammalleri gave them a 2-0 edge by the first intermission.

      After Glencross put the Flames on the board midway through the second period, center Travis Zajac made it 3-1 just before the second intermission.

      And even after Flames rookie center Josh Jooris again pulled the Flames within one goal, left winger Tuomo Ruutu scored what should have been the insurance marker.

      Instead, it set the stage for a win the Flames could celebrate, especially Glencross, a player capable of pushing for 30 goals but who had just one goal in the last 18 games.

      "Definitely some relief," he said of lighting a flame. "Everyone could have seen it. I think even more relief after the second one. It's been a rough little go, usually I have more goals than assists, but it's the complete opposite.

      "But, you know what, it doesn't really matter, we're putting up two points and look at us in the standings. We're in a good spot and have to keep moving forward."

      As for the Devils, they left the building shaking their heads.

      "It just doesn't feel good when that happens," Cammalleri said. "Those guys have been making a habit of (comeback wins), kudos to them to keep coming, but for us, we'd like to be able to lock those games down."

      Ramo finished with 25 saves and New Jersey's Scott Clemmensen made 33 saves in his first start of the season.

      NOTES: The Flames summoned C Corban Knight from the AHL Adirondack Flames and sent down C Max Reinhart. Knight, who is from High River, just south of Calgary, played seven NHL games last season, but this is his first crack in Calgary this season. Reinhart played four games for Calgary this season before being sent down. ... Devils No. 1 goalie Cory Schneider finally didn't start a game, after a franchise-record run of 20 games to start the season. G Scott Clemmensen had made two relief appearances ... Flames D Kris Russell returned to the lineup after missing two games due to a lower-body injury. The team missed his puck-moving and shot-blocking abilities. ... For the second time this season, the Flames scratched LW Brandon Bollig, who was acquired in the summer to add size and some scoring but has just two assists in 20 games and can't keep pace with the young speedsters.

  • Sunday, November 23, 2014
    NHL game roundup: Canadiens maintain mastery over Bruins
    By The Sports Xchange

    BOSTON -- The Montreal Canadiens continued their mastery over the rival Boston Bruins on Saturday night.

    • Carey Price stopped 33 shots and the Canadiens, who have the best record in the NHL, beat the Bruins for the ninth time in the last 10 regular-season meetings, winning 2-0.

      The Canadiens have also won all three games against the Bruins this season, by a combined count of 13-5.

      Montreal, which also knocked Boston out of last season's playoffs, improved to 16-5-1 and even recorded its first road power-play goal in winning for the eighth time in its last nine games.

      Center Tomas Plekanec scored his eighth goal of the season and won a faceoff before defenseman Andrei Markov's first-period power-play goal, his second goal of the season. Right winger Brendan Gallagher set up both goals.

      With about two minutes left in the game, the large contingent of Montreal fans broke into their "Ole, Ole, Ole, Ole" chant.

      Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask stopped 21 shots in falling to 3-14-3 lifetime against the Canadiens.

      Stars 5, Kings 4

      DALLAS -- On a night where Mike Modano was honored for his recent induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame, Dallas did its franchise icon proud, edging Los Angeles at American Airlines Center.

      Left winger and captain Jamie Benn led the way with three points while center Tyler Seguin, rookie defenseman John Klingberg and center Cody Eakin each contributed two points apiece.

      Kings right winger Justin Williams scored two goals while left winger Kyle Clifford and center Jarret Stoll had two assists each.

      Avalanche 4, Hurricanes 3

      DENVER -- Defenseman Zach Redmond scored his second goal of the game with 1:35 left and Colorado rallied to beat Carolina.

      Right winger Jarome Iginla had a goal and an assist and defenseman Erik Johnson also scored for the Avalanche, which has won three of four.

      Islanders 4, Penguins 1

      UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- Center Anders Lee scored the tie-breaking goal 2:38 into the third period as New York moved into a tie for first place in the Metropolitan Division by completing a home-and-home sweep of Pittsburgh in front of a raucous sellout crowd at Nassau Coliseum.

      The Islanders, who won 5-4 in the shootout Friday night in Pittsburgh, have won three straight and eight of nine to improve to 14-6-0. New York hasn't held a share of first place this late in the season since December 2006.

      Left winger Matt Martin tied the game for the Islanders with 1:59 left in the second while center Anders Lee got a stick on a slapshot by defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky for a power play goal at 9:48. Center John Tavares added an insurance goal with a put back with 4:14 left.

      Flyers 4, Blue Jackets 2

      PHILADELPHIA -- Defenseman Braydon Coburn got his first goal and assist of the season, goaltender Steve Mason made 20 saves and Philadelphia snapped a four-game losing streak.

      Left winger Brayden Schenn, right winger Wayne Simmonds and defenseman Mark Streit also scored goals for the Flyers.

      Lightning 2, Wild 1

      TAMPA, Fla. -- Tampa Bay desperately needed a victory, having lost two in a row and four of their last six games. Apparently, home cooking -- and a sellout crowd -- is all they needed.

      Captain Steven Stamkos scored his team-leading 14th goal of the season to help the Lightning snap the losing streak and capture their eighth victory at home.

      Stamkos is tied with Dallas Stars center Tyler Seguin for the league scoring lead.

      Sabres 2, Capitals 1

      WASHINGTON -- With goaltender Michael Neuvirth sidelined with a lower-body injury, the Buffalo Sabres are going to rely heavily on goaltender Jhonas Enroth over the next few games.

      Enroth stopped 43 of Washington's season-high 44 shots to lift the Sabres to a victory at Verizon Center.

      Maple Leafs 4, Red Wings 1

      TORONTO -- Center Tyler Bozak scored two goals, including a short-handed goal early in the third period to snap a tie, and Toronto beatDetroit.

      Bozak also scored his ninth goal of the season into an empty net late in the third period.

      Coyotes 4, Sharks 3 (SO)

      SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Arizona center Antoine Vermette was the only skater to convert in the shootout as the Coyotes beat San Jose.

      San Jose had an opportunity to win in overtime when Arizona's Shane Doan high-sticked Matt Nieto, but the Sharks' power play failed to score despite producing three shots.

      Arizona outshot San Jose 6-5 in overtime.

      Flames 5, Devils 4 (SO)

      CALGARY, Alberta -- Calgary yet again erased a third-period deficit, this time with two goals in the final three minutes and then Jiri Hudler scored the shootout winner to cap a thrilling comeback victory over New Jersey.

      For a team that's supposed to struggle, the Flames continue to be one of the NHL's best surprises. Not only do they have a 13-7-2 record, but they are 5-6-0 when trailing after two periods.

      The Devils, who have had trouble in shootouts, fell to 9-9-3 and lamented one that got away.

      Blackhawks 7, Oilers 1

      EDMONTON, Alberta -- Edmonton fans wondering how the Oilers would respond to Friday’s embarrassing 2-0 loss to New Jersey got their answer.

      The Oilers were even worse in a 6-0 loss to Chicago.

      In one of the ugliest seasons in Oilers history, the Oilers rolled out their ugliest performance. The loss was Edmonton’s sixth in a row, seventh in a row on home ice and dropped them into a tie for last overall at 6-13-2.

      For the Blackawks, it was clean and easy work in improving to 12-7-1 and 2-0 on a grueling road trip that has them playing six games in nine nights.

      Predators 3, Panthers 2 (SO)

      NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Goalkeeper Roberto Luongo did everything in his power to steal two points for Florida with 48 saves. But Nashville center Filip Forsberg beat him on the fourth round of a shootout for the only goal either team managed in that phase, giving Nashville a win at sold-out Bridgestone Arena.

      The Predators (13-5-2) improved to 7-1-1 at home and regained a one-point lead over St. Louis in the Central Division. Florida (7-5-6) finished a four-game road trip at 2-1-1.

      Nashville goalie Pekka Rinne rejected all four Panther attempts in the shootout, denying right winger Brad Boyes with a sprawling save to clinch the win.

      Blues 3, Senators 2

      OTTAWA -- St. Louis snapped its two-game losing streak by defeating Ottawa Senators at Canadian Tire Centre.

      Scoring for the Blues were wingers Alex Steen and Vladimir Tarasenko, as well as center Maxim Lapierre.

      Center Mika Zibanejad and defenseman Erik Karlsson replied for the Senators.

      Blues goalie Brian Elliott picked up the win, stopping 24 shots. Robin Lehner blocked 30 shots in the Ottawa net.

  • Sunday, November 23, 2014
    Blackhawks roll over struggling Oilers
    By The Sports Xchange

    EDMONTON, Alberta -- Edmonton fans wondering how the Oilers would respond to Friday's embarrassing 2-0 loss to the New Jersey Devils got their answer Saturday night.

    • The Oilers were even worse in a 7-1 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks.

      In one of the ugliest seasons in team history, the Oilers rolled out their ugliest performance.

      The loss was Edmonton's sixth in a row and seventh straight on home ice, and it dropped them into a tie for last overall at 6-13-2.

      "It's probably the highest it's ever been since I've been here," dejected Oilers winger Taylor Hall said of his mounting frustration level. "We're frustrated; the fans are frustrated. I think everyone is."

      Oilers center Ryan Nugent-Hopkins still had red goal lights flashing in his head long after the game was over.

      "It was 2-0 before we even knew what happened, then they started to feel really good about themselves and started to take it to us," he said, adding he truly thought their five-game homestand, in which they went 0-4-1, was going to get the Oilers headed in the right direction.

      "We had five games at home and we didn't take advantage of it. It's unacceptable."

      For the Blackhawks, it was clean and easy work to improve to 12-7-1 and 2-0 on a grueling road trip that has them playing six games in nine nights.

      "After nine games without scoring, it is always a relief to get one," said Chicago right winger Marian Hossa, who had a career-high five-point night in the whitewash.

      "It was a fun game at the beginning when we got the offense going, especially against this team because they have had our number and done similar things to us a couple years ago. It is nice to get them back. We had a great effort overall."

      It was over early. The Blackhawks ran out to a 3-0 lead after 20 minutes and 6-0 after 40.

      Center Jonathan Toews scored on Chicago's first shot of the game at 3:48, center Marcus Kruger scored on the second shot at 4:43 and defenseman Brent Seabrook scored at 15:56 to pretty much wrap things up after one period.

      But there were still two periods to play and the Hawks kept coming.

      Left winger Kris Versteeg made it 4-0 with a power-play goal 1:16 into the second period and -- just 91 seconds after that, on the same power play -- Hossa made it 5-0. The Hawks chased Oilers goaltender Ben Scrivens from the net after 13 shots.

      Two shots later, it was 6-0 as defenseman Duncan Keith put one past backup goalie Viktor Fasth.

      "I felt we were solid all around tonight," understated Chicago coach Joel Quenneville. "We worked hard and made the right plays to get our chances and finished it off with a bunch of skill. It was a good game for us."

      Oilers left winger David Perron broke Cory Crawford's shutout at 8:04 of the third period, but right winger Patrick Kane made it 7-1 just two minutes later.

      "That's about as long a game as I can ever remember, since I played pro hockey or coached," said Oilers head coach Dallas Eakins. "When the first two shots go in the net, that will suck the life out of a team that has been struggling and trying to get through this."

      If you're the Oilers, now what?

      "It's on us, that's about all you can say," said Hall. "We try and regroup as best we can. It's our fault as players and we're going to have to make up for that."

      NOTES: Oilers RW Nail Yakupov is wearing a full face shield after being hit with a stick Friday against New Jersey. He took a couple of stitches inside his upper lip to match the ones on his wrist when he was cut by a skate blade in Nashville. ... D Nikita Nikitin, one of Edmonton's big offseason acquisitions, was a healthy scratch. ... The Hawks are in the midst of road trip that has them playing six games in a span of nine days while the circus takes over United Center. They went 6-1 on last year's trip. ... A day after D Adam Clendening scored in his first NHL game for the Hawks, C Phillip Danault was called up from AHL Rockport for his NHL debut. He was their first pick, 26th overall, in 2011. ... Edmonton's last home win was Oct. 27. Hawks G Antti Raanta was supposed to start Saturday but came up sick and was a last-minute scratch.

  • Sunday, November 23, 2014
    Redmond scores late to give Avalanche win over Hurricanes
    By The Sports Xchange

    DENVER -- The Colorado Avalanche were down and hurting, but when the game was on the line, it found a way to overcome the obstacles.

    • Defenseman Zach Redmond scored his second goal of the game with 1:35 left and the Avalanche recovered from a bad first period to beat the Carolina Hurricanes 4-3 on Saturday night.

      "Coming from a high like that is always great, but we need to make sure we start better," Redmond said.

      Right winger Jarome Iginla had a goal and an assist and defenseman Erik Johnson also scored for the Avalanche, which has won three of four despite being ravaged by injuries in the last week.

      Center Nathan MacKinnon had three assists and goaltender Calvin Pickard had 17 saves in relief of starter Reto Berra to get his first NHL win.

      Redmond gave Colorado the win when he pinched in from the blue line and beat goalie Cam Ward. It was the first multi-goal game of Redmond's career and it came after Iginla had given him advice on being aggressive in the offensive zone.

      "Me and Iggy had talked about it earlier on the power play, me creeping down there," Redmond said. "I was able to time it right and he put a perfect pass on my tape and made it easy for me."

      Ward left for an extra skater with a minute left, but the Avalanche held on.

      Ward finished with 31 saves for the Hurricanes, who have lost five of six.

      Defenseman John-Michael Liles and centers Nathan Gerbe and Andrej Nestrasil had goals for Carolina.

      Center Nathan MacKinnon had three assists and left winger Gabriel Landeskog had two for the injury-depleted Avalanche.

      Iginla tied the score at 3 with his third goal of the season and first in 14 games at 14:43 of the third period.

      "It's been a while," Iginla said. "Landy made a great play to me on that goal. I was just trying to get it off. He gave me a nice pass and I just go to off high and quick."

      Carolina had won once in its last five games entering Saturday. The Hurricanes had just two goals in a three-game losing streak before scoring six times in Dallas on Tuesday.

      They found that offensive groove again Saturday with three first-period goals against a depleted Colorado squad.

      On Thursday, the Avalanche lost right winger Dennis Everberg to a separated shoulder and left winger Alex Tanguay suffered a facial fracture when he was hit with a shot.

      Left winger Jamie McGinn (back) and center John Mitchell (leg) are also out.

      The banged-up Avalanche recalled centers Ben Street and Tomas Vincour and left winger Andrew Agozzino from Lake Erie of the AHL, and the trio formed Colorado's fourth line.

      The Hurricanes were down a defenseman for most of the game after Brett Bellemore left with an undisclosed injury. He was hurt when Colorado left winger Cody McLeod checked him into the boards in the first period.

      "The start was good but after that we didn't generate much," Carolina coach Bill Peters said. "We were down to five D and we had trouble making plays."

      The Hurricanes had a golden opportunity to make it a three-goal game in the second period but Pickard made a lunging glove save on right winger Alexander Semin and then pulled the loose puck off the goal line.

      "It's 3-1 and the puck's on the goal line and Sems has a shot there," Peters said. "Maybe it goes to 4-1 and it turns out different."

      Colorado's new line was on the ice for the first Avalanche goal and gave the team some life after two quick scores by Carolina. Liles got his first of the season 3:48 into the game and Gerbe made it 2-0 just 1:22 later.

      Liles said it was special being back in Denver, where he played for the Avalanche from 2004-11

      "It was pretty emotional," he said. "A lot of friends, a lot of good memories and it's a different feeling on this side. It would have been nice to get the win along with the goal, but it was still a nice feeling coming back to this building and getting the start from coach, too.

      Redmond made it 2-1 when his centering pass went off the skate of defenseman Andrej Sekera.

      Vincour and Agozzino got credited with assists on the goal. It was the first NHL point for Agozzino.

      Nestrasil restored the two-goal lead when his soft shot beat Berra on the short side. Pickard came on after Berra allowed three goals on 10 shots.

      Johnson made it 3-2 midway through the second when he scored as defenseman Ron Hainsey's interference penalty expired.

      NOTES: To make room for the three forwards recalled from Lake Erie of the AHL, the Avalanche placed RW Dennis Everberg, LW Jamie McGinn and D Brad Stuart on injured reserve. However, LW Alex Tanguay (facial fracture) could return to action as soon as Tuesday. ... Carolina D John-Michael Liles is playing his first game in Denver since he was traded by Colorado in June 2011. Liles spent seven seasons with the Avalanche and ranks 15th in franchise history with 275 points (68 goals, 207 assists). ... Colorado LW Andrew Agozzino made his NHL debut Saturday. ... Hurricanes D Justin Faulk played in his 200th NHL game on Saturday.

  • Sunday, November 23, 2014
    Stars honor Modano with win vs. Kings
    By The Sports Xchange

    DALLAS -- The Dallas Stars did franchise icon Mike Modano proud with their second straight home win, edging the reigning Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings 5-4 on Saturday at American Airlines Center.

    • Before the game, the Stars honored Modano, who was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame earlier this week. And then the current face of the franchise, left winger and captain Jamie Benn, led the way with three points (two goals, one assist).

      Center Tyler Seguin (goal, assist), rookie defenseman John Klingberg (goal, assist) and center Cody Eakin (two assists) each contributed two points.

      "It's really hard to stand here and talk about how we played so well for almost 40 minutes," Stars coach Lindy Ruff said. "It's great to win two games (in a row at home). We won't continue to win if that's the way we're going to operate. We've seen it too many times."

      Kings right winger Justin Williams scored two goals while left winger Kyle Clifford and center Jarret Stoll had two assists each.

      Stars goaltender Kari Lehtonen stopped 37 shots.

      Los Angeles (11-6-4) fell to 1-4-3 on the road.

      Kings coach Darryl Sutter said having just one road win bothers him. "I think tonight what bothers me more is the season series. If you base it on the three games and then break it down, you're going to see why we lost the series."

      Dallas led 3-0 after one period thanks to two goals from Benn. The Stars struck first, 14:35 into the game, when Benn tapped in a pass Seguin made around Kings defenseman Matt Greene.

      "Yeah, it was a bad start by us. We came out of the gate slow," Greene said.

      Klingberg then made it 2-0 after he beat goaltender Jonathan Quick top shelf from the slot. Klingberg's second goal in as many games came off a pass from Benn.

      Benn added a power-play goal with two seconds remaining in the first. Klingberg assisted with a backhand pass Benn flipped over Quick's glove.

      "It was a pretty nice pass there," Benn said. "I didn't expect it coming back to me. I was kind of just wandering around there, and he put it on my tape."

      Early in the second, Dallas had a goal by defenseman Alex Goligoski disallowed when Benn interfered with Quick.

      Dallas went up 4-0 at 3:57 of the second when Seguin beat Quick through the five-hole. Lehtonen assisted with a pass up the center of the ice, which Seguin received near the Kings' blue line before capping the rush with his league-leading 15th goal of the season.

      Los Angeles got on the board at 9:32 of the second when left winger Tanner Pearson scored off a rebound. Lehtonen denied defenseman Jake Muzzin's shot from the left point, but Pearson knocked in the carom from the right circle.

      The Kings cut it to 4-2 at 12:16 of the second when Williams scored a power-play goal off a rebound. Kings defenseman Brayden McNabb took the initial shot, a long slapshot which Lehtonen denied, but Williams tapped in the rebound from the slot as Stoll screened Lehtonen.

      Dallas answered with 2:07 remaining in the second when defenseman Jason Demers, making his Stars debut, blistered a slap shot over Quick's blocker from the Kings' blue line for a power-play goal. It was Demers' first goal of the season.

      The Kings responded again when center Mike Richards was credited with his third goal of the season after his shot from the left circle deflected in off the stick of Dallas rookie defenseman Jyrki Jokipakka, making it 5-3.

      Los Angeles then made it a one-goal game midway through the third when Williams netted his second of the game, again scoring off a rebound.

      However, the Kings were unable to find an equalizer, even after pulling Quick, who stopped 18 shots, with 54 seconds remaining.

      NOTES: The Kings scratched C Andy Andreoff, D Alec Martinez (finger) and C Jordan Nolan. ... The Stars' scratches where D Jordie Benn, C Ryan Garbutt (upper body) and C Colton Sceviour. ... Darryl Sutter coached his 200th game with the Kings. Sutter has won two Stanley Cups during his tenure, which dates back to December 2011. ... Stars G Kari Lehtonen started his seventh consecutive game. ... Kings G Jonathan Quick made his fourth consecutive start. ... Stars D Jason Demers, acquired in a Friday trade with San Jose, made his Dallas debut. Demers was paired with D Trevor Daley in Dallas' second line. Daley is the Stars' longest-tenured player. ... Saturday's game marks the final meeting between the Kings and Stars. Los Angeles won 3-1 in Dallas on Nov. 4 while the Stars won 2-0 in the rematch at Staples Center on Nov. 13.

  • Sunday, November 23, 2014
    Forsberg lifts Predators over Panthers
    By The Sports Xchange

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Buttressed by a dramatic last-minute comeback, goalkeeper Roberto Luongo nearly stole two points for the Florida Panthers Saturday night.

    • But center Filip Forsberg and goalie Pekka Rinne made sure the Nashville Predators skated off the Bridgestone Arena ice with two points after dominating the opener of a four-game homestand.

      Forsberg beat Luongo in the fourth round of a shootout and Rinne stoned right winger Brad Boyes with a sprawling save, cinching a 3-2 win.

      Nashville (13-5-2) improved to 7-1-1 at home and regained a one-point lead over St. Louis in the Central Division despite a virtuoso performance by Luongo (6-4-5). He stopped 48 of 50 shots, robbing Forsberg twice on point-blank chances.

      However, Forsberg beat Luongo when it mattered most. Catching the veteran by surprise, the rookie ripped a 19-foot wrister between Luongo's legs for the only goal of the shootout.

      "There's a fine line between staying patient and being ready for a shot," Luongo said. "He came in nonchalant and shot the puck before I could get my legs or my stick down."

      Rinne (13-3-1) turned left winger Jonathan Huberdeau, left winger Jussi Jokinen and center Nick Bjugstad away before his clinching stop on Boyes, whose 37 shootout tallies are tied for first among active players.

      "I got fortunate today to stop all four shots," said Rinne, who notched 28 saves. "There are so many good shooters in the shootouts today that it comes down to a bit of luck. It's a big win."

      Particularly given how the Predators let the lead slip away in the span of 12 seconds during the third period's last minute. Rinne was about to record the 34th shutout of his career when Florida (7-5-6) stunned the sellout crowd of 17,163.

      Rookie center Rocco Grimaldi scored his first NHL goal at 19:17 on a one-timer from the slot. The Panthers then won the puck behind the net and Bjugstad deflected the shot of right winger Jimmy Hayes past Rinne for a shocking equalizer, his seventh goal of the season and fifth in four games.

      Nashville coach Peter Laviolette didn't condemn his team for how it handled the last minute.

      "We got beat by a rebound coming off the back side and then a redirection," he said. "I thought we were so strong tonight. The whole 60 minutes, the overtime, the guys kept coming over the boards and they stayed with it. They were on their game tonight."

      Starting a four-game homestand, the Predators poured pucks at Luongo almost as soon as the National Anthem's last note ended. But the 35-year old Luongo stopped the first 31 shots he saw, denying left winger James Neal midway through the second with a rapier-live glove.

      However, Nashville finally beat him on a fluke. Center Colin Wilson's centering pass from behind the net appeared to plunk Luongo in the back and trickled behind into the net at 18:26 of the second period for Wilson's third goal of the year.

      "It was an unfortunate bounce there," Luongo said.

      Center Matt Cullen made it 2-0 at 13:01 of the third when he converted a takeaway by center Derek Roy into his third goal, beating Luongo on a wrister from the slot. Given the Predators' domination of the puck, it seemed like an insurmountable lead.

      But Florida salvaged a point. And Nashville managed to pick up the two points its play merited.

      "It was probably our most consistent effort of the year," Laviolette said. "Luongo's a terrific goaltender, but I was glad to see our guys stick with it and keep putting their foot on the gas."

      NOTES: Florida entered Saturday night's game with a power-play goal in each of the last four games. ... Nashville C Mike Fisher (Achilles) could be cleared to play as soon as next week. Fisher was cleared for contact work in practice Friday. The veteran was injured in July and hasn't played yet this season. ... Panthers C Nick Bjugstad's goal 24 seconds into Thursday night's 3-2 shootout win in San Jose marked the team's fastest goal of the season. ... The Predators have tallied 35 shots or more in four of the last six games, including both games of their road trip to Toronto and Ottawa.

  • Sunday, November 23, 2014
    Bozak's two goals lead Leafs past Red Wings
    By The Sports Xchange

    TORONTO -- The Toronto Maple Leafs say they are starting to play the "right way" again.

    • And, as a result, things are beginning to go right again for a team that earned harsh criticism for a recent three-game losing streak in which the Leafs were outscored 17-5.

      With center Tyler Bozak scoring twice in the third period, the first with his team short-handed, the Maple Leafs went on to defeat the Detroit Red Wings 4-1 on Saturday night.

      "Play the right way is the term we're trying to use," Maple Leafs coach Randy Carlyle said. "If we play the right way, we can be competitive in a lot of hockey games."

      The victory was the second in a row for the Maple Leafs (11-8-2) since losing to the Nashville Predators 9-2 last Tuesday.

      The Red Wings (10-5-5) had won the first two games of a three-game road trip that ended in Toronto.

      "When you've won the first two games on your road trip you like to be greedy and you want to win all three," Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said. "We were set up to do that but we didn't do it."

      Bozak scored his second goal of the game and his eighth of the season into an empty net late in the third period.

      Centers Leo Komarov and Peter Holland also scored for Toronto. Komarov also had an assist.

      Center Tomas Tatar scored for the Red Wings.

      Jonathan Bernier made 26 saves in the Maple Leafs' goal.

      Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard had 24 saves.

      Bozak snapped a 1-1 tie with a short-handed goal 10 seconds into the Red Wings' power play at 3:44 of the third period. It came after Maple Leafs defenseman Stephane Robidas was sent off for boarding.

      Bozak intercepted a Red Wings pass at the point, skated down the right wing and stuffed a high backhand into the net.

      "We were set up real good going into the third," Babcock said. "We really played well in the second period. Then we were on the power play and turned it over."

      "I thought the momentum in the second period kind of shifted their way," Maple Leafs defenseman Dion Phaneuf said. "But we did a really good job of sticking with it and turning the tide of momentum in the game. That's really where it started was the (Bozak) goal. We've got to build on it. It feels good to get our game back to where we want it."

      "It's tough whenever you give up a short-handed goal especially when you're supposed to have the momentum on the power play," Howard said. "I've got to find a way to come up with as save on that."

      Detroit defenseman Niklas Kronwall agreed that giving up a short-handed goal is demoralizing.

      "Of course, you think you've got a chance of winning the game right there," he said. "It's a little frustrating. ... It's a little bit of a broken play off the faceoff. In the third we made too many mistakes that cost us."

      The Maple Leafs went ahead by two with an unassisted goal by Holland at 15:38 of the third. Holland skated up the left wing after his takeaway in the Maple Leafs' zone and fired a 35-foot wrist shot past Howard for his fifth goal of the season.

      "We had a team meeting and talked about trying to focus on how it's about the process and not the outcome." Holland said.

      The Maple Leafs had the first two power plays of the game in the first seven minutes. Left winger James van Riemsdyk hit the post on the second after being set up by right winger Phil Kessel.

      The Leafs did score an even-strength situation at 11:39 of the first period. Komarov's shot from the right side of the goal squeezed past Howard. Centers Mike Santorelli and Nazem Kadri picked up assists.

      The Red Wings tied the score at 10:28 of the second period when Tatar scored his ninth goal of the season from the right side of the net, converting a diagonal pass from defenseman Xavier Ouellet.

      Leafs defenseman Roman Polak suffered a left-leg injury on the play, colliding with Tatar near the boards, and was helped off the ice. He did not return to the game and Carlyle said he will have an MRI on Sunday. Carlyle did not specify what the injury was but did say it is serious enough that he expects that he will be out for "a while."

      NOTES: Detroit C Pavel Datsyuk (groin) missed his third straight game. ... The Maple Leafs assigned LW David Booth (fractured right foot) to the AHL Marlies for a conditioning stint. Booth could rejoin the Leafs on Wednesday, when they visit the Pittsburgh Penguins. ... The Red Wings' next game is Monday at home vs. the Ottawa Senators. ... C Stephen Weiss (groin) could be ready to return to the Red Wings after his two-game conditioning stint with Grand Rapids ended Saturday.

  • Sunday, November 23, 2014
    Enroth stops 43 shots in Sabres' win
    By The Sports Xchange

    WASHINGTON -- With goaltender Michael Neuvirth sidelined with a lower-body injury, Buffalo Sabres coach Ted Nolan is likely to rely heavily on goaltender Jhonas Enroth over the next few games.

    • Enroth was by far the Sabres' best player Saturday night, turning aside 43 of 44 shots by the Washington Capitals for a 2-1 win at Verizon Center.

      Buffalo center Torrey Mitchell hobbled off the ice midway through the third period after taking a shot off the foot, but he returned a few minutes later to score the winning goal with 7:42 remaining.

      "Jhonas made some big saves for us and kept us around long enough that we found a way," Nolan said of the Sabres' third straight victory following a 3-13-2 start. "Torrey's goal -- he goes out and comes back in and is in the right place at the right time for us."

      Mitchell was left alone at the left side of the net, where he deposited the rebound of right winger Brian Gionta's shot for his third goal of the season.

      Left winger Matt Moulson also scored for the Sabres, who have outscored opponents 12-4 in their last three wins.

      "I thought everyone played really well and battled hard," said Enroth, who improved his record to 3-8-1. "I think we stuck to the game plan. Everyone was playing on all cylinders. It wasn't a perfect game, but we found a way to win."

      Defenseman Matt Niskanen scored the only goal for the Capitals, who had their two-game winning streak snapped. Washington also lost defenseman Mike Green to an upper-body injury. He is listed as day-to-day.

      "We could get more bodies in front of the crease," Niskanen said. "Their goalie was good tonight, but I think he saw too many shots, more than we would like."

      The Capitals finished with 76 attempts at the net, with 21 of them blocked and 11 more missing the net. Left winger Alex Ovechkin led all Capitals skaters with eight shots on goal. Nine more were either blocked or missed the net.

      "We had the most chances," Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom said. "I thought we played all right, but it's tough to do that when you lose."

      The Sabres came into the game with the NHL's worst record and were last in goals, with 34. However, 10 of those goals had come in their two previous games, a pair of wins over Toronto and San Jose.

      The Capitals did a good job of dominating the Sabres in possession, outshooting them 31-14 in the first two periods and 44-26 overall. But they entered the final period trailing 1-0 on Moulson's third goal of the season.

      Moulson's goal came on the Sabres' 10th shot, 9:45 into the second period.

      Sabres center Zemgus Girgenssons lost an offensive faceoff to Capitals center Jay Beagle but won a battle against Beagle along the boards to get the puck to left winger Tyler Ennis, whose shot went wide left.

      Caps goalie Braden Holtby was screened on the play and committed to the shot, leaving the left side of the net open. Ennis' shot caromed off the end boards to Moulson, who fired a shot over the outstretched stick of Holtby for his third goal of the season and a 1-0 lead.

      The Capitals tied it with 5:54 gone in the third period. After left winger Marcus Johansson drew a hooking penalty on Sabres defenseman Mike Weber, Niskanen drilled a point shot that went off the stick of Buffalo defenseman Tyler Myers and past Enroth for his first goal as a Capital.

      During a scramble in front of the Caps' net, Holtby came out of his crease to stop Gionta, only to see Mitchell, who gained position on Capitals defenseman John Carlson, jam in his third goal of the season.

      Enroth kept the Capitals at bay when he stoned Niskanen point blank with 1:17 remaining.

      "Obviously, Jhonas played great in net," Moulson said, "and we fed off that."

      NOTES: Sabres D Andrej Meszaros played in his 600th NHL game. He accomplished the feat while playing for the Senators (246 games), Flyers (192), Lightning (133), Bruins (14) and Sabres (15). ... Washington C Brooks Laich (left shoulder) and LW Liam O'Brien (lower body) did not play but could be cleared to return when the Capitals visit the New York Islanders on Wednesday night in their first of back-to-back games against the Islanders, who visit D.C. on Friday. ... The Sabres' home game that was scheduled for Friday night against the New York Rangers has been rescheduled for Friday, Feb. 20. The Sabres' home game against the Ottawa Senators, originally scheduled for Feb. 20, has been moved to Monday, Dec. 15. The Sabres are back in action Wednesday night at home against the Winnipeg Jets.

  • Sunday, November 23, 2014
    Bruins have no answer for Montreal
    By The Sports Xchange

    BOSTON -- The Canadiens-Bruins rivalry, one of the best in sports, has turned heavily in favor Montreal.

    • "We all know that we have to be ready when we play the Bruins," Canadiens coach Michel Therrien said after his team continued its dominance of Boston with a 2-0 victory on Saturday night. "This is a quality hockey team, probably one of the best in the league and our team ... we're ready for that challenge because if you're not ready to play against the Bruins they're going to make you pay was ready tonight."

      Carey Price stopped 33 shots and the Canadiens, who have the best record in the NHL, beat the Bruins for the ninth time in the last 10 regular season meetings; the fifth straight in Boston.

      The Canadiens, who also knocked the Bruins out of last year's playoffs, have also won all three games against Boston this season, by a combined count of 13-5.

      Montreal 16-5-1 and even recorded its first road power play goal in winning for the eighth time in its last nine games.

      In short, the Canadiens played just about a perfect road game.

      "They're a hard-working team, blue collar, and they make you earn it every time you come here," said Price, who pitched his first regular season shutout over Boston and also notched his second shutout of the season, the 27th of his career. "We played a pretty good road game."

      Center Tomas Plekanec scored his eighth goal of the season and won a faceoff before defenseman Andrei Markov's first-period power play goal, his second goal of the season, the 100th of his NHL career -- and it was Montreal's first road power play goal in 30 tries. Right winger Brendan Gallagher set up both goals.

      "They're a stingy team," said Bruins center Patrice Bergeron. "They're a team that plays well in their own zone and they have good depth defensively and when Price is going to see the puck he's going to make the save, so [you] definitely got to do a better job in front of him."

      Despite the 33 saves, Price was hardly under siege.

      With about two minutes left in the game, the large contingent of Montreal fans broke into their "Ole, Ole, Ole, Ole" chant.

      Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask stopped 21 shots in falling to 3-14-3 lifetime against the Canadiens.

      Price raised his lifetime mark against the Bruins, who were playing without five injured regulars, to 20-8-3.

      Left winger Max Pacioretty retrieved the puck for Markov, who has battled all kinds of injuries throughout a strong career.

      "Yeah, it's something special. But more important is the win for us; it's two points," Markov said. "So, it was a big game for us and we're happy we have those two points. That was a huge game for us and a huge two points."

      Plekanec, asked about Markov's milestone, said, "That's great. He's been around the team for a long time and is a great offensive defenseman. It's great for him. Great to see the guy get 100."

      Defenseman Torey Krug, playing his 100th NHL game, had a rough night for the Bruins, who fell to 13-9-0. He was guilty of his first penalty of the season, leading to the first goal and failed to tie up Plekanec on the second. He was also involved in a third-period scrap with center Alex Galchenyuk.

      "We played hard, we competed, we were smart, we didn't give them much," said Bruins coach Claude Julien. "It's unfortunate but this is where we realize that right now when you play a team that's healthy and that's going extremely well, it almost takes a perfect game."

      NOTES: Bruins coach Claude Julien coached his 800th NHL game, 159 with Montreal, 79 with the New Jersey Devils and 562 with the Bruins. ... D Bryan Allen, acquired from the Anaheim Ducks Thursday in a deal that sent F Rene Bourque west, made his debut with the Canadiens and was paired with former Florida Panthers teammate Mike Weaver, as Montreal dressed seven defensemen. ... With C David Krejci, LW Brad Marchand and LW Chris Kelly all out with injuries, the Bruins recalled Fs Jordan Caron and Matt Lindblad from Providence and sent D Zach Trotman to the same AHL club. Caron didn't dress. ... The Canadiens, playing their eighth game in 13 nights, visit the New York Rangers on Sunday night while the Bruins host the Pittsburgh Penguins on Monday night. ... Montreal scored first for the eighth time in 22 games.

  • Saturday, November 22, 2014
    Flyers snap skid, saddle Jackets with loss
    By The Sports Xchange

    PHILADELPHIA -- From effort to results, the Philadelphia Flyers gave their best performance of the season.

    • The result was a much-needed win.

      Defenseman Braydon Coburn got his first goal and assist of the season, goaltender Steve Mason made 20 saves and the Flyers snapped a four-game losing streak with a 4-2 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday night.

      "Obviously when you lose four in a row, you want to step up and play a good game and get a win," captain Claude Giroux said. "A couple of times this year we had the lead and kind of stopped playing and kind of started watching the game. Tonight we kind of kept playing and checking players and having fun. That's one of the main focus of why we won tonight."

      Left winger Brayden Schenn, right winger Wayne Simmonds and defenseman Mark Streit also scored goals for the Flyers (8-9-2).

      Center Boone Jenner and left winger Matt Calvert had goals for Columbus (6-11-3).

      Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards wasn't pleased with his team's effort.

      "Could be casualness," he said. "Some guys were engaged into the game. Our defenseman pretty much had to be because we were going back on pucks and getting forechecked you have to. We were still sloppy at times, but our goalie had to be into it. We didn't have enough guys up front that were engaged into the game."

      Playing the Blue Jackets and former teammate Scott Hartnell for the second time in eight nights at the Wells Fargo Center, the Flyers were determined to end their skid.

      Both goalies -- Mason and Columbus' Sergei Bobrovsky -- also played their former team in a matchup of familiar opponents.

      "Two good efforts in a row," coach Craig Berube said, referring to a 3-2 loss against Minnesota on Thursday. "One thing in this league is that when you compete and you work hard, good things happen. Those are two things that you are in control of a lot of the time. Talked to our guys about competing and work hard every night and every shift."

      The Flyers took the lead for good on Streit's goal with 5:05 left in the first period. Streit's slap shot was stopped by Bobrovsky, but he wristed in the rebound for his fourth goal of the season. Giroux set it up with a crisp pass.

      Simmonds scored a nifty goal on the power play to extend the lead to 3-1 in the second period. He was standing at the side of the net when right winger Jakub Voracek's pass fluttered in the air. Simmonds caught it with his right hand, dropped it and shot it in off Bobrovsky's skate for his eighth goal of the season.

      Columbus cut it to 3-2 early in the third period when Calvert and right winger Jack Skille combined on an odd-man rush. Skille skated down the right side and fed Calvert a crossing pass to beat Mason going left to right.

      But the Flyers regained their two-goal cushion when Coburn ripped a one-timer past Bobrovsky, who had lost his stick seconds earlier. The goal was Coburn's first since March 8, ending a 24-game drought.

      "It's enormous," Mason said of the win. "You can't keep leaving points on the board, especially against division rivals that are chasing us in the standings. In our situation, we have to start picking up points on other teams in front of us. It was a big win and a great effort."

      Schenn gave the Flyers a 1-0 lead 2:37 into the game when he deflected Voracek's shot behind Bobrovsky. The puck bounced off one post and hit the other before it went in.

      Jenner scored a power-play goal to tie it at 1 two minutes later. He blasted a slap shot that hit the back of the net and richocheted out. It was initially disallowed but overturned on a video review.

      "I don't think we were at the level we needed to be tonight, obviously, to get a win." Jenner said. "It is hard to win in this league and we have to be willing to win every night and be willing to do everything we can. I think tonight we really wanted it but we needed to come out with a better effort as a group for all three periods."

      Voracek and Giroux each had two assists as Philadelphia's top line combined for six points. Voracek leads the NHL with 29 points (7 goals, 22 assists).

      NOTES: The Blue Jackets snapped a nine-game winless streak with a 4-3 win in Philadelphia on Nov. 14. ... Columbus was the last team in the NHL to have a game decided by a shootout this season -- a 4-3 loss at Boston on Friday. ... The Flyers will play seven of their next eight games on the road and 15 of their next 20 from Wells Fargo Center. ... Flyers F Chris VandeVelde didn't play because of a lower-body injury.

  • Saturday, November 22, 2014
    Lightning pull out of slide at home
    By The Sports Xchange

    TAMPA, Fla. -- The Tampa Bay Lightning entered Saturday night's game desperately needing a victory, having lost two in a row and four of their last six games. Apparently, home cooking and a sellout crowd are all they needed.

    • Captain Steven Stamkos scored his team-leading 14th goal of the season to help the Lightning snap the losing streak and capture their eighth victory at home with a 2-1 win over the Minnesota Wild.

      Stamkos is tied with Dallas Stars center Tyler Seguin for the NHL scoring lead.

      After going 1-2 on the road -- and arriving back from Toronto at 4:30 a.m. Friday, Tampa Bay began a stretch in which it will play seven of nine games at Amalie Arena, where the Lightning are 8-2-1 after Saturday.

      "I thought it was an outstanding response, especially coming off the travel tribulations we had," Lightning coach Jon Cooper said. "To come back in this quick of a turn around was oustanding from the guys."

      Playing in front of home fans came in handy against a Wild team coming off of four straight victories -- and a team that had routed the Lightning 7-2 back on Oct. 25.

      "I never thought we were 7-2 worse than them," Cooper said.

      The Wild took a 1-0 lead at 3:11 of the second period when Zach Parise and Thomas Vanek teamed up for a nifty goal.

      Parise intercepted a pass just inside the Lightning blue line and dished it over to Vanek on the opposite side of the ice. Vanek held the puck just long enough to draw Lightning goalie Ben Bishop off his line and then slid the puck back over to Parise, who easily placed it into a wide-open net.

      "The first period was typical Minnesota type of play," Cooper said. "They don't give you much. They were on us for a bit, but we weathered the storm and we bent, but we didn't break. These are the type of games we'll play down the stretch so it was good to have one of these."

      Playing in front of 19,204 fans at Amalie Arena, the Lightning evened the game during a power play when Steven Stamkos scored his 14th goal of the season at 13:42 of the second.

      After Stamkos gathered a loose puck just beyond the Wild blue line, the Tampa Bay captain passed to defenseman Anton Stralman, who quickly gave it back to Stamkos. The Lightning center then zig-zagged through two Wild defensemen and flicked the puck through the pads of Minnesota goalie Darcy Kuemper, who made 26 saves.

      The Wild entered the game allowing a league-low average of just 24.6 shots.

      "When you make a mistake like that and give a team like that a turnover in the open ice, a team that moves the puck as well as they do, it will catch up to you," Parise said. "We didn't support each other enough. We were waiting for someone else to do something too much. We were just watching things happen too often."

      Tampa Bay took the lead a little under five minutes later when Alex Killorn deflected a slap shot by Stralman past Kuemper for his sixth goal of the season.

      Killorn, who has scored in four straight games, began the play when he intercepted a clearing pass by the Wild and sent it across the ice to Ryan Callahan, who centered to Stralman.

      "Alex has been hurt on and off here for a little while, but since he's returned, he's probably been our best forward," Cooper said. "He's really competed hard and karma's catching him. He's really putting some good games together here."

      Bishop increased his record to 12-3-2 in 17 starts this season. The Lightning goalie, who made 30 saves, has allowed two or fewer goals in five of his past six games.

      NOTES: Lightning F Cedric Paquette, who sat out in Toronto with a lower-body injury, started in place of Vladislav Namestnikov, who missed his first game of the season. ... Lightning D Eric Brewer was a healthy scratch in favor of defenseman Mark Barberio. ... Thirty-four guests -- dads, brothers, mentors, fathers-in-law -- of the Wild players, coaches and staff arrived in the Sunshine State Friday night or Saturday for the team's annual Fathers Trip. ... Wild captain Mikko Koivu, who missed nearly the entire third period in the team's last game against the Flyers because of illness, was centering to Nino Niederreiter and Justin Fontaine at morning skate. ... Wild C Kyle Brodziak returned to the lineup against the Lightning. ... Lightning CEO Tod Leiweke previously served as the Wild's president and COO. Lightning president Steve Griggs spent eight years as vice president of sales and service for the Wild.

  • Saturday, November 22, 2014
    Islanders 4, Penguins 1
    By The Sports Xchange

    UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- Center Anders Lee scored the tie-breaking goal 2:38 into the third period Saturday night as the New York Islanders moved into a tie for first place in the Metropolitan Division by completing a home-and-home sweep of the Pittsburgh Penguins with a 4-1 victory in front of a raucous sellout crowd at Nassau Coliseum.

    • The Islanders, who won 5-4 in the shootout Friday night in Pittsburgh, have won three straight and eight of nine to improve to 14-6-0. New York hasn't held a share of first place this late in the season since December 2006.

      Left winger Matt Martin tied the game for the Islanders with 1:59 left in the second while center Anders Lee got a stick on a slapshot by defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky for a power play goal at 9:48. Center John Tavares added an insurance goal with a put back with 4:14 left.

      Goalie Jaroslav Halak recorded 27 saves.

      Center Evgeni Malkin scored in the first period for the Penguins (13-4-2), who entered the home-and-home with a three-game winning streak. The loss was just the second regulation road defeat of the year for Pittsburgh.

      Goalie Thomas Greiss made 31 saves.

      The game opened with derisive chants at Penguins superstar center Sidney Crosby rained down from a crowd still sore over the Islanders' hard-fought six-game loss to the Penguins in the 2013 Eastern Conference quarterfinals.

      There didn't seem to be any love lost on the ice, either, during a heated first period that finally spilled over with a full-fledged brawl between Islanders defenseman Travis Hamonic and Penguins right winger Steve Downey with 4:26 left.

      Eighty-five seconds later, Malkin put the Penguins up 1-0 when his shot trickled through the legs of Halak.

      In the final minute of the first, Islanders center Brock Nelson and Penguins defenseman Paul Martin exchanged shoves next to the Pittsburgh net.

      There were at least three pushing and shoving matches in the second, when Martin tied the game with 1:59 left by swooping in and backhanding a rebound past Greiss during a scrum in front of the net.

      Downie's night ended with 10:59 left, when he was whistled for interference and received a 10-minute misconduct after he leveled Hickey in the open ice. Downie immediately dropped his gloves and was engulfed by at least six players, but no punches were thrown.

      NOTES: The Islanders had two healthy scratches: C Cory Conacher, D Matt Donovan and D Brian Strait. ... Hall of Fame G Billy Smith, who was the netminder for the Islanders' four straight Stanley Cup champions, dropped the ceremonial first puck on "Billy Smith Mini-Locker Night" at the Coliseum. He also spoke to the Islanders after the morning skate. ... C Jayson Megna, whom the Penguins recalled Saturday from Wilkes-Barre of the AHL, was a healthy scratch for Pittsburgh along with D Robert Bortuzzo. ... Penguins RW Craig Adams played in his 307th consecutive game on Saturday. He is six shy of the franchise record held by C Ron Schock, whose Ironman streak lasted from early in the 1973-74 season through the end of the 1976-77 campaign.

  • Saturday, November 22, 2014
    Blues take control in win over Senators
    By The Sports Xchange

    OTTAWA — The St. Louis Blues found themselves on Saturday afternoon.

    • After losing two road games with uncharacteristically sloppy play, the Blues shut down the Senators in a 3-2 final in front of 18,479 fans.

      Blues goalie Brian Elliott had to make just five saves in a scoreless third period.

      "We've had that habit in the past where we've sat back on our heels and teams just come at us in waves and waves and waves," Blues center David Backes said. "I think we did a better job of getting in here, getting on our toes and making sure they had to come through 200 feet to score goals.

      "They had a few chances. (Elliott) stood tall and made a few big saves, but for the most part, we took pretty good care of the puck in the third."

      Scoring for the Blues (13-6-1) were wingers Alex Steen and Vladimir Tarasenko and center Maxim Lapierre.

      Center Mika Zibanejad and defenseman Erik Karlsson replied for the Senators (9-6-4).

      Elliott stopped 24 shots to pick up the win, and Robin Lehner blocked 30 shots in the Ottawa net.

      The Senators were so well covered they couldn't even get Lehner out of the net for an extra attacker in the final minute.

      "They play very structured, they're well coached and they have a lot of good players," Lehner said. "I think we had our chances to tie it up, but it doesn't always happen."

      The teams traded goals in a second period that saw the Blues outshoot the Senators 10-9.

      Steen picked up his fourth goal of the year at 12:45, carrying the puck into the Ottawa zone and, seconds later, deflecting a wrist shot from the point by defenseman Jay Bouwmeester behind Lehner.

      The Senators, who had the NHL's worst home ice power play numbers last season, scored their second of the day with the man-advantage at 15:21 when a Karlsson wrist shot from the point snuck through a crowd and past Elliott.

      It was the 11th power play goal scored at Canadian Tire Centre this season by the Senators, who had just 16 at home in 2013-14.

      "I didn't see it coming through all the bodies," Elliott said of Karlsson's goal. "Those are tough ones to swallow, especially when up 3-1. That goal makes it a tight game.

      "It's kind of known around the league that he's able to do that from the point. We were aware of it and we talked about it and it still happened, and that's why it stings more."

      The Blues led 2-1 after the first period despite being outshot 12-8.

      Lapierre opened the scoring with his first of the season, on the Blues' first shot of the game, at 4:16.

      Winger Steve Ott created the turnover that led to it when he knocked Senators defenseman Jared Cowen off the puck along the sideboards. Lapierre stepped out from the corner, slid the puck between defenseman Cody Ceci's skates, then pushed a backhand between Lehner's legs.

      The Senators got that one back on a power play at 16:23, with winger Bobby Ryan centrring a pass from behind the net to Zibanejad, who one-timed a short shot behind Elliott.

      But the Blues reclaimed the lead 30 seconds later when center Jori Lehtera took advantage of another Cowen turnover along the boards to feed Tarasenko, who one-timed a shot past Lehner's catching glove.

      "We've just got to be a little more assertive or a little smarter on shifts after goals," Senators winger Clarke MacArthur said. "We've all been apart of that. That kind of deflates you a little bit."

      The Blues lost Bouwmeester to an injury in the third period.

      "I think he stepped on a crack in the ice, so he's got a lower body ailment right now," coach Ken Hitchcock said. "We'll see how he is in the morning."

      The Blues left after the game for Winnipeg, where they'll face the Jets on Sunday.

      The Senators begin a five-game road trip in Detroit on Monday.

      NOTES: Senators D Chris Phillips was a late scratch. He participated in the warmup, but it appears the "lingering" injury he has been dealing with flared up. Phillips was replaced by D Patrick Wiercioch, who had been a healthy scratch in the previous five games. ... Missing his second straight game with a minor injury was Senators C Curtis Lazar. ... Senators W Erik Condra was a healthy scratch for the sixth consecutive game. ... The Blues scratched W Joakim Lindstrom for a second consecutive game, W Chris Porter for fifth time in a row and D Chris Butler, who has yet to play since being recalled from the minors last week. ... Blues G Brian Elliott was the second-to-last player selected in the 2003 NHL entry draft, and it was the Senators who took the chance on him. Elliott went on to play 130 games in four seasons (2007-11) for Ottawa, winning 59 of them, before being traded to Colorado for current Senators G Craig Anderson on Feb. 18, 2011.

  • Saturday, November 22, 2014
    NHL roundup: Canucks' Hamhuis out for months
    By The Sports Xchange

    Vancouver Canucks defenseman Dan Hamhuis is expected to miss months with a significant lower-body injury, but it is not season ending, according to NBC Sports' Pro Hockey Talk.

    • Hamhuis, 31, was injured in the opening minutes of Thursday night's game against the Anaheim Ducks. He logged just 19 seconds of ice time before leaving. He fell after appearing to clip a skate and was helped off the ice favoring his right leg.

      Hamhuis has six assists, 13 penalty minutes and a minus-5 rating in 20 games this season.

      ---Edmonton Oilers right winger Benoit Pouliot broke a foot Friday against the New Jersey Devils and will miss five to six weeks.

      The injury occurred in the second period while attempting to block a shot.

      ---The Boston Bruins recalled forwards Jordan Caron and Matt Lindblad from the Providence Bruins of the AHL Saturday on emergency basis and assigned defenseman Zach Trotman to Providence.

      Caron has skated in one game for the Bruins this season. From 2010-14, he has 12 goals and 16 assists in 124 games. In nine games for Providence this season, he has five goals and four assists with a plus-seven rating.

      Lindblad skated in two games for Boston last season. In 16 games for Providence this season, he has two goals and four assists with a plus-four rating.

      ---The Washington Capitals re-assigned right winger Chris Brown to the Hershey Bears of the AHL. Brown, 23, appeared in five games with the Capitals this season and scored a goal on Oct. 16 against the New Jersey Devils. He has two goals and one assist in 22 career NHL games with the Capitals and Arizona Coyotes.