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  • Saturday, October 25, 2014
    Lightning recall Blunden, Marchessault
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Tampa Bay Lightning recalled forwards Mike Blunden and Jonathan Marchessault from the Syracuse Crunch of the AHL Saturday.

    • Blunden, 27, made his Lightning debut last Tuesday against the Calgary Flames, logging 10:09 of ice time in a 2-1 overtime win. He led all Lightning skaters with three hits. He has two goals and an assist in five games with the Crunch this season. In 103 NHL games, he has four goals and four assists with 107 penalty minutes.

      Marchessault, 23, has two goals and four assists with a plus-5 rating in five games with the Crunch this season. He played two NHL games with the Columbus Blue Jackets in the 2012-13 season.

  • Saturday, October 25, 2014
    Ducks top Blue Jackets to stretch winning streak
    By The Sports Xchange

    ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The Anaheim Ducks stretched their winning streak to seven games, beating the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-1 in front of 15,758 fans on Friday night at the Honda Center.

    • Defensemen Sami Vatanen, center Ryan Getzlaf and right winger Corey Perry each contributed a goal and an assist. Rookie goaltender John Gibson allowed just one goal, a wonky puck that fluttered in off an Anaheim defender.

      The seven-game surge might be considered more of a two-week streak, as the Ducks have won all their games during that span. Anaheim coach Bruce Boudreau said he divided the season into one-week increments, a practice he began after inheriting a Capitals team and a Ducks team that were buried deep in the standings when he was hired.

      "It's great, you want to build that identity, especially in our building," Getzlaf, the Ducks captain said.

      "We're just playing, we're trying to win our weeks and keep things going every day."

      Columbus took a penalty in the first minute and the Ducks took advantage on the ensuing power play. Vatanen faked a shot and dropped the puck to a cutting Perry, who zig-zagged to the goal mouth to backhand his league-leading 10th goal of the year. Anaheim led 1-0 just 88 seconds into the game.

      Perry had a hat trick in the Ducks' previous game, a 4-1 victory over Buffalo on Wednesday.

      "He's feeling it right now," Boudreau said. "Every time he's touching the puck, he's thinking that he's going to score."

      Seconds later, the Ducks had to kill a penalty and did so while allowing just one shot on goal during the Blue Jackets' man advantage.

      In a period loaded with special teams action, the Ducks netted another power-play goal off a Vatanen slap shot from above the right faceoff circle at 8:37 to go up 2-0. It was Vatanen's third goal of the season -- all three in his last three games, including two against St. Louis on Sunday.

      Boudreau lauded Vatanen's fake and pass on the first tally as well as his hard shot through a sound Perry screen on the second marker.

      Left winger Scott Hartnell halved the Ducks' lead on the Blue Jackets' second power-play opportunity. With six minutes left in the first period, he chipped a puck off Ducks defenseman Hampus Lindholm and into the net. The goal was Hartnell's first of the season and his first as a Blue Jacket.

      The Ducks dominated possession in the second period, expanding their shots-on-goal advantage to 16-7 before extending their lead to 3-1 just over 13 minutes into the second period. Left winger Devante Smith-Pelly redirected a wobbling puck off a Perry centering pass for his second goal of the season.

      "It's tough to get shots when you're playing in the defensive zone a lot, when you're chasing the puck around," Hartnell said.

      Hartnell and defenseman Jack Johnson both said they felt a sluggish start and a 2-0 deficit were difficult to surmount, although they managed to do so last night at San Jose.

      "They have too much talent to put them on the power play right away," Johnson said. "We dug ourselves a little bit of a hole."

      The Blue Jackets rallied from deficits of 2-0 and 4-3 to topple the Sharks in San Jose on Thursday, but they had no such gusto on the second night of a back-to-back set.

      Columbus was doubled up 34-17 in shots on goal and generated a negligible number of scoring chances. A late power play yielded a strong opportunity that went for naught, only to see the Blue Jackets immediately surrender two short-handed shots to Anaheim.

      "Limiting that team to under 20 shots is a real coup, no matter how many they've got injured or if they played last night," Boudreau said.

      Getzlaf cemented the Ducks' victory with an empty-net goal with 2:27 left to play, notching his third goal of the season.

      NOTES: The Ducks recorded a seven-game winning streak for the fourth time since the start of last season. They are the only team to record multiple streaks of seven or more in that time span. ... Ducks D Clayton Stoner returned to the lineup after being a healthy scratch Wednesday, replacing Mark Fistric in the lineup. ... The Ducks were without LW Dany Heatley (groin), RW Kyle Palmieri (ankle), LW Patrick Maroon (knee) and D Bryan Allen (lower body). ... Columbus used the same lineup as they did Thursday in San Jose. ... The Blue Jackets continued to miss RW Nathan Horton (back), C Boone Jenner (hand), C Brandon Dubinsky (abdomen) and D Ryan Murray (knee), all key players who have yet to suit up for Columbus this season. ... C Marko Dano and G Curtis McElhinney (neck) were also out of action with injuries for Columbus.

  • Saturday, October 25, 2014
    Oilers win third straight, keep 'Canes winless
    By The Sports Xchange

    EDMONTON, Alberta -- The Edmonton Oilers won three straight games for the first time since January at the expense of a Carolina Hurricanes team that hasn't won a game all year.

    • But it wasn't easy.

      It took the first goal of Oilers rookie center Leon Draisaitl's NHL career with 7:05 left in the third period, some insurance from center Ryan Nugent-Hopkins at 15:50 and an empty-netter from right winger Matt Hendricks to secure a 6-3 victory that was a lot closer than it looked.

      Closer than anyone at Rexall Place thought it would be.

      "We found a way to win in the third, and that's the most important thing," said Oilers right winger Jordan Eberle, who scored his first two goals of the season. "We got the win. We got the two points. That's something we weren't doing last year. We have a little bit of a streak going here."

      The Oilers came in riding high after wins over the Washington Capitals and Tampa Bay Lightning in which they held superstars Steve Stamkos and Alexander Ovechkin to zero goals, while the (0-5-2) Hurricanes limped into Edmonton for their third road game in four days, after coming off a 5-0 spanking Thursday night in Calgary, and were also minus both Eric and Jordan Staal.

      But the lopsided Oilers victory never came. Carolina gave Edmonton everything it could handle.

      But it wasn't more than they could handle, and the Oilers pulled away in the third.

      "We knew we had the tools to win the game, we have the skill in this room," said Oilers left winger Jesse Joensuu. "We said let's go out and do it instead of talking about it. We really stepped on the gas and they couldn't handle us."

      Not when it mattered most, anyway. After playing them neck and neck all game, the Hurricanes watched the Oilers pull away down the stretch.

      "We have to continue to move forward and work to put together a 60-minute game," said Carolina defenseman Jay Harrison. "No one is going to give us a game. We have to take a game from someone. Until we do that, we're not going to get it. We have to continue to build and get better.

      "We knew it wasn't going to be easy and it is not going to get any easier. It's up to the guys in this room to get us out of this, to a man. We're professional athletes and nobody is going to feel sorry for us. We have to continue to get better and work our way out of this. It is the only way."

      The Hurricanes showed a lot of spirit in the loss, coming back from 1-0, 2-1 and 3-2 deficits on the road, but, again, none of that seemed to matter much in a dressing room that just lost 6-3.

      "We showed some character coming back as many times as we did," said Hurricanes center Jeff Skinner. "We just couldn't find that one goal to put us up. It was tough the way it ended, it's tough to swallow.

      "When things start going like this, things can start to pile up and snowball. We just need to chip away and start with the little simple things and work our way out of this. We're not getting results and it is not acceptable. We need to find a way out of this."

      After a scoreless first period, Eberle and left winger Joensuu scored for Edmonton and center Riley Nash and Skinner replied for Carolina to send the teams into the second intermission tied 2-2.

      After goals from Eberle and center Jay McClement made it 3-3 in the third, Draisaitl scored a game-winning goal he'll remember forever.

      "It was really exciting, that's something that every hockey player as a kid dreams about," said Draisaitl. "To make this happen with this team is even more special."

      NOTES: Friday's game featured a matchup between teams with the longest playoff drought in the Western Conference (Edmonton's eight years) and the longest in the East (Carolina's five years). ... Oilers LW David Perron, who tied for the team goal- scoring lead with 28 each last year, is scoreless through the first eight games of the season. ... Oilers D Nikita Nikitin went plus 4 in the win, while fellow defenceman Mark Fayne went minus 3. ... Carolina C Eric Staal is getting closer to a return and might even suit up during the road trip. ... The Hurricanes' previous record for consecutive losses to start a season was five. ... Oilers G Viktor Fasth, who has been out 10 days with a groin injury, is expected to begin practicing again next week.

  • Saturday, October 25, 2014
    NHL game roundup: Stars add to Devils' shootout woes
    By The Sports Xchange

    NEWARK, N.J. -- The Dallas Stars recorded their first shootout win of the season, defeating the New Jersey Devils 3-2 at Prudential Center on Friday.

    • Jamie Benn and Jason Spezza scored for Dallas (3-1-3) in the shootout while goaltender Kari Lehtonen stopped new jersey's Mike Cammalleri and Jaromir Jagr to seal the win.

      Dallas got second-period goals from Benn and Patrick Eaves in regulation.

      Eric Gelinas and Damien Brunner scored for New Jersey in the first and third periods, respectively.

      Lehtonen stopped 25 shots for Dallas while Cory Schneider recorded 35 saves for the Devils.

      Lightning 4, Jets 2

      WINNIPEG, Manitoba -- Jonathan Drouin scored the first goal of his NHL career to spark Tampa Bay to a victory over Winnipeg.

      The 19-year-old third overall pick in the 2013 draft beat Jets goalie Ondrej Pavelec at 4:45 of the second period as the Lightning went ahead 2-0.

      Also scoring for Tampa Bay were Steven Stamkos, Ondrej Palat and Vladislav Namestnikov.

      Winnipeg got goals from Bryan Little and Blake Wheeler.

      Avalanche 7, Canucks 3

      DENVER -- Jarome Iginla had two goals and an assist, Matt Duchene had a goal and two assists and Colorado routed Vancouver.

      Also scoring for Colorado where Jamie McGinn, Daniel Briere, Gabriel Landeskog and Erik Johnson, who also had a goal and an assist. Goaltender Semyon Varlamov made 26 saves.

      Daniel Sedin had a goal and an assist, and Henrik Sedin and Alex Burrows also had goals for Vancouver.

      Oilers 6, Hurricanes 3

      EDMONTON, Alberta -- Rookie Leon Draisaitl's first NHL goal with 7:05 left in the third period helped Edmonton top Carolina.

      Jordan Eberle scored twice and Jesse Joensuu, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Matt Hendricks added goals for Edmonton while Riley Nash, Jeff Skinner and Jay Harrison scored for Carolina.

      The win was the third straight for Edmonton while Carolina is winless in seven games to start the season.

      Ducks 4, Blue Jackets 1

      ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Anaheim stretched its winning streak to seven games, beating Columbus.

      Sami Vatanen, Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry each contributed a goal and an assist and Devante Smith-Pelly added a goal for Anaheim. Rookie goaltender John Gibson allowed just one goal on 17 shots.

      Columbus got its lone goal from Scott Hartnell while Sergei Bobrovsky made 30 saves.

  • Saturday, October 25, 2014
    Iginla scores two goals in Avs' 7-3 win
    By The Sports Xchange

    DENVER – Jarome Iginla has been playing long enough that he knew the goals would come.

    • The veteran right winger didn't have to wait too long.

      Iginla had two goals and an assist, center Matt Duchene had a goal and two assists and the Colorado Avalanche routed the Vancouver Canucks 7-3 on Friday night.

      "Iggy, it was so great to see him get that first one, it was a big monkey off his back," Duchene said. "Two beautiful goals, you can see why he's going to be a Hall of Fame guy. It's really fun to play with those two guys and hopefully this is just the start for our line."

      Iginla's two goals gave him 562 for his career and moved him into 23rd all time. He had chances early in the first period but couldn't capitalize until late in the period.

      "I was getting a little frustrated in the first," he said.

      Defenseman Erik Johnson also had a goal and an assist for the Avalanche, who won for the first time on home ice this season and welcomed back goaltender goaltender Semyon Varlamov.

      Varlamov missed three games with a groin injury that landed him on injured reserve and had a shaky start but settled down to stop 26 shots.

      Left winger Daniel Sedin had a goal and an assist, and center Henrik Sedin and right winger Alex Burrows also had goals for the Canucks, who led early but saw Colorado dominate for most of the game.

      "We really didn't have a good start. They outplayed us pretty bad the first 15 minutes of the game," Canucks coach Willi Desjardins said. "We played better the last five. Started pretty good at the second period and penalties put us back on our heels."

      The Avalanche opened things up in the third period. Center Daniel Briere scored at 2:05 on defenseman Tyson Barrie's third assist and Duchene scored on a breakaway less than four minutes later to give Colorado a 5-2 lead.

      Daniel Sedin made it 5-3 midway through the third, but Colorado kept the pressure on Vancouver goalie Eddie Lack, who had 41 saves. Left winger Gabriel Landeskog got another one by him later in the third period.

      Iginla scored his second goal of the game in the final minute of the game.

      "It was a tough game for me," Lack said. "You are never happy when you give up seven goals."

      The Avalanche dominated for most of the second period. Colorado had 11 of the first 12 shots and converted two into goals to take the lead.

      Left winger Jamie McGinn tied it at 2 when he tipped a pass from Duchene over Lack's right shoulder at 6:06. A little more than two minutes later, Johnson scored on a five-on-three power play to make it 3-2.

      The two goals helped Colorado overcome a poor start to the game when the Canucks wasted little time in taking a lead.

      The opening faceoff went behind the Avalanche net, and Johnson played it up the boards. It was intercepted by Daniel Sedin, who fed Henrik Sedin in the slot. His snap shot beat Varlamov just 10 seconds in.

      It wasn't the fastest goal to start a game for the Canucks, however. Burrows scored one six seconds into a game against Detroit on March 17, 2013.

      "It didn't start like we wanted, we gave up a goal, but what I was impressed with is it didn't change our game," Colorado coach Patrick Roy said. "We stayed focused, we kept going and I thought we had an outstanding first period after that."

      The Avalanche recovered to dominate the next 15 minutes. They swarmed Lack but couldn't break through until Duchene fed Iginla in front, who lifted a backhand into the top right corner for his first goal with Colorado.

      "Dutch gave me a nice pass right in the slot," Iginla said. "I had it on my backhand and just tried to get it as high as I can. It was very nice to see it go in. It sure felt good to get it and I'll just keep trying to go from here."

      Burrows answered when center Nick Bonino's pass went off his skate and past Varlamov. The referee waved it off, but a video review overturned his call to give the Canucks a 2-1 lead.

      NOTES: Avalanche D Ryan Wilson will miss two to three weeks with a shoulder injury. Wilson was hurt in the second period of Tuesday's loss to Florida. ... This was the second of 12 scheduled back-to-back games for the Canucks. ... With G Semyon Varlamov being activated the Avalanche assigned G Calvin Pickard to the Lake Erie Monsters of the AHL. ... Vancouver LW Radim Vrbata was with the Avalanche for 118 games from 2001-03. He was dealt to the Arizona Coyotes at the trade deadline in 2003. ... Colorado D Zach Redmond made his Avalanche debut. He previously played 18 NHL games, all with Winnipeg.

  • Saturday, October 25, 2014
    Drouin nets first as Lightning beat Jets in Winnipeg
    By The Sports Xchange

    WINNIPEG, Manitoba -- Jonathan Drouin expects some pretty big things from himself.

    • Just three games into his NHL career, the Tampa Bay Lightning left winger was already starting to squeeze his stick.

      He can relax now.

      The 19-year-old former third overall pick scored his first-ever NHL goal at 4:45 of the second period to spark the Lightning to a 4-2 victory over the Winnipeg Jets on Friday night.

      Drouin took a pass from behind the net from right winger Nikita Kucherov and snapped the shot past Jets goalie Ondrej Pavelec.

      "It was unbelievable, especially in Canada makes it even more special," Drouin said. "I'm from Canada, and it was an exciting time for me. It only happens once."

      Drouin, a phenom in junior hockey coming off a pair of 100-plus point seasons with the Halifax Mooseheads, said he was relieved to get the first goal out of the way.

      "It's over with now," he said. "You start to think about it, if you don't score after a few games.

      "(Kucherov) made a really nice play. He found me right in the slot and I think Pavelec was looking the other way, so I just shot. I was pretty glad."

      Drouin registered an assist earlier in the game, setting up center Steven Stamkos' sixth goal of the season. Left winger Ondrej Palat and center Vladislav Namestnikov also scored for Tampa Bay (5-2-1).

      Kucherov finished the night with three assists.

      The Jets (2-5) got goals from center Bryan Little and right winger Blake Wheeler.

      The game was just the third of the season for Drouin, who broke his thumb during training camp. He spent some time with Syracuse of the American Hockey League on a conditioning assignment before joining the Lightning on Monday in Edmonton.

      Stamkos said the youngster continues to impress.

      "I can't say enough about the way he's played and the poise he has at this stage in his career," Stamkos said. "He made some great plays, and he's just going to continue to learn and get better. It's fun to be on the ice with him."

      Tampa Bay lost forwards J.T. Brown and Brett Connolly to injury in the first period and were down to 10 forwards. But despite being outshot 41-27, the club took advantage of some breakdowns by the Jets and gutted out a solid two points on the road.

      Winnipeg coach Paul Maurice said a very dangerous club was handed far too many quality scoring chances.

      "It was well-played by both team for a pretty big chunk... a pretty good battle," Maurice said. "But when you're down 4-1 after two periods of hockey it's tough to say you played better than them.

      "The quality chances we gave up were too high. The odd-man rushes we gave up aren't coming off four (Jets) in off the rush. We're not trading rush chances back and forth, it's just positional, fairly basic things."

      Tampa Bay goaltender Ben Bishop had a solid 40-save effort for the Lightning. But Pavelec struggled for the Jets, surrendering four goals on 18 shots through 40 minutes before being replaced by Michael Hutchinson to start the third period. Hutchinson made nine stops, several of them very difficult.

      "It's the kind of game that gives you a sour taste in your mouth because we made a couple of big mistakes and they took advantage of it," said Little. "But for most of the game I thought we outplayed them. You feel like you are a better team than that.

      "Other than those mistakes it felt like we were in the game and we were a better team than them."

      Tampa Bay won three of four on its current five-game road swing. The team wraps up the trip Saturday against the Minnesota Wild.

      Winnipeg lost three of four during its five-game homestand. The Jets host the Colorado Avalanche on Sunday afternoon.

      NOTES: Jets LW Evander Kane, the club's only banged-up player, was on the ice Friday morning with just his skates, helmet and gloves. The 23-year-old sniper tested the knee he injured early in the first period of Winnipeg's season opener more than two weeks ago in Arizona when he collided with linemate C Mark Scheifele. There's no word yet on his return. ... Lightning LW Jonathan Drouin, selected third overall in the 2013 NHL draft, registered his first career point on C Valtteri Filppula's first goal of the season Tuesday in Calgary. ... The Jets had the third-most one-goal games in the NHL last season (46) but through six games this season didn't have one. ... Missing from the Tampa Bay lineup on Friday were D Victor Hedman (broken finger), RW Ryan Callahan (lower body) and LW Alex Killorn (upper body). ... Winnipeg C Adam Lowry hit a major milestone against Carolina (3-1) on Tuesday in just his sixth career NHL game. He tipped in his first NHL goal, which turned out to be the game-winner.

  • Saturday, October 25, 2014
    Stars edge Devils in shootout
    By The Sports Xchange

    NEWARK, N.J. -- After his team allowed nine goals in their last two games, Dallas Stars coach Lindy Ruff was worried about his defense Friday night.

    • A 3-2 shootout win over the New Jersey Devils before 14,567 at Prudential Center where Dallas didn't allow a power-play opportunity, limited its turnovers and blocked eight shots has Ruff feeling better.

      "I thought this was by far our best game overall," said Ruff. "We eliminated a lot of mistakes, we got pucks out and we put pressure on them (New Jersey) in the zone.

      "We were lot more diligent with the puck. We've been good offensively. We've created enough good opportunities, but I wanted to clean up the defensive side, where we take care of that first before we start leaning on the offensive side."

      Left winger Jamie Benn and center Jason Spezza scored for Dallas (3-1-3) in the shootout while goaltender Kari Lehtonen stopped Devils left winger Mike Cammalleri and right winger Jaromir Jagr to seal the win.

      "I think he (Lehtonen) got in (Jaromir) Jagr's head a little bit," Ruff said.

      Dallas got second-period goals from Benn and right winger Patrick Eaves in regulation.

      Defenseman Eric Gelinas and right winger Damien Brunner scored for New Jersey in the first and third periods, respectively.

      New Jersey took a 1-0 lead early in the first period on Gelinas' first goal of the season and center Jacob Josefson's first point of the season.

      Josefson, who was making his first appearance this season, dug the puck out from behind the Dallas net, and controlled it along the far boards before shoveling it back to Gelinas, who blasted it from just inside the left blue line at 5:21.

      The Dallas defense, which started the game sluggishly, falling victim to an aggressive New Jersey forecheck that led to the 1-0 Devils lead, came alive in the second and third periods. The Stars didn't commit a turnover in the second period and finished with four for the game, compared to 10 for the Devils.

      Dallas tied the score at 1 at 4:28 of the second period. Center Tyler Seguin stole the puck from Devils defenseman Andy Greene behind the New Jersey net and fed a short pass to Benn, who shoveled it over Devils goaltender Cory Schneider's shoulder on a power play for his team-tying fifth goal of the season.

      The Stars controlled the second period, outshooting the Devils 11-6 while taking a 2-1 lead.

      Eaves snapped a shot from the lower edge of the right circle, almost even with the net, that squeezed past Schneider for his first goal of the season and first since Jan. 22. The goal, with assists from defenseman Alex Goligoski and center Cody Eakin, came at 15:48.

      Brunner knotted the game at 2 for New Jersey at 8:18 of the third period. He was camped out in front of the Stars net when the puck bounced off a Dallas defenseman onto his stick for his first goal of the campaign.

      Lehtonen stopped 25 shots for Dallas while Schneider recorded 35 saves for the Devils.

      After winning their first three games of the season, all on the road, the Devils (3-2-2) have lost four straight, including an overtime loss to the Rangers on Tuesday while the Stars have earned points in each of their last five games.

      Last season, the Devils were 0-13 with four goals in the shootout. They have lost 18 straight games that went to a shootout, dating back to the 2012-13 season.

      "One game, one shootout right now," said Schneider. "We're not thinking back to last year. This is a new year and we'll just move forward."

      The Devils also lost three straight at home.

      "We're cobbling some points together here, but when we play three in a row at home, we expect to at least win one of them," Schneider said. "I think that was the objective coming into tonight and, again, I think we all could have been a little bit better in individual areas, myself included. You'd rather have two (points), but we'll take the one right now and move on."

      NOTES: The Devils placed RW Jordin Tootoo (foot) on injured reserve before the game, retroactive to Oct. 21. ... Dallas D Jyrki Jokipakka made his NHL debut, pairing with D Jamie Olesiak. ... The Devils honored former goaltender and broadcaster Glenn "Chico" Resch before the game. He played 198 games with New Jersey and spent 18 seasons as their broadcaster before retiring at the end of last season. ... New Jersey opened the first of 18 sets of back-to-back games on Friday. It travels to Ottawa on Saturday night. ... Dallas D Sergei Gonchar has missed the last six games with a lower body injury.

  • Friday, October 24, 2014
    NHL roundup: Bruins' Chara out 4-6 weeks
    By The Sports Xchange

    Boston Bruins captain Zdeno Chara will miss four to six weeks because of a tear of the posterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.

    • The defenseman was injured in the first period of his team's 3-2 loss to the New York Islanders on Thursday night.

      General manager Peter Chiarelli said surgery is not expected.

      "This is completely different, isolated from other ligaments that are more critical of the maneuvering of the knee," Chiarelli said. "So the good news is it's isolated to that."

      The Bruins recalled defensemen Zach Trotman and Joseph Morrow from Providence of the American Hockey League to make up for the loss. Boston also is missing defenseman Kevan Miller, who is out indefinitely with a shoulder injury.

      Chara, 37, has missed 20 games since joining Boston in 2006. The Bruins are 8-7-5 without him. He leads the Bruins with an average ice time of 21:41 per game this season, and has led the Boston in average ice time in each of his nine seasons with the Bruins.

      ---Philadelphia Flyers defensemen Braydon Coburn and Andrew MacDonald each will miss approximately four weeks because of lower-body injuries.

      General manager Ron Hextall made the announcement shortly after the Flyers resumed practice Friday morning.

      Coburn has not played since sustaining a lower-body injury during the Flyers' opening-night loss to the Boston Bruins. He had traveled with the team during its recent three-game road trip with the hope of returning. He had taken part in the morning skate on Oct. 18 and again on Oct. 21.

      The Flyers also announced forward Zac Rinaldo is day-to-day with an upper-body injury sustained during the Flyers' win against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday.

      ---The Ottawa Senators, Montreal Canadiens and Toronto Maple Leafs will stage a coordinated tribute Saturday night to honor the Canadian soldiers who lost their lives this week in the nation's capital and Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec.

      The show of solidarity will be staged simultaneously by the three Canadian teams hosting 7 p.m. ET games at Canadian Tire Centre in Kanata, Ontario, Bell Centre in Montreal and Air Canada Centre in Toronto.

      The Senators will host the New Jersey Devils, the Canadiens will entertain the New York Rangers and the Maple Leafs will host the Boston Bruins.

      Cpl. Nathan Cirillo was killed Wednesday at the National War Memorial when a gunman shot him in the back with a shotgun before storming into the Centre Block on Parliament Hill. The gunman was later shot dead.

      On Monday, Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent was killed and another soldier was injured when a man deliberately drove a car into them in the parking lot of a federal building near Montreal. The driver fled the scene but was later shot dead after a pursuit.

      ---The Tampa Bay Lightning recalled forward Cedric Paquette from Syracuse of the American Hockey League on Friday.

      Paquette, 21, has skated in four games with Syracuse this season, posting three goals and five points to go along with a team-high plus-5 rating. The 6-foot-1,199-pounder recorded a two-goal game on Oct. 12 against Hartford.

      The Lightning also reassigned forward Mike Blunden to Syracuse.

      ---The Columbus Blue Jackets activated first-round forward Sonny Milano off the injured non-roster list and assigned him to Plymouth of the Ontario Hockey League on Friday.

      Milano, who was injured at the NHL Prospects Tournament in September, was expected to make his OHL debut with Plymouth on Friday night.

      Milano, 18, spent the past two seasons with the United States National Team Development Program in Ann Arbor, Mich. Last season, he recorded 24 goals and 48 assists for 72 points in 50 games played for the Juniors.

      ---The San Jose Sharks reassigned forward Eriah Hayes to Worcester of the American Hockey League on Friday.

      Hayes has played in four games with San Jose this season, posting two penalty minutes.

      At the time of his recall, Hayes was tied for first in scoring with Worcester with two assists in two games.

  • Friday, October 24, 2014
    Flyers call up defenseman from AHL
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Philadelphia Flyers recalled defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere from Lehigh Valley of the American Hockey League on Friday.

    • Gostisbehere will make his NHL debut on Saturday night when the Flyers play the Detroit Red Wings.

      The 21-year-old Gostisbehere played in three preseason games for the Flyers this year and had two goals and an assist. In three games for Lehigh Valley, the 2012 third-round draft pick had two assists.

  • Friday, October 24, 2014
    Canucks top Blues in Miller's return to St. Louis
    By The Sports Xchange

    ST. LOUIS -- Ryan Miller played the kind of game in goal that the St. Louis Blues expected when they acquired him in a deadline trade from Buffalo last year.

    • The problem for the Blues was Miller wore a Vancouver jersey on Thursday night.

      In his first game against his former team after signing a three-year contract as a free agent during the summer, Miller stopped 31 of 32 shots to lead the Canucks to a 4-1 victory.

      "It could have been an emotional game," Miller said. "I wanted to get myself ready and I was looking forward to the challenge. We skated well and it felt good."

      Miller, who played 19 regular-season games for the Blues before the team was eliminated in the first round of the playoffs by the Blackhawks, did not have a chance to play against the Sabres last year.

      "It's an intense game, but I formed bonds with those guys and liked them as people," Miller said. "It's going to be fun to continue to compete against them."

      Miller, who was pulled from his last start Tuesday night in Dallas in the second period after allowing five goals on 13 shots, made the save of the game early in the third period with the score tied at 1.

      He got in front of a shot by center Jori Lehtera, and the Canucks then took the puck the other way on an odd-man rush, with center Nick Bonino firing a shot past St. Louis goalie Jake Allen to put Vancouver ahead.

      The Canucks went on to add a power-play goal and an empty-net goal in the period to make the rest of Miller's night easier.

      "The save he made in the third was the game," Vancouver coach Willie Desjardins said. "If they score there, it's 2-1 them. He made the big save, we went down and scored and that changed the game."

      Desjardins was happy that Miller was able to bounce back from his rough game just 48 hours earlier.

      "A couple of minutes after I took him out of the game, I went down the bench and told him he would be starting in St. Louis," Desjardins said. "He said, 'That's the game I want.'"

      The only goal Miller allowed came on a St. Louis power play in the second period when the Canucks were assessed a bench minor for having too many men on the ice. Defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk fired a wrist shot past Miller.

      "He played well," Shattenkirk said of Miller. "He obviously lets in one goal and then we threw some shots at him and he was able to control a lot of his rebounds or kick them away from danger. Listen, things didn't work out here, but he's still Ryan Miller. We don't forget that.

      "He's still a great goalie and one of the great goalies in this league, so he's a hard guy to beat and playing the way we did tonight. We had some good chances; we just have to put some more by him."

      St. Louis coach Ken Hitchcock said the Blues, who have lost three of their last four games, were playing with a recipe for disaster, especially allowing the odd-man rushes like the one that allowed the Canucks to score the winning goal.

      "To give up a two-on-one from that distance, that's not us," Hitchcock said. "We don't give up breakaways. ... We've given up more odd-man rushes in six games than we did in two months last year and you can't win like that.

      "This is a wake up call. The alarm bell is going off. You can't have half the group buying in and the other half not. This is a real good eye-opener for us."

      NOTES: Blues C Paul Stastny missed his second consecutive game with a shoulder injury. Coach Ken Hitchcock has described Stastny's status as week to week. ... Blues C Jori Lehtera returned to the lineup after missing the previous game with the flu. The bug that was still affecting the team did not force St. Louis to scratch anybody for the game against the Canucks. ... Vancouver D Alex Edler played in his 500th career game. ... The Canucks will conclude a three-game road trip Friday in Colorado, the second of eight back-to-back road games on this year's schedule. The Blues play host to the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday.

  • Friday, October 24, 2014
    Sens, Canadiens, Leafs to stage coordinated tribute
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Ottawa Senators, Montreal Canadiens and Toronto Maple Leafs will stage a coordinated tribute Saturday night to honor the Canadian soldiers who lost their lives this week in the nation's capital and Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec.

    • The show of solidarity will be staged simultaneously by the three Canadian teams hosting 7 p.m. ET games at Canadian Tire Centre in Kanata, Ontario, Bell Centre in Montreal and Air Canada Centre in Toronto.

      Cpl. Nathan Cirillo was killed Wednesday at the National War Memorial when a gunman shot him in the back with a shotgun before storming into the Centre Block on Parliament Hill. The gunman was later shot dead.

      On Monday, Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent was killed and another soldier was injured when a man deliberately drove a car into them in the parking lot of a federal building near Montreal. The driver fled the scene but was later shot dead after a pursuit.

      "As we continue to reflect on the tragic circumstances surrounding the deaths of two (of) our country's soldiers on Canadian soil, we do so with heavy hearts" Senators owner Eugene Melnyk said in a statement. "But what doesn't break us, makes us stronger. Today our country stands more united than ever and so does the entire NHL family.

      "We are very pleased to join forces with the Montreal Canadiens and the Toronto Maple Leafs in coordinating a unique and special tribute prior (to) our games on Saturday in honor and recognition of these two brave soldiers, their families and all members of our Canadian military."

      The Senators will host the New Jersey Devils, the Canadiens will entertain the New York Rangers and the Maple Leafs will host the Boston Bruins.

  • Friday, October 24, 2014
    Jackets assign Milano to Plymouth
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Columbus Blue Jackets activated first-round forward Sonny Milano off the injured non-roster list and assigned him to Plymouth of the Ontario Hockey League on Friday.

    • Milano, who was injured at the NHL Prospects Tournament in September, was expected to make his OHL debut with Plymouth on Friday night.

      Milano, 18, spent the past two seasons with the United States National Team Development Program in Ann Arbor, Mich. Last season, he recorded 24 goals and 48 assists for 72 points in 50 games played for the Juniors.

      The Massapequa, N.Y., native was Columbus' first pick (16th overall) in the 2014 draft. He won gold with Team USA at the 2014 IIHF U18 Championships, recording three goals and seven assists in seven tournament games. He also helped the Americans capture bronze at the 2013 World U17 Hockey Challenge, registering four goals and six assists in six games.

  • Friday, October 24, 2014
    Sharks reassign F Hayes
    By The Sports Xchange

    The San Jose Sharks reassigned forward Eriah Hayes to Worcester of the American Hockey League on Friday.

    • Hayes has played in four games with San Jose this season, posting two penalty minutes.

      At the time of his recall, Hayes was tied for first in scoring with Worcester with two assists in two games.

      The 6-foot-4, 210-pound native of La Crescent, Minn., was originally signed as a free agent on April 5, 2013.

  • Friday, October 24, 2014
    Flyers' Coburn, MacDonald out 4 weeks
    By The Sports Xchange

    Philadelphia Flyers defensemen Braydon Coburn and Andrew MacDonald each will miss approximately four weeks because of lower-body injuries.

    • General manager Ron Hextall made the announcement shortly after the Flyers resumed practice Friday morning.

      Coburn has not played since sustaining a lower-body injury during the Flyers' opening-night loss to the Boston Bruins. He had traveled with the team during its recent three-game road trip with the hope of returning. He had taken part in the morning skate on Oct. 18 and again on Oct. 21.

      Hextall said Coburn had a setback in his recovery.

      MacDonald has three points in seven games and is second in average ice time per game at 22:55.

      The absences of Coburn and MacDonald, in addition to the preseason loss of Kimmo Timonen until at least January because of blood clots, leaves the Flyers without three of their top six defensemen.

      "You take two guys out of your lineup that play over 20 minutes, obviously it's a big hole," Hextall said, according to the Courier-Post. "Other guys got to step up. I think Nick Schultz really stepped up for us and logged some good minutes for us. That's something that I expected at some point but I don't think a lot of other people did."

      The Flyers also announced forward Zac Rinaldo is day-to-day with an upper-body injury sustained during the Flyers' win against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday.

  • Friday, October 24, 2014
    Bruins' Chara out 4-6 weeks
    By The Sports Xchange

    Boston Bruins captain Zdeno Chara will miss four to six weeks because of a tear of the posterior cruciate ligament in his left knee on Thursday night.

    • The defenseman was injured in the first period of his team's 3-2 loss to the New York Islanders.

      General manager Peter Chiarelli said surgery is not expected at this time.

      "This is completely different, isolated from other ligaments that are more critical of the maneuvering of the knee," Chiarelli said Friday. "So the good news is it's isolated to that."

      The Bruins recalled defensemen Zach Trotman and Joseph Morrow from Providence of the American Hockey League to make up for the loss. Boston also is missing defenseman Kevan Miller, who is out indefinitely with a shoulder injury.

      Chiarelli said the injury occurred when Chara hit Islanders center John Tavares with 8:44 left in the first period. Chara finished his shift and left the ice with 8:12 remaining in the period and did not return to the game.

      Chara, 37, has missed 20 games since joining Boston in 2006. The Bruins are 8-7-5 without him. He leads the Bruins with an average ice time of 21:41 per game this season, and has led the Boston in average ice time in each of his nine seasons with the Bruins.

      Chara signed with the Bruins in 2006, and in 611 games he has 106 goals, 346 points and a plus-138 rating. He won the Norris Trophy in 2009 and captained the Bruins to the Stanley Cup in 2011.

      "He's an irreplaceable player," Bruins forward Chris Kelly said Thursday. "So obviously him not being out there, everyone notices, us and them."

      Boston defenseman Dennis Seidenberg added, "He's the heart and soul of this team, and whatever it is, hopefully he's back soon."

      The Bruins will bring seven defensemen with them on the road for a game against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday.

      Morrow and Trotman joined the team in Boston on Friday for practice at TD Garden and will travel with the Bruins to Toronto.

      Morrow has skated in five games with Providence this season with one goal and one assist. Last year, Morrow skated in 56 games with Providence and scored six goals and notched 23 assist for a total of 29 points. He also played in 12 playoff games with Providence and had four goals and seven assists. The 6-foot-1, 206-pound native of Edmonton, Alberta was drafted by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the first round (23rd overall) of the 2011 draft.

      Trotman has skated in five games with Providence this season, notching one assist. Last season, Trotman played in 53 games for Providence, earning eight goals and 16 assists for 24 total points. He also played in eight playoff games with Providence and had four assists. The 6-3, 219-pound native of Noblesville, Ind., was drafted by the Bruins in the seventh round of the 2010 draft.

  • Friday, October 24, 2014
    Lightning recall F Paquette
    By The Sports Xchange

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

    • Paquette, 21, has skated in four games with Syracuse this season, posting three goals and five points to go along with a team-high plus-5 rating. The 6-foot-1,199-pounder recorded a two-goal game on Oct. 12 against Hartford.

      The Gaspe, Quebec native has skated in two career regular-season NHL games, all with the Lightning last season, collecting one assist. Paquette appeared in all four of the Lightning's 2014 postseason games, recording a pair of assists to go along with 16 penalty minutes.

      The Lightning also reassigned forward Mike Blunden to Syracuse.

      Blunden, 27, made his Lightning debut on Tuesday night against the Calgary Flames, logging 10:09 of ice time. He led all Lightning skaters for hits in the game with three. The 6-3, 214-pound forward has played in four games this season with Syracuse, recording two goals and three points.

  • Friday, October 24, 2014
    Quick blanks Sabres, set Kings' shutout record
    By The Sports Xchange

    LOS ANGELES -- Jonathan Quick put his name in the record book again, and the Los Angeles Kings continued their winning ways by shutting out the Buffalo Sabres.

    • Quick became Los Angeles' all-time shutout leader, blanking the Sabres 2-0 Thursday before an announced crowd of 18,230 at Staples Center.

      The 28-year-old goalie surpassed Rogie Vachon's mark of 32 shutouts with Thursday's gem. Quick, who has blanked two of the past three opponents, stopped all 29 shots he faced.

      Instead of taking credit for his achievement, though, he passed it around to current and former teammates.

      "Without a doubt, it's special," Quick said. "Especially a shutout. It takes 20 men to do that, to shut a team out for 60 minutes, so I'm very grateful for my teammates over the years."

      Just another stroll on the ice for Quick, Kings center Anze Kopitar said.

      "The same old thing over and over again," said Kopitar, who scored his second goal of the second in the win. "He's just solid back there."

      Buffalo goalie Jhonas Enroth finished with 37 saves.

      Center Jeff Carter had a goal and an assist for the Kings (5-1-1), who won their fifth in a row and dealt the Sabres (1-7-0) their fourth consecutive loss.

      Buffalo's lone victory was a 4-3 decision over the Carolina Hurricanes on Oct. 14. Since then, the Sabres were shut out three times. They managed a goal in a 4-1 loss to the Anaheim Ducks on Wednesday night. They also are 0-for-27 on power plays, failing to score on three occasions against Los Angeles.

      "Our last couple of games, at least our effort has been a lot better," Buffalo coach Ted Nolan said. "We're the type of team that has to work for something that we want, and yet when we get across the blue line, we want to pass the puck versus shooting the puck. Everything starts with work. The first five or six games, the effort wasn't there, and now the last couple of games, the effort is there."

      Effort wasn't enough to slow Los Angeles. It took 29 seconds for the Kings to earn a power-play opportunity and just seven more ticks for them to take advantage of it. After Buffalo defenseman Tyler Myers skated off for hooking, Carter scored a power-play goal moments later for a 1-0 Los Angeles lead. It was Carter's fourth goal of the season.

      The Kings scored another power-play goal late in the second period, when Kopitar worked a perfect give-and-go with Carter. Carter returned a pass to Kopitar as the center slipped a shot past Enroth for a 2-0 advantage with 4:49 remaining. For Carter, it was his 100th point with Los Angeles.

      That was more enough for the Kings, who have scored first in six of their seven games.

      "I think the biggest key was just coming out and playing hard right off the get go," Kopitar said. "They played last night, they lost down in Anaheim, so we just wanted to make sure we came out strong and force our way in to this. I think our start was pretty good because we scored (36) seconds in, so that's obviously a good start."

      Meanwhile, the Sabres are on a run of bad starts.

      "We got enough guys in here that have played a lot of hockey games," Sabres center Torrey Mitchell said. "We're just frustrated. Whether or not we're doing the right things and playing well, at the end of the day, if we're not getting two points, then we didn't do the right things. Again, we're frustrated."

      The matchup featured Kings center Jordan Nolan facing his father for the first time.

      "It was a bit strange," the elder Nolan said.

      Los Angeles defenseman Jake Muzzin, sidelined previously because of an upper-body injury, made his season debut after missing six games.

      NOTES: Sabres C Torrey Mitchell played his 400th career game. ... Kings RW Marian Gaborik missed his fourth consecutive game and C Trevor Lewis sat out his sixth. Both are dealing with upper-body injuries. ... C Sam Reinhart, D Tyson Strachan and C Brian Flynn were scratches for Buffalo. ... The road team hasn't fared well on the opponent's ice in the series, losing each game since Oct. 23, 2003, when the Sabres claimed a 5-1 win in Los Angeles. ... Buffalo wraps up a three-game West Coast swing with a visit to play the San Jose Sharks on Saturday. ... Los Angeles caps a six-game homestand Sunday against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

  • Friday, October 24, 2014
    Blue Jackets edge Sharks on last-minute goal
    By The Sports Xchange

    SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Considering the Columbus Blue Jackets were sitting around in San Jose since Monday, they sure waited to the last possible moment to earn a win.

    • Center Mark Letestu scored his second goal of the game with 20.7 seconds left, giving rested Columbus a 5-4 win over the San Jose Sharks at SAP Center on Thursday.

      Letestu tipped defenseman David Savard's shot from the right point past San Jose goalie Antti Niemi to extend the hosts' losing streak to three games.

      "There were a lot of things that happened in this game that remind me of what this team is," Columbus coach Todd Richards said.

      The Sharks (4-3-1) scored twice in the opening half of the final period to take a 4-3 lead, but they couldn't hold on.

      San Jose defenseman Brent Burns took this third minor penalty of the game, and the Blue Jackets (4-2-0) struck back on the power play. Right winger Nick Foligno potted a goalmouth scramble tally to tie it 4-4 at 11:40.

      "We had a chance to manage the game, but we took another penalty and they scored," Sharks coach Todd McLellan said. "We should be able to hold that lead regardless who is on the ice."

      San Jose center Logan Couture added, "We scored that big goal, then we went back to playing scrambly in our own end. We have to be better."

      The Sharks had a late power play of their own when Foligno high-sticked defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic at 13:15. However, after converting their first power play, the Sharks capped a 1-for-5 night with a fourth straight failure.

      That set the stage for Columbus' final-minute dramatics.

      No one in the hosts' room wanted to hear about the fact the Blue Jackets, idle since Saturday, were waiting in San Jose for the Sharks' arrival back on Wednesday from a five-game Eastern swing.

      It was at the end of that trip the Sharks failed to hold one-goal leads against the New York Rangers and Boston Bruins, too.

      "Our defensive play right now is killing us," McLellan said. "It's not just one player or one line, it's all the lines, it's the defense, it's the goaltenders."

      The Sharks led 2-0 after the first period on goals from right winger Adam Burish and center Joe Pavelski. The Blue Jackets responded by scoring three times on five shots during a 5:14 stretch of the second period.

      Center Ryan Johansen scored the first of his two goals at 8:22 when he skated around Sharks defenseman Justin Braun and backhanded a shot in close over San Jose goalie Antti Niemi just under the crossbar.

      Letestu scored his first of the year short-handed by slipping behind Couture on a two-on-two break at 12:13. Johansen capped the rally with a quick wrist shot from the left dot after Columbus left winger Scott Hartnell forced a turnover, leading to one of Hartnell's career-high four assists in the game.

      "Last year our identity was that of a resilient team," Richards said. "And this, tonight, was a resilient win."

      The sentiment was quite different in the other room.

      "In general, we've got to defend better," Burish said. "If you allow four or five goals, you're not going to win.

      "We have plenty of firepower to score goals, a lot of talent and guys who can find the net. It's committing to defending."

      San Jose took a few shifts to find its legs, but Burish swung the momentum in the hosts' favor with one pretty goal in the first period. As if he were running a sweep left, Burish skated from his zone along the boards and let go with a wrist shot that surprised Columbus goalie Sergei Bobrovsky.

      Burish's top-shelf strike at 5:11 was his first goal in two seasons (limited to only 15 games last year) and just his second in 69 career games as a Shark.

      After San Jose killed off the game's first power play, the Sharks needed 66 seconds to convert on their first chance. Couture wound up from just inside the blue line with a low shot that Pavelski redirected between Bobrovsky's pads for a 2-0 lead at 14:44.

      Bobrovsky finished with 33 saves. Niemi stopped 23 shots.

      NOTES: Columbus was without C Marko Dano (undisclosed), C Brandon Dubinsky (lower body), LW Sonny Milano (face), RW Nathan Horton (back), C Boone Jenner (hand) and D Ryan Murray (knee). ... Antti Niemi became the first Sharks goalie to start consecutive games after he and G Alex Stalock alternated San Jose's first six games. ... The Blue Jackets conclude their four-game trip with games at Anaheim on Friday and Los Angeles on Sunday. ... Coach Todd McLellan bristled during the morning skate at the suggestion the Sharks might think of farming out 19-year-old Mirco Mueller because the rookie defenseman was going to be a healthy scratch for a second straight game and third time this season. "He's not going anywhere," McLellan snapped. ... LW John Scott and C Chris Tierney joined Mueller as San Jose's healthy scratches. ... RW Corey Tropp and D Dalton Prout were not in uniform for Columbus.

  • Friday, October 24, 2014
    NHL game roundup: Wings come back to nip Pens
    By The Sports Xchange

    DETROIT -- Justin Abdelkader scored with 43.5 seconds left in the overtime period to complete a comeback from a two-goal deficit in the Detroit Red Wings' 4-3 win against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday.

    • Niklas Kronwall scored two goals and an assist and left winger Henrik Zetterberg a goal and two assists for Detroit. Goaltender Jimmy Howard stopped 23 shots for the win.

      Right winger Pascal Dupuis, defenseman Olli Maatta and left winger Chris Kunitz scored for Pittsburgh. Left winger Blake Comeau had two assists and goalie Thomas Greiss made 27 saves in his first game of the season.

      Islanders 3, Bruins 2

      BOSTON -- Johnny Boychuk and Chad Johnson returned to Boston with their new team and helped the New York Islanders to a victory.

      Boychuk played a strong game and Johnson stopped 30 shots as New York ended a two-game losing streak.

      Frans Nielsen, Kyle Okposo and Cal Clutterbuck scored for New York while Milan Lucic and Chris Kelly scored for Boston.

      Canucks 4, Blues 1

      ST. LOUIS -- Nick Bonino's goal 4:54 into the third period broke a and sent Vancouver to a win in St. Louis.

      Chris Higgins, Linden Vey and Jannik Hansen also scored for Vancouver while Ryan Miller stopped 31 shots against his former team.

      Kevin Shattenkirk scored the lone goal for St. Louis.

      Predators 3, Blackhawks 2

      NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- James Neal notched the fifth hat trick of his career Thursday night, providing all the offense Nashville would need in a win over Chicago.

      Neal, picked up from Pittsburgh on June 27, scored his three goals in succession.

      Chicago got goals from Andrew Shaw and Ben Smith.

      Wild 2, Coyotes 0

      SAINT PAUL, Minn. -- Minnesota goalie Darcy Kuemper delivered his third shutout in four starts on blanking Arizona to snap a two-game losing streak.

      Charlie Coyle and Jason Pominville scored for Minnesota and Jared Spurgeon assisted on both goals. Kuemper finished with 26 saves.

      Arizona goalie Mike Smith stopped 27 shots in the loss.

      Flames 5, Hurricanes 0

      CALGARY, Alberta -- Matt Stajan scored once and Sean Monahan twice to bust early-season slumps and lead Calgary to a decisive shutout win over Carolina.

      Dennis Wideman and Lance Bouma also scored for Calgary while goalie Jonas Hiller needed just 16 saves to post his first shutout of the season.

      Carolina remains winless in six games this season.

      Kings 2, Sabres 0

      LOS ANGELES -- Jonathan Quick became the all-time leader in shutouts for Los Angeles, blanking Buffalo.

      Quick surpassed Rogie Vachon's mark of 32 shutouts. Quick, who blanked two of the past three opponents, stopped all 29 shots he faced Thursday.

      Buffalo goalie Jhonas Enroth finished with 37 saves, but he allowed goals by Jeff Carter in the first period and Anze Kopitar in the second.

      Blue Jackets 5, Sharks 4

      SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Mark Letestu scored his second goal of the game with 20.7 seconds left to give Columbus a win over San Jose.

      Letestu tipped David Savard's shot from the right point past San Jose goalie Antti Niemi to extend the hosts' losing streak to three games.

      The Sharks scored twice in the opening half of the final period to take a 4-3 lead.

  • Friday, October 24, 2014
    Monahan scores pair in Flames' 5-0 win over Hurricanes
    By The Sports Xchange

    CALGARY, Alberta -- Calgary Flames center Joe Colborne has a little hockey pool advice for all.

    • After seeing center Sean Monahan snap his scoring drought with authority by netting a pair of goals in the 5-0 win over the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday night, Colborne said to expect more to follow.

      "If I was a fantasy hockey player, I'd have him in the line-up for the next little while, Colborne said. "He's going to get hot."

      Unless they drastically change, the winless Hurricanes will help a lot of teams and players find their mojo.

      Monahan and fellow centers Matt Stajan and Lance Bouma all took advantage of the struggling club at the Scotiabank Saddledome to light the lamp for the first time this season.

      "Obviously it's been quite a few games now," said Monahan, who had a 22-goal rookie campaign in 2013-14. "I want to contribute to help get wins and I think that was a big relief for me tonight.

      "It's always a relief putting the puck in the net but once one goes in, I think your game changes. I guess you're a little more confident in your game. That was a big help for me."

      Everybody in the building noticed it, especially Flames coach Bob Hartley, whose team now sports a 5-3-1 record.

      "I saw a happy young man," Hartley said of Monahan. "He could have had a hat trick. Late in the game he had a great shot go over the net. (Jiri Hudler, Monahan and Colborne), that's the line I saw last year. That's the kind of performance we need from them."

      They weren't alone.

      "I had challenged the players before the game we would like to win the three periods," Hartley said. "We divided the game in three smaller games of 20 minutes. They did it and they did it in a great fashion. I thought we played a very solid game. It's almost a perfect game out there."

      Especially perfect for those needing to bust a slump.

      "It's always nice to get the first one and get the monkey off my back," Bouma said. "It feels good. A lot of us in here got our first tonight. It was a good group effort.

      "We did a lot of great things and that created our offense. If we do that most nights we're going to have success."

      Defenseman Dennis Wideman opened the scoring late in the first period, giving him goals in three consecutive games and four this season, equaling last season's total.

      The capper for the Flames was goalie Jonas Hiller recording his first shutout of the season, a 16-save effort.

      "I think you always have a good chance if you just give up 15 or 16 shots," Hiller said. "We played really well. We spent most of the time in their zone. It was definitely not as tiring as other games I've played this year.

      "You could see out there that everybody was willing to compete, to sacrifice even blocking shots to the end. Even in the third when we were up 5-0 guys were still working hard and blocking shots. That's a nice feeling also for the future."

      Not so nice was the feeling in the Carolina room. Not only is coach Bill Peters' team winless (0-4-2), but the performance was unsettling.

      "Real concerned to be honest with you," Peter said. "Real concerned we didn't stick with it. It looked like we didn't believe."

      The Hurricanes must know they'll eventually win, but a key will be to somehow stay positive.

      "We've got to flip the page as fast as possible," said center Riley Nash. "It's tough to do right now because we haven't gotten any results, but we really haven't deserved any in the last couple of games. It should help if we realize that."

      NOTES: For the first time this season, the Flames skated with the exact same lineup they had the previous outing. ... Carolina C Brody Sutter, the ninth member of the famous hockey family, played his second NHL game and first in the city he grew up in. He is the son of Duane Sutter, who won four Stanley Cup titles with the New York Islanders in the 1980s. ... Hurricanes D Ryan Murphy was back to his familiar point on the blueline after skating as a forward the previous outing. ... Carolina also saw the return of D John-Michael Liles from injury, which made D Jay Harrison and D Brett Bellmore healthy scratches. ... In an effort to ignite some scoring, the Flames moved C Matt Stajan to a line with LW Curtis Glencross and also put C Joe Colborne to a wing with C Sean Monahan. It worked. Colborne now has eight points, all assists.

  • Friday, October 24, 2014
    Bruins' Chara injured in loss to Islanders
    By The Sports Xchange

    Boston Bruins star defenseman and captain Zdeno Chara was injured in the first period of his team's 3-2 loss to the New York Islanders on Thursday.

    • Bruins coach Claude Julien offered no specifics about the defenseman after the game, but it was reported by ESPN and TSN that he will miss 4-to-6 weeks with ligament damage to his left knee, and that surgery is a possibility.

      "We won't know anything until he sees the proper people in the medical staff," Julien said. "Nothing right now."

      Boston defenseman Dennis Seidenberg added, "He's the heart and soul of this team, and whatever it is, hopefully he's back soon."

      Chara left the game after laying a hit on Islanders center John Tavares and appeared to strike knees with the New York captain.

      The former Norris Trophy winner as the league's top defenseman has two goals and an assist so far this season.

  • Friday, October 24, 2014
    Neal nets hat trick as Predators edge Blackhawks
    By The Sports Xchange

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- According to Thursday night's No. 1 star, the Nashville Predators haven't played their best hockey yet despite being the only NHL team without a regulation loss.

    • "We've come out with the mindset of being relentless and a tough hockey team," left winger James Neal said. "There's a lot of new faces here and a new coaching staff. The biggest thing for us is we haven't played our best games yet. We're only going to get better."

      Neal's hat trick lifted Nashville to a 3-2 win over the Chicago Blackhawks at sold-out Bridgestone Arena, giving the Predators points in each of their first seven games.

      Picked up from the Pittsburgh Penguins on June 27 for right winger Patric Hornqvist and center Nick Spaling, Neal is giving the Predators (5-0-2) the proven goal-scorer they needed. His quick hands were the difference against Chicago (4-1-1).

      After tying the game 1-1 at 19:12 of the first period with a wrist shot that beat goalkeeper Antti Raanta on the stick side, Neal put Nashville ahead for good late in the second period. He gave the Predators a 2-1 lead shortly after Chicago owned possession for the entirety of a power play without capitalizing on it.

      Taking a pass from center Filip Forsberg, Neal ripped a one-timer over Raanta's left shoulder at 16:12.

      Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said Neal's second goal capped a key sequence.

      "We did a lot of good things on that power play without scoring," Quenneville said, "and then he just scored a big goal."

      Capping the fifth hat trick of his career, Neal pushed the rebound of defenseman Ryan Ellis' shot into the net at 1:52 of the third period, inspiring some in the crowd of 17,157 to fling chapeaus on the ice.

      "Any time he shoots the puck, it has a chance of going in," Predators first-year coach Peter Laviolette said of Neal, "He had a great game, and his goals were at the right time, too."

      Center Andrew Shaw drew the Blackhawks within a goal by tapping in the rebound of his shot at 12:36 of the third, but Nashville goalie Pekka Rinne made the lead stand up by making five saves in the last six minutes, including denying Shaw of a tip-in at the goalmouth with 1:19 remaining.

      Rinne (5-0-1) notched 16 of his 30 saves in the third period.

      "Great team win for us," Rinne said. "You want to prove yourself as a player and a team, and so far, we're on the right track. But we're not going to get too happy. We're going to come back and focus on our job."

      Chicago handed Nashville a 2-1 overtime loss Saturday night at the United Center and took a 1-0 lead in this one on a rebound goal by right winger Ben Smith at 12:21 of the first period. However, the Predators controlled play for long stretches, outshooting the Blackhawks 14-6 in the first period and appearing quicker to the puck.

      It was a marked difference from Saturday night, when Nashville managed just six shots on goal through two periods and was outshot 37-20 for the game.

      Chicago held the shot advantage again Thursday, but it was just 32-27.

      "We wanted to do more damage in that game, and the guys felt they had missed a chance," Laviolette said of the Predators' Saturday loss, which occurred 24 hours after a 2-0 win in Winnipeg. "We were on more even ground tonight."

      Raanta (1-1-0) recorded 24 saves on 27 shots. He notched 32 saves Tuesday night in a 4-0 shutout of the Philadelphia Flyers.

      NOTES: Chicago GK Corey Crawford (upper-body injury) didn't travel with the team after missing the Blackhawks' 4-0 win over Philadelphia on Tuesday. Crawford also will miss Saturday night's game in St. Louis. ... The Blackhawks' backup goalie for the time being is former Nashville prospect Scott Darling, who recorded six shutouts in 26 starts last season for the Predators' AHL affiliate in Milwaukee. ... Nashville LW Gabriel Bourque, who didn't score a point in the first six games and posted a minus-3 rating, was a healthy scratch. ... The Predators dressed LW Taylor Beck for just the third time in seven games and put him on the third line, dropping former Chicago LW Viktor Stalberg to the fourth line.

  • Friday, October 24, 2014
    Nothing gets past Kuemper in Wild's 2-0 win
    By The Sports Xchange

    ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Occasionally, Minnesota Wild goalie Darcy Kuemper allows a goal. But so far this season, it hasn't happened often.

    • Kuemper delivered his third shutout in four starts with 26 saves on Thursday night, stopping the Arizona Coyotes 2-0 to snap a two-game losing streak.

      Center Charlie Coyle and right winger Jason Pominville scored for Minnesota (3-2-0) and defenseman Jared Spurgeon assisted on both goals. But Kuemper again was the star of the show.

      "He's been awesome for us, coming up huge on a number of occasions," said Coyle, who scored his second goal of the season a day after signing a five-year contract extension with the Wild.

      For Arizona (2-3-1), goalie Mike Smith stopped 27 shots, but the Coyotes couldn't solve Kuemper and were shut out for the first time this season.

      "We saw a lot of guys try real hard; we just need to find a way to score," Arizona coach Dave Tippett said. "Those are ones where you're just looking for that one opportunity to get yourself back in the game and couldn't find a way to get it done."

      Arizona briefly appeared to have gotten a shot past Kuemper early in the third period when center Kyle Chipchura swatted a loose puck over the goal line. But officials emphatically waved it off, ruling that Coyotes right winger R.J. Crombeen was in the crease and made contact with Kuemper before the puck arrived.

      "I definitely didn't think of something like this happening," said Kuemper, who has blanked the Colorado Avalanche twice and now Arizona once. "It's definitely a good feeling and pretty exciting. I'm fortunate of how the guys are playing in front of me."

      The Wild broke through 2:53 into the second period when Spurgeon's shot was tipped by Coyle between Smith's knees.

      Less than three minutes later, Spurgeon helped set up a shot through traffic by Pominville that eluded Smith, and Minnesota took a 2-0 lead.

      The first period was scoreless, marking the first time this season the Coyotes blanked an opponent in the opening 20 minutes of a game.

      "It was nice just to get out of the first period and not have the light come on behind me," said Smith, who fell to 1-3-0 despite playing statistically his best game of the season. "It's been a while since that happened."

      Smith, the Coyotes' mainstay in goal for the past three seasons, had allowed six, four and six goals in his previous three starts but said he felt much more confident in Minnesota despite the lack of goal support.

      "There's not too many people in our room worried about him," Coyotes captain Shane Doan said. "He's not happy with the way his season has started, but I've seen how good he is and I know he's going to end up being the MVP of our team. He's our best player and he played great tonight."

      The biggest early scare of the game occurred when a hard shot by Wild defenseman Jonas Brodin hit Minnesota left winger Thomas Vanek in the side of the right knee.

      Vanek, a former University of Minnesota player who signed a three-year, $19.5 million free agent contract with the Wild during the summer, limped to the bench. He later returned and played a regular shift.

      Arizona held the Wild scoreless during three man-advantage situations, and Minnesota fell to 0-for-19 on the power play this season.

      "Our players are frustrated, so it's up to me to not let that frustration affect us," Wild coach Mike Yeo said, pledging more special-teams work in practice. "It's up to me to find the right combinations."

      NOTES: Wild D Keith Ballard, who spent the first three seasons of his career with the Coyotes, missed a chance to face his former employer on Thursday. Ballard and rookie D Christian Folin both fell ill earlier in the day and were scratched from the Minnesota lineup. ... Coyotes C Martin Hanzal, who is day to day with a lower body injury, did not make the trip to Minnesota. He was injured in Arizona's 6-1 home loss to the Blues on Oct. 18. ... After playing just two home games in the season's first two weeks, the Wild stay in St. Paul to face the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday night. The Coyotes return to Arizona to play host to the Florida Panthers on Saturday night.

  • Friday, October 24, 2014
    Red Wings rally late, top Penguins in OT
    By The Sports Xchange

    DETROIT -- After scoring only three goals in almost three games, the Detroit Red Wings got three in less than seven minutes.

    • Left winger Justin Abdelkader scored with 43.5 seconds left in overtime to complete a comeback from a two-goal deficit in the Red Wings' 4-3 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday.

      Pittsburgh led 3-1 until Detroit scored twice after pulling the goalie late in regulation.

      "We just hung around there, and I think we got better as the game went on and found a way," Abdelkader said. "It was the last three minutes to get a couple goals. We don't want to put ourselves in that situation because the chances of (a comeback) are pretty slim. I thought we worked hard, battled back, we had a lot of chances in the game, but we found a way there at the end to push it to overtime and got a win.

      "That was a huge two points. I think those games can kind of bring momentum for your team."

      Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall had two goals and an assist, and left winger Henrik Zetterberg contributed a goal and two assists for Detroit (4-1-2). Goaltender Jimmy Howard stopped 23 shots for the win.

      "We thought we had something going in the third, thought we had to keep going and put the puck in their end and hopefully we'll create some offense," Zetterberg said. "We got two late goals, and it was good."

      Right winger Pascal Dupuis, defenseman Olli Maatta and left winger Chris Kunitz scored for Pittsburgh (3-2-1). Left winger Blake Comeau had two assists, and goalie Thomas Greiss made 27 saves in his first game of the season.

      "Just finding a way," Penguins star center Sidney Crosby said. "You have to expect, when a team's down, they're going to be desperate and you have to be more desperate, especially with the talent and skill that they have."

      Abdelkader scored from the slot in the extra period, putting a shot high past Greiss and off the inside of the goal post. Zetterberg set up the play by separating a Pittsburgh player from the puck.

      "I was towards the end of my shift there," Abdelkader said. "Puck kind of squirted loose, I don't know if it was (center Pavel Datsyuk) or Z that got a stick on it, I think it was Z. I just kind of jumped in front of my guy, I don't think he saw me coming there from behind him. I wanted to get a shot off quick there. Got it up and just off the post and in."

      Zetterberg scored with Howard pulled for a sixth attacker with 2:39 left. Kronwall tied it, on his second goal of the night, with 39 seconds remaining.

      "The last few minutes we were just trying to throw everything we had at them," Kronwall said. "And tonight, (Datsyuk) made a great play there on the third goal, DK (defenseman Dan DeKeyser) a great pass to Hank for the second one, and we were able to find a way to get back. And of course it feels really good to see Abby get that last one."

      Kunitz gave the Penguins a 3-1 lead 8:29 into the second period when he beat Howard with a wrist shot from the top of the left circle. It was Kunitz's third goal of the season.

      The Penguins jumped out to a 2-0 lead and were ahead 2-1 after the first period.

      Dupuis opened the scoring 5:12 into the game when he converted a two-on-one rush with a wrist shot from the bottom of the left circle. It was Dupuis' third goal of the season.

      Maatta made it 2-0 with 8:06 left in the first period when he walked out of the left corner and his backhand shot trickled through Howard for his first goal of the season.

      Kronwall put Detroit on the board with five minutes remaining in the opening period with his first goal of the game and the season. He beat Greiss with a wrist shot from the high slot.

      NOTES: Detroit RW Johan Franzen is on the short-term injured reserve with a sore groin. He missed his third game. ... Pittsburgh LW Chris Kunitz played at Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Mich. ... The Red Wings haven't allowed a power-play goal this season, killing off 21 short-handed situations, including three Thursday. ... Detroit assistant coach Tony Granato was formerly an assistant with the Penguins for five seasons. ... C Stephen Weiss, F Dan Cleary and D Brian Lashoff were healthy scratches for Detroit. ... Pittsburgh scratched C Andrew Ebbett, D Scott Harrington and D Robert Bortuzzo.

  • Friday, October 24, 2014
    Isles' Boychuk enjoys winning return to Boston
    By The Sports Xchange

    BOSTON -- Johnny Boychuk was asked after Thursday night's game if he was glad the day was over.

    • "Yeah. Most definitely," he said after he and fellow ex-Bruin Chad Johnson returned to Boston with their new team and helped the New York Islanders earn a 3-2 victory.

      Boychuk, the long-time Bruins defenseman who was traded to New York before the start of the season for salary-cap reasons, played a strong game. Johnson, the Bruins backup goaltender last season, stopped 30 shots as the Islanders (5-2-0) ended a two-game losing streak.

      "It was a tough game. Just seeing across the ice and you're playing against your friends," Boychuk said. "But when you're on the ice, it's obviously business, and I'm just happy we got the two points and look forward to the next game."

      To make things worse for the Bruins, who had a two-game winning streak snapped and fell to 4-5-0, captain Zdeno Chara was lost in the first period to an undisclosed injury. Coach Claude Julien offered no specifics about the defenseman after the game.

      "We won't know anything until he sees the proper people in the medical staff," Julien said. "Nothing right now."

      Boston defenseman Dennis Seidenberg added, "He's the heart and soul of this team, and whatever it is, hopefully he's back soon."

      The Islanders held off a late Bruins charge to escape with the win, with Johnson making some big -- and athletic -- saves.

      "I don't want to have to be that athletic, but when the team came that hard at us, sometimes there's times when you kind of have to be in that situation," Johnson said. "That's sort of my ability is to not have to be making those real outrageous moves. But it was just a good win. I'm happy to be able to get those two points."

      Johnson, who signed a two-year contract as a free agent when it was clear Niklas Svedberg would be Boston's No. 2 goalie this season behind starting netminder Tuukka Rask, improved to 2-0-0 with his new team. He was 17-4-3 with a 2.10 goals-against average for Boston last year.

      Center Frans Nielsen (first goal of the season) and wingers Kyle Okposo (No. 3) and Cal Clutterbuck (No. 1) scored for the Islanders, beating Svedberg, who made 35 saves and fell to 1-2-0.

      "I'm satisfied with the effort, I'm satisfied for sure," Islanders coach Jack Capuano said. "Our guys battled and played hard. That's all that you can ask for."

      Left winger Milan Lucic, coming off a three-assist game, scored his first goal of the season for the Bruins, who came back and made it 3-2 on center Chris Kelly's second goal of the season midway through the third period. The Bruins then turned up the heat but couldn't tie the game.

      "It took us two periods to start playing, and then the third period was the period we all liked," Julien said. "It's unfortunate that it took us that long. You can't win hockey games just by playing a period in this league. Tonight, we tried, guys were really good at coming out in the third and really pushing hard, but unfortunately ran out of time."

      Center Josh Bailey, who assisted on Nielsen's goal, joined a growing Islanders injury list when he didn't return for the third period due to a hand injury.

      Chara left the game after laying a heavy hit on Islanders center John Tavares. Earlier in the period, Chara looked shaky and was victimized on New York's opening goal.

      Asked about Chara being out for any length of time, Boychuk said, "It would be tough, (but) eventually it's going to have to (happen). I don't know, maybe 10 years from now (Chara is 37), the way he plays the game, he's going to be around a long time. I just hope he's OK."

      Boychuk, who played a team-high 23:18, was a plus-1, hit a post and had a goal waved off, appreciated the reception from the fans and the video tribute the Bruins gave him in the first period.

      NOTES: Boston coach Claude Julien on Wednesday's Parliament tragedy: "That is home, so it did hit home. Ottawa is home for me, so I spent a good portion of the afternoon looking up at the CNN station ... It's unfortunate." The Bruins held a moment of silence, and both anthems were sung. ... New York D Travis Hamonic (upper body) and RW Michael Grabner (lower body) did not play, but D Lubomir Visnovsky (back spasms) made his season debut. ... Bruins rookie RW Seth Griffith recorded his first NHL assist one game after getting his first goal.