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  • Sunday, March 1, 2015
    Rangers snag Yandle from Coyotes for picks, prospects
    By The Sports Xchange

    The New York Rangers acquired defenseman Keith Yandle from the Arizona Coyotes for a significant collection of picks and prospects Sunday.

    • The Coyotes, who are reportedly picking up of half of Yandle's $5.25 salary for the rest of this season and next, get 19-year-old left wing prospect Anthony Duclair, 24-year-old defenseman John Moore, a first-round draft pick in 2016 and a second-round pick in 2015.

      "Anthony Duclair is a dynamic, skilled forward who has size, speed and offensive talent," Coyotes general manager Don Maloney said. "He will be a valuable addition to our organization."

      The Rangers also get 27-year-old defenseman Chris Summers, who split time between the Coyotes and their AHL affiliate in Portland, Ore., this season, and a 2016 fourth-round pick.

      The 28-year-old Yandle has four goals and 37 assists while playing just under 24 minutes a game in a top-four role with Arizona this season. He adds speed and puck-moving ability to the Rangers backend. In 558 NHL games, he has 311 points. Yandle also has the second-worst plus-minus rating in the NHL over the past two seasons at minus-55.

      "Keith Yandle was a terrific player and leader for us," Maloney said. "We would like to thank him for all his contributions to the organization over the past nine seasons. We wish him and his family all the best in the future."

      Duclair is one of the Rangers best prospects, while Moore is a talented but inconsistent player at this stage of his career.

      Duclair played 18 games with the Rangers this season, scoring a goal while adding six assists before being send to back to juniors. With the Quebec Remparts of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, he has nine goals and 16 assists in 19 games.

      Moore has a goal and five assists in 38 games with the Rangers this season.

      "John Moore is a young, strong skating, puck moving defenseman who will solidify our core group on the blue line," Maloney said.

  • Sunday, March 1, 2015
    Capitals acquire Glencross from Flames
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Washington Capitals acquired left wing Curtis Glencross from the Calgary Flames in exchange for a second-round and a third-round pick in the 2015 draft, the Capitals announced Sunday.

    • Glencross has nine goals and 19 assists in 53 games this season. His best season was 2011-2012, when he had 26 goals and 22 assists for the Flames.

      Glencross, 32, is in the last of year of his current contract. It carries a $2.55 million cap hit. No salary will be retained in the deal, according to ESPN.com.

      "Curtis is a player we coveted and we are pleased that he decided to waive his no-trade clause to join our team," general manager Brian MacLellan said in a statement from the club. "We felt we needed to get deeper and more experienced at the forward position. Curtis plays important minutes and his presence on-and-off the ice will benefit our young forwards."

      Glencross has 268 points (130 goals, 138 assists) in 489 career NHL games with Anaheim, Columbus, Edmonton and Calgary.

      The Capitals retain Buffalo's third-round pick in the 2015 draft, acquired last season as part of a trade.

  • Sunday, March 1, 2015
    Blue Jackets sign Heatherington
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Columbus Blue Jackets signed defenseman Dillon Heatherington, a second-round pick in the 2013 NHL Draft, to a three-year entry level contract, the team announced Sunday.

    • Heatherington, 19, has a goal and 11 assists in 38 games with the Swift Current Broncos of the Western Hockey League this season.

      He had six goals and 29 assists and a +24 plus/minus rating in 2013-2014.

  • Sunday, March 1, 2015
    Flames place Giordano on IR
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Calgary Flames placed captain and defenseman Mark Giordano on injured reserve Sunday.

    • Giordano sustained an upper-body injury Wednesday in the Flames' 3-1 win against the New Jersey Devils after he was taken down by Devils forward Steve Bernier. Although he took part in pregame warm-ups, Giordano missed the game Friday against the New York Islanders.

      Giordano's 48 points are tied with P.K. Subban of the Montreal Canadiens for tops among NHL defenseman. His average ice time of 25:10 per game is second on the Flames and 11th in the League.

      The Flames also claimed defenseman David Schlemko off waivers from the Dallas Stars.

      Schlemko, a native of Edmonton, Alberta, has played 25 games this season for Dallas and the Arizona Coyotes, recording one goal and three assists. The 27-year-old blueliner is a veteran of 212 NHL games, recording 50 points (nine goals, 41 assists) and 76 penalty minutes.

  • Sunday, March 1, 2015
    Ducks reassign F Wagner
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Anaheim Ducks reassigned forward Chris Wagner to the Norfolk Admirals of the American Hockey League on Sunday.

    • Wagner, 23, appeared in his third career NHL game on Friday night against the Los Angeles Kings, going scoreless while winning eight of 13 faceoff attempts.

      Selected in the fifth round of the 2010 NHL Draft, Wagner has collected 26 points (13 goals, 13 assists) with 54 penalty minutes in 41 games for Norfolk this season.

  • Sunday, March 1, 2015
    Capitals reassign Schilling, Volpatti
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Washington Capitals reassigned defenseman Cameron Schilling and forward Aaron Volpatti to the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League on Sunday.

    • Schilling, 26, appeared in three NHL games with the Capitals this season. The Carmel, Ind., made his season debut on Feb. 6 against Anaheim. Schilling has recorded 13 points (two goals, 11 assists) and 42 penalty minutes in 45 games with Hershey this season and has earned 45 points (12 goals, 33 assists) and 206 penalty minutes in 192 career AHL games. Schilling signed with Washington as a free agent on March 27, 2012.

      Volpatti, 29, played in two games with the Capitals this season after missing the first 27 games with an upper-body injury. The Revelstoke, British Columbia, native scored two goals and registered 49 penalty minutes in a career-high 41 games with the Capitals last season. Volpatti recorded seven points (five goals, two assists) and 137 penalty minutes in 114 career NHL games with Vancouver and Washington. Washington claimed Volpatti on waivers from Vancouver on Feb. 23, 2013.

  • Sunday, March 1, 2015
    Leafs claim D Erixon off waivers
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Toronto Maple Leafs claimed defenseman Tim Erixon off waivers from the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday.

    • Erixon, 24, has played for both the Blackhawks and Columbus Blue Jackets this season. The Port Chester, N.Y., native was held pointless in eight games with the Blackhawks and registered six points (one goal, five assists) in 19 games with the Blue Jackets earlier this year. Erixon was originally drafted by the Calgary Flames in the first round (23rd overall) of 2009 NHL Draft.

  • Sunday, March 1, 2015
    Jets activate F Wheeler
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Winnipeg Jets activated forward Blake Wheeler from injured reserve Sunday.

    • Wheeler, the Jets' third-leading scorer, missed the last two games with a knee injury. He has 44 points (16 goals, 28 assists) in 61 games.

      The Jets also reassigned forward Carl Klingberg to the St. John's IceCaps of the American Hockey League.

      Klingberg, 24, appeared in two games for the Jets on his recall. He has played in 51 games this season with the St. John's IceCaps, collecting 30 points (15 goals, 15 assists) and 41 penalty minutes. The product of Gothenburg, Sweden, was originally drafted by the Atlanta Thrashers in the second round (34th overall) of the 2009 NHL Draft.

  • Sunday, March 1, 2015
    Coyotes reassign Samuelsson, Reese
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Arizona Coyotes assigned forward Henrik Samuelsson and defenseman Dylan Reese to the Portland Pirates of the American Hockey League on Sunday.

    • Samuelsson, 21, has appeared in two games with the Coyotes this season. The 6-foot-3, 208-pound native of Pittsburgh skated in 9:33 in his NHL debut against the New York Rangers on Thursday night. Samuelsson has registered 25 points (10 goals, 15 assists) and 38 penalty minutes in 50 games with the Pirates. He was originally drafted by the Coyotes in the first round (27th overall) of the 2012 NHL Draft.

      Reese, 30, has played in one game with the Coyotes this season. The 6-0, 201-pound native of Pittsburgh has recorded 25 points (six goals, 19 assists) with a plus-11 rating in 51 games with Portland. Reese was drafted by the Rangers in the seventh round of the 2003 draft.

  • Sunday, March 1, 2015
    Hoffman lifts Senators to fifth straight win
    By The Sports Xchange

    SAN JOSE, Calif. -- This time it wasn't all Andrew Hammond. This time the Ottawa Senators recent hero got some help.

    • Defenseman Mike Hoffman's scored a tie-breaking power-play goal in the third period and added an empty-netter late to send the streaking Senators to a 4-2 win over the San Jose Sharks at sold-out SAP Center on Saturday night.

      "Even though we were down most of the game, we kept going and going and capitalized on the opportunities they gave us," Ottawa defenseman Erik Karlsson said. "And again Hammer (Hammond) played pretty good for us."

      Hammond, like the Senators, won for the fifth straight time as Ottawa continued its late-season march toward a possible playoff spot.

      "It's fun, I don't think winning ever gets old," said Hammond, who made 28 saves including all seven in the third. "It's starting to become more about the team now and to see everybody else enjoying it like I am is pretty cool too."

      The Sharks, who let a one-goal lead through 40 minutes turn into a regulation loss for a second straight game, lost for the eighth straight time at home for the first time since Feb. 18-March 26, 1995.

      "I can't tell you where we take it right now," said a downcast Sharks coach Todd McLellan in an almost foreboding manner. "We need some time to sleep on it. To go in again and have another pow-wow, and to do all the kind of stuff, that's getting old, getting old."

      San Jose defenseman Brenden Dillon tripped one-time Shark Milan Michalek at 7:17 to give the Senators their fateful power play when the game was still tied 2-2. Ottawa went two for three with the man advantage after going 0 for 11 in the last three on the power play.

      "It ended up being right in my wheelhouse," Hoffman said of a fateful bounce off the end boards at 7:59. "I was just hoping I'd hit the net because sometimes you never know how much spin's on the puck or whatever. I got pretty good wood on it."

      A power-play goal by left winger Patrick Marleau gave the Sharks a 2-1 lead in the second period and helped to stem the momentum Ottawa was building after an underwhelming first period.

      Ottawa center Colin Greening sent Sharks right winger Tommy Wingels into the boards to draw the minor and Marleau converted 22 seconds later at 13:19 with his 451st career goal. But that was all the offense the struggling Sharks could muster.

      "I don't know if it's a killer instinct we lack," Wingels said. "We don't know how to play with the lead right now, I don't know what it is. But it's frustrating."

      Outplayed early, the Senators regrouped at the outset of the second period and gained the equalizer at 7:29 on their second straight power play. Karlsson scored his 15th goal of the season, on a one-timer after from the right circle past Sharks goalie Antti Niemi.

      "It's a well-played game from us," Karlsson said. "They came out string in the first and we didn't have much. We stuck to it. We didn't get too rattled about it and we played the same way."

      For the second straight game, the Sharks came out strong in the first period, scoring the only goal and outshooting the visitors 12-10 in the process.

      Just as in the Sharks' loss Thursday to Detroit, Saturday's goal came early as Wingels notched his 13th with a strong effort in front. He stick-handled from backhand to forehand and beat Hammond in close. The goal halted his shutout streak at 174:49, or roughly 10 minutes shy of the Senators' record.

      Still, it wasn't enough for the hosts.

      "Look at the standings and we've been getting a little bit of help," Sharks forward Joe Pavelski said. "They want us to be in it. So that's encouraging. But enough's enough. When we get these chances we need to do a little more with them."

      NOTES: San Jose C Logan Couture was fined the NHL max $5,000 on Friday for slew-footing Detroit D Brendan Smith late in Thursday's loss. ... LW Tye McGinn was activated off injured reserve and appeared Saturday for the first time since Jan. 31. Rookie C Chris Tierney was sent to Worcester of the AHL. ... Ottawa's five-game trip continues Tuesday in St. Paul against the Minnesota Wild while the Sharks next host Montreal on Monday. ... Ottawa C Curtis Lazar was ill Saturday. Senators D Jared Cowen was a healthy scratch. ... LW John Scott, RW Tyler Kennedy and D Mirco Mueller were San Jose's healthy scratches.

  • Sunday, March 1, 2015
    NHL roundup: Red Wings rally to edge Predators
    By The Sports Xchange

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Detroit Red Wings ended a six-game trip on a high note against the NHL's top team, scoring two goals to rally for a 4-3 win over the Nashville Predators on Saturday at sold-out Bridgestone Arena.

    • Left winger Tomas Tatar scored the winning goal at 9:06 of the third period.

      Defenseman Alexey Marchenko scored his first NHL goal in 13 games, and defenseman Brendan Smith and left winger Drew Miller also scored as Detroit won its second straight.

      Centers Matt Cullen and Mike Fisher and defenseman Shea Weber had goals for Nashville, which lost consecutive games in regulation for the first time this season.

      With 81 points, Detroit is just six behind Montreal for the Eastern Conference's top spot. The Canadiens beat Toronto on Saturday.

      "Obviously, we've got a good team," Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said. "We've got good guys who play hard and with structure, and we compete. When you compete, you give yourself a chance."

      Devils 2, Blue Jackets 0

      COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Goaltender Cory Schneider made 33 saves for his 16th career shutout.

      Defenseman Andy Greene and center Travis Zajac scored for the Devils, who withstood a furious rally from the Blue Jackets in the third period.

      The Jackets outshot the Devils 16-5 in the third period, but Schneider stood strong in net.

      New Jersey is 5-1-1 in its last seven games but had lost three straight games on the road.

      The Blue Jackets lost their fifth straight and were shut out for the fourth time this season. They fell to 12-17-2 at Nationwide Arena this season.

      Panthers 5, Sabres 3

      SUNRISE, Fla. -- In Jaromir Jagr's debut, Florida put up its best score in 10 games.

      Brandon Pirri scored twice and Scottie Upshall tallied the go-ahead goal with 5:58 left.

      Acquired from New Jersey on Thursday, the 43-year-old Jagr took three shots in 17 minutes as the Panthers outshot the Sabres 47-14.

      Nick Bjugstad and Derek MacKenzie also scored for Florida, which snapped a four-game losing streak and improved to 4-0-1 against the Sabres this season.

      Torrey Mitchell, Andrej Meszaros and Cody Hodgson scored for Buffalo, which lost for the first time in three games.

      Bruins 4, Coyotes 1

      BOSTON -- Left wingers Milan Lucic and Brad Marchand, center Patrice Bergeron and defenseman Zdeno Chara each delivered a goal and an assist as Boston ended a three-game home losing streak.

      The Bruins chased Arizona goalie Mike Smith (3-9 against Boston) in the second period of their sixth straight victory over the Coyotes.

      The Coyotes have lost their last nine games. They finished a four-game road trip without a point, scoring five goals in the four games.

      Hurricanes 5, Islanders 3

      UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- Center Jay McClement posted the fourth two-goal game of his career as Carolina rode a four-goal second period.

      Defenseman Justin Faulk scored the go-ahead goal 1:26 into the second for the Hurricanes, and center Brad Malone and defenseman Michal Jordan put the game away for Carolina by scoring within a span of 2:06 late in the period.

      Goalie Cam Ward had 21 saves for the Hurricanes, who have won three straight and four of their last five.

      Canadiens 4, Maple Leafs 0

      MONTREAL -- Center Manny Malhotra's first goal of the season made him the 500th player in a Montreal uniform to score and center David Desharnais scored twice and notched his 200th NHL point to propel the Canadiens to their fourth straight win.

      Goaltender Carey Price made 30 saves for Montreal, picking up his sixth shutout and league-leading 36th win of the season.

      Jonathan Bernier stopped 19 shots for the Maple Leafs, who haven't tasted victory on the road since Dec. 31 in Boston.

      Flyers 4, Rangers 2

      PHILADELPHIA -- Defenseman Michael Del Zotto scored a tiebreaking goal early in the third period and goaltender Steve Mason made 34 saves as Philadelphia snapped a two-game losing streak.

      Right winger Matt Reads and Wayne Simmonds and left winger Michael Raffl also scored as the Flyers moved six points behind Boston for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

      Center J.T. Miller and defenseman John Moore scored for the Rangers, who had their four-game winning streak snapped.

      Wild 3, Avalanche 1

      DENVER -- Goaltender Devan Dubynk helped Minnesota continue its surge in the standings with a 33-save performance at Colorado.

      Since being acquired from Arizona on Jan. 14, Dubnyk has started every game and the Wild are 15-3-2.

      Center Erik Haula scored and right wingers Erik Haula and Justin Fontaine also had goals for Minnesota, which is within a point of Winnipeg for the first wild card in the Western Conference.

      Center Maxime Talbot scored for Colorado, which is eight points behind Minnesota.

      Blues 2, Oilers 1

      EDMONTON, Alberta -- Center Paul Stastny scored the tiebreaking goal with 5:40 remaining in the third period and St. Louis held off Edmonton.

      Right winger Dimitrij Jaskin also scored and goaltender Brian Elliott made 21 saves as the Blues beat the Oilers for the 11th time in 12 meetings.

      Defenseman Justin Schultz scored for Edmonton, which is 18-35-10.

      Senators 4, Sharks 2

      SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Defenseman Mike Hoffman scored a power-play goal 7:59 into the third period and Ottawa handed San Jose its eighth straight home defeat.

      Defenseman Erik Karlsson also scored on the power play and Hoffman added an empty-netter as Ottawa won its fifth straight. Right winger Mark Stone had a goal and center Kyle Turris collected two assists for the Senators.

      Centers Tommy Wingels and Patrick Marleau scored for the Sharks, who have lost eight straight at home for the first time since Feb. 18-March 26, 1995.

  • Sunday, March 1, 2015
    Minnesota wins wild one against Colorado
    By The Sports Xchange

    DENVER -- The Minnesota Wild boosted their playoff prospects and put a dent in the postseason hopes of the Colorado Avalanche.

    • Goaltender Devan Dubnyk made 33 saves, center Erik Haula and right winger Justin Fontaine had a goal and an assist each and the Wild continued their mastery of Colorado with a 3-1 win on Saturday night.

      Right winger Jason Pominville also scored for Minnesota, which moved within a point of Winnipeg for the first wild card in the Western Conference.

      Dubnyk has been the catalyst for Minnesota's surge in the standings. Since he was acquired from Arizona on Jan. 14, the Wild are 15-3-2 and he has started every game.

      "My body feels good," Dubnyk said. "We had a ways to climb up. It's single game playoffs for us the rest of the year."

      Center Maxime Talbot scored and goaltender Semyon Varlamov stopped 28 shots for Colorado.

      The Avalanche avoided a fourth straight shutout loss to the Wild but suffered a big setback in their bid to rally for a playoff spot. Colorado is eight points behind Minnesota (33-22-7) with 19 games left.

      "This was a step back ... but we’ll keep pushing,” right winger Jarome Iginla said. "This one tonight hurts. We were trying to close it to four points."

      The game had a playoff feel and the intensity was evident, especially in the third period. Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon suffered a broken nose after a hit by Minnesota left winger Sean Bergenheim midway through.

      "It's an elbow," Colorado left winger Gabriel Landeskog said. "It doesn't matter what league it is, it's an elbow straight to the nose. The referees, I don't know where they're looking. That's frustration right there. That certainly p----- everybody off in this room when you see that."

      That anger erupted in the final 3.3 seconds when Avalanche right winger Cody McLeod ran through Minnesota center Mikael Granlund. Defenseman Charlie Coyle went after McLeod, who was given three penalties, including a 10-minute misconduct.

      "That's garbage is what it is," Wild coach Mike Yeo said. "You could feel it was going that way all game long. They were obviously very emotional all game long. I thought in an emotional-type game. We did a good job of keeping our focus. I really think that was the difference at the end."

      In between the hits and fights, the Wild took control after the Avalanche (27-25-11) scored their first goal of the season on the Wild with a strange play in a busy second period.

      Talbot's dump in from near the blue line went off the boards and at Dubnyk's right skate. The goaltender braced as McLeod skated at him and his right leg went over the line as McLeod came into the crease. The referee on the ice waved off the goal, but an official review overturned the decision to tie the score at 1.

      It was Colorado's first goal in 201:32 against the Wild this season.

      "The ruling, I guess, was that McLeod had nothing to do with me going into the net, which is somewhat mind-boggling," Dubnyk said.

      The second period was filled with action. Colorado killed off defenseman Brad Stuart's cross-checking penalty, but a bad line change led to Fontaine's goal 11 seconds after the Avalanche returned to full strength that made it 2-1.

      Pominville put it away with his 13th goal of the season at 5:50 of the third period to make it 3-1.

      "We felt we deserved a better result than what we had," Avalanche coach Patrick Roy said. "Unfortunately, we made a few costly mistakes. A bad line change on the second goal should have put the puck deep on the third. That's the type of year we're going through."

      There were seven penalties whistled in the period, four of them in a span of 2:18. Both teams had power-play chances wiped away by a penalty call, but the Avalanche ended up with 40 seconds of a two-man advantage.

      The Wild went ahead midway through the first period when Haula's sharp-angled shot from the left side snuck between Varlamov and the post to make it 1-0. It was his seventh goal of the season.

      NOTES: Avalanche C Daniel Briere was a healthy scratch a night after playing for the first time in seven games. ... Minnesota's shutout wins in the first three meetings was the first time it has been done in franchise history. The Wild is the first team to get three straight shutouts against an opponent in the same season since 2007-08. ... Avalanche C Matt Duchene played in his 400th NHL game on Saturday night. ... Wild D Jared Spurgeon missed his fifth straight game with a head injury. ... Colorado recalled D Karl Stollery from Lake Erie of the AHL. He was a healthy scratch.

  • Sunday, March 1, 2015
    Blues squeak past Oilers 2-1
    By The Sports Xchange

    EDMONTON, Alberta -- The St. Louis Blues survived an unexpected scare Saturday night when one of their longtime punching bags pushed them to the brink at Rexall Place.

    • Paul Stastny scored the tiebreaking goal with 5:40 remaining in the third period and the Blues posted a 2-1 victory after surviving furious pressure when Edmonton pulled its goalie in the final minute.

      "They have a lot of skill, but the way we play and the personnel and the skill we have, our hard work and structure should take care of business a little easier than that," St. Louis goalie Brian Elliott said. "We made it a little harder on ourselves than it needed to be, but in this league, anyone can win on any night.

      "It was an unbelievable goal by Stastny to kind of seal it and a couple of blocked shots at the end, guys were doing the things at the end to make us successful."

      The Blues had won 10 of their last 11 games against the Oilers, who were without Taylor Hall, Anton Lander and Jeff Petry. Edmonton also was down to 11 forwards two minutes into the first period after Iiro Pakarinen got hurt.

      So this was shaping up to be another lopsided St. Louis victory.

      It didn't work out that way.

      The Blues, who outshot the Oilers 70-31 into the first two games this season, didn't get their first shot of the game until 8:47 and were held to one shot in the first 11 minutes of the second period as the short-staffed underdogs put up their best fight in years.

      "We have a lot of injuries here, but a lot of other guys are stepping up," said defenseman Justin Schultz, who scored the only Oilers goal. "It was a great game. It's too bad we couldn't find a way to win. We've had a lot of one-goal losses this year. It's something we have to figure out."

      The Oilers, after being whipped by St. Louis so many times in the past, were happy they made a game of it but crushed that they let an upset slip through their fingers.

      "We were in there, we were in the game," Oilers right winger Jordan Eberle said. "Good first, good, second, we had the momentum in the game, had a good couple of kills, but they found a way to win.

      "They're a good team. We just couldn't find a way to score and be that team. The way we were playing, it was anybody's game. We had a chance to win it. We just couldn't bear down and do it."

      St. Louis took a 1-0 lead into the first intermission on a goal from right winger Dimitrij Jaskin at 12:11, but the Oilers tied it after 40 minutes when Schultz put a point shot through traffic and past Elliott at 6:31 of the second.

      After that, it's was anyone's game.

      "I thought we played them well," Eberle said. "We were competing, the battle level was there. We just have to find a way to score. In a one-goal game, you have to find a way because it's either going to be us or them."

      The Blues are chasing the Nashville Predators for first place in their division and an easier opponent in the first round of the playoffs, so they had a lot more to play for than the Oilers did.

      The win, which improved the Blues' record to 40-18-4, moved them within five points of the Predators.

      "From the 10-minute mark of the second period, we really started to amp it up and started to play very well," St. Louis coach Ken Hitchcock said. "I'm concerned about our slow starts. We're going to get challenged in the next three or four hockey games and we're going to have to find a way to get into a our game a little faster."

      The Oilers, who just beat another longtime nemesis in Minnesota, fell to 18-35-10.

      NOTES: Oilers D Jeff Petry was held out of Edmonton's final game before the trade deadline, a sure sign that the impending unrestricted free agent will be on the move before Monday. ... Oilers RW Nail Yakupov returned to Edmonton's lineup after missing one game with a groin injury. ... Oilers RW Benoit Pouliot, with 13 goals on the season, is still in the race for the Oilers scoring lead despite missing 21 games this season with two different injuries. ... Blues D Jay Bouwmeester played the 900th game of his NHL career Saturday night in his hometown of Edmonton. ... Blues RW Vladimir Tarasenko is the youngest St. Louis player to hit 30 goals and 60 points since Brendan Shanahan in 1991-92. Twenty-five of his 31 goals have come at even strength. ... The Blues allowed the Oilers to score two or more goals in just three of last 12 meetings.

  • Sunday, March 1, 2015
    Del Zotto scores game-winner against former team
    By The Sports Xchange

    PHILADELPHIA -- Michael Del Zotto's latest clutch goal felt better than any other.

    • The defenseman scored a tiebreaking goal early in the third period, goaltender Steve Mason made 34 saves and the Philadelphia Flyers beat the New York Rangers 4-2 on Saturday night.

      Del Zotto was New York's first-round pick in 2008 and played four-plus seasons for the Rangers until he was traded to Nashville last year.

      "It felt pretty nice, be lying if I said it didn't," said Del Zotto, who had the winning goal Sunday against Washington. "Any time you're in a spot for four and a half years, you're there quite a bit, ending up going to another place and maybe went a little sour at the end. Just goes along with the attitude. I came into the offseason and knew I would have to prove people wrong. I know there were a lot of people doubting me out there and I kind of having that attitude each day."

      Right wingers Matt Read and Wayne Simmonds and left winger Michael Raffl also scored goals to help the Flyers (27-25-11) snap a two-game losing streak and move within six points of Boston for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

      Center J.T. Miller and defenseman John Moore scored New York's goals. The Rangers (38-17-6) had their four-game winning streak snapped and remained two points behind the Metropolitan Division-leading New York Islanders.

      Del Zotto gave the Flyers a 3-2 lead 1:19 into the third period on a short-handed goal. With center Claude Giroux in the penalty box for slashing, Del Zotto jumped into the offensive zone, took a crossing pass from center Sean Couturier and blasted a shot into the top corner for his eighth goal of the season.

      "He's got a good offensive hockey sense," Couturier said of Del Zotto. "He knows where to go in those open areas and has the good timing to do it. Lately, he's been doing a lot and getting big goals for us, and that's huge."

      Mason preserved the one-goal advantage with a flurry of brilliant saves with just under seven minutes remaining. He slid across the crease right to left to kick aside left winger Rick Nash's shot from the side of the net seconds after stopping right winger Mat Zuccarello's rebound.

      "They were more like desperation saves," Mason said. "I'm not sure if I can remember all seven of them, but there was a big one on Rick Nash where I came across with my left skate. That was a good test for the knee there. Up until that point, the knee had kind of been in the back of my mind. That was a good test to let it go."

      Simmonds fired his 25th goal into an empty net with three seconds on the clock.

      Rangers goalie Cam Talbot stopped all 57 shots he faced against the Flyers in two shutout wins earlier this season. He made 30 saves in this one.

      "We had some opportunities in the third there. Mason made some big saves," Talbot said. "That one he made (on Nash) kind of changed the game for them. Sometimes you gotta come up against a hot goalie and make some big saves. We just weren't able to put one by them in the third."

      Moore put the Rangers up 2-1 in the second period on his first goal of the season. Moore's one-timer off a pass from left winger Tanner Glass hit Flyers defenseman Braydon Coburn's skate and trickled behind Mason.

      The Flyers tied it at 2-2 less than three minutes later on Raffl's 14th goal of the season. Raffl tipped Coburn's shot past Talbot.

      Read gave the Flyers a 1-0 lead midway through the first period.

      He started a rush by blocking defenseman Dan Boyle's shot in Philadelphia's zone and skating down the left wing. Read played tic-tac-toe with right winger Jakub Voracek and Couturier. Couturier's shot bounced near the side of the net, Read knocked the puck down and wristed it in for his sixth goal of the season.

      Just 24 seconds later, Miller scored his sixth goal of the season on a backhander off a perfect pass from left winger Carl Hagelin.

      "We were playing against a team that was desperate," Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said. "I always like 2-2 on the road going into the third. Unfortunately I don't say that very often about any parts of our game but our power-play got outworked tonight and they got their go-ahead goal and we got some looks after, but we weren't good enough tonight."

      NOTES: The Flyers and Rangers met for the final time in the regular season and first time since Nov. 29.They played three games in a span of 11 days earlier in the season. The Rangers went 3-0, outscoring the Flyers, 10-2, with two shutout victories. ... The Flyers traded D Kimmo Timonen to Chicago on Friday night. He was expected to make his season debut for the Flyers against the Rangers after being sidelined because of blood clots in his lung. ... Rangers G Cam Talbot started his fourth straight game and 11th out of 12 since Henrik Lundqvist sustained a neck injury. ... The Flyers play host to Calgary on Tuesday. The Rangers are home against Nashville on Monday.

  • Saturday, February 28, 2015
    Canadiens blank Maple Leafs for fourth straight win
    By The Sports Xchange

    MONTREAL -- A couple of milestone moments helped the Montreal Canadiens extend their winning streak to four games.

    • Center Manny Malhotra's first goal of the season made him the 500th player in a Montreal uniform to score while center David Desharnais notched his 200th NHL point to propel the Canadiens to a 4-0 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday night at Bell Centre.

      "I waited long enough, yeah," a laughing Malhotra said of his first tally since April 13, 2014, when he was a member of the Carolina Hurricanes. "Obviously it's nice to contribute on the offensive side of things. It gets more and more frustrating the longer the games go by and you're not on the offensive side of things. It came at a good time and fortunately we're continuing our winning ways."

      Goaltender Carey Price made 30 saves for Montreal (41-16-5), picking up his sixth shutout and league-leading 36th win of the season.

      Jonathan Bernier stopped 19 shots for the Maple Leafs (25-32-5), who haven't tasted victory on the road since Dec. 31 in Boston.

      "We started the way we wanted to play," Toronto captain Dion Phaneuf said. "Then we come back in after the first 20 minutes and we're down two goals, but we did a lot of good things, too. I think we probably outchanced them in the first period and we did a lot of things.

      "They're a good team. They're at the top of the East for a reason."

      Center Tomas Plekanec also scored for Montreal, which has won five straight against Toronto.

      Malhotra broke the scoreless deadlock with his long-awaited first goal of the season at 5:00 of the first period. Right winger Dale Weise picked up the puck at the Toronto blue line, skating with defenseman Roman Polak on his back before leaving a no-look drop pass for Malhotra.

      Malhotra skated to the slot and fired one past Bernier, picking up his second point in as many games.

      Plekanec doubled Montreal's lead at 12:57 on a delayed penalty. Defenseman Andrei Markov found Plekanec outside the Leafs' blue line with a stretch pass through the neutral zone. The Habs' center made his way untouched into the Toronto zone and wired a wrist shot from the left circle.

      Desharnais' 200th NHL point made it 3-0. The Canadiens intercepted Toronto's clearing attempt and Bernier stopped the subsequent shot, but the puck was loose in the crease. Right winger Brendan Gallagher got a piece of it before Desharnais, to the left of the cage, tucked home his 10th goal of the season at 1:02 of the third period.

      Bernier argued to officials that he was interfered with, but the goal stood.

      "We played well. I thought we dominated the game," the Leafs' netminder said. "We made a few mistakes and, personally, it was probably one of the worst calls I've seen on the third goal. Gallagher just pushed me in and the goal was good. It's really frustrating."

      Leafs coach Peter Horachek pulled Bernier for the extra attacker with just over 4 1/2 minutes remaining in the third period and Desharnais sealed the game with an empty-net goal at 17:28.

      "At the end of the season you see how your year went," said Desharnais, who has collected points in 10 of his last 14 games. "There are ups and downs, and now I'm picking up points. Maybe it wasn't our best game; but, in those kinds of games, you have to make the most of your chances, and that's what we did tonight."

      NOTES: Injured in the last meeting against the Maple Leafs two weeks ago, Canadiens D Sergei Gonchar returned to the lineup after missing six games. ... Toronto RW Phil Kessel holds the NHL's fifth-longest active streak of games played as he suited up for his 426th consecutive game. ... Sidelined for the last 18 games while recovering from a concussion, Montreal RW Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau was cleared to play. But he was scratched along with D Mike Weaver. ... Toronto C Trevor Smith missed his fifth straight game with a lower-body injury. ... The game was the third of four meetings between the Canadiens and Maple Leafs, who will complete their season series when they close out the season April 11 in Toronto.

  • Saturday, February 28, 2015
    Blackhawks acquire Vermette from Coyotes
    By The Sports Xchange

    Four days after losing leading scorer Patrick Kane to a broken clavicle, the Chicago Blackhawks made an attempt to replace some of his offense by acquiring center Antoine Vermette from the struggling Arizona Coyotes on Saturday night.

    • The Coyotes will receive a first-round draft pick in this year's draft and a prospect.

      Kane was placed on injured reserve Wednesday and is expected to be out for at least 12 weeks. He might return if Chicago makes an extended postseason run, but the injury increased the need for a veteran center.

      Kane was injured at 7:49 of the first period of the Blackhawks' 3-2 win on Tuesday when he was slammed on a cross-check by Florida defenseman Alex Petrovic.

      Vermette has 13 goals and 22 assists in 63 games this season. The 32-year-old was leading Arizona forwards in ice time at 18:54 per game and was the best Coyotes forward in terms of ice time on power plays and in penalty-killing situations.

      He was not made aware of the deal until after speaking with the media following Arizona's 4-1 loss at Boston.

      "I don't know what I am thinking." Vermette said. "It's obviously a strange position, and it's not a fun one. ... It's not the position you want to be; it's a little strange."

      Vermette is going from a team that has lost nine straight to a team that has 79 points and is third in the Central Division.

      Vermette reached the Stanley Cup finals in 2007 with the Ottawa Senators. He has 194 goals and 236 assists in 815 regular-season games and nine goals and nine assists in 58 playoff games for the Senators, Columbus Blue Jackets and Coyotes.

      He had spent the last three-plus seasons with the Coyotes, who acquired him from Columbus in 2012.

      The Blackhawks sent defenseman Klas Dahlbeck to the Coyotes. A third-round pick of Chicago in 2011, Dahlbeck has appeared in four games with the Blackhawks this season and has 10 points in 49 games with Rockford of the AHL.

  • Saturday, February 28, 2015
    Bruins head into deadline with win over Coyotes
    By The Sports Xchange

    BOSTON -- With the NHL trade deadline looming the Boston Bruins having really didn't know what to expect in terms of what help might be coming to help a playoff push.

    • And down the TD Garden hall Saturday night, the Arizona Coyotes didn't know which teammates would be gone in a deadline sell-off.

      According to multiple reports, the first one to go is center Antoine Vermette, traded to the Chicago Blackhawks after the game.

      "You try to put all that in the back of your head, you try not to think about it too much just because it's stuff you can't control." said Bruins right winger Reilly Smith, whose two assists helped the Bruins to a 4-1 victory over the hapless Coyotes.

      "You want to stick together with the group that you're with, but things happen and things are out of your control. I think we did a good job playing for each other in the last five or six games and try to keep this squad together."

      Vermette, the name most often mentioned as he leaving Arizona didn't know what to expect when the game ended and he received an embrace from captain Shane Doan.

      "I don't know what I am thinking." Vermette said well before the reports broke. "It's obviously a strange position, and it's not a fun one, it's not the way you see it you know as a group here. It's not the position you want to be, it's a little strange."

      Asked about Doan's action, Vermette said, "Oh it's been great, I mean it's tough, I don't want to spend too much myself on that. It's a special group, special guys and you know we'll see what's going to happen but, I made some friends here."

      Bruins center Chris Kelly knows Vermette from being teammates in Ottawa and said, "Obviously it's a difficult time. You guys (the media) love it. But it's tough, especially guys with families to uproot midseason and things like that. But I played with Vermy for a few years in Ottawa and we're still good friends. He's a great player, he plays every key position. He plays a power play, he kills penalties and (he's) just a quality guy.

      "He's been around a long time and any team that gets him I think they're going to be extremely happy with what they get."

      The Bruins hit the deadline with wins at New Jersey Friday night and then at home as the Coyotes lost their ninth in a row. The victories helped solidify Boston's hold on the second wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference.

      With Florida also winning, Boston remained four points ahead of the Panthers.

      The Bruins, who opened a four-game homestand and ended a three-game home losing streak, were never in trouble in this game.

      Five players all posted two points for the Bruins.

      Left wingers Milan Lucic and Brad Marchand, center Patrice Bergeron and defenseman Zdeno Chara each delivered a goal and an assist and Smith the pair of assists.

      "We've got a good team in here," Marchand said when asked about the deadline. "We believe in this group of guys. It's part of the game when guys move around and guys come in and out. Regardless of what happens we're gonna remain confident within our team."

      Goaltender Tuukka Rask, who missed Friday's game because of illness, saw a bid for his third shutout of the season ended with 9:39 left.

      The Bruins chased Arizona goalie Mike Smith (3-9 lifetime against Boston) in the second period of their sixth straight victory over the Coyotes, with two of the wins coming this season by a combined score of 9-3.

      Winger Martin Erat deflected a shot by Doan out of the air and past Rask, who made 31 saves in his 25th win of the season, to get the Coyotes on the board.

      The Coyotes finished a four-game road trip without a point, scoring five goals in the four games, three of them when they squandered a 3-1 lead against the New York Rangers on Thursday.

      "You have to be embarrassed," said Doan. "I don't care how old you are, you have to be really embarrassed. You better be really embarrassed."

      Backup goaltender Louis Domingue stopped all 14 shots he faced in relief of Mike Smith, whose mistake chasing a loose puck gave Lucic the first goal of the game.

      NOTES: D Keith Yandle, who is always the subject of Arizona trade rumors, assisted on the Coyotes only goal. ... G Jeremy Smith, who dressed as Niklas Svedberg's backup with Tuukka Rask sick Friday night, was returned to Providence. ... C Mark Arcobello, who has played for and posted at least one point for four teams this season, played in his 100th NHL game. ... Yandle came into the game leading NHL defensemen in power play assists (24) and points (26). His team came in second in the league in road power play goals (23). ... The Coyotes return home to open a six-game homestand (nine of the next 10 are at home) against the Anaheim Ducks on Tuesday, and the Bruins host the Calgary Flames on Thursday.

  • Saturday, February 28, 2015
    Red Wings end road swing with comeback win
    By The Sports Xchange

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- In the last game of a six-game road trip which took the Detroit Red Wings across three time zones over 11 days, the temptation to mail in the third period after blowing a 2-0 second period lead was there.

    • But Detroit made sure it ended the trip on a high against the NHL's top team, potting two goals to rally for a 4-3 win over the Nashville Predators Saturday at sold-out Bridgestone Arena.

      Defenseman Alexey Marchenko tied it at 3:56 with his first goal in 13 NHL games, a wrister from the right faceoff circle. Left winger Tomas Tatar supplied the game-winner at 9:06, a backhander on the power play for his 25th goal of the season.

      "I was actually trying to pass the puck," Tatar said, "and I think it hit off someone's skate and bounced in the goal. We've been playing really good hockey."

      Indeed, the Red Wings (35-15-11) finished their winding excursion at 4-1-1 and now face a much easier travel schedule for the season's remainder, making just one trip outside the eastern time zone when they visit Minnesota on April 4.

      With 81 points, Detroit is just four behind Montreal for the Eastern Conference's top spot, pending the outcome of the Canadiens' home game Saturday night against Toronto.

      "Obviously, we've got a good team," Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said. "We've got good guys who play hard and with structure, and we compete. When you compete, you give yourself a chance."

      Detroit goalie Jonas Gustavsson (3-2-1), getting the call in place of normal starter Jimmy Howard, came up big with 37 saves, 15 in the third period. Gustavsson helped the Red Wings fend off two power plays over the last six minutes, including the last one, when he saved four point blasts from Nashville defenseman Shea Weber.

      "That's the fun part of being a goalie," Gustavsson said. "They had six guys out there and all our guys were out there, battling their (butts) off."

      While the Red Wings left town on a high, the Predators (41-15-7) dropped back-to-back games on home ice for the first time this season after entering the day with an NHL-best 26-4-1 home mark.

      It also marked just the second time Nashville lost in regulation when leading after two periods.

      "We know we have some things to work on," Predators coach Peter Laviolette said. "I thought we played hard and Detroit played hard. We took (almost) 60 shots and put 40 of them on goal. We're going to be all right."

      Defenseman Brendan Smith put the Red Wings ahead 1-0 at 7:22 of the first period, completing a rush by wristing a shot over goalie Pekka Rinne's glove hand for his fourth goal of the season.

      Left winger Drew Miller made it 2-0 at 2:03 of the second period with his fourth goal, a wrister from the right faceoff circle which plunked off Rinne and trickled over the goal line.

      Nashville dominated the period's remainder. Center Matt Cullen scored his sixth goal on a rebound at 2:33, and center Mike Fisher equalized at 6:02 when he pounced on the rebound of a wide shot by defenseman Cody Franson for his 15th goal.

      Weber gave the Predators a 3-2 lead at 16:08 with Smith in the box for holding, unloading a slapper from just inside the blue line for his 15th goal.

      But Detroit solved Rinne (35-10-3), who made 21 saves, when it mattered most and ended its long journey with a happy flight home.

      "We had to really battle to get the win tonight," Gustavsson said of the trip's final game, "but I think the guys re-energized themselves before the third period. We stuck with it."

      NOTES: Detroit LW Drew Miller played his 400th game with the team Saturday. ... This is the first of four straight games against Eastern Conference teams for Nashville. The Predators take a two-game trip to the New York Rangers and New Jersey on Monday and Tuesday nights before returning home to host the New York Islanders Thursday evening. ... The Red Wings' 3-2 win Thursday night in San Jose made Mike Babcock the first active coach to accrue 1,000 points with the same team. Boston's Claude Julien is 248 points behind Babcock. ... The Predators entered Saturday's game having killed off 91.2 percent of opponents' power plays (52 of 57) since the All-Star break.

  • Saturday, February 28, 2015
    McClement scores twice to lead Hurricanes over Islanders
    By The Sports Xchange

    UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- The Carolina Hurricanes continued operating like a rebuilding team Saturday morning, when general manager Ron Francis pulled off his third trade of the week.

    • Hours later, the last-place Hurricanes played more like a team bound for the postseason than did the first-place New York Islanders.

      The Hurricanes scored four second-period goals Saturday and went on to beat the Islanders, 5-3, in front of a sellout crowd of 16,170 at Nassau Coliseum.

      The win was the third in a row for the Hurricanes (24-30-7), who were long ago eliminated from serious playoff contention but have impacted the race nonetheless by beating the Philadelphia Flyers, who are in 10th place in the Eastern Conference, and Washington Capitals, who are the first wild card, before knocking off the Islanders on less than 24 hours rest.

      "It's obviously a tough time of year, especially for a team in our position," said center Jay McClement, who collected his first two-goal game in more than four years. "We know there'll be some changes. That's the way it is, the way the business goes."

      The newest member of the Hurricanes, defenseman Jack Hillen, played 17:18 on the same day he was acquired from the Capitals, along with a fourth-round draft pick, in exchange for defenseman Tim Gleason.

      Hillen is the first NHL player acquired this week by the Hurricanes, who on Wednesday sent left winger Jiri Tlusty to Winnipeg for two draft picks and traded defenseman Andrej Sekera to Los Angeles for minor league defenseman Roland McKeown and a 2016 first-round pick.

      "We talk about CTC: Control the Controllable," Hurricanes coach Bill Peters said. "It's that time of year for 30 teams. We don't talk about it. (Players) might talk about it in the back of the bus or back of the plane. It's business as usual. Just want to try and get better from here to the end of the year."

      The Hurricanes, who traveled from Raleigh late Friday night following a 3-0 win over the Capitals, certainly looked better Saturday than the Islanders, who beat the Calgary Flames. 2-1, on Friday at the Coliseum.

      "They traveled and played last night so there's no excuse," said Islanders captain John Tavares, who scored in the third period. "As professionals, you've got to make sure you're ready to play and find a way to get the job done. And we weren't even close tonight."

      The loss cost the Islanders (41-21-2) a chance to ensure they would remain alone atop the Metropolitan Division. The Islanders are two points ahead of the New York Rangers, who play the Philadelphia Flyers later Saturday night.

      The Hurricanes were the more energized team from faceoff Saturday, when they outshot the Islanders 41-24, including 10-0 in the first five minutes. But New York scored first on a goal by right winger Michael Grabner scored with 8:13 left.

      The Hurricanes regained the momentum with a replay-aided goal by McClement with 2:19 left. McClement's shot at close range was initially stopped by Islanders goalie Chad Johnson, but the puck bounced off McClement's skate as his momentum carried him into the crease and skittered past Johnson.

      The goal was upheld upon review, which determined McClement did not make a kicking motion.

      "My first thought was it's not going to count, but I think it always helps when they call a goal on the ice," McClement said. "It's tough to turn over."

      A power play goal by defenseman Justin Faulk 1:26 into the second gave the Hurricanes the lead for good. McClement scored at the 9:50 mark before a terrific individual effort by Islanders left winger Nikolay Kulemin pulled the Islanders within one with 3:48 left.

      Kulemin lost his balance as he was draped by Faulk but managed to shed Faulk and right himself before firing the puck past goalie Cam Ward.

      But the Hurricanes responded twice late in the period, first on an even-strength goal by center Brad Malone with 2:14 to play and then on a power play goal by defenseman Michal Jordan with less than eight seconds left.

      "To give up those two goals late just killed us," Tavares said. "We still hadn't been playing that well up to that point. Get that opportunity to get back into it. Just threw it away."

      Goalie Cam Ward made 21 saves for the Hurricanes. Johnson recorded 36 saves.

      NOTES: If Carolina misses the playoffs, the Hurricanes/Hartford Whalers franchise finished 32-26-4-1 (wins-losses-ties-overtime losses) all-time at Nassau Coliseum. ... The Hurricanes scratched RW Patrick Dwyer. ... The multi-goal game was the fourth of C Jay McClement’s career and his first since he collected his lone NHL hat trick while playing for the St. Louis Blues against the Atlanta Thrashers on Oct. 30, 2010. ... The Islanders scratched D Matt Donovan and D Lubomir Visnovsky. ... G Chad Johnson has started four of the last seven games for the Islanders after starting only four times in 24 games between Dec. 23 and Feb. 16.

  • Saturday, February 28, 2015
    Devils blank Blue Jackets in defensive struggle
    By The Sports Xchange

    COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Good thing the New Jersey Devils play for two points, not style points.

    • Goaltender Cory Schneider had 33 saves for his 16th career shutout, and the Devils beat the Blue Jackets 2-0 on Saturday in Nationwide Arena.

      Safe bet that few of the 17,814 fans in Nationwide will keep this ticket stub.

      "Sometimes you have to grind out these road games, win ugly a little bit," Schneider said. "It wasn't the prettiest game, but we did what we had to do."

      Defenseman Andy Greene and center Travis Zajac scored goals for the Devils, who got off to a slow start and survived a furious rally by the Blue Jackets in the final period.

      The Blue Jackets took the first eight shots of the game, and they outshot the Devils 16-5 in the third period. Still, they couldn't get a puck past Schneider, who has four shutouts this season.

      "We were going north and south and we were physical," Devils interim coach Lou Lamoriello said. "We've talked about how we play: you start with our goaltender, go through our defense and then get to our forwards.

      "That's our strength. Cory was outstanding tonight."

      New Jersey is 5-1-1 in its last six games, but had lost three straight games on the road.

      The Blue Jackets lost their fifth straight and were shut out for the fourth time this season. They fell to 12-17-2 in Nationwide Arena this season.

      Columbus goaltender Curtis McElhinney had 17 saves.

      "You have to give New Jersey credit for the way they played," Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards said. "I really liked our first period, even though we were down 1-0. We established our game; we didn't spend much time in our zone."

      The Devils didn't get a shot on goal until the 14:50 mark of the first, but soon after they had a 1-0 lead.

      Greene scored his second goal of the season on a wrist shot from the left circle at 15:47.

      "We took a moment to get our legs there in the first period," Schneider said. "I was a little tired to start the game, too, but you find a way to get the adrenaline flowing."

      After Greene's goal, the game settled into a defensive struggle, with New Jersey's Schneider and Columbus' McElhinney settling into form.

      Right winger David Clarkson, acquired in a stunning trade with Toronto on Thursday, made his Blue Jackets debut against one of his former clubs.

      Clarkson was put on a line with the Blue Jackets' two leading scorers -- left wing Nick Foligno and center Ryan Johansen -– but the line couldn't get a puck past Schneider despite generating nine shots on goal.

      "We had some chances," Clarkson said. "There's some little things to work out, as far as chemistry and communication, but that comes with time."

      Clarkson had two shots on goal and four hits while playing 16:13 in his Columbus debut.

      "He was fine. He did some things right as far as how we do it," Richards said. "I didn't come out of the game scratching my head or anything like that."

      The Blue Jackets' third-period momentum was killed by a penalty against defenseman Dalton Prout, who went to the box with 4:10 remaining after a holding penalty.

      The Devils pushed the lead to 2-0 on Zajac's empty-net goal in the final minute.

      NOTES: The Blue Jackets have lost two more regulars -- C Brandon Dubinsky and LW Matt Calvert -- to injury. Both players have been diagnosed with concussions and will be out of the lineup indefinitely. ... F David Clarkson made his Blue Jackets' debut against the Devils, with whom he spent his first six NHL seasons before signing as a free agent with Toronto. ... NJ.com reported Saturday that Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello will remain in his job even if New Jersey misses the playoffs for a third straight season. ... Blue Jackets G Sergei Bobrovsky was activated from injured reserve after missing five weeks because of a groin injury. He served as G Curtis McElhinney's back-up, but could start on Sunday vs. Pittsburgh.

  • Saturday, February 28, 2015
    Sabres' Pysyk out of hospital after collapsing
    By The Sports Xchange

    Mark Pysyk, a top prospect of the Buffalo Sabres, was taken to a hospital in Rochester, N.Y., on Saturday after collapsing during a pickup basketball game.

    • Pysyk, 23, was released from the hospital after several hours, and Sabres coach Ted Nolan said, "It seems everything is OK and that's a great thing."

      Pysyk collapsed during a game with Rochester Americans teammates, and paramedics were called, according to the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle. He was alert and his vital signs were close to normal when he was transported to the hospital, the newspaper reported.

      Pysyk had been reassigned to the Sabres' American Hockey League affiliate on Friday and played in the Americans' 4-3 overtime loss to the Toronto Marlies.

      He had played in three games this week for the Sabres, scoring the winning goal Tuesday against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

      The Sabres' first-round pick in 2010, Pysyk has four goals and 15 points in 70 NHL games over parts of three seasons with Buffalo.

  • Saturday, February 28, 2015
    Jagr makes presence felt in Panthers' win
    By The Sports Xchange

    SUNRISE, Fla. -- Jaromir Jagr barely had a chance to learn his new linemates' names ahead of the Florida Panthers' afternoon game against the Buffalo Sabres.

    • Even with no time to prepare, he made a big impact in his debut for Florida in its 5-3 win at the BB&T Center.

      "The first power play, I think I let three or four (shots) go and hit a post, one got blocked, a couple missed and the next one I tried forcing it to (Jagr) or (Jussi Jokinen) back door," Panthers center Brandon Pirri said. "And (Jagr) goes to me, 'Shoot the puck, you got it.'"

      Pirri followed that directive from the 43-year-old superstar by scoring his 10th and 11th goals on one power play in the second period to tie it at 2.

      Pirri, who had missed two weeks with an upper-body injury, scored on a five-on-three with a slap shot from the point over the left shoulder of goaltender Michal Neuvirth at 12:01. He scored his second goal of the game just 1:23 later on a five-on-four with a one-timer from inside the right circle.

      Jagr, acquired Thursday from the New Jersey Devils, was scoreless in three shots on goal while playing 17:09. He had 11 goals and 18 assists in 57 games for the Devils this season, and believes his value will come from guiding the Panthers' young players.

      "At my age, I feel like I know things, what to do, but I just cannot do it anymore," Jagr said. "So it's a lot easier to tell them what to do. They've still got the legs and hands to do it. I just know things, but I cannot do them anymore."

      The Sabres (19-39-5) scored twice on their first three shots, both slap shots from the top of the left circle.

      Hodgson scored the first at 2:57 of the first period, his fourth goal of the season. He took a tap pass from Zach Bogosian and shot it past Florida goaltender Roberto Luongo's stick side. Luongo made 11 saves.

      Meszaros gave Buffalo a 2-0 lead with a similar shot, off a pass from left winger Johan Larsson that went through Luongo's five-hole at 7:12. It was Meszaros' third goal of the season.

      The Panthers (27-22-13) dominated the second period and outshot the Sabres 16-0 during a 10:42 span when Pirri scored his two goals. Centers Nick Bjugstad and Derek MacKenzie and right winger Scottie Upshall also scored for the Panthers.

      "They were all over us," Neuvirth said. "They put so many pucks on net. It was a shooting gallery in the second."

      The Sabres briefly tied the score at 12:54 of the third period when Mitchell was left alone a few feet in front of Luongo and beat him five-hole with a wrist shot.

      Neuvirth kept the Sabres in the game, even though the Panthers outshot Buffalo 47-14.

      "Michal's been playing great for us," Sabres coach Ted Nolan said. "He stops the shots he should and some he shouldn't. He gave us a chance."

      But Upshall gave Florida the 4-3 lead 1:08 later with a wrist shot that beat Neuvirth stick side. MacKenzie added an empty-netter at 19:43.

      "Our discipline just wasn't there tonight," Nolan said. "This is our eighth game in 14 nights and they're a big club. We just kind of ran out of gas. I'm just disappointed with our discipline."

      NOTES: The Panthers acquired F Dany Heatley and a 2015 third-round draft pick from the Anaheim Ducks for F Tomas Fleischmann. Heatley is expected to report to the San Antonio Rampage (AHL). Heatley, 34, is a 13-year veteran and had played in six games with the Ducks and 25 games with the Norfolk Admirals (AHL) this season. Fleischmann was in the final year of a four-year, $18 million deal with Panthers. ... With C Brandon Pirri's activation from injured reserve, the Panthers reassigned F Garrett Wilson to the Rampage. ... Florida also placed F Dave Bolland on injured reserve (retroactive to Feb. 21). ... Buffalo sent D Mark Pysyk to the Rochester Americans (AHL) after Friday's practice despite a strong week. The 23-year-old was reported to have collapsed after a pickup basketball game on Saturday morning. The Rochester Democrat and Chronicle? reported Pysyk was "fairly alert and his vital signs were close to normal when he was transported by paramedics."

  • Saturday, February 28, 2015
    NHL notebook: Sabres prospect Pysyk hospitalized
    By The Sports Xchange

    Defenseman Mark Pysyk, a top prospect of the Buffalo Sabres, was taken to a hospital in Rochester, N.Y., on Saturday after collapsing during a pickup basketball game, the Democrat & Chronicle reported.

    • Pysyk, 23, was alert and his vital signs were close to normal when he was transported to the hospital, the newspaper reported.

      Pysyk had been reassigned to the Buffalo Sabres' American Hockey League affiliate in Rochester on Friday and played in the Americans' 4-3 overtime loss to the Toronto Marlies.

      The defenseman had played in three games this week for the Sabres, scoring the winning goal Tuesday against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

      The Sabres' first-round pick in 2010, Pysyk has four goals and 15 points in 70 NHL games over parts of three seasons with Buffalo.

      ---The Anaheim Ducks acquired forward Tomas Fleischmann from the Florida Panthers for forward Dany Heatley and a third-round pick in the 2015 NHL Draft.

      Fleischmann, 30, has seven goals and 21 points in 50 games this season. He had career highs of 27 goals and 61 points in 2011-12, his first season with the Panthers.

      Heatley, 34, was scoreless in six games with the Ducks this season. He was reassigned to Norfolk of the American Hockey League, where he has two goals and seven points in 25 games.

      ---The Washington Capitals acquired defenseman Tim Gleason from the Carolina Hurricanes for defenseman Jack Hillen and a fourth-round pick in the 2015 draft.

      Gleason, 32, has one goal and six assists in 55 games this season.

      Hillen, 29, has earned 71 points (13 goals, 58 assists) in 301 NHL games with the New York Islanders, Nashville and Washington. He has recorded five assists in 35 games with the Capitals this season.

      ---The Columbus Blue Jackets activated goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky off injured reserve.

      Bobrovsky, 26, has missed the past 15 games, as well as the 2015 NHL All-Star Game, after suffering a groin injury at Winnipeg on Jan. 21. He has posted a 16-15-2 record with a 2.85 goals-against average, .913 save percentage and one shutout in 33 games this season.

      The team also assigned goaltender Oscar Dansk to the Springfield Falcons of the AHL.

      ---The Chicago Blackhawks reassigned defenseman Kyle Cumiskey to the Rockford IceHogs of the AHL.

      Cumiskey, 28, has skated in seven games with Chicago after being recalled on Feb. 12, which includes making his Blackhawks debut on Feb. 13.

      ---The Boston Bruins assigned goaltender Jeremy Smith to Providence of the AHL.

      In his first recall with Boston, Smith dressed as the backup against the Devils in New Jersey on Friday night. Smith has played in 26 games for Providence this season, recording a 14-8-4 record, 2.08 goals-against average and .931 save percentage.

      ---The Detroit Red Wings reassigned defenseman Xavier Ouellet to the Grand Rapids Griffins of the AHL.

      Ouellet was recalled earlier Saturday from Grand Rapids before the afternoon game against the Nashville Predators. He was scratched for the game.

      Ouellet, 21, was expected to rejoin the Griffins in Chicago for their game against the Wolves Saturday night.

  • Saturday, February 28, 2015
    Blackhawks reassign D Cumiskey
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Chicago Blackhawks reassigned defenseman Kyle Cumiskey to the Rockford IceHogs of the American Hockey League on Saturday.

    • Cumiskey, 28, has skated in seven games with Chicago after being recalled on Feb. 12, which includes making his Blackhawks debut on Feb. 13. The Abbotsford, British Columbia, native has recorded 10 assists and 11 points in 38 games with Rockford this season.

  • Saturday, February 28, 2015
    Red Wings reassign D Ouellet
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Detroit Red Wings reassigned defenseman Xavier Ouellet to the Grand Rapids Griffins of the American Hockey League on Saturday.

    • Ouellet was recalled earlier Saturday from Grand Rapids before the afternoon game against the Nashville Predators. He was scratched for the game.

      Ouellet, 21, was expected to rejoin the Griffins in Chicago for their game against the Wolves Saturday night. He has skated in 21 games with the Red Wings this season, recording two goals, one assist and a plus-4 rating. The Bayonne, France, native has appeared in 32 games with the Griffins, notching 11 points (one goal, 10 assists) and a plus-10 rating and was named to the AHL's Western Conference All-Star Team. In 102 career AHL games, Ouellet has registered 28 points (five goals, 23 assists), a plus-13 rating and 42 penalty minutes.

      Originally drafted by Detroit in the second round (48th overall) of the 2011 NHL Draft, Ouellet skated in 223 games with the QMJHL's Montreal Juniors and Blainville-Boisbriand Armada from 2009-13, recording 160 points (41 goals, 119 assists).