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  • Wednesday, November 26, 2014
    Jets 2, Sabres 1
    By The Sports Xchange

    BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Center Bryan Little and right winger Michael Frolik scored to lead the Winnipeg Jets to a 2-1 win over the Buffalo Sabres on Wednesday night.

    • Goalie Ondrej Pavelec made 19 saves for Winnipeg (12-9-3), which improved to 8-4-2 on the road this season with the victory.

      Right winger Chris Stewart scored for the Sabres (6-14-2), who were sluggish and saw a three-game winning streak come to an end. Goalie Jhonas Enroth made 24 saves.

      Little opened the scoring 3:41 into the first on the power play. After receiving the puck inside the left circle, Little paused to avoid a sliding Sabres defenseman before putting a wrist shot home for his eighth goal of the season. Little has scored in each of his past three games.

      Frolik made it 2-0 on a short-handed goal with 5:40 left in the second period following a terrible giveaway by Sabres defenseman Andre Benoit. Benoit, who was in the lineup after Tyler Myers suffered a lower-body injury, had a giveaway on a sloppy pass behind the Buffalo net. Frolik then skated out and lifted a backhand shot past Enroth for his fifth goal of the season.

      A scary moment came just before Frolik's goal when Sabres right winger Patrick Kaleta was sent into the boards on a hit from behind by Jets left winger Adam Lowry. Kaleta immediately went to the Sabres locker room and Lowry was given a game misconduct penalty in addition to a five-minute major. The Sabres were unable to score on the ensuing power play and gave up the Frolik's goal seconds into the five-on-four advantage.

      Stewart got the Sabres on the board 5:30 into the third period with a breakaway goal. After a Winnipeg shot was blocked at the Sabres blue line, Stewart raced down the ice and put a backhand attempt past Pavelec.

      NOTES: D Tyler Myers (lower body) and C Cody McCormick were scratched for the Sabres. ... LW TJ Galiardi, D Toby Enstrom and C Mathieu Perreault were scratched for the Jets. ... This was the 54th game between the teams and the first of two meetings this season. Their next meeting is Dec. 16 in Winnipeg. ... Winnipeg RW Chris Thorburn entered the NHL with the Sabres, who drafted him 50th overall in 2001. Jets D Adam Pardy also played for the Sabres, during the 2012-13 season.

  • Wednesday, November 26, 2014
    NHL roundup: Penguins LW Bennett injured again
    By The Sports Xchange

    Pittsburgh Penguins left winger Beau Bennett just can't seem to stay healthy.

    • After missing the first 13 games of the season with a lower-body injury, Bennett was hurt again Monday night in a game against the Boston Bruins and is expected to be out for a few weeks because of the same issue.

      Since Bennett was the 20th overall pick in the 2010 draft, he has battled health problems. Last season, he was out for almost two-thirds of the season with a wrist injury.

      This year in training camp, a collision with teammate Kasperi Kapanen led to Bennett's latest medical issue and sidelined him for six weeks.

      Bennett returned to make his season debut on Nov. 11 against the New York Rangers. His best game since coming back was a one-goal, three-point night last Tuesday against the Montreal Canadiens.

      "When you look at the injuries he's had, it's just the way things happen," Penguins coach Mike Johnston said, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. "Maybe it's just a stroke of bad luck. He's trained hard. He was ready for the start of the season. I'm convinced it's just one of those things."

      ---The Calgary Flames placed veteran forward Devin Setoguchi on waivers, activated forward David Jones from injured reserve and assigned forward Corban Knight to the Adirondack Flames of the American Hockey League.

      Setoguchi, 27, had no points in just over 12 minutes of ice time per game. His last appearance for the Flames was in a 5-4 shootout win over the New Jersey Devils on Saturday night when he played for 7:35.

      Jones had been out with an upper-body injury since Nov. 15.

      Knight played in two games with Calgary after starting the season with Adirondack, where he had five goals and three assists in 16 games.

      ---The St. Louis Blues summoned goaltender Jordan Binnington from the Chicago Wolves of the AHL on an emergency recall after Brian Elliott suffered a lower-body injury on Tuesday night against the Ottawa Senators.

      Jake Allen relieved Elliott in goal and lost in a shootout. The two goalies have split time in net this season for the Blues, with Elliott getting 14 starts and Allen nine.

      The 21-year-old Binnington has played in nine games for the Wolves this season and has a 6-2-1 record with a 1.89 goals-against average and a .925 save percentage.

      ---The Edmonton Oilers placed winger Benoit Pouliot on injured reserve and recalled defenseman Oscar Klefbom from the Oklahoma City Barons of the AHL.

      Pouliot suffered a broken foot Friday in a loss to the New Jersey Devils and is expected to miss five or six weeks.

      Klefbom, 21, has registered eight points in nine games with the Barons this season. He was up with the Oilers for two games earlier this season.

  • Wednesday, November 26, 2014
    Oilers put Pouliot on IR, recall Klefbom
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Edmonton Oilers placed winger Benoit Pouliot on injured reserve Wednesday and recalled defenseman Oscar Klefbom from the Oklahoma City Barons of the AHL.

    • Pouliot suffered a broken foot Friday in a loss to the New Jersey Devils and is expected to miss five or six weeks.

      Klefbom, 21, has registered eight points in nine games with the Barons this season. He was up with the Oilers for two games earlier this season.

  • Wednesday, November 26, 2014
    Flames activate Jones, demote Knight
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Calgary Flames activated forward David Jones from injured reserve Wednesday and assigned forward Corban Knight to the Adirondack Flames of the American Hockey League.

    • Jones had been out with an upper-body injury since Nov. 15.

      Knight played in two games with Calgary after starting the season with Adirondack, where he had five goals and three assists in 16 games.

  • Wednesday, November 26, 2014
    Blues call up goalie after injury
    By The Sports Xchange

    The St. Louis Blues summoned goaltender Jordan Binnington from the Chicago Wolves of the American Hockey League on an emergency recall Wednesday after Brian Elliott suffered a lower body injury on Tuesday night.

    • Elliott left Tuesday's game against the Ottawa Senators in the second period with a lower-body injury. Jake Allen relieved Elliott in goal and lost in a shootout.

      The two goalies have split time in net this season for the Blues, with Elliott getting 14 starts and Allen nine.

      The 21-year-old Binnington has played in nine games for the Wolves this season and has a 6-2-1 record with a 1.89 goals-against average and a .925 save percentage. Last season, he posted a 23-13-3 record while playing for Kalamazoo in the East Coast Hockey League.

      Allen, 24, has a 6-2-1 record with a .920 save percentage and a 2.12 goals-against average for the Blues this season.

      Last season, Allen went 33-16-3 with a 2.03 goals-against average and a .928 save percentage in the AHL.

      The Blues' next game is Friday against the Edmonton Oilers.

  • Wednesday, November 26, 2014
    Flames waive Setoguchi
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Calgary Flames placed veteran forward Devin Setoguchi on waivers Wednesday after playing in 12 games this season.

    • The 27-year-old Setoguchi had no points in just over 12 minutes of ice time per game. His last appearance for the Flames was in a 5-4 shootout win over the New Jersey Devils on Saturday night when he played for 7:35.

      A 2005 first-round draft pick, Setoguchi has moved between four teams -- the San Jose Sharks, Minnesota Wild, Winnipeg Jets and the Flames -- in the past five years.

      If the former 30-goal scorer remains unclaimed by another organization, he would be eligible to go to Calgary’s AHL Adirondack affiliate. Setoguchi has a one-year, $750,000 contract this season.

  • Wednesday, November 26, 2014
    More injury trouble for Penguins' Bennett
    By The Sports Xchange

    Pittsburgh Penguins left winger Beau Bennett just can't seem to stay healthy.

    • After missing the first 13 games of the season with a lower-body injury, Bennett was hurt again Monday night in a game against the Boston Bruins and is expected to be out for a few weeks because of the same issue.

      Since Bennett was the 20th overall pick in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, he has battled health problems. Last season, he was out for almost two-thirds of the regular season with a wrist injury.

      This year in training camp, a collision with teammate Kasperi Kapanen led to Bennett's latest medical issue and sidelined him for six weeks.

      Bennett returned to make his season debut on Nov. 11 against the New York Rangers. His best game since coming back was a one-goal, three-point night last Tuesday against the Montreal Canadiens.

      "When you look at the injuries he's had, it's just the way things happen," Penguins coach Mike Johnston said, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. "Maybe it's just a stroke of bad luck. He's trained hard. He was ready for the start of the season. I'm convinced it's just one of those things."

  • Wednesday, November 26, 2014
    Ducks hang on to defeat Flames
    By The Sports Xchange

    ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Once they split goaltending duties, now Jonas Hiller and Frederik Andersen have split a pair of bouts against each other this season.

    • Andersen's Anaheim Ducks defeated Hiller's new club, the Calgary Flames, 3-2 at Honda Center Tuesday. One week earlier, the Flames rallied to beat the Ducks 4-3 in a shootout at Calgary.

      "They came back and beat us in the third when we were in their building, so it's good to hold them off and keep it out of overtime," Ducks left winger Matt Beleskey said.

      Hiller faced 29 shots and blocked 26, while Andersen made 32 of 34 saves for Anaheim, including several strong stops against an aggressive, third-period push by Calgary.

      "When he's on top of his game, that's what he does. He's a great goaltender and he makes those saves," Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau said.

      The Ducks got goals from right wingers Kyle Palmieri and Corey Perry, as well as Beleskey, who also contributed an assist. Defenseman T.J. Brodie and right winger Jiri Hudler scored for Calgary.

      After the Ducks went up 3-0 after two periods, Calgary got one back 11:02 into the third period. Brodie scored his fifth goal of the season, as center Sean Monahan found him in the high slot off a 4-on-4 cycle play.

      "We play better when we're down a goal because I think guys are less worried about making mistakes," said Brodie, lamenting their early deficit.

      The Flames pulled their goaltender for the extra attacker with well over three minutes remaining. With 3:11 to play, they appeared to have trimmed the Anaheim lead to 3-2, but video review confirmed that left winger Johnny Gaudreau's skate directed the puck into the net with a distinct kicking motion.

      Calgary would indeed draw to within a goal with 25 seconds left, when their 6-on-5 effort culminated in Hudler's deflection of defenseman Mark Giordano's blast from the right point for Hudler's eighth goal of the campaign.

      "They just play as a desperate team, you see it with all their comeback wins and comeback points: They're a team that never gives up," Palmieri said.

      Anaheim received a favorable bounce to open the scoring. Beleskey's centering pass was redirected into the Calgary net by the skate of Flames defenseman Kris Russell to establish a 1-0 Ducks lead 4:37 into the game. It was Beleskey's 10th goal of the season, surpassing his total from last season and putting him one shy of his career high a mere 23 games into the season.

      "When you're hot, you're hot," Beleskey said. "There's times you can't buy a goal and today you get one off the foot."

      Perry put the Ducks up 2-0 5:04 into the second period with his 12th goal of the season. Defenseman Francois Beauchemin launched a shot toward the net, which hit a pile of bodies before Perry poked the loose puck in from close range.

      "Getzalf and Perry, they're not franchise players for nothing," Flames coach Bob Hartley said. "Tonight they played like the leaders of this organization. We had no answer for them."

      Anaheim made it 3-0 with just 16 seconds left in the middle frame. A pivoting Palmieri lost his footing down low but swept the puck into the net off his backhand as he fell to the ground for his third goal of the season. Left winger Rene Bourque, a former Flame, picked up his first point as a member of the Ducks by assisting on the goal.

      "That's a goal-scorer's goal," Boudreau said. "You look at the Sidney Crosbys and the Ovechkins, they find ways to score these things."

      NOTES: Ducks D Francois Beachemin sustained an upper-body injury during Tuesday's game and did not return. His injury will be updated Wednesday or Thursday. ... RW Tim Jackman dressed in place of scratched C Rickard Rakell for Anaheim, leaving LW Devante Smith-Pelly to play an NHL game at center for the first time. ... Anaheim assigned LW Emerson Etem and C William Karlsson to its AHL affiliate in Norfolk, Va. ... Ducks D Clayton Stoner (illness) was cleared to rejoin the team but did not dress Tuesday. He could be back in action later this week. ... Anaheim was without D Ben Lovejoy (finger), D Mark Fistric (back), G John Gibson (groin) and LW Dany Heatley (groin). ... Out of action for the Flames were C Mikael Backlund (abdomen), C Sam Bennett (shoulder), C Joe Colborne (wrist), C Matt Stajan (knee), LW Mason Raymond (upper body) and RW David Jones (upper body). ... G Jonas Hiller made his return to Anaheim, where he played seven seasons before signing with Calgary as a free agent last summer. ... The Ducks have won 19 straight meetings against the Flames at Honda Center.

  • Wednesday, November 26, 2014
    Miller, Canucks blank Devils
    By The Sports Xchange

    VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Ryan Miller has never been a big shutout guy, only once recording as many as six in one season.

    • The Vancouver Canucks goalie earned one of his easiest shutouts Tuesday night, blanking the New Jersey Devils 2-0 at Rogers Arena.

      Miller stopped 20 shots for his second shutout of the season. Right winger Alex Burrows scored the winner in the second period, and center Shawn Matthias added the clincher in the third period.

      "Every game is unique, and (the Devils) didn't have a lot going on early," said Miller, who is tied for the league lead in victories with Nashville's Pekka Rinne, each with 14. "You've got to be awake for those type of games."

      The Canucks (15-6-1) had 10 shots on New Jersey goalie Cory Schneider before the Devils managed one on Miller, a floater from the point 3:31 into the game.

      New Jersey, playing its final game of a four-game Western Canada road trip, looked as if it couldn't wait to get back home, although the Devils had a two-day rest before Tuesday's game.

      The Devils (9-10-3) didn't created a good scoring chance until Miller stopped center Stephen Gionta on a two-on-one at 6:45 of the third period. Miller denied left winger Dainius Zubrus in the slot a minute later.

      "That's kind of how it's been this year," said Schneider, who is winless in three starts against his old team. "We were pushing late, trying to get chances and looks, and all of a sudden it's 2-0.

      "It's tough to come back against a team like Vancouver, they come fast and they move the puck. They're one of the better teams we've seen."

      The Canucks got on the scoreboard at 1:14 of the second period after defenseman Kevin Bieksa corralled a clearing attempt by Devils defenseman Marek Zidlicky at the blue line.

      Bieksa sent a slap pass to Burrows at Schneider's far side, and Zidlicky didn't cover the Vancouver right winger as Burrows tapped the puck into a wide-open net.

      It was Burrows' fifth goal in 17 games. Last season, he managed just five goals in 49 games during an injury-riddled campaign.

      Burrows also grazed a hard wrist shot off the post at 9:30 of the third period on a two-on-one.

      "I used to score on (Schneider) in practice sometimes with that shot," he said.

      Bieksa, whose wife was sitting with Schneider's wife in the stands, also wired a hard shot that hit Schneider on the mask during the Canucks' opening-game flurry.

      "He apologized for that," Schneider said. "I don't know if that one got away from him."

      Playing its second full game without defenseman Dan Hamhuis, Vancouver saw its remaining corps of defenders dig hard.

      Luca Sbisa was a physical presence. Ryan Stanton, two games off being a healthy scratch, had an assist and was plus-1.

      "They played tough," Canucks coach Willie Desjardins said of his defensemen. "The Devils have some high-end guys, so you can't get too aggressive or they'll make you pay.

      "At the same time, if you're not aggressive enough, they'll take advantage of that."

      Miller improved to 14-3-0.

      Schneider, who started New Jersey's first 20 games before getting a break on Saturday at Calgary, stopped 34 of 36 shots. He fell to 9-9-2.

      New Jersey finished its four-game trip 1-2-1.

      The Canucks, who went 2-0-1 on a three-game homestand, now head out on a seven-game Eastern road trip.

      NOTES: Canucks RW Jannik Hansen had his scoring streak end after scoring five goals in the previous three games. ... The Canucks paid a pregame tribute to Pat Quinn, who died at 71 Sunday. Quinn juggled roles as Vancouver's president, GM and coach from 1987-97. A two-time coach of the year and coach of Canada's 2002 Olympic gold-medal team, his record of 35 straight unbeaten games with the 1979-80 Philadelphia Flyers still stands. ... Canucks RW Alex Burrows (upper body) returned after two games. ... Canucks C Bo Horvat, 19, was told he will stay with the club and not be sent down to junior hockey. ... Devils G Cory Schneider, 0-0-2 vs. the Canucks last season, was Vancouver's first pick (26th overall) in 2004. He was traded for New Jersey's first round selection in 2013, which the Canucks used to take Horvat ninth overall. ... Out injured: Devils LW Ryane Clowe (concussion), D Bryce Salvador (lower body), D Jon Merrill (hand); Canucks D Dan Hamhuis (leg), LW Tom Sestito (groin).

  • Wednesday, November 26, 2014
    NHL game roundup: Ryan lifts Sens past Blues in shootout
    By The Sports Xchange

    ST. LOUIS -- Right winger Bobby Ryan scored the only goal in the shootout, lifting the Ottawa Senators to a 3-2 win over the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday night.

    • Goalie Robin Lehner stopped all three St. Louis shots in the shootout from right winger T.J. Oshie, left winger Alexander Steen and right winger Vladimir Tarasenko.

      Blues goaltender Jake Allen stopped the first two Ottawa shooters, center Kyle Turris and left wing Mike Hoffman, before Ryan was able to score the game-winner and complete the Senators' comeback from a 2-0 deficit.

      Ottawa sent the game to overtime with two goals in the third period by right wingers Alex Chiasson and Erik Condra.

      Defenseman Ian Cole and left winger Alexander Steen scored for the Blues

      Predators 4, Kings 3 (SO)

      NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Left winger James Neal scored the shootout's only goal in the sixth round as Nashville knocked off Los Angeles at sold-out Bridgestone Arena.

      Center Craig Smith, defenseman Ryan Ellis and left winger Eric Nystrom scored in regulation for Nashville while defenseman Jamie McBain, right winger Marian Gaborik and defenseman Drew Doughty scored for Los Angeles.

      Goaltender Martin Jones finished with 30 saves with Los Angeles while Nashville's Pekka Rinne managed 18.

      Jets 4, Blue Jackets 2

      COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Winnipeg center Bryan Little scored nine seconds into the game, sending his team off and running to a win over Columbus at Nationwide Arena.

      Left winger Evander Kane scored two goals for Winnipeg, while Little and left winger Andrew Ladd each had a goal and an assist. Defenseman Jacob Trouba and right winger Blake Wheeler had two assists apiece.

      Columbus got goals from defenseman Jordan Leopold and center Ryan Johansen, but they lost their fourth straight game and fell to 2-11-2 since Oct. 23.

      Stars 3, Oilers 2

      DALLAS -- Center Tyler Seguin had two goals and defenseman John Klingberg a goal and an assist as Dallas defeated Edmonton at American Airlines Center.

      Both Seguin's goals came in the second period, increasing his league-leading total to 17.

      Edmonton got goals from center Boyd Gordon while shorthanded late in the first period and center Taylor Hall early in the third.

      Avalanche 4, Coyotes 3 (OT)

      GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Colorado center Daniel Briere was credited with the game-winning goal in overtime when his centering pass bounced off Arizona center Martin Hanzal to win at the Gila River Arena.

      Goaltender Calvin Pickard, who replaced starter Reto Berra after the Coyotes took their 3-0 lead in the first 10:53, had 26 saves in 53 minutes.

      Center Antoine Vermette, defenseman Michael Stone and Tobias Rieder scored in regulation for Arizona while left winger Gabriel Landeskog scored twice and center Matt Duchene onece for Colorado.

      Ducks 3, Flames 2

      ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Goaltender Frederik Andersen made 32 saves, leading Anaheim past Calgary.

      Flames goalie Jonas Hiller stopped 26 shots.

      The Ducks got goals from right wingers Kyle Palmieri and Corey Perry and left winger Matt Beleskey, who also contributed an assist. Defenseman T.J. Brodie and right winger Jiri Hudler scored for Calgary.

      After the Ducks went up 3-0 after two periods, Calgary got two back in the third period but couldn't manage an equalizer.

      Canucks 2, Devils 0

      VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Ryan Miller earned his 14th win in 17 games this season, and Vancouver beat New Jersey.

      Miller's second shutout of the season kept him tied with Nashville's Pekka Rinne, who also won Tuesday, for the league lead in goaltender victories.

      Vancouver right winger Alex Burrows' second-period goal stood up as the winner. Center Shawn Matthias, with his third of the season, added an insurance goal on a short-handed breakaway with 5:23 to play in the third period.

  • Wednesday, November 26, 2014
    Avs erase 3-0 deficit, down Coyotes in OT
    By The Sports Xchange

    GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The Colorado Avalanche found a recent strategy that works, although they do not want to make it a regular tactic.

    • Colorado recovered from a three-goal deficit for a second consecutive game behind reserve goalie Calvin Pickard, this time taking a 4-3 victory over the Arizona Coyotes on center Daniel Briere's overtime goal Tuesday at Gila River Arena.

      The Avalanche trailed 3-0 after 10:53 of the first period, when Pickard replaced starter Reto Berra. On Friday, the Avalanche overcame a 3-0 deficit to beat Carolina 4-3 when Pickard shut out the Hurricanes for the final 43 minutes in a relief role.

      "You feel confident, absolutely, but at the same time it sucks a lot of energy out of you to mentally regroup when it is 3-0 on the scoreboard after 10 minutes," said left winger Gabriel Landeskog, who scored Colorado's first two goals Tuesday. "We don't want to get in the habit of doing this every night, but it certainly builds confidence for the future."

      In overtime, Briere's centering pass bounced off Martin Hanzal's stick as the Arizona center attempted to clear it in front of the net. The puck then went through goalie Mike Smith's legs with 1:44 remaining.

      "They don't ask how, just how many," said Briere, who has four goals this season and 306 in a career that started with the Coyotes in 1997-98. "I got a lucky break on this one, but I'll definitely take it."

      Pickard made 25 saves as the Avalanche (8-9-5) won for the fourth time in five games.

      "He did a really good job against Carolina the other night, and he was again perfect," Colorado coach Patrick Roy said. "He battles out there and he competes."

      Center Antoine Vermette, defenseman Michael Stone and center Tobias Rieder scored for Arizona in the first 10:53, but Colorado scored once in the second period and twice in the first five minutes of the third period to tie the game.

      Landeskog posted goals at 5:49 of the second period and 1:36 of the third, both on shots from point blank range. He has six goals this season. Avalanche center Matt Duchene produced the tying goal 4:05 into the third period.

      Duchene's goal came on a shot from behind the net that bounced off left winger Lauri Korpikoski's stick and past Smith.

      "We had some breaks to get the lead, and they got some breaks to get back in the game," Arizona coach Dave Tippett said. "When you shoot it in your own net, that's a bad break."

      Smith made 29 saves for the Coyotes (9-11-3), who lost their past four home games in the final three minutes of the third period or overtime. Smith is 4-11-2 this season.

      "We had a good handle on the game after the first period and let it get away," said Stone, who tied a career high with two points.

      Berra, starting for injured Avalanche regular Semyon Varlamov, has allowed nine goals on 37 shots the past three games. He was pulled in the first period in each of the past two.

      NOTES: Coyotes C Martin Hanzal, who missed seven of the first 22 games with assorted injuries, was back on the ice Tuesday. He finished minus-1 and put four shots on goal in 18:37 of ice time. ... Colorado LW Alex Tanguay, the Avalanche's leading scorer, missed his second straight game after being hit in the face by slap shot from Washington RW Alex Ovechkin last Thursday. Tanguay, who has seven goals, has been hit in the face by pucks three times in recent weeks. ... Coyotes G Devan Dubnyk (5-0-1) sat out in favor of G Mike Smith, who is now 8-1-4 in 13 starts against Colorado. ... The Coyotes are 5-1-3 in their past nine games against Colorado. ... Coyotes RW Shane Doan played in his 1,338th game Tuesday, 48th in NHL history. The only active payer with more goals is New Jersey RW Jaromir Jagr.

  • Wednesday, November 26, 2014
    Stars take advantage of Oilers mistakes in win
    By The Sports Xchange

    DALLAS -- The Dallas Stars pounced on a costly Edmonton Oilers mistake late in the second period, resulting in the eventual game-winner by center Tyler Seguin, one of two goals for Seguin, as Dallas held on for a 3-2 victory Tuesday at American Airlines Center.

    • Edmonton couldn't clear the puck from behind their goal and after Dallas right winger Patrick Eaves dug it out, Stars left winger and captain Jamie Benn fed Seguin in the high slot. Seguin beat Oilers goaltender Viktor Fasth with a wrist shot over his left shoulder with 2:18 left in the second.

      Dallas led 3-1 after two and Edmonton made it a one-goal game when center Taylor Hall scored his 100th career goal early in the third, but the Oilers couldn't find an equalizer.

      "We played a smart third period," Stars head coach Lindy Ruff said. "There really was only a bad shift after I called a timeout."

      Seguin also scored earlier in the second, beating Fasth with a backhand after a great pass from rookie defenseman John Klingberg from the Dallas zone as the Stars caught the Oilers on a line change.

      "Obviously, I think my teammates, linemates set me up well," Seguin said. "Things have been clicking and I've been shooting the puck a bit more than I have than in previous years."

      The circumstances surrounding Seguin's first goal was a sore spot for Oilers head coach Dallas Eakins.

      "I don't even know what to say about it," Eakins said. "It's mind numbing that at this level we would try to change there."

      Goaltender Kari Lehtonen stopped 35 shots for the Stars (9-9-4), who won their third straight.

      Edmonton (6-14-2), which has now lost seven straight, got goals from center Boyd Gordon while shorthanded late in the first and Hall early in the third.

      Dallas struck first when Klingberg delivered another highlight-reel goal, a slapshot from beyond the Edmonton blue line 12:49 into the game. Stars center Jason Spezza won a faceoff against Oilers center Leon Draisaitl on the left side of the neutral zone.

      Klingberg gained possession on the right side and after taking several strides, launched a 74-foot blast that beat Fasth low on his glove side. It was Klingberg's third goal in eight NHL games. Klingberg now has a five-game point streak.

      With two minutes left in the first, Seguin almost converted from the right circle with the Stars on the power play. However, Seguin's slapshot rang the near post.

      However, the visitors answered late in the first when Gordon scored a shorthanded goal 30 seconds before intermission. Oilers defenseman Jeff Petry was trying to clear the puck from the Edmonton zone when Stars defenseman Trevor Daley failed to intercept near the Edmonton blue line.

      Gordon got the puck just beyond the Dallas blue line and, after Lehtonen made a pad save on his initial effort, a wrist shot at close range, Gordon tapped in the carom for his fourth of the season.

      Sandwiched between the Seguin's pair in in the second was a disallowed goal by center Cody Eakin, who had apparently scored at 9:02 but saw his goal waved off after Stars center Ryan Garbutt pushed Petry into Fasth.

      Hall's goal, his eighth 5:59 into the third, made it 3-2. Hall knocked in a nifty backhand pass from right winger Jordan Eberle, beating Lehtonen with a snap to the far post.

      "I'm very proud of Taylor Hall," Eakins said. "He's growing. He's turning into a leader right in front of us. You could argue that he is the best left winger in the game."

      Eakin prevented a game-tying goal from center Ryan Nugent-Hopkins with 4:14 remaining when he cleared a shot that had gotten behind Lehtonen out of the Dallas crease.

      Fasth stopped 31 shots, including denying Seguin's bid for a hat trick with 1:45 remaining before leaving the ice with 25 seconds remaining.

      Edmonton had one final chance with nine seconds remaining but left winger David Perron hit the crossbar on a wraparound.

      NOTES: Oilers D Keith Aulie, LW Jesse Joensuu and LW Benoit Pouliot (foot) were scratched. ... Stars D Jordie Benn and C Colton Sceviour were scratched. ... Oilers LW Luke Gazdic, who spent six years in the Dallas organization before being claimed off waivers by Edmonton last September, made his season debut on the right side of the Oilers' third line alongside C Leon Draisaitl and RW Nail Yakupov. ... Stars LW Ryan Garbutt returned to the right side of the fourth line after missing Dallas' past three games with an upper-body injury. ... Edmonton is beginning a three-game road trip. ... Stars RW Ales Hemsky and C Shawn Horcoff once played for the Oilers. ... Tuesday marks the first game for Edmonton goaltending coach Justin Schwartz, who replaced Frederic Chabot, who was relieved of his duties on Monday. Schwartz was previously the goaltending coach for the WHL's Edmonton Oil Kings.

  • Wednesday, November 26, 2014
    Senators rally for shootout victory
    By The Sports Xchange

    ST. LOUIS -- Bobby Ryan and the Ottawa Senators could have been excused if they felt a little discouraged after the second period of their game Tuesday night against the St. Louis Blues.

    • Trailing 2-0, and playing for the second night in a row on the road, the Senators -- who had lost six of their previous eight games -- could have packed up and skated through the third period just so they could get the game over with and hope for better results on another night.

      Their attitude, however, was completely the opposite.

      "I think when we came in after the second we really weren't down," Ryan said, after the Senators rallied for a 3-2 shootout victory. "I think we thought physically and emotionally we were still invested in the game. We got the ugly one to start us rolling."

      The Senators cut the Blues lead to 2-1 on right wing Erik Condra's first goal of the season 7:55 into the period, but they still were down when they pulled goalie Robin Lehner for an extra attacker in the final two minutes.

      The move paid off when right wing Alex Chiasson scored with 41 seconds left in regulation to send the game to overtime.

      Ryan barely missed winning the game for the Senators in the extra period when his shot hit the post, but he -- and Lehner -- made the most of their chances in the shootout as the Senators earned the victory.

      Lehner shut down the Blues' usual shootout stars, right wing T.J. Oshie, left wing Alexander Steen and right wing Vladimir Tarasenko, and Ryan, the third Ottawa shooter, scored the only shootout goal for the victory..

      "They have fantastic players," Lehner said. "They are very good. You just have to be patient. It was nice."

      When Lehner stopped Tarasenko, that brought Ryan to the ice to shoot against goalie Jake Allen, who had replaced starter Brian Elliott because of an injury midway through the second period.

      "It was low, on the glove side," Ryan said. "I really try to feather it in, but I didn't get as much on it as I like. Maybe that was a benefit."

      The win was important for the Senators, who had lost Monday night in Detroit, and also lost a 3-2 game to the Blues on Saturday in Ottawa.

      "It was very important for our team to come back here and get two points," Lehner said. "We just need to trust our system and keep working and we will get rewarded. We kept with it and didn't change and got rewarded. It was good for our group to see that and stick with it. We have to take the opportunities that come to us."

      The loss might have been costly to the Blues, who will know more about the extent of Elliott's injury on Wednesday. He appeared to hurt his right leg in a collision with Condra in a scramble in front of the net.

      "It's definitely hard to see a teammate get hurt and not be able to finish the game, especially when you're Brian Elliott, who cares so much about playing well, cares so much about winning, especially against one of his former team," said defenseman Ian Cole, who scored his first goal for the Blues.

      "For him to not to finish a game, obviously something must be wrong. There were guys falling everywhere, bodies everywhere, so it was tough to see what actually happened."

      It was easy for Blues coach Ken Hitchcock to see what happened to his team, however.

      "We played really poor. We didn't play well at all," Hitchcock said. "Our attention to detail has to change. We really lacked detail in our game and that's what losing hockey is. When you don't have detail in your game eventually you crack. Both goals we didn't block shots, we didn't get in lanes. Both goals we gave up easy entries. You don't do that stuff if you are paying attention to detail."

      NOTES: After missing his first game since 2004 on Sunday, ending his iron man streak at 737 consecutive regular-season games, Blues D Jay Bouwmeester was sidelined again Tuesday due to a lower-body injury. He is expected back for the Blues' next game, Friday against the visiting Edmonton Oilers. ... D Barret Jackman moved into third place on the career list for most games played for the Blues on Tuesday, his 745th game for the team. He trails Bernie Federko (927) and Brian Sutter (779). ... Ottawa D Chris Phillips participated in the morning skate but missed his third consecutive game with an undisclosed injury. ... LW Milan Michalek and C Mika Zibanejad were both healthy scratches for Ottawa, missing their first games of the season. ...Tuesday night's game was the second of a five-game trip for the Senators, who play Friday at Florida.

  • Wednesday, November 26, 2014
    Predators continue surprise start with win over Kings
    By The Sports Xchange

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Nashville Predators center Craig Smith stood in front of his locker and pondered the question.

    • Was Tuesday night's 4-3 shootout win over the defending Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings another "measuring stick" game for his team?

      "We're measuring ourselves against ourselves right now," Smith said. "We're just worrying about getting better in here. If you start worrying about other teams and how you size up against them, you can get in a little bit of a mind game."

      By whatever system one wants to measure Nashville, it's stacking up pretty well against the best of the Western Conference. In improving to 14-5-2 overall and 8-1-1 in Bridgestone Arena, it outshot Los Angeles 33-21, consistently generating good scoring chances from three of its four lines and its talented defense corps.

      Goalkeeper Pekka Rinne (14-3-1) stopped all six shots he saw in the shootout, denying left winger Dwight King after Predators left winger James Neal scored the shootout's only goal.

      Simply put, Nashville continues to pile up points for first-year coach Peter Laviolette while appearing more comfortable in his system, which stresses attacking on both ends of the ice.

      "It's a different team from last year," left winger Eric Nystrom said. "Different guys, different coach, different everything. We think we have a good group of guys here. We've played in some big games here and found ways to (win)."

      One rap against the Predators early is that their scoring has been top-heavy, restricted mostly to the No. 1 line of Neal, center Mike Ribeiro and right winger Filip Forsberg. The Kings kept that line off the scoresheet, but others stepped up.

      Smith got Nashville on the board with a breakaway goal at 6:24 of the first period. After Los Angeles (11-6-5) grabbed a 2-1 lead on a deflection by defenseman Jamie McBain at 11:32 of the first and a breakaway by right winger Marian Gaborik just 1:01 into the second period, the Predators responded.

      Smith and center Colin Wilson drew assists on the equalizing tally by defenseman Ryan Ellis at 17:36 of the second. Fifty-two seconds later, Nystrom deflected left winger Taylor Beck's wrister past goalie Martin Jones (1-2-1) for a 3-2 lead as the sellout crowd of 17,181 shook with delight.

      "I like the way we're playing," Laviolette said. "I thought we played a pretty good game from start to finish. We were playing a pretty good team. If you give them opportunities, they're going to capitalize because they're so deep, but I felt we were able to generate some scoring chances."

      Kings defenseman Drew Doughty tied it up at 38 seconds of the third period, lugging the puck end-to-end before ripping a wrister by Rinne for his second goal. Los Angeles then earned a pair of power plays in regulation's last eight minutes, but couldn't convert.

      Forsberg and defenseman Shea Weber each hit goal posts in overtime, Weber's coming during a 92-second power play to end the extra period. Jones also robbed Neal with a glove save, giving the Kings a chance to win an extra point in the shootout.

      But Los Angeles couldn't solve Rinne when it mattered most, falling to 1-4-4 on the road.

      "They've only lost once in regulation here this season," Kings coach Darryl Sutter said. "This was a hard-earned point."

      As for Nashville, it banked two more points and is tied with St. Louis atop not only the Central Division, but the conference.

      "Every time we play a new team, especially a team that is as talented as they are, we want to show the rest of the league who we are and that we are not winning by flukes," Wilson said. "We have beaten a lot of great teams and I think people are going to start talking about us a little more."

      NOTES: Los Angeles RW Dustin Brown played in his 200th game with the franchise Tuesday night. ... Saturday evening's 3-2 shootout win over Florida allowed Nashville to tie the second-best start after 20 games in franchise history at 13-5-2, good for 28 points. The 2005-06 team was 14-3-3 (31 points) through 20 games. ... Kings D Drew Doughty logged a career-high 33:40 of ice time in this game after skating for 33:07 Saturday night in Dallas. ... Predators C Matt Cullen became the oldest player in franchise history Tuesday night at 38 years and 23 days, surpassing former D Hal Gill's mark of 38 years, 21 days.

  • Tuesday, November 25, 2014
    Quick-strike Jets double up Blue Jackets
    By The Sports Xchange

    COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The Winnipeg Jets talked about getting off to a fast start. But nine seconds? Really?

    • Winnipeg center Bryan Little scored nine seconds into the game, sending the Jets off and running to a 4-2 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday in Nationwide Arena.

      The Jets had a quick-strike attack all night. They pulled away with two goals in a 31-second span during the second period.

      "The tale of the game, for me, was the first 30 seconds," Winnipeg coach Paul Maurice said. "We win a faceoff, come down and score a goal (by Little), right off the bat.

      "They win a draw, come down and hit a post (on a shot by right winger Jack Skille). There you have it."

      Left winger Evander Kane scored two goals for Winnipeg, while Little and left winger Andrew Ladd each had a goal and an assist. Defenseman Jacob Trouba and right winger Blake Wheeler had two assists apiece.

      "We talked about starting the road trip on a high note, and that needed to start tonight," said Winnipeg goaltender Michael Hutchinson, who made 32 saves to improve to 4-1-1 this season.

      "Nine seconds in ... you don't expect that, but it helped everybody settle into the game. It's good feeling to have early in the game."

      The Blue Jackets got goals from defenseman Jordan Leopold and center Ryan Johansen, but they lost their fourth straight game (0-3-1) and fell to 2-11-2 since Oct. 23.

      Blue Jackets goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky finished with 28 saves.

      Asked about falling behind so early and struggling for most of the first two periods, Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards essentially shrugged.

      "If I knew what the switch was," he said, "I would have flipped it earlier."

      Little won the opening faceoff, skated right past two Blue Jackets defenders when he was sprung by a Ladd pass, then beat Bobrovsky with a roofer off his backhand.

      It was the second-fastest goal in Atlanta/Winnipeg franchise history, and the third-fastest goal allowed in Blue Jackets' team history.

      Columbus responded just a few minutes later to tie it.

      Leopold, acquired in a trade with the Dallas Stars two weeks ago, scored on a soft wrist shot through traffic from just inside the left circle. It was his first goal in 17 games and his first goal with Columbus.

      The Jets seized control of the game late in the second period.

      At 16:25, Kane scored a tap-in goal off a slick feed from defenseman Dustin Byfuglien, a goal that snapped an 0-for-25 drought by Winnipeg's power play.

      "The power play's on fire," Maurice joked. "It has to start somewhere. You have to find a good feeling on it, and a quick moment like that where the confidence is good."

      Only 31 seconds later, the lead was pushed to 3-1 when Ladd fired from the left dot through a forest of trees. Judging by his reaction to the goal, Bobrovsky never saw the puck.

      The Blue Jackets earned a glimmer of hope in the final stages of the game after Johansen's goal midway through the third.

      Johansen gathered the puck on the right side of Hutchinson, carried it behind the cage and curled around in the low slot, whipping the puck off his backhand before Hutchinson was expecting it. The goal pulled Columbus within 3-2.

      The Blue Jackets tried to get Bobrovsky off the ice for an extra skater with 1:09 remaining in the game, but even that backfired into a too-many-men penalty.

      Kane scored into an empty net with 17.6 seconds remaining.

      "In our last four games, I think we played the best in the two games we lost," Maurice said. "We played just a notch below that in the games we won.

      "But it was good to win a greasy one here tonight."

      NOTES: The NHL record for fastest goal to start a game is five seconds, shared by three players. ... Columbus rookie C Alexander Wennberg may be losing favor with coach Todd Richards and staff. Wennberg, who has yet to score and is minus-14 in 19 games, opened last night's game on the fourth line. ... Jets D Tobias Entstrom is listed as day-to-day with a lower-body injury. ... Winnipeg D Grant Clitsome was back in the lineup against his former club after missing two games with an illness and two as a healthy scratch. ... Columbus D Tim Erixon was a healthy scratch for a third straight game. He hasn't played since the Blue Jackets claimed D Kevin Connauton on waivers from the Dallas Stars.

  • Tuesday, November 25, 2014
    Enforcer Brashear signs in Sweden
    By The Sports Xchange

    NHL veteran tough guy Donald Brashear is headed to Sweden to restart his hockey career.

    • Brashear, an 16-year NHL veteran with 2,634 career penalty minutes, signed with MODO of the Swedish Hockey League on Tuesday. The deal was announced by Peter Forsberg, a Hockey Hall of Fame member who is MODO's assistant general manager.

      The 42-year-old Brashear's final NHL season was in 2009-10 with the New York Rangers. He last played hockey in a Quebec-based professional league notorious for fighting. He also has been involved in Mixed Martial Arts.

      MODO's interest in Brashear appeared to be motivated by several incidents involving William Nylander, a recent Toronto Maple Leafs first-round draft pick.

      "He's a type of player we're missing," Forsberg said of Brashear, a former teammate with the Philadelphia Flyers. "He will provide physicality and security."

  • Tuesday, November 25, 2014
    Weiss nets two in Wings' win over Sens
    By The Sports Xchange

    DETROIT -- Right winger Stephen Weiss scored more goals in a five-minute span than he had over the last 13 months in helping the Detroit Red Wings escape with a 4-3 win over the Ottawa Senators on Monday night at Joe Louis Arena.

    • "I always said it takes a bounce, something to go your way, and it starts snowballing," said Weiss. "Hockey’s funny that way. I got a bounce and hopefully it keeps going."

      Weiss only played 26 games last season due to sports hernia surgery. Monday was his second game of 2014-15, after dealing with groin issues earlier this season, as well as being a healthy scratch.

      "The guy's got 60 points in the league a ton of times. That doesn't happen by accident. But in your career, when you get hurt and you miss a couple of years, there's no guarantee you're getting it back," Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said. "Weiss has played four games, three in the American League, and he's got five goals. Scoring is scoring. Not many guys can do that. We acquired him initially because we thought he could help us score and he spent two years on IR basically. Hopefully he can get his confidence back and get going."

      Left winger Gustav Nyquist and center Riley Sheahan also for scored for Detroit. Goaltender Jimmy Howard stopped 23 shots.

      Center Kyle Turris and defenseman Erik Karlsson each had a goal and an assist and right winger Chris Neil also scored for Ottawa. Goaltender Craig Anderson made 39 saves.

      "They schedule it for 60 minutes and you have to play all three periods," Senators coach Paul Maclean said. "I thought we got schooled the last 10 minutes of the first period and the second period on how fast the ice can be at Joe Louis Arena."

      Karlsson cut the Red Wings lead to 4-2, 2:43 into the third period with his sixth goal. After Karlsson beat Howard with a wrist shot from the high slot, Neil scored his goal with 35 seconds remaining.

      Howard made a glove save on Patrick Wiercioch's knuckling shot from the left point just before the final buzzer.

      "We've always been a strong third period team and we showed that tonight. But it didn't help us win, Karlsson said. "We don't get our game going until the third period. We're having trouble putting together three good periods."

      The Red Wings scored three times in the second period to take a 4-1 lead,

      Sheahan's power-play goal 2:23 into the second broke a 1-1 tie. He put in a long rebound from the right face-off dot off the rush for his fourth goal of the season.

      Weiss scored the next two goals. He made it 3-1 with 6:26 left in the second period with his first goal since Oct. 14, 2013.

      Weiss put in a loose puck from in front in his second game of the season.

      "It felt good. I haven’t scored in this building yet. I thought about that today. Why not go get it and get it over with?" Weiss said. "A nice little break in front and the puck was just laying there. It felt good."

      Weiss' second goal came with 2:08 left in the second period, when he backhanded a shot past Anderson from the bottom of the left circle for his 400th career point.

      "It felt good to be in the lineup, it was nice to get a couple of goals and get the win but there’s still a lot of work to do," Weiss said.

      Nyquist's power-play goal with 3:15 left in the first period forged a 1-1 tie. Nyquist put in center Henrik Zetterberg's rebound for his team-leading 10th goal.

      NOTES: Detroit C Pavel Datsyuk was out with a groin injury. ... Ottawa D Chris Phillips missed the game due to an undisclosed injury ... Red Wings D Brendan Smith sat out with a hand infection. ... Senators C Curtis Lazar returned after missing two games with an undisclosed injury. ... Detroit forward Stephen Weiss played in his second game of the season. He was a healthy scratch and then had groin issues. ... Detroit LW Tomas Tatar was named the NHL's Second Star of the Week. He had four goals and an assist in three games last week. ... It was thought that Daniel Alfredsson, who played with the Red Wings last season after playing with Ottawa for 17 seasons, would announce his retirement Monday. He wanted to play another season in Detroit but back trouble has prevented that.

  • Tuesday, November 25, 2014
    Islanders earn shootout victory over Flyers
    By The Sports Xchange

    UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- Spring made a brief return to Long Island Monday afternoon, when the temperature flirted with 70 degrees. Hours later, the New York Islanders and Philadelphia Flyers paid tribute to the unusually mild weather by playing the type of game usually seen come playoff time in the spring.

    • Centers Frans Nielsen and John Tavares scored in the shootout Monday as the Islanders outlasted the Flyers, 1-0, at Nassau Coliseum.

      The goals by Nielsen and Tavares lifted the Islanders (15-6-0) to their fourth straight win and made a hard-luck loser out of Flyers goalie Steve Mason, who was spectacular in making 46 saves in regulation and overtime -- the most he has ever made without giving up a goal.

      "He played great for them," said Islanders goalie Jaroslav Halak, who made 21 saves before turning back both Flyers shots in the shootout. "He stole one point from us."

      But Mason couldn't steal two points thanks to Nielsen and Tavares, who scored the shootout goals in the Islanders' previous 1-0 shootout win -- which was also against the Flyers on Feb. 7, 2012.

      Nielsen, the Islanders' second shooter, fired a shot under Mason's right leg. Tavares, the third shooter, came to a stop in front of the goalmouth and shuffled the puck as the crowd went silent.

      Finally, Tavares faked Mason to the right and chipped the puck over his left shoulder to ensure the Islanders would remain atop the Metropolitan Division along with the Pittsburgh Penguins, who beat the Boston Bruins 3-2.

      The Islanders have won their last seven shootouts dating back to April 11.

      "Knock on wood," Islanders coach Jack Capuano said of the Islanders' shootout fortunes. "Hopefully that'll continue for us. That extra point come the end of the season could be huge."

      Single-handedly earning the Flyers a point and perhaps helping their playoff standing brought little solace afterward to Mason, whose 46 saves were his most since he stopped 47 of 50 shots for the Columbus Blue Jackets against the Anaheim Ducks on Nov. 19, 2010.

      The Flyers (8-9-3) have lost five of their last six (1-4-1) and are three points behind the third-place New York Rangers in the Metropolitan and five points behind second wild card Toronto.

      "Hopefully down the road that might help us in the playoffs," Mason said. "But we left another point out there. That's unacceptable."

      Still, Mason was brilliant on a night in which the Islanders managed to tie a season high for shots despite playing on an ice made choppy by the weather.

      "It's just one of those games," Tavares said. "It was hot in the building tonight."

      And it was hot afterward: As Tavares spoke, an Islanders staffer turned on fans to cool the stuffed home locker room.

      "The ice was a little slower than before," Tavares said. "Just seemed a little bit harder to kind of get to those second (and) third opportunities or get some clean looks."

      The Islanders peppered Mason throughout and had numerous chances to win the game as the crowd roared in the waning moments of regulation. Over the final three minutes, center Josh Bailey missed a shot and center Mikhal Grabovski missed the rebound during a shift change.

      Later, Grabovski fired wide right on a breakaway shortly before Mason gloved a slap shot by right winger Kyle Okposo from the right faceoff circle.

      As for Halak, he made his biggest save in the first period, when he turned back a shorthanded breakaway shot by center Sean Couturier before turning back Couturier's rebound.

      "When the game is 0-0, it could have gone either way," Halak said. "I'm happy we got it done in the shootout."

      The win was the seventh in a row for Halak, who has allowed just eight goals and authored three shutouts in that span.

      NOTES: A moment of silence was held before the game in honor of Pat Quinn, the longtime NHL player and coach who died Monday at age 71. Quinn served as the head coach of four teams, including the Flyers, who set an NHL record with a 35-game unbeaten streak with Quinn behind the bench during the 1979-80 season. ... The Flyers scratched injured C Chris Vandevelde (lower body) as well as the healthy duo of RW Jason Akeson and D Carlo Colaiacovo. ... The Islanders scratched D Calvin De Haan and D Thomas Hickey, each of whom is sick, as well as C Cory Conacher. ... Islanders LW Michael Grabner, who hasn't played this season due to a sports hernia, participated in conditioning drills before the morning skate.

  • Tuesday, November 25, 2014
    Special night for Zucker lifts Wild over Panthers
    By The Sports Xchange

    SUNRISE, Fla. -- Left winger Jason Zucker picked a good night to have his father at his game.

    • Zucker scored twice -- both on assists from center Mikko Koivu -- to lead the Minnesota Wild to a 4-1 win over the Florida Panthers on Monday.

      In addition to the two goals, Zucker was active all night, taking a game-high nine shots in just 16 minutes on the ice. He also had a check that led to his second goal.

      "My dad doesn't get to see a lot of games, so it was nice to have him here and be able to experience this with him," said Zucker, a left winger from Newport Beach, California.

      It was the fifth win in the past six games for the Wild, who have 24 points.

      Minnesota won without the benefit of a power-play goal, failing on three tries. On the road this season, the Wild has converted on just 1 of 41 power-play chances, the worst percentage in the NHL.

      The Panthers, who have 20 points, played their first home game since a successful 2-1-1 road trip. However, the Panthers are just 3-4-1 at home this season.

      Wild goaltender Niklas Backstrom made 29 saves and improved to 6-0-1 in his career against Florida.

      "You can't pick and choose when you play," said Backstrom, who is 4-3 this season and has allowed just two goals in two of his losses. "You have to find a way to be sharp and be ready."

      Panthers goalie Roberto Luongo made 35 saves and fell to 6-5-5.

      "They are a well-structured team," Luongo said. "They are patient, and they wait for you to make a mistake."

      Luongo, who stopped a season-high 48 shots on Saturday in a 3-2 shootout loss at the Nashville Predators, was not sharp early. With 14:02left in the first period, he allowed Zucker to score on just the second shot of the game.

      Koivu slipped a cross-ice pass to Zucker, who beat Luongo through the legs on a soft shot with no traffic in front.

      Minnesota made it 2-0 with 2:17 left in the first period when right winger Nino Niederreiter took advantage of a giveaway by Panthers defenseman Willie Mitchell. Niederreiter swooped in all alone on Luongo, beating him with a forehand-to-backhand move that he roofed.

      "I surprised the puck went there, and I just tried to beat the defense," said Niederreiter, who leads the Wild with 10 goals this season. "(Luongo) was standing pretty wide so I tried to take my backhand, and it worked out."

      The Panthers cut their deficit to 2-1 with 14:26 left in the second period on a tip-in goal by left winger Shawn Thornton.

      At first, the play was ruled no goal because of a perceived high stick by Thornton, who deflected a shot by defenseman Dmitry Kulikov.

      But after a review, it was called a goal -- the first for Thornton in a Panthers uniform.

      With 2:41 left in the second period, Koivu and Zucker connected again. Zucker's backhander off the post, his eighth goal of the season, gave Minnesota a 3-1 lead.

      Minnesota made it 4-1 on an empty-net goal by left winger Zach Parise with 1:29 left.

      "We were not ready to play from the start of the game," Luongo said. "I could have been better on the first two goals. They both went through me. Those are not the types of goals I like to allow.

      "We can't spot the other team two goals and expect to come back every night. That's not how this league works."

      NOTES: Three Panthers returned off the injured list on Monday: C Brandon Pirri (concussion), RW Scottie Upshall (lower body) and LW Sean Bergenheim (lower body). ... Panthers C Dave Bolland (groin) remains on injured list, although he is skating. ... Panthers C Rocco Grimaldi was sent to the minors to make room. His demotion came shortly after his first NHL goal, which came with 43 seconds left in regulation on Saturday night in Nashville, forcing overtime. ... Panthers C Vinny Trocheck, D Dylan Olsen and LW Tomas Fleischmann were healthy scratches. ... Wild D Jonas Brodin (sick) and LW Matt Cooke (hip) are out. ... Minnesota D Stu Bickel was a healthy scratch. ... Up next, Minnesota returns home to play the Los Angeles Kings on Wednesday. ... Florida plays host to the Carolina Hurricanes on Wednesday.

  • Tuesday, November 25, 2014
    Fleury records 300th win as Pens top Bruins in OT
    By The Sports Xchange

    BOSTON -- Marc-Andre Fleury was still wiping the shaving cream out of his eyes and off his gear when the media arrived to talk to him after Monday night's game.

    • The shaving cream came courtesy of unknown teammates after the Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender recorded his 300th career victory in a 3-2 overtime win over the Boston Bruins.

      "I don't know (who did it), but when I find out, there's going to be something back," said Fleury, 29, after becoming the third-youngest goalie to earn 300 wins.

      Fleury reached the milestone when Sidney Crosby hit fellow center Evgeni Malkin with a pass for the winning goal 32 seconds into overtime, ending Pittsburgh's two-game losing streak.

      Whoever it was got the goalie on the bench before Fleury did a television interview on the ice.

      "That's why I never saw it coming -- and (they could) leave (without being caught)," Fleury said with a laugh.

      He joined Martin Brodeur and Terry Sawchuk as the only goalies to reach 300 before their 30th birthday.

      "It was great for him," Penguins coach Mike Johnston said. "What an accomplishment for a guy, third youngest to get to 300 and to earn it in overtime and to have to play against the Bruins in here, it's an exciting night for him."

      Saturday night against the New York Islanders, Johnston put Crosby and Malkin together in overtime, and he had them out together during a four-on-four Monday night.

      "It's nice to have that option on the bench," Johnston said.

      Crosby, who already had a goal and an assist in the hard-fought game, set up Malkin for his second goal of the game, 10th of the season, a one-timer from well out that got past Tuukka Rask before the Boston goalie could react.

      Defenseman Kris Letang, who assisted on all three goals, joined the two stars on the three-on-two and created a diversion by continuing through the middle in front of Rask.

      "Crosby had the puck and I was focusing on him," Rask said. "Malkin was really wide. It was a really good play. (Crosby) makes a saucer pass, and (Malkin) one-times it.

      "It was one of those that I just try and get something in there and hope it hits me because it's tough to get across."

      Crosby, who scored his ninth goal of the year and second in the past 12 games, didn't have a point in weekend losses to the New York Islanders, but the three Monday gave him 798 for his career.

      Fleury (12-3-1) made 27 saves in the win. Rask stopped 30 shots in the loss, the second straight for the Bruins (13-9-1), both at home.

      Left winger Milan Lucic and defenseman Joe Morrow scored 28 seconds apart in the second period for the Bruins. It was the first NHL goal for Morrow, a former No. 1 draft pick of Pittsburgh.

      The Bruins, who had two goals waved off during the game, killed off a too-many-men penalty called with 2:31 left in regulation.

      The Penguins (14-4-2) scored first for the 16th time in 20 games when Crosby slid a rebound past Rask at 3:33 of the opening period. The Bruins then had one waved off before the two-goal outburst, and they had another canceled out after Malkin tied the game with a power-play goal.

      "We got some tough calls against us, and our guys played hard right 'til the end," said Bruins coach Claude Julien, who didn't agree with the first disallowed goal, called a goal by ref Kyle Rehman, who was overruled by the three other officials and then the league office in Toronto. "Unfortunately, we didn't get that second point that I thought we deserved."

      Pittsburgh right winger Beau Bennett was injured in the second period, tried a shift in the third and was then pulled. He will be re-evaluated.

      NOTES: The Bruins were again without C David Krejci and LW Chris Kelly, but LW Brad Marchand returned after missing three games with an undisclosed injury. ... RWs David Pastrnak, the Bruins' first-round pick in the 2014 draft, and Jordan Caron were recalled. Pastrnak made his NHL debut, logged only 7:53 but made a nifty pass in the third period. ... RW Seth Griffith was returned to Providence. ... Pittsburgh C Jayson Megna made his season debut. ... Pittsburgh C Craig Adams notched his 100th career assist. ... Bruins D Zdeno Chara, who missed his 14th game with a knee injury, skated for the first time Monday before sitting out against Pittsburgh for the first time since Feb. 1, 2000. He said he felt good. ... During the morning skate, Boston G Tuukka Rask and C Carl Soderberg got into a bit of a scuffle, but coach Claude Julien said, "It wasn't even a tussle. They've already kissed and made up, so it's not an issue." ... The Penguins host the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday. The Bruins are off until Friday night, when they host the Winnipeg Jets.

  • Monday, November 24, 2014
    NHL game roundup: Fleury earns 300th win
    By The Sports Xchange

    BOSTON -- The Sidney Crosby-Evgeni Malkin connection won a game in overtime for the Pittsburgh Penguins on Monday night.

    • Crosby, who already had a goal and an assist, set up Malkin for his second goal of the game 32 seconds into overtime to give the Penguins a hard-fought 3-2 victory over the Boston Bruins.

      Crosby, who did not have a point in weekend losses to the New York Islanders, hit Malkin with a cross-ice pass and Malkin fired home his 10th of the season, beating Tuukka Rask as the Penguins (14-4-2) ended a two-game losing streak and handed Boston (13-9-1) its second straight loss.

      Defenseman Kris Letang assisted on the first two Pittsburgh goals against Rask, who made 30 saves.

      Marc-Andre Fleury made 27 saves for the Penguins to pick up his 300th career victory.

      Islanders 1, Flyers 0 (SO)

      UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- Centers Frans Nielsen and John Tavares scored in the shootout as New York outlasted Philadelphia at Nassau Coliseum.

      The goals by Nielsen and Tavares on the second and third shots of the shootout marred an otherwise spectacular effort by Flyers goalie Steve Mason, who made 46 saves in regulation and overtime.

      For the Islanders, goalie Jaroslav Halak recorded 21 saves in regulation and overtime before turning back all three shots he faced in the shootout.

      The Islanders (15-6-0) have won four straight and nine of their last 10. The Flyers (8-9-3) have lost five of their last six (1-4-1).

      Wild 4, Panthers 1

      SUNRISE, Fla. -- Left winger Jason Zucker scored twice -- both on assists from center Mikko Koivu -- to lead Minnesota to a win over Florida. It was the fifth win in the past six games for the Wild, who have 24 points in the standings.

      Minnesota won without the benefit of a power-play goal, failing on three tries. On the road this season, the Wild has converted on just 1 of 41 power-play chances, the worst percentage in the NHL.

      The Panthers, who have 20 points, played their first home game since a successful 2-1-1 road trip. However, the Panthers are just 3-4-1 at home this season.

      Red Wings 4, Senators 3

      DETROIT -- Right winger Stephen Weiss scored his first two goals in over a year and Detroit held off Ottawa at Joe Louis Arena.

      Left winger Gustav Nyquist and center Riley Sheahan also for scored for Detroit. Goaltender Jimmy Howard stopped 23 shots.

      Center Kyle Turris and defenseman Erik Karlsson each had a goal and an assist and left winger Mike Hoffman also scored for Ottawa. Goaltender Craig Anderson made 39 saves.

  • Monday, November 24, 2014
    NHL roundup: Pat Quinn dies
    By The Sports Xchange

    Pat Quinn, who coached for 20 years and played in more than 600 games, died at the age of 71.

    • He was one of the more respected voices in the game. He helped restore Canadian pride in the game as he guided Canada to the Gold medal in the 2002 Olympics.

      Quinn coached the Edmonton Oilers, Philadelphia Flyers, Los Angeles Kings, Toronto Maple Leafs and Vancouver Canucks.

      Twice he was awarded the Jack Adams winner for coach of the year and in those seasons he led both Philadelphia (1980) and Vancouver (1994) to the Stanley Cup Finals.

      --Viktor Tikhonov, the coach of the Soviet Union Olympic hockey team that lost the "Miracle on Ice" game to the United States in 1980, has died. He was 84.

      Tikhonov guided the Soviet Union to gold at the 1984, 1988 and 1992 Winter Olympics, but always will be remembered as the coach of the team that lost to the brash, young amateur Americans in the semifinals of the 1980 Games.

      --Five-time NHL All-Star and former North Stars coach Murray Oliver died Sunday after suffering a heart attack. He was 77.

      In 1,127 NHL games, the diminutive playmaking center scored 274 goals and had 454 assists

      Oliver played for the Detroit Red Wings (1957-61), Boston Bruins (1961-67), Toronto Maple Leafs (1967-70) and North Stars (1970-75). He finished second to Billy Hays of the Chicago Blackhawks at the league's top rookie in 1960.

      --Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Roman Polak will be sidelined for about four weeks after suffering a strained knee on Saturday, TSN reported.

      Polak, 28, was acquired in the offseason from St. Louis in exchange for Carl Gunnarsson.

      ---The Chicago Blackhawks reassigned forward Phillip Danault to the Rockford IceHogs of the American Hockey League, the Blackhawks announced.

      --- The Boston Bruins assigned assigned center Seth Griffith to Providence of the American Hockey League, the team announced. Griffith, 21, scored five goals for the Bruins, which is tied for the team lead with three others. He also had two assists in 18 games.

      Bruins left wing Brad Marchand returned to action after missing three games with an undisclosed injury.

      Bruins captain Zdeno Chara, who has missed 14 games with a knee injury, skated for the first time Monday.

      --Detroit Red Wings center Pavel Datsyuk was out for Monday's game with a groin injury.

      --Three Florida Panthers returned off the injured list on Monday: center Brandon Pirri (concussion), right wing Scottie Upshall (lower body) and left wing Sean Bergenheim (lower body).

  • Monday, November 24, 2014
    Bruins assign Griffith to AHL team
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Boston Bruins assigned center Seth Griffith to Providence of the American Hockey League, the team announced Monday.

    • Griffith, 21, scored five goals for the Bruins, which is tied for the team lead with three others. He also had two assists in 18 games.

  • Monday, November 24, 2014
    Blackhawks send Danault to AHL
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Chicago Blackhawks reassigned forward Phillip Danault to the Rockford IceHogs of the American Hockey League, the Blackhawks announced Monday.

    • Danault, 21, played in two games with Chicago, including his NHL debut in Edmonton on Saturday night.

      He had three goals and seven assists in 14 games with Rockford earlier this season.

  • Monday, November 24, 2014
    Report: Mpale Leafs' Polak out four weeks
    By The Sports Xchange

    Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Roman Polak will be sidelined for about four weeks after suffering a strained knee on Saturday, TSN reported.

    • Polak, 28, was acquired in the offseason from St. Louis in exchange for Carl Gunnarsson.

      Polak has played in all 21 games this season and has three goals and two assists.

      He leads Toronto defensemen in hits, with 83, and blocked shots, with 51.

      The Leafs recalled defenseman Korbinian Holzer from the AHL Marlies.