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  • Thursday, April 24, 2014
    Stars 4, Ducks 2
    By The Sports Xchange

    DALLAS -- Not even trailing 2-0 in their own building after one period was enough to deter the Dallas Stars in Game 4 of their Western Conference first-round series with the Anaheim Ducks.

    • Dallas responded with four consecutive goals in a 4-2 win on Wednesday at American Airlines Center, tying their best-of-seven series at 2-2.

      Dallas received goals from left winger and captain Jamie Benn and center Vernon Fiddler in the second period. Center Cody Eakin and defenseman Alex Goligoski scored in the third.

      Benn had a second goal, an apparent empty-netter with 1:04 remaining in regulation, nullified after the whistle blew before he scored.

      Anaheim took an early 2-0 lead when defenseman Bryan Allen and left winger Patrick Maroon each scored in the first period.

      Stars goaltender Kari Lehtonen stopped 20 of the 24 shots he faced. Fiddler (goal, assist) and fellow center Shawn Horcoff (two assists) each had two points for the Stars.

      Anaheim struck first when Allen connected for his first career playoff goal, a slap shot from near the Dallas blue line that beat Lehtonen top shelf at 12:17 of the first period, a sequence where Lehtonen appeared to be screened by Dallas rookie right winger Alex Chiasson.

      The Ducks then doubled that advantage to 2-0 at 18:16 when Maroon scored when a shot by center Mathieu Perrault deflected off his midsection and went over Lehtonen's head before landing in the back of the Dallas net.

      Dallas was down to five healthy defensemen to begin the second period while rookie defenseman Patrik Nemeth was being evaluated. Nemeth did not return for the final two periods.

      Despite trailing 2-0 after 20 minutes, the Stars quickly pulled one back in the second period as Benn scored his third goal of the postseason 27 seconds into the second. After Benn won a faceoff with Perreault near the Anaheim blue line, Benn rushed up the ice and beat Ducks goalie Frederik Andersen top shelf on the short side to make it 2-1.

      The Stars pulled even at 6:33 when Fiddler got the better of Andersen on the short side for his third career playoff goal. It initially appeared that Andersen had stopped the shot, but Fiddler's wrister struck him in the chest before going over the line.

      Anaheim had a great opportunity at 10:57 of the second when Maroon launched a wrister from the right circle that found the right post.

      Dallas outshot Anaheim 16-3 in the second period.

      The Stars continued that momentum early in the third when Eakin fired a wrister off the far post 58 seconds into the period.

      Eakin would not miss on his next attempt, beating Andersen far post with a wrister over his glove at 6:22 of the third, Eakin's first career playoff goal.

      Goligoski then joined the fray at 7:44 of the third with a wrister from the slot that Andersen was late to make a play on. That was the last shot that Andersen, who stopped 19 of 22 shots, would face as he was lifted for goaltender Jonas Hiller right after Dallas' fourth goal.

      Hiller stopped both shots he faced in relief of Andersen.

      Game 5 is Friday night in Anaheim.

      NOTES: Ducks LW Matt Beleskey (lower body), C Ryan Getzlaf (upper body), RW Tim Jackman (hand), D Stephane Robidas (leg fracture), D Luca Sbisa and RW Teemu Selanne were scratched. ... Stars LW Erik Cole, D Brenden Dillon (lower body), C Dustin Jeffrey, C Rich Peverley (irregular heartbeat) and D Aaron Rome were scratched. ... Ducks D Mark Fistric replaced Robidas in Anaheim's third defensive pairing alongside D Bryan Allen. ... Dallas trailed 2-0 after the first period, the second time in the series the Stars have trailed by multiple goals after the opening 20 minutes. Dallas was down 3-0 after one period in Game 1. ... The first-period goal by Ducks D Bryan Allen was his first since Feb. 28, 2012, a span of 128 games. Allen's last goal came as a member of the Carolina Hurricanes and was scored against the Nashville Predators. ... Announced attendance was 18,962, a sellout.

  • Wednesday, April 23, 2014
    Blue Jackets 4, Penguins 3 (OT)
    By The Sports Xchange

    COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Winger Nick Foligno scored at 2:49 of overtime to send the Columbus Blue Jackets to a 4-3 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins, tying their first-round series at two games apiece on Wednesday.

    • Game 5 will be played Saturday night in Pittsburgh.

      Foligno came with speed through the left circle and beat Pittsburgh goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury with a hard wrist shot. The goal came just seconds after Blue Jackets winger R.J. Umberger laid down to block a shot, starting the rush the other direction.

      The Penguins did all of their scoring in the first 11 minutes of the game, taking a 3-0 lead, then tried to hang on the rest of the way, but the Blue Jackets chipped away and eventually got the equalizer in the final minute.

      The Blue Jackets rode the wave of momentum in the second period, outshooting the Penguins 18-6 in the period.

      They finally got the equalizer in the final minute.

      Fleury left his net to play the puck below the goal line, then watched the puck skip over his stick and go right to center Ryan Johansen.

      Johansen's pass went through a wave of Penguins before center Brandon Dubinsky scored to make it 3-3 into the net with 23.2 seconds remaining, just as Fleury dived toward his net.

      Wingers Chris Kunitz, James Neal and Craig Adams scored for the Penguins, while defenseman Paul Martin had two assists.

      Johansen and Boone Jenner scored for the Blue Jackets.

      The Penguins seemed poised to blow the Blue Jackets right out of the series in the first period, scoring a short-handed, even-strength and power-play goal in a blitzkrieg that lasted 5:01.

      Adams scored to make it 1-0 on a short-handed rush from the right circle, a sequence that started in the Penguins' zone with an turnover by Blue Jackets defenseman James Wisneiwski.

      The Penguins pushed the lead to 2-0 on a power-play goal at 10:37 of the first. Kunitz scored his first of the series by redirecting a point shot by defenseman Matt Niskanen.

      Only 33 seconds later, it was 3-0 Penguins. Neal scored from the doorstep off a feed from winger Jussi Jokinen.

      The Blue Jackets stopped the bleeding late in the first period when Jenner potted his second goal of the series, a power play redirection of a shot by center Mark Letestu.

      After Jenner's goal, the play began to tilt sharply in favor of the Blue Jackets, and the Penguins could only slow them by taking penalties.

      It was a flurry of whistles in the second period -- including a two-minute 5-on-3 for Columbus at 13:36 -- that led to the goal that made it 3-2.

      At 14:20 of the second, Johansen buried a puck that had gotten behind Fleury after a center pass by Dubinsky.

      NOTES: Blue Jackets D Ryan Murray was a late scratch from the lineup, and the club did not say why. Murray left the morning skate early, but coach Todd Richards said he expected him to play. Murray had his left knee scoped in early March. ... The Penguins switched defensive pairs in the second period of Monday's Game 2 win, and decided to stick with the combos last night. Kris Letang was paired with rookie Olli Maatta, Rob Scuderi with Matt Niskanen and Brooks Orpik with Paul Martin. ... Blue Jackets D Fedor Tyutin missed his second straight game with an upper-body injury. He hasn't skated leaving Saturday's Game 2 after one period.

  • Wednesday, April 23, 2014
    Wild's Cooke draws seven-game suspension
    By The Sports Xchange

    Minnesota Wild forward Matt Cooke was suspended for seven games by the NHL on Wednesday for kneeing Colorado Avalanche defenseman Tyson Barrie during Game 3 of a first-round Stanley Cup playoff series.

    • The suspension was announced by the Department of Player Safety after a meeting with Cook and new league disciplinarian Stephane Quintal in New York. It would extend into the 2014-15 regular season if the Wild are eliminated from the postseason before Cooke serves the three games.

      The 35-year-old Cooke received a minor penalty for the knee-on-knee hit on a play at 2:02 of the second period of Tuesday night's game. Barrie is expected to be out for four to six weeks as a result of the collision.

      The suspension was Cooke's fifth during his career but the first in three years. The last time was during the 2011 playoffs when he was suspended for 10 games after elbowing New York Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh in the head.

      In 82 regular-season games, Cooke had 10 goals and 28 points for the Wild after spending the previous five seasons with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

  • Wednesday, April 23, 2014
    Blues lose F Morrow for remainder of series
    By The Sports Xchange

    St. Louis Blues forward Brenden Morrow will miss the remainder of the opening-round series against the Chicago Blackhawks because of a foot injury, head coach Ken Hitchcock announced Wednesday.

    • Morrow, who was brought in this season because of his veteran leadership and playoff experience, suffered a foot injury on April 10 that has lingered throughout the postseason.

      He played in the Game 1 triple overtime win before sitting out Game 2, then played in Monday's Game 3 loss. However, he could only manage to play 8:34, receiving just eight shifts in the second and third periods after playing seven in the opening frame.

      The Blues lost 2-0 in Game 3, but still lead the series 2-1. The Blues face the Blackhawks in Game 4 on Wednesday night.

      The 35-year-old scored 13 goals and 25 points in 71 games this season.

  • Wednesday, April 23, 2014
    Three voted Calder Trophy finalists
    By The Sports Xchange

    Forwards Tyler Johnson and Ondrej Palat of the Tampa Bay Lightning and Nathan MacKinnon of the Colorado Avalanche are the three finalists for the 2013-14 Calder Memorial Trophy, the NHL announced Wednesday.

    • The trophy is awarded "to the player selected as the most proficient in his first year of competition."

      Tampa Bay is the first club to boast multiple Calder finalists since Chicago's Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews finished first and third, respectively, in 2008.

      Members of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association submitted ballots for the Calder Trophy at the conclusion of the regular season, with the top three vote-getters designated as finalists. The winner will be announced Tuesday, June 24, during the 2014 NHL Awards from Encore Theater at Wynn Las Vegas.

      Johnson scored 24 goals to set a Lightning rookie record and tie MacKinnon for the lead among NHL rookies. He tied for the overall League lead in shorthanded goals (five) and tallied five power-play goals, becoming the second rookie in NHL history to record five of each in one season (Dennis Maruk, 1975-76).

      MacKinnon topped all first-year players in points (63), goals (24-tied), assists (39), power-play goals (8), game-winning goals (5-tied) and shots (241). The first overall pick in the 2013 NHL Draft tallied at least one point in 13 consecutive games from Jan. 25 to March 6 (5-13--18), breaking Wayne Gretzky's NHL record for the longest single-season point streak by a player age 18 or younger (12 games).

      Palat ranked second among rookie scorers with 23-36--59, three points shy of Brad Richards' Lightning rookie record of 62 points in 2000-01.

      Palat was the league's top rookie threat over the second half of the season, leading all first-year players in scoring after Jan. 1 (17-27--44 in 42 games played, including 14 multiple-point games) and earning NHL Rookie of the Month honors for January and March.

      From 1936-37 until his death in 1943, NHL president Frank Calder purchased a trophy each year to be given permanently to the NHL's outstanding rookie. After Calder's death, NHL presented the Calder Trophy in his memory.

  • Wednesday, April 23, 2014
    Sharks back Kings into corner
    By The Sports Xchange

    LOS ANGELES -- A blend of youth and experience powered the San Jose Sharks to the brink of a sweep of their first-round Stanley Cup playoff series against the Los Angeles Kings.

    • After two rookies helped the Sharks forge a third-period tie, one of the team's trusted veterans pushed the Kings to the point of elimination.

      Winger Patrick Marleau scored at 6:20 of overtime and goaltender Antti Niemi made 28 saves as the Sharks defeated the Kings 4-3 on Tuesday night.

      Marleau took possession off a turnover and backhanded a shot toward the Los Angeles net that deflected off Kings defenseman Slava Voynov's stick and past Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick. The win gave the Sharks a commanding 3-0 series lead with a possible Game 4 clincher in Los Angeles on Thursday.

      "The Kings played well. It was their best game this series," Sharks center Logan Couture said. "We matched them goal for goal, and then we got a good goal from Patty at the end there."

      With Couture and Joe Pavelski kept off the scoresheet, wingers Tomas Hertl and Matt Nieto stepped up and kept the Sharks in the game against a desperate Los Angeles team.

      "Nieto gives us speed and Hertl gives us tenacity around the net," Sharks coach Todd McLellan said. "We really do not consider them rookies at this point of the season."

      In a series that was thought to be a toss-up, San Jose found different ways to win the first three games of the series. Its explosive offense was featured in Games 1 and 2 in San Jose and Tuesday night a grinding third period that saw it outshoot Los Angeles 23-8 eventually wore down the Kings.

      "I mean, there were times in the first two game where we had momentum," Quick said. "We just need to keep working and win a game. It doesn't matter yet, up three or down three."

      Though the Kings got two power play goals and the first goal of the series by winger Marian Gaborik, their inability to hold the lead in the third period was the deciding factor. They took three minor penalties with one indirectly leading to the tying goal.

      "There were times in the first two game where we had momentum," Kings coach Darryl Sutter said. "We just need to keep working and win a game, It doesn't matter yet, up three or down three."

      With the score tied 2-2 after 40 minutes, winger Jeff Carter gave the Kings the lead 51 seconds into the third period with his first goal of the series on the power play. Center Anze Kopitar took a wrist shot from the right boards and Carter was positioned to the left of Niemi to deflect the puck home.

      The Sharks forged the third tie of the game when winger Tomas Hertl converted his own rebound at 9:17 as a penalty to Kings defenseman Alec Martinez was expiring to set the stage for overtime. Hertl's second goal of the series was assisted by winger Tommy Wingels and defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic.

      San Jose opened the scoring at 3:16 of the first period on a power-play goal by winger Brent Burns. Center Joe Thornton fed Burns and his wrist shot from 42 feet deflected off Kings winger Trevor Lewis past Quick for his second goal of the series with defenseman Dan Boyle drawing the secondary assist.

      The Kings evened the score with a power-play goal of their own at 4:48 of the second period. Center Jarret Stoll converted a cross-ice pass from winger Tyler Toffoli for his first goal of the series with defenseman Drew Doughty drawing an assist.

      The Kings took their first lead of the game on Gaborik's first goal of the playoffs at 7:59 of the second period. Gaborik took possession in the Kings defensive zone and went end to end to finish a three-on-two rush.

      The Sharks rallied to tie the score just 1:18 later on rookie winger Matt Nieto's first goal of the series. Nieto was positioned in the slot to deflect a shot by defenseman Jason Demers at 9:17, with Marleau drawing the secondary assist.

      NOTES: Sharks LW Patrick Marleau was announced as one of the finalists for the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy along with Rangers RW Martin St. Louis and Avalanche C Ryan O'Reilly. The Byng is awarded to the player who is "adjudged to have exhibited the best type of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability." The winner will be named at the NHL Awards in Las Vegas on June 24. ... San Jose scratched RW Marty Havlat, RW Adam Burish, C Bracken Kearns, D Mirco Mueller, RW Matt Pelech, D Matt Irwin, C Ttavis Oleksuk, D Dylan Demelo, C Freddie Hamilton, RW Eriah Hayes, D Taylor Doherty, D Matt Tennyson, C Tyler Kennedy, G Troy Grosenick and G Harri Sateri. ... Marleau and C Joe Thornton reached 100 career postseason points. ... The Kings recalled C Colin Fraser from their Manchester AHL affiliate. ... Los Angeles did not dress D Matt Greene, LW Kyle Clifford and C Colin Fraser. ... The Kings are 2-10 all time when trailing 0-2 in a postseason series. They executed comebacks against Detroit in 2001 and St. Louis in 2013.

  • Wednesday, April 23, 2014
    Sharks 4, Kings 3 (OT)
    By The Sports Xchange

    LOS ANGELES -- Winger Patrick Marleau scored at 6:20 of overtime and goaltender Antti Niemi made 28 saves as the San Jose Sharks defeated the Los Angeles Kings 4-3 on Tuesday.

    • Marleau took possession off a turnover and backhanded a shot toward the Los Angeles net that deflected off by Kings defenseman Slava Voynov's stick and past Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick. The win gives the Sharks a commanding 3-0 series lead with a possible Game 4 clincher in Los Angeles on Thursday.

      With the game tied 2-2 after 40 minutes, Kings winger Jeff Carter gave the Kings the lead 51 seconds into the third period with his first goal of the series on the power play. Center Anze Kopitar took a wrist shot from the right boards, and Carter was positioned to the left of Niemi to deflect the puck home.

      The Sharks forged the third tie of the game when winger Tomas Hertl converted his own rebound at 9:17 as a penalty to Kings defenseman Alec Martinez was expiring to set the stage for overtime. Hertl's second goal of the series was assisted by winger Tommy Wingels and defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic.

      San Jose opened the scoring at 3:16 of the first period on a power-play goal by winger Brent Burns. Center Joe Thornton fed Burns and his wrist shot from 42 feet deflected off Kings winger Trevor Lewis past Quick for his second goal of the series with defenseman Dan Boyle drawing the secondary assist.

      The Kings evened the game with a power-play goal of their own at 4:48 of the second period. Center Jarret Stoll converted a cross-ice pass from winger Tyler Toffoli for his first goal of the series with defenseman Drew Doughty drawing an assist.

      The Kings took their first lead of the game on right winger Marian Gaborik's first goal of the playoffs at 7:59 of the second period. Gaborik took possession in the Kings defensive zone and went end to end to finish off a 3-on-2 rush.

      The Sharks rallied to tie the game just 1:18 later on rookie winger Matt Nieto's first goal of the series. Nieto was positioned in the slot to deflect a shot by defenseman Jason Demers at 9:17 with Marleau drawing the secondary assist.

      NOTES: Sharks LW Patrick Marleau was announced as one of the finalists for the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy along with Rangers RW Martin St. Louis and Avalanche C Ryan O'Reilly. The Byng is awarded to the player who is "adjudged to have exhibited the best type of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability." The winner will be named at the NHL Awards in Las Vegas on June 24. ... San Jose scratched RW Marty Havlat, RW Adam Burish, C Bracken Kearns, D Mirco Mueller, RW Matt Pelech, D Matt Irwin, C Ttavis Oleksuk, D Dylan Demelo, C Freddie Hamilton, RW Eriah Hayes, D Taylor Doherty, D Matt Tennyson, C Tyler Kennedy, G Troy Grosenick and G Harri Sateri. ... Marleau and C Joe Thornton reached 100 career postseason points. ... The Kings recalled C Colin Fraser from their Manchester AHL affiliate. ... Los Angeles did not dress D Matt Greene, LW Kyle Clifford and C Colin Fraser. ... The Kings are 2-10 all time when trailing 0-2 in a postseason series. They executed comebacks against Detroit in 2001 and St. Louis in 2013.

  • Wednesday, April 23, 2014
    Rangers open 2-1 series lead with road win
    By The Sports Xchange

    PHILADELPHIA -- Seconds after leaving the penalty box, Daniel Carcillo scored a goal, whacked the glass with his stick and taunted the fans.

    • Take that, Philadelphia. The New York Rangers have reclaimed control of the series.

      Right winger Martin St. Louis and defenseman Dan Girardi each had a goal and assist, goaltender Henrik Lundqvist made 31 saves and the Rangers beat the Flyers 4-1 on Tuesday night in Game 3 of their first-round playoff series.

      Center Derek Stepan also scored a goal as the Rangers took a 2-1 series lead. Game 4 of the best-of-seven Eastern Conference series is Friday night at the Wells Fargo Center.

      "We knew coming in this building was going to be loud. It's a great atmosphere," Girardi said. "We just played a lot harder than we did in Game 2 and that shows through desperation."

      Defenseman Mark Streit had the only goal for the Flyers, who spotted the Rangers a 2-0 lead for the second straight game. They could not rally the way they did at Madison Square Garden in a 4-2 win on Sunday.

      Goalie Ray Emery made his third straight start for injured Steve Mason but was pulled after allowing four goals on 20 shots. Mason, who was healthy enough to be the backup for the first time since suffering an upper-body injury on April 12, made three saves in the final 7:15.

      Flyers coach Craig Berube said he will choose his starter in the next couple of days.

      "I'm sure he wants a couple back," Berube said of Emery.

      The Rangers took a 1-0 lead just 3:54 into the first period when Stepan scored on a rebound after Emery failed to catch left winger Rick Nash's slap shot from the left circle. The puck bounced off Emery's glove and right to Stepan in front, and he flipped it in for his second goal of the series.

      St. Louis scored his second goal in three games to put New York up 2-0 midway through the first. Girardi fired a slap shot from the point that St. Louis deflected on a backhand.

      "That line obviously set the tone," Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said. "They made really good plays. In the playoffs, you need the top guys to play at a high level."

      Emery stoned center Brian Boyle on a breakaway to keep it 2-0 late in the first. Boyle's shot hit Emery's chest and bounced off the post.

      Streit scored shortly afterward during a four-on-four to cut it to 2-1. He pinched into the offensive zone on a rush, took a perfect pass from right winger Jakub Voracek and wristed it past Lundqvist.

      Girardi blasted a one-timer from the right point over Emery's shoulder to give the Rangers a 3-1 lead early in the second period.

      Carcillo skated onto the ice in time to score on a breakaway to make it 4-1 in the third period. The left winger and former Flyer enjoyed sticking it to the fans who used to cheer for him.

      "It was a good moment for him," Vigneault said.

      The Rangers were outstanding defensively in a gritty, physical contest between the longtime rivals. New York killed off all four of Philadelphia's power plays and blocked an astounding 28 shots.

      "We have to get the pucks through, even move it sideways," Flyers defenseman Kimmo Timonen said. "We have to watch tape and find a way to get them through. We have to find a way to move it around quicker."

      NOTES: The Rangers led the Eastern Conference with 25 road wins during the regular season. ... The Flyers have a goal from a defenseman in each game of the series. ... The Flyers committed six penalties in each of the first two games but killed off nine of New York's 12 power plays. ... RW Martin St. Louis had one goal in 19 regular-season games for the Rangers after being acquired from Tampa Bay before the trade deadline. He already has more goals in the playoffs. ... Flyers C Claude Giroux did not have a shot in the first two games. ... Flyers RW Steve Downie (upper body) remained out of the lineup. ... Rangers LW Chris Kreider (hand) also was out.

  • Wednesday, April 23, 2014
    Rask, Bruins shut out Wings, take 2-1 series lead
    By The Sports Xchange

    DETROIT -- Boston is wary of the Detroit Red Wings' speed, but it was the Bruins who were the swifter team on Tuesday night.

    • Goaltender Tuukka Rask made 22 saves for his fourth career playoff shutout and Boston beat Detroit 3-0 on Tuesday night at Joe Louis Arena in Game 3 of the first-round playoff series.

      The Bruins take a 2-1 series lead into Game 4 in Detroit on Thursday.

      "We were skating well tonight ... I thought we were closing gaps and able to be physical," Bruins coach Claude Julien said. "You know, we can talk about being a physical team but you can't be physical if you can't skate and you can't get there."

      Center Patrice Bergeron scored a goal and added an assist and defenseman Dougie Hamilton and right winger Jordan Caron also scored for Boston, the Eastern Conference's No. 1 seed.

      "I think it was similar to the way we played at home (in Sunday's 4-1 win in Game 2). Everyone was going and making plays," Rask said.

      Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard stopped 31 shots in the loss. The Red Wings only scored two goals in the series, winning Game 1 by a 1-0 score before losing Game 2, 4-1.

      Detroit's lineup is dominated by younger players.

      "I don't know why we were rattled, nervous or excited or whatever. I'm a veteran coach, I've been around a long time, maybe I should have known we'd be like that at home," Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said. "I was excited to start on the road. I thought it would be good for a young team to start on the road and you wouldn't get all wound up. I had no idea we'd start like we did tonight."

      Bergeron's empty-net goal with 1:59 left clinched it for the Bruins.

      "That's how we play. We do those things when we have success," Bergeron said. "We are first on the puck and bothering their breakout."

      Boston left winger Brad Marchand hit the goal post from the bottom of the left circle 2:18 into the third period.

      Detroit center Darren Helm hit the goal post almost eight minutes into the second period.

      Boston led 2-0 after dominating the first period.

      "We made some uncharacteristic mistakes there in the first and it gave them some life," Red Wings defenseman Danny Dekeyser said. "They put home a couple goals right away there that took some life out of our sails right away there. We just have to be better. I thought we got better as the game went on. We still need to generate more quality chances and get to the net."

      Hamilton's power-play goal nine minutes into the game opened the scoring when he beat Howard with a wrist shot from the left circle. It was the Bruins' third power-play goal of the series.

      "I just saw the shot availability and took it," Hamilton said.

      Caron made it 2-0 with 4:12 left in the opening period when he put in left winger Shawn Thornton's rebound after a bad line change by Detroit.

      "A good shot by Thornie and the puck came back in the slot and just tried to put it in," Caron said.

      NOTES: Boston last won a game in Detroit on March 11, 2007. ... Detroit RW Daniel Alfredsson did not play because of a sore back. He was replaced in the lineup by C Joakim Andersson. ... Boston RW Reilly Smith and Detroit D Brendan Smith are brothers. ... Boston D Matt Bartkowski played his first game of the series after missing the first two with the flu. He replaced D Andrej Meszaros. ... The Bruins have three players who are from Michigan and played college hockey in the state. Defensemen Torey Krug (Detroit suburb of Livonia) and Corey Potter (Lansing) played at Michigan State, and LW Justin Florek is from Marquette and played at Northern Michigan. ... Red Wings D Jonathan Ericsson, who has been out since March 18 with a broken finger, hopes to have screws removed from his surgically repaired left hand this week. ... Former Red Wing Sergei Fedorov was in attendance at the game.

  • Wednesday, April 23, 2014
    Canadiens complete series sweep of Lightning
    By The Sports Xchange

    MONTREAL -- The Montreal Canadiens finished off their first four-game sweep in 21 years to move on to the second round while disposing of the Tampa Bay Lightning, who were dispatched from the playoffs in four straight for the first time ever.

    • Montreal left winger Max Pacioretty scored a power-play goal with 42.6 seconds remaining in the third period as the Canadiens completed their first series sweep since 1993 with a 4-3 win over Tampa Bay on Tuesday.

      Montreal, which will face the winner of the Boston-Detroit series in the second round, swept Buffalo in the second round in 1993 and went on to win its 24th and most recent Stanley Cup.

      Canadiens center Daniel Briere, who opened the scoring with his first Montreal playoff goal 2:24 into the first period, recalled watching that series while he was growing up.

      "I didn't know it was the last time," Briere said. "I was a little surprised about that. It's a pretty cool tidbit."

      Pacioretty pushed right winger Thomas Vanek's shot between Lightning goalie Kristers Gudlevskis pads for the winner after Tampa Bay forward Cedric Paquette was called for tripping left winger Michael Bournival with 2:11 remaining.

      "I thought the refs did a great job of putting the whistles away in the third, and then a penalty like that, 200 feet from our net, it doesn't result really in a scoring chance, I don't think," Lightning captain Steven Stamkos said. "I know they were tangled up. Their guy was kind of holding our guy down and he gives him a little -- was it a trip? Yeah, probably, but the way things were going you probably don't expect that to be called, so it's tough.

      "You learn from those situations. You never know what's going to be called. It's tough to be in that situation but it is a tough way to lose a game."

      Canadiens goalie Carey Price made 20 saves.

      The Lightning swept the Canadiens in the only previous playoff meeting between the two Atlantic Division opponents in the second round in 2004, when Tampa Bay went on to win its first and only Cup to date.

      Tampa Bay defenseman Victor Hedman and Lightning center Tyler Johnson scored 3:02 apart early in the third period to draw the Lightning even at 3-3.

      "We have character. We're never going to quit, that's our attitude," Stamkos said. "That was our focus in between the periods was to give ourselves a chance and we did, so we're proud of that, but it's a little bit of a case of too little, too late. We needed to play with that urgency throughout the whole series, and we found out why it is tough to win in these playoffs."

      Hedman cut the deficit to 3-2 at 3:29 with his first goal in 22 career playoff games. Johnson tied it with his first playoff goal at 6:31.

      That's when Canadiens coach Michel Therrien used his timeout.

      "We could smell the next round and we got a little too passive and we were back on our heels," Pacioretty said. "They made a great push. They had nothing to lose and they played some great hockey and they had a lot of players step up, but that timeout calmed us down a lot and we got back to our game."

      Montreal had taken a 2-0 lead when center Lars Eller scored his second goal of the series at 15:21 of the first period.

      Lightning left winger Ondrej Palat took advantage of a careless turnover by Canadiens defenseman Alexei Emeline to score a short-handed goal 4:32 into the second.

      Right winger Brendan Gallagher scored for a third straight game at 5:42 to restore Montreal's two-goal lead at 3-1 and chase Tampa Bay starting goalie Anders Lindback from the net.

      Lightning backup goalie Gudlevskis made 16 saves in his playoff debut after taking over for Lindback, who allowed three goals while stopping 17 of 20 shots.

      NOTES: The Lightning were swept for the first time in 13 playoff series. ... Lightning G Kristers Gudlevskis was playing for Latvia in the 2014 Sochi Olympics when he faced Canadiens G Carey Price, who led Canada to a 2-1 quarterfinal win on its way to winning the gold medal. Gudlevskis made 55 saves in the loss. ... Tampa Bay D Sami Salo missed his second game in a row because of an upper-body injury. ... Canadiens C Daniel Briere's first-period goal was his 51st in 112 playoff games.

  • Tuesday, April 22, 2014
    Rangers 4, Flyers 1
    By The Sports Xchange

    PHILADELPHIA -- Right winger Martin St. Louis and defenseman Dan Girardi each had a goal and assist, goaltender Henrik Lundqvist made 31 saves and the New York Rangers beat the Philadelphia Flyers 4-1 on Tuesday night in Game 3 of their first-round playoff series.

    • Center Derek Stepan and left winger Daniel Carcillo also scored goals as the Rangers took a 2-1 series lead. Game 4 of the best-of-seven Eastern Conference series is Friday night at the Wells Fargo Center.

      Defenseman Mark Streit had the only goal for the Flyers, who spotted the Rangers a 2-0 lead for the second straight game. They could not rally the way they did at Madison Square Garden in a 4-2 win on Sunday.

      Goalie Ray Emery made his third straight start for injured Steve Mason but was pulled after allowing four goals on 20 shots. Mason, who was healthy enough to be the backup for the first time since suffering an upper-body injury on April 12, made three saves in the final 7:15.

      The Rangers took a 1-0 lead just 3:54 into the first period when Stepan scored on a rebound after Emery failed to catch left winger Rick Nash's slap shot from the left circle. The puck bounced off Emery's glove and right to Stepan in front, and he flipped it in for his second goal of the series.

      St. Louis scored his second goal in three games to put New York up 2-0 midway through the first. Girardi fired a slap shot from the point that St. Louis deflected on a backhand.

      Emery stoned center Brian Boyle on a breakaway to keep it 2-0 late in the first. Boyle's shot hit Emery's chest and bounced off the post.

      Streit scored shortly afterward during a four-on-four to cut it to 2-1. He pinched into the offensive zone on a rush, took a perfect pass from right winger Jakub Voracek and wristed it past Lundqvist.

      Girardi blasted a one-timer from the right point over Emery's shoulder to give the Rangers a 3-1 lead early in the second period.

      Carcillo came out of the penalty box and scored on a breakaway to make it 4-1 in the third period.

      The Rangers were outstanding defensively in a gritty, physical contest between the longtime rivals. New York killed off all four of Philadelphia's power plays and blocked an astounding 27 shots.

      NOTES: The Rangers led the Eastern Conference with 25 road wins during the regular season. ... The Flyers have a goal from a defenseman in each game of the series. ... The Flyers committed six penalties in each of the first two games but killed off nine of New York's 12 power plays. ... RW Martin St. Louis had one goal in 19 regular-season games for the Rangers after being acquired from Tampa Bay before the trade deadline. He already has more goals in the playoffs. ... Flyers C Claude Giroux did not have a shot in the first two games. ... Flyers RW Steve Downie (upper body) remained out of the lineup. ... Rangers LW Chris Kreider (hand) also was out.

  • Tuesday, April 22, 2014
    Bruins 3, Red Wings 0
    By The Sports Xchange

    DETROIT -- Goaltender Tuuka Rask made 22 saves for his fourth career playoff shutout and the Boston Bruins beat the Detroit Red Wings 3-0 on Tuesday night at Joe Louis Arena in Game 3 of the first round playoff series.

    • The Bruins take a 2-1 series lead in Game 4 in Detroit on Thursday.

      Center Patrice Bergeron scored a goal and added an assist and defenseman Dougie Hamilton and right winger Jordan Caron also scored for Boston, the Eastern Conference's No. 1 seed.

      Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard stopped 31 shots in the loss. The Red Wings only scored two goals in the series, winning Game 1 by a 1-0 score before losing Game 2, 4-1.

      Bergeron's empty-net goal with 1:59 left clinched it for the Bruins.

      Boston left winger Brad Marchand hit the goal post from the bottom of the left circle 2:18 into the third period.

      Detroit center Darren Helm hit the goal post almost eight minutes into the second period.

      Boston led 2-0 after dominating the first period.

      Hamilton's power-play goal nine minutes into the game opened the scoring when he beat Howard with a wrist shot from the left circle. It was the Bruins' third power-play goal of the series.

      Caron made it 2-0 with 4:12 left in the opening period when he put in left winger Shawn Thornton's rebound after a bad line change by Detroit.

      Hamilton hit the goal post on a shot 3:30 into the game after an uncharacteristic turnover in his own zone by the Red Wings' Pavel Datsyuk.

      NOTES: Boston last won a game in Detroit on March 11, 2007. ... Detroit RW Daniel Alfredsson did not play because of a sore back. He was replaced in the lineup by C Joakim Andersson. ... Boston RW Reilly Smith and Detroit D Brendan Smith are brothers. ... Boston D Matt Bartkowski played his first game of the series after missing the first two with the flu. He replaced D Andrej Meszaros. ... The Bruins have three players who are from Michigan and played college hockey in the state. Defensemen Torey Krug (Detroit suburb of Livonia) and Corey Potter (Lansing) played at Michigan State, and LW Justin Florek is from Marquette and played at Northern Michigan. ... Red Wings D Jonathan Ericsson, who has been out since March 18 with a broken finger, hopes to have screws removed from his surgically repaired left hand this week.

  • Tuesday, April 22, 2014
    Canadiens 4, Lightning 3
    By The Sports Xchange

    MONTREAL -- Left winger Max Pacioretty scored with 42.6 seconds remaining in the third period as the Montreal Canadiens completed their first playoff series sweep in 21 years with a 4-3 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday.

    • Pacioretty pushed Thomas Vanek's shot between Lightning goalie Kristers Gudlevskis pads for the winner after Tampa Bay forward Cedric Paquette was called for tripping left wing Michael Bournival with 2:11 remaining.

      Tampa Bay defenseman Victor Hedman and Lightning center Tyler Johnson scored 3:02 apart early in the third period to draw the Lightning even at 3-3.

      Hedman cut the deficit to 3-2 at 3:29 with his first goal in 22 career playoff games. Johnson tied it with his first playoff goal at 6:31.

      Canadiens center Daniel Briere scored his first Montreal playoff goal 2:24 into the first period, and center Lars Eller increased the lead to 2-0 with his second goal of the series at 15:21.

      Lightning left winger Ondrej Palat took advantage of a careless turnover by Canadiens defenseman Alexei Emeline to score a short-handed goal 4:32 into the second.

      Right winger Brendan Gallagher scored for a third straight game at 5:42 to restore Montreal's two-goal lead at 3-1 and chase Tampa Bay starting goalie Anders Lindback from the net.

      Lightning backup goalie Gudlevskis made his playoff debut as he took over for Lindback, who allowed three goals while stopping 17 of 20 shots.

      Montreal goalie Carey Price made 20 saves.

      NOTES: The Lightning had not been swept through its 12 previous playoff series. Tampa Bay swept Montreal in four straight in the second round in 2004 on its way to winning the Stanley Cup in the only prior playoff series between the two Atlantic Division opponents. ... Lightning G Kristers Gudlevskis was playing for Latvia in the 2014 Sochi Olympics when he faced Montreal G Carey Price, who led Canada to a 2-1 quarterfinal win on its way to winning the gold medal. Gudlevskis made 55 saves in the loss. ... Tampa Bay D Sami Salo missed his second game in a row because of an upper-body injury. ... Canadiens C Daniel Briere's first-period goal was his 51st in 112 playoff games. ... Montreal's last playoff sweep was in 1993, when it beat Buffalo 4-0 in the second round on the way to its 24th and most recent Stanley Cup.

  • Tuesday, April 22, 2014
    Predators sign two to entry-level deals
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Nashville Predators signed defenseman Garrett Noonan to a two-year entry-level contract and defenseman Jaynen Rissling to a three-year entry-level contract, the team announced Tuesday.

    • Noonan, 23, spent the past four seasons at Boston University, amassing 81 points (30 goals, 51 assists) and 271 penalty minutes in 145 games.

      Nashville's fourth choice -- 112th overall in the fourth round -- in the 2011 Entry Draft, Noonan helped the Vernon Vipers capture the 2010 RBC Cup, Doyle Cup and Fred Page Cup in his lone junior season.

      Rissling, 20, recently completed his fifth season with the Calgary Hitmen of the Western Hockey League, posting 37 points (8 goals, 29 assists) and 105 penalty minutes in 54 games while serving as team captain.

      In 273 WHL games from 2009-14, the 6-foot-4, 204-pounder amassed 117 points (23 goals, 94 assists) and 465 penalty minutes.

      Washington's ninth choice -- 197th overall in the seventh round -- in the 2012 Entry Draft, Rissling was acquired from the Capitals in exchange for Nashville's seventh-round selection in the 2014 Entry Draft on Saturday.

  • Tuesday, April 22, 2014
    Stars goalie Lehtonen shuts out Ducks
    By The Sports Xchange

    DALLAS - It was the sort of performance Dallas Stars fans had been expecting from goaltender Kari Lehtonen since he was acquired in a February 2010 trade.

    • Lehtonen stopped all 37 shots he faced as Dallas handed the Anaheim Ducks a 3-0 defeat in Game 3 of their Western Conference first-round series on Monday night at American Airlines Center.

      "He was under control. He made some great saves for us. He made some real timely saves. But he just looked real comfortable in net," Stars head coach Lindy Ruff said of Lehtonen. "I'd like to see us show a little bit more composure with the puck at times, which led to some opportunities against, but [Lehtonen]'s play back there was a calming force for us.

      After dropping the first two games of the series, the Stars were eagerly anticipating a return to American Airlines Center, a building where they won eight of their final 10 games during the regular season.

      Dallas now trails Anaheim 2-1 in the best-of-seven series.

      The Stars received goals from left winger and captain Jamie Benn, rookie right winger Valeri Nichushkin and center Ryan Garbutt in the victory.

      It was the first career playoff shutout and victory for Lehtonen, who was 0-4-0 in his short playoff career heading into Game 3.

      "At the age of 30, it was about time to get that first one," Lehtonen said. "It was nice to be able to be back there and help the team out. That's what I have to keep doing."

      Dallas struck first when Benn scored his second goal of the playoffs 35 seconds before the first intermission.

      Benn's goal, which resulted from a rebound after Ducks goalie Frederik Andersen denied the initial effort from Dallas center Shawn Horcoff, came just 10 seconds after he left the penalty box following a penalty for hooking Anaheim center Kyle Palmieri.

      Anaheim was down to five healthy defensemen early in the second period after veteran Stephane Robidas was upended in front of the Dallas net by Garbutt 42 second into the period.

      Robidas, who played much of his career in Dallas before being traded to the Ducks in March, was unable to put any weight on his right foot and was helped off the ice by Ducks right winger Teemu Selanne and a member of the Anaheim medical staff.

      During the second intermission, it was announced that Robidas had suffered a right leg injury and had been taken to a local hospital.

      "Yeah, it's a big loss for us," Ducks defenseman Cam Fowler said of Robidas. "My heart just breaks for the guy. He was a big part of this team and was going to continue to play a huge role for us, so it's a pretty big loss."

      The Stars went ahead 2-0 when Nichushkin fired a wrister through Andersen's five-hole from the right point with 2:45 left before the second intermission. It was Nichushkin's first career playoff goal.

      Tempers flared late in the second period when Ducks center Ryan Getzlaf and Stars left winger Antoine Roussel had a confrontation in the Dallas end. Getzlaf received a minor penalty for roughing and Roussel was given a double-minor, also for roughing, for his role in the scrum.

      Garbutt chipped in an insurance goal at 7:52 of the third period when he scored his second goal of the postseason by tapping in a rebound after a shot by center Cody Eakin was turned away by Andersen. Garbutt actually took the initial shot in the sequence after a pass from Roussel, a wrister from distance that was denied by Andersen.

      However, Garbutt was waiting to pounce after Eakin's shot was rebuffed by Andersen to make it 3-0.

      The Stars prevailed despite being outshot 37-22 by the Ducks.

      Andersen stopped 19 of 22 shots for Anaheim.

      "He was fine for me," Ducks head coach Bruce Boudreau said of Andersen's performance. "He kept his calm."

      Game 4 is on Wednesday night in Dallas.

      Notes: Ducks LW Matt Beleskey (lower body), RW Emerson Etem, RW Tim Jackman (hand), RW Rickard Rakell and D Luca Sbisa were scratched. ... Stars LW Erik Cole, D Brenden Dillon (lower body), C Dustin Jeffrey, C Rich Peverley (irregular heartbeat) and D Aaron Rome were scratched. ... Ducks D Stephane Robidas was making his first appearance in Dallas since being traded by the Stars to Anaheim in March. Robidas had spent over a decade in Dallas over two separate stints. ... Stars C Chris Mueller, who centered Dallas' third line with LW Ray Whitney and RW Alex Chiasson, made his NHL playoff debut on Monday. Mueller spent most of the season with AHL Texas but appeared in nine games with the Stars. ... Dallas hosted a playoff game for the first time since May 19, 2008, when the Stars lost 4-1 to the Detroit Red Wings and were eliminated in the Western Conference Finals. ... Announced attendance was 19,120, a sellout.

  • Tuesday, April 22, 2014
    Stars 3, Ducks 0
    By The Sports Xchange

    DALLAS -- After dropping the first two games of a Western Conference first-round series against the Anaheim Ducks, the Dallas Stars were eagerly anticipating a return to American Airlines Center, a building where they won eight of their final 10 games during the regular season.

    • The Stars gave a sellout crowd plenty to cheer about thanks to goals from left winger and captain Jamie Benn, rookie right winger Valeri Nichushkin and center Ryan Garbutt in a 3-0 victory on Monday night in Game 3.

      Dallas cut Anaheim's lead to 2-1 in the best-of-seven series.

      Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen stopped all 37 shots he faced for his first career playoff shutout and victory. Lehtonen was 0-4-0 in his short playoff career heading into Game 3.

      Dallas struck first when Benn scored his second goal of the playoffs 35 seconds before the first intermission.

      Benn's goal, which resulted from a rebound after Ducks goalie Frederik Andersen denied the initial effort from Dallas center Shawn Horcoff, came just 10 seconds after he left the penalty box following a penalty for hooking Anaheim center Kyle Palmieiri.

      Anaheim was down to five healthy defensemen early in the second period after veteran Stephane Robidas was upended in front of the Dallas net by Garbutt 42 second into the period.

      Robidas, who played much of his career in Dallas before being traded to the Ducks in March, was unable to put any weight on his right foot and was helped off the ice by Ducks right winger Teemu Selanne and a member of the Anaheim medical staff.

      During the second intermission, it was announced that Robidas had suffered a right leg injury and had been taken to a local hospital.

      The Stars went ahead 2-0 when Nichushkin fired a wrister through Andersen's five-hole from the right point with 2:45 left before the second intermission. It was Nichushkin's first career playoff goal.

      Tempers flared late in the second when Ducks center Ryan Getzlaf and Stars left winger Antoine Roussel had a confrontation in the Dallas end. Getzlaf received a minor penalty for roughing and Roussel was given a double-minor, also for roughing, for his role in the scrum.

      Garbutt chipped in an insurance goal at 7:52 of the third period when he scored his second goal of the postseason by tapping in a rebound after a shot by center Cody Eakin was turned away by Andersen. Garbutt actually took the initial shot in the sequence after a pass from Roussel, a wrister from distance that was denied by Andersen.

      However, Garbutt was waiting to pounce after Eakin's shot was rebuffed by Andersen to make it 3-0.

      The Stars prevailed despite being outshot 37-22 by the Ducks.

      Game 4 is on Wednesday night in Dallas.

      NOTES: Ducks LW Matt Beleskey (lower body), RW Emerson Etem, RW Tim Jackman (hand), RW Rickard Rakell and D Luca Sbisa were scratched. ... Stars LW Erik Cole, D Brenden Dillon (lower body), C Dustin Jeffrey, C Rich Peverley (irregular heartbeat) and D Aaron Rome were scratched. ... Ducks D Stephane Robidas was making his first appearance in Dallas since being traded by the Stars to Anaheim in March. Robidas had spent over a decade in Dallas over two separate stints. ... Stars C Chris Mueller, who centered Dallas' third line with LW Ray Whitney and RW Alex Chiasson, made his NHL playoff debut on Monday. Mueller spent most of the season with AHL Texas but appeared in nine games with the Stars. ... Dallas hosted a playoff game for the first time since May 19, 2008 when the Stars lost 4-1 to the Detroit Red Wings and were eliminated in the Western Conference Finals. ... Announced attendance was 19,120, a sellout.

  • Tuesday, April 22, 2014
    Blackhawks shut out Blues
    By The Sports Xchange

    CHICAGO - The seventh man may not have laced up skates and climbed onto the ice, but he still played a key role in Monday night's Game 3 of the Western Conference first-round playoff series between the St. Louis Blues and Chicago Blackhawks.

    • With almost every one of the 22,112 fans in the stands wearing red jerseys to support their favorite team, Chicago's home crowd definitely helped fuel the Blackhawks to a 2-0 win over the Blues.

      "It's nice to get on board," Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith said of the win. "We needed it tonight obviously. It would've been a huge hole going down 3-0. We're back in the series."

      While it indeed is a big step in the right direction for the Blackhawks, who lost both of the first two games in overtime, St. Louis still holds a 2-1 edge in the best-of-seven series.

      Even with the loss, St. Louis coach Ken Hitchcock praised his team's play.

      "Best game (of the series) by far," Hitchcock said. "We did a lot of things really that you want to. It was one of the best road games I've ever seen us play. They're a good team. We knew this was going to be a long series. But we really played hard, we really played well."

      Game 4, again in Chicago, will be a nationally televised contest starting at 9:30 pm ET on Wednesday night. Game 5 will be in St. Louis on Friday night. Game 6, if necessary, will be in Chicago on Sunday afternoon.

      Chicago coach Joel Quenneville praised winning goalie Corey Crawford's performance, stopping all 34 of St. Louis' shots.

      "I thought it was a great response and a tremendous effort by him," Quenneville said. "He was square, he was solid, in control. I think his rebound effectiveness today was as good as we've seen. It was a real solid game for him."

      As for the overall game, Quenneville added, "Tight one throughout, three games in a row. It's been a very intense series and extremely close."

      An early goal by Blackhawks center and team captain Jonathan Toews was more than enough for the win, while an empty-net insurance score with 20 seconds left by center Marcus Kruger sealed the win.

      Toews, who missed the last two weeks of the regular season with an upper-body injury, had been relatively quiet upon his return for the first two games of the series.

      But he wasted little time making his presence known Monday, scoring at just 4:10 of the opening period.

      Keith fed Toews just before the blue line, and even though he was off-balance and shooting from the left side, Toews was able to push a fluttering shot -- not a rocket by any means, but more of a knuckleball, so to speak -- past St. Louis goalie Ryan Miller.

      Although St. Louis outshot Chicago 15-7 in the first period, it was the Blackhawks who held the lead going into the second period.

      While the tables turned in the middle stanza -- Chicago outshot St. Louis 11-8 -- the Blues still had a 23-18 edge after the first two periods.

      But again, St. Louis still wound up with nothing to show for all that effort.

      It was the same song for the Blues in the third period. They outshot the Blackhawks 11-7 (for a total of 34-25), yet again came up empty.

      Kruger scored on a wraparound goal into the empty St. Louis net to put the win on ice for the Blackhawks.

      "We had a good game, lots of chances, but both goalies played well, so we have to find a way to outwork (Crawford)," Blues center Jaden Schwartz said. "We had a lot of chances, especially in the third period, we had a really good push. For whatever reason, it wouldn't go in. We couldn't get the second chances."

      One of the biggest keys for Chicago was on the penalty kill. Successfully stopping St. Louis on all three of the Blues' power plays, the Blackhawks are now 15-for-16 on the penalty kill through the first three games of the series.

      It was the 89th career playoff win for Quenneville, most among active coaches in the NHL.

      Quenneville, who had 307 overall wins when he previously coached the Blues, is also the only active coach to have two Stanley Cup championships (2010 and 2013, both with the Blackhawks).

      This series is the 11th time both teams have faced each other in the playoffs but the first time since the 2002 conference quarterfinals.

      One thing the Blackhawks will likely have on their mind in that game: Of the 10 prior postseason series between the two teams, only three have gone to six games or more.

      NOTES: Monday marked the first game of a three-game suspension for Chicago D Brent Seabrook after his hard hit on St. Louis RW David Backes in Game 2. It will be a big loss for the Blackhawks. Seabrook was leading the team in both points (four) and goals (two) in the series coming into Game 3. He will not be eligible to return until Game 6, if there is one. As for Backes, it's uncertain whether he'll be able to play in Game 4. ... Just before the Blackhawks took the ice, a video montage on the scoreboard showed Seabrook, which drew a huge roar from the partisan Chicago crowd. ... Attendance was 22,112. ... Joel Quenneville now has a 47-31 playoff record as Blackhawks coach, with a franchise-best .597 winning percentage. ... The Blues' 2-0 series edge coming into Monday's game is the 12th time they have won the first two games in a playoff series in club history. They have emerged 10-1 in the previous 11 series. ... The Blackhawks called up 13 players from their Rockford (Ill.) farm club in the AHL before the game. ... After overtime wins in the first two games of the series, St. Louis is now 6-1 in OT playoff games all time against Chicago.

  • Tuesday, April 22, 2014
    Granlund's OT goal lifts Wild past Avalanche
    By The Sports Xchange

    ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Minnesota Wild center Mikael Granlund did his best Thomas Edison impression on Monday night, and as a result, his team has new playoff life.

    • Frustrated by Colorado Avalanche goalie Seymon Varlamov for 65 minutes, Granlund heeded Edison's old lesson about not giving up and "trying just one more time," then illuminated a red goal light for his team. Granlund scored the only goal of the game 5:08 into overtime as the Wild beat the Avalanche 1-0 in Game 3 of their Western Conference first-round series.

      After a pass from right winger Jason Pominville, Granlund cut across the front of the Colorado net and slapped his own rebound past Varlamov as the Wild, after losing the first two games of the series in Colorado, pulled back within a game.

      Granlund, who was hit repeatedly throughout the game, showed a resilience with which Minnesota coach Mike Yeo is very familiar.

      "He's used to being a target and he's used to being the center of attention since he was a young kid," Yeo said. "He's on a different stage now, but that's how he's grown up and that's what he's used to. Guys like that often find the right time to make big plays."

      Minnesota goalie Darcy Kuemper, making his first career playoff start, had a 22-save shutout for the Wild, who dominated throughout the game but could not get a shot past Varlamov until the extra session.

      Varlamov had 45 saves for the Avalanche.

      "Credit to us and to Varly for sticking to what we had to do," Avalanche defenseman Erik Johnson said. "For the most part, we let Varly see everything and took care of second and third opportunities. They were shooting from everywhere. So credit to them, they played well. We're still playing with house money here in the series, up 2-1, and we'll bring our game on Thursday."

      Colorado had the only power play of the first period but nothing to show for it in a scoreless 20 minutes dominated by Minnesota everywhere except on the scoreboard.

      The Wild launched 22 shots at Varlamov -- a franchise record for a playoff game and one shy of Minnesota's all-time record. One that did not count as a shot on goal was perhaps Minnesota's best scoring chance, when center Charlie Coyle hit the right post in the final minute of the period.

      The second period was scoreless as well, as the Avalanche managed just seven shots on goal despite having a trio of power plays in the period. Part of their trouble came from injuries.

      Defenseman Tyson Barrie was lost for the game early in the second period after a knee-on-knee hit with Minnesota left winger Matt Cooke, who was given a minor penalty on the play. Colorado coach Patrick Roy later said Barrie suffered a MCL injury and will be out four to six weeks. Roy expects Cooke to be disciplined by the NHL.

      "I think it's the play of the game. Knee on Tyson Barrie is without a doubt the play of the game," Roy said. "We lost our best offensive defenseman. I think it could have been a five-minute major, been out of the game. Plus, I think it would've broke their momentum. There's a key moment in those games. And now we believe that the league will make the right call."

      Later in the period, Colorado lost defenseman Andre Benoit after he was run hard into the boards by Wild right winger Nino Niederreiter. Left winger Patrick Bordeleau left the ice after being slashed by Niederreiter. Both Benoit and Bordeleau returned later in the second.

      The Wild outshot the Avalanche 13-5 in the third period and had the only power play during that 20-minute span but again could not solve the Colorado goalie. In the process, the Wild set a franchise record for shots in a playoff game, breaking their previous high of 40.

      "We lost and we need to move on," Varlamov told the Denver Post. "Looking forward to playing the next game. It's not the regular season anymore. It's all about winning. It's not about the statistics or anything like that. You have to win."

      The Wild, looking for their first playoff series win since 2003, said the key was sticking to their game plan despite Varlamov's effort.

      "We saw it was working and we saw that we were getting a lot of really good looks and really good chances," said Wild left winger Zach Parise, who had a team-high seven shots on goal and assisted on the winner. "We kept talking about not changing the way we played even though it was still 0-0. What we were doing was effective despite the score."

      It was the 10th one-goal game between the Wild and Avalanche in their last 12 postseason meetings.

      NOTES: C Matt Duchene was still scratched from the Avalanche lineup on Monday, but he skated during the team's morning practice, showing some signs that he may return in the relatively near future. Duchene, who led Colorado in scoring during the regular season with 70 points in 71 games, has not played since March 29 when he suffered a knee injury in a game versus San Jose. ... The Wild brought back a well-known name from their admittedly limited playoff history to whip up the crowd on Monday. Eleven years ago, to the day, F Richard Park scored in overtime as the Wild beat Colorado 3-2 in game six of their first-round playoff series. Minnesota would go on to win game seven in Denver the next night. ... Monday's game was the playoff debut for Wild rookie RW Justin Fontaine, who was a healthy scratch in the first two games of the series. ... Game four in this series will be played Thursday evening in St. Paul, starting at 8:30 p.m. CT.

  • Tuesday, April 22, 2014
    Blackhawks 2, Blues 0
    By The Sports Xchange

    CHICAGO -- After losing the first two games of a first-round Western Conference playoff series with the St. Louis Blues, a return to home ice was the winning formula for the Chicago Blackhawks on Monday night.

    • An early goal from center and team captain Jonathan Toews, coupled with an empty-net insurance score with 20 seconds left by center Marcus Kruger, powered the Blackhawks to a 2-0 win over the Blues on Monday night at the United Center.

      The series, which the Blues still control 2-1, is now extended to at least five games. Game 4 is Wednesday night, also in Chicago.

      Toews, who missed the last two weeks of the regular season with an upper-body injury, had been relatively quiet upon his return for the first two games of the first round.

      But he wasted little time making his presence known in front of the Game 3 hometown crowd, scoring at just 4:10 of the opening period.

      Defenseman Duncan Keith fed Toews just before the blue line, and even though he was off-balance and shooting from the left side, Toews was able to push a fluttering shot -- not a rocket by any means -- past St. Louis goalie Ryan Miller.

      Although St. Louis outshot Chicago 15-7 in the first period, it was the Blackhawks who held the lead going into the second period.

      While the tables turned in the second period -- Chicago outshot St. Louis 11-8 -- the Blues still had a 23-18 edge after the first two periods.

      But again, St. Louis still wound up with nothing to show for all that effort.

      It was the same song for the Blues in the third period. They outshot the Blackhawks 11-7 (for a total of 34-25), yet still came up with nothing.

      It was the 89th career playoff win for Chicago coach Joel Quenneville, most among active coaches in the NHL.

      Quenneville, who had 307 overall wins when he previously coached the Blues, is also the only active coach to have two Stanley Cup championships (2010 and 2013, both with the Blackhawks).

      Game 4 will be a nationally televised contest starting at 9:30 pm ET on Wednesday night. This series is the 11th time both teams have faced each other in the playoffs but the first time since the 2002 conference quarterfinals.

      One thing the Blackhawks will likely have on their mind in that game: Of the 10 prior postseason series between the two teams, only three have gone to six games or more.

      NOTES: Monday marked the first game of a three-game suspension for Chicago D Brent Seabrook after his hard hit on St. Louis RW David Backes in Game 2. It will be a big loss for the Blackhawks. Seabrook was leading the team in both points (four) and goals (two) in the series coming into Game 3. He will not be eligible to return until Game 6, if there is one. ... Just before the Blackhawks took the ice, a video montage on the scoreboard showed Seabrook, which drew a huge roar from the partisan Chicago crowd. ... Attendance was 22,112. ... Joel Quenneville came into the game with a 46-31 playoff record as Blackhawks coach, with a franchise-best .597 winning percentage. ... Not a good omen for Chicago: The Blues' 2-0 series edge coming into Monday's game is the 12th time they have won the first two games in club history. They have emerged 10-1 in the previous 11 series. ... The Blackhawks called up 13 players from their Rockford (Ill.) farm club in the AHL before the game. ... After overtime wins in the first two games of the series, St. Louis is now 6-1 in OT playoff games all time against Chicago.

  • Monday, April 21, 2014
    Penguins rally from 3-1 deficit to take Game 3
    By The Sports Xchange

    COLUMBUS, Ohio -- It took barely two minutes for the Pittsburgh Penguins to awaken and take charge of their first-round series with the Columbus Blue Jackets.

    • Trailing 3-1 and at risk of falling behind in the series against the upstart Blue Jackets, the Penguins got goals from center Brandon Sutter, right winger Lee Stempniak and right winger Jussi Jokinen and went on to a 4-3 win in Game 3 at Nationwide Arena.

      "Not the start we were looking for, not at all," Penguins coach Dan Bylsma said. "But I like the way we responded, and I like the way we played in the last part of that game, the final 45 minutes or so.

      "We've talked about getting to that point of desperation right from the start. We didn't want to be in a hole like we faced there, but we came back with a desperate third."

      The Penguins lead the best-of-seven series 2-1 with Game 4 set for Wednesday in Nationwide.

      The Blue Jackets also blew a 3-1 lead in Game 1.

      "They started skating," Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards said. "I don't think it was a case of us taking our foot off the pedal, or anything like that. We kept going.

      "It's not over until you lose four games. We've only lost two games. There's a long way to go."

      The three goals were scored in a span of 2:13, putting the Penguins up 4-3 at 8:06 of the third.

      Defenseman Brooks Orpik also scored for the Penguins.

      Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury overcame a shaky start to finish with 17 saves.

      Center Boone Jenner, defenseman Jack Johnson and right winger Cam Atkinson scored for the Blue Jackets, and goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky finished with 37 saves.

      The Blue Jackets disappointed a crowd of 19,148 -- the fourth-largest ever in Nationwide Arena -- who were witnessing the first playoff game in Columbus in five years.

      "The crowd was great, and that makes it tougher," Blue Jackets right wing R.J. Umberger said. "The deserved a win tonight."

      The Blue Jackets, who won the franchise's first playoff game on Saturday in Pittsburgh, seemed in line to make it two straight until the wheels came off early in the third period.

      Less than five minutes after the Blue Jackets took a 3-1 lead, Sutter redirected a shot through traffic by Penguins defenseman Paul Martin to make it 3-2.

      The lead was gone only 70 seconds later when Stempniak got free in the right circle and roofed the puck over Bobrovsky's left shoulder.

      Only 1:03 later, the Penguins had their first lead of the night when defenseman Olli Maatta sent in a shot that was wide of the goal before kicking off Jokinen's leg and into the net.

      Suddenly, a party atmosphere in Nationwide became subdued because the Penguins dominated play in the third period.

      At the midpoint of the third period, the Penguins had outshot the Blue Jackets 14-1. They finished with a 41-20 advantage.

      NOTES: Blue Jackets LW Nick Foligno returned to the lineup after missing the final five games of the regular season and the first two games of the playoffs with a knee injury. Foligno, who had a career-high 18 goals this season, opened on the third line with C Artem Anisimov and RW R.J. Umberger. ... After getting burned by short-handed goals in each of the first two games, the Penguins went with a more standard setting on their top power play unit, using D Paul Martin and D Matt Niskanen on the points. In the first two games, they used four forwards, with only one defenseman on the point. ... Blue Jackets D Fedor Tyutin missed the game with an upper-body injury suffered in the first period of Saturday's Game 2. D David Savard moved up from the third pair to take Tyutin's spot next to D Jack Johnson on the top pair, and D Dalton Prout made his playoff debut. ... Penguins rookie C Brian Gibbons did not dress after suffering an undisclosed injury on Saturday. C Jayson Megna took his spot in the lineup.

  • Monday, April 21, 2014
    Wild 1, Avalanche 0 (OT)
    By The Sports Xchange

    SAINT PAUL, Minn. -- Center Mikael Granlund scored the only goal of the game 5:08 into overtime as the Minnesota Wild made it a playoff series, beating the Colorado Avalanche 1-0 on Monday night.

    • After a pass from right winger Jason Pominville, Granlund cut across the front of the Colorado net, and slapped his own rebound past Avalanche goalie Seymon Varlamov as the Wild, after losing the first two games of the series in Colorado, pulled back within a game.

      Minnesota goalie Darcy Kuemper, making his first career playoff start, had a 22-save shutout for the Wild, who dominated throughout the game but could not get a shot past Varlamov until the extra session.

      Varlamov had 45 saves for the Avalanche.

      Colorado had the only power play of the first period, but got nothing to show for it in a scoreless opening stanza dominated by Minnesota everywhere except on the scoreboard. The Wild launched 22 shots at Varlamov -- a franchise record for a playoff game, and one shy of Minnesota's all-time record. One that did not count as a shot on goal was perhaps Minnesota's best scoring chance, when center Charlie Coyle hit the right goalpost in the final minute of the period.

      The second period was scoreless as well, as the Avalanche managed just seven shots on goal despite having a trio of power plays in the period. Part of their trouble came from injuries. Defenseman Tyson Barrie was lost for the game early in the second period after a knee-on-knee hit with Minnesota left winger Matt Cooke, who was given a minor penalty on the play.

      Later in the period Colorado lost defenseman Andre Benoit after he was run hard into the boards by Wild right winger Nino Niederreiter, and left winger Patrick Bordeleau left the ice after being slashed by Niederreiter. Both Benoit and Bordeleau returned later in the second.

      Minnesota out-shot the Avalanche 13-5 in the third period and had the only power play of that 20-minute span, but again could not solve the Colorado goalie. In the process, the Wild set a franchise record for shots in a playoff game, breaking their previous high of 40.

      NOTES: C Matt Duchene was still scratched from the Avalanche lineup on Monday, but he skated during the team's morning practice, showing some signs that he may return in the relatively near future. Duchene, who led Colorado in scoring during the regular season with 70 points in 71 games, has not played since March 29 when he suffered a knee injury in a game versus San Jose. ... The Wild brought back a well-known name from their admittedly limited playoff history to whip up the crowd on Monday. Eleven years ago, to the day, F Richard Park scored in overtime as the Wild beat Colorado 3-2 in game six of their first-round playoff series. Minnesota would go on to win game seven in Denver the next night. ... Monday's game was the playoff debut for Wild rookie RW Justin Fontaine, who was a healthy scratch in the first two games of the series. ... Game four in this series will be played Thursday evening in St. Paul, starting at 8:30 p.m. CT.

  • Monday, April 21, 2014
    Penguins 4, Blue Jackets 3
    By The Sports Xchange

    COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Center Brandon Sutter, right winger Lee Stempniak and defenseman Olli Maatta scored only two minutes, 13 seconds apart in the third period and the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-3 in Game 3 of their first-round series on Monday night.

    • The Penguins took a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series and disappointed a crowd of 19,148 in Nationwide Arena, which hosted its first Stanley Cup playoff game in five years.

      Defenseman Brooks Orpik also scored for the Penguins, who came back from a 3-1 deficit for the second time in the series.

      Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury overcome a shaky start to finish with 14 saves.

      Center Boone Jenner, defenseman Jack Johnson and right winger Cam Atkinson scored for the Blue Jackets, and goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky finished with 35 saves.

      The Blue Jackets, who won the franchise's first playoff game on Saturday in Pittsburgh, seemed in line to make it two straight until the wheels came off early in the third period.

      Less than five minutes after the Blue Jackets took a 3-1 lead, Sutter redirected a shot through traffic by Penguins defenseman Paul Martin to make it 3-2.

      The lead was gone only 70 seconds later when Stempniak got free in the right circle and roofed the puck over Bobrovsky's left shoulder.

      Only 1:03 later, the Penguins had their first lead of the night when Maatta sent in a shot that was directed wide of the net before kicking off the right leg of defenseman James Wisniewski and shooting past Bobrovsky.

      Suddenly, a party atmosphere in Nationwide became temporarily subdued because the Penguins dominated play in the third period.

      At the midpoint of the third period, the Penguins had outshot the Blue Jackets 14-1. They finished with a 41-19 advantage.

      The evening started so well for Columbus, and so loudly. It was the fourth-largest crowd in the building's history.

      Only 98 seconds into the game, Jenner jumped on a big rebound by Fleury off a shot by center Jack Skille, firing it over Fleury's glove for his first career playoff goal.

      Before the crowd's roar had subsided, the Jackets pushed the lead to 2-0. Johnson, who has scored in all three games of the series, buried a loose puck from low in the slot.

      The Penguins made it 2-1 late in the second period after a long shift spent in the Blue Jackets' end. With the Jackets in scramble mode, Orpik skated into a loose puck in the slot and fired it under Bobrovsky's left pad.

      That did not change the momentum of the game -- yet.

      The Blue Jackets scored just 1:04 into the third period when Dubinsky skated wide of the Penguins and flipped a backhand toward Fleury. The puck caromed off Atkinson in front of the net and dribbled in behind Fleury, giving Columbus a 3-1 lead.

      NOTES: Blue Jackets LW Nick Foligno returned to the lineup after missing the final five games of the regular season and the first two games of the playoffs with a knee injury. Foligno, who had a career-high 18 goals this season, opened on the third line with C Artem Anisimov and RW R.J. Umberger. ... After getting burned by short-handed goals in each of the first two games, the Penguins went with a more standard setting on their top power play unit, using D Paul Martin and D Matt Niskanen on the points. In the first two games, they used four forwards, with only one defenseman on the point. ... Blue Jackets D Fedor Tyutin missed the game with an upper body injury suffered in the first period of Saturday's Game 2. D David Savard moved up from the third pair to take Tyutin's spot next to D Jack Johnson on the top pair, and D Dalton Prout made his playoff debut. ... Penguins rookie C Brian Gibbons did not dress after suffering an undisclosed injury on Saturday. C Jason Megna took his spot in the lineup.

  • Monday, April 21, 2014
    Oilers name Scott assistant GM
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Edmonton Oilers hired Bill Scott as assistant general manager on Monday.

    • Scott spent the past four seasons as general manager of the Oklahoma City Barons of the AHL. The Barons made the Calder Cup playoffs in each season under Scott.

      "I would like to welcome Bill and his family to Edmonton," general manager Craig MacTavish said in a statement. "Bill has done an exceptional job managing all facets of the Barons day to day operations and has played a large part in their success over the past four years."

      Scott, 33, will be responsible for player and staff contract negotiations, scheduling, salary arbitration, salary cap management and day-to-day administrative duties. He also will serve as the team's representative in matters related to the NHL's collective bargaining agreement.

      Scott replaces Ricky Olczyk, who was offered another job with the team but turned it down.

      "I'd like to thank Ricky for his seven years of service with the Oilers organization and wish him nothing but the best during this transition period and with future endeavors," MacTavish said.

  • Monday, April 21, 2014
    Ducks recall Etam, Fistric from AHL
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Anaheim Ducks recalled forward Emerson Etem and veteran defenseman Mark Fistric from the Norfolk Admirals of the AHL on Sunday.

    • Etem, 21, had 11 points in 29 games with the Ducks this season while spending the majority of the season with Norfolk. Etam, a former first-round draft pick, has 54 points in 50 AHL games.

      Fistric, 27, was on a conditioning assignment after missing time with a lower-body injury. He had nine points in 34 games this season, the first of his three-year, $3.8 million contract he signed in January.

      The Ducks sent rookie goalie John Gibson and defenseman Sami Vatanen to Norfolk to make room for Etem and Fistric on the roster.

      The Ducks are at the Dallas Stars on Monday night for Game 3 of their first-round Stanley Cup playoffs series. The Ducks lead the series 2-0.

  • Monday, April 21, 2014
    Sharks hit Kings with seven-goal barrage
    By The Sports Xchange

    SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Asked when the last time he was named a game's first star, San Jose Sharks fourth-line winger Mike Brown said he could not recall.

    • Brown won't forget Sunday night, however. His first career playoff goal and continued physical play sparked the Sharks to score seven consecutive goals during a 7-2 win over the Los Angeles Kings, who led 2-0 after one period.

      "All these playoff games are going to be interesting," Brown said. "This is where players love to play. Everyone's working toward the same goal. In games like this, you don't stop playing, you don't give up."

      Looking to avenge a second-round loss to the Kings last year, San Jose took a 2-0 lead in its best-of-seven playoff series that resumes with Game 3 in Los Angeles on Tuesday.

      "I don't think this series is going to play out in blowouts like this night after night," Sharks coach Todd McLellan said. "They're a very good hockey team, they'll find their game and they're going to push us and we have to be prepared for that."

      It took the Sharks 84:07 of this year's series to score the same number of

      goals -- 10 -- that they scored in a seven-game second-round series loss last year against Kings goalie Jonathan Quick. Then they went two better at the SAP Center.

      "He's probably the best goalie in the league," Sharks captain Joe Thornton said. "We've been working hard for our goals ... scoring seven, it was just a weird night."

      The Sharks tied a franchise playoff record for goals in playoff game, set a record for consecutive goals in a playoff game, tied a team mark for goals in a period with four in the third and tied a record for home margin of victory.

      Losers 6-3 in Game 1 when they surrendered the first five goals, the Kings responded by scoring twice in the first period despite getting outshot 15-10. Quick was on top of his game as all signs pointed toward a knotted series.

      But the Sharks' overall balance from the first through the fourth line was evident again. San Jose managed three goals during a turn-the-tables second period and put icing on the cake with a four-goal explosion in the third.

      "We were in this same situation last year," Kings captain Dustin Brown said. "We came up here twice and didn't get anything that we wanted."

      San Jose's energetic fourth line turned the tide in the second period. Center Andrew Desjardins jumped on left winger Kyle Clifford's turnover, fed Brown in the slot and his one-timer beat a surprised Quick at 4:25.

      Right winger Raffi Torres capped an odd sequence in which the line was hemmed in its defensive end only to break out and score on the rush. His second goal in as many games from the inside edge of the right circle fooled Quick at 9:04.

      Then it was defenseman Justin Braun blindly throwing a puck at the net from the right point that went through right winger Tommy Wingels' screen past Quick at 14:45 as the building exploded with noise.

      "I was just looking at the guy's feet in front of me," Braun said of the Kings' defender. "Luckily, it found its way in."

      "They had a quite a few chances, actually, in the first period as well," Kings right winger Justin Williams said. "We were able to get up 2-0, but we felt that next goal was extremely important and they were able to get it, we weren't, and they carried their momentum. Plain and simple, their players beat ours every way tonight."

      Instead of sitting back with a one-goal lead and a period to go, the Sharks turned up the speed in the third. Left winger Patrick Marleau capped a three-on-two break at 1:08 with his second of the series -- a blast from the left wing that Quick was late to cover.

      Left winger Joe Pavelski took advantage of a bad LA line change at 4:07 to make it 5-2. At 8:08, Marleau fed center Logan Couture on a two-on-one for goal No. 6 and Thornton finished the offensive barrage with a five-on-three power-play goal at 10:06.

      "Success has only been two games, there's a lot more left," McLellan said. "You need to have everybody stirring the drink. We got good mileage out of about everybody who dressed."

      NOTES: Los Angeles made one lineup change, dressing D Matt Greene as a seventh defenseman and sitting RW Jordan Nolan to leave 11 forwards. RW Linden Vey and LW Tanner Pearson were also healthy scratches for the Kings. ... The Sharks have opted to wear their third-jersey all-black sweaters during home games throughout the playoffs. ... San Jose is 13-18 all time in Game 2, including 8-7 at home. ... Veteran RW Martin Havlat was a healthy scratch again. Havlat came to the Sharks with the reputation as a playoff performer, but he was scoreless in two games last spring before getting injured in the opener of the second-round series against the Kings and failed to return. Havlat has two goal and three points in seven career playoff games as a Shark after scoring 19 goals and 49 points in 67 games with Ottawa and Chicago. RW Tyler Kennedy, LW Bracketn Kearns, D Matt Irwin and D Matt Tennyson also were San Jose healthy scratches.