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  • Tuesday, April 21, 2015
    NHL roundup: With OT win, Ducks grab 3-0 lead
    By The Sports Xchange

    WINNIPEG, Manitoba -- Right winger Rickard Rakell scored on a deflection at 5:12 of overtime Monday night to lift the Anaheim Ducks to a 5-4 victory over the Winnipeg Jets and a stranglehold on their first-round Western Conference playoff series.

    • The Ducks have a 3-0 lead in the best-of-seven series after Rakell redirected defenseman Francois Beauchemin's point blast for the winner.

      For the third straight game in the series, the Jets owned a one-goal lead to begin the third period -- this time 4-3 -- but couldn't protect it.

      Ducks center Ryan Kesler scored the tying goal at 17:46 after taking a pass from right winger Jakob Silfverberg and beating Jets goalie Ondrej Pavelec.

      Wild 3, Blues 0

      SAINT PAUL, Minn. -- Minnesota's top line of left winger Zach Parise, center Mikael Granlund and right winger Jason Pominville combined to score two goals late in the second period, leading the Wild to a win over St. Louis and a 2-1 lead in the teams' first-round Western Conference playoff series.

      Parise and Pominville each had a goal and an assist, and Granlund had two assists. Minnesota goalie Devan Dubnyk made 17 saves for his first career playoff shutout. Right winger Nino Niederreiter added an empty-net goal.

      The Blues got a 21-save performance from goalie Jake Allen, but were frustrated offensively all night and lost their ninth consecutive playoff road game.

      Rangers 2, Penguins 1

      PITTSBURGH -- New York built a two-goal lead, then held on for a win over Pittsburgh to take a 2-1 lead in their first-round Eastern Conference playoff series.

      Left winger Carl Hagelin scored on a breakaway in the first period, and center Chris Kreider scored in the second period for a 2-0 New York lead.

      Right winger Patric Hornqvist broke up a potential shutout for Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist with a third-period goal.

  • Monday, April 20, 2015
    NHL notebook: Stoll could face felony drug charges
    By The Sports Xchange

    Los Angeles Kings center Jarret Stoll could be facing felony drug charges pending results of a toxicology report.

    • Stoll is suspected of having two small bags of cocaine and capsules containing Ecstasy in his swimsuit shorts when he was arrested Friday afternoon in Las Vegas.

      According to the police report made available Monday the 32-year-old Stoll was arrested during a routine search of people entering the MGM Grand's Wet Republic.

      Stoll was booked into the Clark County Detention Center Friday on drug possession charges and released on $5,000 bond.

      The police report detailed the incident saying Stoll "consented to a voluntary pat-down upon entrance to the Wet Republic Pool by security.

      The security guard "found an off-white powder in two pink baggies, small baggies, he recognized as contraband, also a clear plastic baggie containing numerous gel-caps with an off-white powder inside the caps," according to the police report.

      A police officer who questioned Stoll asked if the powder was cocaine and Stoll answered, "Yes," according to the report, The Times reported.

      ---The San Jose Sharks and head coach Todd McLellan have mutually agreed to part ways after seven seasons.

      In related moves, assistant coaches Jim Johnson and Jay Woodcroft, and video coordinator Brett Heimlich were fired. Associate coach Larry Robinson moved into his full-time role of director of player development at the conclusion of the 2014-15 regular season.

      The 47-year-old McLellan failed to qualify for the Stanley Cup playoffs as a coach for the first time this season after the Sharks finished 40-33-9.

      "San Jose will always hold a special place for me and my family," McLellan said. "I would like to thank Doug and the Sharks organization for allowing me the opportunity to coach at the National Hockey League level. While we both agree that a change is in the best interest of myself and the team, I'm proud of what we accomplished as an organization."

      During McLellan's tenure, the Sharks reached the playoffs in six seasons, including two appearances in the conference final (2010, 2011), and played in 11 playoff rounds, with an overall record of 30-32.

      ---The trial season-ticket drive for a possible NHL franchise in Las Vegas is expected to top the 11,000 mark.

      ESPN.com reported the ticket drive by Fidelity National Financial chairman and prospective NHL Las Vegas owner William Foley would hit the total by the end of Monday.

      According to ESPN, there remains widespread belief within the hockey community that the NHL will become the first major professional sports league to put down stakes in the gambling mecca.

      The report said it is now believed that the earliest a team would begin play is the 2017-18 season.

      Foley, the main investor in the group, had initially expressed optimism that an expansion team could take the ice in the fall of 2016.

      ---The Columbus Blue Jackets signed forward Markus Hannikainen to a two-year entry level contract. Terms were not disclosed.

      Hannikainen, 22, recorded 19 goals and 27 assists for 46 points with 51 penalty minutes in 60 games with JyP HT Jyvaskyla in Finland.

      The Helsinki, Finland native, participated in the 2014 Blue Jackets Development Camp in July.

      ---The Calgary Flames recalled goaltender Joni Ortio from the Adirondack Flames of the American Hockey League.

      Ortio, a native of Turku, Finland, has played six games with Calgary this season and posted a 4-2-0 record, his first NHL shutout, a 2.52 goals-against average and .908 save percentage. The 24-year-old has played in 35 games for Adirondack, recording a 21-13-1 record with four shutouts, a 2.69 goals-against average and .912 save percentage.

      ---The Anaheim Ducks recalled right winger Stefan Noesen from the Norfolk Admiral of the American Hockey League.

      Noesen, 22, appeared in one game for the Ducks this season, going scoreless in his NHL debut on April 3.

      Acquired by Anaheim from Ottawa on July 5, 2013, Noesen has earned 16 points (seven goals, nine assists) with 31 penalty minutes in 29 career AHL games with the Admirals.

  • Monday, April 20, 2015
    Kings' Stoll could face felony drug charges
    By The Sports Xchange

    Los Angeles Kings center Jarret Stoll could be facing felony drug charges pending results of a toxicology report.

    • Stoll is suspected of having two small bags of cocaine and capsules containing Ecstasy in his swimsuit shorts when he was arrested Friday afternoon in Las Vegas.

      According to the police report made available Monday, the 32-year-old Stoll was arrested during a routine search of people entering the MGM Grand's Wet Republic.

      "The office is awaiting the results of toxicology reports on the alleged narcotics and we will likely not have those results for several weeks," Tess Driver, a Clark County district attorney's executive assistant, said in an email to the Los Angeles Times Monday. "Formal charges ... will not be filed until we receive those results and are able to fully review the case."

      Stoll was booked into the Clark County Detention Center Friday on drug possession charges and released on $5,000 bond.

      The police report detailed the incident, saying Stoll "consented to a voluntary pat-down upon entrance to the Wet Republic Pool by security.

      The security guard "found an off-white powder in two pink baggies, small baggies, he recognized as contraband, also a clear plastic baggie containing numerous gel-caps with an off-white powder inside the caps," according to the police report.

      A police officer who questioned Stoll asked if the powder was cocaine and Stoll answered, "Yes," according to the report.

      Stoll, a two-time Stanley Cup winner, has an initial court day on July 1, the day he becomes an unrestricted free agent.

      The Kings' season ended last week as they missed making the Stanley Cup playoffs.

  • Monday, April 20, 2015
    Blue Jackets ink Finn F Hannikainen
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Columbus Blue Jackets on Monday signed forward Markus Hannikainen to a two-year entry level contract. Terms were not disclosed.

    • Hannikainen, 22, recorded 19 goals and 27 assists for 46 points with 51 penalty minutes in 60 games with JyP HT Jyvaskyla in Finland.

      The Helsinki, Finland native, participated in the 2014 Blue Jackets Development Camp in July.

  • Monday, April 20, 2015
    Las Vegas ticket drive expected to top 11,000
    By The Sports Xchange

    The trial season-ticket drive for a possible NHL franchise in Las Vegas is expected to top the 11,000 mark.

    • ESPN.com reported the ticket drive by Fidelity National Financial chairman and prospective NHL Las Vegas owner William Foley would hit the total by the end of Monday.

      According to ESPN, there remains widespread belief within the hockey community that the NHL will become the first major professional sports league to put down stakes in the gambling mecca.

      The report said it is now believed that the earliest a team would begin play is the 2017-18 season.

      Foley, the main investor in the group, had initially expressed optimism that an expansion team could take the ice in the fall of 2016.

      The Las Vegas Arena, a $350 million building with a hockey capacity of about 17,300, is being built by AEG and MGM Resorts International and is under construction.

      The ticket drive began in February with investors targeting individuals and small businesses. The second phase of the drive, now underway, has targeted larger corporations, including casino owners.

      Those corporate clients have committed to 1,000 season tickets and there is an expectation of 500 more, ESPN.com reported. Along with 735 suite seats that have been sold as part of 10-year deals, the report said the group expects to have commitments for more than 13,000 seats.

      The NHL has not scheduled a discussion of the expansion bid specifically at its next board of governors meeting, which is scheduled for Las Vegas during the NHL's annual awards festivities during the third week of June. ESPN reported there likely will be an update on the Vegas situation, although it remains unclear whether Foley will be invited to the meeting.

      The expansion fees are expected to be between $450 million and $500 million.

      Commissioner Gary Bettman commented last week on Las Vegas' pursuit of an NHL franchise.

      "Mr. Foley, who's the person interested in having an NHL franchise in Las Vegas, wanted to assess the strength of the fan base, potential fan base in Las Vegas," Bettman said while in Nashville, Tenn., for a Stanley Cup playoff game between the Predators and Chicago Blackhawks. "Las Vegas in that regard is at least perceived to be an unusual market. He began his ticket drive and while I'm not prepared to announce the results, because it's actually still ongoing, it has been very successful to date."

  • Monday, April 20, 2015
    Flames recall G Ortio
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Calgary Flames recalled goaltender Joni Ortio from the Adirondack Flames of the American Hockey League on Monday.

    • Ortio, a native of Turku, Finland, has played six games with Calgary this season and posted a 4-2-0 record, his first NHL shutout, a 2.52 goals-against average and .908 save percentage. The 24-year-old has played in 35 games for Adirondack, recording a 21-13-1 record with four shutouts, a 2.69 goals-against average and .912 save percentage.

  • Monday, April 20, 2015
    Ducks recall RW Noesen
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Anaheim Ducks recalled right winger Stefan Noesen from the Norfolk Admiral of the American Hockey League on Monday.

    • Noesen, 22, appeared in one game for the Ducks this season, going scoreless in his NHL debut on April 3.

      Acquired by Anaheim from Ottawa on July 5, 2013, Noesen has earned 16 points (seven goals, nine assists) with 31 penalty minutes in 29 career AHL games with the Admirals.

      Noesen was originally selected by Ottawa in the first round (21st overall) of the 2011 NHL Draft.

  • Monday, April 20, 2015
    Sharks, McLellan part ways after seven seasons
    By The Sports Xchange

    The San Jose Sharks and head coach Todd McLellan have mutually agreed to part ways after seven seasons, the team announced Monday.

    • In related moves, assistant coaches Jim Johnson and Jay Woodcroft, and video coordinator Brett Heimlich were fired. Associate coach Larry Robinson moved into his full-time role of director of player development at the conclusion of the 2014-15 regular season.

      "I want to thank Todd and his staff for their years of service to the San Jose Sharks organization," Sharks general manager Doug Wilson said in a statement. "Sometimes a change is best for all parties involved but nothing will take away from what Todd and his staff accomplished here over the last seven seasons."

      The 47-year-old McLellan failed to qualify for the Stanley Cup playoffs as a coach for the first time this season after the Sharks finished 40-33-9.

      "San Jose will always hold a special place for me and my family," McLellan said. "I would like to thank Doug and the Sharks organization for allowing me the opportunity to coach at the National Hockey League level. While we both agree that a change is in the best interest of myself and the team, I'm proud of what we accomplished as an organization."

      McLellan took part in the discussions about his status with the team and reached the decision to leave, he said during a Monday conference call. He hopes to coach again in the NHL soon.

      "I'm a coach, I want to coach," said McLellan, who leaves later this week to coach Canada in the 2015 IIHF World Championships in the Czech Republic.

      McLellan, named head coach of the Sharks on June 12, 2008, leaves as the franchise leader in wins (311), games coached (540) and points percentage (.637), with an overall record of 311-163-66. In that span, the team captured three Pacific Division titles (2008-09, 2009-10, 2010-11) and one Presidents' Trophy (2008-09).

      During McLellan's tenure, the Sharks reached the playoffs in six seasons, including two appearances in the conference final (2010, 2011), and played in 11 playoff rounds, with an overall record of 30-32.

  • Sunday, April 19, 2015
    NHL roundup: Blackhawks take series lead vs. Predators
    By The Sports Xchange

    CHICAGO -- Left winger Brandon Saad scored the tiebreaking goal to lift the Chicago Blackhawks to a 4-2 win against the Nashville Predators on Sunday afternoon.

    • Center Jonathan Toews added a goal and an assist for Chicago, which seized a 2-1 series lead in the Western Conference quarterfinal. Blackhawks center Andrew Desjardins and defenseman Brent Seabrook also scored.

      Center Mike Ribeiro and defenseman Mattias Ekholm scored for Nashville

      Chicago rookie goaltender Scott Darling made 35 saves to win his first career playoff start. Nashville goaltender Pekka Rinne turned aside 26 shots in the loss.

      Islanders 2, Capitals 1 (OT)

      UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- Center John Tavares scored 15 seconds into overtime as the New York Islanders edged Washington in Game 3 to take a 2-1 lead in the Eastern Conference quarterfinal series at Nassau Coliseum.

      Right winger Kyle Okposo scored for the Islanders while goalie Jaroslav Halak made 24 saves.

      Center Nicklas Backstrom scored late in the third period for the Capitals while goaltender Braden Holtby, who missed Game 2 with the stomach flu, recorded 40 saves.

      Canadiens 2, Senators 1 (OT)

      OTTAWA -- Montreal took a commanding 3-0 series lead over Ottawa when winger Dale Weise scored his second of the night at 8:47 of overtime at Canadian Tire Centre.

      Weise's snap shot from the left wing circle went behind Senators goalie Craig Anderson on the short side, the only glitch in an otherwise exceptional 47-save effort.

      Winger Clarke MacArthur scored the Senators' goal

      Game 4 of the series is Wednesday night in Ottawa.

      Flames 4, Canucks 2

      CALGARY, Alberta -- Rookie center Sam Bennett scored his first NHL goal and Jonas Hiller made 23 saves as Calgary beat Vancouver in Game 3 of their first-round Stanley Cup playoff series.

      Left winger Brandon Bollig, defenseman T.J. Brodie and center Sean Monahan also scored for the Flames, while the Canucks got their goals from center Shawn Matthias and right winger Jannik Hansen in what has been a bitter series so far between the Canadian rivals.

      Canucks goalie Eddie Lack made 23 saves as the Flames take a 2-1 series lead.

  • Sunday, April 19, 2015
    Kings reassign F Shore
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Los Angeles Kings assigned forward Nick Shore to the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League on Sunday.

    • The 6-foot-1, 188-pound native of Denver appeared in 34 games with the Kings this season, his first in the NHL. He recorded seven points (one goal, six assists) and 10 penalty minutes with the Kings. In 38 games with the Monarchs, he has 42 points (20 goals, 22 assists) and a plus-23 rating.

  • Saturday, April 18, 2015
    Oilers win NHL Draft lottery
    By The Sports Xchange

    For the fourth time in six years, the Edmonton Oilers will have the top pick in the NHL Draft.

    • The Oilers beat the odds and won the draft lottery held Saturday night in Toronto. Edmonton finished the regular season with the third-worst record in the league and had only a 11.5 percent chance to land the No. 1 spot after missing the playoffs for the ninth consecutive season.

      Connor McDavid, a 17-year-old center for Erie in the Ontario Hockey League who is regarded the best prospect since Sidney Crosby, is likely to be chosen No. 1 in the draft on June 26 in Sunrise, Fla. He scored 120 points in 47 regular-season games for the Otters in 2014-15 and and has added 23 points in nine playoff games.

      The Buffalo Sabres, who had the league's worst record and consequently the best odds at 20 percent to win the lottery, will pick second. The Arizona Coyotes will go third.

      Widely considered to be the next-best player in the draft is Boston University center Jack Eichel, a skilled 18-year-old who posted 71 points in 40 games as a freshman while leading the Terriers to the NCAA championship game and winning the Hobey Baker Award.

      McDavid and Eichel have been called once-in-generation talents by scouts and NHL evaluators.

      The draft lottery results for the non-playoff teams, in order after the top three, were Toronto, Carolina, New Jersey, Philadelphia, Columbus, San Jose, Colorado, Florida, Dallas, Los Angeles and Boston.

  • Saturday, April 18, 2015
    NHL roundup: Lightning tie series vs. Detroit at 1-1
    By The Sports Xchange

    TAMPA, Fla. -- Tampa Bay Lightning coach Jon Cooper felt his team played well in a 3-2 loss in Thursday's playoff opener, so Saturday wasn't bouncing back as much as looking for more of the same.

    • The scoreboard looked much better for the Lightning, who got two goals from center Tyler Johnson on the way to a 5-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings at Amalie Arena.

      "When you say 'bouncing back,' it sounds like you're saying we weren't very good in Game 1," Cooper said. "I thought we were pretty good in Game 1, and we continued with that. I'd like to see us coming out 2-0, but it's 1-1, and that's better than 0-2. So now we go win one on the road."

      The series heads to third-seeded Detroit for Games 3 and 4 on Tuesday and Thursday. The teams split two games there during the season.

      The five goals were the most allowed by the Red Wings in a playoff game since 2010.

      Blues 4, Wild 1

      ST. LOUIS -- Right wing Vladimir Tarasenko scored his first career playoff hat trick and goalie Jake Allen stopped 24 of 25 Minnesota shots as St. Louis evened the first-round playoff series at a win each.

      Game 3 of the best-of-seven series will be Monday night in Minnesota.

      Tarasenko, who led the Blues with 37 goals during the season, had been held without a shot on goal in the Blues' Game 1 loss. But he made certain that didn't happen again Saturday, scoring his fifth and sixth career playoff goals in the first period before completing the hat trick with an empty-net goal with 17 seconds to play.

      Tarasenko, playing his ninth career playoff game, became the first Blues player to record a hat trick in the playoffs since Mike Sillinger in 2004. It was the 13th playoff hat trick in franchise history.

      Left wing Patrik Berglund scored the Blues' other goal. Defenseman Marco Scandella scored for Minnesota.

      Penguins 4, Rangers 3

      NEW YORK -- Center Sidney Crosby scored a pair of second-period goals as the Penguins evened their best-of-seven series with New York.

      Game 3 is Monday night in Pittsburgh.

      Center Brandon Sutter and left winger Chris Kunitz also scored for the Penguins on Saturday, while goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 23 of 26 shots.

      The Rangers received goals from centers Derek Stepan and Derick Brassard and left winger Rick Nash. Goaltender Henrik Lundqvist made 18 saves.

  • Saturday, April 18, 2015
    NHL notebook: Preds D Weber out next two games
    By The Sports Xchange

    All-Star defenseman Shea Weber of the Nashville Predators did not make the trip to Chicago with his teammates on Saturday and will miss Games 3 and 4 of their Western Conference playoff series against the Blackhawks.

    • Weber sustained a lower-body injury during the second period of the game Friday night and did not return.

      Predators center Mike Fisher, who left the opening game of the series because of a lower-body injury, made the trip but remains day-to-day.

      The best-of-7 series is tied 1-1 heading into Game 3 on Sunday at the United Center.

      ---Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said goalie Scott Darling will start Game 3 against the Predators.

      Quenneville said Darling will get the start in net over Corey Crawford.

      Darling relieved Crawford in Game 1 after Crawford allowed three goals on 12 shots and Darling stopped all 42 shots he faced in backstopping the Blackhawks to a 4-3 double-overtime victory.

      Darling played 67:44 in Game 1, the longest relief appearance in a Stanley Cup playoff game without allowing a goal, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

      Crawford was back in goal to start Game 2 on Friday night and allowed six goals on 35 shots as the Blackhawks lost 6-2.

      ---Pittsburgh Penguins defensemen Christian Ehrhoff and Derrick Pouliot were ruled out again against the New York Rangers in Game 2 of their Eastern Conference first-round series at Madison Square Garden on Saturday night.

      In their absences, Taylor Chorney and Brian Dumoulin remained in the lineup. Both players made their Stanley Cup playoff debuts in Game 1.

      Ehrhoff has missed the past 10 games because of an upper-body injury and Pouliot has missed the past three games because of an upper-body injury.

      ---Los Angeles Kings center Jarret Stoll was released on $5,000 bond from Clark Country Dention Center after being arrested Friday in Las Vegas on suspicion of possession of drugs, KSNV-TV of Las Vegas reported.

      Las Vegas Police said Stoll was arrested at the Wet Republic pool at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino. Multiple reports indicated that he was charged with cocaine possession.

      "We are aware of police reports out of Clark County, Nevada regarding Jarret Stoll," the Kings said in a statement. "Our organization is concerned and has begun conducting a thorough internal investigation. While we continue to actively gather facts, we are withholding further comment at this time."

      Stoll, an unrestricted free agent, played for the Kings since 2008 and was a member of their Stanley Cup championship teams in 2012 and 2014.

      ---Calgary Flames coach Bob Hartley was fined $50,000 for his role in a skirmish that took place late in regulation in the team's 4-1 loss to the Vancouver Canucks on Friday night, the NHL announced.

      With 1:17 remaining in regulation, the teams capped the contest with a heated brawl that resulted in six game misconducts and 132 combined penalty minutes.

      In addition, the NHL announced that the game misconduct assessed to Flames defenseman Deryk Engelland for instigating a fight in the last five minutes of regulation has been rescinded.

  • Saturday, April 18, 2015
    Flames coach Hartley fined $50,000
    By The Sports Xchange

    Calgary Flames coach Bob Hartley was fined $50,000 for his role in a skirmish that took place late in regulation in the team's 4-1 loss to the Vancouver Canucks on Friday night, the NHL announced Saturday.

    • With 1:17 remaining in regulation, the teams capped the contest with a heated brawl that resulted in six game misconducts and 132 combined penalty minutes. The fine was issued in accordance with By-Law 17.3 (a) for conduct prejudicial to or against the welfare of the league.

      In addition, the NHL announced that the game misconduct assessed to Flames defenseman Deryk Engelland for instigating a fight in the last five minutes of regulation has been rescinded. Upon his ejection, Engelland received three game misconduct penalties for his role in the fight. Canucks right winger Derek Dorsett and defenseman Dan Hamhuis, as well as Flames center Matt Stajan also received 10-minute game misconduct penalties.

      Hartley was fined $25,000 for a similar melee during the 2013-14 regular season. The notable incident took place seconds after the opening face-off.

      Hartley told reporters following Friday's loss that he didn't have a good view of what prompted the incident.

      The fine money goes to the NHL Foundation.

  • Saturday, April 18, 2015
    Blackhawks G Darling to start Game 3
    By The Sports Xchange

    Chicago Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said Saturday that goalie Scott Darling will start Game 3 of their Western Conference first-round series against the Nashville Predators.

    • Quenneville said Darling will get the start in net over Corey Crawford for Sunday's game at the United Center.

      Darling relieved Crawford in Game 1 after Crawford allowed three goals on 12 shots and Darling stopped all 42 shots he faced in backstopping the Blackhawks to a 4-3 double-overtime victory.

      Darling played 67:44 in Game 1, the longest relief appearance in a Stanley Cup playoff game without allowing a goal, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

      Crawford was back in goal to start Game 2 on Friday night and allowed six goals on 35 shots as the Blackhawks lost 6-2 and the Predators evened the best-of-7 series 1-1.

      Quenneville said the decision to start Darling was performance-based.

      "His play is deserving of getting a start here at home and something he deserves based on how well he played in that game," Quenneville said.

      Darling backed up Crawford during the regular season, starting 13 games with a 9-4-0 record, a .936 save percentage and a 1.94 goals-against average.

  • Saturday, April 18, 2015
    Penguins' Ehrhoff, Pouliot ruled out again
    By The Sports Xchange

    Pittsburgh Penguins defensemen Christian Ehrhoff and Derrick Pouliot were ruled out again against the New York Rangers in Game 2 of their Eastern Conference first-round series at Madison Square Garden on Saturday night.

    • "Neither will play and they are still day-to-day," Pittsburgh coach Mike Johnston said. "We will have the same lineup as Thursday (in Game 1)."

      In their absences, Taylor Chorney and Brian Dumoulin will remain in the lineup. Both players made their Stanley Cup playoff debuts in Game 1.

      Ehrhoff has missed the past 10 games because of an upper-body injury and Pouliot has missed the past three games because of an upper-body injury. The injury-depleted defense also was without Kris Letang, who has missed the past eight games after being diagnosed with a concussion March 28. Second-year defenseman Olli Maatta has not played since Dec. 6 because of surgery to repair a shoulder injury.

  • Saturday, April 18, 2015
    Preds D Weber will miss Games 3 and 4
    By The Sports Xchange

    All-Star defenseman Shea Weber of the Nashville Predators did not make the trip to Chicago with his teammates on Saturday and will miss Games 3 and 4 of their Western Conference playoff series against the Blackhawks.

    • Weber sustained a lower-body injury during the second period of the game Friday night and did not return.

      Center Mike Fisher of the Predators, who left the opening game of the series because of a lower-body injury, made the trip but remains day-to-day.

      The series is tied, 1-1, heading into Game 3 on Sunday.

  • Saturday, April 18, 2015
    Kings' Stoll out on bond after drug arrest
    By The Sports Xchange

    Los Angeles Kings center Jarret Stoll released on $5,000 bond from Clark Country Dention Center after being arrested Friday in Las Vegas on suspicion of possession of drugs, KSNV-TV of Las Vegas reported.

    • Las Vegas Police said Stoll was arrested at the Wet Republic pool at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino. Multiple reports indicated that he was charged with cocaine possession.

      "We are aware of police reports out of Clark County, Nevada regarding Jarret Stoll," the Kings said in a statement. "Our organization is concerned and has begun conducting a thorough internal investigation. While we continue to actively gather facts, we are withholding further comment at this time."

      Stoll, an unrestricted free agent, played for the Kings since 2008 and was a member of their Stanley Cup championship teams in 2012 and 2014. He also was with the Edmonton Oilers from 2002-08 and has 140 goals and 379 points in 792 career games.

      "We are aware of the reports tonight and we obviously will follow up to understand the nature of the allegations that are being made," NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly told the Los Angeles Times. "We are not in a position at this time to comment further until we have more information."

      The 32-year-old Stoll is the boyfriend of Erin Andrews, a Fox Sports reporter and "Dancing with the Stars" co-host.

  • Saturday, April 18, 2015
    Predators' D Weber leaves game, will not return
    By The Sports Xchange

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Nashville Predators All-Star defenseman Shea Weber left Friday night's Western Conference playoff game against the Chicago Blackhawks with a lower-body injury midway through the second period and did not return.

    • Checked into the boards by left winger Brandon Saad, Weber limped off the ice almost immediately and hobbled down the tunnel to Nashville's dressing room. He was declared done for the night shortly thereafter.

      The team's captain, Weber scored 15 goals and collected 30 assists in 78 games during the regular season. He's considered a candidate for the Norris Trophy, given to the NHL's top defenseman.

      The Predators played with five defensemen for the game's remainder.

  • Friday, April 17, 2015
    NHL roundup: Galchenyuk's OT winner gives Habs 2-0 lead on Sens
    By The Sports Xchange

    MONTREAL -- Left winger Alex Galchenyuk scored at 3:40 of the first overtime to give the Montreal Canadiens a 3-2 win over the Ottawa Senators on Friday night at the Bell Centre.

    • The victory put Montreal up 2-0 in their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series.

      Goaltender Carey Price made 29 saves for Montreal while Andrew Hammond stopped 37 shots for the Senators.

      Left winger Max Pacioretty and defenseman P.K. Subban scored in regulation for the Canadiens. Left winger Clarke MacArthur and defenseman Patrick Wiercioch provided the goals for Ottawa.

      Capitals 4, Islanders 3

      WASHINGTON -- Playing in his first career playoff game in place of an "under-the-weather" Braden Holtby, German-born goaltender Philipp Grubauer kept Washington's hopes of a deep playoff run alive, stopping 18 of 21 shots in a comeback victory over the New York Islanders at the Verizon Center to tie the series at a game apiece.

      Left wingers Alex Ovechkin and Jason Chimera, center Nicklas Backstrom and defenseman Karl Alzner scored goals for Washignton.

      Left winger Cal Clutterbuck, right winger Ryan Strome and right winger Kyle Okposo scored for the Islanders, while goaltender Jaroslav Halak stopped 31 of 35 shots.

      Predators 6, Blackhawks 2

      NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Overcoming a game-ending injury to their best player midway through the second period, Nashville equaled the Western Conference quarterfinal series against Chicago.

      Predators defenseman Shea Weber left with a lower-body injury early in the second period, but it didn't matter after the team blew the game open with three goals in a 2:19 span late in the third period. Center Craig Smith scored two goals, and forwards Filip Forsberg, Mike Santorelli and Colin Wilson and defenseman Roman Josi scored one each.

      Goalie Pekka Rinne made 24 saves in the win, while Chicago's Corey Crawford stopped 29 of 35. Left

      winger Patrick Sharp and right winger Patrick Kane scored for Chicago in the loss.

      Canucks 4, Flames 1

      VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Using a quick start while riding the goaltending of Eddie Lack, Vancouver evened their Western Conference quarterfinal playoff series with Calgary at a game apiece.

      Forwards Daniel Sedin, Chris Higgins, Ronalds Kenins and Radim Vrbata all scored for Vancouver. Lack stopped 22 shots and right winger Alex Burrows had two assists as Vancouver snapped a seven-game, home-ice losing streak in the playoffs.

      Defenseman Kris Russell scored Calgary's lone goal while goalie Jonas Hiller made 26 saves before being replaced by backup Karri Ramo with 5:52 left in the third period.

  • Friday, April 17, 2015
    NHL notebook: Flyers fire coach Berube
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Philadelphia Flyers fired coach Craig Berube on Friday after just two years.

    • Berube became the 18th coach in Flyers history on Oct. 7, 2013. He had a record of 75-58-28 (.553) in two seasons.

      This season, the Flyers finished sixth in the Metropolitan Division (12th overall) with a 33-31-18 record, finishing 14 points out of a playoff spot.

      "In a nutshell, I just didn't feel he got enough out of our group collectively," Flyers general manager Ron Hextall said.

      Hextall said he made the decision Thursday and informed Berube on Friday.

      "It's just a process that I went through," Hextall said. "I wanted to make the right decision. Once I put all the facts together, then you go with your gut and I came up with the decision last night."

      Assistant coaches Gord Murphy, Ian Laperriere and Joe Mullen have been retained. Hextall said the next coach will determine their futures.

      Among the coaching candidates available are former Pittsburgh Penguins coach Dan Bylsma, former New Jersey Devils coach Peter DeBoer and former Toronto Maple Leafs coach Randy Carlyle.

      ---The Dallas Stars signed defenseman John Klingberg to a seven-year contract extension.

      Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but the Dallas Morning News reported the deal has an average annual value of $4.25 million

      Klingberg, 22, appeared in 65 games this season for Dallas, posting 40 points (11 goals, 29 assists). He led all NHL rookie defensemen in assists and points and was second in goals. Among all rookies, he finished fourth in assists, seventh in points and seventh in even-strength points (28).

      The 6-foot-2, 180-pound native of Gothenburg, Sweden, was drafted by Dallas in the fifth round in 2010.

      ---The Washington Capitals recalled goaltender Philipp Grubauer from the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League and also signed forward Riley Barber to a three-year, entry-level contract.

      Grubauer, 23, has appeared in 20 games with Washington, posting a 7-6-5 record with a 2.44 goals-against average and .924 save percentage.

      Barber, a sixth-round draft pick by the Capitals in 2012, played the past three years at Miami University. This year, he tallied a career-high 20 goals and added 20 assists in 39 games.

      ---The Arizona Coyotes signed forward Christian Dvorak to a three-year entry-level contract.

      The 19-year-old Dvorak registered 109 points (41 goals, 68 assists) and a plus-33 rating in 66 games with London of the Ontario Hockey League this season. The 6-foot, 190-pound native of Frankfort, Ill., finished fifth in the OHL in scoring. He also recorded 13 points (five goals, eight assists) in 10 postseason games with the Knights.

      Dvorak was drafted by the Coyotes in the second round in 2014.

      ---The Columbus Blue Jackets reached an agreement with the Lake Erie Monsters to have the Cleveland-based team serve as the organization's American Hockey League affiliate.

      The multi-year affiliation agreement will begin with the 2015-16 season.

      The Monsters are owned by Dan Gilbert and Cavaliers Hockey Holdings, LLC and play their home games at Quicken Loans Arena, along with the NBA's Cavaliers and the Arena Football League's Cleveland Gladiators. The 2015-16 season will be the Monsters' ninth as a member of the AHL with the club having served as the affiliate of the Colorado Avalanche over the past eight years.

      ---The Colorado Avalanche announced that the San Antonio Rampage will serve as the team's AHL affiliate for the next five years.

      The Lake Erie Monsters in Cleveland have served as Colorado's AHL affiliate for the past eight seasons dating back to 2007-08. On Friday, the Columbus Blue Jackets reached a multi-year agreement with Lake Erie as the organization's AHL affiliate.

      Now in their 13th season, the Rampage are one of four professional sports franchises owned and operated by Spurs Sports & Entertainment, along with the San Antonio Spurs of the NBA, San Antonio Stars of the WNBA and the Austin Spurs of the NBA Development League.

  • Friday, April 17, 2015
    Avalanche agree with AHL's San Antonio
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Colorado Avalanche announced Friday that the San Antonio Rampage will serve as the team's American Hockey League affiliate for the next five years beginning with the 2015-16 season.

    • "We are pleased to announce this new affiliation with San Antonio," Avalanche general manager Joe Sakic said in a statement. "The Rampage organization has a great reputation and we look forward to our prospects developing in such an environment."

      The Lake Erie Monsters in Cleveland have served as Colorado's AHL affiliate for the past eight seasons dating back to 2007-08. On Friday, the Columbus Blue Jackets reached a multi-year agreement with Lake Erie as the organization's AHL affiliate.

      Now in their 13th season, the Rampage are one of four professional sports franchises owned and operated by Spurs Sports & Entertainment, along with the San Antonio Spurs of the NBA, San Antonio Stars of the WNBA and the Austin Spurs of the NBA Development League. The Rampage play their games at the SS&E operated AT&T Center.

      The Rampage have clinched the AHL's West Division title this season and begin the Calder Cup playoffs next week.

      The Avalanche will be San Antonio's third NHL affiliate in the club's 13-year history. The Rampage have been the top affiliate of the Florida Panthers since the 2011-12 season and were also affiliated with the Panthers from 2002-05. San Antonio spent six years (2005-11) as the top affiliate of the Phoenix Coyotes.

  • Friday, April 17, 2015
    Jackets reach agreement with AHL's Lake Erie
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Columbus Blue Jackets reached an agreement with the Lake Erie Monsters to have the Cleveland-based team serve as the organization's American Hockey League affiliate.

    • The multi-year affiliation agreement will begin with the 2015-16 season.

      "The Blue Jackets couldn't be more excited and proud to have the Lake Erie Monsters as our American Hockey League affiliate," Blue Jackets president of hockey operations John Davidson said in a statement Friday. "Both organizations are committed to winning and providing a great experience for hockey fans and we believe Cleveland, whose hockey roots date to the late-1920s, is the perfect place for our young players to grow, develop and have great success. Our sport has grown tremendously throughout the state of Ohio in recent years and we believe this partnership between two great hockey markets will allow us to continue that growth."

      The Monsters are owned by Dan Gilbert and Cavaliers Hockey Holdings, LLC and play their home games at Quicken Loans Arena, along with the NBA's Cavaliers and the Arena Football League's Cleveland Gladiators. The 2015-16 season will be the Monsters' ninth as a member of the AHL with the club having served as the affiliate of the Colorado Avalanche over the past eight years.

      "Cleveland's Lake Erie Monsters are very excited to be a part of this new affiliation partnership with the Columbus Blue Jackets," Monsters president Kerry Bubolz said. "Having this AHL-NHL connection in the state of Ohio will be great for the Monsters and Blue Jackets organizations, co-partners such as Fox Sports Ohio and all of the great hockey fans in the state. We look forward to this unique kinship with the Blue Jackets hockey operations staff, coaches, players and business team, both on and off the ice in Cleveland and Columbus."

      The Monsters replace the Springfield Falcons, who served as the Blue Jackets' AHL affiliate for the past five seasons. During that time the Falcons in Springfield, Mass., posted four-straight winning seasons from 2011-15 and won back-to-back Northeast Division titles in 2012-13 and 2013-14.

      Blue Jackets assistant general manager Chris MacFarland and this past season's Springfield coaching staff of head coach Jared Bednar and assistant coaches Nolan Pratt and Toby Petersen will lead hockey operations efforts for the Monsters in 2015-16.

  • Friday, April 17, 2015
    Coyotes sign F Dvorak
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Arizona Coyotes signed forward Christian Dvorak to a three-year entry-level contract Friday.

    • The 19-year-old Dvorak registered 109 points (41 goals, 68 assists) and a plus-33 rating in 66 games with London of the Ontario Hockey League this season. The 6-foot, 190-pound native of Frankfort, Ill., finished fifth in the OHL in scoring this season. He also recorded 13 points (five goals, eight assists) in 10 postseason games with the Knights.

      Dvorak was originally drafted by the Coyotes in the second round (58th overall) of the 2014 NHL Draft.

      "We are very pleased to sign Christian to an entry-level contract," Coyotes general manager Don Maloney said. "Christian is an excellent two-way center who is a great skater. He is highly skilled and a very good playmaker who is responsible in both ends of the ice. We look forward to watching his development."

      Maloney also announced that the Coyotes signed a multi-year affiliation agreement with the Springfield Falcons of the American Hockey League to serve as the team's AHL minor league affiliate.

      The Falcons compete in the Northeast Division of the AHL's Eastern Conference and play their home games at the MassMutual Center in Springfield, Mass.

  • Friday, April 17, 2015
    Flyers fire Berube as coach
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Philadelphia Flyers fired head coach Craig Berube on Friday after just two years as the team missed the playoffs this season.

    • Berube was the 18th head coach in Flyers history when he was named on Oct. 7, 2013. He had a record of 75-58-28 (.553) in two seasons.

      This season, the Flyers finished sixth in the Metropolitan Division (12th overall) with a 33-31-18 record, finishing 14 points out of a playoff spot.

      "In a nutshell, I just didn't feel he got enough out of our group collectively," Flyers general manager Ron Hextall said in making the announcement.

      Berube, 49, replaced Peter Laviolette in the fourth game of last season and took the Flyers to a third-place finish in the division with a 42-27-10 record. The Flyers lost in a seven-game, first-round playoff series to the New York Rangers.

      Prior to being named head coach, Berube spent six seasons as a Flyers assistant. He spent 18 seasons with the organization as a player, assistant coach and head coach, doing all three with both the Flyers and the American Hockey League's Phantoms.

      Hextall said he made the decision Thursday and informed Berube on Friday.

      "It's just a process that I went through," Hextall said. "I wanted to make the right decision. Once I put all the facts together, then you go with your gut and I came up with the decision last night."

      Assistant coaches Gord Murphy, Ian Laperriere and Joe Mullen have been retained. Hextall said the next coach will determine their futures.

      Among the coaching candidates available are former Pittsburgh Penguins coach Dan Bylsma, former New Jersey Devils coach Peter DeBoer and former Toronto Maple Leafs coach Randy Carlyle.