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  • NHL roundup: Dunn, Blues top Leafs in OT
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, January 16, 2018

    Vince Dunn netted the overtime winner after the Blues scored in the final minute to tie the game, and St. Louis escaped with a 2-1 victory over the host Toronto Maple Leafs on Tuesday night.

    • Carter Hutton made 30 saves for the Blues, the biggest coming just before the winning goal when he denied William Nylander on a breakaway.

      Soon after, Dunn zipped away from his own zone with the puck to create a two-on-one rush. He elected to shoot instead of passing and cleanly beat Toronto goalie Frederik Andersen on the blocker side at 1:43 for his fourth goal of the season.

      The win snaps a three-game losing streak for St. Louis, which tied the game on an Alexander Steen goal with 57 seconds left in regulation. Toronto's Connor Brown scored a short-handed goal midway through the third period.

      Devils 4, Islanders 1

      Damon Severson scored twice in a span of 1:26 in the second period as New Jersey ended a six-game losing streak with a 4-1 win at New York.

      Kyle Palmieri and Taylor Hall also scored for the Devils, who netted the final four goals to earn their first win since Dec. 27. New Jersey went 0-3-3 during its skid.

      New Jersey goalie Keith Kinkaid, who drew the start when Cory Schneider was scratched due to illness, recorded 25 saves.

      Stars 4, Red Wings 2

      Jason Spezza scored two power-play goals and Dallas won for the eighth time in 11 games by downing host Detroit.

      Radek Faksa and Martin Hanzal also scored for the Stars, while John Klingberg and Alexander Radulov contributed two assists apiece. Ben Bishop stopped 13 shots in the victory.

      Andreas Athanasiou had a goal for Detroit and assisted on Trevor Daley's goal.

      Rangers 5, Flyers 1

      Rick Nash scored two goals and New York had little trouble dispatching visiting Philadelphia.

      J.T. Miller, Paul Carey and Michael Grabner also scored for the Rangers, who had struggled mightily in their previous two home games, a 5-2 loss to Chicago on Jan. 3 and a 7-2 loss to the New York Islanders on Saturday.

      The Rangers are 4-5-2 over their last 11 games.

      --Field Level Media

  • Predators place F Arvidsson on IR
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, January 16, 2018

    The Nashville Predators placed forward Viktor Arvidsson on injured reserve Tuesday due to a lower-body injury.

    • Arvidsson suffered the injury during Monday's practice and was helped off the ice by two trainers. He participated in Tuesday's morning skate before the decision was made to put him on the IR.

      Nashville announced it recalled forward Frederick Gaudreau from the Milwaukee Admirals of the American Hockey League to fill the roster opening.

      Arvidsson ranks third on the Predators with 13 goals and 27 points.

      The injury to Arvidsson comes when Nashville is already without leading scorer Filip Forsberg (34 points) because of a broken hand.

      Gaudreau had three assists in 18 games with the Predators earlier this season. He has 14 points (four goals, 10 assists) in 21 games for Milwaukee.

      --Field Level Media

  • NHL roundup: Stars' Seguin sinks former club in OT
    By Field Level Media / Monday, January 15, 2018

    Tyler Seguin beat his old team Monday with a wrister at 2:59 into overtime, giving the Dallas Stars a 3-2 win over the Boston Bruins at TD Garden.

    • Seguin's 22nd goal of the season was set up by John Klingberg and Jamie Benn. For Klingberg, it was his 35th assist, tops among all defenseman. It was Benn's second helper of the game.

      With the win, the Stars begin a four-game road trip through the Eastern Conference with a two-point day.

      The Bruins forced overtime with Ryan Spooner's fifth goal off a point blast at 11:21 of the third period. Kari Lehtonen made the initial save on Spooner's shot, but the puck appeared to bounce off a Stars defender and trickled just past the goal line.

      Lehtonen was solid most of the game, though, coming up with 30 saves to earn the win. Anton Khudobin was saddled with the defeat for Boston after stopping 29 of 32 shots.

      Islanders 5, Canadiens 4 (OT)

      Mathew Barzal scored once in a three-point game and John Tavares netted the overtime winner in a two-goal outing as New York claimed a 5-4 win in Montreal.

      Islanders backup goalie Thomas Greiss stopped 52 shots for his first victory in nearly a month as the Islanders claimed a third straight win.

      Avalanche 3, Ducks 1

      Nathan MacKinnon continues to score and Colorado is now riding a seven-game winning streak thanks to a 3-1 victory over Anaheim in Denver.

      MacKinnon's tally midway through the second period served as the winner and capped a wild stretch at the Pepsi Center. Avalanche goalie Jonathan Bernier was under siege but made a series of stops - including a fantastic desperation diving save on Ryan Kesler - seconds before MacKinnon used a defender as a screen as he whipped home a shot from the slot for his 20th goal of the season.

      Sharks 4, Kings 1

      Chris Tierney had a goal and an assist for his fourth multi-point performance of the season and San Jose took a 4-1 win over Los Angeles at Staples Center.

      Barclay Goodrow, Mikkel Boedker and Joe Thornton also scored for the Sharks, who won their second consecutive game. San Jose improved to 3-1-0 against the Kings in the final meeting of the regular season between the teams.

      Trevor Lewis scored the Kings' lone goal. Los Angeles lost its fourth game in a row, matching its worst streak of the season.

      --Field Level Media

  • Golden Knights sign D Engelland to one-year extension
    By Field Level Media / Monday, January 15, 2018

    The Vegas Golden Knights signed defenseman Deryk Engelland to a one-year extension worth $1.5 million.

    • The deal for the 35-year-old will run through the end of the 2018-19 campaign. He is making $1 million in salary for the 2017-18 season.

      Engelland joined the Golden Knights this offseason from the Calgary Flames via the expansion draft and is on pace for his best NHL season. Averaging a career-high 19:39 minutes per game, he has 13 points through 41 games, four short of his personal best in a single season. Engelland is also tied for 28th in the league with 83 blocked shots.

      In 510 career games with Vegas, Calgary and Pittsburgh, Engelland has 25 goals, 74 points and 516 penalty minutes.

      --Field Level Media

  • NHL notebook: Suspension ends Cogliano's 830-game streak
    By Field Level Media / Sunday, January 14, 2018

    The fourth-longest consecutive-games-played streak in NHL history will come to an end after the league announced Sunday that Anaheim Ducks forward Andrew Cogliano has been suspended two games due to an illegal hit to the head.

    • Cogliano's 830-game streak began in 2007 and was placed in jeopardy on Saturday when he drew an interference penalty for the high hit on Los Angeles Kings forward Adrian Kempe during the first period of the 4-2 victory.

      Cogliano will forfeit $32,258.06 to the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund. He will miss Monday's road game against the Colorado Avalanche and Wednesday's home game against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

      Former Montreal Canadiens center Doug Jarvis holds the consecutive-games record of 964 from 1975-87. Florida Panthers defenseman Keith Yandle (676) replaces Cogliano as the active leader.

      --The Calgary Flames placed veteran right wing Jaromir Jagr on injured reserve with a lower-body injury. The move is retroactive to Dec. 31.

      Jagr, 45, has a goal and six assists in 22 games since signing with the Flames on a one-year, $1 million deal in October. He was placed on injured reserve earlier this season after suffering a lower-body injury against the Minnesota Wild on Oct. 21.

      The move to injured reserve is expected to mark the end of Jagr's time with the Flames as reports surfaced last week that he and the team were "working on an exit" for the future Hall of Famer. In a corresponding move, Calgary recalled forward Ryan Lomberg from AHL's Stockton for his first stint in the NHL.

      --The Montreal Canadiens received good news when center Phillip Danault was released from the hospital a day after getting hit in the head by a puck shot by Boston Bruins captain Zdeno Chara.

      Danault will continue his recovery at home, according to a team announcement.

      The incident took place with 1:37 remaining in the second period Saturday night. Chara blasted one from the blue line, hitting Danault, who was standing at the top of the faceoff circle, on the right side of his head off his helmet. The 24-year-old fell to the ice and appeared to be unconscious as trainers rushed to his aid, and he was transported to the hospital.

      --Field Level Media

  • NHL roundup: Flames stay red-hot, win 7th straight
    By Field Level Media / Sunday, January 14, 2018

    Dougie Hamilton scored twice to lead the red-hot Calgary Flames to a 4-1 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes on Sunday afternoon at PNC Arena in Raleigh, N.C., their seventh consecutive win.

    • Goalie Mike Smith stopped 38 shots for the Flames, who go into their bye week after running the table on a four-game road trip and vaulting into second place in the Pacific Division.

      Johnny Gaudreau, who had a pair of helpers, is riding a seven-game point streak, in which he's collected two goals and 11 assists, while Hamilton is on a five-game run with four goals and six points.

      Flames captain Mark Giordano was handed a match penalty and game misconduct after hitting Sebastian Aho and knocking him from the game, which might result in a suspension.

      Canucks 3, Wild 2 (OT)

      Brandon Sutter's overtime goal gave Vancouver a 3-2 comeback victory over Minnesota in St. Paul.

      Sutter was a hero in his first game back after missing 21 games with a problem in his mid-section. He took Alex Edler's long pass from behind the net just outside the Wild blue line, eluded a defender, and beat Devan Dubnyk with a shot from the slot.

      Penguins 5, Rangers 2

      Phil Kessel's second-period wrister beat Henrik Lundqvist and accounted for his 700th career NHL point and the decisive tally in Pittsburgh's 5-2 victory against New York at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh.

      Kessel's goal, his 20th of the season, was the Penguins' second goal in a span of 1:15 after Dominik Simon's first tally of the season at 13:15 of the second tied the game at 2. Patric Hornqvist, Sidney Crosby and Carl Hagelin each added a goal for the Penguins, who rattled off their fourth straight victory and improved to 5-1-0 since the calendar flipped.

      Red Wings 4, Blackhawks 0

      Petr Mrazek stopped all 27 shots he faced for his second shutout of the season and the 12th of his career, and Detroit cruised past host Chicago.

      Dylan Larkin, Mike Green, Anthony Mantha and Tyler Bertuzzi each scored as Detroit snapped a two-game skid. The Red Wings shut out an opponent for the second time in 43 games.

      Chicago was held scoreless for the third time this season. The Blackhawks have lost two of their past three games.

      --Field Level Media

  • Suspension ends games-played streak of Ducks F Cogliano
    By Field Level Media / Sunday, January 14, 2018

    The fourth-longest consecutive-games-played streak in NHL history will come to an end after the league announced that Anaheim Ducks forward Andrew Cogliano has been suspended two games due to an illegal hit to the head.

    • Cogliano's 830-game streak began in 2007 and was placed in jeopardy on Saturday when he drew an interference penalty for the high hit on Los Angeles Kings forward Adrian Kempe during the first period of the 4-2 victory.

      "In addition to the lateness of the hit, what elevates this check to merit supplemental discipline is the substantial head contact and the significant force," the NHL said in a video explanation.

      Cogliano will forfeit $32,258.06 to the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund. He will miss Monday's road game against the Colorado Avalanche and Wednesday's home game against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

      Former Montreal Canadiens center Doug Jarvis holds the consecutive-games record of 964 from 1975-87. Florida Panthers defenseman Keith Yandle (676) replaces Cogliano as the active leader.

      Cogliano, who has five goals and 18 points in 44 games this season, agreed to a three-year, $9.75 million extension with the Ducks on Friday.

      --Field Level Media

  • Flames place RW Jagr on IR
    By Field Level Media / Sunday, January 14, 2018

    The Calgary Flames placed veteran right wing Jaromir Jagr on injured reserve Sunday with a lower-body injury. The move is retroactive to Dec. 31.

    • Jagr, 45, has a goal and six assists in 22 games since signing with the Flames on a one-year, $1 million deal in October. He was placed on injured reserve earlier this season after suffering a lower-body injury against the Minnesota Wild on Oct. 21.

      In a corresponding move, Calgary recalled forward Ryan Lomberg from AHL's Stockton for his first stint in the NHL. The 23-year-old has four goals, seven assists and 82 penalty minutes in 33 games with the Heat this season.

      The move to injured reserve is expected to mark the end of Jagr's time with the Flames as reports surfaced last week that he and the team were "working on an exit" for the future Hall of Famer.

      After averaging 17 minutes of ice time with the Florida Panthers last season, scoring 16 goals and tallying 30 assists, Jagr has averaged just over 13 minutes per game with the Flames, getting the majority of his shifts on the fourth line.

      --Field Level Media

  • Canadiens C Danault released from hospital
    By Field Level Media / Sunday, January 14, 2018

    The Montreal Canadiens received good news on Sunday when center Phillip Danault was released from the hospital a day after getting hit in the head by a puck shot by Boston Bruins captain Zdeno Chara.

    • Danault will continue his recovery at home, according to a team announcement.

      The incident took place with 1:37 remaining in the second period Saturday night. Chara blasted one from the blue line, hitting Danault, who was standing at the top of the faceoff circle, on the right side of his head off his helmet. The 24-year-old fell to the ice and appeared to be unconscious as trainers rushed to his aid.

      Danault was moving and speaking to the medical staff before he was stretchered off the ice and taken to the hospital, where he remained overnight.

      The CBC broadcast had Chara's shot clocked at 123.2 kilometers per hour, which converts to 76.5 mph.

      The game was halted for intermission after Danault was injured, and the extra 1:37 was added to the start of the third period. The Bruins went on to win 4-3 in a shootout.

      --Field Level Media

  • Canadiens' Danault to remain hospitalized after shot to head
    By Field Level Media / Sunday, January 14, 2018

    The Saturday game between the Boston Bruins and the Canadiens had a scary moment when Montreal's Phillip Danault was hit in the head by a puck shot by Boston captain Zdeno Chara and was taken off the ice via stretcher.

    • According to the Canadiens, Danault was taken to hospital but was awake and moving. He was to remain hospitalized overnight.

      "Reports are good," Montreal coach Claude Julien said postgame.

      The incident took place with 1:37 remaining in the second period. Chara, who possesses one of the hardest shots in the league, blasted one from the blue line, hitting Danault, who was standing at the top of the faceoff circle, on the right side of his head off his helmet. The 24-year-old fell to the ice and appeared to be unconscious as trainers rushed to his aid.

      Danault was moving and speaking to the medical staff before he was stretchered off the ice.

      The CBC broadcast had Chara's shot clocked at 123.2 kilometers per hour, which converts to 76.5 mph.

      The game was halted for intermission after Danault was injured, and the extra 1:37 was added to the start of the third period. The Bruins went on to win 4-3 in a shootout.

      --Field Level Media

  • NHL roundup: Couturier scores two more in Flyers' win
    By Field Level Media / Sunday, January 14, 2018

    Sean Couturier remained red hot Saturday night by scoring two goals, including the tiebreaking tally late in the second period, as the Philadelphia Flyers beat the reeling New Jersey Devils 5-3 in Newark, N.J.

    • The two-goal game was the third in a row for Couturier, who has nine goals in his past seven games and 25 goals overall this season. His previous single-season high for goals was 15 in 2014-15.

      Wayne Simmonds scored in the second period, and Travis Konecny and Michael Raffl added insurance goals in the third period for the Flyers, who have won four straight. Goalie Brian Elliott recorded 26 saves.

      The Devils have lost six straight.

      Wild 4, Jets 1

      Matt Dumba scored two goals while Mikael Granlund added a goal and an assist as host Minnesota beat Winnipeg.

      The Wild came out strong early, thanks to a 23-shot first period where it took an early 1-0 lead, and Winnipeg couldn't come back.

      Winnipeg's Mathieu Perreault scored 47 seconds into the third period, but Dumba answered with goals at 6:23 and 13:32.

      Islanders 7, Rangers 2

      Anthony Beauvillier and Mathew Barzal each scored twice in the all-New York clash at Madison Square Garden.

      Beauvillier ran his season tally up to seven goals, while Barzal now leads all NHL rookies with 15. Barzal also had three assists in the contest.

      Jordan Eberle contributed four assists in the Islanders' second straight win following a season-high, five-game losing streak.

      Penguins 4, Red Wings 1

      Evgeni Malkin scored two goals and assisted on two more to lead Pittsburgh to a home victory over Detroit.

      Malkin has scored five goals over the last three games.

      Phil Kessel supplied a goal and two assists, and Sidney Crosby contributed a goal and an assist.

      Bruins 4, Canadiens 3 (SO)

      Brad Marchand scored the winning goal in the fourth round of a shootout, and Boston continued its roll with a win over host Montreal.

      The Bruins have gone more than a month without losing in regulation time, producing a 9-0-3 record in that span, with the latest win coming against their former head coach, Claude Julien.

      The game also had a scary incident when Montreal's Phillip Danault was hit in the head by a puck shot by Boston captain Zdeno Chara and was taken off the ice via stretcher. According to the Canadiens, Danault was taken to hospital but was awake and moving. He was to remain hospitalized overnight.

      Ducks 4, Kings 2

      Ondrej Kase had a career night with two goals and an assist as Anaheim hung on for a victory at rival Los Angeles.

      Ducks goalie John Gibson made 23 saves to collect the win, though his team nearly blew a three-goal lead. In a game that featured three fights in the first 2 1/2 minutes of play, the real heavyweight was Kase, the 22-year-old who was drafted in the seventh round in 2014.

      Ryan Kesler and Corey Perry also scored for Anaheim. Los Angeles got goals from Nick Shore and Anze Kopitar.

      Sharks 6, Coyotes 5 (OT)

      Marc-Edouard Vlasic's wrist shot at 2:42 of overtime gave host San Jose a victory over Arizona.

      It was the fifth goal of the season for Vlasic, with Joe Pavelski and Joe Thornton picking up assists to finish with three-point nights. San Jose's Joonas Donskoi forced overtime with his second goal of the night at 19:44 of the third period with goalie Aaron Dell off the ice for a sixth skater.

      The teams combined for six goals in just over eight minutes of a wild first period that saw San Jose coach Peter DeBoer pull Martin Jones after the goalie allowed three goals on only six shots.

      Oilers 3, Golden Knights 2 (OT)

      Darnell Nurse scored on a wrist shot 53 seconds into overtime as Edmonton notched a win in Las Vegas.

      Edmonton beat first-place Vegas for the second time this season. Nurse also had two goals Friday, including the third-period game-winner in Edmonton's 4-2 victory over Arizona.

      Cam Talbot stopped 34 of 36 shots to earn the win for the Oilers, who killed off all six Golden Knights power plays. Marc-Andre Fleury saved 27 shots for Vegas.

      Avalanche 4, Stars 1

      Nathan MacKinnon scored the deciding goal with 13:27 to play, and Jonathan Bernier turned away 27 shots to earn his fifth consecutive win as visiting Colorado defeated Dallas.

      Colorado won its sixth straight outing and has gained at least one point in 12 of its past 15 games. Alexander Kerfoot had a goal and an assist for the Avalanche, who also got tallies from Blake Comeau and Mark Barberio.

      Jamie Benn collected the Stars' lone goal.

      --Field Level Media

  • NHL roundup: Beagle, Caps nip 'Canes in last seconds
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, January 13, 2018

    Jay Beagle scored with 1.2 seconds remaining to lift the Washington Capitals to a 4-3 win over the Carolina Hurricanes on Friday in Raleigh, N.C.

    • Beagle, who snapped a 14-game scoring drought, skated down the right side of the ice and seemed to surprise Carolina goaltender Cam Ward after Nicklas Backstrom delivered the puck from the other side of the ice.

      Carolina led late in the third period before Washington's Brett Connolly scored unassisted with 3:08 remaining to even the score at 3. Connolly converted off a turnover by Hurricanes defenseman Noah Hanifin.

      Jeff Skinner scored 1:49 into the third period to give Carolina a 3-2 lead. Washington's Alex Ovechkin scored his 28th goal of the season, and teammate Lars Eller scored a goal for the fourth game in a row.

      Blackhawks 2, Jets 1

      David Kampf scored his first NHL goal to make his 23rd birthday truly worth celebrating, and goaltender Jeff Glass stopped 31 shots to lead Chicago past visiting Winnipeg.

      Kampf also collected an assist to net his first career two-point game. Glass improved his record for the Blackhawks to 3-1-1.

      Kampf broke a scoreless deadlock nearly five minutes into the second period, and Jan Rutta doubled the lead late in the middle period. Patrik Laine scored unassisted for the Jets at 16:19 of the third period.

      Canucks 5, Blue Jackets 2

      Brendan Gaunce's power-play goal in the second period proved to be the winner as the Vancouver won in Columbus, Ohio.

      Gaunce scored only his second goal in the past two seasons. He went all of 2016-17 without scoring. Sven Baertschi, Erik Gudbranson, Alexander Edler and Jake Virtanen added goals for the Canucks, who posted their third win in the past 16 games.

      Seth Jones and Scott Harrington each scored for the Blue Jackets, who took their second consecutive loss.

      Oilers 4, Coyotes 2

      Darnell Nurse's second goal of the game completed Edmonton's comeback from an early two-goal deficit en route to a win in Glendale, Ariz.

      Oilers goalie Al Montoya, who entered in relief after starting netminder Cam Talbot surrendered two goals in just over three minutes of play, stopped all 19 shots he faced to earn his first victory for the club that acquired him via trade from the Montreal Canadiens on Jan. 4.

      Nurse netted the winner at 3:57 of the third period when he unloaded a slap shot from the top of the left circle that cleanly beat Arizona goalie Antti Raanta. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins' empty-net goal with 20 seconds left sealed the victory.

      Flames 4, Panthers 2

      Calgary, led by backup goalie David Rittich, extended its season-best win streak to six games, earning the victory in Sunrise, Fla.

      A 25-year-old native of the Czech Republic who was playing just the sixth NHL game of his career, Rittich stopped 41 shots and improved to 4-1-1.

      Calgary got goals from Sean Monahan, Matthew Tkachuk, Johnny Gaudreau and Mikael Backlund. Florida's Evgenii Dadonov ended a slump by posting his eighth and ninth goals of the season.

      --Field Level Media

  • Blue Jackets assign Korpisalo, Motte to AHL
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, January 13, 2018

    The Columbus Blue Jackets assigned goaltender Joonas Korpisalo and center Tyler Motte to the Cleveland Monsters of the AHL after the team's 5-2 loss to the Vancouver Canucks on Friday night.

    • The move will serve as a conditioning assignment for Korpisalo during the Blue Jackets' five-day break between games, the team announced. Columbus will return to action on Thursday night against the Dallas Stars.

      Korpisalo, 23, is 4-4-0 with a 3.10 goals-against average and a .904 save percentage as Columbus' backup goaltender this season. He has started eight games, compared with 38 starts for No. 1 netminder Sergei Bobrovsky.

      During parts of three NHL seasons, Korpisalo is 27-20-5 with a 2.75 GAA and .913 save percentage. He also has appeared in four AHL games this season and 40 AHL games in his career.

      Motte, 22, has three goals and one assist in 29 games with the Blue Jackets. He also has appeared in eight games with Cleveland, notching five goals and two assists.

      --Field Level Media

  • Lightning lose D Hedman for up to six weeks
    By Field Level Media / Friday, January 12, 2018

    Tampa Bay Lightning All-Star defenseman Victor Hedman will miss three to six weeks with a lower-body injury, the team announced Friday.

    • Hedman was injured on Thursday when Calgary Flames winger Garnet Hathaway slammed into his left knee when the two were seeking the puck. Hedman immediately began limping and was helped off the ice at the next stoppage in play.

      The injury means Hedman will miss the All-Star Game, slated for Jan. 28 in Tampa.

      Hedman has been one of the top defensemen in the NHL this season, with six goals and 33 points in 44 games.

      The 27-year-old Hedman has 334 career points (71 goals, 263 assists) in nine seasons with the Lightning.

      Tampa Bay (31-10-3) owns the most points (65) in the NHL entering Friday's play.

      --Field Level Media

  • NHL roundup: Hurricanes end Caps' home win streak
    By Field Level Media / Friday, January 12, 2018

    Victor Rask scored a tiebreaking, unassisted goal with 9:06 left in regulation, and Sebastian Aho added an empty-net goal as the Carolina Hurricanes beat the host Washington Capitals 3-1 on Thursday.

    • The Hurricanes snapped a three-game losing streak, while the Capitals saw their five-game winning streak end. Washington had won 10 straight at home, the longest streak of that type in the NHL this season.

      Jordan Staal also scored for Carolina, which got 27 saves from goalie Scott Darling. Lars Ellers collected Washington's only goal.

      Flames 5, Lightning 1

      Johnny Gaudreau, Micheal Ferland and Mark Jankowski each had a goal and an assist as visiting Calgary topped NHL-leading Tampa Bay.

      Making the night even worse for the Lightning was losing defenseman Victor Hedman due to a lower-body injury midway through the second period. Hedman, one of the NHL's best blue-liners, collided with Calgary forward Garnet Hathaway as they went to play the puck, and Hedman's left leg twisted awkwardly.

      Mike Smith was sensational in Calgary's net for the first half of the game in his 33-save performance at Amalie Arena, including a penalty shot stop on Cedric Paquette.

      Sabres 3, Blue Jackets 1

      Kyle Okposo and Jack Eichel each notched a goal and an assist, and rookie goalie Linus Ullmark stopped 44 shots to lead host Buffalo past Columbus.

      The Sabres recorded their first victory of 2018, snapping a five-game losing skid as they enter their bye week. Benoit Pouliot also scored for Buffalo.

      Ullmark lost his shutout bid late in the game on an Artemi Panarin goal, but he was tremendous all night, stopping 33 shots over the final two periods while the Blue Jackets pushed.

      --Field Level Media

  • Sabres' Bogosian to miss 4-6 weeks
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, January 11, 2018

    Buffalo Sabres defenseman Zach Bogosian will miss four to six weeks with an injury to his lower left leg, coach Phil Housley said Thursday.

    • Bogosian was hurt in practice Tuesday at KeyBank Center in Buffalo while battling for the puck along the boards with forward Evander Kane. Bogosian fell awkwardly and was unable to put any weight on the leg while being helped off the ice.

      Bogosian has one assist and is averaging about 19 minutes of playing time in 18 games since missing the first two months of the NHL season with a lower body injury.

      "You know it was weird, we were just kind of battling and got tangled up and we were both falling and obviously he was in some discomfort and just kind of a freak accident," Kane told the Buffalo News. "I've played with him my whole career and he's had some tough breaks; hopefully this one is (not) too bad and he'll be back out there soon."

      -- Field Level Media

  • Army contesting Golden Knights' name
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, January 11, 2018

    The U.S. Army has filed a challenge with the U.S. Trademark Trial and Appeal Board to the Vegas Golden Knights' name, saying that it is associated with its parachute team as well as recruiting.

    • In its filing Wednesday, the Army contends the NHL franchise "has chosen and used a similar black+gold/yellow+white color scheme on uniforms, marketing, advertisements and its hockey arena, mimicking the opposer's colors and further adding to the likelihood of confusion of the public."

      The Army says it has used the Golden Knights name since 1969 and that it owns "common law rights in color scheme black+gold/yellow+white."

      The Army does not have any trademarks filed for Golden Knights, ESPN reported. According to sportslogos.net, Army and the College of Saint Rose in Albany, N.Y., requested extensions to the deadline to contest the name earlier this year. The college requested another extension Wednesday.

      The hockey team, which started play this season, has until Feb. 19 to respond to this notice or risk having to forfeit the trademark.

      Golden Knights owner Bill Foley graduated from the U.S. Military Academy in 1967. The Army's notice of opposition cites a June 2017 article in The Washington Post in which Golden Knights General Manager George McPhee mentions Foley's connection.

      "Bill Foley is a West Point guy, sort of using those colors," McPhee told the newspaper. "You know his history at West Point. You know about the classmates he had lost serving this country. So, those colors mean a lot to us."

      The Army's filing also mentions a tweet from TSN that quotes McPhee as saying, "We were going to be the Black Knights, but we already had the Blackhawks in the league, so the league was trying to get us to come up with another name, so another name used at West Point is the Golden Knights for the parachute team."

      The team took issue with the Army's position.

      "We strongly dispute the Army's allegations that confusion is likely between the Army Golden Knights parachute team and the Vegas Golden Knights major-league hockey team," the team said in a statement. "Indeed, the two entities have been coexisting without any issues for over a year (along with several other Golden Knights trademark owners) and we are not aware of a single complaint from anyone attending our games that they were expecting to see the parachute team and not a professional hockey game."

      -- Field Level Media

  • Blackhawks trade F Panik to Coyotes
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, January 10, 2018

    The Chicago Blackhawks sent forwards Richard Panik and Laurent Dauphin to the Arizona Coyotes in exchange for forward Anthony Duclair and defenseman Adam Clendening, the teams announced Wednesday.

    • In the deal, the Blackhawks reduce salary, as Panik carries a $2.8 million cap hit and is in the first season of a two-year, $5.6 million deal. Duclair, heading back to Chicago, carries a cap hit of $1.2 million.

      Panik, 26, has six goals and 10 assists in 37 games this season. The right winger has often been a healthy scratch for the Blackhawks of late after playing in all 82 games and scoring 44 points (22 goals, 22 assists) in 2016-17.

      Duclair, 22, has nine goals and six assists in 33 games this season. He requested that he be traded last week. As a rookie in 2015-16, Duclair registered 20 goals and 24 assists.

      Dauphin, a center, was originally drafted by the Coyotes in 2013. The 22-year-old didn't appear in any games for the Blackhawks this season, though he had four goals and 10 assists in 33 games for the team's AHL affiliate in Rockford, Ill.

      Clendening appeared in five games with the Coyotes this season, tallying two assists. The 25-year-old had a goal and four assists for the Tucson in the AHL.

      --Field Level Media

  • NHL All-Star rosters announced; 4 named for host Lightning
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, January 10, 2018

    NHL All-Star Game rosters were announced for the four divisional teams Wednesday, with the host Tampa Bay Lightning well-represented.

    • Center Steven Stamkos was voted captain of the Atlantic Division team by fans, while forward Nikita Kucherov, defenseman Victor Hedman and goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy were also named to the roster. Lightning coach Jon Cooper will head the Atlantic team.

      Eight other teams had multiple players picked for the event, including two from the expansion Vegas Golden Knights: forward James Neal and goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury for the Pacific Division team.

      Stamkos (Atlantic), Alex Ovechkin (Metropolitan), P.K. Subban (Central) and Connor McDavid (Pacific) are the fan-voted captains. There are 12 players that will be playing in their first All-Star Game.

      Here are the rosters for each team, with career All-Star appearances indicated in parentheses:

      Atlantic Division

      F Aleksander Barkov, FLA (1st)

      F Jack Eichel, BUF (1st)

      F Nikita Kucherov, TBL (2nd)

      F Brad Marchand, BOS (2nd)

      F Auston Matthews, TOR (2nd)

      F Steven Stamkos, TBL (5th)

      D Mike Green, DET (2nd)

      D Victor Hedman, TBL (2nd)

      D Erik Karlsson, OTT (5th)

      G Carey Price, MTL (6th)

      G Andrei Vasilevskiy, TBL (1st)

      Head Coach: Jon Cooper, TBL (1st)

      Metropolitan Division

      F Josh Bailey, NYI (1st)

      F Sidney Crosby, PIT (3rd)

      F Claude Giroux, PHI (5th)

      F Taylor Hall, NJD (3rd)

      F Alex Ovechkin, WSH (7th)

      F John Tavares, NYI (5th)

      D Noah Hanifin, CAR (1st)

      D Seth Jones, CBJ (2nd)

      D Kris Letang, PIT (4th)

      G Braden Holtby, WSH (3rd)

      G Henrik Lundqvist, NYR (4th)

      Head Coach: Barry Trotz, WSH (3rd)

      Central Division

      F Patrick Kane, CHI (7th)

      F Nathan MacKinnon, COL (2nd)

      F Brayden Schenn, STL (1st)

      F Tyler Seguin, DAL (5th)

      F Eric Staal, MIN (5th)

      F Blake Wheeler, WPG (1st)

      D John Klingberg, DAL (1st)

      D Alex Pietrangelo, STL (1st)

      D P.K. Subban, NSH (3rd)

      G Connor Hellebuyck, WPG (1st)

      G Pekka Rinne, NSH (2nd)

      Head Coach: Peter Laviolette, NSH (3rd)

      Pacific Division

      F Brock Boeser, VAN (1st)

      F Johnny Gaudreau, CGY (4th)

      F Anze Kopitar, LAK (4th)

      F Connor McDavid, EDM (2nd)

      F James Neal, VGK (3rd)

      F Rickard Rakell, ANA (1st)

      D Brent Burns, SJS (5th)

      D Drew Doughty, LAK (4th)

      D Oliver Ekman-Larsson, ARI (2nd)

      G Marc-Andre Fleury, VGK (3rd)

      G Jonathan Quick, LAK (3rd)

      Head Coach: Gerard Gallant, VGK (2nd)

      For the third straight season, the All-Star Game will feature a three-game tournament, played in a 3-on-3 format, showcasing teams from each division competing for a $1 million winner-take-all prize pool.

      The 2018 NHL All-Star Game will take place at Amalie Arena in Tampa, Fla. on Jan. 28.

      --Field Level Media

  • NHL roundup: Johnson's hat trick helps Lightning edge Hurricanes
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, January 10, 2018

    Jake Dotchin netted his third goal of the season with just over 10 minutes left in regulation to break a deadlock, and Tyler Johnson's hat-trick tally minutes later served as the game-winner as the Tampa Bay Lightning claimed a 5-4 win over the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday in Tampa, Fla.

    • The Lightning needed both goals to close out the see-saw affair, as the visitors nearly completed a comeback in the dying minutes.

      Johnson posted the first three-goal game of the season for a Tampa Bay player, even though the high-flying Lightning sit atop the league standings and boast the NHL's most potent attack.

      Brayden Point had three assists for the Lightning, who also got a goal and an assist from Victor Hedman. Brock McGinn, Sebastian Aho, Justin Faulk and Elias Lindholm scored for Carolina.

      Predators 2, Oilers 1

      Pekka Rinne stopped 25 shots as Nashville edged visiting Edmonton 2-1 for its 11th consecutive win against the Oilers and Rinne's 10th straight victory against them, dating back to March 18, 2014.

      The Predators won their second straight game before going into a five-day break. Edmonton absorbed its seventh defeat in eight games and has managed just four goals in its past six games.

      The latest defeat might have been the most frustrating for the Oilers, who appeared to tie the game at 14:56 of the third period when Mark Letestu knocked a rebound past Rinne. However, Nashville coach Peter Laviolette challenged the goal on the basis of offside. Replay revealed that Jujhar Khaira had a skate in the zone and another one in the air before the puck entered the offensive zone, and the goal was erased.

      Flames 3, Wild 2 (OT)

      Dougie Hamilton scored the winning goal for the second straight game as Calgary beat Minnesota in overtime at St. Paul, Minn., giving the Flames their first four-game winning streak of the season.

      Johnny Gaudreau assisted all three goals, including Hamilton's winner, for a Flames team that recovered from blowing a two-goal, third-period lead. Micheal Ferland and Sean Monahan also scored for Calgary.

      Mikael Granlund and Jared Spurgeon collected the Minnesota goals.

      Panthers 7, Blues 4

      Florida scored three consecutive second-period goals -- all in a span of 4:14 -- to defeat host St. Louis.

      The Panthers, who rallied from an early 2-0 deficit, got three points each from Jonathan Huberdeau (one goal, two assists), Trocheck (two goals, one assist) and Aleksander Barkov (one goal, two assists).

      Panthers goalie James Reimer, making his 15th straight start, earned the win, making 26 saves. Blues goalie Jake Allen (18 saves) was chased with 3:23 left in the second period, immediately following the fifth Panthers goal.

      Blackhawks 8, Senators 2

      Nick Schmaltz and Jonathan Toews each scored two goals, while Patrick Kane doled out four assists in a five-goal second period as visiting Chicago routed Ottawa.

      Jordan Oesterle and Duncan Keith added two helpers apiece for Chicago, while goalie Anton Forsberg) stopped 25 shots to pick up the win and also chipped in an assist. Patrick Sharp contributed a goal and an assist as the Blackhawks drove Ottawa goalie Craig Anderson to cover before the second period was half over.

      Kane added a goal on a five-point night, and Schmaltz also had an assist.

      Capitals 3, Canucks 1

      John Carlson and Lars Eller set the tone with first-period goals, and Washington extended its winning streak to a season-high five games with a victory over visiting Vancouver.

      Washington goalie Philipp Grubauer, starting for the first time since Dec. 27, finished with 37 saves. The Capitals have won 10 consecutive home games, the longest streak in the NHL this season.

      Vancouver is trending the opposite way, having dropped its fifth consecutive game. The Canucks have won just twice in their past 15 matchups.

      Jets 7, Sabres 4

      Kyle Connor finished with two goals and one assist, and Nikolaj Ehlers scored twice as Winnipeg defeated host Buffalo.

      Ehlers scored both of his goals in the second period as the Jets notched three and chased Buffalo starting goalie Robin Lehner. Winnipeg has won three in a row and is 6-0-1 in its past seven games.

      Jack Eichel had two goals and an assist for Buffalo.

      --Field Level Media

  • Rangers' Kreider has portion of rib removed
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, January 9, 2018

    New York Rangers forward Chris Kreider underwent surgery to remove a portion of a rib on Tuesday, the team announced.

    • The Rangers said Kreider will be out indefinitely. He will re-evaluated in six weeks.

      Kreider underwent a rib resection where a segment of the right rib closest to the collarbone was removed. He was diagnosed with a blood clot in his right arm on Dec. 28, one day after being removed from a game due to the pain in the area.

      Kreider, 26, has 11 goals and 11 assists in 37 games this season. He scored a career-high 28 goals last season.

      --Field Level Media

  • Blackhawks' Seabrook a healthy scratch Tuesday
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, January 9, 2018

    The struggling Chicago Blackhawks will hold veteran defender Brent Seabrook out of the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Ottawa Senators.

    • Head coach Joel Quenneville told reporters Tuesday afternoon that Seabrook would be a healthy scratch.

      "We felt that the other guys were deserving of playing tonight's game," Quenneville told reporters. "It's not easy when you make those kind of decisions, but we've got a lot of balance back and some guys that are playing well."

      Seabrook, one of the team's alternate captains, has been with the Blackhawks all 13 seasons of his NHL career and is fifth all time in games played for the franchise. The 32-year-old carries a cap hit of $6.875 million and has six years remaining on his contract beyond this season.

      Seabrook has a goal and 10 assists in 41 games for the 20-15-6 Blackhawks, who are currently last in the Central Division after making the playoffs each year and winning three Stanley Cups over the last nine seasons.

      Seabrook has averaged just over 20 minutes of ice time per game this season.

      "He just told me I wasn't playing," Seabrook told the Chicago Sun-Times. "It's tough, but you've just got to stay focused. ... And when I get a chance to be back in the lineup, I've got to be ready to go."

      Against the Senators on Tuesday, the Blackhawks will instead have younger defenders Jordan Oesterle, Connor Murphy, Michal Kempny, Gustav Forsling and Jan Rutta in the lineup. Chicago's logjam on the blue line led to veteran Cody Franson being placed on waivers Monday.

      Franson cleared waivers Tuesday and was sent down to the team's AHL affiliate in Rockford. In a corresponding move, 25-year-old defender Erik Gustafsson was recalled.

      -- Field Level Media

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  • Panthers G Luongo likely out until February
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, January 9, 2018

    Florida Panthers goaltender Roberto Luongo, who hasn't played since December 4, is likely to be sidelined until February.

    • Luongo was carried off the ice in the second period of a 5-4 shootout loss against the New York Islanders on Dec. 4 with a lower-body injury.

      He is 6-6-1 with a 2.61 goals-against average and a .928 save percentage in 15 games.

      "I would probably guess that we're not going to see him play, because of the (five-day schedule break) in January, I would say to be completely honest, probably the beginning of February," Panthers coach Bob Boughner said of projecting Luongo's next appearance in net. "But that could change any day and we're sort of taking it day by day."

      James Reimer has started in Luongo's absence and is 7-5 with two shutouts.

      Boughner said there is no plan to push Luongo back and he could be spelled regularly even after he's cleared.

      Luongo, 38, has 459 career wins and 74 shutouts. The totals place him first among active NHL goaltenders.

      "He is on the road with us right now," Boughner said. "He is rehabbing. There are good days and bad days. He went through a stretch there where he was really progressing well. In the last week he had a little bit of soreness so we are sort of backing off. We want him to come back 100 percent, not 90 percent, so we are going to be very careful with him."

      --Field Level Media

  • Blackhawks place D Franson on waivers
    By Field Level Media / Monday, January 8, 2018

    The Chicago Blackhawks placed veteran defenseman Cody Franson on waivers Monday, according to multiple reports.

    • Franson, 30, played in 23 games this season, recording one goal and seven points. In his ninth NHL season, he signed a one-year, $1 million contract with Chicago in October.

      Franson did not play in Sunday's 4-1 win over the Edmonton Oilers. He skated in the four previous games after missing seven contests with an upper-body injury.

      A third-round pick by the Nashville Predators in the 2005 draft, Franson owns 212 points (43 goals, 169 assists) in 550 career NHL games since entering the league in 2009.

      Meanwhile, the Blackhawks recalled forward Tomas Jurco on Monday from the Rockford IceHogs of the American Hockey League. In a corresponding move, forward John Hayden was assigned to Rockford.

      --Field Level Media

  • NHL roundup: Golden Knights win to cap epic first half
    By Field Level Media / Sunday, January 7, 2018

    The Vegas Golden Knights reached the midpoint of their first NHL season Sunday night at one extreme of the Western Conference standings. Just not the extreme everyone expected.

    • The Golden Knights celebrated the 41-game mark with a 2-1 win over the New York Rangers on Sunday night before a season-high crowd of 18,234 at T-Mobile Arena. Vegas (29-10-2) pushed its Western Conference-leading point total to 60 - 3 ahead of Central Division leader Winnipeg with two games in hand.

      William Karlsson scored his team-high 22nd goal at the 8:58 mark of the third period to break a 1-1 tie in the final game for both teams before their five-day breaks.

      Vegas extended its home winning streak to seven games as James Neal contributed his 18th goal and Marc-Andre Fleury (9-2-1) posted 28 saves. Mika Zibanejad posted his 13th goal of the year for the Rangers (22-15-5) as backup goalie Ondrej Pavelec (3-5-1) made 32 saves in his first appearance since shutting out Washington on Dec. 27.

      Capitals 4, Blues 3 (OT)

      Nicklas Backstrom scored on a breakaway at 4:17 of overtime as Washington downed St. Louis at Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C.

      The Capitals extended their Metropolitan Division lead over New Jersey to three points, while the Blues lost for the second time in as many days but picked up a point to edge ahead of Nashville for second place in the Central Division.

      Blue Jackets 3, Panthers 2 (SO)

      Artemi Panarin, Jack Johnson and Josh Anderson scored in an eight-round shootout as host Columbus defeated Florida, 3-2.

      Aleksander Barkov and Mike Matheson scored for the Panthers in the shootout. Barkov also scored with 1:34 left in the third period to help send the game to overtime.

      Blackhawks 4, Oilers 1

      Chicago received goals from four different players and goaltender Anton Forsberg turned aside 32 shots to record just his second win of the season in a 4-1 victory over Edmonton at the United Center in Chicago.

      Nick Schmaltz, Alex DeBrincat and Brandon Saad scored goals in the opening two periods and defenseman Jordan Oesterle scored against his former team to complete the win for the Blackhawks.

      Jets 4, Sharks 1

      Mathieu Perreault scored twice while Matt Hendricks and Marko Dano both lit the lamp once to give Winnipeg a 4-1 victory over San Jose at the Bell MTS Place in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

      That offense was more than enough to combine with a 31-save outing from goalie Connor Hellebuyck for the Jets to strengthen their hold atop the National Hockey League's Central Division.

      Islanders 5, Devils 4 (SO)

      Brock Nelson scored the only goal of the shootout Sunday as New York came back from a two-goal, third-period deficit to beat New Jersey, 5-4, in a shootout at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.

      Nelson scored in the fifth round, as the Islanders snapped a five-game losing streak heading into their "bye week."

      Flyers 4, Sabres 1

      Sean Couturier scored two goals and Shayne Gostisbehere and Ivan Provorov each scored one goal, leading Philadelphia past Buffalo, 4-1, at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.

      Backup goaltender Michal Neuvirth started for the first time since Nov. 28 and earned the win with 30 saves on 31 shots on goal. Brian Elliott had started the previous 16 games.

      Canadiens 5, Canucks 2

      Brendan Gallagher scored the winning goal and added an assist as Montreal beat Vancouver, 5-2, in Montreal.

      The Canadiens (18-20-4) earned their second straight win, while the Canucks (16-20-6) have lost four straight games and 12 of the past 14.

      Lightning 5, Red Wings 2

      Yanni Gourde had two goals, Nikita Kucherov scored his league-leading 27th goal and Tampa Bay snapped host Detroit's four-game winning streak.

      Louis Domingue made 34 saves in his Lightning (30-9-3) debut. Gustav Nyquist and Justin Abdelkader scored for the Red Wings (17-17-7).

      Penguins 6, Bruins 5 (OT)

      Evgeni Malkin scored the game-winning goal 2:51 into overtime to help Pittsburgh edge Boston, 6-5, in a thriller at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh.

      Malkin finished with two goals and has 17 on the season. Jamie Oleksiak, Phil Kessel, Kris Letang and Riley Sheahan also scored for the Penguins (22-19-3). Boston (23-10-7) snapped a three-game winning streak but extended its points streak to 11 straight games (8-0-3).

      --Field Level Media