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  • Blue Jackets place Sedlak on IR
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, October 23, 2017

    The Columbus Blue Jackets have placed center Lukas Sedlak on injured reserve, the team announced Monday.

    • Sedlak, 24, suffered an ankle injury in Monday's practice that is expected to sideline him for six weeks. He had two goals in eight games with Columbus this season.

      A native of the Czech Republic, Sedlak has appeared in 70 career games with the Blue Jackets, notching nine goals and six assists while registering a plus-8.

      To take his place on the roster, Columbus recalled left wing Markus Hannikainen from Cleveland of the American Hockey League. Hannikainen, 24, has an assist in three games with the Blue Jackets this season.

  • Wild promote Kloos, Kunin
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, October 23, 2017

    The Minnesota Wild recalled forwards Justin Kloos and Luke Kunin from Iowa of the American Hockey League, the team announced Monday.

    • Kloos appeared in six games at Iowa this season, registering three points. Signed as a free agent in March, Kloos amassed 150 points in 155 games in four seasons at the University of Minnesota.

      Kunin was recalled for the third time this season. He collected two assists for his first career NHL points and skated 11:47 in Saturday night's 4-2 win at Calgary.

  • Blues recall F Bennett
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, October 23, 2017

    The St. Louis Blues recalled forward Beau Bennett from the Chicago Wolves of the American Hockey League, the team announced Monday.

    • The 6-foot-2, 195-pound Bennett appeared in 65 games with the New Jersey Devils last season, registering career highs with eight goals and 19 points.

      A former first-round draft pick of Pittsburgh in 2010, Bennett had one goal and two assists in five games with the Wolves this season. He spent parts of his first four seasons with Pittsburgh, appearing in a career-high 49 games in 2014-15.

  • Penguins place G Niemi on waivers
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, October 23, 2017

    The Pittsburgh Penguins placed backup goaltender Antti Niemi on waivers Monday.

    • Niemi lost all three starts and sported a bloated 7.49 goals-against average this season -- his first with the Penguins and 10th in the NHL.

      The 34-year-old Niemi was cut loose two days after another ugly performance in a 7-1 loss at Tampa Bay, although Penguins coach Mike Sullivan absolved the veteran netminder of blame.

      "We just simply didn't play hard enough or well enough in front of (Niemi)," Sullivan said. "We win as a team, we lose as a team."

      Niemi won at least 30 games on four occasions -- all with the San Jose Sharks in a span of five seasons from 2010-2015. He is 227-128-51 with a 2.52 GAA in 426 regular-season appearances (409 starts).

      Pittsburgh dipped into the minors to replace Niemi, recalling goaltender Casey DeSmith from the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League on Monday.

      DeSmith, 26, who has never appeared in an NHL game, won all three starts with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton this season, posting a sterling 0.98 and .965 save percentage while recording one shutout.

      The former University of New Hampshire standout led the AHL in 2016-17 with a 2.01 GAA to go with a 21-5-3 record.

      In a related move, the Penguins placed forward Carter Rowney on injured reserve Monday. Rowney was hurt in Saturday's loss at Tampa Bay when he was hit in the arm/hand by a slap shot.

  • Flames put F Jagr on injured reserve
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, October 23, 2017

    The Calgary Flames placed forward Jaromir Jagr on injured reserve with a lower-body injury, the team announced Monday.

    • In a corresponding move, the Flames recalled forward Mark Jankowski from the Stockton Heat of the American Hockey League.

      The 45-year-old Jagr left Saturday night's 4-2 loss to the Minnesota Wild in the first period and did not return to the game. He broke his stick attempting a shot on goal before skating to the bench and going to the dressing room. He will have to miss at least seven days.

      Jagr has two assists in five games since signing as a free agent with Calgary at the end of training camp. The Flames are Jagr's ninth NHL team.

      Jagr is 51 games away from becoming the NHL's all-time leader in games played, currently held by Gordie Howe with 1,767. Jagr is second in career points behind Wayne Gretzky (2,857) with 1,916, including 765 goals.

      Jankowski, a 23-year-old center, has played in six games with Stockton this season, recording a team-leading five goals and totaling eight points.

      In 64 games with the AHL affiliate in his rookie pro season in 2016-17, Jankowski notched 56 points (27 goals, 29 assists). He made his NHL debut last season with Calgary, playing in one game.

  • Ducks recall C Kossila
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, October 23, 2017

    The Anaheim Ducks recalled center Kalle Kossila from the San Diego Gulls of the American Hockey League on Monday.

    • Kossila, 24, played in one game with Anaheim last season, making his NHL debut on Jan. 25. He began this season with San Diego, collecting two goals, four assists and six penalty minutes in five AHL games.

      At the time of his recall, Kossila led the Gulls in scoring, co-led in assists and ranked second in goals. The Kauniainen, Finland, native recorded 48 points (14 goals, 34 assists) and eight penalty minutes in 65 games with San Diego last season.

  • Wild recall D Reilly
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, October 23, 2017

    The Minnesota Wild recalled defenseman Mike Reilly from the Iowa Wild of the American Hockey League on Monday.

    • Reilly, 24, has three power-play assists in four games with Minnesota this season, averaging 12:25 in time on ice. He has one goal in one game with Iowa.

      The 6-foot-2, 195-pound native of Chicago owns 11 points (two goals, nine assists) in 50 career NHL games with the Wild.

  • Maple Leafs assign D Rosen to AHL
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, October 23, 2017

    The Toronto Maple Leafs assigned defenseman Calle Rosen to the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockeye League on Monday.

    • Rosen, 23, played in four games for the Maple Leafs this season, recording one assist, five shots on goal and four penalty minutes.

      Prior to arriving in Toronto, Rosen skated in 96 career Swedish Hockey League games, all with Vaxjo, and totaled 33 points (nine goals, 24 assists).

      Rosen signed a two-year entry level contract with the Maple Leafs on May 16.

  • NHL notebook: Vegas experiences another net loss
    By The Sports Xchange / Sunday, October 22, 2017

    The Vegas Golden Knights are on an unprecedented run for an expansion franchise with a 6-1-0 start, but they are faced with some real adversity now.

    • The team announced Sunday that goaltender Malcolm Subban was placed on injured reserve due to a lower-body ailment. He is expected to miss approximately four weeks.

      That is rough news for the Golden Knights, who already are without No. 1 goalie Marc-Andre Fleury. He has been sidelined for a week with a concussion.

      To fill the roster void, the Knights plan to call up a goaltender for the Chicago Wolves of the American Hockey League before their next game on Tuesday night at home against the Chicago Blackhawks.

      --The Toronto Maple Leafs agreed to terms with veteran defenseman Roman Polak on a one-year contract.

      The deal is worth $1.1 million for the 31-year-old Polak, who had signed a professional tryout contact with the Maple Leafs in mid-September.

      Polak appeared in 75 regular-season games with Toronto last season, collecting four goals and 11 points. He also played in two postseason contests before sustaining a gruesome leg injury that required surgery.

      --The Minnesota Wild reassigned forwards Luke Kunin, Zack Mitchell and Cal O'Reilly to the Iowa Wild of the American Hockey League.

      Kunin, 19, was recalled by Minnesota for his second time this season on Wednesday. He recorded two assists for his first career NHL points and skated 11:47 in the team's 4-2 win at Calgary on Saturday.

      Mitchell, 24, was recalled by the Wild for the second time this season on Wednesday and played 7:17 on Saturday night. O'Reilly, 31, was recalled by Minnesota on Saturday and made his Wild debut skating 8:16 against Calgary.

  • Knights lose 2nd goalie to injury
    By The Sports Xchange / Sunday, October 22, 2017

    The Vegas Golden Knights are on an unprecedented run for an expansion franchise with a 6-1-0 start, but they are faced with some real adversity now.

    • The team announced Sunday that goaltender Malcolm Subban was placed on injured reserve due to a lower-body ailment. He is expected to miss approximately four weeks.

      That is rough news for the Golden Knights, who already are without No. 1 goalie Marc-Andre Fleury. He has been sidelined for a week with a concussion.

      To fill the roster void, the Knights called up goaltender Maxime Lagace from the Chicago Wolves of the American Hockey League before their next game on Tuesday night at home against the Chicago Blackhawks.

      Subban, 23, had a 2-0-0 record with a 2.06 goals-against average in three games for the Golden Knights. He was picked up by Vegas after he was waived by the Boston Bruins at the end of training camp.

      In Vegas' win over the St. Louis Blues on Saturday night, Subban stopped 37 of 38 shots before he was injured in the third period. So far this season, he has given up six goals on 94 shots.

      Oscar Dansk replaced Subban after the injury and made 10 saves on 11 shots in the overtime win. That was the NHL debut for the 23-year-old Dansk, a second-round draft pick by the Columbus Blue Jackets in 2012.

      "Injuries provide opportunities for others, and that is the situation we have here," Vegas general manager George McPhee said. "Our top two goaltenders are currently sidelined so we will now give our AHL goalies the chance to play in their absence. We felt Oscar Dansk performed well in relief on Saturday in his NHL debut."

      Lagace had a 2-2-0 record with a 3.24 goals-against average in four games this season with the AHL's Wolves. Last season with the AHL's Texas Stars, the undrarfted 24-year-old posted an 11-12-2 record with a 3.56 goals-against average and a .883 save percentage.

      The Golden Knights no longer have Calvin Pickard as a potential fill-in after he was traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs a few weeks ago.

  • Maple Leafs agree to one-year deal with Polak
    By The Sports Xchange / Sunday, October 22, 2017

    The Toronto Maple Leafs agreed to terms with veteran defenseman Roman Polak on a one-year contract, the team announced Sunday.

    • The deal is worth $1.1 million for the 31-year-old Polak, who had signed a professional tryout contact with the Maple Leafs in mid-September.

      Polak appeared in 75 regular-season games with Toronto last season, collecting four goals and 11 points. He also played in two postseason contests before suffering a gruesome leg injury that required surgery.

      Entering his 12th NHL season, the native of the Czech Republic has registered 23 goals, 92 assists and 504 penalty minutes in 634 career contests with the St. Louis Blues, San Jose Sharks and Maple Leafs.

      Polak skated at practice Sunday with Toronto but it is not known if he will be in the lineup for Monday night's game against the Los Angeles Kings.

  • Wild send trio of forwards to Iowa
    By The Sports Xchange / Sunday, October 22, 2017

    The Minnesota Wild reassigned forwards Luke Kunin, Zack Mitchell and Cal O'Reilly to the Iowa Wild of the American Hockey League on Sunday.

    • Kunin, 19, was recalled by Minnesota for his second time this season on Oct. 18. He recorded two assists for his first career NHL points and skated 11:47 in Saturday night's 4-2 win at Calgary. Kunin has played in three games for Minnesota, with a goal and an assist in two contests for Iowa.

      Mitchell, 24, was recalled by the Wild for the second time this season on Oct. 18 and played 7:17 on Saturday night. He has one assist in three games with Minnesota for his first career NHL point. Mitchell has an assist in three games with Iowa.

      O'Reilly, 31, was recalled by Minnesota on Saturday and made his Wild debut skating 8:16 against Calgary. He owns one goal and two assists in five contests with Iowa.

  • NHL roundup: Golden Knights keep winning
    By The Sports Xchange / Sunday, October 22, 2017

    LAS VEGAS -- William Karlsson slapped in a Reilly Smith pass with 23.8 seconds left in overtime to give the Vegas Golden Knights a 3-2 victory over the St. Louis Blues before a sellout crowd of 17,883 at T-Mobile Arena on Saturday night.

    • Smith and Colin Miller also scored goals for the Golden Knights (6-1-0), who became the first team in NHL history to win six of their first seven games in their inaugural season.

      Goaltender Malcolm Subban had 37 saves for Vegas but gave way to Oscar Dansk with 9:10 remaining in regulation after suffering a right leg injury while doing the splits. Dansk, recalled Oct. 19 from the Chicago Wolves of the AHL, made his NHL debut and stopped 10 of the 11 shots he faced.

      Magnus Paajarvi and Alex Pietrangelo scored for St. Louis (6-2-1), which fell into a tie for first place in the Central Division with Chicago. Jake Allen had 19 saves in goal for the Blues, who had a two-game win streak snapped.

      Kings 6, Blue Jackets 4

      COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Anze Kopitar scored his second goal of the game with 2:14 left in the third period and Los Angeles remained the only team in the NHL without a regulation loss after a victory over Columbus.

      Trevor Lewis, Jake Muzzin, Drew Doughty and Dustin Brown also scored for the Kings (6-0-1), who have won four straight. Brown's goal was an empty-netter with 1:33 left and he also had three assists. Jonathan Quick finished with 32 saves for Los Angeles.

      Nick Foligno, Oliver Bjorkstrand, Matt Calvert and Sonny Milano scored for the Blue Jackets. Sergei Bobrovsky made 26 saves for Columbus.

      Lightning 7, Penguins 1

      TAMPA, Fla. -- Steven Stamkos tied a career high with four points while Nikita Kucherov scored twice and had a season-high three points to lead Tampa Bay to a victory over Pittsburgh.

      Rookie defenseman Mikhail Sergachev had his third consecutive multi-point game with a goal and an assist. Andrei Vasilevskiy finished with 28 saves as his bid for a second consecutive shutout ended with 1:42 left in the game on a Jake Guentzel power-play goal.

      Yanni Gourde and Brayden Point each had a goal and an assist for Tampa Bay. Anton Stralman added his first goal of the season.

      Pittsburgh goaltender Antti Niemi, making just his third start of the season, allowed all six goals. He has allowed 15 goals in his three starts, with all coming in the second half of back-to-backs.

      Sabres 5, Bruins 4 (OT)

      BOSTON -- Ryan O'Reilly scored a spectacular goal with 2:01 left in overtime and Buffalo came back from three goals down to stun Boston.

      O'Reilly, who had an earlier assist, did a 360-degree spin from behind the net, moved out front and backhanded the winner past Anton Khudobin for his fourth goal of the season -- giving the Sabres only their second victory. Jack Eichel scored in the second period before Benoit Pouliot and Evander Kane, with 2:08 left in regulation, tallied in the third period for Buffalo.

      David Pastrnak and Brad Marchand scored two goals apiece as the Bruins built a 4-1 lead.

      Rangers 4, Predators 2

      NEW YORK -- Kevin Hayes had a goal and an assist as New York snapped a five-game losing streak.

      Henrik Lundqvist made 23 saves, including all nine he faced in the third period with Nashville pushing for the tying goal. Jimmy Vesey scored into an empty net with 38.5 seconds remaining to seal the victory.

      The Predators outshot the Rangers 9-3 in the third period. Chris Kreider and Jesper Fast also scored for New York.

      The Predators received goals from Mattias Ekholm and Filip Forsberg. Backup goaltender Juuse Saros stopped 11 shots.

      Blackhawks 4, Coyotes 2

      GLENDALE, Ariz.-- Lance Bouma scored off a deflection with 4:24 remaining and Chicago kept Arizona winless this season while defeating the Coyotes for the eighth straight time.

      Patrick Kane scored his second goal in as many games, Jonathan Toews had two assists and Corey Crawford made 27 saves for Chicago, which had lost two straight.

      Rookie Clayton Keller scored for Arizona and has three goals in two games and six in eight games. The Coyotes are 0-7-1 heading into a five-game road trip, matching the Columbus Blue Jackets' eight-game streak to start the 2015-16 season.

      Senators 6, Maple Leafs 3

      OTTAWA -- Derick Brassard and Mark Stone scored two goals apiece as Ottawa defeated Toronto for its first home victory of the season.

      Nate Thompson and Ryan Dzingel also scored for the Senators while Erik Karlsson had three assists to give him six in the last two games. Craig Anderson made 28 saves for Ottawa.

      James van Riemsdyk, Auston Matthews and William Nylander scored for the Maple Leafs. Toronto's Frederik Andersen stopped 29 shots.

      Panthers 4, Capitals 1

      WASHINGTON -- James Reimer was sharp in net and Florida got power-play goals from Evgenii Dadonov and Vincent Trocheck to end a three-game losing streak and win for the first time on the road.

      Reimer, filling in for the injured Roberto Luongo, survived an early barrage of shots by Washington and settled in, making 41 saves for his second victory. The Panthers had dropped their first three road contests, including Friday night in Pittsburgh.

      Defenseman Christian Djoos scored in the second period for the Capitals. Washington tied a season high with six penalties and had 17 giveaways. Philipp Grubauer made 19 saves but remains winless in three starts this season.

      Wild 4, Flames 2

      CALGARY, Alberta -- Jared Spurgeon scored on a rocket of a slap shot with 7:52 remaining for the winning goal and Minnesota scored three times in the third period to down Calgary.

      Wild defenseman Ryan Suter tied the game with a wrister on a rush with 9:27 remaining and also had two assists. Chris Stewart and Daniel Winnik (empty net) also scored. Alex Stalock made 35 saves in his second start of the season.

      Kris Versteeg and Sean Monahan replied for the Flames. Mike Smith made 28 saves in his eight straight start for Calgary. The Flames lost 45-year-old Jaromir Jagr to an undisclosed lower-body injury. He didn't return after the first period.

      Stars 4, Hurricanes 3

      DALLAS -- Tyler Pitlick scored two goals and Radek Faksa had a pair of assists as Dallas defeated Carolina.

      Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin also scored for the Stars, while Ben Bishop made 35 saves to help Dallas extend its winning streak to four games. The Stars fourth line, which includes Pitlick and Faksa, scored in its third straight game.

      Jeff Skinner scored twice and Scott Darling made 23 saves as the Hurricanes' two-game win streak came to an end as they closed out a four-game road trip. Carolina's Jordan Staal scored with 4:36 left to cut the deficit to one.

      Islanders 5, Sharks 3

      NEW YORK -- Anders Lee scored twice and New York pulled away in the third period to defeat San Jose.

      Andrew Ladd scored the tiebreaking goal 3:12 into the third, Josh Bailey also scored and John Tavares added an empty-net goal as the Islanders have won two straight games for the first time this season. Thomas Greiss made 28 saves for New York.

      Logan Couture scored all three goals for the Sharks for his second career hat trick. Couture's final goal pulled the Sharks within 4-3 with 1:52 to go. Aaron Dell made 18 saves.

      Flyers 2, Oilers 1

      PHILADELPHIA -- Wayne Simmonds netted his team-high sixth goal of the season with 2:15 remaining in regulation to give Philadelphia the win over Edmonton.

      Center Claude Giroux also scored for the Flyers and goaltender Brian Elliott stopped 23 of 24 shots to pick up his fourth win of the season (4-1-0). The win was the Flyers' third in four games.

      Patrick Maroon scored the only goal for the Oilers, who have dropped five of their last six games after starting the season with a win over Calgary. Oilers captain Connor McDavid was held without a point for just the second time in seven games.

  • Flames' Jagr leaves game with lower-body injury
    By The Sports Xchange / Sunday, October 22, 2017

    Calgary Flames left winger Jaromir Jagr left Saturday's game against the Minnesota Wild after the first period because of a lower-body injury.

    • The 45-year-old is 52 games away from becoming the NHL's all-time leader in games played. He is second in career points behind Wayne Gretzky (2,857) with 1,916, including 765 goals.

      Jagr has two assists in five games since signing as a free agent with Calgary at the end of training camp. The Flames are Jagr's ninth NHL team.

  • Red Wings send Sheary to Penguins
    By The Sports Xchange / Saturday, October 21, 2017

    The Detroit Red Wings traded center Riley Sheahan to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday in exchange for forward Scott Wilson.

    • The teams also swapped 2018 draft choices, with Detroit receiving a third-round pick from Pittsburgh and sending a fifth-round selection back to the Penguins.

      In a separate deal, the Red Wings shipped defenseman Ryan Sproul to the New York Rangers in exchange for forward Matt Puempel.

      Sheahan, a first-round draft pick of the Red Wings in 2010 (No. 21 overall), slumped badly in 2016-17 and the struggles carried over to this season.

      The 25-year-old Sheahan scored only twice last season -- with both goals coming in the team's final game -- and finished with only 13 points in 80 games. He has failed to register a point in eight games this season.

      The 6-foot-3, 214-pound Sheahan had a career-best 36 points in 2014-15 and followed that up by netting a career-high 14 goals in 81 games the following season. He missed only six games over the past three years.

      Still, the two-time defending Stanley Cup champion Penguins have been searching for a third-line center since Nick Bonino and Matt Cullen left via free agency in the offseason.

      "He's a heavy guy, he can play against other teams' top guys, he can play against bigger, stronger guys," said Pittsburgh general manager Jim Rutherford of Sheahan.

      Wilson, a seventh-round pick in 2011 by the Penguins, appeared in 78 games with Pittsburgh last season and set career highs with eight goals and 26 assists.

      In three games this season, Wilson did not have a point and was a minus-2. He played in 24 games in 2015-16, notching five goals and one assist.

      Puempel, a first-round draft pick of Ottawa in 2011 who was playing with the team's American Hockey League affiliate in Hartford, was claimed off waivers by the Rangers last season. He had six goals and nine points in 27 games with New York after going scoreless in 13 games with the Senators in 2016-17.

      Sproul had one goal and seven points in 27 games with the Red Wings last season. He was a second-round pick of the club in the 2011 draft.

  • NHL roundup: Rangers halt 5-game skid
    By The Sports Xchange / Saturday, October 21, 2017

    NEW YORK -- Kevin Hayes had a goal and an assist as the New York Rangers snapped a five-game losing streak with a 4-2 win against the Nashville Predators at Madison Square Garden on Saturday afternoon.

    • Henrik Lundqvist made 23 saves, including all nine he faced in the third period with the Predators pushing for the tying goal. Jimmy Vesey scored into an empty net with 38.5 seconds remaining to seal the victory.

      The Predators outshot the Rangers 9-3 in the third period. Chris Kreider and Jesper Fast also scored for New York.

      The Predators received goals from Mattias Ekholm and Filip Forsberg. Backup goaltender Juuse Saros stopped 11 shots.

      Flyers 2, Oilers 1

      PHILADELPHIA -- Wayne Simmonds netted his team-high sixth goal of the season with 2:15 remaining in regulation to give Philadelphia the win over Edmonton.

      Center Claude Giroux also scored for the Flyers and goaltender Brian Elliott stopped 23 of 24 shots to pick up his fourth win of the season (4-1-0). The win was the Flyers' third in four games.

      Patrick Maroon scored the only goal for the Oilers, who have dropped five of their last six games after starting the season with a win over Calgary. Oilers captain Connor McDavid was held without a point for just the second time in seven games.

  • Sabres place D Gorges on IR
    By The Sports Xchange / Saturday, October 21, 2017

    The Buffalo Sabres placed defenseman Josh Gorges on injured reserve Saturday with a lower-body injury.

    • Gorges, 33, was day-to-day before going on IR. In four games this season, he has no points and four penalty minutes, averaging 14:13 time on ice.

      In a corresponding move, the Sabres recalled defenseman Zach Redmond from the Rochester Americans of the American Hockey League.

      Redmond, 29, joins the Sabres for his first recall since being acquired on Oct. 4 from the Montreal Canadiens. In four games this season with Rochester, he is tied for the team lead in points (three) and assists (two).

      The 6-foot-2, 212-pound Redmond was selected by the Atlanta Thrashers in the seventh round of the 2008 NHL draft. He has appeared in parts of five NHL seasons, totaling 38 points (nine goals, 29 assists) in 130 games with Montreal, the Colorado Avalanche and the Winnipeg Jets. The Traverse City, Mich., native has 103 points (30 goals, 73 assissts) in 194 career regular-season AHL games, adding 19 points (four goals, 15 assists) in 35 postseason contests.

  • Penguins, Lightning hope for more control
    By The Sports Xchange / Saturday, October 21, 2017

    TAMPA, Fla. -- The last time the Pittsburgh Penguins skated in to Amalie Arena to take on the Tampa Bay Lightning, a track meet broke out with nine combined goals scored.

    • Both teams hope to play a more controlled game this time around when the two teams meet Saturday night for the second time in 10 days.

      Tampa Bay (6-1-1) entered Friday night fifth in the league, averaging 3.63 goals per game through the opening two weeks. The Penguins, which rallied to beat Florida 4-3 on Friday, were right behind at 3.57 goals per game.

      With high-skilled players on both teams, expecting a low-scoring, defensive battle might be a bit much to expect, even if the mantra heading in to the game is to slow things down.

      "You have two highly talented teams, lots of skill and lots of speed, so that's a lot easier said than done," Lightning associate coach Rick Bowness said. "Both teams are effective on the rush and usually when you are effective off the rush and you go down and create a chance, you usually don't get the retrieval and you are giving up a chance the other way. That's how the teams are built."

      The Lightning feature the league's top two scorers in Steven Stamkos and Nikita Kucherov (who missed practice on Friday for maintenance purposes) with 14 and 13 points, respectively. The Penguins, who scored three power-play goals in the victory against Florida, has the trio of Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Phil Kessel.

      Sometimes when the horses get loose, it's a difficult task to rein them back in.

      "It's a very entertaining game for the fans and the players enjoy playing in those games," Bowness said. "Now, that being said, do we want to get in a run-and-gun with them? No. (But) you want to give your better players minutes and your better players are the guys going end-to-end and you have to let them go. Sometimes you just let it go and see how it works out and how it's going to progress."

      The Penguins come into Saturday's game on a three-game winning streak and needed their offense to come through against Florida, falling behind by two goals in the first period before rallying for victory with Conor Sheary providing the winning goal late in the third.

      And just like the Lightning, even with the high scoring potential on any given night, being involved in high-octane hockey is not the preference.

      "We don't want to be a team that trades chance for chance because you can't control your destiny if you play that way," Pittsburgh head coach Mike Sullivan told tribtotalmedia.com. "You'll win some games but you are going to lose some, too. We have to be more of a team that controls territory, that controls the momentum, that has more of a defensive conscience in mind so that we have a better opportunity to control the outcome."

      With Pittsburgh once again coming in to face the Lightning on the second half of a back-to-back, avoiding a track meet to try to pick up a victory for the first time this season in the back-half game will help the Penguins' cause.

      "It's another challenge," Sullivan said. "We have to find a way to have success in those back-to-back games. We've done it in the past. We're capable. A lot of it is mind over matter. For me, when you play back-to-back games, it's more about will than about skill. It's playing a smart, efficient game and making sure you don't beat yourself."

  • NHL roundup: Penguins, Capitals earn one-goal wins
    By The Sports Xchange / Saturday, October 21, 2017

    SUNRISE, Fla. -- Conor Sheary scored the go-ahead goal with 2:53 left to play to lead the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 4-3 win over the Florida Panthers on Friday night.

    • With the Penguins on the power play, Sheary beat goalie James Reimer with a backhander. The Penguins, who went 3-for-4 on their power play, also got goals from Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin with the man advantage. Malkin added an assist on Crosby's goal in the second period as Pittsburgh beat the Panthers for the second time in one week.

      Crosby has five goals and five assists while Malkin has three goals and seven assists on the season. Goalie Matt Murray (28 saves) earned both wins against Florida, although this was the first home loss of the season for the Panthers in three games.

      Panthers goalie Roberto Luongo left the game with an apparent hand injury with 15:14 left in the second period.

      Capitals 4 Red Wings 3 (OT)

      DETROIT -- Alex Ovechkin scored on the power play 1:56 into overtime to give Washington the victory over Detroit.

      Ovechkin hammered a slap shot into the top corner on the glove side past Wings goalie Petr Mrazek for his NHL-leading 10th goal of the season, ending Washington's three-game losing streak and extending Detroit's losing skid to three games.

      T.J. Oshie sent the game to overtime with 1:01 left in regulation when he stuffed the puck past Mrazek (33 saves) from the edge of the goal crease during a Capitals power play. Tomas Tatar scored a pair of third-period goals to put the Wings up 3-2.

      Sharks 3, Devils 0

      NEWARK, NJ -- Martin Jones stopped all 28 shots he faced as San Jose blanked New Jersey.

      Jones earned his 16th career shutout. As good as he was, Jones was also somewhat lucky as three shot attempts by the Devils struck iron, including a short-handed attempt by Adam Henrique that hit the post 6:20 into the second period when the score was still 2-0.

      Melker Karlsson scored his first goal of the season before San Jose took control in the second period as the Devils appeared to wear down. Joe Pavelski deflected a Justin Braun shot past Keith Kinkaid at 5:49 and Joonas Donskoi buried his own rebound at 18:50 to provide the visitors a commanding 3-0 lead.

      Jets 4, Wild 3

      WINNIPEG, Manitoba -- Captain Blake Wheeler scored the winner with less than seven minutes to play in the third period as Winnipeg edged Minnesota.

      Wheeler finished off a saucer pass from left winger Kyle Connor and deking Devan Dubnyk from in close. His first goal of the season was also the 200th of Wheeler's career. Patrik Laine scored twice for Winnipeg.

      Connor Hellebuyck stopped 25 of 28 shots in the Jets net for his fourth win of the season while Dubnyk got in front of 26 of 30 at the other end of the ice.

      Canucks 4, Sabres 2

      BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Derek Dorsett had two goals and an assist to lead Vancouver over Buffalo.

      The Canucks dominated the flow of play throughout and outshot Buffalo 41-22. Daniel Sedin had the game-winner and Markus Granlund also scored for Vancouver (3-3-1), which bounced back from a 6-3 loss to Boston on Thursday. Jacob Markstrom made 20 saves.

      Justin Bailey and Jack Eichel scored for Buffalo. Chad Johnson made 37 saves.

      Ducks 6, Canadiens 2

      ANAHEIM -- Anaheim bounced back from consecutive home losses with a lopsided win over Montreal, which lost its seventh straight and is off to the club's worst eight-game start since 1941.

      Ducks goaltender John Gibson finished with 49 saves to earn his third win of the season. The Ducks jumped out to a 3-0 first-period lead on goals from centers Dennis Rasmussen, Derek Grant and Antoine Vermette.

      The Canadiens finished the second period with a 30-10 advantage in shots on goal, getting goals from Paul Byron and Brendan Gallagher. The 28 saves by Gibson were the most by a Ducks goalie in a single period in franchise history.

  • Ducks D Fowler goes down with injury
    By The Sports Xchange / Saturday, October 21, 2017

    ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Anaheim Ducks defensemen Cam Fowler, who missed the opening round of last season's playoffs with a right knee injury, appeared to be favoring the same knee after absorbing a hit and going into the boards in the first period of a game against the Montreal Canadiens on Friday night.

    • Fowler, who signed an eight-year, $52-million contract extension this offseason, skated off the ice with the help of teammates and did not return. He has teamed with Josh Manson to form Anaheim's stop defensive pairing.

      The Ducks later tweeted, "Cam Fowler is still under evaluation for a lower-body injury. Further information will be provided when available."

      The Ducks have played all seven games to start the season without defensemen Sami Vatanen (shoulder) and Hampus Lindholm (shoulder), though both players have recently practiced and are moving closer to a return, according to coach Randy Carlyle.

  • Blue Jackets look to flip power switch vs. torrid Kings
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, October 20, 2017

    COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The Columbus Blue Jackets are experiencing a power outage and crews are on the scene trying to fix the problem.

    • In a 2-0 loss at home on Thursday to the Tampa Bay Lightning that ended a four-game winning streak, the crew failed miserably on the power play, going 0 of 3 and generating next to no shots on two of them.

      And Columbus badly needed a power surge on a night when its offense was struggling to generate a goal despite outshooting the Lightning 33-8 in the final two periods.

      "We weren't good," Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella said Friday. "You've got to play the right way. We're going to show them video and then we're going to get ready for our next game."

      The Blue Jackets (5-2) hope to restore power at Nationwide Arena when they play host to the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday night in the second game of a four-game homestand.

      That might not be easy.

      For the second time in two nights, the Blue Jackets will be facing a red-hot team. The resurgent Kings (5-0-1) lead the Pacific Division and they're the only team in the NHL that has yet to lose in regulation.

      "I don't think there's one person that would have predicted that we've done what we've done," Kings defenseman Drew Doughty said. "I'm pretty sure I know from hearing other people talk that every single team counted us out of the playoffs, counted us out of even competing for a playoff spot."

      On Wednesday night, Adrian Kempe led the Kings to a 5-1 victory at home over the Montreal Canadiens with a hat trick and Michael Cammalleri contributed two goals and two assists. The Kings put the game away with four goals in the third period.

      The visit to Columbus is the start of a six-game trip for Los Angeles.

      "Now we've got to go prove ourselves as a road team," Doughty said.

      The Kings will be without Jeff Carter for an indefinite period. The veteran center had surgery on Thursday to repair a leg laceration sustained Wednesday night.

      To fill the void, the Kings signed NHL veteran Brooks Laich to a one-year, $650,000 contract. Laich had been practicing with the team after his tryout deal expired at the end of training camp.

      "Jeff gets hurt and today is an opportunity for me," Laich said, "so I'm very thankful for the organization, grateful that they allowed me to stick around and practice. Sometimes you get a little bit of luck and you get an opportunity. Now I'm here to make the most of it."

      The Blue Jackets will welcome back one of its players from injured reserve. Forward Boone Jenner (middle body) was activated Friday and could make his season debut against the Kings.

      "I've been feeling good," said Jenner, who had played in 175 consecutive regular-season games before sitting out the first seven this year. "I'm itching to come back and help the boys."

      The Blue Jackets could really use some help on their power play.

      Since converting with a man advantage on the first chance in the season opener, the Blue Jackets have gone 0 of 18. Their 5.3 power play percentage puts them 29th of 31 teams in the league.

      "We know we're a good power-play line, so we just try to do the right things," Columbus center Alexander Wennberg said. "Obviously, right now the bounces or goals that we want (aren't going our way), so we've just got to work harder and make it happen."

  • NHL notebook: Red Wings finally sign Athanasiou
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, October 20, 2017

    The Detroit Red Wings agreed in principle to a one-year deal with restricted free-agent forward Andreas Athanasiou on Friday.

    • The deal, for $1.3875 million, will not become official until the Red Wings clear enough cap space to fit Athanasiou in.

      The speedy 23-year-old, who scored 18 goals and had 29 points along with a minus-7 rating in 64 games last season, held out of training camp waiting for a deal and was considering offers overseas.

      "Here to announce we've agreed to a one-year contract with Andreas Athanasiou, pending some things need to happen," Red Wings general manager Ken Holland said. "He's in Europe, he needs to travel back from Europe. Monday morning we're going to apply for his work visa to work in the United States. Obviously, once he gets here he has to pass a physical."

      --The Boston Bruins announced Friday that defenseman Adam McQuaid will miss the next eight weeks while recovering from a broken leg.

      McQuaid suffered the break to his right fibula during Thursday night's win over the Vancouver Canucks when he blocked two shots during the same shift.

      McQuaid, 31, has one assist in six games this season.

      Also, Boston goalie Tuukka Rask is out with a concussion, and David Krejci has been sidelined with an upper-body injury. Krejci may return for Saturday's game against Buffalo.

      --The NHL suspended Vancouver Canucks defenseman Erik Gudbranson one game without pay for his hit on Boston Bruins forward Frank Vatrano on Thursday.

      As a result, Gudbranson will miss Friday's game against the Buffalo Sabres.

      Gudbranson hit Vatrano from behind at 6:13 of the first period. Gudbranson also received a game misconduct and a fighting major after being confronted by the Bruins' Tim Schaller after the hit.

      Vancouver recalled defenseman Patrick Wiercioch from AHL Utica to take the roster spot of Gudbranson.

      --The Columbus Blue Jackets activated forwards Boone Jenner and Sam Vigneault off injured reserve.

      To make room on the active roster, the Jackets assigned Vigneault and forward Markus Hannikainen to the Cleveland Monsters of the American Hockey League.

      Jenner, 24, has been sidelined since prior to training camp with a back injury.

      Vigneault, 22, broke his finger during training camp. He joined the organization as a free agent in March.

      --The Buffalo Sabres recalled defenseman Taylor Fedun from the Rochester Americans of the American Hockey League after placing forward Jacob Josefson on injured reserve.

      Josefson, 26, suffered a lower-body injury in Sunday's game against the Anaheim Ducks and was forced to leave in the second period. He was seen at practice this week in a walking boot on his right foot.

      Josefson, 26, has no points in six games this season.

  • Bruins D McQuaid out 2 months with broken leg
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, October 20, 2017

    The Boston Bruins added a name to their injury list on Friday when they announced that defenseman Adam McQuaid will miss the next eight weeks while recovering from a broken leg.

    • McQuaid suffered the break to his right fibula during Thursday night's win over the Vancouver Canucks when he blocked two shots during the same shift.

      "Adam has been doing that for years around here," Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy said Thursday. "He's one of the unsung heroes in that locker room. Doesn't get a lot of credit for what he does, the tough parts of the game, blocking shots, sticking up for your teammates."

      McQuaid, 31, missed about 29 percent of the Bruins' games over the last five years, playing in 266 of 376 games.

      He has one assist in six games this season.

      Boston goalie Tuukka Rask is out with a concussion, and David Krejci has been sidelined with an upper-body injury. Krejci may return for Saturday's game against Buffalo.

  • Athanasiou close to joining Red Wings
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, October 20, 2017

    The Detroit Red Wings agreed in principle to a one-year deal with restricted free-agent forward Andreas Athanasiou on Friday.

    • The deal, for $1.3875 million, will not become official until the Red Wings clear enough cap space to fit Athanasiou in.

      "Here to announce we've agreed to a one-year contract with Andreas Athanasiou, pending some things need to happen," Red Wings general manager Ken Holland said. "He's in Europe, he needs to travel back from Europe. Monday morning we're going to apply for his work visa to work in the United States. Obviously, once he gets here he has to pass a physical."

      The speedy 23-year-old, who scored 18 goals and had 29 points along with a minus-7 rating in 64 games last season, held out of training camp waiting for a deal and was considering offers overseas.

      In 101 games with the Red Wings since the 2015-16 season, Athanasiou has 27 goals and 16 assists while adding one goal in five postseason games.

      "Certainly, a player at 23 years of age you project he should improve," Holland said. "How good are young players going to be, you never know until you watch the process play itself out. But when he's up and running we think he's a player who's going to make our team better."

      He was originally drafted by the Red Wings in the fourth round in 2012. He will likely begin the season in the AHL on a conditioning assignment after he is officially signed, and it could be some time before he joins the NHL club.

      "He went to Europe to skate and certainly I'm sure he's in decent shape but as we've seen with people who are injured they got to go through a process of practicing every day to get into game shape," Holland said. "He's missed all of training camp. We're still talking another week or so to get his paperwork to allow him to work in the United States. Three weeks of training camp, three weeks of the season, you start talking about being six weeks behind.

      "To be fair to Andreas, it's not like you're just going to jump into a roster and you're ... those were some of the things we talked about Monday in a conference call with Andreas, his agent, Darren Ferris, (Red Wings coach) Jeff Blashill and I, we talked about integrating him into the team."

  • Canucks D Gudbranson suspended one game for hit
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, October 20, 2017

    The NHL suspended Vancouver Canucks defenseman Erik Gudbranson one game without pay on Friday for his hit on Boston Bruins forward Frank Vatrano on Thursday.

    • As a result, Gudbranson will miss Friday's game against the Buffalo Sabres.

      Gudbranson hit Vatrano from behind at 6:13 of the first period. Gudbranson also received a game misconduct and a fighting major after being confronted by the Bruins' Tim Schaller after the hit.

      The Bruins scored on the resulting power play to take a 4-1 lead in a game they won 6-3.

      Vatrano returned to the game later in the period.

      Gudbranson will forfeit $18,817.20 in salary. He has played in six games this season, but has yet to register a point.

      Vancouver recalled defenseman Patrick Wiercioch from AHL Utica to take the roster spot of Gudbranson.

      Wiercioch, 27, has played 268 career NHL games over parts of six seasons, scoring 16 goals and 58 assists.