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  • NHL roundup: Lightning rally past Blackhawks in OT
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, March 27, 2017

    TAMPA, Fla. -- Rookie Yanni Gourde got a steal and a breakaway goal with 35 seconds left in overtime as the Tampa Bay Lightning rallied from three goals down to beat the Chicago Blackhawks 5-4 in a thriller Monday night at Amalie Arena.

    • Gourde scored just his second NHL goal, stealing the puck and then firing the winner past Scott Darling. Tampa Bay picked up two points, moving ahead of the New York Islanders in the wild-card chase and a point behind Boston for the final spot in the Eastern Conference playoffs.

      The Lightning, down 4-1 midway through the second, produced three goals in five minutes -- two by Jonathan Drouin.

      Patrick Kane got his 34th goal of the season for Chicago.

      Predators 3, Islanders 1

      NEW YORK -- Kevin Fiala scored in the first period and Viktor Arvidsson scored in the second period as Nashville ensured they would remain in third place in the Central Division.

      Ryan Johansen added an empty-netter with 20.5 seconds left as the Predators won their fourth straight and for the seventh time in eight games. Nashville stayed at least one point ahead of the St. Louis Blues, who played the Arizona Coyotes on Monday night, for third in the Central.

      Josh Bailey scored in the second period for the Islanders, who lost their second straight and missed a chance to tie the idle Bruins for the final wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference.

      Blues 4, Coyotes 1

      ST. LOUIS -- Jaden Schwartz, breaking out of a long scoring drought, scored two goals and assisted on one to lead St. Louis past Arizona.

      Alexander Steen assisted on all four St. Louis goals and Vladimir Tarasenko capped the Blues' victory with his 35th goal of the season with 1:49 left in the third period. Tarasenko added two assists.

      The Blues improved to 10-1-1 in their past 12 games and remained one point behind Nashville for third place in the Central Division. The Blues are 13-0-1 in their past 14 games against the Coyotes and have not lost to them in regulation since 2012.

      Sabres 4, Panthers 2

      BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Brian Gionta scored in his 1,000th career game, and Jack Eichel had two assists to lead Buffalo over Florida.

      Ryan O'Reilly, Zach Bogosian and Marcus Foligno also scored for Buffalo. Robin Lehner made 30 saves.

      Jonathan Marchessault and Jonathan Huberdeau scored for the Panthers. James Reimer allowed four goals on 22 shots and was replaced by Reto Berra in the second period. Berra made 10 saves.

      Red Wings 4, Hurricanes 3 (OT)

      RALEIGH, N.C. -- Andreas Athanasiou scored with 3:01 left in overtime and Petr Mrazek stopped 39 shots as Detroit beat Carolina.

      Carolina extended its point streak to 11 straight to move within four points of Boston for the final Eastern Conference wild-card playoff spot with eight games remaining. The Hurricanes, who have missed the postseason seven straight years, also have a game in hand on the Bruins.

      Tomas Tatar's team-leading 23rd goal of the season on the power play with 11:30 left gave Detroit a 3-2 lead. It appeared the goal would hold up, but Justin Faulk's wrist shot with Eddie Lack pulled for the extra attacker with 52 seconds left in regulation -- his second goal of the game -- sent the game into overtime.

      Flames 4, Avalanche 2

      CALGARY, Alberta -- Sean Monahan had a goal and three assists to lead Calgary past Colorado at the Scotiabank Saddledome.

      Johnny Gaudreau and Micheal Ferland each added a goal and an assist for the Flames (43-29-4), who can clinch a playoff berth with a win in regulation over the Los Angeles Kings at home on Wednesday. Troy Brouwer also scored for Calgary, and Brian Elliott stopped 24 shots for his 25th win of the season and 14th in his past 16 games.

      Sven Andrighetto scored twice for the Avalanche, who have lost six straight games and nine in a row on the road.

  • NHL notebook: Sharks' Haley draws one-game suspension
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, March 27, 2017

    San Jose Sharks forward Micheal Haley was suspended one game by the NHL Department of Player Safety on Monday.

    • Haley was disciplined for roughing Nashville Predators forward Calle Jarnkrok in the third period of Saturday night's game. He was assessed a match penalty for attempt to injure. Jarnkrok, who received a minor penalty for boarding, was bleeding from the face as he skated off the ice and did not return.

      Haley has two goals, 11 points and a career-high 110 minutes in 54 games this season.

      --The Montreal Canadiens agreed to terms with defenseman Victor Mete on a three-year, entry-level contract through the 2019-20 season, the team announced.

      The 18-year-old Mete collected 44 points (15 goals, 29 assists) in 50 regular-season games in 2016-17 with London of the Ontario Hockey League. He led the team's defensemen in goals (tied for sixth in the OHL) and points. Mete had six game-winning goals, and in two playoffs games produced a goal and an assist.

      --The New York Islanders and forward John Stevens agreed to a two-year, entry-level contract.

      Stevens, 22, served as captain of Northeastern University this season and scored 28 points (five goals, 23 assists) in 25 games. He helped the Huskies win a Hockey East title and reach the NCAA Tournament in 2016. In four years at Northeastern, Stevens scored 106 points (26 goals, 80 assists) in 138 games.

      --The Toronto Maple Leafs recalled forward Kasperi Kapanen and goaltender Garret Sparks from the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League.

      The recall of Sparks was on an emergency basis.

      Kapanen, 20, has 43 points (18 goals, 25 assists) in 43 games with the Marlies this season.

      Sparks, 23, owns a 18-7-0 record with a 2.08 goals-against average, a .927 save percentage and five shutouts in 18 games with the Marlies this season. He played in 17 NHL games with the Maple Leafs in 2015-16, posting a 6-9-1 record, 3.02 GAA and .893 save percentage with one shutout.

      --The Anaheim Ducks reassigned goaltender Jhonas Enroth to San Diego of the American Hockey League.

      The Ducks obtained the 28-year-old Enroth from the Toronto Maple Leafs in January but he has yet to appear for Anaheim.

      This years, he is 12-3-0 with a 1.74 goals-against average in 15 AHL games for Toronto and San Diego. In 153 career NHL games, he is 50-69-16 with a 2.84 GAA.

      --The Carolina Hurricanes reassigned right winger Valentin Zykov to Charlotte of the American Hockey League.

      Zykov appeared in two games and scored a goal before missing the last eight games with an upper-body injury.

      The Hurricanes obtained Zykov from the Los Angeles Kings in 2016, for Kris Versteeg. This season with Charlotte, he has 15 goals and 30 points in 55 games.

      --The Los Angeles Kings signed defenseman Matt Roy to a two-year entry-level contract, the team announced.

      Roy, 22, was the Kings' seventh-round pick of the 2015 draft. This season, he had five goals and 26 points in 42 games with Michigan Tech and helped lead the team to the NCAA tournament.

  • Ducks demote G Enroth
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, March 27, 2017

    The Anaheim Ducks reassigned goaltender Jhonas Enroth to San Diego of the American Hockey League on Monday.

    • The Ducks obtained Enroth from the Toronto Maple Leafs in January but he has yet to appear for Anaheim.

      This season, the 28-year-old is 12-3-0 with a 1.74 goals-against average in 15 AHL games for Toronto and San Diego. In 153 career NHL games with Toronto, the Los Angeles Kings, Dallas Stars and Buffalo Sabres, Enroth is 50-69-16 with a 2.84 GAA.

  • Hurricanes send Zykov back to minors
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, March 27, 2017

    The Carolina Hurricanes reassigned right wing Valentin Zykov to Charlotte of the American Hockey League on Monday.

    • Zykov appeared in two games and scored a goal before missing the last eight games with an upper-body injury.

      The Hurricanes obtained Zykov from the Los Angeles Kings on Feb. 28, 2016, for Kris Versteeg. This season with Charlotte, the 21-year-old has totaled 15 goals and 30 points in 55 games.

  • Kings sign D Roy to 2-year deal
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, March 27, 2017

    The Los Angeles Kings signed defenseman Matt Roy to a two-year entry-level contract, the team announced Monday.

    • Roy, 22, was the Kings' seventh-round pick of the 2015 Draft.

      This season, he appeared recorded five goals and 26 points in 42 games with Michigan Tech and helped lead his team to the NCAA tournament.

      In three seasons with Michigan Tech, Roy appeared in recorded 12 goals and 55 points in 115 games.

  • Sharks C Haley gets one-game ban
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, March 27, 2017

    San Jose Sharks forward Micheal Haley was suspended one game by the NHL Department of Player Safety on Monday.

    • Haley was disciplined for roughing Nashville Predators forward Calle Jarnkrok in the third period of Saturday night's game. He was assessed a match penalty for attempt to injury.

      The infraction was announced two days shy of Haley's 31st birthday. The veteran defenseman, in apparent retaliation for getting slammed into the boards from behind by Jarnkrok, skated after Nashville's forward and sucker-punched him.

      Jarnkrok, who received a minor penalty for board, was bleeding from the face as he skated off the ice and did not return.

      Following the game, San Jose coach Peter DeBoer defended his player's actions.

      "When you run someone from behind in a game like that, you probably deserve to get a punch in the mouth," DeBoer said.

      Haley has two goals, 11 points and a career-high 110 minutes in 54 games this season.

  • Islanders sign Stevens to 2-year pact
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, March 27, 2017

    The New York Islanders and forward John Stevens agreed to a two-year, entry-level contract on Monday.

    • Stevens, 22, served as captain of Northeastern University this season and scored 28 points (five goals, 23 assists) in 25 games. He helped the Huskies win a Hockey East title and reach the NCAA Tournament in 2016. In four years at Northeastern, Stevens scored 106 points (26 goals, 80 assists) in 138 games.

      The 6-foot-2, 200-pound native of Sea Isle City, N.J., also played one season with the Dubuque Fighting Saints of the United States Hockey League, where he tallied 48 points (13 goals, 35 assists) in 59 games en route to helping the team win the 2013 Clark Cup Championship.

  • Maple Leafs recall F Kapanen, G Sparks
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, March 27, 2017

    The Toronto Maple Leafs recalled forward Kasperi Kapanen and goaltender Garret Sparks from the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League on Monday.

    • The recall of Sparks was on an emergency basis.

      Kapanen, 20, has 43 points (18 goals, 25 assists) in 43 games with the Marlies this season after recording 25 points (nine goals, 16 assists) in 44 games with the AHL club in 2015-16. The Kuopio, Finland, native was selected to represent the Marlies at the 2017 AHL All-Star Classic but was unable to participate due to injury.

      Kapanen was acquired by the Maple Leafs in a trade with Pittsburgh on July 1, 2015 after he was selected by the Penguins in the first round (22nd overall) of the 2014 draft. He appeared in nine NHL games with the Leafs in 2015-16, with two penalty minutes and 14 shots on goal.

      Sparks, 23, owns a 18-7-0 record with a 2.08 goals-against average, a .927 save percentage and five shutouts in 18 appearances with the Marlies this season. Sparks played in 17 NHL games with the Maple Leafs in 2015-16, posting a 6-9-1 record, 3.02 goals-against average and .893 save percentage, with one shutout. The Elmhurst, Illinois, native was drafted by the Leafs in the seventh round in 2011.

  • Canadiens sign D Mete to entry-level contract
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, March 27, 2017

    The Montreal Canadiens agreed to terms with defenseman Victor Mete on a three-year, entry-level contract through the 2019-20 season, the team announced Monday.

    • The 18-year-old Mete collected 44 points (15 goals, 29 assists) in 50 regular-season games in 2016-17 with the London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League. He led the team's defensemen in goals (tied for sixth in the OHL) and points. Mete had six game-winning goals, and in two playoffs games he produced a goal and an assist.

      The 5-foot-9, 174-pound defenseman recorded 105 points (30 goals, 75 assists) in 179 regular-season games since his debut at the junior level. Winner of the Memorial Cup in 2016 with the Knights, Mete had six goals and 15 assists in 30 playoffs contests.

      The Canadiens selected the Toronto native in the fourth round of the 2016 NHL draft.

  • NHL roundup: Jets stay alive with slim win
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, March 27, 2017

    WINNIPEG, Manitoba -- The Winnipeg Jets' playoff hopes may be dangling by a tenuous thread, but after a narrow win over Vancouver Canucks, the thread hasn't snapped yet.

    • The Jets edged the Canucks 2-1 on Sunday night, hanging on for their playoff lives in front of a jubilant hometown crowd.

      Adam Lowry took a slick pass from center Mathieu Perreault and buried it past Vancouver goaltender Ryan Miller for the 2-1 lead. Perreault also scored a goal in the game.

      Alex Edler scored the Canucks' goal.

      Flyers 6, Penguins 2

      PITTSBURGH -- Jordan Weal and Shayne Gostisbehere each had a goal and an assist for Philadelphia, which kept its lean playoff hopes alive with a rout of rival Pittsburgh.

      Valtteri Filppula, Jakub Voracek, Radko Gudas and Dale Weise also scored for the Flyers, while Matt Cullen and Patric Hornqvist scored for the Penguins.

      Flyers goaltender Steve Mason made 25 saves, while Matt Murray stopped 27 in the Penguins' net.

      Stars 2, Devils 1 (OT)

      NEWARK, N.J. -- Dallas avoided being eliminated from playoff contention -- at least temporarily -- by rallying past New Jersey.

      With Dallas trailing 1-0 late in the third period, Ales Hemsky put a power-play rebound past Devils goalie Keith Kinkaid to pull the Stars even with 6:36 remaining in regulation, ultimately forcing overtime. Dallas then won it with another power-play goal, just 20 seconds into overtime, on Tyler Seguin's 25th goal of the season, a right-wing tracer.

      Rookie Blake Coleman scored the first NHL goal of his career for the Devils.

      Red Wings 3, Wild 2 (OT)

      DETROIT -- Andreas Athanasiou scored on a breakaway 1:52 into overtime as Detroit skated to a win over Minnesota.

      Tomas Tatar and Mike Green scored for the Red Wings, who improved to 4-1-1 in their last six games.

      Eric Staal and Nate Prosser scored for the Wild, who dropped to 1-7-1 in their last nine.

      Ducks 6, Rangers 3

      ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Andrew Cogliano and Patrick Eaves scored two minutes apart early in the third period, and Anaheim took over first place in the Pacific Division after a win over New York.

      Eaves scored twice and Ryan Getzlaf contributed four assists as the Ducks used their eighth win in 10 games to go two points up on idle Edmonton and San Jose. Josh Manson, Ryan Kesler and Nick Ritchie also scored for Anaheim. Jonathan Bernier picked up his fourth consecutive victory by stopping 25 shots.

      Rick Nash, Derek Stepan and Brady Skjei scored for the Rangers, who have lost five of seven. Goalie Henrik Lundqvist made 28 saves in his first game since March 7, when he strained his left hip.

  • NHL notebook: Pens' Malkin misses sixth straight game
    By The Sports Xchange / Sunday, March 26, 2017

    Pittsburgh Penguins forward Evgeni Malkin was ruled out of Sunday's game against the Philadelphia Flyers due to an upper-body injury.

    • Coach Mike Sullivan said after the morning skate that it's "just part of the rehab process" for the 30-year-old Malkin, who will miss his sixth straight game.

      Nick Bonino has recorded three goals to help Pittsburgh to a 3-0-2 mark in the absence of Malkin, who has collected 33 goals and 39 assists in 62 games this season.

      --The Arizona Coyotes signed forward Clayton Keller to an entry-level contract after he completed his freshman year at Boston University.

      Keller, 18, was the seventh overall pick by the Coyotes in the 2016 NHL draft.

      The 5-foot-10, 174-pound Keller finished this season at Boston University as the team's leading scorer with 45 points (21 goals, 24 assists) and 26 penalty minutes in 31 games.

      Keller recorded at least one point in 28 contests, tallied 15 multi-point games and finished tied for seventh in college hockey with 1.45 points per game average.

      --The Detroit Red Wings recalled defenseman Dan Renouf under emergency conditions from Grand Rapids of the American Hockey League following Sunday's 3-2 overtime victory over the Minnesota Wild.

      Renouf will be eligible to make his NHL debut on Monday should he draw into the lineup against the host Carolina Hurricanes. Detroit, which also faces the Hurricanes on Tuesday, is in the midst of playing three games in as many days.

      Renouf, 22, has three goals and 12 assists in 58 games this season with the Griffins.

      --The Carolina Hurricanes recalled forward Lucas Wallmark from the Charlotte Checkers of the American Hockey League.

      Wallmark, 21, made his NHL debut on March 13, and he registered his first NHL point with an assist against the Islanders a day later.

      He leads the Checkers with 23 goals this season, ranks second on the team with 42 points and leads all team forwards with a plus-11 rating.

  • Jets' Laine sidelined with flu
    By The Sports Xchange / Sunday, March 26, 2017

    Winnipeg Jets rookie Patrik Laine sat out Sunday's game against the Vancouver Canucks because of the flu.

    • Laine is tied with Toronto Maple Leafs rookie Auston Matthews with 34 goals and 27 assists in rookie scoring.

      Laine has played in just 67 games this season compared to Matthews' 75.

      Also missing for the Jets on Sunday is defenseman Dustin Byfuglien because of a lower-body injury.

      Byfuglien left Thursday's 5-2 loss to the Kings in Los Angeles.

      "Dustin won't go tonight," said Winnipeg head coach Paul Maurice following Sunday's pre-game skate. "He's still listed as day to day. We think he's getting better, we're hopeful that he's ready for New Jersey (on Tuesday)."

  • Hurricanes recall F Wallmark
    By The Sports Xchange / Sunday, March 26, 2017

    The Carolina Hurricanes recalled forward Lucas Wallmark from the Charlotte Checkers of the American Hockey League on Sunday.

    • Wallmark, 21, made his NHL debut on March 13, and he registered his first NHL point with an assist against the Islanders a day later.

      He leads the Checkers with 23 goals this season, ranks second on the team with 42 points and leads all team forwards with a plus-11 rating. Wallmark is in his first North American season after playing the last three seasons primarily with Lulea of the Swedish Hockey League.

      The Hurricanes drafted Wallmark in the fourth round in 2014.

  • Wings call up D Renouf under emergency conditions
    By The Sports Xchange / Sunday, March 26, 2017

    The Detroit Red Wings recalled defenseman Dan Renouf under emergency conditions from Grand Rapids of the American Hockey League following Sunday's 3-2 overtime victory over the Minnesota Wild.

    • Renouf will be eligible to make his NHL debut on Monday should he draw into the lineup against the host Carolina Hurricanes. Detroit, which also faces the Hurricanes on Tuesday, is in the midst of playing three games in as many days.

      Renouf has collected three goals and 12 assists in 58 games this season with the Griffins. The 22-year-old leads the team with 59 penalty minutes and his plus-15 rating is seventh among AHL rookies entering play on Sunday.

      Renouf also notched an assist while playing in six games with Grand Rapids last season following the conclusion of his junior year at the University of Maine.

      The 6-foot-3, 209-pound Renouf scored 10 goals and set up 28 others in 111 career contests with the Black Bears.

  • Penguins' Malkin to miss sixth straight game
    By The Sports Xchange / Sunday, March 26, 2017

    Pittsburgh Penguins forward Evgeni Malkin was ruled out of Sunday's game against the Philadelphia Flyers due to an upper-body injury, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported.

    • Coach Mike Sullivan told the newspaper after the morning skate that it's "just part of the rehab process" for the 30-year-old Malkin, who will miss his sixth straight game.

      The Penguins have every reason to be cautious with the former Hart Trophy winner as Pittsburgh (46-17-11) already has punched ticket to the playoffs for the 11th straight season. The Penguins are tied with second-place Columbus (48-19-7) and reside three points behind Metropolitan Division-leading Washington (49-17-8).

      Nick Bonino has recorded three goals to help Pittsburgh to a 3-0-2 mark in the absence of Malkin, who has collected 33 goals and 39 assists in 62 games this season.

  • Coyotes sign top prospect Keller to entry-level deal
    By The Sports Xchange / Sunday, March 26, 2017

    The Arizona Coyotes signed forward Clayton Keller to an entry-level contract on Sunday after he completed his freshman year at Boston University.

    • Keller, 18, was the seventh overall pick by the Coyotes in the 2016 NHL draft.

      The 5-foot-10, 174-pound Keller finished this season at Boston University as the team's leading scorer with 45 points (21 goals, 24 assists) and 26 penalty minutes in 31 games.

      Keller recorded at least one point in 28 contests, tallied 15 multi-point games and finished tied for seventh in college hockey with 1.45 points per game average.

      "We are extremely pleased to sign Clayton to an entry-level contract," Coyotes general manager John Chayka said in a statement. "Clayton is a highly skilled, dynamic forward. He is a strong skater who has a powerful shot and great hockey sense. We are excited to have him join our team and finish the regular season with the Coyotes."

      Keller also played in the 2017 World Junior Championships in Canada earlier this year, helping the United States to the gold medal. He had the third-most points in the tournament and led the team in scoring with three goals and eight assists in seven games.

      Last season, the Swansea, Ill., native registered 107 points (37 goals, 70 assists) in 62 games for the U.S. National Development team.

  • NHL roundup: Canadiens extend Atlantic lead
    By The Sports Xchange / Saturday, March 25, 2017

    MONTREAL -- Andrei Markov scored two goals to lift the Montreal Canadiens to a 3-1 victory over the Ottawa Senators on Saturday night at the Bell Centre.

    • Shea Weber also scored for Montreal, which moved three points ahead of Ottawa atop the Atlantic Division. Carey Price made 31 saves for the Canadiens.

      Jean-Gabriel Pageau scored for Ottawa. Craig Anderson, playing in his 500th NHL game, stopped 21 shots for the Senators.

      Markov made it 2-0 just 1:13 into the second period. Max Pacioretty, along the right boards, sent a perfect cross-ice dish to the veteran blue-liner, who showed patience coming in from the point before firing from the top of the left circle.

      Bruins 2, Islanders 1

      NEW YORK -- Riley Nash scored both goals as Boston moved into sole possession of the second wild card in the Eastern Conference by snapping a four-game losing streak.

      The Bruins broke a tie with New York for the final wild card, but the Islanders have a game in hand on Boston. Anton Khudobin, playing in place of injured starter Tuukka Rask, recorded 18 saves.

      John Tavares scored while Thomas Greiss made 16 saves for New York. Tavares nearly tied the game on a power play late in the third, but his shot bounced off the crossbar.

      Panthers 7, Blackhawks 0

      SUNRISE, Fla. -- Jonathan Marchessault scored a natural hat trick as Florida routed Chicago.

      Marchessault, who scored twice in his previous game, has a team-high 28 goals this season. James Reimer (25 saves) picked up his first shutout of the season.

      Jonathan Huberdeau had a goal and three assists, Aleksander Barkov recorded a goal and two assists, and Nick Bjugstad and Reilly Smith also scored. Corey Crawford (21 saves) was chased after the fourth goal.

      Predators 7, Sharks 2

      NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Colton Sissons and James Neal each scored twice as Nashville won for the sixth time in last seven games.

      Cody McLeod, P.K. Subban and Viktor Arvidsson also scored for the Predators, who moved one point ahead of St. Louis for third place in the Central Division. Pekka Rinne, who was honored prior to the game for playing his 500th NHL contest last week, stopped 26 shots for his fifth straight victory.

      Patrick Marleau and Justin Braun scored for San Jose, which lost its sixth straight game -- all in regulation by a combined 23-7 margin. Martin Jones made 27 saves for the Sharks.

      Flames 3, Blues 2 (OT)

      ST. LOUIS – Sean Monahan scored with three seconds left in overtime to lift Calgary.

      The win snapped a two-game losing streak for the Flames and ended a four-game winning streak for St. Louis.

      Calgary tied it 2-2 on the first goal of the season by Matt Bartkowski, whose shot on a delayed penalty deflected off the skate of the Blues' Jay Bouwmeester and into the net at 10:53 of the third period.

      Capitals 4, Coyotes 1

      WASHINGTON -- Daniel Winnik scored twice, including the go-ahead goal with 4:39 left, and Alex Ovechkin produced his 30th of the season as Washington defeated Arizona.

      The Capitals won their fourth straight game and lead Pittsburgh and Columbus by three points in the Metropolitan Division. The Capitals play six of their final eight games on the road and begin a five-game road trip Tuesday at Minnesota.

      Ovechkin, who scored a power-play goal in the first period, joined Mike Gartner (15 seasons) and Wayne Gretzky (13) as the only players in NHL history to score at least 30 goals in each of their first 12 seasons.

      Oilers 4, Avalanche 1

      EDMONTON, Alberta -- Laurent Brossoit made 23 saves as Edmonton beat last-place Colorado for the second time in three days.

      Brossoit also won Thursday's 7-4 decision in relief of Cam Talbot and increased his career win total to three. The Oilers pulled even with the Anaheim Ducks and San Jose Sharks atop the Pacific Division.

      Drake Caggiula and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins recorded power-play goals in the third period for Edmonton. The Oilers' Leon Draisaitl also scored to extend his point streak to seven games.

      Blue Jackets 1, Flyers 0

      COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Alexander Wennberg scored in the second period and Sergei Bobrovsky posted his seventh shutout of the season as Columbus ended a two-game losing streak.

      The Blue Jackets are the only team in the NHL this season that avoided a skid longer than two games. Bobrovsky made 36 saves in posting his NHL-leading 40th victory of the season and is 9-0-2 in his last 11 contests.

      Philadelphia was desperate for a win to keep its fading playoff hopes alive in the Eastern Conference but lost for the 10th consecutive time in Columbus.

      Rangers 3, Kings 0

      LOS ANGELES -- Derek Stepan and Ryan McDonagh scored the first two goals, and Antti Raanta made 30 saves as New York handed Los Angeles its 10th shutout of the season.

      The Rangers snapped a two-game slide and swept the home-and-home season series. They extended their league-leading road record to 27-9-1.

      The Kings lost for the fifth time in their last seven games. They trail the St. Louis Blues by nine points with eight games remaining for the second wild-card spot in the Western Conference. Jonathan Quick stopped 17 New York shots.

      Sabres 5, Maple Leafs 2

      BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Jack Eichel had two goals and an assist to lead Buffalo over Toronto.

      Ryan O'Reilly, Evander Kane and Dmitry Kulikov also scored for the Sabres while Robin Lehner made 32 saves. Connor Brown and Auston Matthews scored for the Maple Leafs, who had a three-game winning streak end.

      Curtis McElhinney made 19 saves for Toronto after replacing Frederik Andersen in net. Andersen did not return to start the second period after suffering an upper-body injury. He made 14 saves in the first period.

      Canucks 4, Wild 2

      SAINT PAUL, Minn. -- Reid Boucher scored twice and Brock Boeser recorded his first NHL goal in his pro debut as part of a four-goal second period as Vancouver defeated Minnesota.

      Backup goaltender Richard Bachman made 25 saves in limiting the Wild to a pair of late third-period goals by Ryan Suter and Eric Staal. The Canucks defeated Minnesota and Chicago on the road this week, scoring a combined nine goals.

      The Wild are 2-9-0 in their last 11 games and stumbling toward the postseason having not won back-to-back games since Feb. 27-28. Darcy Kuemper made 17 saves for Minnesota.

      Hurricanes 3, Devils 1

      NEWARK, N.J. -- Jeff Skinner continued his recent goal-scoring splurge as Carolina kept its faint playoff hopes alive.

      The score extended Skinner's goal-scoring streak to five games and point streak to six (seven goals, two assists). This is the third time Skinner reached the 30-goal plateau in his career.

      Eddie Lack made 26 saves for the Hurricanes, who remain five points out of the second wild card in the Eastern Conference with nine games left. Sebastian Aho scored twice for Carolina.

  • NHL notebook: Canucks F Skille exits with ankle injury
    By The Sports Xchange / Saturday, March 25, 2017

    Vancouver Canucks left winger Jack Skille had to be helped from the ice late in the second period of Saturday's game against the Minnesota Wild.

    • Skille, who had scored to give Vancouver a 4-0 lead only minutes earlier, received a hit from Minnesota right winger Charlie Coyle with 3:30 to play in the period.

      The Canucks announced that Skille sustained an ankle injury on the play and would not return to the game. His status for Sunday's game at Winnipeg was unknown.

      A native of Madison, Wis., who starred at the University of Wisconsin, Skille notched his fifth goal at the 13:37 mark of the second period.

      --The Dallas Stars recalled center Jason Dickinson from the Texas Stars of the American Hockey League.

      Dickinson, 21, ranks fifth on Texas with 30 points (nine goals, 21 assists) in 55 games this season. He ranks fourth on the team in assists and seventh with 102 shots on goal. In three AHL seasons, he owns 86 points (31 goals, 55 assists) in 130 regular-season games. He also recorded one assist and nine shots on goal in seven career Calder Cup playoff contests.

      --The Buffalo Sabres recalled defenseman Brady Austin from the Rochester Americans of the AHL.

      Austin, 23, joins the team for the second time this week after making his NHL debut and recording four shots on goal in his first two games with the Sabres on Monday and Tuesday.

      The native of Bobcaygeon, Ontario, has two goals, seven assists and 51 penalty minutes in 62 games for Rochester this season.

      The Sabres also assigned forward Hudson Fasching to Rochester.

  • Canucks F Skille exits with ankle injury
    By The Sports Xchange / Saturday, March 25, 2017

    Vancouver Canucks left winger Jack Skille had to be helped from the ice late in the second period of Saturday's game against the Minnesota Wild.

    • Skille, who had scored to give Vancouver a 4-0 lead only minutes earlier, received a hit from Minnesota right winger Charlie Coyle with 3:30 to play in the period.

      The Canucks announced that Skille sustained an ankle injury on the play and would not return to the game. His status for Sunday's game at Winnipeg was unknown.

      A native of Madison, Wis., who starred at the University of Wisconsin, Skille notched his fifth goal at the 13:37 mark of the second period.

  • Panthers' coach Rowe takes blame for rushing Ekblad's return
    By The Sports Xchange / Saturday, March 25, 2017

    Florida Panthers interim coach Tom Rowe expressed regret that he rushed star defenseman Aaron Ekblad back from injury too soon.

    • Ekblad returned to the lineup Tuesday against the Carolina Hurricanes after sitting out the previous four games because of a concussion.

      The 21-year-old Ekblad subsequently reported neck soreness that kept him out of Thursday's game against Arizona and will prevent him from joining the Panthers on an upcoming four-game trip next week.

      Rowe told the Miami Herald that Ekblad's neck issue was not related to the concussion, but pointed the finger at himself for bringing the blue-liner back prematurely.

      "I'm not going to lie, I wish we didn't," Rowe said. "That's on me. The doctors cleared him, our medical staff cleared him but I had some reservations and I wish I stayed with my gut. That's no one's fault but my own."

      Rowe acknowledged that Ekblad was pushing to return to the lineup, but said the player's wishes should not have been a factor in the decision.

      "I've have a lot more experience in this business than he does," Rowe said. "I have had a ton of experience with those types of injuries. I usually give those guys two or three days of practice and I wish I had done that. It's no one's fault but my own."

      The top overall pick in the 2014 NHL draft, Ekblad has 10 goals and 11 assists in 68 games this season. The 21-year-old has scored 37 goals and set up 59 others in 227 career games.

  • Stars recall C Dickinson
    By The Sports Xchange / Saturday, March 25, 2017

    The Dallas Stars recalled center Jason Dickinson from the Texas Stars of the American Hockey League on Saturday.

    • Dickinson, 21, ranks fifth on Texas with 30 points (nine goals, 21 assists) in 55 games this season. He ranks fourth on the team in assists and seventh with 102 shots on goal. In three AHL seasons, he owns 86 points (31 goals, 55 assists) in 130 regular-season games. He also recorded one assist and nine shots on goal in seven career Calder Cup playoff contests.

      The 6-foot-2, 205-pound native of Georgetown, Ontario, was originally selected by Dallas in the first round (29th overall) of the 2013 NHL draft.

  • Sabres recall D Austin
    By The Sports Xchange / Saturday, March 25, 2017

    The Buffalo Sabres recalled defenseman Brady Austin from the Rochester Americans of the American Hockey League on Saturday.

    • Austin, 23, joins the team for the second time this week after making his NHL debut and recording four shots on goal in his first two games with the Sabres on Monday and Tuesday.

      The 6-foot-4, 230-pound native of Bobcaygeon, Ontario, has two goals, seven assists and 51 penalty minutes in 62 games for Rochester this season.

      The Sabres also assigned forward Hudson Fasching to Rochester.

  • NHL roundup: Isles move into wild-card position
    By The Sports Xchange / Saturday, March 25, 2017

    PITTSBURGH -- Anthony Beauvillier and John Tavares scored in the shootout to give the New York Islanders a 4-3 win against the Pittsburgh Penguins at PPG Paints Arena on Friday.

    • With the win, the Islanders surpassed the Boston Bruins for the final wild-card berth in the Eastern Conference standings. Both teams have 82 points, but the Islanders (73) have played fewer games than the Bruins (74) heading into their game at the Barclays Center Saturday.

      Sidney Crosby scored the Penguins' lone shootout goal. Marc-Andre Fleury finished with 43 saves in while New York's Jaroslav Halak had 40.

      Ducks 3, Jets 1

      ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Andrew Cogliano's game-winning goal not only gave Anaheim a victory over Winnipeg at the Honda Center, but also a share of first place in the Pacific Division.

      Corey Perry and Jakob Silfverberg also scored for the Ducks, who used their seventh win in nine games to move into a tie with the San Jose Sharks. Goalie Jonathan Bernier stopped 17 shots in earning his fifth win in six decisions.

      The division's co-leaders each have eight games remaining, divided evenly between home and road. But the Ducks have five games left against playoff contenders while the Sharks have six.

      Lightning 2, Red Wings 1 (OT)

      DETROIT -- Nikita Kucherov scored at 3:28 of overtime to give Tampa Bay a come-from-behind overtime win over Detroit.

      Kucherov tipped home a Brayden Point pass from the edge of the goal crease for the winner.

      The Lightning moved to within one point of the Boston Bruins and New York Islanders for the final wild-card playoff position in the Eastern Conference.

      Stars 6, Sharks 1

      DALLAS -- Adam Cracknell scored his first career hat trick and Kari Lehtonen made 20 saves for Dallas in a win over San Jose at American Airlines Center.

      Cracknell scored in the first, second and third periods. His final goal came 4:59 into the third when he intercepted an attempted clearance by Aaron Dell, who made 23 saves, just beyond the Sharks' blue line. Cracknell, who now has a career-high 10 goals this season, then beat Dell with a wrist shot from the slot.

      Brett Ritchie, Jamie Benn and John Klingberg also scored for Dallas, who got three assists from Jason Spezza and two each from Remi Elie and Curtis McKenzie.

  • Hurricanes cling to slim playoff hopes, visit Devils
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, March 24, 2017

    The Stanley Cup will be outside the Prudential Center Saturday before the New Jersey Devils host the Carolina Hurricanes.

    • Unfortunately for both teams, it's likely the closest each will get to the Cup this season.

      As part of the NHL Centennial Fan Arena touring exhibit, the Stanley Cup will be on display in Championship Square next to the Prudential Center on Saturday. Fans can see it ahead as the last-place Devils (27-34-12) play out the string while the Hurricanes (32-27-13) cling to remote playoff hopes.

      This will be the fifth consecutive season that New Jersey fails to reach the postseason. Carolina is on the verge of an eighth straight year missing the playoffs.

      However, the Hurricanes are not out of it just yet. By virtue of their current nine-game points streak (6-0-3), Carolina is just five points out of the second wild card spot in the Eastern Conference with 10 games to play.

      What makes the Hurricanes task so difficult, though, is that they sit behind three teams in the standings in the battle for the final postseason berth in the East.

      "The guys are real smart," Hurricanes coach Bill Peters said to the team's web site. "They know what's on the line; and they know that it's very important for them moving forward. That's really what it amounts to. This is the most important time of the season."

      The Hurricanes are coming off a 4-1 victory over the Canadiens in Montreal on Thursday, and will be closing out a four-game road trip in New Jersey. Lee Stempniak recorded his second two-goal game of the season in Thursday's win, and the red-hot Jeff Skinner netted his team-high 29th goal, his eighth in the past seven contests.

      "We're just playing a complete game," said Stempniak, who has seven points in his last seven contests. "We're not making mental mistakes, and we're working hard. I think there's some confidence to our game."

      Elias Lindholm extended his point-scoring streak to nine consecutive games with his 10th goal in Montreal; and the Hurricanes are now 21-5-5 this season when he records a point.

      Backup goaltender Eddie Lack made 21 saves Thursday, and has won each of his last three starts, allowing only four goals in that span.

      "It was a huge two points for us," Lack told the Hurricanes web site. "We just want to keep rolling here."

      Peters did not say whether Lack or Cam Ward will start against the Devils. Likewise, Devils coach John Hynes has not committed to either Cory Schneider or Keith Kinkaid as the starter between the pipes on Saturday.

      In fact, Hynes said after his club's 4-2 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs Thursday that playing time down the stretch, at all positions, will be decided on a game to game basis.

      "The objective, like everything, is to give guys opportunities, but it also comes down to performance," Hynes said. "We'll give guys opportunities as long as they play well and deserve them."

      Several youngsters on the Devils roster are taking advantage of increased playing time in the final weeks of the season.

      Pavel Zacha, the 2015 first-round draft pick, enters play Saturday on a six-game point streak. The 19-year-old also has 15 points (six goals, nine assists) in his last 24 games.

      Fellow first-rounder John Quenneville (2016) has three points in five games since being recalled from the minor leagues, including his first NHL goal and two-point game this past Tuesday against the New York Rangers.

      Of course, the club still leans heavily on veteran Kyle Palmieri, who leads the Devils with 25 goals and 50 points this season, his second straight 50-point campaign. Palmieri has 10 goals and 17 points in his last 15 games.

      "I'm getting some better shots off, shooting more, and making sure they hit the net," Palmieri said of his strong second half play this season. "Our whole line (Taylor Hall and Travis Zajac) is playing well, keeping opposing goaltenders honest during this good stretch here."

      The Devils are 2-3-0 in their last five games after a brutal 0-8-2 winless skid.

      This is the fourth and final meeting this season between the Devils and Hurricanes, with New Jersey winning the first three contests by an aggregate 10-4 score.

  • NHL notebook: Avalanche, Senators to play in Sweden
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, March 24, 2017

    The Colorado Avalanche and Ottawa Senators will play two regular-season games in Stockholm, Sweden, in November as part of the 2017 SAP NHL Global Series.

    • The NHL and the NHL Players' Association announced Friday that the two teams will face each other at the Ericsson Globe on Nov. 10-11.

      "We have more Swedish players than ever in the NHL, and we are extremely pleased that the 2017 SAP NHL Global Series will allow us to showcase a number of those players, with their NHL teams, in their homeland," NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said in a statement. "The return of regular-season NHL games to the international stage will provide yet another highlight for our Centennial celebration."

      It will be the sixth time the NHL has played a regular-season game in Europe, but the first time since 2011. These will be the 21st and 22nd games played in Europe, and the seventh and eighth played in Sweden.

      Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog was born in Stockholm, and Senators captain Erik Karlsson was born in Landsbro.

      --The Washington Capitals recalled forward Paul Carey from the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League.

      Carey, 28, made his 2016-17 season debut with the Capitals on Nov. 20 and skated in four games with three shots on goal.

      The 6-foot-1, 198-pound Carey appeared in four games with the Capitals last season and scored the game-tying goal in the third period on Feb. 6, 2016 at New Jersey, marking his first NHL goal. He was selected by Colorado in the fifth round of 2007 NHL draft and registered a goal and an assist in 30 career games.

      --The Tampa Bay Lightning recalled defenseman Slater Koekkoek from the Syracuse Crunch of the AHL.

      Koekkoek, 23, has four assists in 29 games with the Lightning this season. He owns five assists and 12 penalty minutes in 41 career NHL games.

      The 6-foot-2, 193-pound native of Winchester, Ontario, has two goals and nine assists in 38 games with the Crunch this season. He owns 52 points (12 goals, 40 assists) in 170 career AHL contests.

      --The Minnesota Wild reassigned defenseman Gustav Olofsson to the Iowa Wild of the AHL.

      Olofsson, 22, recorded three assists and averaged 13:28 in time on ice in 13 games with Minnesota this season, and 22 points (five goals, 17 assists) in 48 contests for Iowa.

      The 6-foot-3, 195-pound native of Boras, Sweden, registered his first career NHL points with two assists on Feb. 12 against Detroit. Olofsson owns three assists in 15 career NHL games with Minnesota and 40 points (eight goals, 32 assists) in 109 career AHL contests.

      --The Calgary Flames reassigned forward Garnet Hathaway to the Stockton Heat of the AHL.

      Hathaway, 25, has one goal, four assists and 44 penalty minutes in 26 games with the Flames this season. The 6-foot-2, 210-pounder also has six goals, nine assists and 29 penalty minutes in 20 games for Stockton.

      The native of Kennebunkport, Maine, was signed by the Flames as a free agent on April 12, 2015.