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  • NHL roundup: Knights set record for expansion points
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, February 22, 2018

    Seven different Golden Knights scored goals as the Vegas broke the NHL record for most points by an expansion team in a season with a 7-3 victory over the Calgary Flames on Wednesday in Las Vegas.

    • The Golden Knights (40-16-4, 84 points) broke the mark of 83 points in a season set by the 1993-94 Panthers. Florida accomplished the feat in 80 games, finishing 33-34-17. Wednesday was just the 60th game for Vegas, which also won for 23rd time at home, breaking the previous expansion mark of 22 set by Gordie Howe and the Hartford Whalers in 1979-80.

      Ryan Carpenter, William Karlsson, Reilly Smith, Alex Tuch, Luca Sbisa, Erik Haula and Cody Eakin all had goals for the Western Conference-leading Golden Knights, and Marc-Andre Fleury made 28 saves.

      TJ Brodie, Dougie Hamilton, Matthew Tkachuk scored for Calgary, which lost for just the eighth time on the road in 30 road games.

      Blackhawks 3, Senators 2 (SO)

      Nick Schmaltz buried the decisive goal in the shootout to lead Chicago past visiting Ottawa.

      Schmaltz's decisive tally came in the seventh round of the shootout. Blackhawks goalie Anton Forsberg proceeded to stop Mark Stone's attempt to seal the win.

      Patrick Kane (23rd goal) and Artem Anisimov (16th) each scored in regulation for Chicago, which won for the second time in three games. Zack Smith and Matt Duchene had the goals for Ottawa.

      Ducks 2, Stars 0

      Ryan Getzlaf had a goal and an assist, and Ryan Miller stopped 41 shots as Anaheim topped visiting Dallas.

      It was Miller's third shutout of the season. Miller has stopped 61 shots over the past four periods after not allowing a goal in the third period of the Ducks' 2-0 win over the Golden Knights on Monday while playing in relief of injured No. 1 goaltender John Gibson.

      The Ducks recorded their fourth consecutive victory, their longest winning streak this season. Hampus Lindholm scored the game's first goal on a first-period power play, and Getzlaf added a short-handed goal in the third period.

      --Field Level Media

  • NHL roundup: Lightning hold on to beat Capitals
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, February 21, 2018

    Brayden Point set the tone with two goals in the opening period, and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the host Washington Capitals 4-2 in a battle of Eastern Conference division leaders on Tuesday night.

    • Nikita Kucherov, who leads the league with 78 points, and Chris Kunitz also scored for Tampa Bay, which snapped a three-game losing streak on the road. The Lightning also won for just the second time in the past 12 matchups in Washington.

      Tampa Bay goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy came up huge again, finishing with 35 saves to help his team maintain the early lead.

      Washington's Alex Ovechkin pulled his team to within 3-2 with just under nine minutes left in the game. He leads the league with 36 goals. However, Kucherov responded for Tampa Bay just over a minute later.

      Avalanche 5, Canucks 4 (OT)

      Nathan MacKinnon's power-play goal in overtime gave visiting Colorado a come-from-behind victory over Vancouver.

      MacKinnon posted his 100th career NHL goal as he one-timed Tyson Barrie's shot over Vancouver goaltender Anders Nilsson's shoulder on the short side. The Avalanche completed a rally from a 4-1 deficit in the final five minutes of the second period.

      Barrie led Colorado with a goal and four assists, while MacKinnon also furnished three assists. All of Colorado's goals came on the power play as the Avs went 5-for-6 in man-advantage situations.

      Blue Jackets 2, Devils 1

      Sergei Bobrovsky made 30 saves as Columbus held on for a victory over New Jersey in Newark, N.J.

      Bobrovsky beat the Devils for the third time this season by withstanding a late flurry in the final minutes moments before and after New Jersey pulled goaltender Keith Kinkaid for the extra attacker.

      Columbus' Boone Jenner scored in the first period and Scott Harrington netted the tiebreaking tally in the second. New Jersey's Taylor Hall collected his 25th goal of the season.

      Flyers 3, Canadiens 2 (OT)

      Jake Voracek scored two goals, including the game-winner in overtime, as Philadelphia defeated visiting Montreal.

      Voracek, who also tied the game with 1:25 left in regulation, has now scored nine career overtime goals. He registered the game-winner with 3:34 left in the extra session.

      Nolan Patrick added a goal for the Flyers while Shayne Gostisbehere had two assists.

      Maple Leafs 1, Panthers 0

      Frederik Andersen made 40 saves for his career-high fifth shutout of the season as Toronto defeated visiting Florida.

      Andersen (30-16-4) is five wins short of his career high, set in 2014-15.

      James van Riemsdyk scored late in the first period, helping the Leafs improve to 11-2-0 in their past 13 games.

      Predators 3, Red Wings 2

      Viktor Arvidsson scored his third goal in two nights as Nashville squeaked past host Detroit.

      Arvidsson notched two goals in a 5-2 home victory over the Ottawa Senators on Monday. Scott Hartnell and Kyle Turris had the other goals against the Red Wings in the second meeting between the clubs in four nights.

      Roman Josi and Ryan Ellis supplied two assists apiece, and Juuse Saros made 34 saves for the Predators.

      Sharks 3, Blues 2

      Logan Couture and Mikkel Boedker each scored a goal and added an assist in San Jose's three-goal second period during a win at St. Louis.

      Joonas Donskoi snapped a 1-1 tie in the middle of the second period, and Boedker scored less than four minutes later as San Jose started a four-game road trip with its third straight win.

      Ivan Barbashev and Vladimir Tarasenko scored second-period goals for St. Louis, which dropped its fourth straight game.

      Kings 4, Jets 3

      Darcy Kuemper had 30 saves and Dustin Brown scored what proved to be the game-winning goal with 4:07 remaining to lead Los Angeles to a victory at Winnipeg.

      Torrey Mitchell, Alec Martinez and Dion Phaneuf also scored goals and Adrian Kempe had two assists for the Kings, who earned their third straight win. The contest was the final game of Los Angeles' 4-3-0 road trip.

      Dustin Byfuglien, Blake Wheeler and Patrik Laine each had a goal and an assist for Winnipeg, which had a three-game win streak snapped in the final game of a franchise-record, 10-game homestand. The Jets went 6-3-1 in that stretch.

      Bruins 3, Oilers 2

      David Krejci scored the game-winning goal with 1:04 left in the third period to help Boston erase a two-goal deficit in a win at Edmonton.

      Krejci took Danton Heinen's feed from behind the net and slammed it home for the winner, snapping the Bruins' six-game losing streak against the Oilers. Boston earned its first win over Edmonton since Nov. 6, 2014.

      Noel Acciari and Matt Grzelcyk also scored, and Anton Khudobin made 18 saves for Boston, which won its second straight. Ryan Strome and Jujhar Khaira each had a goal and Cam Talbot made 40 saves for Edmonton.

      --Field Level Media

  • NHL notebook: Flyers trade for G Mrazek from Red Wings
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, February 20, 2018

    Ron Hextall finally found the Philadelphia Flyers a veteran goaltender as the Flyers agreed on Tuesday to part with a conditional third-round pick in 2018 and another in 2019 to pry Petr Mrazek from the Detroit Red Wings.

    • Hextall, general manager of the Flyers and a former NHL goalie, resisted making a move for a netminder but did so with his top two options injured. Starter Brian Elliott could miss the next five weeks with an abdominal injury and his primary backup for the Flyers, Michal Neuvirth, was injured on Sunday.

      This season, Mrazek, 26, is 8-7-2 with a 2.89 goals-against average and a .910 save percentage. He is 5-2-2 in his past 10 appearances with a 2.01 GAA.

      --The New York Rangers traded defenseman Nick Holden to the Boston Bruins for defenseman Rob O'Gara and a third-round pick in the 2018 NHL draft, the team announced.

      Holden, 30, had 14 goals and 46 points in 135 games over parts of two seasons with the Rangers. He had 12 points (three goals, nine assists) in 55 games this season. The 30-year-Holden has 107 career points (35 goals, 72 assists) in parts of seven NHL seasons with the Columbus Blue Jackets, Colorado Avalanche and Rangers.

      O'Gara, 24, skated in eight games with the Bruins this season and 11 over the past two seasons. He has yet to score an NHL point. O'Gara, who is expected to join the Rangers, has two goals and six assists in 43 games with the Providence Bruins of the American Hockey League this season.

      --The Toronto Maple Leafs dealt veteran forward Eric Fehr to the San Jose Sharks for a future draft pick, the club announced.

      Toronto received a seventh-round pick in the 2020 draft in exchange for the 32-year-old Fehr.

      Fehr was scoreless in four games with Toronto this season. He has spent the past three-plus months with the San Diego Gulls of the American Hockey League and had 28 points (17 goals, 11 assists) in 34 games. Overall, Fehr has played in 566 career NHL games since breaking in with the Washington Capitals during the 2005-06 campaign, and has 103 career goals and 99 assists.

      --The Vancouver Canucks and defenseman Erik Gudbranson agreed to a three-year, $12 million extension, the club announced.

      The 26-year-old Gudbranson is in his second season with the Canucks. Gudbranson has two goals and two assists in 41 games this season.

      Vancouver acquired Gudbranson from the Florida Panthers following the 2015-16 season. He played five seasons with Florida. Overall, Gudbranson has 53 points (14 goals, 39 assists) in 380 career games with the Panthers and Canucks.

      --Philadelphia Flyers right wing Wayne Simmonds will miss two to three weeks with an upper-body injury, the team announced.

      Simmonds was injured during Sunday's game against the New York Rangers. Although he finished the game with an assist in 14:05 of ice time, reports hint he may have been hurt during a first-period fight with New York's Tony DeAngelo.

      Simmonds, 29, has scored 20 goals in 59 games this season, marking the fifth straight campaign in which he has scored at least 20. Ten of this season's goals have come on the power play.

      --Buffalo Sabres defenseman Jake McCabe will undergo season-ending shoulder surgery, the team announced.

      McCabe is already on injured reserve and missed the past seven games after having thumb surgery. McCabe, 24, will require four to six months of recovery time for the shoulder injury.

      McCabe scored 12 points (three goals, nine assists) in 53 games this season. He has 47 points (10 goals, 37 assists) in 215 career NHL contests over parts of five seasons.

      --Field Level Media

  • Maple Leafs deal F Fehr to Sharks
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, February 20, 2018

    The Toronto Maple Leafs dealt veteran forward Eric Fehr to the San Jose Sharks for a future draft pick, the club announced Tuesday.

    • Toronto received a seventh-round pick in the 2020 draft in exchange for the 32-year-old Fehr.

      Fehr was scoreless in four games with Toronto this season. He has spent the past three-plus months with the San Diego Gulls of the American Hockey League and had 28 points (17 goals, 11 assists) in 34 games.

      Overall, Fehr has played in 566 career NHL games since breaking in with the Washington Capitals during the 2005-06 campaign. He has 103 career goals and 99 assists.

      The 6-foot-4 Fehr played parts of nine seasons in two stints with the Capitals. He has also played for the Winnipeg Jets, Pittsburgh Penguins (where he won a Stanley Cup in 2016 over the Sharks) and the Maple Leafs. Fehr was originally picked in the first round (No. 18 overall) of the 2003 NHL draft.

      --Field Level Media

  • Sabres D McCabe to undergo season-ending shoulder surgery
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, February 20, 2018

    Buffalo Sabres defenseman Jake McCabe will undergo season-ending shoulder surgery, the team announced on Tuesday.

    • McCabe is already on injured reserve and missed the past seven games after having thumb surgery.

      "Jake has been progressing well in his recovery from his previous injury, but we decided that this was a good opportunity to take care of a problem that he has been dealing with for a while," Sabres general manager Jason Botterill said in a statement. "Jake will have time to fully recover before the beginning of the 2018-19 season."

      McCabe, 24, will require four to six months of recovery time for the shoulder injury.

      McCabe scored 12 points (three goals, nine assists) in 53 games this season. He has 47 points (10 goals, 37 assists) in 215 career NHL contests over parts of five seasons.

      --Field Level Media

  • Canucks grant three-year extension to D Gudbranson
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, February 20, 2018

    The Vancouver Canucks and defenseman Erik Gudbranson agreed to a three-year, $12 million extension, the club announced on Tuesday.

    • The 26-year-old Gudbranson is in his second season with the Canucks.

      "Erik is an important part of our team and provides a physical element to our blueline," general manager Jim Benning said in a statement. "His leadership qualities help us as we continue to integrate younger players in our lineup. He is a quality person, a great teammate, outstanding in the community and we are excited to have him as part of our team moving forward."

      Gudbranson, who has two goals and two assists in 41 games this season, was glad to get the extension done.

      "I'm very happy today," Gudbranson told reporters. "I like the direction that this team is going.

      "I think the future is bright and that's a big reason on why I wanted to be here."

      Vancouver acquired Gudbranson from the Florida Panthers following the 2015-16 season. He played five seasons with Florida.

      Overall, Gudbranson has 53 points (14 goals, 39 assists) in 380 career games with the Panthers and Canucks.

      --Field Level Media

  • Rangers trade Holden to Bruins for O'Gara
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, February 20, 2018

    The New York Rangers traded defenseman Nick Holden to the Boston Bruins on Tuesday for defenseman Rob O'Gara and a third-round pick in the 2018 NHL draft, the team announced.

    • Holden, 30, had 14 goals and 46 points in 135 games over parts of two seasons with the Rangers. He had 12 points (three goals, nine assists) in 55 games this season.

      The 30-year-Holden has 107 career points (35 goals, 72 assists) in parts of seven NHL seasons with the Columbus Blue Jackets, Colorado Avalanche and Rangers. He is slated to be an unrestricted free agent following the season.

      O'Gara, 24, skated in eight games with the Bruins this season and 11 over the past two seasons. He has yet to score an NHL point.

      O'Gara, who is expected to join the Rangers, has two goals and six assists in 43 games with the Providence Bruins of the American Hockey League this season.

      He was a fifth-round selection in the 2011 draft.

      --Field Level Media

  • Red Wings ship G Mrazek to Flyers for two picks
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, February 20, 2018

    Ron Hextall finally found the Philadelphia Flyers a veteran goaltender.

    • Hextall, GM of the Flyers and a former NHL goalie, resisted making a move for a netminder but with his top two options injured, the Flyers agreed on Tuesday to part with a conditional third-round pick in 2018 and another in 2019 to pry Petr Mrazek from the Detroit Red Wings.

      Starter Brian Elliott could miss the next five weeks with an abdominal injury and his primary backup for the Flyers, Michal Neuvirth, was injured on Sunday. Neuvirth was 3-0-1 since replacing Elliott on Feb. 10.

      Philadelphia is third in the Metropolitan Division entering Tuesday.

      This season, Mrazek, 26, is 8-7-2 with a 2.89 goals-against average and a .910 save percentage. He is 5-2-2 in his past 10 appearances with a 2.01 GAA.

      --Field Level Media

  • NHL roundup: Capitals top Sabres, regain division lead
    By Field Level Media / Monday, February 19, 2018

    John Carlson had a goal and an assist, and Alex Ovechkin scored as the Washington Capitals defeated the host Buffalo Sabres 3-2 in a Monday matinee.

    • Carlson assisted on Ovechkin's goal that gave Washington a 1-0 lead, and then the defenseman scored his 11th goal this season as the Capitals rebounded from a 7-1 loss in Chicago on Saturday.

      Ovechkin now has 35 goals and is tops in the NHL in that category, two goals ahead of Pittsburgh's Evgeni Malkin. Washington backup goalie Philipp Grubauer got the start and was solid throughout, making 32 saves.

      The Capitals moved back into first place in the Metropolitan Division with the victory with 75 points, one ahead of Pittsburgh, which had taken the top spot with its victory on Sunday.

      Ducks 2, Golden Knights 0

      Ryan Miller and John Gibson combined to stop 33 shots as Anaheim handed Western Conference-leading Vegas a rare home loss.

      Miller, taking over at the start of the third period for the injured John Gibson, finished with 20 saves. Gibson stopped 13 shots but went down with what was called a lower-body injury after banging skates behind the net with Reilly Smith at the end of the second period.

      Jakob Silfverberg and Josh Manson scored goals and Rickard Rakell had two assists for the Ducks, who tied their season high with a three-game win streak. Marc-Andre Fleury made 18 saves for Vegas, which had a three-game win streak snapped and was shut out for the third time this season.

      Predators 5, Senators 2

      Viktor Arvidsson scored two goals as Nashville moved into a tie for first in the Central Division with a win over visiting Ottawa.

      Roman Josi and Ryan Ellis added power-play markers for Nashville, which tied the Winnipeg Jets with 79 points but has a game in hand. Craig Smith also scored for the Predators, and Nashville goalie Pekka Rinne made 36 saves to earn his 30th win of the season.

      Jean-Gabriel Pageau and Max McCormick scored goals for Ottawa, which lost its fourth straight road game. Senators goalie Craig Anderson saved 36 shots.

      Wild 5, Islanders 3

      Jason Zucker scored twice as visiting Minnesota tallied three times in the second period and beat New York.

      Zucker produced his 10th career game with at least two goals, his third this season. Tyler Ennis capped the three-goal second period after being scratched on Saturday. Matt Cullen and Zucker also scored in the second.

      Cullen, Ennis, Ryan Suter and Matt Dumba also recorded multi-point games for Minnesota. Joel Eriksson Ek scored the other goal while Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk made 32 saves. Ross Johnston, Anders Lee and Tanner Fritz scored for the Islanders, and Lee added an assist.

      Bruins 2, Flames 1 (OT)

      Brad Marchand scored the game-winning goal 3:36 into overtime, and Tuukka Rask finished with 28 saves to lead visiting Boston past Calgary.

      Marchand's winner, his 22nd goal of the season, came on a breakaway set up by Riley Nash, as Marchand went five-hole against Flames goaltender David Rittich. David Pastrnak also scored his 22nd goal of season, helping Rask improve to 24-10-4 on the campaign. The Bruins bounced back from a season-worst 6-1 loss at Vancouver on Saturday and improved to 7-2-0 in February.

      Matthew Tkachuk (22nd goal) had the lone score and Rittich (6-3-3) recorded 30 saves for Calgary, which dropped its second in a row and fell to 5-5-0 this month.

      Kings 3, Blackhawks 1

      Torrey Mitchell, Andy Andreoff and Dion Phaneuf each scored, and visiting Los Angeles posted a win over Chicago.

      Patrick Sharp scored the lone goal for the Blackhawks, who have scored two goals or fewer in six of their past seven games. Chicago fell to 1-8-1 in its past 10 contests and is in danger of missing the playoffs for the first time in a decade.

      Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick made 27 saves to improve to 23-21-2 on the season. Blackhawks goaltender Anton Forsberg turned aside 29 shots.

      --Field Level Media

  • NHL notebook: Blackhawks ban 4 fans for racist taunt
    By Field Level Media / Monday, February 19, 2018

    The Chicago Blackhawks have banned four fans from attending games at the United Center after ejecting them from Saturday's game for making racist taunts toward Washington Capitals forward Devante Smith-Pelly.

    • "Racist comments and other inappropriate behavior are not tolerated by the Chicago Blackhawks," the team said in a statement.

      The fans chanted "basketball, basketball" at the 25-year-old Smith-Pelly, who is black, while he was in the penalty box during Saturday's game. Smith-Pelly was visibly upset and at one point grabbed his stick and walked over to tap the glass with it. An off-ice official sitting next to Smith-Pelly notified building security of the fans chanting, and arena officials quickly ejected them.

      There are fewer than 30 black players currently on NHL rosters.

      --The Capitals acquired defenseman Michal Kempny from the Blackhawks in exchange for a conditional third-round draft pick in the 2018 NHL draft.

      Kempny, 27, recorded one goal and six assists in 31 games with the Blackhawks this season. In 81 career NHL games, he owns 15 points (three goals, 12 assist) and 34 penalty minutes.

      Chicago signed the Hodonin, Czech Republic, native as a free agent on May 24, 2016. Prior to joining the Blackhawks, Kempny tallied 60 points (21 goals, 39 assists) over 213 games in the Czech League.

      --Columbus Blue Jackets captain Nick Foligno is expected to be sidelined one to two weeks after sustaining a lower-body injury in Sunday's game, the team announced.

      The veteran forward got hurt in a 5-2 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins. He left late in the second period and did not return after playing one shift in the third.

      Foligno, 30, has 13 goals and 13 assists in 59 games this season and leads the team with 46 penalty minutes.

      --The NHL suspended New Jersey Devils forward Miles Wood two games for a hit Saturday on Tampa Bay Lightning forward Vladislav Namestnikov.

      The hit occurred five minutes into the second period with the game tied 2-2. Wood was skating hard toward the back of Namestnikov, who was facing the half boards and backhanding the puck out of his team's zone, and did not let up, checking through Namestnikov's numbers and slamming his face into the glass.

      Lightning defenseman Andrej Sustr immediately approached Wood and the two exchanged blows, with Wood's punches landing and breaking Sustr's visor, cutting the defenseman's face and drawing streams of blood. Both men were assessed minor penalties for roughing, and Wood was also given a minor penalty for boarding Namestnikov.

      --Field Level Media

  • NHL suspends Devils F Wood two games
    By Field Level Media / Monday, February 19, 2018

    The NHL suspended New Jersey Devils forward Miles Wood two games for a hit during Saturday's game on Tampa Bay Lightning forward Vladislav Namestnikov.

    • The hit occurred five minutes into the second period with the game tied 2-2. Wood was skating hard toward the back of Namestnikov, who was facing the half boards and backhanding the puck out of his team's zone, and did not let up, checking through Namestnikov's numbers and slamming his face into the glass.

      Lightning defenseman Andrej Sustr immediately approached Wood and the two exchanged blows, with Wood's punches landing and breaking Sustr's visor, cutting the defenseman's face and drawing streams of blood. Both men were assessed minor penalties for roughing, and Wood was also given a minor penalty for boarding Namestnikov.

      The Devils won the game 4-3.

      Wood, 22, has 16 goals (including the game-winner against Tampa Bay), 10 assists and 71 penalty minutes in 57 games this season. The suspension will cost him about $10,000 in salary.

      --Field Level Media

  • Blackhawks ban 4 fans from games for racist taunt
    By Field Level Media / Monday, February 19, 2018

    The Chicago Blackhawks have banned four fans from attending games at the United Center after ejecting them from Saturday's game for making racist taunts toward Washington Capitals forward Devante Smith-Pelly.

    • "Racist comments and other inappropriate behavior are not tolerated by the Chicago Blackhawks," the team said in a statement.

      The fans chanted "basketball, basketball" at the 25-year-old Smith-Pelly, who is black, while he was in the penalty box during Saturday's game. Smith-Pelly was visibly upset and at one point grabbed his stick and walked over to tap the glass with it. An off-ice official sitting next to Smith-Pelly notified building security of the fans chanting and arena officials quickly ejected them.

      There are fewer than 30 black players currently on NHL rosters.

      Both teams' head coaches and the league condemned the fans' behavior after the game, and Smith-Pelly addressed the incident on Sunday.

      "It's disgusting," Smith-Pelly said. "It's sad that in 2018 we're still talking about the same thing, over and over.

      "It's sad that athletes like myself 30, 40 years ago were standing in the same spot saying the same thing. You'd think there'd be some sort of change or progression but we're still working toward it I guess, and we're going to keep working toward it."

      --Field Level Media

  • Blue Jackets' Foligno out 1-2 weeks
    By Field Level Media / Monday, February 19, 2018

    Columbus Blue Jackets captain Nick Foligno is expected to be sidelined one to two weeks after suffering a lower-body injury in Sunday's game, the team announced Monday.

    • The veteran forward suffered the injury in the 5-2 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins. He left late in the second period and did not return after playing one shift in the third.

      Foligno, 30, has 13 goals and 13 assists in 59 games this season and leads the team with 46 penalty minutes.

      Blue Jackets forward Cam Atkinson said after the game it appeared Penguins forward Conor Sheary's skate made contact with Foligno.

      "It looked like the skate went right through his sock," Atkinson told The Athletic. "It didn't cut him, but I'm not sure what the result is with that. Hopefully not too bad, but that's the way it is right now."

      In addition, the Blue Jackets placed defenseman Dean Kukan on injured reserve and recalled forward Zac Dalpe and defenseman Ryan Murray (conditioning assignment) from the Cleveland Monsters of the American Hockey League.

      Kukan, 24, will miss at least one week due to an upper-body injury suffered against the Penguins on Sunday. He has four assists and two penalty minutes in 10 games with Columbus this season.

      Murray, 24, missed 34 games with an upper-body injury suffered on Nov. 27 at Montreal. The Blue Jackets' first-round selection (second overall) in the 2012 draft has collected 65 points (12 goals, 53 assists) and 86 penalty minutes in 244 career NHL games with the team.

      Dalpe, 28, made his Blue Jackets debut on Oct. 6 vs. the New York Islanders and has 13 penalty minutes in 10 games this season.

      --Field Level Media

  • Capitals acquire D Kempny from Blackhawks
    By Field Level Media / Monday, February 19, 2018

    The Washington Capitals acquired defenseman Michal Kempny from the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for a conditional third-round draft pick in the 2018 NHL draft, the teams announced Monday.

    • Kempny, 27, recorded one goal and six assists in 31 games with the Blackhawks this season. In 81 career NHL games, he owns 15 points (three goals, 12 assist) and 34 penalty minutes.

      The Blackhawks signed the Hodonin, Czech Republic, native as a free agent on May 24, 2016.

      Prior to joining the Blackhawks, Kempny tallied 60 points (21 goals, 39 assists) in 213 games with the Czech League.

      The Capitals will exchange the higher of their own third-round draft choice or Toronto's third-round pick. The Capitals acquired the Maple Leafs' draft pick from New Jersey as part of the Marcus Johansson trade last July.

      The Blackhawks now have seven picks in the 2018 draft.

      --Field Level Media

  • NHL roundup: Leafs nip Wings in last minute
    By Field Level Media / Sunday, February 18, 2018

    Auston Matthews scored with 30.2 seconds remaining to give the Toronto Maple Leafs a 3-2 road victory over the Detroit Red Wings on Sunday.

    • The game was seemingly headed to overtime before Matthews' 27th goal. William Nylander won a draw in the Red Wings' zone, and seconds later, skated in from behind the net toward the goal crease. The puck skittered off his stick toward Matthews, who flipped a shot from the left circle just inside the crossbar.

      James van Riemsdyk and Mitchell Marner also scored for the Leafs, who got 27 saves from Curtis McElhinney.

      Anthony Mantha and Henrik Zetterberg collected goals for the Red Wings, and Gustav Nyquist supplied two assists.

      Penguins 5, Blue Jackets 2

      Riley Sheahan scored two goals, and Jake Guentzel added one goal and two assists as Pittsburgh topped host Columbus.

      Brian Dumolin and Zach Aston-Reese also collected goals for Pittsburgh. Backup goalie Tristan Jarry got the start for the Penguins, giving Matt Murray a break, and he finished with 35 saves in the victory.

      Artemi Panarin and Alexander Wennberg scored for the Blue Jackets.

      Jets 7, Panthers 2

      Blake Wheeler and Tyler Myers each collected three assists as Winnipeg topped visiting Florida.

      Kyle Connor scored two goals for the Jets, who got a goal and two assists from Mathieu Perreault. Winnipeg's Patrik Laine and Bryan Little each notched a goal and an assist. Connor Hellebuyck made 25 saves for the Jets.

      James Reimer stopped 27 shots but absorbed the loss for Florida, which had won seven of its past eight games. The Panthers got goals from Denis Malgin and Aleksander Barkov.

      Sharks 5, Stars 2

      Mikkel Boedker scored twice in the first period as host San Jose jumped to a 4-0 lead in the opening 17 minutes and cruised to a victory over Dallas.

      The Sharks found the net on four of their first five shots and eventually led 5-0 while winning for the second straight game. They are 4-1-0 in their past five games while cementing their hold on second place in the NHL's Pacific Division.

      San Jose goalie Martin Jones turned away 26 of the 28 shots he faced.

      Oilers 4, Avalanche 2

      Ryan Strome scored the game-winning goal with 6:42 to play, and Connor McDavid had a hat trick as Edmonton came from behind to beat Colorado in Denver.

      Edmonton ended a season-high, six-game losing streak and salvaged a win out of a three-game road trip.

      Colorado lost its second straight game and its first at home since Dec. 27, denying the club a franchise record for consecutive home victories.

      Flyers 7, Rangers 4

      Seven Philadelphia players scored goals as the Flyers earned a victory at New York.

      Claude Giroux, Jori Lehtera, Andrew MacDonald, Scott Laughton, Brandon Manning, Nolan Patrick and Travis Konecny each scored for the Flyers. Kevin Hayes, Rick Nash, Mats Zuccarello and Peter Holland collected goals for the Rangers, who have dropped four in a row and 11 of their past 15.

      Alex Lyon stopped 25 shots and only allowed one goal for his first victory. Lyon came on in relief of the injured Michal Neuvirth after the first period. Neuvirth was starting in goal in place of Brian Elliott, who remains out following surgery for a core muscle injury.

      Devils 3, Hurricanes 2 (OT)

      Taylor Hall scored with 23 seconds remaining in overtime as the visiting New Jersey Devils defeated Carolina.

      Hall's 24th goal of the season allowed the Devils to recover after being forced to overtime by a late Carolina goal. Kyle Palmieri, who was playing in his 400th NHL game, and Sami Vatanen assisted on the winning goal.

      Nico Hischier and Pavel Zacha also scored for New Jersey, which topped Carolina for the second time in four days.

      --Field Level Media

  • Fans ejected for racist taunts toward Capitals' Smith-Pelly
    By Field Level Media / Sunday, February 18, 2018

    Four Chicago Blackhawks fans were ejected during Saturday night's game after making racist taunts toward Washington Capitals forward Devante Smith-Pelly.

    • Capitals coach Barry Trotz called the incident "disgusting" and racially motivated, and the league office also condemned the behavior.

      The 25-year-old Smith-Pelly, who is black, was in the penalty box in the third period of the Blackhawks' 7-1 victory at the United Center in Chicago.

      Smith-Pelly, who was penalized after a fight with Blackhawks defenseman Connor Murphy, was visibly upset with fans at the glass to his left and at one point grabbed his stick and walked over to tap the glass with it.

      United Center ushers removed four fans from their seats after the penalty box incident. A Capitals spokesperson confirmed to ESPN that the fans were chanting "basketball, basketball, basketball!" at Smith-Pelly.

      "There is absolutely no place in the game of hockey or our country for racism. I think it's disgusting. There's no place for it. Athletes in our country don't deserve that. It just shows ignorance," Trotz said after the game.

      Trotz added that Smith-Pelly was upset about the incident.

      There are fewer than 30 black players currently on NHL rosters.

      "The National Hockey League condemns this unacceptable and reprehensible behavior," NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said in a statement Sunday. "The League fully supports the actions taken by the United Center and the Blackhawks to eject the offenders and would expect the same response to any similarly unacceptable behavior at any of our arenas.

      "While this incident was isolated in nature, no player, coach, official or fan should ever have to endure such abuse at one of our games."

      The Blackhawks issued a statement Saturday night.

      "We were made aware of an incident at tonight's game involving a small group of attendees who made harmful comments directed at Washington Capitals player Devante Smith-Pelly," the statement said. "The fans were immediately removed and we apologize to Smith-Pelly and the Washington Capitals organization. We are committed to providing an inclusive environment for everyone who attends our games and these actions will never be tolerated."

      Since making his NHL debut in 2011, Smith-Pelly has played in 320 games for the Anaheim Ducks, Montreal Canadiens, New Jersey Devils and the Capitals. He joined the Capitals last summer and has seven goals and nine assists in 54 games this season.

      On Sunday, Smith-Pelly called the incident "disgusting" and "sad."

      "It was a little different from the night before in Minnesota where that guy was just joking around I guess and didn't really cross the line," Smith-Pelly said. "What was said this time around crossed the line so you can kind of tell from my reaction."

      Smith-Pelly discussed the situation with his father and told reporters "that in 2018 we're still talking about the same thing."

      "We've talked about this before," Smith-Pelly said Sunday. "It's happened in hockey before. It's happened to people we personally know. We've had the conversation. It's just a few ignorant people being idiots, that's it. ... He just said it's a few idiots being ignorant.

      "It's disgusting. It's sad that in 2018 we're still talking about the same thing, over and over. It's sad that athletes like myself 30, 40 years ago were standing in the same spot saying the same thing. You'd think there'd be some sort of change or progression but we're still working toward it I guess, and we're going to keep working toward it."

      --Field Level Media

  • NHL roundup: Ducks top Wild in marathon shootout
    By Field Level Media / Sunday, February 18, 2018

    Nick Ritchie scored in the 11th round of the shootout to give the Anaheim Ducks a 3-2 victory over the Minnesota Wild on Saturday afternoon at Xcel Energy Center in Saint Paul, Minn.

    • John Gibson made 36 saves for the Ducks, who moved into third place in the Pacific Division in the Western Conference with 69 points. Corey Perry and Ondrej Kase scored goals and Hampus Lindholm had two assists for Anaheim, which improved to 4-6 in shootouts this season.

      Jason Zucker and Mikko Koivu scored for the Wild while Devan Dubnyk finished with 29 saves.

      Anaheim, taking advantage of a holding penalty on Nino Niederreiter, needed only 50 seconds to score the first goal as Perry intercepted a pass from Mikael Granlund back toward his own net and wrapped a shot around Dubnyk's left pad for his 12th goal of the season.

      Blackhawks 7, Capitals 1

      Jonathan Toews finished with one goal and two assists as Chicago snapped an eight-game losing streak with a blowout victory over Washington.

      The Blackhawks went 0-7-1 during their skid. They last won on Jan. 30 vs. Nashville but Chicago's offense dominated this game, outshooting Washington 44-20.

      Patrick Kane added a goal and an assist, the 500th of his NHL career. Ryan Hartman and Brandon Saad also had a goal and an assist.

      Kings 4, Sabres 2

      Michael Amadio and Anze Kopitar scored two goals each as Los Angeles snapped a three-game losing streak with a win over Buffalo at KeyBank Center.

      Jonathan Quick made 33 saves for L.A., which notched its second win of a seven-game road trip that ends with a back-to-back Monday in Chicago and Tuesday in Winnipeg. The Kings tied Anaheim for fourth place in the Pacific Division, just a point behind Calgary and Minnesota for the final Western Conference playoff spot.

      Los Angeles came out of the gate flying, outshooting the Sabres 19-8 in the first period. Goalie Robin Lehner kept Buffalo in contention with 18 stops in the period, but Amadio beat him at 11:26 for his third goal. He took a pass from Andy Andreoff and shoveled a wrister from the right circle that trickled through Lehner's pads.

      Senators 6, Rangers 3

      Derick Brassard recorded a goal and two assists as Ottawa beat New York at Canadian Tire Centre.

      Brassard had the primary assists on Mark Stone's goal in the first period and Thomas Chabot's tally in the third. The former Ranger center tallied for the fourth straight game late in the second period.

      Matt Duchene and Chabot each collected a goal and an assist as Ottawa won its fifth straight home game and for the sixth time in the last nine games overall.

      Coyotes 1, Oilers 0

      Christian Dvorak's deflection of an Oliver Ekman-Larsson shot 3:26 into the match was the game's only goal and netminder Antti Raanta turned away 40 shots to lead Arizona over Edmonton at the Gila River Arena in Glendale, Ariz.

      Arizona won its season-best fourth straight game and is now 5-0-1 over its past six matches. The Coyotes also ended a five-game losing streak to Edmonton.

      The shutout was the first of the season for Raanta and the ninth of his five-year NHL career.

      Golden Knights 6, Canadiens 3

      Reilly Smith had two goals and an assist and Jonathan Marchessault tied his career-high for points in a game with three assists as Vegas routed Montreal at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

      Nate Schmidt, Ryan Carpenter, Brad Hunt and Tomas Nosek also scored goals and Marc-Andre Fleury had 30 saves for the Western Conference-leading Golden Knights, who tied the NHL record for most home wins (22) by a team in its inaugural season set by Gordie Howe and the 1979-80 Hartford Whalers. Vegas improved to 22-4-2 at home, outscoring opponents 103-64.

      Charles Hudon, Nikita Scherbak and Jonathan Drouin scored for Montreal, which lost its fifth straight game and for the 11th time in its last 12 road games. The Canadiens, who defeated Vegas, 3-2, in their first meeting on Nov. 7 in Montreal, are an NHL worst 8-19-1 on the road and have won just six games since Christmas.

      Penguins 5, Maple Leafs 3

      Evgeni Malkin finished with a goal and two assists, eclipsing 900 points for his career, and Pittsburgh extended its home winning streak to 11 games with a victory over Toronto.

      Carl Hagelin, Zach Aston-Reese, Olli Maatta and Bryan Rust also scored for Pittsburgh, which has won four straight. Sidney Crosby had a home point streak stopped at 10 games.

      Connor Brown, Tyler Bozak and Patrick Marleau had goals for Toronto, which had a five-game winning streak snapped.

      Devils 4, Lightning 3

      Miles Wood's goal at 1:24 of the third period gave New Jersey a victory over Tampa Bay at Amalie Arena.

      Wood's 16th goal of the season gave the Devils an insurmountable 4-2 lead. He one-timed Stefan Noesen's pass from behind the net before Tampa Bay goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy could react.

      Devils goaltender Eddie Lack stopped 48 of 51 shots for only his second win in the NHL this season. Lack appeared in just his sixth game with the Devils after beginning the campaign with Calgary before a trade. He has also spent time in the minors with Calgary and New Jersey's farm teams.

      Red Wings 3, Predators 1

      Luke Witkowski scored the first goal of his four-year career, Petr Mrazek made 31 saves and Detroit downed Nashville on the road.

      Witkowski, who played his first three seasons with Tampa Bay, was appearing in his 74th career NHL game. He had not recorded a point for the Red Wings in 19 previous outings.

      "That was great to see," teammate Gustav Nyquist said of Witkowski's breakthough goal. "I thought he had a great game. He's so strong on the puck."

      Nyquist and Darren Helm also scored for the Wings in their road victory. Justin Abdelkader, Anthony Mantha, Nick Jensen, Danny DeKeyser and Frans Nielsen added assists.

      Canucks 6, Bruins 1

      Former Bruin Loui Eriksson scored two goals, including the first of four opening-period tallies for Vancouver, in a rout of visiting Boston.

      Eriksson's ninth and 10th lamp-lighters of the season were accompanied by goals from Daniel Sedin (15), Bo Horvat (15), Sven Baertschi (13) and Nic Dowd (2) for Vancouver. The Canucks had lost two straight and six of seven coming in.

      Tim Schaller scored his 10th goal to account for Boston's only tally. Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask gave up four goals on eight shots before being pulled in favor of backup Anton Khudobin, who finished with 13 saves.

      Panthers 6, Flames 3

      Florida scored three quick goals in the second period to beat host Calgary.

      Mike Matheson netted a pair, while Vincent Trocheck, Evgenii Dadonov, Aleksander Barkov and Jared McCann also scored for Florida. Goalie Roberto Luongo recorded 30 saves in his first game in over two months; he suffered a groin injury on Dec. 4 against the New York Islanders.

      Dougie Hamilton had a hat trick for Calgary.

      --Field Level Media

  • Avs' MacKinnon (upper-body) set for Sunday return
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, February 17, 2018

    The Colorado Avalanche are set to receive a big boost Sunday after leading scorer Nathan MacKinnon said Saturday he'll play against the Edmonton Oilers.

    • MacKinnon took part in full contact practice Saturday after missing the team's last eight games with an upper-body injury.

      "A hundred percent, I feel good," said MacKinnon. "My trainers did a great job getting me ready, getting me healthy quickly, so I'm good."

      MacKinnon was a top candidate for the Hart Trophy (MVP) at the time of his injury, ranking second in the league with 61 points. His 24 goals and 37 assists still both lead the Avalanche.

      "You get your best player back, it's positive, no question" Colorado coach Jared Bednar said. "He drives our offense in a lot of ways, 5-on-5, power play. We need him back, but we can't just rely on Nate. It's not just going to magically turn around here in our favor just because he's back in our lineup."

      The Avalanche went 4-4-0 in their eight games without MacKinnon. The 22-year-old will rejoin Gabriel Landeskog and Mikko Rantanen on the top line.

      Colorado will be without Jonathan Bernier against the Oilers after the netminder was injured in the team's loss to the Winnipeg Jets on Friday. Bednar said Bernier is going through concussion protocol.

      Andrew Hammond was recalled from Belleville of the American Hockey League to back up Semyon Varlamov on Sunday.

      --Field Level Media

  • NHL roundup: Couturier's OT goal leads Flyers past Blue Jackets
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, February 17, 2018

    Sean Couturier was the hero as the Philadelphia Flyers won in Columbus for the first time in 12 tries with a 2-1 overtime victory over the Blue Jackets on Friday night in Columbus.

    • Couturier netted the winner 1:52 into the overtime. He took a long feed from Travis Konecny before racing into the offensive zone and ripped a shot from his off-wing past Columbus goalie Sergei Bobrovsky for his 29th goal of the season in a breakout campaign. Couturier's previous career high for goals in a season was 15.

      Goalie Michal Neuvirth made 35 saves for Philadelphia, which has won its last six games decided in overtime. The Blue Jackets were a perfect 6-0 in games decided by 3-on-3 play, but that wasn't the only streak of theirs that fell on this night.

      The Flyers had lost 11 straight games at Nationwide Arena, although six of those defeats were in extra time, with their last victory coming Dec. 13, 2005.

      Stars 2, Blues 1

      Stephen Johns' goal midway through the third period proved to be the game-winner and Dallas goalkeeper Ben Bishop turned away 28 shots in defeating visiting St. Louis.

      The win allowed Dallas to pull into a tie with the Blues for third place in the Central Division. The Stars are 6-1-0 in their past seven games and 12-4-1 in their past 16 matches.

      St. Louis, which owned a 29-16 edge in shots in the match, has lost three in a row and is now 8-5-1 in its past 14 games.

      Islanders 3, Hurricanes 0

      A different goalie provided a similar result for New York as it posted a shutout for the second night in a row, this time blanking Carolina in Raleigh, N.C.

      Thomas Greiss registered 45 saves in the shutout for only his second victory in a two-month stretch. The Islanders rode goalie Jaroslav Halak's 50-save performance to a 3-0 shutout of the New York Rangers on Thursday night.

      Defenseman Johnny Boychuk scored midway through the second period and center Anthony Beauvillier padded the Isles' lead in the third period. John Tavares added an empty-net goal with 32 seconds left for his team-leading 30th tally of the season.

      Jets 6, Avalanche 1

      Blake Wheeler scored twice and added an assist and goalie Connor Hellebuyck made 30 saves to collect his 30th win of the season as Winnipeg blasted Colorado in Winnipeg.

      Mark Scheifele collected three assists, giving him seven points in four games since returning from a shoulder injury. Patrik Laine, Tyler Myers and Dustin Byfuglien each had two-point games for the Jets, who are 5-2-1 through eight games of their 10-game homestand.

      Hellebuyck is the first Jets goalie to collect 30 wins in a season since the franchise moved to Winnipeg in 2011-12.

  • Flames ink C Backlund to 6-year extension
    By Field Level Media / Friday, February 16, 2018

    The Calgary Flames signed center Mikael Backlund to a six-year, $32.1 million extension Friday.

    • The deal will prevent Backlund from testing the free-agent market this summer.

      "Our goal our whole time was to sign here and stay in Calgary. We've always loved the city," Backlund said, via the Flames' Twitter account. "We're comfortable here. This is home for us. Has been for a lot of years. It was an easy decision."

      Backlund is tied for fourth on the Flames with 34 points (10 goals, 24 assists) in 58 games this season. The 28-year-old leads the team with 64 penalty minutes.

      Backlund had a career year in 2016-17, registering 53 points on 22 goals and 31 assists.

      Backlund was a first-round pick by the Flames in the 2007 draft. This season marks the final term of the three-year, $10,725,000 he signed with Calgary in 2015.

      --Field Level Media

  • NHL roundup: Ovechkin hits points milestone in Caps' win
    By Field Level Media / Friday, February 16, 2018

    Alex Ovechkin recorded a goal and three assists to reach 1,100 career points as the Washington Capitals ended a two-game losing streak with a 5-2 victory over the Minnesota Wild on Thursday night in Saint Paul, Minn.

    • Ovechkin scored his 34th goal of the season and 592nd of his career. He leads the NHL in goals this season, and the one he scored Thursday let him pass his total from last season. Ovechkin has four goals and eight assists over the past seven games.

      Andre Burakovsky helped on the Ovechkin goal, and his goal in the third period produced a 3-0 lead. Minnesota lost in regulation at home for the first time in 14 games.

      Devils 5, Hurricanes 2

      Stefan Noesen scored twice as New Jersey defeated visiting Carolina for its first victory in regulation in a six-game stretch.

      Noesen, who has seven goals this season, hadn't scored since Dec. 18, when he also scored twice in a game against the Anaheim Ducks.

      Damon Severson, Kyle Palmieri and Nico Hischier also scored for the Devils. Hischier registered two assists.

      Islanders 3, Rangers 0

      Jaroslav Halak made a career-high 50 saves as the New York Islanders continued their recent mastery of the visiting New York Rangers.

      Halak made 15 saves in the first period, 14 in the second and 21 in the third en route to his first shutout since April 6 at Carolina. Halak posted his 42nd career regular-season shutout and third against the Rangers.

      The Islanders beat the Rangers for the 10th time in the last 11 meetings by scoring a goal in each period and getting three assists from rookie Matthew Barzal, who leads all first-year players with 46 assists and 62 points. Barzal has nine points in three meetings with the Rangers and recorded his fourth game with at least three assists.

      Penguins 3, Kings 1

      Matt Murray made 34 saves in his 100th career game to lead Pittsburgh over Los Angeles, the Penguins' 10th straight home win.

      Evgeni Malkin, Zach Aston-Reese and Ryan Reaves scored for the Penguins, who recorded a home win streak of 10 or more games for the sixth time in franchise history. The team record is 13-0-0 set from Nov. 15, 2013, to Jan. 15, 2014.

      Dion Phaneuf, acquired in a four-player trade with Ottawa on Tuesday, scored the lone goal for Los Angeles, which dropped its third straight game despite an outstanding performance in goal by Jonathan Quick (36 saves).

      Lightning 4, Red Wings 1

      NHL points leader Nikita Kucherov had a goal and three assists, Steve Stamkos scored twice and Tampa Bay defeated Detroit for the 11th consecutive time.

      Kucherov's four-point night gave him 76 for the season. Alex Killorn also scored for Tampa Bay, and Victor Hedman contributed three assists. Andrei Vasilevskiy made 38 saves as the Lightning completed a sweep of the four-game season series. Vasilevskiy has an NHL-high 34 victories.

      The Lightning halted a two-game slide while the Red Wings have lost four of their last six.

      Senators 3, Sabres 2 (OT)

      Mike Hoffman scored 73 seconds into overtime as Ottawa rallied for a victory over visiting Buffalo.

      Marian Gaborik had a goal and an assist in his Ottawa debut and set up the tying goal by Derick Brassard with 31 seconds left in regulation.

      The Senators clinched their fourth straight home win when Erik Karlsson faked a shot from the point to get Buffalo goaltender Robin Lehner out of position. He whipped the puck to Hoffman, who one-timed the pass from the left circle by Lehner, getting his 16th goal while falling to his knee.

      Ducks 3, Blackhawks 2

      Adam Henrique scored the go-ahead goal midway through the third period, and visiting Anaheim rallied for a victory over Chicago.

      Nick Ritchie and Ondrej Kase also scored for Anaheim, which erased a 2-0 deficit to snap a two-game skid.

      Chicago lost its eighth game in a row as its postseason hopes continue to fade. Duncan Keith and Brandon Saad scored for the Blackhawks, who have lost seven consecutive contests on home ice.

      Flames 4, Predators 3

      Mark Jankowski broke a tie early in the third period, and Curtis Lazar netted the winner as Calgary held on for a win at Nashville.

      Flames goalie David Rittich made 29 saves, 16 of them in the third period, as Calgary concluded a 4-2-0 road trip on a high.

      Nick Bonino made it a 4-3 game at 12:19 of the third, taking advantage of a Rittich miscue while playing the puck and having an easy tap-in goal. However, the hosts couldn't find the equalizer.

      Coyotes 5, Canadiens 2

      Brendan Perlini scored two goals, including the winner, just 19 seconds apart, and rookie Clayton Keller provided a goal and three assists as Arizona beat visiting Montreal.

      Perlini's two tallies came early in the second period as the Coyotes, who rank last overall in the 31-team NHL, won their second consecutive game. The Canadiens took their second loss in two nights.

      Tobias Rieder and Josh Archibald also scored for the Coyotes, while Oliver Ekman-Larsson furnished three assists.

      Golden Knights 4, Oilers 1

      William Karlsson scored his Western Conference-leading 30th goal of the season to help lead Vegas past visiting Edmonton.

      Jonathan Marchessault, Ryan Carpenter and Erik Haula also scored goals, and David Perron added a pair of assists for the Golden Knights. Vegas became the first team in the Western Conference to reach 80 points this season.

      Marc-Andre Fleury finished with 28 saves for Vegas, which improved to 14-1-1 in games against Pacific Division opponents. Leon Draisaitl scored a goal and Cam Talbot had 24 saves for Edmonton, which took its fifth straight loss.

      Sharks 4, Canucks 1

      Brent Burns, Chris Tierney and Mikkel Boedker each had a goal and an assist as host San Jose dumped Vancouver.

      Marcus Sorensen also scored for the Sharks, who posted their third win in four games. San Jose goaltender Martin Jones posted a season-high 43 saves.

      Daniel Sedin scored for the Canucks, who have lost seven of their past eight games. Vancouver netminder Anders Nilsson made 26 saves.

      --Field Level Media

  • Blues acquire F Soshnikov from Maple Leafs
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, February 15, 2018

    The St. Louis Blues acquired forward Nikita Soshnikov from the Toronto Maple Leafs for a 2019 fourth-round draft pick Thursday.

    • Soshnikov was held scoreless in three appearances for the Maple Leafs this season. He had 17 points (seven goals, 10 assists) in 19 games with the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League.

      The 24-year-old averaged just over 10 minutes of ice time per game in 56 contests last season and had five goals and four assists.

      Soshnikov was placed on injured reserve on Dec. 12 with a lower-body injury and has missed 28 games as a result of the ailment.

      With the trade, the Maple Leafs now hold eight picks in the 2019 NHL Draft.

      --Field Level Media

  • Kings D Phaneuf debuts Thursday
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, February 15, 2018

    Dion Phaneuf will debut with the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

    • Phaneuf, acquired from the Ottawa Senators, had 16 points (three goals, 13 assists) in 53 games before the deal that brought him to Los Angeles. Forward Nate Thompson also landed with the Kings in the trade for forwards Marian Gaborik and Nick Shore.

      Phaneuf is skating against the Penguins for the second consecutive game. He was part of the Senators' effort at Pittsburgh on Tuesday night.

      "It was a whirlwind yesterday," Phaneuf said Wednesday. "Today it was back to work. I was very fortunate to be in the same city that the team was coming to. It worked out really well. I'm glad I got to get into practice today. Usually when these things happen you have to travel and you meet the team at a later time and you don't really get right into it. I'm fortunate to be able to go through a good practice here, get acquainted with the guys. The guys have been great, right from last night. The texts that I got, welcoming me to the team, really make you feel welcome as a player."

      Phaneuf, 32, said he expects to contribute immediately even as the coaching staff pinpoints his role.

      "I want to bring and do what I do. I've played a physical style of game for my entire career and that's something that I'll have to bring here," he said. "For me, I'm going to come and bring that edge to my game, bring the edge with my game, and try to contribute in any way that I can."

      --Field Level Media

  • NHL roundup: Avs shut out Habs for 10th straight home win
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, February 15, 2018

    Carl Soderberg and Alexander Kerfoot scored, and Semyon Varlamov stopped all 44 shots he faced as the Colorado Avalanche beat the Montreal Canadiens 2-0 on Wednesday in Denver to equal a franchise record with a 10th consecutive home-ice victory.

    • Varlamov recorded his second shutout of the season and his first win since returning from injury a couple of weeks ago.

      Colorado's last loss at the Pepsi Center was Dec. 27. The last time the organization won 10 straight home games was when the team played in Quebec City during the 1994-95 campaign. The Nordiques also won 10 straight home games in the 1983-84 season.

      Maple Leafs 6, Blue Jackets 3

      Nazem Kadri recorded his fourth career hat trick and a career-high five points as Toronto finished a five-game homestand sweep with a win over Columbus.

      Patrick Marleau had a goal and two assists, and Dominic Moore and Mitch Marner also scored for Toronto. Maple Leafs goaltender Frederik Andersen recorded 54 saves.

      Nick Foligno tallied twice and had three points for the Blue Jackets, and Jack Johnson scored a goal. Columbus had at least 50 shots on goal for the third straight game, the first time an NHL team accomplished the feat since the 1967-68 season.

      Panthers 4, Canucks 3

      Nick Bjugstad notched a goal and an assist in Florida's four-goal first period, and James Reimer stopped 34 shots as the visiting Panthers edged Vancouver.

      Florida, which improved to 2-0-0 on its five-game road trip, also got goals from Evgenii Dadonov, Jamie McGinn and Alex Petrovic.

      Vancouver's Jacob Markstrom allowed all four Florida goals on 14 shots in the first period. He was hooked at the first intermission for Anders Nilsson, who stopped all 20 shots he faced.

      --Field Level Media

  • Canucks give GM Benning contract extension
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, February 14, 2018

    Vancouver Canucks general manager Jim Benning signed a multi-year contract extension Wednesday, the team announced.

    • Benning was named the club's GM in May 2014. He previously worked seven seasons as the Boston Bruins' assistant GM and also served as the Buffalo Sabres' director of amateur scouting for 12 years.

      "I'm excited about the direction of our team and the depth and talent we continue to build," Benning said. "I believe we are on the right track and I am pleased to continue the work we started four years ago when we set out to build a championship team."

      Benning played nine seasons in the NHL as a defenseman with the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Canucks.

      "With Jim's guidance and leadership we have put the building blocks in place for a bright future," said Trevor Linden, president of the Canucks. "We have strong internal alignment and I am excited to continue working towards our ultimate goal of bringing a Stanley Cup to Vancouver."

      --Field Level Media