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  • NHL roundup: Wilson scores, fights in Caps return
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, November 14, 2018

    Dmitry Orlov scored two goals and added one assist as the visiting Washington Capitals were sparked by the return of Tom Wilson in defeating the Minnesota Wild 5-2 on Tuesday night.

    • Wilson had missed the first 16 games due to a 20-game suspension the league imposed after an illegal check to the head of Oskar Sundqvist from St. Louis in a preseason game. The NHL announced Tuesday an arbitrator reduced that to 14 games, and Wilson returned to the top line alongside Alex Ovechkin and Evgeny Kuznetsov.

      Wilson helped right away, scoring a goal in the first period as Washington took a 2-0 lead after one. He then got into a fight with Marcus Foligno during the second period and finished the game with one goal and seven penalty minutes.

      Andre Burakovsky added a goal and an assist, while Lars Eller had two assists for the Capitals. Rookie goalie Pheonix Copley finished with 26 saves and earned his third career victory.

      Red Wings 6, Coyotes 1

      Anthony Mantha scored his third goal in two games, Mike Green supplied a goal and two assists and Detroit won its fourth straight by dominating visiting Arizona.

      Dennis Cholowski, Michael Rasmussen, Luke Glendening and Andreas Athanasiou also scored for the Red Wings, who have won seven of their last eight. Jimmy Howard made 24 saves.

      Arizona's Darcy Kuemper stopped just 12 of 17 shots on goal before he was pulled in the third period. Lawson Crouse scored the Coyotes' goal.

      Devils 4, Penguins 2

      Taylor Hall notched the deciding goal, added an empty-netter and had two assists to lift New Jersey over visiting Pittsburgh.

      Travis Zajac and Damon Severson each had a goal and an assist for the Devils, who are 2-6-0 over their past eight games, with both wins coming against Pittsburgh.

      Phil Kessel had a goal and an assist, Jake Guentzel scored and Sidney Crosby had two helpers for Pittsburgh, which is 1-5-1 in its past seven.

      Sabres 2, Lightning 1

      Carter Hutton made 29 saves to cool off the NHL's top-scoring club as Buffalo topped visiting Tampa Bay.

      Jeff Skinner and Kyle Okposo scored goals for the Sabres, who have won three straight and are 4-0-1 in their last five home games. Nathan Beaulieu recorded his first two assists this season.

      Anthony Cirelli had a goal for the Lightning, who have lost two straight, marking the first time this season they have dropped consecutive games. Goalie Louis Domingue made 17 saves.

      Panthers 2, Flyers 1

      Aaron Ekblad and Evgenii Dadonov each scored one goal to lift visiting Florida past Philadelphia.

      Mike Hoffman recorded an assist for a 13-game point streak, tying a franchise record for the Panthers. Goaltender Roberto Luongo stopped 30 shots to pick up his 475th career win.

      Jakub Voracek scored the lone goal for the Flyers, who had their three-game winning streak snapped.

      Islanders 5, Canucks 2

      Tom Kuhnhackl recorded his first NHL multi-goal game in unusual fashion as he led host New York over Vancouver.

      Josh Bailey and Jordan Eberle also scored in the first period while Cal Clutterbuck added an insurance goal late in the third period for the Islanders, who snapped a three-game losing streak. Goalie Thomas Greiss made 22 saves.

      Brendan Leipsic and Jake Virtanen scored for the Canucks, who have lost three straight. Goalie Jacob Markstrom, who made his ninth straight start, recorded 29 saves.

      Oilers 6, Canadiens 2

      Personnel changes on its top two lines was just the spark Edmonton needed to snap a four-game losing streak with a rout of visiting Montreal.

      Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl reunited on the Oilers' top line, with Drake Caggiula joining the duo while the slumping Ryan Nugent-Hopkins dropped to the second line. The moves ended up benefiting all parties as Draisaitl, Caggiula and Nugent-Hopkins each scored against the Canadiens, with McDavid contributing three assists.

      Draisaitl also had two assists on the night while defensemen Matthew Benning and Kris Russell each added a goal and an assist to the all-around offensive effort. It was the Oilers' highest-scoring game of the season, and their first six-goal outing since March 22.

      --Field Level Media

  • Rask ends leave of absence, returns to Bruins
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, November 14, 2018

    Boston Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask returned to practice on Tuesday after taking a four-day leave of absence for personal reasons.

    • "I have a job. My job is to be a hockey goalie for the Boston Bruins and I also have another job title and that's a family man," Rask told reporters Tuesday. "And this was a time when deep inside my heart I felt like I needed to take time to be with my family and make things right so I can be back here and focus on my job. ... I'm back here. I'm back to work. And I'm ready to battle with these guys."

      Rask is 4-4-0 with a .901 save percentage and 3.05 goals-against average in eight games this season, including seven starts. The 31-year-old ranks second in franchise history with 242 wins, 10 behind Tiny Thompson.

      Rask said the absence "hasn't affected my job," adding "I couldn't be happier" that he took time away.

      Jaroslav Halak filled in during Rask's absence, stopping 77 of 79 shots overall in victories against the Toronto Maple Leafs and Vegas Golden Knights.

      Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy told reporters that Halak will start Wednesday, when Boston opens a road trip against the Colorado Avalanche. Rask will start either Friday at the Dallas Stars or Saturday at the Arizona Coyotes, Cassidy said.

      "I've never been more proud to be a part of this family," Rask told reporters. "We've talked about it a lot that this is a family, and we are a family and we take care of each other when times are tough."

      --Field Level Media

  • Chychrun signs 6-year extension with Coyotes
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, November 14, 2018

    Arizona Coyotes defenseman Jakob Chychrun signed a six-year contract extension Tuesday and will bypass a shot at restricted free agency next summer.

    • Chychrun, a 20-year-old from Boca Raton, Fla., is in his third NHL season. He was the No. 16 overall pick in 2016.

      "I'm thrilled to be with the Coyotes for the next six years," Chychrun said to the Coyotes website. "Arizona is where I want to be. I'm excited about our group moving forward and I can't wait to be a big part of it."

      A knee injury sidelined Chychrun for the first 16 games of the season, but he returned Tuesday night against the Detroit Red Wings. He has 34 points (11 goals, 23 assists) in 119 career NHL games.

      The Coyotes did not disclose terms of the deal. Chychrun could have become a restricted free agent July 1.

      "We are extremely pleased to sign Jakob to a six-year contract extension," Coyotes general manager John Chayka said in comments published by NHL.com. "Jakob is a young, highly skilled defenseman with an incredibly bright future. He has battled through some adversity with injuries the last two years, but we remain confident that he has the necessary size, talent and work ethic to be one of our core players for many years to come."

      Chychrun comes from NHL bloodlines. His father is Jeff Chychrun, who played in 262 career games spent mostly with the Philadelphia Flyers. His uncle is Luke Richardson, who appeared in 1,417 games over a 21-year career with the Edmonton Oilers, Flyers, Toronto Maple Leafs and others.

      --Field Level Media

  • Capitals' Wilson has suspension reduced, eligible to return
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, November 13, 2018

    An arbitrator has reduced Washington forward Tom Wilson's suspension from 20 games to 14, meaning he is eligible to play in the Capitals' road game Tuesday night against the Minnesota Wild.

    • Wilson was suspended after delivering an illegal check to the head against St. Louis Blues forward Oskar Sundqvist in Washington's preseason finale on Sept. 30.

      The NHL and the NHL Players' Association announced Tuesday that arbitrator Shyam Das had trimmed the suspension to 14 games, ending the six-week appeal process.

      Wilson has already missed 16 games. The reduction saves him roughly $378,000 in lost salary, according to The Washington Post.

      Wilson, 24, set career highs in 2017-18 with 14 goals and 21 assists while playing on the Capitals' top line opposite captain Alex Ovechkin. He was rewarded with a six-year, $31 million contract this summer.

      This was Wilson's fourth suspension since entering the league. When NHL commissioner Gary Bettman upheld the original 20-game ban on Oct. 25, he wrote that the long suspension might "be the only effective way to deter Mr. Wilson's future 'bad conduct.'"

      --Field Level Media

  • Rangers F Buchnevich (thumb) out 4-6 weeks
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, November 13, 2018

    New York Rangers forward Pavel Buchnevich will be sidelined four to six weeks after breaking his thumb in a shootout win over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday.

    • The team announced the injury on Monday prior to its 2-1 win over the Vancouver Canucks.

      Buchnevich had a goal and an assist in the win over Columbus, with the injury occurring sometime before overtime. On the season, the 23-year-old has five goals and four assists in 14 games.

      "Obviously the past few games he's been productive offensively and doing all the things he needs to do to be the player he's capable of being," Rangers coach David Quinn said of Buchnevich. "It's unfortunate to have him out for this extended period of time. It's life in our sport and we've just got to move on. Hopefully he gets better quickly."

      Buchnevich, a third-round pick in the 2013 draft, broke out last season with 14 goals and 29 assists.

      "It's tough, it's hard, not just for himself," linemate Mika Zibanejad told reporters. "He started to play more, he started to play better and with more confidence. You hate to see that happen to any guy. That's a part of it unfortunately. We're just hoping for a speedy recovery."

      --Field Level Media

  • NHL roundup: Aho caps Canes' comeback in OT
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, November 13, 2018

    Carolina center Sebastian Aho scored the game-winning goal just 76 seconds into overtime, spoiling the return of former teammate Cam Ward as the Hurricanes defeated the Chicago Blackhawks 3-2 on Monday night in Raleigh, N.C.

    • Aho was patient on the game-winning sequence as he waited out Ward, who played the previous 13 seasons for Carolina, to deliver the winning shot and help the Hurricanes complete a rally from a two-goal deficit.

      Teuvo Teravainen and Micheal Ferland scored rapid-fire goals in the second period as the Hurricanes, who won for only the second time in an eight-game stretch (2-4-2), wiped out a two-goal hole in a matter of 66 seconds. Carolina's Scott Darling, who is a former Chicago goalie, made 33 saves.

      The outcome prevented the first NHL victory for new Blackhawks coach Jeremy Colliton, who took over last week after Joel Quenneville was fired. Jonathan Toews and Alex DeBrincat scored for Chicago, and Ward made 37 saves.

      Ducks 2, Predators 1 (SO)

      Rickard Rakell scored the game-winner in the fourth round of the shootout to give Anaheim the victory over visiting Nashville.

      Rakell, who also had an assist in regulation, weaved his way in and beat Pekka Rinne (29 saves) on his glove side. Anaheim goalie John Gibson (34 saves) then made a pad save on Kevin Fiala's try to clinch the Ducks' third win in the last five games.

      Ryan Getzlaf scored Anaheim's lone regulation goal. Fiala scored for Nashville, which had a five-game winning streak snapped and lost for the first time in nine road games this season.

      Rangers 2, Canucks 1

      Brett Howden scored the tiebreaking goal a little bit beyond the midway point of the third period as host New York edged Vancouver.

      Filip Chytil also scored for the Rangers, who have won two straight and six of seven (6-0-1). Goalie Henrik Lundqvist made 25 saves and earned his 437th career win to tie Jacques Plante for seventh place on the NHL's all-time list.

      Nikolay Goldobin scored for the Canucks, who had their six-game point streak snapped. Vancouver has dropped three of four (1-1-2) to begin a six-game road trip. Goalie Jacob Markstrom recorded 25 saves.

      Blue Jackets 2, Stars 1

      Pierre-Luc Dubois scored the deciding goal midway through the third period despite getting hit in the face with a stick while in the crease as visiting Columbus defeated Dallas.

      Cam Atkinson scored the Blue Jackets' first goal, and netminder Sergei Bobrovsky turned away 26 of the 27 shots he faced to earn the win, which granted Columbus the sweep of the season series between the two teams.

      Alexander Radulov, who returned to action after missing 10 of Dallas' previous 11 games with a lower-body injury, scored for the Stars, and Anton Khudobin stopped 26 shots.

      --Field Level Media

  • NHL notebook: Tentative settlement reached in concussions lawsuit
    By Field Level Media / Monday, November 12, 2018

    The NHL and attorneys for retired players on Monday announced a tentative settlement in the concussions lawsuit filed against the league.

    • The lawsuit, handled in federal court in Minnesota, involves more than 100 former players who claim the NHL failed to better prevent head injuries or warn players of the risks while also promoting violent and dangerous play.

      The total value of the settlement announced Monday is $16.9 million, according to the agreement released by the NHL. Of that total, nearly $7 million will be distributed to 318 settling plaintiffs, approximately $22,000 per player.

      In a statement, the league said it is not acknowledging liability for any of the players' claims: "The NHL does not acknowledge any liability for any of Plaintiffs' claims in these cases. However, the parties agree that the settlement is a fair and reasonable resolution and that it is in the parties' respective best interests to receive the benefits of the settlement and to avoid the burden, risk and expense of further litigation."

      --Los Angeles Kings goaltender Jack Campbell needs knee surgery and will miss approximately four to six weeks, the team announced.

      Campbell will have surgery to repair a torn meniscus. He was injured during Saturday's game against the Calgary Flames.

      Campbell has been the Kings' main starter while star goalie Jonathan Quick recovers from his own meniscus surgery. Quick was injured in late October and is out indefinitely.

      --After undergoing multiple major surgeries for hip dysplasia, 21-year-old St. Louis Blues goaltender Luke Opilka announced his retirement from professional hockey.

      "I want to thank the St. Louis Blues, my hometown team, for drafting me and giving me an opportunity to pursue my dream," Opilka said in a statement. "Unfortunately, my career ended sooner than I hoped, but I'm excited to continue my education and begin a new chapter in my life."

      The St. Louis native was drafted by the Blues in the fifth round (146th overall) in 2015. Before he was drafted, Opilka spent two seasons with the U.S. National Development Team in the United States Hockey League. He then joined the Kitchener Rangers in the Ontario Hockey League, where he posted a 40-24-6 record.

      --Field Level Media

  • Kings G Campbell to undergo knee surgery
    By Field Level Media / Monday, November 12, 2018

    Los Angeles Kings goaltender Jack Campbell needs knee surgery will miss approximately four to six weeks, the team announced Monday.

    • Campbell will have surgery to repair a torn meniscus. He was injured during Saturday's game against the Calgary Flames.

      Campbell has been the Kings' main starter while star goalie Jonathan Quick recovers from his own meniscus surgery. Quick was injured in late October and is out indefinitely.

      The 26-year-old Campbell is 5-7-0 with a 2.33 goals-against average and .923 save percentage in 13 appearances (12 starts) this season.

      Los Angeles recalled goalie Cal Peterson from the Ontario Reign of the American Hockey League. Peterson, 24, is 2-3-1 with a 4.29 GAA in 10 games at Ontario.

      The Kings optioned forward Matt Luff to the Reign. Luff didn't score a point in three games with Los Angeles.

      The Kings also have goalie Peter Budaj on the roster. The 36-year-old allowed one goal in 29:59 of relief in his lone appearance this season.

      Quick, 32, was 0-3-1 with a 4.55 goals-against average and .845 save percentage in four games this season prior to the injury.

      Los Angeles hosts the Toronto Maple Leafs on Tuesday.

      --Field Level Media

  • Injury forces Blues G Opilka, 21, to retire
    By Field Level Media / Monday, November 12, 2018

    After undergoing multiple major surgeries for hip dysplasia, 21-year-old St. Louis Blues goaltender Luke Opilka announced his retirement from professional hockey on Monday.

    • The St. Louis native was drafted by the Blues in the fifth round (146th overall) in 2015.

      "I want to thank the St. Louis Blues, my hometown team, for drafting me and giving me an opportunity to pursue my dream," Opilka said in a statement. "Unfortunately, my career ended sooner than I hoped, but I'm excited to continue my education and begin a new chapter in my life."

      Before he was drafted, Opilka spent two seasons with the U.S. National Development Team in the United States Hockey League. He then joined the Kitchener Rangers in the Ontario Hockey League, where he posted a 40-24-6 record

      Opilka was diagnosed with hip dysplasia while playing for Kitchener. He has had surgeries on both hips over the past two seasons and is still rehabilitating from his latest procedure.

      --Field Level Media

  • NHL roundup: 5-goal period lifts Panthers over Senators
    By Field Level Media / Monday, November 12, 2018

    Aleksander Barkov scored twice as the Florida Panthers won their fourth straight game, scoring five goals in the second period to defeating the visiting Ottawa Senators 5-1 on Sunday afternoon.

    • Barkov, an All-Star last season, scored both of his goals in that second period. After a slow start this season, he has five goals. Florida also got goals from Jonathan Huberdeau, Troy Brouwer and Frank Vatrano.

      Panthers winger Mike Hoffman, who had played his entire career with Ottawa until he was traded twice in the offseason, earned two assists and extended his points streak to 12 games, one short of Pavel Bure's team record.

      Florida backup goalie James Reimer made 34 saves, earning just his second win of the season (2-4-1). Ottawa backup goalie Mike McKenna, making his third appearance and first start of the season, made 35 saves.

      Jets 5, Devils 2

      Mark Scheifele scored twice and Blake Wheeler extended his points streak to 10 games with two assists as host Winnipeg never trailed in beating slumping New Jersey.

      Scheifele scored two of Winnipeg's first three goals and assisted on a third, by Nikolaj Ehlers. Jack Roslovic and Mathieu Perreault also scored for the Jets, and Brett Seney and Blake Coleman scored for the Devils who beat the Devils

      Connor Hellebuyck made 34 saves as Winnipeg improved to 7-2-1 at home.

      Bruins 4, Golden Knights 1

      Goaltender Jaroslav Halak stopped 37 shots to win for the second straight night, and David Pastrnak scored his NHL-leading 16th goal in Boston's win over visiting Vegas.

      Danton Heinen, Jeremy Lauzon and Brad Marchand also scored goals for the Bruins, who wrapped up a four-game homestand with their third win. Cody Eakin scored for the Golden Knights.

      With No. 1 goalie Tuukka Rask out after being granted a leave of absence on Friday, Halak recorded 40 saves Saturday night in Boston's 5-1 thrashing of Toronto and was back at it against Vegas.

      Sharks 3, Flames 1

      Joe Pavelski had a three-point outing while Evander Kane and Joonas Donskoi each collected one goal and one assist as San Jose stopped visiting Calgary.

      Sharks goalie Martin Jones made 14 of his 29 saves in the third period to backstop his team to a victory that snaps a two-game losing skid.

      Kane opened the scoring just 50 seconds into the game, potting his sixth tally of the season and seventh in his last three games against the Flames. Kane collected the puck from Donskoi and worked to the left face-off dot before whipping a shot that beat the glove of Flames netminder Mike Smith.

      Coyotes 4, Capitals 1

      Richard Panik and Alex Galchenyuk both finished with a goal and an assist as Arizona ended a three game losing streak by defeating host Washington, which has lost two in a row.

      Arizona goalie Darcy Kuemper helped with 38 saves, robbing the Capitals on several occasions. Braden Holtby finished with 18 saves for Washington.

      Vinnie Hinostroza and Derek Stepan also scored Arizona, and Nicklas Backstrom scored for Washington,

      Avalanche 4, Oilers 1

      Mikko Rantanen, Carl Soderberg and Tyson Barrie each scored a goal and added an assist as visiting Colorado beat Edmonton to end their losing streak at five games.

      The Oilers (8-8-1) suffered their fourth straight loss. The setback raised questions about the future of Oilers coach Todd McLellan, who is considered to be on the hot seat.

      Colorado goaltender Semyon Varlamov stopped 26 of 27 shots to up his team's record to 8-6-3, while Edmonton starter Cam Talbot recorded 12 saves on 15 shots in 25:06 of action. Oilers backup Mikko Koskinen allowed 1 goal on 13 shots.

      Wild 3, Blues 2

      Minnesota heads home on a winning note after defeating host St. Louis, as Mikael Granlund scored the tiebreaking goal with 12:17 to play in the third period.

      Zach Parise and Joel Eriksson Ek scored during a 25-second span of the second period for the Wild. It was the seventh of the season for Parise and the first for Eriksson Ek. Oskar Sundqvist and Alex Pietrangelo scored for the Blues.

      Minnesota's Devan Dubnyk was credited with 29 saves. He stopped all 12 St. Louis deliveries in the third period. Chad Johnson stopped 15 shots for the Blues, facing only 10 after the first period.

      --Field Level Media

  • NHL roundup: Pastrnak's hat trick carries Bruins over Leafs
    By Field Level Media / Sunday, November 11, 2018

    David Pastrnak scored his third career hat trick, Patrice Bergeron had one goal and two assists, and the Boston Bruins defeated the visiting Toronto Maple Leafs 5-1 Saturday night.

    • Bruins goaltender Jaroslav Halak, starting after Tuukka Rask took a leave of absence Friday, made 40 saves. Joakim Nordstrom also scored for the Bruins, and Brad Marchand added two assists.

      Senators 6, Lightning 4

      Brady Tkachuk, Colin White and Ryan Dzingel scored within a 10-minute span in the third period for Ottawa in a wild win over host Tampa Bay.

      The Senators raced to a 2-0 lead but then gave up four unanswered goals before mounting their own four-goal comeback to win for the third time in the last 10 games (3-5-2).

      Sabres 4, Canucks 3 (SO)

      Casey Mittelstadt scored the decisive shootout goal to cap a comeback by Buffalo, who stunned visiting Vancouver.

      The Sabres, who have won three of four, trailed 3-1 with less than three minutes left in regulation before Jeff Skinner and Sam Reinhart scored 40 seconds apart to force overtime.

      Jack Eichel opened the shootout with a goal for the Sabres before Markus Granlund tied it for the Canucks. Mittelstadt then scored and goalie Carter Hutton locked up the win by turning back an attempt by Nikolay Goldobin.

      Canadiens 5, Golden Knights 4

      Tomas Tatar's third-period goal put Montreal ahead for good in a win over visiting Vegas.

      Tatar made a rush in the third period toward the Vegas net and took a shot, with replays showing that defenseman Shea Theodore accidentally tipped it into his own team's goal.

      Flyers 4, Blackhawks 0

      Sean Couturier had two goals and an assist, and Philadelphia shut out visiting Chicago.

      Claude Giroux had a goal and two assists for Philadelphia, which won its third straight.

      Flyers goaltender Brian Elliott stopped 33 shots for his first shutout of the season and 38th of his career. The Flyers won their 15th consecutive regular-season game at home against the Blackhawks, who have not won a regular-season game in Philadelphia since 1996.

      Predators 5, Stars 4 (OT)

      Mattias Ekholm, whose penalty late in regulation put Nashville in harm's way, roared out of the penalty box to net the winner in overtime to beat host Dallas.

      Nashville won its fifth straight and its 8-0 start away from home to start the season is third-best in league history.

      Penguins 4, Coyotes 0

      Casey DeSmith stopped 39 shots as Pittsburgh broke a five-game losing streak by blanking visiting Arizona.

      DeSmith, backup to Matt Murray, got his second straight start and picked up his second shutout this season and third of his career.

      Sidney Crosby and Dominik Simon each had a goal and an assist, Patric Hornqvist and Brian Dumoulin scored, and Jake Guentzel had two assists for the Penguins, who had been on an 0-4-1 skid.

      Panthers 4, Islanders 2

      Florida captain Aleksander Barkov's tiebreaking power-play goal lifted Florida to its third straight win in beating New York.

      With the score knotted 2-2 in the third period, Barkov scored from the left circle on a 4-on-3 Florida man advantage. He ripped his third goal of the season over goaltender Robin Lehner's blocker for a 3-2 lead.

      Rangers 5, Blue Jackets 4 (SO)

      Jimmy Vesey scored in the fifth round of the shootout as New York overcame a second-period collapse to defeat host Columbus.

      The Rangers won for the fifth time in six games (5-0-1) -- including three shootout wins and one in overtime -- thanks to Vesey, who scored his third career shootout goal in six tries. He gave New York the win by lifting a wrister past Joonas Korpisalo.

      Mika Zibanejad and Kevin Shattenkirk also tallied in the shootout in a game the Rangers once led 3-1. Cam Atkinson and Pierre-Luc Dubois scored in the shootout for Columbus.

      Red Wings 4, Hurricanes 3 (SO)

      Frans Nielsen scored in the shootout as Detroit completed a comeback to beat host Carolina.

      Detroit goalie Jonathan Bernier stopped 49 shots without facing a shot during overtime. The Red Wings, who have won six of their last seven, improved to 2-1 in shootouts as Nielsen was the only player for either team to convert.

      Brock McGinn, Micheal Ferland and Dougie Hamilton scored for the Hurricanes, who won their only previous shootout this season. Carolina's Sebastian Aho and Teuvo Teravainen each notched two assists.

      Flames 1, Kings 0

      David Rittich made 21 saves for his first career shutout as visiting Calgary beat Los Angeles.

      Rittich, who has won five of his six starts, sparkled in the third period, notably with clutch stops on Tanner Pearson on a partial breakaway and during the final frantic push.

      --Field Level Media

  • Stars acquire D Fedun from Sabres for conditional pick
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, November 10, 2018

    Defenseman Taylor Fedun was traded from the Buffalo Sabres to the Dallas Stars on Saturday for a conditional seventh-round pick in the 2020 draft.

    • The pick is conditional based on Fedun playing in at least 25 games for the Stars, including the 2018-19 regular season and playoffs.

      The 30-year-old Fedun, who started his NHL career with the Edmonton Oilers during the 2013-14 season, also had stops with the San Jose Sharks and Vancouver Canucks before landing with Buffalo before the 2016-17 campaign. He totaled seven assists in 27 games that season, and one assist in seven games in 2017-18.

      Fedun was a member of Buffalo's AHL affiliate in Rochester to start this season. He will become a free agent next summer as he completes a two-year, two-way contract he signed in 2017 with the Sabres.

      Fedun has two goals and 13 assists in 46 career NHL games while averaging 14:08 of ice time.

      --Field Level Media

  • Groin injury sidelines Canucks' Boeser
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, November 10, 2018

    Vancouver Canucks forward Brock Boeser will miss at least a week because of a groin injury, the team announced Saturday.

    • Canucks coach Travis Green said Saturday that Boeser's status was "week to week" but that he expected the 21-year-old to come back strong. Boeser returned to Vancouver earlier this week to see a specialist about the injury, which already has cost him three games.

      "He wants to play, but we've got to make sure he's ready to go," Green said to reporters in comments published by NHL.com.

      Boeser has 11 points (four goals, seven assists) in 13 games to start the season. He enjoyed a breakout campaign last year as he registered 55 points (29 goals, 26 assists) in 62 games. A back injury forced him to miss the final month of the season.

      --Field Level Media

  • NHL roundup: Wheeler's 5-point night jolts Jets past Avs
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, November 10, 2018

    Blake Wheeler had a goal and four assists and Mark Scheifele added a goal and two assists to lead the Winnipeg Jets to a 5-2 victory over the visiting Colorado Avalanche on Friday night.

    • It was the first five-point game in the career of the 31-year-old Wheeler, who has scored 20 or more goals in each of the last five seasons.

      Kyle Connor, Nikolaj Ehlers and Patrik Laine also scored for Winnipeg and Connor Hellebuyck finished with 28 saves as the Jets improved to 7-1-3 in their last 11 games.

      Erik Johnson and Tyson Jost each scored goals for Colorado and Semyon Varlamov had 19 saves for the Avalanche, who lost their fifth straight game.

      Red Wings 3, Rangers 2 (OT)

      Dylan Larkin scored with 5.1 seconds remaining in overtime as host Detroit snapped New York's four-game winning streak.

      Larkin tapped a backhanded pass from Andreas Athanasiou over Henrik Lundqvist's shoulder for his team-high seventh goal. Athanasiou scored the tying goal late in regulation as Detroit wiped out a 2-0 third-period deficit.

      Justin Abdelkader had the other Wings goal. Jimmy Howard made 28 saves. Kevin Shattenkirk and Neal Pionk scored for New York, who also received 28 saves from Lundqvist.

      Maple Leafs 6, Devils 1

      Morgan Rielly and Nazem Kadri each had one goal and one assist to help Toronto defeat visiting New Jersey.

      John Tavares, Connor Brown, Andreas Johnsson and Tyler Ennis also scored for the Maple Leafs, who have won three straight games. Par Lindholm and Ron Hainsey added two assists each for the Maple Leafs in the annual Hall of Fame game. Toronto goaltender Frederik Andersen made 38 saves.

      Travis Zajac scored for the Devils, who have lost five of the first six games on their seven-game road trip that ends in Winnipeg on Sunday. Keith Kinkaid stopped 26 shots for New Jersey.

      Blue Jackets 2, Capitals 1

      Anthony Duclair scored the tiebreaking power-play goal 5:09 into the third period and Sergei Bobrovsky made 33 saves as Columbus beat host Washington.

      In the first meeting between the teams since the first round of last spring's playoffs when Washington beat Columbus in six games, the Blue Jackets scored two power-play goals for the third time this season.

      Duclair snapped a 1-1 tie with his seventh goal of the season for Columbus and Oliver Bjorkstrand, who filled in for Cam Atkinson (illness), also scored for the Blue Jackets, who upped their record to 4-0-1 in one-goal games this season.

      Blues 4, Sharks 0

      Chad Johnson stopped all 33 shots he faced for his first shutout of the season and eighth of his career as St. Louis pulled away over visiting San Jose.

      Jaden Schwartz and Alexander Steen each had a goal and an assist to lead the Blues. Alex Pietrangelo and Ryan O'Reilly also scored as St. Louis won for the second game in a row and fourth time in the past five contests.

      Johnson made six saves in the first period, 13 in the second and 14 in the third to notch his first shutout since Nov. 30, 2016. The Sharks have dropped back-to-back games and were shut out for the second time this season.

      Wild 5, Ducks 1

      Mikael Granlund had two goals and an assist, and Jason Zucker added a goal and two assists to lead visiting Minnesota to its ninth win in 11 games in beating Anaheim.

      Jonas Brodin also had a goal and an assist, Jordan Greenway scored a goal and Jared Spurgeon added a pair of assists for Minnesota. The Wild, who won at Los Angeles 3-1 on Thursday night, completed their first back-to-back road sweep of the Kings and Ducks since Dec. 14-15, 2007.

      Alex Stalock had 20 saves for Minnesota, which improved to 4-2 after six games of a seven-game road trip that concludes on Sunday afternoon in St. Louis. Pontus Aberg scored the lone goal for Anaheim. John Gibson stopped 38 shots for the Ducks, who matched a season high by allowing five goals.

      --Field Level Media

  • NHL concussion lawsuit reportedly near settlement
    By Field Level Media / Friday, November 9, 2018

    A lawsuit brought against the NHL over what more than 100 former players claim was negligence in dealing with their head injuries could be on the verge of a settlement.

    • According to a Forbes report on Friday, the case is "on the verge" of a settlement agreement worth a total of $18.9 million. Per the report, the lead attorney for the players is pushing for acceptance of the agreement, which would give $6.9 million to the players, or just $22,000 each.

      The lawsuit was filed in November 2013. In July 2018, a federal judge denied a bid by the plaintiffs to have the case receive class-action status, and negotiations between the two sides began with a few months of that ruling.

      Beyond their claims of negligence against the league, the former players say the NHL concealed the long-term risks of head injuries.

      The case has spurred scientific debates about the long-term consequences of concussions and whether they lead to the debilitating brain disease known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), the same condition that came to light in the NFL.

      If the settlement is finalized, it remains to be seen whether all of the players involved would agree to be covered or pursue the case individually.

      Separately, former players Daniel Carcillo and Nick Boynton filed their own lawsuit in June, also alleging the league withheld information about the long-term health dangers from concussion-related injuries.

      "The NHL is long overdue in acknowledging the significant risks inherent in their style of game," William T. Gibbs, one of the lawyers who filed the case, said in a press release at the time.

      --Field Level Media

  • Bruins G Rask granted leave of absence
    By Field Level Media / Friday, November 9, 2018

    Boston Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask was granted a leave of absence from the club, the team announced Friday.

    • The Bruins said Rask left the team due to a "personal matter."

      Boston general manager Don Sweeney told reporters the leave of absence wasn't health related. He also asked for privacy on behalf of Rask.

      Rask, 31, is just 4-4-0 with a 3.05 goals-against average in eight appearances (seven starts) this season.

      He won more than 30 games in each of the previous five seasons with his GAA ranging from 2.04 in 2013-14 to 2.56 in 2015-16.

      Rask won the Vezina Trophy as the league's top goaltender in 2013-14 when he went 36-15-6 with seven shutouts.

      Overall, Rask is 242-141-53 with a 2.27 GAA and 41 shutouts in parts of 12 seasons with the Bruins.

      Jaroslav Halak will see most of the playing time between the pipes with Rask away. Halak is 4-1-2 with a 1.96 GAA in nine appearances (eight starts).

      --Field Level Media

  • Penguins donate nearly $350K to shooting victims
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, November 8, 2018

    The Pittsburgh Penguins donated nearly $350,000 Thursday to the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh to benefit victims and families of the shootings at the Tree of Life Synagogue in the Squirrel Hill section of the city, the team announced.

    • The team, its foundation, fans and corporate partners have been raising money through its "Stronger Than Hate" campaign since the Oct. 27 shootings. Eleven people were killed and six others -- including four police officers -- were injured.

      The Penguins committed $50,000, then raised the rest through auctions, sales of "Stronger Than Hate" patches, a text-to-donate program and an in-arena collection.

      In all, the team so far has raised $348,705.

      In addition, the team will be donating $200,000 to the newly created Public Safety Support Trust Fund in the city, which will benefit first responders.

      --Field Level Media

  • Senators F Tkachuk returns from leg injury
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, November 8, 2018

    Ottawa Senators rookie forward Brady Tkachuk was activated by the team and is slated to play in Thursday's game against the Vegas Golden Knights.

    • Tkachuk, the No. 4 overall pick in the 2018 draft, tore a leg ligament during a victory over the Dallas Stars on Oct. 15. He has missed the past nine games.

      Tkachuk, 19, recorded six points (three goals, three assists) in four games before suffering the injury.

      Forward Bobby Ryan also is expected to play after leaving Tuesday's game against the New Jersey Devils with an undisclosed minor injury.

      "We've been dealing with a lot of injuries for a long time now," Ottawa coach Guy Boucher told reporters. "So anybody coming back is good but when you have a lot of guys who are back that's all good for us."

      Forward Zack Smith (broken facial bone) could be cleared to return next week.

      Tkachuk is the son of Keith Tkachuk, who starred for four NHL teams, most notably the St. Louis Blues, over 18 seasons and is one of five Americans to score at least 500 career goals. Brady Tkachuk's brother, Matthew, is a third-year winger for the Calgary Flames.

      --Field Level Media

  • Former Wild chairman Naegele Jr. dies at 78
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, November 8, 2018

    Bob Naegele, who helped bring hockey back to Minnesota following the exit of the North Stars, died Wednesday due to complications related to cancer. He was 78.

    • Naegele was chairman of the Minnesota Wild, leading the investment group to land the franchise in Saint Paul, Minn., in 1997.

      "The National Hockey League, the Minnesota Wild and hockey fans across the State of Minnesota have lost a dear friend with the passing of Bob Naegele," said NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman. "More than 20 years ago, Bob had a vision - to return NHL hockey to the Twin Cities and to ensure that the great fans in the State of Hockey would have a state-of-the-art arena in which to cheer for their beloved Wild. He worked tirelessly, often in the face of long odds, to ensure that his dreams became reality.

      "Bob characteristically deflected the credit to others, but in 2008, the NHL presented him with the Lester Patrick Trophy for his service to hockey in the United States. He was passionate about the game, loved his home state and he cared about hockey fans. We will miss him and extend our deepest sympathies to his wife Ellis, four children, 10 grandchildren and countless friends."

      The Wild announced Thursday the franchise will honor Naegele with a moment of silence before its next home game on Nov. 13 against the Washington Capitals. In addition, the team wear a "BN" patch on their jerseys for the remainder of this season.

      A Dartmouth graduate and Minnesota native, Naegele sold the Wild to Craig Leipold in 2008.

      --Field Level Media

  • NHL roundup: Caps finally win two in row
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, November 8, 2018

    T.J. Oshie scored with 1:14 left to give the Washington Capitals a 2-1 victory over the visiting Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday night.

    • The Capitals, who beat the Edmonton Oilers on Monday, won back-to-back games for the first time this season. Pittsburgh, meanwhile has lost five in a row, the first time that's happened under coach Mike Sullivan.

      Oshie, who had been knocked out of the game due to injuries in the first and third periods (stick to the face and shoulder to the face, respectively), came back in time to take a John Carlson pass and beat goalie Casey DeSmith from just outside the crease for the game-winner.

      The tally snapped a 1-1 tie and gave Washington the victory in a game where the Penguins applied constant pressure. Pittsburgh outshot Washington 42-22, but Penguins goalie Braden Holtby came up big with 41 saves.

      Predators 4, Avalanche 1

      Colton Sissons notched the second hat trick of his career, Pekka Rinne had 24 saves, and Nashville beat Colorado in Denver.

      Ryan Hartman also scored and Nick Bonino had three assists for the Predators, who won their fourth straight and their 11th straight regular-season game against the Avalanche. Colorado has lost four in a row, two in overtime.

      Matt Calvert scored his first goal and Semyon Varlamov stopped 30 shots for the Avalanche, who lost their third straight.

      Ducks 3, Flames 2

      Ryan Miller made 37 saves to move into a tie for 17th place on the all-time wins list as host Anaheim held off Calgary.

      With his 372nd career win, Ryan matched the total of Andy Moog, who played with four teams from 1980-98. Miller also moved within two wins of tying John Vanbiesbrouck for the most NHL victories by a United States-born goalie.

      Ryan Getzlaf scored the game-winner in the third period for the Ducks, who won for the second time in three games. Anaheim's Jakob Silfverberg and Adam Henrique had first-period goals. Matthew Tkachuk and Mark Jankowski scored for Calgary, which had its four-game win streak snapped.

      --Field Level Media

  • NHL roundup: O'Reilly tallies first hat trick in Blues' win
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, November 7, 2018

    Ryan O'Reilly's first career hat trick led the St. Louis Blues to a 4-1 win over the visiting Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday.

    • O'Reilly scored twice in the first period, netting the game's first goal after a pass from Vladimir Tarasenko at the 11:57 mark. The center then struck again on a late power play, firing a Tarasenko pass from behind the net into the Hurricanes' goal with just five seconds remaining in the period.

      An empty-net goal at 16:50 of the third period capped off the night for O'Reilly, giving him his first hat trick after 664 career NHL games. Robby Fabbri also scored for the Blues, his first goal since Dec. 28, 2016.

      Jaccob Slavin accounted for Carolina's only goal, a power-play effort on a slap shot from beyond the circle at 19:34 of the first period. The goal was Slavin's first of the year and ended a 24-game drought dating to last season.

      Lightning 5, Oilers 2

      Nikita Kucherov and Steven Stamkos had three points apiece, and Tampa Bay held Connor McDavid off the scoresheet for just the second time this season in a win over visiting Edmonton.

      Kucherov had two goals and an assist while Stamkos scored and had two helpers. Brayden Point and Yanni Gourde posted a goal and an assist for the Lightning, who beat Edmonton for the ninth time in 10 games in Tampa Bay.

      Goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 33 shots in his 11th start for the Lightning and improved to 8-2-1 this season.

      Maple Leafs 3, Golden Knights 1

      Connor Brown, Mitch Marner and Nazem Kadri each scored one goal, and Toronto defeated visiting Vegas.

      Goaltender Frederik Anderson made 36 saves for the Maple Leafs, who had lost two in a row and four of their past five games at home.

      The Knights lost center Erik Haula after he took a check from Patrick Marleau of Toronto about five minutes into the third period. Haula was removed from the ice on a stretcher with an apparent leg injury.

      Red Wings 3, Canucks 2 (SO)

      Dylan Larkin scored the only goal during the shootout, and host Detroit ended Vancouver's three-game winning streak.

      Jimmy Howard stopped three shots during the shootout and was credited with 40 saves for the Wings. Justin Abdelkader and Gustav Nyquist scored in regulation for Detroit.

      Rookie Elias Pettersson scored his 10th goal for the Canucks. Ben Hutton had the other Canucks goal while Jacob Markstrom was credited with 28 saves.

      Rangers 5, Canadiens 3

      Defenseman Neal Pionk scored the tiebreaking goal on a terrific end-to-end rush with 2:44 remaining in the third period, and New York overcame a two-goal deficit to beat visiting Montreal.

      Kevin Hayes set a career high with three assists by setting up Chris Kreider's first-period tally before earning helpers on goals by Tony DeAngelo and Pavel Buchnevich. Mika Zibanejad finished the scoring with New York's second short-handed goal of the game at 18:12 of the third period.

      Henrik Lundqvist made 31 saves and picked up his 436th career victory.

      Senators 7, Devils 3

      Mark Stone and Colin White tallied twice apiece for Ottawa, which scored six unanswered goals to beat visiting New Jersey.

      A second win in the past eight games came at an opportune time for the Senators, who were embroiled in controversy Monday when a video was leaked of several players mocking the coaching staff in Arizona last week.

      Thomas Chabot and Ryan Dzingel opened and closed the six-goal outburst for the Senators, respectively, while Magnus Paajarvi added an empty-netter in the third period. Goalie Craig Anderson earned the win by recording 30 saves before he exited late in the third due to an injury.

      Blue Jackets 4, Stars 1

      Anthony Duclair scored late in the first period, and Markus Nutivaara added what stood as the game-winning goal midway through the second as Columbus rolled to a win over visiting Dallas.

      Columbus goalie Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 27 shots to earn the victory. Dallas goaltender Ben Bishop turned aside 30 shots.

      The Blue Jackets have defeated the Stars six straight times and are 11-2-1 against them since Jan. 28, 2013.

      Kings 4, Ducks 1

      Ilya Kovalchuk had a goal and two assists, and Los Angeles defeated visiting Anaheim in the debut of coach Willie Desjardins.

      Tyler Toffoli had a goal and an assist, Dustin Brown and Kyle Clifford also scored, and Alec Martinez had two assists for the Kings, who fired John Stevens on Sunday after 18 months as head coach and hired Desjardins the same day. Jack Campbell had 30 saves and assisted on Kovalchuk's goal.

      Ryan Kesler scored for the Ducks, and John Gibson made 23 saves. Anaheim has lost eight of nine.

      Sharks 4, Wild 3

      Marcus Sorensen scored a goal and added two assists as host San Jose edged Minnesota.

      Barclay Goodrow netted the winner at 7:25 of the third period as he deflected in a Brent Burns point shot. Joe Thornton and Antti Suomela also scored for the Sharks, and goaltender Martin Jones made 23 saves.

      Zach Parise, Jared Spurgeon and Matt Dumba tallied for Minnesota, and Mikko Koivu recorded two assists. Wild netminder Devan Dubnyk stopped 18 shots.

      --Field Level Media

  • Knights' Haula stretchered off ice
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, November 6, 2018

    Vegas Golden Knights forward Erik Haula was removed from the ice on a stretcher about five minutes into the third period Tuesday with an apparent right leg injury after taking a check from Toronto Maple Leafs forward Patrick Marleau.

    • The Golden Knights announced postgame that they won't update Haula's condition until Wednesday.

      Haula was chasing the puck when he absorbed a hard hit from Marleau that drove him into the side boards. His right leg and knee appeared to turn awkwardly as he fell to the ice.

      Haula, 27, has two goals and five assists in 15 games this season. He is in his second year with Vegas after four seasons with the Minnesota Wild.

      --Field Level Media

  • Senators look to move on from video
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, November 6, 2018

    The Ottawa Senators want to move on as quickly as possible from an embarrassing video that went viral this week.

    • The video showed seven players criticizing assistant coach Marty Raymond and laughing about his inability to make adjustments with the special teams units. None of the players knew they were being filmed in Glendale, Ariz., by a ride-share driver who later posted the content online.

      The players involved did not comment Tuesday, but teammates said they hoped to move forward as quickly as possible.

      "We don't want negative stuff surrounding our team," forward Mark Stone said in comments published by NHL.com. "This is a hiccup, but I think guys have made a great effort to repair relationships and ... this is only going to make our team stronger moving forward."

      Those filmed were defensemen Thomas Chabot, Dylan DeMelo and Chris Wideman; and forwards Matt Duchene, Chris Tierney, Colin White and Alex Formenton. Their comments followed recent struggles by Ottawa, which entered play Tuesday with a 1-4-2 record in its past seven contests.

      Defenseman Mark Borowiecki said the team could bounce back quickly from the video.

      "I just think people are naive if they think that players don't talk about coaches and, by the same token, that coaches don't talk about players," Borowiecki said to NHL.com. "I can guarantee you I've done some boneheaded things on the ice that they've chewed me out for. I guarantee it. So to think that doesn't happen, frankly, is being naive. But we're still committed here as a group. We're going to get this thing going in the right direction, take care of this in-house and make sure we are kind of still making progress."

      Forward Zack Smith said the group could turn a negative into a positive.

      "There is a silver lining at the end," Smith told the website. "It's a valuable life lesson for everyone involved and I think a lot of people outside of this organization: that you never know who's recording you, and just because someone can't hear you, the person not there that's being spoken about, doesn't mean it's not going to get back to them."

      --Field Level Media

  • Panthers F MacKenzie out after shoulder surgery
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, November 6, 2018

    Florida Panthers forward Derek MacKenzie will be out indefinitely after undergoing shoulder surgery, the team announced Tuesday.

    • MacKenzie, 37, hasn't played since suffering the shoulder injury in the first period of Florida's season opener on Oct. 6.

      The Atlanta Thrashers selected MacKenzie in the fifth round of the 1999 NHL Draft. He spent four seasons in Atlanta, seven in Columbus and is in his fifth season with the Panthers.

      Last season, he appeared in 75 games and had 14 points on three goals and 11 assists. In 611 career games, he has 125 points (51 goals, 74 assists).

      The Panthers (3-5-3) are in last place in the Eastern Conference.

      --Field Level Media

  • Blackhawks fire Quenneville, hire NHL's youngest coach
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, November 6, 2018

    Head coach Joel Quenneville was fired by the Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday.

    • Quenneville had the second-most victories in team history. Chicago started the season 6-6-3.

      "As Chicago Blackhawks fans have seen over the last decade, this organization no longer shies away from making tough decisions or ones based on emotion," owner Rocky Wirtz said in a statement. "Those days are long behind us. Of course, Joel's was difficult, as it should have been. During his tenure as head coach to the Chicago Blackhawks, Joel brought the city of Chicago and our fans three Stanley Cups and an incredible era of hockey."

      Jeremy Colliton, 33, was announced as Quenneville's replacement in the team's announcement in addition to multiple coaching staff changes.

      The Blackhawks missed the playoffs last season for the first time in Quenneville's 10 seasons since he was hired in 2008. He leaves with a record of 452-249-96 in 797 games. Quenneville's 76-52 record in the playoffs includes three Stanley Cups (2010, 2013 and 2015), and is the best postseason mark in team history.

      "We are extremely fortunate to have Jeremy Colliton in the Blackhawks organization and feel strongly that he is best positioned to continue leading our players here in Chicago. All of those associated with Jeremy strongly believe he possesses many of the tools that will make him a successful head coach in this league," general manager Stan Bowman said. "He has been very impressive as a communicator, a leader, and coach. He knows the Blackhawks system, understands our players and our culture and we believe he gives us the best opportunity to have success and grow as a team."

      Colliton, who played eight seasons in the NHL and AHL, was in his second season as head coach of the Rockford IceHogs of the AHL. He becomes the youngest head coach in the NHL.

      Barry Smith was named assistant coach on Colliton's staff, which will not include assistant coaches Kevin Dineen and Ulf Samuelsson. The rest of the Blackhawks coaching staff will remain with the team.

      --Field Level Media