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  • NHL roundup: Leafs, Islanders earn crucial victories
    By The Sports Xchange / Thursday, March 23, 2017

    COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Leo Komarov, Auston Matthews, William Nylander, Nazem Kadri and Nikita Zaitsev scored goals, and the Toronto Maple Leafs continued their late-season push toward the playoffs with a 5-2 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Wednesday night at Nationwide Arena.

    • The surging Maple Leafs moved past the Boston Bruins into third place in the Atlantic Division. Frederik Andersen finished with 32 saves for Toronto, which is on a 6-1-1 run since returning from a West Coast trip.

      David Savard and Brandon Saad scored in the second period and Joonas Korpisalo made 27 stops for the Blue Jackets. Columbus missed a chance to move into a tie atop the Metropolitan Division and Eastern Conference standings with the Washington Capitals.

      Islanders 3, Rangers 2

      NEW YORK -- Andrew Ladd scored a power-play goal with 7:22 remaining in the third period as the Islanders rallied for a crucial victory.

      Thomas Greiss made 34 saves to move the Islanders to within two points of the Boston Bruins for the final wild-card spot in the East. Lee and Nikolay Kulemin had the other Islanders goals.

      Mats Zuccarello and Rick Nash scored for the Rangers, who received 25 saves from Antti Raanta. The Rangers lost seven straight at home (0-5-2).

  • Blues lose Stastny to lower-body injury
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, March 22, 2017

    St. Louis Blues forward Paul Stastny is expected to be sidelined week-to-week after sustaining a lower-body injury.

    • Stastny was injured during the Blues' 4-2 win over the Colorado Avalanche on Tuesday. The 31-year-old was on the receiving end of a shot from teammate Vladimir Tarasenko, although coach Mike Yeo told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that Stastny "tweaked something" later in the game.

      Yeo initially told the newspaper that he expected Stastny to play in Thursday's contests vs. the Vancouver Canucks.

      Stastny has collected 18 goals, 22 assists and 36 penalty minutes in 66 games this season. He has scored 204 goals, set up 389 others and amassed 366 penalty minutes in 742 career contests with the Avalanche and Blues.

  • Jets recall F Tanev
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, March 22, 2017

    The Winnipeg Jets recalled forward Brandon Tanev on an emergency basis Wednesday from the Manitoba Moose of the American Hockey League.

    • Tanev, 24, has two goals and two assists in 42 games in his rookie season with the Jets. He also has nine points (three goals, six assists) in 23 games for Manitoba.

      Following a four-year career with Providence College, which included winning the NCAA championship in 2015, Tanev signed with the Jets as a free agent at the end of last season and played in three games.

  • NHL roundup: Pens clinch playoffs with win
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, March 22, 2017

    BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Nick Bonino scored with 5:29 remaining to lead the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 3-1 win over the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday night.

    • Sidney Crosby and Conor Sheary also scored for Pittsburgh, which clinched a playoff berth for the 11th consecutive season. Matt Murray made 29 saves.

      Sam Reinhart scored for Buffalo. Robin Lehner made 31 saves and was terrific throughout. Lehner stopped three breakaways in the first two periods.

      Capitals 4, Flames 2

      WASHINGTON -- T.J. Oshie scored his 30th goal of the season as Washington used a second-period shooting barrage to wear down streaking Calgary, ending Brian Elliott's win streak at 11 straight.

      Alexander Ovechkin, Kevin Shattenkirk and Evgeny Kuznetsov also scored for the Capitals.

      Troy Brouwer and Sean Monahan scored for the Flames.

      Senators 3, Bruins 2

      BOSTON -- Craig Anderson made 34 saves and Kyle Turris scored his second goal of the game 4:04 into the third period, allowing Ottawa to end a four-game losing streak with an important victory over Boston.

      Tom Pyatt also scored for the Senators.

      David Krejci and Torey Krug scored for the Bruins, who got both goals on the power play.

      Devils 3, Rangers 2 (OT)

      NEWARK, N.J. -- Joe Blandisi scored with 54.6 seconds remaining in overtime to give New Jersey a victory over New York at Prudential Center.

      John Quenneville collected his first NHL goal, and Taylor Hall also scored for the Devils. Cory Schneider made 38 saves.

      Oscar Lindberg and Rick Nash scored for the Rangers.

      Coyotes 5, Lightning 3

      TAMPA, Fla. -- Tampa Bay lost its third straight as it struggles to stay in the wild-card mix, falling to Arizona.

      Radim Vrbata and Oliver Ekman-Larsson scored in the third period, while Connor Murphy, Christian Fischer and Christian Dvorak also scored for the Coyotes, who ended a three-game losing streak.

      Victor Hedman, Nikita Kucherov and Vladislav Namestnikov scored for the Lightning, who remain four points behind the Toronto Maple Leafs for the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Eastern Conference with 10 games remaining.

      Hurricanes 4, Panthers 3

      SUNRISE, Fla. -- Jeff Skinner scored the go-ahead goal, his second of the game, with 3:55 left in the third period as Carolina defeated Florida at the BB&T Center.

      Teuvo Teravainen and Sebastian Aho also scored for the Hurricanes.

      The Panthers got goals from Aleksander Barkov, Reilly Smith and Keith Yandle. It was Barkov's 20th goal -- his second straight year reaching that milestone.

      Red Wings 2, Canadiens 1 (OT)

      MONTREAL -- Anthony Mantha scored the game-winner with less than a minute to go in overtime to lift Detroit over Montreal at the Bell Centre.

      Justin Abdelkader scored in regulation for the Red Wings. Artturi Lehkonen replied for the Canadiens.

      Jimmy Howard stopped 35 shots for Detroit while Al Montoya made 34 saves for the Canadiens.

      Jets 3, Flyers 2

      WINNIPEG, Manitoba -- Michael Hutchinson stopped 24 shots as Winnipeg edged Philadelphia.

      Mark Scheifele and Blake Wheeler each had a goal and two assists to and Mathieu Perreault had a goal and an assist for the Jets.

      Jordan Weal and Matt Read scored for the Flyers, and Steve Mason made 30 saves.

      Wild 3, Sharks 2

      SAINT PAUL, Minn. -- A pair of goals just a few ticks of the clock apart snapped a second-period tie and helped Minnesota beat San Jose to end a season-worst five-game losing skid.

      Martin Hanzal and Charlie Coyle just 15 seconds apart. Matt Dumba also scored, and Devan Dubnyk had 21 saves for the Wild.

      David Schlemko and Patrick Marleau had second-period goals, and Martin Jones had 24 saves, but the Sharks lost to the Wild for the second time this month and the third time this season.

      Canucks 5, Blackhawks 4 (OT)

      CHICAGO -- Brandon Sutter scored a pair of goals in regulation, and Daniel Sedin scored with 2:48 to go in overtime to lift Vancouver over the Chicago.

      Henrik Sedin and Reid Boucher also scored as the Canucks snapped a six-game winless streak.

      Ryan Hartman scored twice as the Blackhawks erased a three-goal deficit in the third period. Marian Hossa and Richard Panik also scored for the Blackhawks.

      Blues 4, Avalanche 2

      DENVER -- Magnus Paajarvi scored the tiebreaking goal early in the third period, Jordan Schwartz added to the lead later in the frame, and St. Louis stayed hot with a win over Colorado.

      Patrik Berglund scored twice and Jake Allen had 26 saves for the Blues, who have won eight of their last nine.

      John Mitchell had a goal and an assist, Mark Barberio also scored and Calvin Pickard finished with 25 saves for the Avalanche.

  • NHL notebook: Blue Jackets sign three to extensions
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, March 21, 2017

    The Columbus Blue Jackets signed defenseman Scott Harrington, center Lukas Sedlak and left winger Markus Hannikainen to two-year contract extensions, general manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced on Tuesday.

    • Sedlak, 23, has seven goals and six assists for 13 points with 23 penalty minutes and a plus-10 plus/minus rating in 56 games with the Blue Jackets this season.

      Hannikainen, 23, has posted a goal and an assist for two points with six penalty minutes in 10 games with the Blue Jackets this season.

      Harrington, 24, has recorded a goal and two assists for three points with six penalty minutes in 16 games with the Blue Jackets this season.

      --The Calgary Flames recalled right winger Garnet Hathaway from the Stockton Heat of the American Hockey League.

      Hathaway is expected to provide depth following rookie left winger Matthew Tkachuk's two-game suspension for elbowing Los Angeles Kings defenseman Drew Doughty on Sunday.

      --Defenseman Libor Hajek signed a three-year, two-way entry level contract with the Tampa Bay Lightning, general manager Steve Yzerman announced.

      Hajek, 19, skated in 65 games with the Saskatoon Blades of the Western Hockey League this season, recording four goals and 26 points to go along with 81 penalty minutes.

      --The Detroit Red Wings recalled center Ben Street from the American Hockey League's Grand Rapids Griffins under emergency conditions.

      Street, 30, was signed as an unrestricted free agent by the Red Wings on July 1, 2016. He has appeared in 57 games with the Griffins this season, ranking either first or second on the team with 23 goals, 28 assists, 51 points, 10 power-play goals, two shorthanded goals and 181 shots on goal.

      --The Arizona Coyotes recalled forward Christian Fischer and assigned forward Laurent Dauphin to the Tucson Roadrunners, the club's American Hockey League affiliate.

      The 19-year-old Fischer has registered two goals in three games with the Coyotes this season and became the first player in franchise history to score a goal in each of his first two career NHL games.

      --The Toronto Maple Leafs signed forward Jeremy Bracco to an entry-level contract.

      Bracco, 20, skated in 57 Ontario Hockey League games this season with the Kitchener Rangers and Windsor Spitfires. In 27 games with the Rangers, he collected 17 goals and 34 assists for 51 points.

  • Coyotes recall Fischer from AHL
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, March 21, 2017

    The Arizona Coyotes on Tuesday recalled forward Christian Fischer and assigned forward Laurent Dauphin to the Tucson Roadrunners, the club's American Hockey League affiliate.

    • The 19-year-old Fischer has registered two goals in three games with the Coyotes this season and became the first player in franchise history to score a goal in each of his first two career NHL games.

      The 6-foot-2, 210-pound forward leads Tucson in goals and is second on the team in points with totals of 19-24-43, and has 28 penalty minutes in 51 games with the Roadrunners.

      Fischer was drafted by the Coyotes in the second round (32nd overall) in the 2015 NHL Draft.

      Dauphin, 21, has two goals and one assist plus 12 penalty minutes in 24 games with the Coyotes and has registered totals of 14-8-22 with 35 penalty minutes in 31 games with the Roadrunners this season. He was drafted by the Coyotes in the second round (39th overall) in 2013.

  • Red Wings recall Street from Grand Rapids
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, March 21, 2017

    The Detroit Red Wings recalled center Ben Street from the American Hockey League's Grand Rapids Griffins under emergency conditions on Tuesday.

    • Street, 30, was signed as an unrestricted free agent by the Red Wings on July 1, 2016. He has appeared in 57 games with the Griffins this season, ranking either first or second on the team with 23 goals, 28 assists, 51 points, 10 power-play goals, two shorthanded goals and 181 shots on goal.

      A 2014 AHL All-Star, Street has played 350 career AHL games for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, Abbotsford Heat, Lake Erie Monsters, San Antonio Rampage and Griffins, totaling 288 points (121-167-288), a plus-23 rating and 108 penalty minutes since 2010-11.

      Street has two assists in 29 NHL games with the Calgary Flames and Colorado Avalanche since making his NHL debut in 2012-13.

      A native of Coquitlam, British Columbia, Street helped the Wisconsin Badgers capture the 2006 NCAA Championship as a freshman.

  • D Hajek signs three-year deal with Lightning
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, March 21, 2017

    Defenseman Libor Hajek signed a three-year, two-way entry level contract with the Tampa Bay Lightning, general manager Steve Yzerman announced on Tuesday.

    • Hajek, 19, skated in 65 games with the Saskatoon Blades of the Western Hockey League this season, recording four goals and 26 points to go along with 81 penalty minutes.

      The Smrcek, Czech Republic native has appeared in 134 career WHL games, all with Saskatoon over the last two seasons, posting seven goals and 52 points to go along with 157 penalty minutes.

      Hajek was selected second overall at the 2015 Canadian Hockey League Import Draft and originally was drafted by the Lightning in the second round (37th overall) in the 2016 NHL Draft.

  • Maple Leafs sign Bracco to entry-level deal
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, March 21, 2017

    The Toronto Maple Leafs signed forward Jeremy Bracco to an entry-level contract on Tuesday.

    • Bracco, 20, skated in 57 Ontario Hockey League games this season with the Kitchener Rangers and Windsor Spitfires. In 27 games with the Rangers, he collected 17 goals and 34 assists for 51 points.

      Since being traded to Windsor on Jan. 9, Bracco has registered 32 points (eight goals, 24 assists) in 30 games. In 106 career OHL games, he has 46 goals and 101 assists.

      The Freeport, N.Y., native played in the 2017 World Junior Hockey Championships for the United States, registering five points in seven games to help the U.S. claim the gold medal.

      Bracco was drafted by the Maple Leafs in the second round (61st overall) in 2015.

  • Blue Jackets sign Sedlak, Harrington, Hannikainen to extensions
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, March 21, 2017

    The Columbus Blue Jackets signed defenseman Scott Harrington, center Lukas Sedlak and left winger Markus Hannikainen to two-year contract extensions, general manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced on Tuesday.

    • Sedlak, 23, has seven goals and six assists for 13 points with 23 penalty minutes and a plus-10 plus/minus rating in 56 games with the Blue Jackets this season. He leads club rookies in penalty minutes and ranks second in goals, assists, points and plus/minus.

      Hannikainen, 23, has posted a goal and an assist for two points with six penalty minutes and an "even" plus/minus rating in 10 games with the Blue Jackets this season, including notching his first NHL goal on Jan. 21 vs. Carolina and his first NHL assist on Feb. 25 vs. the New York Islanders.

      Harrington, 24, has recorded a goal and two assists for three points with six penalty minutes and a plus-3 plus/minus rating in 16 games with the Blue Jackets this season. He made his Jackets debut on Nov. 15 vs. Washington and tallied his first NHL goal and multi-point game (1-1-2) on Jan. 22 at Ottawa.

      The Blue Jackets return to action on Wednesday when they host the Toronto Maple Leafs.

  • Flames promote RW Hathaway after Tkachuk's suspension
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, March 21, 2017

    The Calgary Flames recalled right wing Garnet Hathaway from the Stockton Heat of the American Hockey League on Tuesday.

    • Hathaway is expected to provide depth following rookie left wing Matthew Tkachuk's two-game suspension for elbowing Los Angeles Kings defenseman Drew Doughty on Sunday.

      "While we are disappointed with the League's verdict, we nonetheless respect the process and that the League has issued its ruling," the Flames said in a statement released Tuesday. "Both the Flames and Matthew accept the decision. Our sole focus now is on preparing for our game tonight in Washington, while Matthew will spend the next few days getting ready to return to the line-up on Saturday in St. Louis."

      The 25-year-old has one goal and four assists in 26 games with the Flames this season. Hathaway has six goals and nine assists in 20 prior games with Stockton.

      Calgary (41-27-4) is fourth in the Pacific Division and sixth in the Western Conference. The Flames visit the Eastern Conference-leading Capitals on Tuesday night.

  • NHL roundup: Ellis' two goals lift Predators past Coyotes
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, March 21, 2017

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Ryan Ellis scored two goals and Pekka Rinne stopped 25 shots Monday night as the Nashville Predators warmed up after a sluggish first period for a 3-1 win over the Arizona Coyotes in Bridgestone Arena.

    • Nashville won for the fourth time in five games and snapped a third-place tie with St. Louis in the Central Division.

      The Predators grabbed the lead five minutes into the second period when Viktor Arvidsson jumped on a giveaway from Christian Dvorak in the slot and chipped a wrister over Mike Smith for his 27th goal of the season. Ellis took care of the offense from there with his two goals.

      Rinne's bid for his 43rd career shutout ended at 16:05 of the third period when Oliver Ekman-Larsson scored a power play goal.

      Maple Leafs 4, Bruins 2

      TORONTO -- Tyler Bozak scored on a power play with less than two minutes left in the third period to break a tie and lift Toronto past Boston.

      Morgan Rielly, William Nylander and Nazem Kadri also scored for the Maple Leafs, who swept the season series from the Bruins 4-0. The final two Toronto goals were into an empty net.

      David Backes and Dominic Moore scored for Boston.

      Sabres 2, Red Wings 1

      DETROIT -- Robin Lehner made 34 saves and Buffalo scored twice on the power play against Detroit. It was the third straight victory for the Sabres over the Wings, the first time Buffalo managed that since the 1988-89 NHL season.

      The Sabres opened the scoring at 9:01 of the first period when Jack Eichel took a pass from Ryan O'Reilly at the top of the left faceoff circle and snapped a long wrist shot past Petr Mrazek. The power play produced again 8:59 into the second period when Matt Moulson scooped a backhand shot past Mrazek.

      Tomas Tatar scored his sixth goal in as many games to get the Red Wings on the board at 12:53 of the second period.

      Stars 1, Sharks 0

      DALLAS -- Curtis McKenzie scored the lone goal and Kari Lehtonen stopped all 30 shots he faced in his second shutout of the season and 36th of his career for Dallas.

      The Sharks were shut out for just the fifth time this season. San Jose has now lost three consecutive games for the second time this season, the first time since November.

      After a scoreless first period where the Sharks and Stars combined for just 14 shots, McKenzie redirected an Adam Cracknell wrister for his fifth goal of the season with 5:06 remaining in the second period.

      Oilers 2, Kings 0

      EDMONTON, Alberta -- Cam Talbot made 35 saves for his second consecutive shutout, and Connor McDavid's two assists brought him to 82 points on the season, alone atop the NHL scoring chart, one ahead of Boston's Brad Marchand.

      Patrick Maroon opened the scoring just 1:04 after the opening faceoff. Kings goalie Jonathan Quick (29 saves) stopped the first shot from Connor McDavid. The puck bounced into the air, and Maroon took a swipe and knocked it into the goal.

      The Oilers doubled the lead at 12:47 of the first. With the Kings' Jake Muzzin in the penalty box for interference, Milan Lucic slammed home the rebound off a McDavid shot.

  • NHL hands Flames' Tkachuk two-game ban
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, March 20, 2017

    Calgary Flames forward Matthew Tkachuk was suspended for two games by the NHL for elbowing Los Angeles Kings defenseman Drew Doughty during a Sunday game, the league announced Monday.

    • There was no penalty called at the time, but Tkachuk and the Kings' Derek Forbort received roughing minors for an altercation that occurred later.

      "He's a pretty dirty player, that kid," Doughty said, per Fox Sports. "To be a rookie and play like that is a little surprising. I don't know exactly what happened because I got hit in the head, but I thought he elbowed me. ... Whatever it was, it hurt pretty bad, and it's going to hurt for a bit."

      Tkachuk has 13 goals and 33 assists in 68 games this season.

      Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and, based on his average annual salary, Tkachuk will forfeit $10,277.78. The money goes to the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund.

  • Canucks C Granlund to have wrist surgery
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, March 20, 2017

    Vancouver Canucks center Markus Granlund will undergo season-ending wrist surgery, the team announced Monday.

    • "Markus has had an ongoing wrist injury which we've treated through regular maintenance and rehabilitation," Vancouver general manager Jim Benning said in a press release. "Our Canucks medical team and Markus believe that surgery is the best course of action for his long-term health and by having the procedure now it will allow him to have more time to rehabilitate and work out in preparation for next season."

      Granlund has collected a career-high 19 goals in 69 games this season. He is one tally behind fellow forward Bo Horvat for the team lead. The 23-year-old Finn's 13 assists are also a personal best.

      "Losing a guy like him is going to be tough for us," Horvat told the Vancouver Sun. "He was a huge part of our team and had a pretty impressive year. It just shows his character. (His wrist) has pretty much been bugging him all year -- and even for the last couple of years -- and for him to play through that is impressive."

      Granlund was acquired in a trade with the Calgary Flames for forward Hunter Shinkaruk on Feb. 22, 2016.

  • Flames F Ferland under observation for mumps
    By The Sports Xchange / Sunday, March 19, 2017

    CALGARY, Alberta -- Calgary Flames forward Micheal Ferland was held out of Sunday's game with the Los Angeles Kings for fear he has the mumps.

    • The Flames tweeted prior to the game that the 24-year-old left winger is "under observation for the mumps."

      Ferland has 14 goals and 21 points in 67 games and was elevated to Calgary's first line as of late, playing with center Sean Monahan and right winger Johnny Gaudreau.

      Troy Stecher of the Vancouver Canucks and Zach Parise and Jason Pominville of the Minnesota Wild were all diagnosed with the mumps earlier this season. In 2014, 14 players including stars Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins, Corey Perry of the Anaheim Ducks and Ryan Suter of the Minnesota Wild were diagnosed with the contagious illness.

  • Sharks start four-game trip in Dallas
    By The Sports Xchange / Sunday, March 19, 2017

    DALLAS -- At one time, the San Jose Sharks and Dallas Stars were Pacific Division rivals. However, that's about the only similarity they share heading into their game Monday night at American Airlines Center.

    • San Jose (42-22-7) has dropped two straight games, including a 2-1 loss to Anaheim at home on Saturday, but the Sharks remain in the top spot in the Pacific and the 2016 Stanley Cup finalists look like a serious Western Conference contender again this season. They open a four-game road trip in Dallas.

      The Stars (28-33-10) sit in sixth place in the Central Division and are all but out of the playoff race.

      The Sharks, who are 6-4-0 over their past 10 games, may be without forward Jannik Hansen, who was acquired from Vancouver prior to the NHL trade deadline. Hansen took a stick to the head against the Ducks.

      San Jose coach Peter DeBoer didn't have an update on Hansen's status after Saturday's loss, and the Sharks were off Sunday and traveled to Dallas.

      However, on Sunday afternoon, San Jose called up two forwards, Timo Meier and Danny O'Regan, from its American Hockey League affiliate, the San Jose Barracuda.

      Meier, the ninth pick in the 2015 draft, has five points in 26 AHL games this season while O'Regan, who made his NHL debut in November, currently leads the Barracuda with 52 points in 54 games.

      This road trip is a bit of an anomaly for the Sharks. After starting the trip Monday in Dallas, San Jose will then play the first of two back-to-backs with a Tuesday game in Minnesota.

      The Sharks will then face the Stars again in Dallas on Friday, the front end of a back-to-back that will see San Jose play again in Nashville on Saturday to complete the trip.

      "It's never easy to go on the road," San Jose center Joe Pavelski said after Saturday's loss. "We've had a nice little homestand here. We've been very good on the road."

      Good might be an understatement since the Sharks are 19-12-3 away from the Bay Arena. San Jose is also 9-7-0 against the Central Division, with all three foes during this trip from the Central.

      "Yeah, but we've never shied away from tough rinks or tough trips. I think we'll be ready," DeBoer said of the road trip.

      Dallas lost 3-1 at Calgary on Friday, finishing its four-game road trip at 1-3-0 and putting its minuscule playoff hopes on life support.

      With 11 games to play, the Stars currently sit 15 points behind Nashville for the second West wild-card spot.

      Injuries have been a big story for Dallas all season as only two players, Tyler Seguin, Dallas' lone All-Star, and rookie Devin Shore, have skated in every game thus far.

      And the Stars added another injury to their expansive list when veteran center Jason Spezza left practice Sunday with what coach Lindy Ruff called back spasms.

      Ruff termed the chances of Spezza playing Monday as "doubtful."

      Dallas could get a boost from the potential return of captain Jamie Benn against the Sharks. Benn missed Friday's loss in Calgary after taking a stick to the eye in Thursday's win in Vancouver.

      Benn practiced Sunday without a face shield and could be ready.

      "Based on practice today (Sunday), I'd probably put him higher than that (50-50 odds) on playing, but we'll see what tomorrow brings," Ruff said after practice.

      Dallas is 18-12-6 at home and 10-6-2 against the Pacific, and at least technically, the Stars are still not officially eliminated from postseason contention, but that day could come at some point this week.

      And even with this season being a huge disappointment, especially after last season Dallas led the NHL in goals and finished the regular season with the most points in the West, Ruff hasn't stopped teaching, especially to his younger players.

      "We want to continue to use this time to get better. This isn't just to go through the motion, it's an opportunity to get better," Ruff said.

  • NHL notebook: Coyotes recall Michalek, Dauphin
    By The Sports Xchange / Sunday, March 19, 2017

    The Arizona Coyotes recalled defenseman Zbynek Michalek and forward Laurent Dauphin from the Tucson Roadrunners of the American Hockey League on Sunday.

    • The move for Dauphin is an emergency recall, the team announced.

      Michalek, 34, has six goals, eight assists and 32 penalty minutes in 43 games with Tucson this season. He owns totals of 178 points (42 goals, 136 assists) in 781 career NHL games with the Coyotes, Pittsburgh Penguins and St. Louis Blues.

      Dauphin, 21, has two goals, one assist and 12 penalty minutes in 24 games with the Coyotes this season. He also has 22 points (14 goals, eight assists) and 35 penalty minutes in 31 games with the Roadrunners.

      --The Detroit Red Wings recalled forward Tomas Nosek under emergency conditions from the AHL's Grand Rapids Griffins.

      Nosek, 24, owns 40 points (15 goals, 25 assists) in 49 games for Grand Rapids this season and is tied for fourth on the team in scoring. He made his NHL debut with the Red Wings on Dec. 26, 2015 and played six games that season, recording two penalty minutes, six hits and three takeaways in 10:08 average time on ice.

      --The Tampa Bay Lightning reassigned forwards Joel Vermin and Byron Froese to the Syracuse Crunch of the AHL.

      Vermin, 25, played in 43 games with the Crunch this season, collecting 12 goals, 16 assists and 17 penalty minutes. He appeared in 161 career AHL games, all with the Crunch over the past four seasons, recording 83 points (34 goals, 49 assists) and 39 penalty minutes. He also skated in 11 games with the Lightning this season, totaling three assists.

      Froese, 26, played in six NHL games this season, including four with the Lightning, and had five penalty minutes. He has two goals and three assists in 62 career NHL games.

  • NHL roundup: Crosby hat trick leads Pens to win
    By The Sports Xchange / Sunday, March 19, 2017

    PITTSBURGH -- Sidney Crosby had a natural hat trick to regain sole possession of the NHL goals lead at 40, and Marc-Andre Fleury made 21 saves Sunday as the Pittsburgh Penguins defeated the Florida Panthers 4-0 at PPG Paints Arena.

    • Crosby, who entered the game tied with Boston's Brad Marchand in the goals race, moved into a tie with Edmonton's Connor McDavid for the league scoring lead with 80 points apiece. Crosby has six goals in his past four games.

      Fleury picked up his 44th career shutout, his second against Florida and his first of the season for the Penguins, who are 7-1-1 in their past nine games. The loss further diminished the playoff hopes of the Panthers, who are six points out of a wild-card spot with 11 games remaining.

      Blue Jackets 4, Devils 1

      NEWARK, N.J. -- Lukas Sedlak and Brandon Dubinsky scored penalty-shot goals as Columbus clinched a postseason berth.

      Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 35 shots to help Columbus reach 100 points for the first time in franchise history. The Blue Jackets are tied atop the league standings with the Washington Capitals.

      Boone Jenner scored twice for the Blue Jackets, including one into an empty net with 1:57 left. Adam Henrique scored the lone goal for the Devils, who have lost 12 of 13, and Cory Schneider made 23 saves in his first start since March 11.

      Jets 5, Wild 4

      WINNIPEG, Manitoba -- Defense was largely an afterthought as Winnipeg recovered from blowing a 4-0 lead to top Minnesota.

      Michael Hutchinson relieved Connor Hellebuyck in the Jets net after 40 minutes and stopped 13 shots -- including many of the highlight reel variety -- in posting the victory. Devan Dubnyk let in five goals on 21 shots for the Wild.

      Andrew Copp, Adam Lowry, Ben Chiarot, Dustin Byfuglien and Jim Morrissey all lit the lamp for Winnipeg, with Morrissey getting the winner midway through the third period. Chris Stewart scored twice and Charlie Coyle and Mikael Granlund once each for the Wild.

      Blackhawks 6, Avalanche 3

      CHICAGO -- Jonathan Toews scored two goals and Chicago scored three times in a 34-second span of the third period to win its fifth straight game over Colorado.

      Artemi Panarin, Richard Panik, Patrick Kane and Marcus Kruger also scored for the Blackhawks.

      Mikhail Grigorenko scored twice and Sven Andrighetto once for the Avalanche.

      Canadiens 4, Senators 1

      MONTREAL -- Paul Byron recorded a goal and an assist to lift Montreal over Ottawa at the Bell Centre.

      Tomas Plekanec, Jordie Benn and Nathan Beaulieu also scored for the Canadiens, who moved four points ahead of the Senators in the race for the Atlantic Division crown. Tom Pyatt scored for the Senators.

      Carey Price made 30 saves for the Canadiens while Craig Anderson stopped 33 shots for the Senators.

      Flyers 4, Hurricanes 3 (OT)

      PHILADELPHIA -- Travis Konecny tied the score with a power-play goal with 42.9 seconds remaining in regulation, and Brayden Schenn won it 38 seconds into overtime, lifting Philadelphia over Carolina.

      Ivan Provorov recorded a goal and an assist and Dale Weise also scored for the Flyers. Steve Mason, making his ninth start in 10 games, made 19 saves to improve to 21-20-7.

      Jeff Skinner, Elias Lindholm and Jordan Staal scored for the Hurricanes, who extended their points streak to seven games (4-0-3). Cam Ward stopped 40 of 44 shots to take the loss.

      Flames 5, Kings 2

      CALGARY, Alberta -- Sean Monahan and Johnny Gaudreau each had three points, and Calgary kept Los Angeles from creeping closer to a playoff spot.

      Monahan and Gaudreau both scored once and added two assists. Mark Giordano, Michael Stone and Kris Versteeg, into an empty net, also scored for the Flames while Brian Elliot made 19 saves.

      Anze Kopitar and Nic Dowd replied for the Kings.

  • Lightning send Fs Vermin, Froese to Crunch of AHL
    By The Sports Xchange / Sunday, March 19, 2017

    The Tampa Bay Lightning reassigned forwards Joel Vermin and Byron Froese to the Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League on Sunday.

    • Vermin, 25, played in 43 games with the Crunch this season, collecting 12 goals, 16 assists and 17 penalty minutes. He appeared in 161 career AHL games, all with the Crunch over the past four seasons, recording 83 points (34 goals, 49 assists) and 39 penalty minutes.

      The 5-foot-11, 192-pound Vermin also skated in 11 games with the Lightning this season, totaling three assists. The Bern, Switzerland, native was originally drafted by Tampa Bay in the seventh round of the 2013 NHL draft.

      Froese, 26, played in six NHL games this season, including four with the Lightning, and had five penalty minutes. He has two goals and three assists in 62 career NHL games.

      Froese, a native of Winkler, Manitoba, played in two games with Syracuse since being acquired by Tampa Bay from the Toronto Maple Leafs on Feb. 27. With the Crunch, he recorded two goals and an assist. Froese was originally drafted by the Chicago Blackhawks in the fourth round in 2009.

  • Red Wings recall F Nosek
    By The Sports Xchange / Sunday, March 19, 2017

    The Detroit Red Wings recalled forward Tomas Nosek under emergency conditions on Sunday from the American Hockey League's Grand Rapids Griffins.

    • Nosek, 24, owns 40 points (15 goals, 25 assists) in 49 games for Grand Rapids this season and is tied for fourth on the team in scoring.

      The Pardubice, Czech Republic, native made his NHL debut with the Red Wings on Dec. 26, 2015 and played six games that season, recording two penalty minutes, six hits and three takeaways in 10:08 average time on ice.

      Nosek spent the past three seasons with the Griffins, tallying 104 points (41 goals, 63 assists) and 97 penalty minutes in 174 regular-season games and adding three goals, five assists and 33 penalty minutes in 21 postseason contests.

  • NHL notebook: Red Wings F Helm injures leg
    By The Sports Xchange / Saturday, March 18, 2017

    Detroit Red Wings forward Darren Helm left Saturday's home game against the Colorado Avalanche after suffering an apparent left leg injury midway through the second period.

    • Helm was hurt when he was checked heavily by Colorado defenseman Erik Johnson. He hobbled to the bench, unable to bend his left leg, and went directly to the Detroit dressing room.

      Helm did not return to the game. Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill said Helm is day-to-day because of a lower body injury and it is unknown if he will play Monday against the Buffalo Sabres.

      The oft-injured Helm missed 28 games earlier this season when he sustained a dislocated shoulder after being checked by then-Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Nikita Nesterov.

      --The Red Wings loaned forward Tomas Nosek to the American Hockey League's Grand Rapids Griffins, terminating his Saturday recall on emergency conditions.

      Nosek, 24, owns 39 points (15 goals, 24 assists) in 48 games for Grand Rapids this season and ranks fifth on the team in scoring. He made his NHL debut with the Red Wings last year on Dec. 26, 2015, and played in six games that season with the Red Wings, recording two penalty minutes, six hits and three takeaways in 10:08 average time on ice.

      --The Tampa Bay Lightning recalled forward Joel Vermin from the Syracuse Crunch of the AHL.

      Vermin, 25, played in 43 games with the Crunch this season, collecting 12 goals, 16 assists and 17 penalty minutes. He appeared in 161 career AHL games, all with the Crunch, over the last four seasons, recording 83 points (34 goals, 49 assists) and 39 penalty minutes. He also skated in 11 games with the Lightning this season, tallying three assists.

      --The Calgary Flames assigned goaltender Jon Gillies to the Stockton Heat of the AHL.

      Gillies, 23, was recalled on Wednesday on an emergency basis following goalie Brian Elliott's illness but did not appear in a game.

      Gillies played in 34 games for Stockton in his second pro season, compiling a 14-14-1 record with a shutout, a 2.97 goals-against average and .909 save percentage.

  • NHL roundup: Canadiens beat Senators, keep Atlantic lead
    By The Sports Xchange / Saturday, March 18, 2017

    OTTAWA -- Alexander Radulov's shootout goal gave the Montreal Canadiens a 4-3 victory over the Ottawa Senators in a battle for first place at Canadian Tire Centre on Saturday night.

    • The victory allowed Montreal to increase its lead to two points over Ottawa atop the Atlantic Division. Andrew Shaw, Phillip Danault and Brendan Gallagher scored for the Canadiens. Carey Price made 28 saves.

      Derick Brassard, Ryan Dzingel and Erik Karlsson each had goals for the Senators. Craig Anderson, who missed the previous two games with a lower-body injury, stopped 29 shots.

      Danault and Gallagher scored 31 seconds apart in the third period to give Montreal a 3-2 lead. Karlsson tied the game with 4:57 left in regulation, taking a low wrist shot from the point that avoided traffic and beat Price low on the glove side.

      Capitals 5, Lightning 3

      TAMPA, Fla. -- Justin Williams and John Carlson scored third-period goals to break a tie as Washington became the first team to clinch a playoff berth.

      T.J. Oshie registered a hat trick and added an assist and Nicklas Backstrom had four assists for the Capitals. Braden Holtby stopped 26 shots as the first-place Capitals maintained their two-point lead over Columbus in the Metropolitan Division.

      Nikita Kucherov had two goals and Alex Killorn scored for the first time in a month for Tampa Bay, which lost in regulation in consecutive games for the first time since Jan. 31-Feb. 2. Andrei Vasilevskiy finished with 30 saves.

      Blackhawks 2, Maple Leafs 1 (OT)

      TORONTO -- Ryan Hartman scored at 4:43 of overtime to lift Chicago to its fourth straight victory.

      John Hayden scored his first career NHL goal for the first-place Blackhawks, who increased their lead to five points over Minnesota in the Central Division. Corey Crawford stopped 25 shots for Chicago.

      Auston Matthews scored for Toronto, which maintained its one-point lead for the second wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference. Frederik Andersen made 37 saves and kept the Maple Leafs in the game during spells of the third period.

      Rangers 3, Wild 2

      ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Oscar Lindberg had a goal and an assist, and Antti Raanta made 25 saves as New York won for the seventh time in its last eight road games.

      Brady Skjei also scored, and Jimmy Vesey recorded the winning goal late in the second period for the Rangers, who lead the NHL with 26 road victories. They have won 19 of their past 23 away from home.

      Eric Staal and Matt Dumba scored for Minnesota, which has lost a season-high four games in a row. Devan Dubnyk stopped 27 shots for the Wild, who returned home after a 1-4-0 trip and lost for the sixth time in seven games.

      Ducks 2, Sharks 1

      SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Backup goaltender Jonathan Bernier made 33 saves as Anaheim moved to within four points of first-place San Jose in the Pacific Division.

      Patrick Eaves and Jakob Silfverberg scored for the Ducks while Ryan Getzlaf recorded his 800th career assist. Bernier made his 10th start in Anaheim's last 11 games as No. 1 John Gibson continues to nurse a lower-body injury.

      Logan Couture scored for the Sharks, who have lost two in a row in regulation for the first time since Jan. 11 and Jan. 14. San Jose lost the services of top-line left wing Jannik Hansen just past the midway point of the final period when he appeared to suffer a facial cut.

      Blue Jackets 3, Islanders 2 (OT)

      NEW YORK -- Cam Atkinson scored 1:19 into overtime to give Columbus a victory over New York.

      Oliver Bjorkstrand and Josh Anderson also scored for the Blue Jackets, who won their third straight game. Joonas Korpisalo made 20 saves for second-place Columbus, which took a one-point lead on Pittsburgh in the Metropolitan.

      Travis Hamonic and John Tavares scored for the Islanders, who lost for the fourth time in five games (1-3-1).

      Oilers 2, Canucks 0

      EDMONTON, Alberta -- Connor McDavid snapped a scoreless tie late in the second period and Cam Talbot made 33 saves as Edmonton defeated Vancouver.

      Mark Letestu scored with 4:38 left as the Oilers moved past Calgary and into third place in the Pacific Division. Talbot, appearing in his 11th straight game, posted his sixth shutout of the season.

      Richard Bachman stopped 20 shots for the Canucks, who are winless in their last six games (0-4-2).

      Hurricanes 4, Predators 2

      RALEIGH, N.C. -- Jeff Skinner scored twice and Eddie Lack stopped 27 shots to win consecutive games for the first time this season as Carolina defeated Nashville.

      The Hurricanes improved to 4-0-2 over their last six games, while the Predators saw their three-game winning streak come to an end.

      Lack, playing in only his 14th game as Cam Ward's backup, was coming off a 3-1 victory Thursday against the Minnesota Wild in which he stopped 31 shots, earning him another start from coach Bill Peters.

      Blues 3, Coyotes 0

      GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Alex Pietrangelo, Scottie Upshall and David Perron scored and Jake Allen made 31 saves for his fourth shutout this season as St. Louis continued its mastery of Arizona.

      It was the Blues' seventh victory in their last eight games, their ninth straight victory over the Coyotes and St. Louis earned at least one point in 13 consecutive meetings with Arizona (11-0-1).

      The Blues climbed past Nashville into third place in the Central Division. Mike Smith made 37 saves for the Coyotes, but fell to 4-13 in his career against St. Louis.

      Red Wings 5, Avalanche 1

      DETROIT -- Tomas Tatar scored twice to reach the 20-goal plateau for the third time in four seasons for Detroit, which scored four goals in the third period to sink Colorado.

      Tatar broke a 1-1 tie at 5:20 of the final period on a 2-on-1 break with Luke Glendening and made it 3-1 at 6:56, taking a pass from Gustav Nyquist and hammering home a one-timer.

      Dylan Larkin and Nyquist also scored in the third for the Red Wings.

  • Flames send G Gillies back to minors
    By The Sports Xchange / Saturday, March 18, 2017

    The Calgary Flames assigned goaltender Jon Gillies to the Stockton Heat of the American Hockey League on Saturday.

    • The 23-year-old Gillies was recalled Wednesday on an emergency basis following goalie Brian Elliott's illness but did not appear in a game.

      Gillies played in 34 games for Stockton in his second pro season, compiling a 14-14-1 record with a shutout, a 2.97 goals-against average and .909 save percentage.

      Gillies was selected by Calgary in the third round of the 2012 NHL draft.

  • Red Wings F Helm injures leg
    By The Sports Xchange / Saturday, March 18, 2017

    Detroit Red Wings forward Darren Helm left Saturday's home game against the Colorado Avalanche after suffering an apparent left leg injury midway through the second period.

    • Helm was hurt when he was checked heavily by Colorado defenseman Erik Johnson. He hobbled to the bench, unable to bend his left leg, and went directly to the Detroit dressing room.

      Helm did not return to the game. Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill said Helm is day to day with a lower body injury and it is unknown if he will play Monday against the Buffalo Sabres.

      The oft-injured Helm missed 28 games earlier this season when he suffered a dislocated shoulder after being checked by then-Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Nikita Nesterov.

  • Jets recall D Strait
    By The Sports Xchange / Saturday, March 18, 2017

    The Winnipeg Jets recalled defenseman Brian Strait from the Manitoba Moose of the American Hockey League on Saturday.

    • Strait, 29, has two goals and 10 assists in 50 games with the Moose this season.

      The Waltham, Mass., native was drafted by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the third round of the 2006 NHL draft.

      Strait was signed by the Jets as a free agent on July 1, 2016, after playing the first six seasons of his NHL career with the Penguins and New York Islanders. He owns 27 points (six goals, 21 assists) in 182 NHL games.