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Bruins assign forward Griffith to Providence of AHL

Monday, 11.24.2014 / 4:23 PM / News

BOSTON, MA - Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today, November 24, that the club has assigned Seth Griffith to Providence (American Hockey League).

Griffith scored five goals with Boston (tied for first on the team with three others), while also chipping in two assists in 18 games. The forward made his NHL debut on October 13 against the Colorado Avalanche at TD Garden.  The 21-year-old Griffith had his first multiple point game against the Minnesota Wild on October 28 at TD Garden, where he tallied two goals and one assists for three points.


Former NHL player, coach Oliver dies at 77

Monday, 11.24.2014 / 12:42 PM / News

Murray Oliver, a center who played in 1,127 NHL games with the Detroit Red Wings, Boston Bruins, Toronto Maple Leafs and Minnesota North Stars, died Sunday after a heart attack, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reported. He was 77.

A five-time All-Star, Oliver scored 20 goals for the Red Wings in 1959-60 to finish second behind Bill Hay in voting for the Calder Memorial Trophy as the League's top rookie. He scored 274 points and 728 points in 17 NHL seasons, including a career-high 68 points for the Bruins in 1963-64, and had at least 20 goals in three straight seasons.

Oliver was an assistant coach for the North Stars from 1978-86 and took over as head coach for 36 games in 1982-83 after Glen Sonmor stepped aside for health reasons. He led the North Stars to a second-place finish in the Norris Division and defeated the Maple Leafs in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.


Fantasy All-Access: Hutchinson emerging for Jets

Matt Sitkoff - Contributor

Every Monday, contributor Matt Sitkoff identifies waiver wire pickups, roster trends, schedule notes and a prospect to watch in fantasy hockey.

Thanksgiving is a time for family, food, faceoffs and a chance to reflect on what we are most thankful for. In the fantasy world we are thankful for all the great top line combinations; from the "STL Line" to "That 70's Line" to the top-line threats of the Dallas Stars and Nashville Predators.

These trios have been supplying fantasy owners with plenty of points. We are also thankful for the Calgary Flames defense. The top four of Mark Giordano, TJ Brodie, Dennis Wideman and Kris Russell have combined for 60 points, were all drafted in low rounds or plucked of waiver wires, and have been gravy for fantasy teams. Lastly, we are thankful for Darcy Kuemper, who was drafted on average in the 13th round but is making saves as easy as pie.


Hansen, Tatar and Benn named stars of the week

Monday, 11.24.2014 / 12:00 PM / News

NEW YORKVancouver Canucks right wing Jannik Hansen, Detroit Red Wings left wing Tomas Tatar and Dallas Stars left wing Jamie Benn have been named the NHL's "Three Stars" for the week ending Nov. 23.


Hansen led the NHL with five goals, converting on 71.4% of his shots (5-of-7) to power the Canucks (14-6-1, 29 points) to five of a possible six standings points. He recorded his fourth career shorthanded goal in a 5-4 win over the Edmonton Oilers Nov. 19. Hansen then scored the game-tying goal for the Canucks in a 4-3 shootout loss to the Anaheim Ducks Nov. 20. He capped the week by posting his first career hat trick, including the game-winning goal, in a 4-1 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks Nov. 23. The 28-year-old Herlev, Denmark, native has found the back of the net in three consecutive games for the third time in his career and first time since March 2-5, 2013 (3-2-5). His eight goals in 21 games rank second on the Canucks and are eight shy of his single-season high set in 2011-12 (82 GP).


Legendary NHL, international coach Quinn dies at 71

Monday, 11.24.2014 / 11:00 AM / News

Pat Quinn, a former NHL coach and player, died Sunday in Vancouver after a lengthy illness. He was 71.

Quinn coached for five NHL teams from 1979 to 2010, reaching the Stanley Cup Final twice and becoming one of four men to win the Jack Adams Trophy as the League's best coach with at least two different franchises.

Internationally, Quinn had an even bigger impact, coaching Canada to several gold medals. None, however, was as important or celebrated as the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics gold medal, which ended a 50-year drought for the hockey-mad country. Quinn also won a gold medal at the 2009 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship.

Quinn, born in Hamilton, Ontario, played 606 NHL games as a defenseman, starting his playing career during the 1968-69 season with the Toronto Maple Leafs. Two years later, he joined the Vancouver Canucks and spent two seasons there before finishing his career with a five-year stint with the Atlanta Flames. He scored 18 goals and 113 assists, and had 950 penalty minutes in his career.


Bruins call up top prospect Pastrnak

Monday, 11.24.2014 / 9:55 AM / News

BOSTON, MABoston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today, November 24, that the club has recalled forwards Jordan Caron and David Pastrnak from the Providence Bruins (American Hockey League). Caron and Pastrnak will join the team Monday and are eligible for Monday night's game against the Pittsburgh Penguins at TD Garden. This is the first NHL recall of Pastrnak's career.

Caron skated in one game for Boston this season against the Colorado Avalanche on October 13, 2014. From 2010-2014, the 24-year-old forward has appeared in 124 games for Boston, tallying 12 goals and 16 assists for 28 points. Caron has also skated in nine postseason contests with Boston, notching one goal.


Legendary Soviet coach Tikhonov dies at 84

Monday, 11.24.2014 / 9:32 AM / News

Viktor Tikhonov, the legendary coach of the Soviet Union national team powerhouses, died Monday after a long illness. He was 84.

Tikhonov won three Olympic gold medals and eight World Championships as the coach of the Soviet Union national team, later the Russian national team, between 1979 and 1992. He also led his team to the title at the 1981 Canada Cup, a competition which pitted the professional players from the top hockey-playing countries.

He also won an Olympic silver medal, a World Championships silver medal and two bronze medals at the World Championships. In many circles, Tikhonov gained the most notice for the Olympic silver medal, which came in 1980 at Lake Placid when his powerhouse team was upset by the United States in the medal round in a contest that simply became known as the "Miracle on Ice."


Penguins' Crosby early leader in Hart Trophy race

Monday, 11.24.2014 / 3:00 AM / Trophy Tracker

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor

The Pittsburgh Penguins have been a picture of stability since winning the Stanley Cup in 2009.

But their lack of success in the Stanley Cup Playoffs since that time led to an offseason of drastic change.

General manager Ray Shero, coach Dan Bylsma and assistant coach Tony Granato were let go, while Bylsma's other assistant, Jacques Martin, was reassigned as senior advisor of hockey operations. Jim Rutherford was brought in as general manager and Mike Johnston as coach, defensemen Matt Niskanen and Brooks Orpik were allowed to leave as free agents, and James Neal was traded to the Nashville Predators for Patric Hornqvist and Nick Spaling. In all, eight players who took part in at least 41 games last season were not on the opening night roster this season.


Around the League notebook for Sunday, Nov. 23

Monday, 11.24.2014 / 12:59 AM / News

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Jannik Hansen notched his first NHL hat trick and Bo Horvat recorded three assists and the Vancouver Canucks picked up a 4-1 win against the Chicago Blackhawks in Daniel Sedin's 1,000th NHL regular-season game.

* Sedin, who was selected second overall by the Canucks in the 1999 Draft, was recognized for his achievement in a pre-game ceremony. He is the third player in Canucks history to play 1,000 games with the club, following Trevor Linden (1,140) and his twin brother, Henrik Sedin (1,031). Overall, Sedin is the 52nd player in NHL history to play at least 1,000 regular-season games with one franchise.


Ducks' Stoner sits because of 'mumps-like symptoms'

Sunday, 11.23.2014 / 9:00 PM / News

Curtis Zupke - Correspondent

ANAHEIM -- Anaheim Ducks defenseman Clayton Stoner missed the game Sunday at Honda Center against the Arizona Coyotes because of "mild mump-like symptoms," the Ducks announced.

Stoner is not confirmed to have the disease, but he was held out for precautionary reasons, according to the Ducks.

Anaheim earlier this month had right wing Corey Perry and defenseman Francois Beauchemin each miss five games because of mumps. The Ducks said at the time that all players would get vaccinated.

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