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Blackhawks' Timonen relishing last chance at Cup

Saturday, 03.07.2015 / 11:25 AM / NHL Insider

Brian Hedger - NHL.com Correspondent

CHICAGO -- If Kimmo Timonen's career had ended last summer because of blood clots discovered in his legs and lung, he would have accepted it.

The 39-year old Finnish defenseman could have found solace in his impressive career even without having his name on the Stanley Cup or with an Olympic gold medal stashed in a safe somewhere. He wouldn't have had a choice.

Doctors in Finland, however, kept the door slightly ajar. That's all he needed.

"There was always a small chance," said Timonen, who was traded Feb. 27 by the Philadelphia Flyers to the Chicago Blackhawks to pursue a dream ending to his career. "[The doctors] said, 'Well, you have to eat this medicine for six months and then you have a small chance to get back on the ice.'"

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Sabres prospect sets NCAA record for saves

Saturday, 03.07.2015 / 1:48 AM / NCAA Update

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Notre Dame freshman goaltender Calvin Petersen, a 2013 draft pick by the Buffalo Sabres, set an NCAA single-game record Friday by making 87 saves, but it wasn't enough to win the longest game in college hockey history.

Shane Walsh scored 11:42 into the fifth overtime to give Massachusetts (11-21-2) a 4-3 victory and a 1-0 lead in their best-of-3, first-round Hockey East playoff series, which continues Saturday at South Bend, Ind.

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Around the League notebook for Friday, March 6

Saturday, 03.07.2015 / 1:30 AM / News

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PENGUINS DOWN DUCKS, MALKIN MOVES INTO TIE FOR LEAGUE LEAD IN POINTS

The Pittsburgh Penguins built a 4-0 lead en route to a 5-2 victory against the League-leading Anaheim Ducks. Pittsburgh has earned points in eight of its past 10 road games (7-2-1) and improved to 37-18-9 (83 points). The Penguins moved within two points of the idle New York Rangers, who are second in the Metropolitan Division standings with a record of 39-17-7 (85 points).

* Evgeni Malkin (1-1—2) scored his 28th goal and added his 39th assist to record his 18th multi-point game of the season. The performance extended Malkin’s point streak to seven games (7-7—14), the longest active streak in the NHL. With 67 points (28-39—67), Malkin also moved into a tie with Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals (43-24—67), Nicklas Backstrom of the Capitals (18-49—67) and John Tavares of the New York Islanders (31-36—67) for the League lead in points.

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Rangers' Lundqvist 'moving in right direction': report

Friday, 03.06.2015 / 9:21 PM / News

NHL.com

New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist said Friday he will be ready to play when doctors allow him to return from a vascular injury he sustained in January.

"I know we're moving in the right direction, but we haven't set any date," Lundqvist said, according to The Associated Press. "Until then I am just going to focus on staying in shape and working on the ice. If I was unable to skate, it would have been a bigger issue because it would take me a much longer time to get game ready."

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Senators' Hammond stealing spotlight, victories

Friday, 03.06.2015 / 4:46 PM / NHL Insider

Chris Stevenson - NHL.com Correspondent

OTTAWA -- When Ottawa Senators goaltender Andrew Hammond was preparing for his first NHL start Feb. 18 against the Montreal Canadiens, a couple of reporters waited by his dressing-room stall after the morning skate.

"Do you talk on game days?" asked one.

"I guess so. I've never really had anybody want to talk me on a game day," said the 27-year-old undrafted free agent who was thrust into the starting job after injuries to top Senators goaltenders Craig Anderson and Robin Lehner.

Things were a little different Friday.

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Jets defenseman Byfuglien to miss 2-4 weeks

Friday, 03.06.2015 / 3:56 PM / News

Patrick Williams - NHL.com Correspondent

WINNIPEG -- The Winnipeg Jets face a four-game road trip and a fight for the Stanley Cup Playoffs without defenseman Dustin Byfuglien and center Bryan Little.

Just before departing for Nashville on Friday, the Jets announced Byfuglien will miss 2-4 weeks because of an upper-body injury sustained Wednesday in a 3-1 loss to the Ottawa Senators.

Little sustained an undisclosed injury against Ottawa. Coach Paul Maurice said he will miss the first half of the trip that begins Saturday against the Nashville Predators.

The Jets recalled center Eric O'Dell from St. John's of the American Hockey League to replace Little.

"It may be longer than this trip," Maurice said of Little, who will make the road trip. "There's a chance he plays toward the end of it. There is a chance we'll know more in 5-7 days on that."

Defenseman Mark Stuart was hit in the face by a puck in practice Friday. Maurice said Stuart was being evaluated and his status had not been determined.

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Predators forward Nystrom to miss four weeks

Friday, 03.06.2015 / 2:21 PM / News

NHL.com

Nashville Predators forward Eric Nystrom will miss four weeks with a lower-body injury, according to the team.

Nystrom, in his ninth NHL season and second with the Predators, has seven goals and 12 points in 60 games.

The Predators have lost five straight games in regulation but continue to lead the Central Division with 89 points.

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Avalanche forward MacKinnon out with broken foot

Friday, 03.06.2015 / 1:58 PM / News

Rick Sadowski  -  NHL.com Correspondent

Colorado Avalanche forward Nathan MacKinnon has a broken foot and will be out 6-8 weeks, the team announced Friday, effectively ending his season unless the Avalanche make the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

MacKinnon, 19, originally injured his foot when he blocked a shot Feb. 22 against the Tampa Bay Lightning, coach Patrick Roy said. X-rays were taken and came back negative. MacKinnon had his first NHL hat trick in that game.

MacKinnon took another shot off his foot Wednesday in a 3-1 win against the Pittsburgh Penguins; he scored the winning goal.

Roy said MacKinnon complained that his foot was bothering him before practicing Thursday. An MRI after practice revealed the fracture.

"It's never good news when you're losing a player like Nate, especially in a key moment in our season," Roy said. "It's been a year like this and we're going to have to win games without him."

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Sabres prospect McCabe blossoming in Rochester

Friday, 03.06.2015 / 1:04 PM / AHL Update

Kinsey Janke - Special to NHL.com

When Chadd Cassidy first met Jake McCabe, the defenseman was 16 years old.

Holding down the blue line for the U.S. National Development Team, McCabe instantly stuck out as a physical player, ready and willing not only to defend the puck, but to go one step further and create offense for his fellow teammates.

As his coach that first season, Cassidy helped start molding the tools McCabe would eventually use to make his way to the highest level of hockey.

Now together again with the Rochester Americans of the American Hockey League, McCabe's development continues to thrive under Cassidy's watch.

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Blue Jackets sign Moutrey to entry-level contract

Friday, 03.06.2015 / 1:00 PM / News

ColumbusBlueJackets.com

COLUMBUS, OHIO — The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed forward Nick Moutrey, the club’s sixth pick in the 2013 NHL Draft, to a three-year entry level contract, Blue Jackets General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today. As is club policy, terms were not disclosed.

Moutrey, 19, was the 105th overall pick in the 2013 NHL Draft held at Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.

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