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Around the League notebook for Sunday, Jan. 18

Monday, 01.19.2015 / 12:07 AM / News

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ZETTERBERG HAS HAT TRICK IN DETROIT RALLY VS. BUFFALO

Facing a 3-0 deficit at the outset of the second period, the Detroit Red Wings scored five consecutive goals en route to a 6-4 win against the Buffalo Sabres. The Red Wings improved to 26-11-9 (61 points) and passed the idle Montreal Canadiens for second in the Atlantic Division standings. With the win, Detroit also concluded the season series against Buffalo with a 3-1-0 record.

* According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the last time Detroit rallied from a three-goal deficit and won was earlier this season on Nov. 28, 2014 when the Red Wings overcame a 4-1 deficit to defeat the New Jersey Devils 5-4 in a shootout.

* Henrik Zetterberg (3-1—4) scored three goals in the third period to record his first hat trick of the season and his first since Feb. 1, 2013 in a 5-3 win against the St. Louis Blues. Zetterberg's hat trick was the sixth of his career. According to Elias, the last member of the Red Wings to record a hat trick via three goals in one period was Johan Franzen, who had three goals in the third period on Feb. 2, 2011 in a 7-5 victory against the Ottawa Senators. Franzen finished the game with five goals.

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Blackhawks' Carcillo to have phone hearing Monday

Sunday, 01.18.2015 / 7:03 PM / Department of Player Safety News

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Chicago Blackhawks forward Daniel Carcillo waived his right to have an in-person hearing with the NHL Department of Player Safety on Sunday for cross-checking Winnipeg Jets forward Mathieu Perreault in a game Friday.

Carcillo, who will have a phone hearing Monday, was offered the opportunity for an in-person hearing as required by provisions of the Collective Bargaining Agreement for any suspension that can exceed five games.

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Devils' Schneider practices, expected to start Monday

Sunday, 01.18.2015 / 4:53 PM / News

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The New Jersey Devils plan to start goaltender Cory Schneider against the San Jose Sharks on Monday, interim co-coach Lou Lamoriello told NorthJersey.com on Sunday.

"I had [Saturday] off, felt OK today and should be good to go," Schneider said after practice, according to NorthJersey.com. "So, it's more just I got my bell rung a bit and they wanted to be careful. So, fortunately, it wasn't any more than that."

Schneider, 28, was struck in his mask by a Matt Beleskey shot in the first period of a 5-1 loss to the Anaheim Ducks on Friday and sat the final two periods as a precaution. Goalie Keith Kinkaid allowed four goals on 25 shots in relief.

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Staal, Rangers agree to terms on contract extension

Sunday, 01.18.2015 / 3:36 PM / News

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Defenseman Marc Staal and the New York Rangers agreed to terms on a contract extension, the Rangers announced Sunday after a 5-2 win against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Terms were not disclosed, but ESPN.com reported a six-year extension with an average annual value of $5.7 million, a full no-trade clause in the first three years and a full-no movement clause.

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Around the League notebook for Saturday, Jan. 17

Sunday, 01.18.2015 / 10:25 AM / News

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KINGS HONOR BLAKE

Former Los Angeles Kings captain/defenseman, current club executive and 2014 Hockey Hall of Fame inductee Rob Blake had his No. 4 jersey raised to the rafters at STAPLES Center.

Blake became the sixth Kings player to be so honored, joining Luc Robitaille (No. 20/2007), Wayne Gretzky (No. 99/2002), Dave Taylor (No. 18/1995), Marcel Dionne (No. /1990) and Rogie Vachon (No. /1985).

Blake is the all-time leader in games played, goals, assists and points by a Kings defenseman. He played 14 of his 20 NHL seasons with the Kings, including six as captain. He helped L.A. reach the Stanley Cup Final in 1993, won the franchise's first Norris Trophy in 1998 and made seven trips to the NHL All-Star Game, representing the Kings four times.

Click here to watch Blake's speech and here for Robitaille honoring his former teammate.

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Penguins' Bennett healthy at last, showing potential

Sunday, 01.18.2015 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

After numerous stops and starts in two-and-a-half seasons as a pro, Pittsburgh Penguins forward Beau Bennett is finally starting to show signs he might have been worth that No. 20 pick in the 2010 NHL Draft.

"He's had some [bad] luck, but it's going good now," Penguins center Brandon Sutter said.

The biggest question for Bennett is, will he stay healthy long enough to fulfill his promise and prove without a shadow of a doubt that he was worth being a first-round pick?

Bennett is a long way from that considering he's played 61 NHL games, including 35 in the past two seasons. But if he can stay out of the trainer's room and off the operating table, he should be an important part of the Penguins' push for another Stanley Cup.

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Rangers rookie Hayes making impact in the middle

Sunday, 01.18.2015 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

NEW YORK -- The question for New York Rangers forward Rick Nash was about the club's center depth in general. Nash's answer turned into a plug for the continued improvement of rookie center Kevin Hayes.

"Hayes has impressed me," Nash said. "You think about how mature his game is; he's been playing at a high-level of college for a while and what is he, 22? It's impressive the maturity in his game, especially to go up against a guy like [Joe] Thornton and hold his own."

Hayes has impressed a lot of people around the Rangers this season. He has become as important to the Rangers' success as any other role player.

Hayes was plugged in as the third-line center in his second NHL game. He has been stable in that position since, giving the Rangers the center depth a team needs to have sustained success in an NHL season.

His next test comes Sunday at Consol Energy Center against the Pittsburgh Penguins (12:30 p.m. ET; NBC, TVA Sports, SN), who roll out a 1-2-3 center rotation that is the envy of the League: Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Brandon Sutter.

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Sunday Long Read: Columbus first-rate hockey town

Sunday, 01.18.2015 / 3:00 AM / Sunday Long Read

Shawn Roarke - Director, Editorial

The scene that surrounded the Columbus Blue Jackets during Game 4 of their first-round Stanley Cup Playoff series at Nationwide Arena was unfathomable for longtime fans in the area.

Here was a team the city could call its own, playing in a state-of-the-art building with a rollicking crowd roaring with every opportunity by the home side. The noise flowed onto the ice surface in waves, the fans screaming for the goal that would extend the series against the Pittsburgh Penguins, the perennial NHL powerhouse and burgeoning rival.

The eyes of the hockey world were on the Ohio capital as the pesky Blue Jackets attacked, looking to make the statement that after a 15-year journey they had arrived as a force.

Ed Gingher, who runs the city's only AAA youth hockey program, was there that night. He is heavily invested in what the Blue Jackets do because it directly impacts the talent pool available to feed his program; plus he does some work for the franchise. He is devoted to the sport, having played and coached it for much of his life.

"I've never heard a building as loud as the one in Columbus during that series," Gingher said.

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Rangers all-star Nash returning to Columbus

Sunday, 01.18.2015 / 3:00 AM / 2015 NHL All-Star Weekend

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

Getting selected for the NHL All-Star Game rarely is the greatest motivator for a player. It's a good goal to have and certainly an accomplishment if achieved, but it's not what drives a player in the offseason, through training camp, or at the start of the season.

New York Rangers forward Rick Nash is usually no different, except 2015 NHL All-Star Weekend has a unique meaning for him, so the idea of getting there was more intriguing than ever before.

"I don't think I was striving for my play to be top-notch so I could go there, that definitely wasn't the issue, but it's nice," Nash said. "If there is one place where it would be fun to go to the All-Star Game it would be in Columbus."

Columbus is a special place to Nash. He was selected first in the 2002 NHL Draft by the Columbus Blue Jackets and spent the next decade of his life helping build a hockey tradition in the market and a home for himself in the city, a home he still maintains.

Nash earned his spot in the 2015 Honda NHL All-Star Game, to be played Jan. 25 at Nationwide Arena (5 p.m. ET, NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports), by playing the brand of hockey that fans in Columbus got used to over the years. He has been a factor for the Rangers all season and has 26 goals and 41 points in 42 games. He's been dominant in all areas, including on the penalty kill.

Nash, who will serve as an alternate captain for Team Toews, talked about going back to Columbus as an all-star, his favorite memory with the Blue Jackets, and his life now as a New Yorker:

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Rogers Hometown Hockey celebrates Charlottetown

Sunday, 01.18.2015 / 3:00 AM / News

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City TV in Canada and NHL Network in the U.S. will televise "Rogers Hometown Hockey" at 6:30 p.m. ET Sunday. In Canada, the show will be followed by the game between the Arizona Coyotes and Winnipeg Jets. The location this week is Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, and the half-hour program will celebrate the city's iconic hockey story.

Among the features airing on the pregame show:

* Lanterns hang in the windows on Prince Edward Island to welcome sailors home from sea. They also help Chicago Blackhawks center Brad Richards find his way back to his family.

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Quote of the Day

Hockey means everything to people here [Winnipeg]. They take their team's success to heart. We've had an incredible year and they've given us incredible support.

— Jets center Mathieu Perreault after losing to the Ducks in Game 3 of their playoff series on Monday