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Versteeg leaves with upper-body injury

Friday, 01.17.2014 / 11:42 PM / News

Brian Hedger - NHL.com Correspondent

Kris Versteeg
Right Wing - CHI
GOALS: 9 | ASST: 15 | PTS: 24
SOG: 99 | +/-: -4
CHICAGO -- Kris Versteeg missed the third period of the Chicago Blackhawks' 4-2 victory against the Anaheim Ducks on Friday night with an upper-body injury.

Versteeg appeared to injure his right arm when teammate Bryan Bickell collided with him behind the Ducks net as the second period concluded. He didn't return for the third period.  The team said he is considered day-to-day and will be evaluated on Saturday.

Versteeg scored Chicago's second goal, 17:06 into the first period. It was his ninth of the season and first since Dec. 27.


O'Handley ties USHL record for coaching victories

Friday, 01.17.2014 / 9:53 PM / News

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

P.K. O'Handley of the Waterloo Black Hawks tied the United States Hockey League record for coaching victories when his team beat the Youngstown Phantoms 4-3 on Friday at Covelli Centre in Ohio.

O'Handley has a 529-441-74 record in his 19 seasons in the USHL, the past 12 with Waterloo. He's tied with Mike Hastings, who went 529-210-56 with the Omaha/River City Lancers from 1994-2008. Hastings is now head coach at Minnesota State University.

O'Handley's 1,044 games behind the bench are the most in USHL history.

O'Handley can surpass Hastings on Saturday when the Blackhawks (26-5-1) visit the Ann Arbor Ice Cube in Michigan to face the United States Under-18 National Team Development Program. Waterloo has outscored its opponents 130-84 this season and is 12-3-1 on the road.


Ducks' Souray has season-ending surgery

Friday, 01.17.2014 / 4:20 PM / News


Anaheim Ducks defenseman Sheldon Souray underwent season-ending wrist surgery Friday.

The 37-year-old defenseman had surgery on his right wrist. He tore ligaments in the wrist during the summer.

"This is a difficult situation for Sheldon and a tough loss for the team," general manager Bob Murray said in a statement released by the team. "Sheldon has been in pain for quite some time. This surgery was his best course of action in order to alleviate pain and discomfort, and regain full mobility in his wrist. Sheldon's long-term health is the most important issue right now, and we support his difficult decision to have this surgery."


Family support made Olympic call sweeter for Sharp

Friday, 01.17.2014 / 3:49 PM / 2014 Olympics

Brian Hedger - NHL.com Correspondent

CHICAGO -- Patrick Sharp cracked a smile Friday morning when asked about the first of his two hat tricks this season, which occurred on his 32nd birthday.

It happened Dec. 27 during a 7-2 victory for Sharp's Chicago Blackhawks, but the reason for his smile was more about who watched it live. Along with his wife, Abby, and two young daughters, Sharp's parents were at United Center to see it.

After an 11-hour ordeal at Calgary International Airport, they eventually made it to Chicago just in time to watch their son score three goals, make a great defensive play that led to another and garner the game's first star recognition.


Coyotes' Hanzal fined for high-sticking

Friday, 01.17.2014 / 3:32 PM / Department of Player Safety News


NEW YORKPhoenix Coyotes forward Martin Hanzal has been fined $5,000 for high-sticking Vancouver Canucks forward David Booth during NHL Game No. 720 in Phoenix on Thursday, Jan. 16, the National Hockey League's Department of Player Safety announced today.

The incident occurred at 15:55 of the third period. Hanzal was assessed a double-minor penalty for high-sticking on the play.

The fine money goes to the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund.


Canadiens recall Beaulieu, Nattinen

Friday, 01.17.2014 / 3:08 PM / News


The Montreal Canadiens on Friday recalled defenseman Nathan Beaulieu and forward Joonas Nattinen from the Hamilton Bulldogs of the American Hockey League.

Coach Michel Therrien said both players would be in the lineup Saturday against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Beaulieu, the No. 17 pick in the 2011 NHL Draft, played five games earlier this season and had one assist. He made his NHL debut last season and had two assists in six games.

"I've matured a lot since last year," Beaulieu said. "[Last year] I was running around everywhere, and you can't do that anymore once you are out of juniors. I made adjustments and feel like I can compete at a higher level now."


History helping Kings prospects learn in the present

Friday, 01.17.2014 / 2:00 PM / AHL Update

Alyssa Dombrowski - Special to NHL.com

If there's anyone who can understand the trials and tribulations of an athlete's first year as a professional, it's a longtime friend who is experiencing the same transition alongside him.

Rookies Derek Forbort and Nick Shore of the American Hockey League's Manchester Monarchs have a history that dates back to when they were teammates in the United States National Team Development Program, capturing a gold medal at the 2010 World Under-18 Championship.

"The first time we met was with the U-17 National Development Program [in 2008-09], where he played in a tournament with us," Shore said of Forbort. "The next year he joined the team full-time, so I got to know him a lot better."


Blues' Steen to return Saturday against Ducks

Friday, 01.17.2014 / 1:30 PM / News


The St. Louis Blues on Friday activated forward Alexander Steen off injured reserve and he will be in the lineup on Saturday when they host the Anaheim Ducks.

Steen had missed the past 11 games with a concussion.

Prior to the injury, the 29-year-old had already tied his single-season career high with 24 goals. That total still ties him for fifth in the NHL with Pittsburgh Penguins forward Chris Kunitz.


Jets' Clitsome has back surgery, out for season

Friday, 01.17.2014 / 12:35 PM / News


Winnipeg Jets defenseman Grant Clitsome underwent season-ending back surgery Thursday. Clitsome last played on Dec. 17.

The Jets announced that Clitsome had the surgery at the Marina Spine Center in Marina del Rey, Calif. The operation was performed by Dr. Robert Watkins, Sr.

Clitsome had 12 points and a minus-5 rating in 32 games this season. He has 67 points in 181 career NHL games.


Predators send Mazanec to AHL

Friday, 01.17.2014 / 12:09 PM / News


The Nashville Predators on Friday sent goaltender Marek Mazanec to the Milwaukee Admirals of the American Hockey League.

Mazanec was the NHL's rookie of the month in November, when he won five of six decisions in one stretch and allowed two goals or less in eight consecutive games.

Overall, Mazanec is 8-10-4 with a 2.80 goals-against average and .902 save percentage. He has also won all five of his starts with the Admirals, posting a 1.97 GAA and .933 save percentage.

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It's hard to walk into that locker room and look those guys in the eye when they've played -- clearly, that was our best game we've played in the series -- and I thought we deserved a better fate tonight.

— Tampa Bay Lightning coach Jon Cooper on his team's 3-2 loss to the Canadiens in Game 3 on Sunday