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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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Kings raise Blake's No. 4 to rafters of Staples Center

Sunday, 01.18.2015 / 12:23 AM / News

Curtis Zupke - NHL.com Correspondent

LOS ANGELES -- Rob Blake recalled the first time he stepped on the ice to play for the Los Angeles Kings at the old Great Western Forum.

"I looked up and it was [the jerseys of] Rogie Vachon and Marcel Dionne and later in my career it was Wayne Gretzky and Luc Robitaille," Blake said. "The one thing I wanted to communicate with you from Day One: I wanted to be up there."

That dream came true Saturday when Blake was the sixth Kings player and first defenseman to have his jersey retired at Staples Center before the Kings played the Anaheim Ducks. He is the Kings' all-time leader in scoring and games played among defensemen and their only Norris Trophy winner.

"In my wildest dreams, I didn't think it would feel this good," Blake said.

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Unheralded Canadiens still among NHL's elite teams

Sunday, 01.18.2015 / 12:22 AM / NHL Insider

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor LNH.com

MONTREAL -- The Montreal Canadiens can be a difficult team to understand. They have been hovering around the top of the Eastern Conference for most of the season, yet the Canadiens are rarely mentioned among the elite teams in the NHL.

But here they are with a 28-13-3 record following a 6-4 win at home Saturday against the New York Islanders, who entered the game having won four in a row, including a big 6-3 victory against the Pittsburgh Penguins at home a night earlier.

The Islanders were 6-1-0 this season playing the second of back-to-back games and had won their past four under those circumstances before losing to the Canadiens.

Prior to the game, Montreal talked about the opportunity to prove a point against a team that was getting the accolades around the League that the Canadiens felt they deserved but weren't getting.

"You want to earn respect across the League," forward David Desharnais said. "It's by beating those teams that you're going to do that."

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Flyers defenseman Timonen still has blood clot in leg

Saturday, 01.17.2015 / 12:40 PM / News

Joe Yerdon - NHL.com Correspondent

BUFFALO -- The blood clot in the lungs of Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Kimmo Timonen has cleared up, but the one in his leg has not, general manager Ron Hextall said Saturday.

"We have to get more doctors reports and then we're going to huddle up with the doctors within the next few days and try and figure out a direction here that we're going to take," Hextall said.

Timonen was diagnosed with the blood clots in September and has not played this season. At 39 years old, there's a question as to whether he'll be able to play again this season or in his career.

"Kimmo wants to play," Hextall said. "If everything checks out right and he wants to play, then he can play. It's going to come down to the risk, where we are in the season and all that. He's also got a decision to make too. … Even if there's no risk and he doesn't feel comfortable playing, then we'll live with that. If he really wants to play and everything we hear from the [doctor] checks out, then we'll allow him to play."

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Around the League notebook for Friday, Jan. 16

Saturday, 01.17.2015 / 9:36 AM / News

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OKPOSO SCORES FOUR, ISLANDERS WIN BATTLE FOR FIRST IN METROPOLITAN

Kyle Okposo (4-0—4) scored four times to lead the New York Islanders to a 6-3 against the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Islanders' fourth straight win improved their record to 30-13-1 (61 points) this season to remain first in the Metropolitan Division standings and pass the idle Tampa Bay Lightning for first in the Eastern Conference standings.

* According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Islanders set a franchise record with 30 wins in their first 44 games to begin a season. The previous high the franchise recorded through 44 games was 29 wins (29-6-9) during the 1978-79 season. The Islanders have also won 15 of their first 19 home games (15-4-0). According to the Elias, the last time the franchise won 15 of their first 19 games on home ice was also during the 1978-79 season (15-0-4).

* Okposo's four-goal game was the first of his career and his first career hat trick. According to Elias, Okposo was the first member of the Islanders to score four goals in a game since Matt Moulson did so on Dec. 3, 2011 in a 5-4 win against the Dallas Stars. Okposo was also the seventh member of the Islanders to score four times in a game since the 1990-91 season; his predecessors were Derek King (four goals on Dec. 31, 1990), Ray Ferraro (four goals on Jan. 7, 1992), Steve Thomas (four goals on April 15, 1992), Alexei Yashin (four goals on March 25, 2003), Viktor Kozlov (four goals on Dec. 3, 2006) and Moulson.

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Blake's Kings legacy hits apex with jersey retirement

Saturday, 01.17.2015 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

Curtis Zupke - NHL.com Correspondent

LOS ANGELES - Los Angeles was another world to Rob Blake where he grew up about 2,400 miles away. He was a Toronto-area raised farm boy, and his life revolved around machinery and watching Wayne Gretzky.

That changed profoundly within three months in the summer of 1988. Blake was drafted by the Los Angeles Kings, and three months later he was a sophomore at Bowling Green when he and then teammate Nelson Emerson were sitting in their dorm room watching television. Gretzky had been traded by the Edmonton Oilers to the Kings.

To look back at it seems just as jarring to Blake.

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Blue Jackets' Foligno ready to show off Columbus

Saturday, 01.17.2015 / 3:00 AM / 2015 NHL All-Star Weekend

Craig Merz - NHL.com Correspondent

Columbus Blue Jackets forward Nick Foligno will captain Team Foligno at the 2015 NHL All-Star Weekend, to be held Jan. 23-25 in Columbus.

In addition to the 2015 Honda NHL All-Star Game, which will be played Jan. 25 at Nationwide Arena (5 p.m. ET, NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports), Foligno will be responsible for selecting his team via the 2015 NHL All-Star Fantasy Draft presented by DraftKings on Jan. 23 (8 p.m. ET, NBCSN, SN, TVA Sports).

He'll also take part in the 2015 Honda NHL All-Star Skills Competition on Jan. 24 (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports).

Foligno, 27, is having a career season and signed six-year, $33 million contract extension through the 2020-21 season Dec. 31.

The first-time All-Star discusses welcoming the League to Columbus, his family and those hugs with Columbus goaltender and fellow All-Star Sergei Bobrovsky:

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Devils goalie Schneider leaves game with injury

Saturday, 01.17.2015 / 2:09 AM / News

Curtis Zupke - NHL.com Correspondent

ANAHEIM -- New Jersey Devils goalie Cory Schneider left the game against the Anaheim Ducks on Friday with an upper-body injury. He did not return.

Schneider was replaced by Keith Kinkaid to start the second period. Schneider may have been injured when he was hit by a shot by Ducks left wing Matt Beleskey.

New Jersey interim co-coach Lou Lamoriello said the extent of Schneider's injury won't be known until he is evaluated later.

"He got hit with a shot in the first period. He's feeling better right now, but he couldn't go back in," Lamoriello said.

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Avalanche goalie Berra scores in AHL game

Friday, 01.16.2015 / 11:55 PM / News

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Reto Berra of the Lake Erie Monsters on Friday became the 11th goaltender in American Hockey League history to score a goal.

The Colorado Avalanche prospect scored into an empty net in a 5-1 win against the Chicago Wolves at Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Ill.

With Chicago goaltender Matt Climie on the bench for an extra attacker, Berra shot the puck the length of the ice into the vacated net to give Lake Erie a 4-1 lead at 18:34 of the third period.

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Bruins' Marchand banned two games for slew-footing

Friday, 01.16.2015 / 5:07 PM / Department of Player Safety News

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NEW YORK – Boston Bruins forward Brad Marchand has been suspended for two games, without pay, for slew-footing New York Rangers forward Derick Brassard during NHL Game No. 644 in Boston on Thursday, January 15, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today.

The incident occurred at 14:30 of the second period.

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