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Stars defenseman Jokipakka recalled from AHL

Monday, 02.02.2015 / 11:19 AM / News

DallasStars.com

Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill announced today that the club has recalled defenseman Jyrki Jokipakka from the Texas Stars, Dallas' development affiliate in the American Hockey League (AHL).

Jokipakka, 23, has appeared in 19 games for Dallas this season, posting five assists (0-5=5) and 16 shots on goal. The defenseman has registered five points (3-2=5) in 19 games for Texas this season.

The 6-foot-3, 210-pound native of Tampere, Finland was selected by Dallas in the seventh round (195th overall) of the 2011 NHL Draft.

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Around the League notebook for Sunday, Feb. 1

Sunday, 02.01.2015 / 6:46 PM / News

NHL Public Relations

OVECHKIN BECOMES FIFTH PLAYER IN NHL HISTORY WITH 30 GOALS IN FIRST 10 SEASONS

Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals scored two goals on Sunday afternoon in a 4-3 loss to the St. Louis Blues to bring his League-leading goal total to 31 this season. Ovechkin became the fifth player in NHL history to score 30 or more goals in each of his first 10 seasons, joining Mike Gartner, Wayne Gretzky, Jari Kurri and Mike Bossy.

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Defenseman Suter in Wild lineup against Canucks

Sunday, 02.01.2015 / 3:13 PM / News

Kevin Woodley - NHL.com Correspondent

VANCOUVER – Minnesota Wild defenseman Ryan Suter is playing against the Vancouver Canucks on Sunday despite being listed as questionable after missing practice Saturday with a lower-body injury.

Suter leads the NHL in average ice time at 29:29 and is fifth in scoring for the Wild with 25 points in 44 games this season. He was hurt against the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday, but finished that game and played against the Calgary Flames on Thursday, finishing the game well below his usual ice time at 23:39.

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Lightning place goalie Nabokov on waivers

Sunday, 02.01.2015 / 2:10 PM / News

NHL.com

The Tampa Bay Lightning have placed goalie Evgeni Nabokov on waivers, the Lightning said Sunday.

Nabokov, 39, has played for the San Jose Sharks, New York Islanders and Lightning during his 14 NHL seasons. His 353 wins and 697 games are second among active goaltenders, but he's 3-6-2 with a 3.14 goals-against average and .882 save percentage in 11 games (nine starts) for Tampa Bay this season.

Nabokov signed a one-year contract July 1 with the Lightning.

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Blues' Shattenkirk leaves game with lower-body injury

Sunday, 02.01.2015 / 2:06 PM / News

Adam Vingan - NHL.com Correspondent

WASHINGTON -- St. Louis Blues defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk sustained a lower-body injury during the first period against the Washington Capitals on Sunday and will not return.

Shattenkirk took three shifts in the first period before leaving for the locker room with 15:27 remaining after colliding with Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin as he attempted to impede a Washington scoring chance.

Shattenkirk has eight goals and 40 points for St. Louis this season. He represented the Blues at the 2015 Honda NHL All-Star Game.

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Analysis: Capitals' Ovechkin joins elite company

Sunday, 02.01.2015 / 1:46 PM / NHL Insider

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

Alex Ovechkin has reached the point in his career when comparisons and context on a generational level can give way to a much bigger range of time.

The Washington Capitals forward scored his 30th goal the season in the first period Sunday against the St. Louis Blues. It is the 10th time in his 10 seasons that Ovechkin has reached 30 goals.

He became the fifth player in the history of the NHL have accomplished that, joining Mike Bossy, Wayne Gretzky, Jari Kurri and Mike Gartner. It is a feat of ability, consistency, durability and longevity. It is also an accomplishment buttresses the case for Ovechkin in any discussion about the greatest goal-scorers of all time.

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Green doing more for Capitals with less ice time

Sunday, 02.01.2015 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

Adam Vingan - NHL.com Correspondent

ARLINGTON, Va. -- Washington Capitals assistant coach Todd Reirden firmly believes in devising a plan for each of his defensemen, tailoring them to best accentuate each player's strengths.

Regarding Mike Green, that meant redefining his role.

"The key for Mike in talking to him this summer, even prior to getting here, is he wanted to win more hockey games," Reirden said. "However that is going to happen, he wanted to win more hockey games, as long as the plan was clear in how we were going to use him, how we were going to use all of our defensemen."

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Rogers Hometown Hockey: Dollard-des-Ormeaux

Sunday, 02.01.2015 / 3:00 AM / News

NHL.com

CITY in Canada will televise "Rogers Hometown Hockey" on Sunday at 12:30 p.m. ET prior to the game between the Arizona Coyotes and Montreal Canadiens. The location this week is Dollard-des-Ormeaux, Quebec, and the half-hour program will celebrate the city's iconic hockey story. The show will also air on NHL Network in the U.S.

Among the features airing on the pregame show:

* Guy Lafleur and Sam Roberts will be joined by former NHL player P.J. Stock and his brother Dean, who hail from Dollard-des-Ormeaux. Dean was recently diagnosed with ALS and he and P.J. are looking to bring the fight against the disease back to the forefront in the search for a cure.

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Around the League notebook for Saturday, Jan. 31

Sunday, 02.01.2015 / 2:02 AM / News

NHL Public Relations

HOME SWEET HOME

Home teams combined for a 10-1 record on Saturday, outscoring their opponents by a 34-14 margin. Overall this season, home teams are 416-233-89.

ATLANTIC DIVISION'S BEST WIN BIG

The top four teams in the Atlantic Division: Tampa Bay Lightning (32-15-4, 68 points), Montreal Canadiens (32-13-3, 67 points), Detroit Red Wings (29-12-9, 67 points) and Boston Bruins (27-16-7, 61 points) all defeated non-divisional opponents on Saturday to keep pace in the race for the division lead. They also represent four of the top six teams in the Eastern Conference, including the top three.

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Capitals' Holtby makes case for role with Canada

Saturday, 01.31.2015 / 7:29 PM / 2016 World Cup of Hockey

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor LNH.com

MONTREAL -- There is little debate about who is the face of Canada goaltending.

His name is Carey Price, he plays for the Montreal Canadiens, and he has a shiny gold medal from the 2014 Sochi Olympics sitting at home.

That much is certainly clear, but with the World Cup of Hockey making a return in 2016, Canada's next wave of goaltenders, who will likely need to fight to be Price's backup, could be the source of great debate. However, an argument can easily be made that as of now the man sitting in the pole position for that job would be Braden Holtby of the Washington Capitals.

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If you want to prove people wrong, you've just got to go out and do it. Yeah, we blew 3-2 series leads the last two years, but no one is going remember that if we go out there on Saturday night and beat these guys and go play in the Stanley Cup Final. We need to get back to work and we'll start to do that tomorrow.

— Ducks forward Kyle Palmieri following a loss to the Blackhawks in Game 6 on Wednesday