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Around the League notebook for Wednesday, Jan. 21

Thursday, 01.22.2015 / 9:00 AM / News

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CHICAGO RECORDS FIRST WIN IN PITTSBURGH IN OVER FIVE YEARS

In a game which featured eight of the 42 players heading to the 2015 Honda NHL All-Star Game in Columbus, Jonathan Toews (0-1—1) scored the shootout-winner to lift the Chicago Blackhawks to a 3-2 win against the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Blackhawks improved to 30-15-2 (62 points) and tied the idle St. Louis Blues for second in the Central Division. Chicago's first victory in Pittsburgh since a 2-1 overtime win on Dec. 5, 2009 also improved their record to 6-1 in shootouts this season and 11-5-1 versus Eastern Conference opponents.

* Toews' shootout-winner was his third game-deciding goal of the season in shootout scenarios. Toews has converted on three of his seven shootout attempts for a .429 shooting percentage. Toews also had his 28th assist and extended his season-high point streak to seven games (1-8—9).

* Marian Hossa (1-1—2) scored his 10th goal of the season on a power play and had his 24th assist for his eighth multipoint game of the season. The goal also stood as the third power-play goal of the season for Hossa, who ranks third on the Blackhawks in assists and points (10-24—34)

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Ducks' Getzlaf going to All-Star Game alone this time

Thursday, 01.22.2015 / 3:00 AM / 2015 NHL All-Star Weekend

Curtis Zupke - NHL.com Correspondent

ANAHEIM -- When Anaheim Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf played in the 2009 All-Star Game, he got to start with teammates Jean-Sebastien Giguere and Scott Niedermayer at the Bell Centre in Montreal.

It was a sentimental moment for Giguere, a Montreal-area native, and the last All-Star Game for Niedermayer, who retired the next season.

With Giguere and Niedermayer retired, the Ducks have been Getzlaf's team since he succeeded Niedermayer as captain in 2010.

After an initial struggle with the leadership role, Getzlaf has owned it the past two seasons and will play in the 2015 Honda NHL All-Star Game on Sunday at Nationwide Arena in Columbus (5 p.m. ET, NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports), his third All-Star Game. He will also be an assistant captain for the 2015 NHL All-Star Fantasy Draft presented by DraftKings on Friday (8 p.m. ET, NBCSN, SN, TVA Sports).

Getzlaf, tied for third in the NHL in assists (35) and seventh in points (50), is making another case for the Hart Trophy after his runner-up finish last season. He picked up the slack with 19 points in 14 games when linemate Corey Perry was out with a knee injury and mumps.

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Iginla passes Bossy into top 20 on NHL goals list

Thursday, 01.22.2015 / 2:13 AM / News

NHL.com

Colorado Avalanche forward Jarome Iginla moved past Hall of Fame member Mike Bossy on the NHL all-time goals list when he scored No. 574 in the first period against the Boston Bruins at Pepsi Center on Wednesday.

Alex Tanguay took a shot from the left side and Matt Duchene deflected the puck to Iginla at the bottom of the right circle. Iginla scored into a half-open net, and video replay confirmed the puck crossed the goal line with 0.4 seconds left in the period.

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Blue Jackets' Bobrovsky leaves game with injury

Thursday, 01.22.2015 / 1:50 AM / News

Patrick Williams - NHL.com Correspondent

WINNIPEG -- Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky left the game Wednesday against the Winnipeg Jets in the second period with a lower-body injury.

Bobrovsky stretched his left pad out to make a save 7:44 into the period and remained on the ice. Curtis McElhinney replaced Bobrovsky, who was helped off the ice and went directly to the dressing room.

General manager Jarmo Kekalainen told the Columbus Dispatch after the 4-0 loss that Bobrovsky is scheduled to undergo an MRI on Friday in Columbus and that it's likely Bobrovsky will not participate in the 2015 Honda NHL All-Star Game on Sunday at Nationwide Arena and in related events this weekend.

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Blackhawks edge Penguins in All-Star appetizer

Thursday, 01.22.2015 / 12:38 AM / 2015 NHL All-Star Weekend

Shawn Roarke - Director, Editorial

PITTSBURGH – All of the ingredients were there for the perfect All-Star Game appetizer on Wednesday.

The Chicago Blackhawks, sporting five All-Stars and in a bit of a desperation mode to keep pace with the surprising Nashville Predators in the Central Division, arrived at Consol Energy Center to face the Pittsburgh Penguins. The hosts, who had three players named to the Honda 2015 NHL All-Star Game, were coming off an emotional, physically demanding 3-2 road loss to the rival Philadelphia Flyers and were feeling a bit of desperation themselves as they try to stay within striking distance of the surprising New York Islanders in the Atlantic Division.

It was also the final game for each team before the break, so there was no reason to leave anything in the tank. And, oh yeah, it was a nationally televised game, the crown jewel in a Wednesday Night Rivalry doubleheader on NBCSN.

"I don't know if [the schedule] was done on purpose by the League, but it is one of those things where there could have been more potential All-Stars out there too," said Chicago forward Patrick Kane, one of the All-Stars.

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Canucks' Bieksa sidelined with broken hand

Wednesday, 01.21.2015 / 8:15 PM / News

NHL.com

Vancouver Canucks defenseman Kevin Bieksa will be sidelined indefinitely with a broken left hand that will require surgery, the team announced Wednesday.

Bieksa was injured while blocking a shot in the third period of the Canucks' 4-1 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday. He left the game immediately and did not return.

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McDavid: I'm not in a class by myself

Wednesday, 01.21.2015 / 7:00 PM / Prospects

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

ST. CATHARINES, Ontario -- Erie Otters center Connor McDavid admitted there was a bit of a letdown for him after helping Canada celebrate its first gold medal in six years at the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship at Air Canada Centre in Toronto earlier this month.

"It's pretty common to have a little bit of a letdown after world juniors; your game is so ramped up and everything is riding on every single play," McDavid said. "Then you come back to the Ontario Hockey League, where it's still great hockey but not the world juniors, so it's common to have a letdown."

McDavid, who was an alternate captain for Canada, had three goals, 11 points and a plus-8 rating in seven games for his country and was named to NHL.com's World Junior Championship All-Tournament Team.

"I think I had a little bit of [a letdown] that first week back to Erie but I'm feeling really good now," he said.

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Ray Whitney announces his retirement

Wednesday, 01.21.2015 / 3:14 PM / News

NHL.com

Ray Whitney, who spent 22 seasons playing in the NHL and won a Stanley Cup with the Carolina Hurricanes in 2006, announced his retirement Wednesday.

"For the past 23 years I have had the privilege of earning my living playing hockey in the National Hockey League," Whitney said in a statement released by his agency, CAA Sports. "Along the way I have made countless memories and friendships, which I will always cherish. Every city I played in, the fans welcomed my family and me with open arms, and I couldn’t be more thankful for that."

Whitney was selected by the San Jose Sharks in the second round (No. 23) of the 1991 NHL Draft and made his NHL debut with San Jose on April 15, 1992.

In 1,330 NHL games with eight teams, Whitney had 385 goals and 1,064 points. He was selected to two NHL All-Star Games.

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Where to be in Columbus for All-Star weekend

Wednesday, 01.21.2015 / 2:04 PM / 2015 NHL All-Star Weekend

ColumbusBlueJackets.com

Why is Columbus a great host for NHL All-Star Weekend?

That's a question that cannot be answered in one, two or three sentences, but there is one thing that stands out: proximity. Leave your car in the parking garage, bring your family, and get ready to spend the day downtown Columbus and celebrate the greatest sport in the world.

Such was the vision of late Blue Jackets founder John H. McConnell when he bought the franchise and made the Blue Jackets his gift to the city. He partnered with Nationwide Insurance, who had the goal of revitalizing the downtown, and Nationwide Arena was built – giving way to the Arena District and catalyzing growth in a new area of the city. Fifteen years later, the city of Columbus has yet another feather under its cap with a well-connected and easily accessible corner of downtown to host hockey's biggest party.

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Coyotes recall McKenna, send four to AHL

Wednesday, 01.21.2015 / 1:06 PM / News

ArizonaCoyotes.com

GLENDALE, ARIZONAArizona Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney announced today that the Coyotes have recalled goaltender Mike McKenna and assigned defensemen Brandon Gormley and Philip Samuelsson, forward Lucas Lessio and goaltender Mike Lee to the Portland Pirates, the club's American Hockey League affiliate (AHL).

The 31-year-old McKenna has posted a 16-13-2 record with a 2.09 goals against average (GAA) and a .934 save percentage (SV%) in 32 games with the Pirates. The 6-foot-2, 190-pound native of St. Louis, Missouri owns a 3.40 GAA and a .891 SV% in 21 career NHL games. McKenna was originally drafted by the Nashville Predators in the sixth round (172nd overall) in the 2002 Entry Draft.

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