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Outdoor game a new experience for Phillips

Tal Pinchevsky - NHL.com Staff Writer

VANCOUVER -- In his 16th season with the Ottawa Senators, defenseman Chris Phillips thought he had seen it all.

With two silver medals at the IIHF World Hockey Championship and two gold medals at the IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship (not to mention an appearance in the 2007 Stanley Cup Final), the stay-at-home defenseman has been a picture of consistency for the Senators, who drafted him first at the 1996 NHL Draft.

But with his appearance Sunday in the 2014 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic against the Vancouver Canucks at BC Place (4 p.m. ET, CBC, RDS, NBCSN), Phillips is learning that even a franchise fixture can sometimes enjoy new experiences.

"It's very cool. I've been with this team for a long time now, but never in an outdoor game or something of this magnitude," Phillips said after Ottawa practiced at the stadium. "It's fun to have the opportunity to do that. I'm looking forward to it."

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Canucks, Senators need a win at Heritage Classic

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

VANCOUVER -- Players and coaches from the Vancouver Canucks and Ottawa Senators were unanimous in their enjoyment of their day on the ice at BC Place.

The day featured about an hour-long practice for each team followed by an hour or so of time on the ice with family and friends. But they also were unanimous in knowing that the fun they had Saturday will turn into an important game Sunday when they hit the ice for the 2014 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic (4 p.m. ET, NBCSN, CBC, RDS).

"It's a crucial stage for us in the season," Canucks goalie Eddie Lack said. "As much as it's fun out there we really need to focus on getting the two points. That's going to be the most important thing."

The Canucks enter Sunday with 66 points, the same as the Winnipeg Jets and Dallas Stars; Dallas owns the second and final wild-card spot in the Western Conference because it has played two fewer games than the other teams.

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Blackhawks' Hossa leaves game with injury

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

CHICAGO -- Chicago Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa sustained an apparent upper-body injury in the first period of the 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Soldier Field on Saturday night and will not return.

Hossa, who has 24 goals and 50 points in 56 games, played 4:18 in the first. He did not have a shot on goal.

No further details of the injury were provided by the Blackhawks. Chicago held a 1-0 lead after the first period.

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Anderson to start for Senators in Heritage Classic

Tal Pinchevsky - NHL.com Staff Writer

VANCOUVER -- Ottawa Senators goaltender Craig Anderson said Saturday he will start against the Vancouver Canucks in the 2014 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic on Sunday (4 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, RDS).

He said he is looking forward to it, although he admits he doesn't have any idea what to expect from the game at BC Place, which is expected to draw more than 50,000 fans.

"I didn't play football in high school. I really don't have any past experience to go off on this type of atmosphere, realizing the magnitude of how many fans and how loud it's going to be," Anderson said Saturday after the Senators' skate. "It's definitely a new experience. It's something you feel honored to be a part of. So much of this game is a day-to-day monotonous grind; you get up and do the same thing. This is kind of a good change of pace, something a little different to keep everything fresh and new."

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LaFontaine resigns from Sabres, rejoins NHL

Saturday, 03.01.2014 / 6:50 PM / News

NHL.com

Pat LaFontaine resigned his position as president of hockey operations with the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday and will resume his previous role as vice president of development and community affairs for the NHL.

LaFontaine joined the Sabres on Nov. 13, 2013, after general manager Darcy Regier and coach Ron Rolston were fired. He hired Tim Murray as general manager in January.

“Terry Pegula hired me in November and my primary objective was to lead the Sabres organization through a time of transition,” LaFontaine said in a statement issued by the team. “I'm proud of what we've been able to accomplish in a short period of time and want to thank Terry and Kim Pegula for the opportunity and their support during my time with the Sabres."
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Islanders' Hamonic suspended one game

Saturday, 03.01.2014 / 6:23 PM / Department of Player Safety News

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NEW YORK -- New York Islanders defenseman Travis Hamonic has been suspended, without pay, for one game for instigating a fight during the final five minutes of NHL Game No. 903 at Nassau Coliseum this afternoon, March 1, the National Hockey League's Department of Player Safety announced today.

Hamonic will forfeit $19,780.22 in salary. In addition, New York Islanders head coach Jack Capuano has been fined $10,000.

Hamonic was assessed a minor penalty for instigation, a major penalty for fighting and a game misconduct at 15:23 of the third period. Both the suspension to the player and the fine of the coach are automatic for a violation of Rule 46.22.

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Capitals' Ovechkin reaches 800 career points

Saturday, 03.01.2014 / 4:45 PM / News

Matt Kalman - NHL.com Correspondent

BOSTON -- It takes more than 800 career NHL points to impress Washington Capitals coach Adam Oates.

"Ah, that's not a milestone," Oates said in response to a question about Alex Ovechkin's new career total after the Capitals beat the Boston Bruins 4-2 at TD Garden on Saturday.

Oates, who was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame with 1,420 career points, still knows that it's important for the Capitals' overall success to have Ovechkin pass every scoring pit stop as the season and the wing's career unfolds. Ovechkin reached 800 points with two power-play goals against the Bruins.

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Ducks sign Jackman to one-year extension

Saturday, 03.01.2014 / 4:12 PM / News

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The Anaheim Ducks on Saturday signed right wing Tim Jackman to a one-year contract extension. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Jackman, 32, was acquired by the Calgary Flames on Nov. 21 for a sixth-round pick in the 2014 NHL Draft. He has two goals, one assist and 89 penalty minutes in 30 games this season.

A second-round pick (No. 38) by the Columbus Blue Jackets in 2001, Jackman has career totals of 25 goals, 66 points and 702 penalty minutes in 420 games for the Blue Jackets, Phoenix Coyotes, Los Angeles Kings, New York Islanders, Flames and Ducks.

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Devils forward Jagr scores 700th goal

Saturday, 03.01.2014 / 2:16 PM / News

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New Jersey Devils forward Jaromir Jagr became the seventh player in NHL history to reach 700 goals when he scored at 3:31 of the second period Saturday in a 6-1 win against the New York Islanders.

Jagr skated in from the right circle and took a shot through traffic that deflected off the skate of Islanders defenseman Andrew MacDonald past goalie Evgeni Nabokov, giving the Devils a 2-0 lead.

"I never consider myself a goal-scorer," Jagr told MSG Network after the game in undoubtedly the understatement of the season, "so to reach 700 goals is big for me."

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Penguins rookie Gibbons brings speed to top line

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

CHICAGO -- Pittsburgh Penguins forward Brian Gibbons knows what life is like in the fast lane.

In a span of three seasons, the undrafted free agent signee in 2011 has gone from collegiate all-star to American Hockey League all-star to riding shotgun with Sidney Crosby on the Penguins top line.

The 5-foot-8, 170-pound left-handed shot has certainly made the quick transition, literally. He might be the fastest player on the team.

"He creates turnovers with his speed, and he's able to get to loose pucks and create pressure," Crosby said. "He competes and works hard and uses the strength that he has."

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I came into a team that had 65 points, that was at the bottom of the basement, a team that everybody wrote off as never going to be good. My goal is to go from the very bottom to the very top.

— Forward Brandon Dubinsky on signing a six-year contract extension with the Columbus Blue Jackets