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Beanpot Tournament postponed until Feb. 23

Sunday, 02.08.2015 / 8:24 PM / News

NHL.com

The championship and consolation rounds of the 63rd annual Beanpot Tournament, originally scheduled Monday, have been postponed because of inclement weather until Feb. 23 at TD Garden in Boston.

The championship game between Northeastern and Boston University now will be played at 7:30 p.m. ET and the consolation round will feature Harvard against Boston College at 4:30 p.m.

It will feature Boston University freshman Jack Eichel, No. 2 on NHL Central Scouting's midterm list of the top North American skaters eligible for the 2015 NHL Draft. The consolation round boasts Boston College defenseman Noah Hanifin, No. 3 on Central Scouting's midterm ranking.

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Rangers goalie Lundqvist has sprained blood vessel

Sunday, 02.08.2015 / 5:31 PM / News

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

NEW YORK -- New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist would have been at risk for a life-threatening injury if he kept playing with what he called a sprained blood vessel in his throat that was detected Tuesday.

Lundqvist said Sunday he won't be re-evaluated by the doctors for at least 2-3 weeks to see how it's healing, and he can do only light cardio between now and then. He even once referenced a timetable of potentially 3-4 weeks before he is re-evaluated.

"If I would keep playing I'd run a big risk of having a stroke, and that's why you have to make sure you play this one safe because it's not a sore shoulder or elbow or something like that," Lundqvist said prior to the Rangers' game against the Dallas Stars at Madison Square Garden.

The Rangers said on Friday that Lundqvist is expected to miss at least three weeks.

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Sharks defenseman Vlasic placed on injured reserve

Sunday, 02.08.2015 / 4:54 PM / News

NHL.com

San Jose Sharks defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic was placed on injured reserve, they announced on Sunday.

Vlasic was a late scratch on Saturday against the Carolina Hurricanes because of an undisclosed illness. Vlasic met with the media on Sunday and said he had a cold, according to the San Jose Mercury News.

"I'll see how I feel tomorrow," Vlasic said, according to the newspaper. "I'll get some rest tonight and we'll see tomorrow. Day-to-day."

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Flyers' Mason leaves with injury against Capitals

Sunday, 02.08.2015 / 4:34 PM / News

Adam Vingan - NHL.com Correspondent

WASHINGTON -- Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Steve Mason had to be helped to the locker room after sustaining a lower-body injury in the second period against the Washington Capitals on Sunday, the team announced via Twitter.

Mason was replaced by Ray Emery. He had made eight saves prior to leaving the game.

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Oilers forward Hall returns to Edmonton for evaluation

Sunday, 02.08.2015 / 1:53 PM / News

NHL.com

Edmonton Oilers forward Taylor Hall has returned to Edmonton for further assessment of his injured left ankle.

"It wasn't responding like we wanted it to," coach Todd Nelson told the Oilers website. "He's going back to get an MRI just to make sure that we know what we're dealing with. Then we'll go through the process after that."

Hall missed the Oilers' first three games after the All-Star break. He returned and played against the San Jose Sharks on Feb. 2 in 5-4 Edmonton victory and had an assist in 10:41 of ice time. He did not play in Edmonton's past two games.

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Maple Leafs reassign Bibeau, Granberg to Marlies

Sunday, 02.08.2015 / 11:20 AM / News

TorontoMapleLeafs.com

The Toronto Maple Leafs announced Sunday that defenceman Petter Granberg and goaltender Antoine Bibeau have been reassigned to the Toronto Marlies (AHL).

Granberg, 22, has been held pointless in three regular season games with the Maple Leafs this season. The Gallivare, Sweden native has played 29 regular season games with the Toronto Marlies, collecting seven points (one goal, six assists).

Bibeau, 20, has yet to make his NHL debut. In 20 games with the Toronto Marlies this season, the Victoriaville, Quebec native has a record of 8-7-5 with a 2.58 goals against average and 0.917 save percentage.

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Around the League notebook for Saturday, Feb. 7

Sunday, 02.08.2015 / 10:22 AM / News

NHL Public Relations

RED WINGS SOAR TO TOP OF EAST . . .

Tomas Tatar (1-2—3) matched a career-high with three points (Jan. 17 against the Nashville Predators) and Petr Mrazek made 22 saves to guide the Detroit Red Wings to their third straight victory and propel the, into first place in the Eastern Conference.

* At 31-12-9 (71 points), the Red Wings leapfrogged the Tampa Bay Lightning (33-16-5, 71 points) – who lost in regulation against Los Angeles – for the No. 1 seed in the Atlantic Division and Eastern Conference. Detroit holds two games in hand, but Tampa Bay owns the ROW tiebreaker (TBL: 31, DET: 29).

* Tatar is tied for second on the Red Wings with 23-16—39 in 52 GP, matching a career high set in 73 games last season (19-20—39). His team-leading 23rd goal was his sixth game-winner, placing him one off the NHL lead shared by four players.

* Mrazek improved to 8-1-0 in 10 starts since Jimmy Howard was injured on Jan. 10, matching his win total from his first 20 career games (8-8-1). He is 13-4-1 with a 2.42 goals-against average and .914 save percentage in 19 appearances this season.

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Rogers Hometown Hockey: St. John's, Newfoundland

Sunday, 02.08.2015 / 3:00 AM / News

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Sportsnet in Canada and NHL Network in the U.S. will televise "Rogers Hometown Hockey" on Sunday at 7 p.m. ET. In Canada, the show will be followed by the game between the Montreal Canadiens and Boston Bruins. The location this week is St. John’s, Newfoundland, and the half-hour program will celebrate the city's iconic hockey story.

Among the features airing on the pregame show:

* For more than five decades, "Hockey Night in Canada" broadcaster Bob Cole has brought fans throughout an entire country to the edge of their seats describing the game like nobody else. For many, Cole is the sound of hockey and has provided a one-of-a-kind narrative that has captivated us all.

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Blues' top line is scoring, and shutting down scorers

Saturday, 02.07.2015 / 3:54 PM / NHL Insider

Louie Korac - NHL.com Correspondent

ST. LOUIS -- Once St. Louis Blues coach Ken Hitchcock went back to an old reliable forward line, it was a matter of time before it would begin to click on all cylinders.

The Blues' top line of Alexander Steen, David Backes and T.J. Oshie has put together quite the offensive run in recent weeks.

Since the Blues' post-Christmas schedule, Steen, Backes and Oshie have been on the scoresheet on a regular basis, and the Blues are accruing points at a rapid pace.

The Blues (34-14-4), who host the Chicago Blackhawks (32-18-2) Sunday (12:30 p.m. ET; NBC, SN360), have received 65 points (33 at even-strength with all three players on the ice) in 18 games from the line, an average of 3.6 per game.

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Oilers doctor leading World's Longest Hockey Game

Saturday, 02.07.2015 / 3:45 PM / NHL Insider

Evan Sporer - NHL.com Staff Writer

The longest game in the history of the NHL lasted more than 176 minutes, and ended when the Detroit Red Wings' Mud Brunteau scored in the sixth overtime to beat the Montreal Canadiens in a Stanley Cup Playoff game March 24, 1936.

That's just a warm-up compared to what Dr. Brent Saik and his friends are doing.

On Feb. 6, Saik was one of 40 players to start the fifth World's Longest Hockey Game, an event that raises money for the Alberta Cancer Foundation. All proceeds go toward purchasing a piece of equipment for the Cross Cancer Institute in Edmonton.

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