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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."


LaFontaine resigns from Sabres, rejoins NHL

Saturday, 03.01.2014 / 6:50 PM / News


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."

Islanders' Hamonic suspended one game

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


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.


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.


Ducks sign Jackman to one-year extension

Saturday, 03.01.2014 / 4:12 PM / News


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.


Devils forward Jagr scores 700th goal

Saturday, 03.01.2014 / 2:16 PM / News


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."


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."


Lightning's Bishop leads contenders for Vezina

Saturday, 03.01.2014 / 3:00 AM / Trophy Tracker

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

Ben Bishop
Goalie - TBL
RECORD: 28-9-4
GAA: 2.00 | SVP: 0.932
With three-quarters of the 2013-14 season complete, NHL.com looks at some of the biggest storylines and award contenders. Today we predict the winner of the Vezina Trophy, an annual award voted by general managers and presented to the NHL's best goaltender.

Ben Bishop is trying to follow in the skate tracks of Sergei Bobrovsky.

Bobrovsky came out of nowhere to win the Vezina Trophy in 2012-13, his first season with the Columbus Blue Jackets, after being traded by the Philadelphia Flyers the previous summer. Bishop, who was stuck in a goaltending logjam with the Ottawa Senators before being traded to Tampa Bay late last season, could be authoring a similar story in 2013-14.


Cole relishing chance to coach against alma mater

Saturday, 03.01.2014 / 3:00 AM / Hockey Weekend Across America

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

Former NHL player and Stanley Cup champion Danton Cole can remember his college playing days as if they were yesterday.

Now head coach for the United States Under-18 National Team Development Program in Ann Arbor, Mich., he has had March 1 circled on his calendar since the start of the season.

The fact his charges will battle his alma mater, Michigan State University, at Munn Ice Arena on the same day that USA Hockey celebrates "Try Hockey for Free" as part of its Hockey Weekend Across America campaign is an added bonus.

The game will be the final one for the U.S. U-18 NTDP against college competition this season. Cole has led his charges to a 7-8 mark against NCAA foes in 2013-14.


Canucks shift focus to Heritage Classic

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

VANCOUVER -- It's a pretty long flight from Ornskoldsvik, Sweden, to Vancouver. But to see their sons play in an event like the 2014 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic, it's worth it for Tommy and Tora Sedin.

The parents of Canucks forwards Henrik and Daniel Sedin will be two of the many friends and family members traveling here to see the Canucks take on the Ottawa Senators at BC Place on Sunday (4 p.m. ET, NBCSN, CBC, RDS).

"My mom and dad are coming over from Sweden," Henrik Sedin told NHL.com. "It's going to be a lot of fun. They come over once or twice [per year]. They timed it to come to the outdoor game."

The Canucks lost 2-1 in a shootout to the Minnesota Wild on Friday night, so now their full focus can shift to preparing for the unique setting of a game at BC Place, the retractable-roof stadium located next door to their usual home, Rogers Arena.

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