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Sharks' Thornton gets 1,300th NHL point

Wednesday, 01.27.2016 / 12:44 AM / News

San Jose Sharks center Joe Thornton became the 33rd player in NHL history to reach 1,300 points when he had two assists against the Colorado Avalanche on Tuesday.

Thornton assisted on a first-period goal by Tomas Hertl, then reached the milestone when Joe Pavelski converted his pass for a power-play goal at 15:28 of the second period of the Sharks' 6-1 victory at SAP Center.

He has nine goals and 32 assists this season, including two goals and 12 assists during a 10-game point streak.

Hurricanes activate goalie Ward from injured reserve

Tuesday, 01.26.2016 / 11:22 PM / News

RALEIGH, NCRon Francis, Executive Vice President and General Manager of the National Hockey League's Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has activated goaltender Cam Ward from injured reserve. The Hurricanes also reassigned forward Phil Di Giuseppe and goaltender Daniel Altshuller to the Charlotte Checkers of the American Hockey League (AHL) ahead of the NHL's All-Star Break.

Pacioretty 'going to be OK' after hit by Subban shot

Tuesday, 01.26.2016 / 11:11 PM / News

Sean Farrell - Correspondent

MONTREAL -- Montreal Canadiens captain Max Pacioretty did not return after leaving the game Tuesday against the Columbus Blue Jackets after he was hit in the head by a P.K. Subban slap shot midway through the second period.

Pacioretty fell to the Bell Centre ice after he was struck by the shot at 10:02 of the second. He was helped off the ice and went to the Canadiens dressing room.

"I was told he's going to be OK," Montreal coach Michel Therrien said after the game.

Bruins' Gustavsson leaves game, is hospitalized

Tuesday, 01.26.2016 / 10:53 PM / News

Boston Bruins goalie Jonas Gustavsson was taken to the hospital after he left the game Tuesday against the Anaheim Ducks at TD Garden following the first period because of illness.

Gustavsson, who is 9-3-1 in his first season with Boston, was taken to Massachusetts General Hospital for observation, the Bruins said. Coach Claude Julien did not have an update after the game.

Melnyk: Downtown arena key to Senators' success

Tuesday, 01.26.2016 / 8:34 PM / News

Chris Stevenson - Correspondent

OTTAWA -- A new downtown arena is the key to the Ottawa Senators being competitive and challenging for a Stanley Cup, owner Eugene Melnyk said Tuesday.

Melnyk is leading one of two groups bidding for the right to build an NHL-caliber rink, retail and residential projects on LeBreton Flats, 53 acres of prime undeveloped land just west of Parliament Hill in downtown Ottawa. The details of the two proposals were revealed Tuesday as the National Capital Commission, the federal government agency which oversees the land, started a public consultation process to select the winning bid.

Melnyk is leading the RendezVous LeBreton Group, which is proposing a concept called IlluminNation LeBreton that has an 18,000-seat arena as its main feature. There would also be an adjacent open square that could accommodate 28,000 people, a two-rink practice facility and a 250,000-square foot multi-purpose recreational facility. The proposal would also include retail space (2.8 million square feet) and five neighborhoods with 4,400 residential units.

Blue Jackets' Atkinson to buy dog for birthday girl

Tuesday, 01.26.2016 / 7:38 PM / News

Sean Farrell - Correspondent

MONTREAL -- Columbus Blue Jackets forward Cam Atkinson scored three goals Monday, and in doing so made one big save.

Before Columbus' 5-2 win against the Montreal Canadiens, Blue Jackets fan Maddie Wright held up a sign that read, "Dad said if '13' scores on my birthday we get a dog." Atkinson, who wears No. 13, delivered on Wright's wish for her ninth birthday, getting the third hat trick of his NHL career.

On Tuesday, Atkinson doubled down, saying he is going to buy Wright the dog, which will be a rescue.

"Hopefully, she still names it after me, but, yeah, I'm looking forward to meeting her and her family when, obviously, probably, I get back from the (All-Star) break," Atkinson said. "But it's a great thing, and I think they said that they're going to buy a rescue dog, which is even better, so it's all good."

Panthers to sell popular 'Spacey-in-Space' hoodie

Tuesday, 01.26.2016 / 6:50 PM / News

The Florida Panthers celebrate victories by awarding the player of the game a blue hooded sweatshirt with a picture of actor Kevin Spacey in space.

The Panthers announced Tuesday via Twitter that they will sell the popular item at their team store for $40, with proceeds going to the Kevin Spacey Foundation and the Florida Panthers foundation.

The sweatshirts have Spacey's face on the front and the Panthers' logo and team name with the words "#SpaceyInSpace" on the back.

Craig Adams, two-time Stanley Cup champion, retires

Tuesday, 01.26.2016 / 3:36 PM / News

Veteran NHL forward Craig Adams, a two-time Stanley Cup champion, announced his retirement Tuesday.

"I consider myself very lucky to have been able to live out my dream of playing in the NHL," Adams, 38, said through the NHL Players' Association. "… The opportunity to compete with and against the best players in the world every day was an honor that I never took for granted. I am grateful for my teammates and the friendships I have made over the years. Thanks for the good times, the laughs and the memories. I would also like to express my gratitude to the fans across the NHL. Without the fans the winning, and losing, would not mean nearly as much."

Adams played over 1,000 games in the NHL between regular season and Stanley Cup Playoffs. He won the Stanley Cup in 2006 with the Carolina Hurricanes and again in 2009 with the Pittsburgh Penguins. He also played for the Chicago Blackhawks.

Ducks forward Horcoff suspended for 20 games

Tuesday, 01.26.2016 / 3:27 PM / News

Anaheim Ducks forward Shawn Horcoff was suspended for 20 games without pay Tuesday for violating terms of the NHL/NHLPA Performance Enhancing Substances Program.

Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement between the League and the players, the suspension is accompanied by mandatory referral to the NHL/NHLPA Program for Substance Abuse and Behavioral Health for evaluation and possible treatment.

"While recovering from an injury I suffered this past fall, I tried a treatment that I believed would help speed up the healing process," Horcoff said in a statement. "Although I was unaware that this treatment was not permitted under NHL rules that is no excuse whatsoever. I should have done my research and I should have checked with the NHL/NHLPA Performance Enhancing Substances Program's doctors. I accept full responsibility for my actions, and I am sorry. Throughout my entire career I have felt genuinely blessed and honored to play the great game of hockey and I regret the impact that this may have on my team and our fans."

Penguins' Crosby willing to accept puppy challenge

Tuesday, 01.26.2016 / 1:33 PM / News

Sidney Crosby is ready for the puppy challenge.

The Pittsburgh Penguins forward said Tuesday he will do his best to get a young fan a dog by scoring a goal, if he's asked to do so.

"Sure. There's a few of those going around. I've seen that, actually," said Crosby, referring to signs in Ottawa and Columbus the past two days from fans asking players to score a goal in order to get them a puppy.

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