Coach John Tortorella is expected to miss each game of the Columbus Blue Jackets' home-and-home series against the Montreal Canadiens after he sustained two broken ribs in a fall during an outdoor practice Friday, the Blue Jackets announced.
Associate coach Craig Hartsburg will coach the Blue Jackets when they face the Canadiens on Monday at Nationwide Arena and play them at Bell Centre on Tuesday in the final game for each team before the All-Star break.
Hartsburg coached his first game with the Blue Jackets on Saturday, a 3-2 shootout loss to the Boston Bruins.
Varlamov posted a 4-0-0 record with a 0.99 goals-against average and .972 save percentage to lift the Avalanche (26-21-3, 55 points) into the first Wild Card spot in the Western Conference. He made 30 or more saves in three of his four starts: 36 in a 2-1 triumph over the Winnipeg Jets Jan. 18, 33 in a 2-1 shootout win over the St. Louis Blues Jan. 22 and 42 in a 3-1 victory over the Dallas Stars Jan. 23. Varlamov also turned aside 27 shots in a 2-1 win over the Buffalo Sabres Jan. 20. The 27-year-old Samara, Russia, native owns a 19-12-3 record with a 2.59 goals-against average, .918 save percentage and one shutout in 35 appearances this season. That includes a 13-4-2 clip over his past 19 outings dating to Dec. 7.
Corey Crawford made 25 saves to earn his League-leading seventh shutout of the season and backstop the Chicago Blackhawks to a 2-0 win against the St. Louis Blues, their seventh straight win at United Center. Per the Elias Sports Bureau, the Blackhawks' seven-game home winning streak is their longest such run since Nov. 9 – Dec. 21, 2014 (8-0-0).
* At 33-15-4 (70 points), the Blackhawks increased their lead over the idle Dallas Stars (30-14-5, 65 points) to five points for first place in the Central Division. The Blackhawks also climbed within three points of the idle Washington Capitals (35-8-3, 73 points) for the top record in the NHL.
* The Blackhawks improved to 21-5-1 in 27 games at United Center and lead the NHL in home wins (21) and points (43).
Cole Jansen held a sign at warmups on Sunday that read, "Bobby, Dad said if you score we get a puppy!" Ryan scored with 20 seconds left in the second period of the Senators' 3-0 win against the New York Rangers.
"It's taken about three months," Cole said in an interview with TSN in the third period.
The Edmonton Oilers became the first NHL team to use Pride Tape, a multicolored tape to promote inclusiveness in sports. The Oilers used the tape Sunday during their annual Skills Competition at Rexall Place.
"Many view professional hockey players as role models and our team felt this was a great initiative to let every person know they're welcome in the game of hockey," defenseman Andrew Ference told the Oilers website. "We're all proud to play for a team and city that supports diversity and human rights."
The Oilers' Twitter account posted photos of the players' sticks wrapped in the tape before the competition began.
Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid said Sunday he's been cleared for full contact. He will practice with Bakersfield of the American Hockey League during the NHL All-Star break but won't play in any games.
McDavid participated in the shooting accuracy portion of the Oilers' annual skills competition Sunday and hopes he'll be ready to return when the Oilers resume their season Feb. 2 against the Columbus Blue Jackets at Rexall Place.
"Management and I came together and agreed to go to Bakersfield for a few days and skate and keep practicing," McDavid told the Oilers website. "It's a long break between now and then, just going to skate and get ready for what hopefully is a return on [Feb. 2]."
Steven Stamkos was offered an eight-year contract worth $68 million, with an annual salary-cap charge of $8.5 million by the Tampa Bay Lightning, Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman reported Saturday.
Stamkos is in the final season of a five-year, $37.5 million contract with a salary-cap charge of $7.5 million, according to war-on-ice.com. He can become an unrestricted free agent July 1.
The 25-year-old center was the top pick in the 2008 NHL Draft, and is tied with Nikita Kucherov for the Lightning lead with 20 goals. He has 296 goals and 535 points in 540 NHL games, including a career-high 60 goals in 2011-12. Stamkos had 43 goals last season and helped the Lightning reach the Stanley Cup Final. He has 15 goals in 48 career Stanley Cup Playoff games.
MALKIN (HAT TRICK) FUELS PENGUINS COMEBACK WIN OVER CANUCKS
Evgeni Malkin (3-0—3) earned his first hat trick of the season to help the Pittsburgh Penguins overcome a 3-1 third-period deficit and improve to 5-0-2 in their past seven home games.
* Per Elias, the Penguins overcame a multi-goal deficit in the third period and won in regulation for the first time since March 12, 2013 against the Boston Bruins (3-2 W).
* Malkin earned the 10th regular-season hat trick of his NHL career (all w/ PIT) and first since Feb. 25, 2012 vs. TBL (3-1—4). Per Elias, he became the third player in Penguins history to earn 10 or more hat tricks.
NHL Network and Sportsnet will televise "Rogers Hometown Hockey" on Sunday at 5:30 p.m. ET, prior to the game between the Calgary Flames and Carolina Hurricanes on Sportsnet. The game between the Chicago Blackhawks and St. Louis Blues will air after "Rogers Hometown Hockey" at 7 p.m. ET on NHL Network in the U.S. The location this week is Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, and the show will celebrate the history of hockey in the city.
The Florida Panthers became the first team in more than 25 years to defeat the Stanley Cup finalists from the previous season on consecutive days when they won 5-2 against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday.
That victory came one night after the Panthers won 4-0 against the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks. The Blackhawks defeated the Lightning in six games in the Final last June to win the Cup for the third time in six seasons.
Introducing the new official NHL App, available for iPhone, iPad and Android smartphones and tablets. A host of new features and improved functionality are available across all platforms, including a redesigned league-wide scoreboard, expanded news coverage, searchable video highlights, individual team experiences* and more. The new NHL App on your tablet also introduces new offerings such as 60fps video, Multitasking** and Picture-in-Picture.
*Available only for smartphones
** Available only for suported iPads