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Devils defenseman Severson out 4-5 weeks

Thursday, 12.18.2014 / 3:20 PM / News

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New Jersey Devils rookie defenseman Damon Severson has a hairline fracture in his ankle and is expected to miss between four-to-five weeks, the team announced Thursday.

Severson was a last-minute scratch Wednesday, when the Devils lost 2-0 to the Ottawa Senators at Prudential Center. He participated in the morning skate and took his regular turn in pregame warm-ups alongside defense partner Andy Greene, but was scratched in favor of Seth Helgeson.

Severson played in New Jersey's first 32 games and has 12 points on four goals and eight assists.

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Predators place forward Stalberg on waivers

Thursday, 12.18.2014 / 12:04 PM / News

NashvillePredators.com

Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the team has placed forward Viktor Stalberg on waivers with the intention of assigning him to the American Hockey League's Milwaukee Admirals.

After missing six weeks of action due to a knee injury, Stalberg is prepared to return to action. With the NHL roster freeze going into effect on Friday at 11:59 p.m. CT and lasting until 12:01 a.m. CT on Dec. 28, and the team being at the 23-player roster maximum, the move was necessary before the team heads out for its final three games before the holiday break.

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Phantoms tie AHL record for fastest three goals

Thursday, 12.18.2014 / 11:08 AM / News

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The Lehigh Valley Phantoms made American Hockey League history Tuesday, scoring three times over a 21-second span in the opening minute of the game against the Binghamton Senators.

The Phantoms tied an AHL mark for the fastest three goals in league history. The record was previously set by the Hershey Bears in 1962.

Petr Straka, Jason Akeson and Andrew Gordon all scored between the 15- and 36-second marks.

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Niedermayer, Hasek, Reichel to enter IIHF Hall of Fame

Thursday, 12.18.2014 / 10:08 AM / News

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Scott Niedermayer, Dominik Hasek and Robert Reichel are among a class of seven to be inducted into the International Ice Hockey Federation Hall of Fame next May in Prague, the IIHF announced on its website Thursday.

Niedermayer, a four-time Stanley Cup champion with the New Jersey Devils and Anaheim Ducks, was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2013. A member of the Triple Gold club, he led Canada to the gold medal at the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics and 2010 Vancouver Olympics as well as the 1991 World Junior Championship and the 2004 World Championship. He also won the 2004 World Cup of Hockey with Canada.

Hasek, a member of the 2014 Hockey Hall of Fame class, may be best remembered in the Czech Republic for his performance at the 1998 Nagano Olympics, when he led his country with a shootout win against Canada in the semifinals and shut out Russia 1-0 in the gold-medal game. Hasek was one of the preeminent NHL goalies of his era, winning the Vezina Trophy six times, five with the Buffalo Sabres, and the Stanley Cup twice with the Detroit Red Wings.

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Letter from the Beliveau family

Thursday, 12.18.2014 / 9:41 AM / News

MontrealCanadiens.com

Hello everyone.

You can be certain that our grandfather, had he been with us today, wouldn't have addressed all of you without first expressing his deepest gratitude for the many heartwarming tributes that were shared over the past few days. We would like to take this moment, first and foremost, to say a special thanks to all of you.

Thank you to all his fans for their passion and kindness. He respected all of you unconditionally. Thank you to all of the doctors who treated him over all these years: Dr. Douglas Kinnear, Dr. David Mulder, Dr. Maurice Godin, Dr. Michael Churchill-Smith, Dr. Robert Côté and Dr. Pierre Lanouette. You were a source of infinite support for our family, and you have his most sincere admiration. A big thank you to the members of the nursing staff who watched over our grandfather with gentleness and care until his last day. Thank you to the Montreal Canadiens organization, the Molson family, and every person who worked so hard to present such memorable tribute ceremonies. We also wish to thank Suzanne Pelletier and the staff at the Urgel Bourgie funeral complex in Longueuil, who took care of him with compassion and dedication, even after his death.

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Around the League notebook for Wednesday, Dec. 17

Thursday, 12.18.2014 / 1:11 AM / News

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ERIKSSON LIFTS BRUINS IN OVERTIME

After surrendering the tying goal with 8:21 left in regulation, Loui Eriksson (1-1-2) netted his seventh career overtime (WATCH) goal to lift the Boston Bruins to a 3-2 win against the Minnesota Wild.

* Eriksson's overtime tally was his first with a team other than Dallas, where he played from 2006-2013 and scored his first six career overtime goals (first: Dec. 16, 2008). According to Elias Sports Bureau, since the 2008-09 season, only Alex Ovechkin (10) and Steven Stamkos (8) have more overtime tallies than Eriksson.

* Rookie netminder Niklas Svedberg stopped 35 shots, including all 20 he faced in the second period. Per Elias, Svedberg is the first rookie goalie to stop 20 shots in one period for the Bruins since Oct. 27, 2005 when Hannu Toivonen denied 20 shots in the second period of a 36-save victory against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

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Hartley, with extension, focused on Flames' rebuild

Wednesday, 12.17.2014 / 7:51 PM / News

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CALGARY -- Bob Hartley is committed. So are the Calgary Flames.

Hartley, who has coached Calgary to a 71-79-13 record over two-plus seasons, has signed a multiyear contract extension, it was announced Wednesday.

"I'm coaching hockey because it's my passion, it's what I like the most," said Hartley, whose contract was to expire at the end of this season. "I wanted to be here, I'm a coach, but I wear the 'Flaming C' with lots of pride. There was not a second, not a minute that I didn't want to continue what we started. It was not the term and it was not about money, it was about getting the opportunity to keep growing in this organization, to keep working with the players we have.

"I've said it many times: I feel very fortunate to be working not only with good players but good people, and that makes our job very enjoyable. Tomorrow it's back to daily business, which is what I love the most. Let's go win some hockey games."

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Blues' Schwartz week-to-week because of foot injury

Wednesday, 12.17.2014 / 7:47 PM / News

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St. Louis Blues left wing Jaden Schwartz is week-to-week because of a right-foot injury, general manager Doug Armstrong announced Wednesday.

Schwartz sustained the injury in the Blues' 5-2 win against the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday.

The Blues put Schwartz on injured reserve and recalled forward Dmitrij Jaskin from the Chicago Wolves of the American Hockey League.

Schwartz, 22, is second on the Blues with 11 goals, tied for second in points (27) and tied for third in assists (16).

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Fleury out for Penguins, being tested for mumps

Wednesday, 12.17.2014 / 6:56 PM / News

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Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury is being tested for the mumps and will not play Thursday against the Colorado Avalanche.

Fleury and defensemen Robert Bortuzzo and Olli Maatta reported not feeling well and were being tested for the virus as a precaution.

"We will probably get those results back in a three-day period," Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford said, according to the Penguins website.

Penguins captain Sidney Crosby was diagnosed with the mumps on Sunday and on Tuesday teammate Beau Bennett was announced to have it.

It was determined Crosby was past the infectious stage of the disease Monday, and the Penguins said Crosby skated Wednesday on his own.

"He looked good on the ice," Penguins coach Mike Johnston said, according to the Penguins website. "It was a full skate. He worked on some extra conditioning drills."

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Around the League notebook for Tuesday, Dec. 16

Wednesday, 12.17.2014 / 9:00 AM / News

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BLUE JACKETS EARN SEVENTH STRAIGHT WIN

Sergei Bobrovsky denied all 30 shots he faced and stopped two of three shootout attempts and Ryan Johansen and Boone Jenner tallied in the tiebreaker to lead the Columbus Blue Jackets to their seventh consecutive victory, 1-0 against the Detroit Red Wings.

* The Blue Jackets have won seven straight games for the second time in franchise history and are within one victory of matching the franchise's longest winning streak, set last season from Jan. 6-23 (8-0-0). Their seven-game run is the longest active streak in the NHL.

* The Blue Jackets have required extra time in five games during their winning streak, including each of their past four (2-0 in OT; 3-0 in shootouts).

* Bobrovsky recorded his 10th career shutout and first since April 6 vs. NYI. At 12-8-1, Bobrovsky has been in goal for 12 of Columbus' 13 wins this season, posting a 2.54 goals-against average and .923 save percentage.

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