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Around the League notebook for Sunday, Jan. 18

Monday, 01.19.2015 / 12:07 AM / News

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Facing a 3-0 deficit at the outset of the second period, the Detroit Red Wings scored five consecutive goals en route to a 6-4 win against the Buffalo Sabres. The Red Wings improved to 26-11-9 (61 points) and passed the idle Montreal Canadiens for second in the Atlantic Division standings. With the win, Detroit also concluded the season series against Buffalo with a 3-1-0 record.

* According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the last time Detroit rallied from a three-goal deficit and won was earlier this season on Nov. 28, 2014 when the Red Wings overcame a 4-1 deficit to defeat the New Jersey Devils 5-4 in a shootout.

* Henrik Zetterberg (3-1—4) scored three goals in the third period to record his first hat trick of the season and his first since Feb. 1, 2013 in a 5-3 win against the St. Louis Blues. Zetterberg's hat trick was the sixth of his career. According to Elias, the last member of the Red Wings to record a hat trick via three goals in one period was Johan Franzen, who had three goals in the third period on Feb. 2, 2011 in a 7-5 victory against the Ottawa Senators. Franzen finished the game with five goals.


Devils' Schneider practices, expected to start Monday

Sunday, 01.18.2015 / 4:53 PM / News

The New Jersey Devils plan to start goaltender Cory Schneider against the San Jose Sharks on Monday, interim co-coach Lou Lamoriello told on Sunday.

"I had [Saturday] off, felt OK today and should be good to go," Schneider said after practice, according to "So, it's more just I got my bell rung a bit and they wanted to be careful. So, fortunately, it wasn't any more than that."

Schneider, 28, was struck in his mask by a Matt Beleskey shot in the first period of a 5-1 loss to the Anaheim Ducks on Friday and sat the final two periods as a precaution. Goalie Keith Kinkaid allowed four goals on 25 shots in relief.


Staal, Rangers agree to terms on contract extension

Sunday, 01.18.2015 / 3:36 PM / News

Defenseman Marc Staal and the New York Rangers agreed to terms on a contract extension, the Rangers announced Sunday after a 5-2 win against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Terms were not disclosed, but reported a six-year extension with an average annual value of $5.7 million, a full no-trade clause in the first three years and a full-no movement clause.


Around the League notebook for Saturday, Jan. 17

Sunday, 01.18.2015 / 10:25 AM / News

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Former Los Angeles Kings captain/defenseman, current club executive and 2014 Hockey Hall of Fame inductee Rob Blake had his No. 4 jersey raised to the rafters at STAPLES Center.

Blake became the sixth Kings player to be so honored, joining Luc Robitaille (No. 20/2007), Wayne Gretzky (No. 99/2002), Dave Taylor (No. 18/1995), Marcel Dionne (No. /1990) and Rogie Vachon (No. /1985).

Blake is the all-time leader in games played, goals, assists and points by a Kings defenseman. He played 14 of his 20 NHL seasons with the Kings, including six as captain. He helped L.A. reach the Stanley Cup Final in 1993, won the franchise's first Norris Trophy in 1998 and made seven trips to the NHL All-Star Game, representing the Kings four times.

Click here to watch Blake's speech and here for Robitaille honoring his former teammate.


Rogers Hometown Hockey celebrates Charlottetown

Sunday, 01.18.2015 / 3:00 AM / News

City TV in Canada and NHL Network in the U.S. will televise "Rogers Hometown Hockey" at 6:30 p.m. ET Sunday. In Canada, the show will be followed by the game between the Arizona Coyotes and Winnipeg Jets. The location this week is Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, and the half-hour program will celebrate the city's iconic hockey story.

Among the features airing on the pregame show:

* Lanterns hang in the windows on Prince Edward Island to welcome sailors home from sea. They also help Chicago Blackhawks center Brad Richards find his way back to his family.


Kings raise Blake's No. 4 to rafters of Staples Center

Sunday, 01.18.2015 / 12:23 AM / News

Curtis Zupke - Correspondent

LOS ANGELES -- Rob Blake recalled the first time he stepped on the ice to play for the Los Angeles Kings at the old Great Western Forum.

"I looked up and it was [the jerseys of] Rogie Vachon and Marcel Dionne and later in my career it was Wayne Gretzky and Luc Robitaille," Blake said. "The one thing I wanted to communicate with you from Day One: I wanted to be up there."

That dream came true Saturday when Blake was the sixth Kings player and first defenseman to have his jersey retired at Staples Center before the Kings played the Anaheim Ducks. He is the Kings' all-time leader in scoring and games played among defensemen and their only Norris Trophy winner.

"In my wildest dreams, I didn't think it would feel this good," Blake said.


Flyers defenseman Timonen still has blood clot in leg

Saturday, 01.17.2015 / 12:40 PM / News

Joe Yerdon - Correspondent

BUFFALO -- The blood clot in the lungs of Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Kimmo Timonen has cleared up, but the one in his leg has not, general manager Ron Hextall said Saturday.

"We have to get more doctors reports and then we're going to huddle up with the doctors within the next few days and try and figure out a direction here that we're going to take," Hextall said.

Timonen was diagnosed with the blood clots in September and has not played this season. At 39 years old, there's a question as to whether he'll be able to play again this season or in his career.

"Kimmo wants to play," Hextall said. "If everything checks out right and he wants to play, then he can play. It's going to come down to the risk, where we are in the season and all that. He's also got a decision to make too. … Even if there's no risk and he doesn't feel comfortable playing, then we'll live with that. If he really wants to play and everything we hear from the [doctor] checks out, then we'll allow him to play."


Around the League notebook for Friday, Jan. 16

Saturday, 01.17.2015 / 9:36 AM / News

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Kyle Okposo (4-0—4) scored four times to lead the New York Islanders to a 6-3 against the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Islanders' fourth straight win improved their record to 30-13-1 (61 points) this season to remain first in the Metropolitan Division standings and pass the idle Tampa Bay Lightning for first in the Eastern Conference standings.

* According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Islanders set a franchise record with 30 wins in their first 44 games to begin a season. The previous high the franchise recorded through 44 games was 29 wins (29-6-9) during the 1978-79 season. The Islanders have also won 15 of their first 19 home games (15-4-0). According to the Elias, the last time the franchise won 15 of their first 19 games on home ice was also during the 1978-79 season (15-0-4).

* Okposo's four-goal game was the first of his career and his first career hat trick. According to Elias, Okposo was the first member of the Islanders to score four goals in a game since Matt Moulson did so on Dec. 3, 2011 in a 5-4 win against the Dallas Stars. Okposo was also the seventh member of the Islanders to score four times in a game since the 1990-91 season; his predecessors were Derek King (four goals on Dec. 31, 1990), Ray Ferraro (four goals on Jan. 7, 1992), Steve Thomas (four goals on April 15, 1992), Alexei Yashin (four goals on March 25, 2003), Viktor Kozlov (four goals on Dec. 3, 2006) and Moulson.


Devils goalie Schneider leaves game with injury

Saturday, 01.17.2015 / 2:09 AM / News

Curtis Zupke - Correspondent

ANAHEIM -- New Jersey Devils goalie Cory Schneider left the game against the Anaheim Ducks on Friday with an upper-body injury. He did not return.

Schneider was replaced by Keith Kinkaid to start the second period. Schneider may have been injured when he was hit by a shot by Ducks left wing Matt Beleskey.

New Jersey interim co-coach Lou Lamoriello said the extent of Schneider's injury won't be known until he is evaluated later.

"He got hit with a shot in the first period. He's feeling better right now, but he couldn't go back in," Lamoriello said.


Avalanche goalie Berra scores in AHL game

Friday, 01.16.2015 / 11:55 PM / News

Reto Berra of the Lake Erie Monsters on Friday became the 11th goaltender in American Hockey League history to score a goal.

The Colorado Avalanche prospect scored into an empty net in a 5-1 win against the Chicago Wolves at Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Ill.

With Chicago goaltender Matt Climie on the bench for an extra attacker, Berra shot the puck the length of the ice into the vacated net to give Lake Erie a 4-1 lead at 18:34 of the third period.

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