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Hall of Fame names Lanny McDonald chair of board

Wednesday, 03.25.2015 / 12:02 PM / News

NHL.com

Lanny McDonald will become the next chair of the board of the Hockey Hall of Fame, vice chair Jim Gregory announced Wednesday.

McDonald, a Hall of Fame member who currently serves on the selection committee, will take over the position effective July 1. He replaces the late Pat Quinn, who died in November.

"As a perennial supporter since his induction in 1992 and a member of the selection committee for the past nine years, Lanny is familiar with the affairs of the Hockey Hall of Fame just as the hockey world remembers his achievements during his outstanding playing career," Gregory said in a statement. "While Lanny is highly recognized as an exceptional hockey player, he is also a dedicated family man, community benefactor, philanthropist and successful businessman whose leadership qualities will be a valuable asset to the Hall and its continued growth and development."

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Around the League notebook for Tuesday, March 24

Wednesday, 03.25.2015 / 9:00 AM / News

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LIGHTNING MATCH FRANCHISE RECORD, CLOSE GAP IN ATLANTIC

Ahead two goals before the eight-minute mark, the Lightning surrendered three goals in a span of 1:58 but scored twice in the third period, including Ryan Callahan's winning goal with 2:28 left, to pick up their fourth straight victory. 4-3 against the Florida Panthers.

* The Lightning (46-21-7, 99 points) are one of four teams in the NHL at 99 points. They sit one point behind the Atlantic Division rival Montreal Canadiens (46-20-8, 100 points), who lost in overtime but became the first team to reach the 100-point plateau and pulled into top spot in the entire League, where the top 12 teams are separated by 10 points.

* Tampa Bay's 46 wins equal a single-season franchise record established in 2003-04 (46-22-14, 106 points) en route to its first and only Stanley Cup championship. The Lightning matched that win total last season (46-27-9, 101 points) and in 2010-11 (46-25-11, 103 points), their only other seasons with at least 100 points.

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Canucks sign defenseman Tanev to five-year contract

Tuesday, 03.24.2015 / 5:14 PM / News

Kevin Woodley - NHL.com Correspondent

VANCOUVER -- Vancouver Canucks defenseman Christopher Tanev figured he was finished with hockey in high school, so the idea of one day signing a five-year, $22.25 million contract never crossed his mind.

That's exactly what the 25-year-old did Tuesday, signing an extension with the Canucks worth $4.45 million per season almost 10 years after he thought he was done playing competitively.

"It's something I never thought would happen at all, especially during those days," said Tanev, who signed in Vancouver as an undrafted free agent in 2010, after one season playing NCAA hockey at the Rochester Institute of Technology. "Even during college I had no idea I would be in the NHL now. It's just something that's evolved so fast and I'm just happy to be here and along for the ride."

It's a ride that almost ended in grade 10 because Tanev was 5 feet tall and weighed less than 120 pounds, too small to continue playing AAA hockey in the Greater Toronto Hockey League.

"I couldn't really make any triple-A teams, so I just went back and played high school hockey once a week with my buddies," said Tanev, who also turned to roller hockey. "And I honestly thought I would play some high school hockey with friends and that would be it."

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Stars captain Benn questionable for Wednesday

Tuesday, 03.24.2015 / 5:02 PM / News

NHL.com Staff

Dallas Stars captain Jamie Benn is questionable for the game Wednesday at the Calgary Flames.

Benn sustained an undisclosed injury late in the Stars' 4-3 win against the Buffalo Sabres and did not practice Tuesday.

"Jamie is a little bit of a concern," coach Lindy Ruff told the Stars website Tuesday. "He was hurting late in the game and he was sore today. We'll see. He is a question mark for tomorrow."

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Bruins defenseman Hamilton out indefinitely

Tuesday, 03.24.2015 / 4:47 PM / News

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Boston Bruins defenseman Dougie Hamilton is out indefinitely because of an unspecified injury and will be evaluated in a few days, coach Claude Julien told the Bruins website Tuesday.

Hamilton may have sustained a shoulder injury during the Bruins' shootout loss to the Florida Panthers on Saturday, according to Comcast SportsNet New England. Hamilton left that game in the second period after a hit against the boards by Scottie Upshall and Nick Bjugstad.

The Bruins shuffled their defensive pairings at practice Tuesday, according to the Boston Globe.Adam McQuaid moved into the top pair with Zdeno CharaZach Trotman, recalled from Providence of the American Hockey League on Sunday, skated with Matt Bartkowski.

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Red Wings' Helm, girlfriend recount unique birth

Tuesday, 03.24.2015 / 4:25 PM / News

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DETROIT – Every time Darren Helm drives by mile marker 160 near the Beck Road exit on Interstate 96 he'll be reminded of the time his youngest daughter uniquely entered the world.

Rylee Klaire Helm, weighed 6 pounds, 10 ounces when she made her extraordinary debut at 2:15 Monday morning in the backseat of her dad's black four-door Audi.

"I don't think I've been more nervous in my life and scared," the Detroit Red Wings' forward said. "I didn't really have a chance to think about it until after. … I was petrified. But things ended up working out great."

Sunday evening began as a relatively quiet one for Helm, his longtime girlfriend, Devon Englot, and their 3 ½-year-old daughter, Reece.

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Rangers' Lundqvist targets weekend return to lineup

Tuesday, 03.24.2015 / 12:34 PM / News

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

NEW YORK -- New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist is targeting a return to the lineup this weekend. The Rangers play at the Boston Bruins on Saturday and at home against the Washington Capitals on Sunday.

"That's my goal, yeah," Lundqvist said Tuesday morning. "I think I need at least one more or two more skates just to work on my timing, but I feel close."

Lundqvist, who hasn't played since Feb. 2 because of a vascular injury to his neck, participated in the morning skate at Madison Square Garden prior to the game against the Los Angeles Kings (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN). It was his first full practice since he was taken out of the lineup.

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Senators' Hammond expected to play Thursday: report

Tuesday, 03.24.2015 / 12:08 PM / News

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Goaltender Andrew Hammond should be available for the Ottawa Senators on Thursday against the New York Rangers, Senators coach Dave Cameron said Tuesday on TSN 1200 Radio in Ottawa.

Hammond collided with San Jose Sharks forward Logan Couture during the third period of the Senators' 5-2 win Monday against the Sharks. Hammond remained in the game and finished with 29 saves. The victory boosted the Senators past the Boston Bruins for the final wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs in the Eastern Conference.

The win also extended Hammond's record to 14-0-1 in 15 starts this season. He can tie the NHL record of 16 starts without a regulation loss to start a career held by Patrick Lalime, who started 14-0-2 with the 1996-97 Pittsburgh Penguins.

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Around the League notebook for Monday, March 23

Tuesday, 03.24.2015 / 10:30 AM / News

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SURGING SENATORS REACH WILD-CARD SPOT WITH WIN AGAINST SHARKS

Facing a 2-1 deficit at the outset of the third period, the Ottawa Senators scored four straight goals, including two in a span of 1:12, to defeat the San Jose Sharks by a score of 5-2. The Senators, who have earned points in 16 of their past 17 games (15-1-1), are 37-24-11 (85 points) and leapfrogged the idle Boston Bruins to take sole possession of the final wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Eastern Conference.

* According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Senators have recorded points in 16 of 17 games for the first time since Feb. 20-March 24, 2007 (11-1-5). Elias also says that Ottawa have won 15 of 17 games for the first time since Oct. 3-Nov. 15, 2007 (15-2-0).

* Andrew Hammond made 29 saves and is 14-0-1 in his first 15 career starts, which includes victories in nine consecutive decisions. Through his 15 starts, Hammond has posted a 1.67 goals-against average and a .946 save percentage.

* Elias says that Hammond is the first goaltender in NHL history to earn points in each of his first 15 career starts since Patrick Lalime went 14-0-2 in his first 16 career starts with the Pittsburgh Penguins during the 1996-97 season.

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Victoria's Lowry to coach Canada at 2016 WJC

Monday, 03.23.2015 / 5:15 PM / News

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

Dave Lowry was named coach of Canada for the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship, Hockey Canada announced Monday.

Lowry, the coach of the Victoria Royals of the Western Hockey League, won a gold medal as an assistant coach for Canada at the 2015 WJC.

"We're going to continue to build on the momentum that we generated in 2015," Lowry said. "The mindset and mandate moving forward will be we're going to once again look to take the best players and we're going to make the players buy into playing the game a certain way and that'll be our way."

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