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Around the League notebook for Sunday, March 22

Sunday, 03.22.2015 / 11:56 PM / News

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The New York Rangers scored a season-high seven goals to defeat the Anaheim Ducks by a score of 7-2. The Rangers, who have won seven of their past eight games (7-1-0), are 46-18-7 (99 points) this season. The Rangers moved into a three-way tie with the idle Montreal Canadiens and Anaheim (in terms of standings points) at the top of the League standings. The Rangers, however, hold two and three games in hand and also own the ROW tiebreaker over both respective clubs (NYR: 42, MTL: 40, ANA: 38).

* The Rangers have allowed two goals or fewer in 10 straight games. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Rangers have allowed two goals or fewer in at least 10 consecutive games for the first time since a span of 12 straight games from Feb. 20-March 18, 1971.


Penguins' Malkin skates, not ruled out for Tuesday

Sunday, 03.22.2015 / 10:32 PM / News

Pittsburgh Penguins forwards Evgeni Malkin and Patric Hornqvist skated Sunday, but it remains unknown when either will be back in the lineup, according to coach Mike Johnston.

Malkin has missed the past four games because of a lower-body injury; Hornqvist (undisclosed) has been out since March 15.

Johnston said he doesn't expect Hornqvist to be able to play when the Penguins face the St. Louis Blues at Consol Energy Center on Tuesday, but he didn't rule out Malkin.

"I still believe that [Malkin] might be a couple days ahead of Patric, but there's no set timeline on when they're going to play for sure," Johnston said, according to the Penguins website.


Hurricanes agree to terms with goalie Tirronen

Sunday, 03.22.2015 / 9:44 PM / News

RALEIGH, NC – Ron Francis, Executive Vice President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has agreed to terms with goaltender Rasmus Tirronen on a one-year, entry-level contract. The deal will pay Tirronen $575,000 on the NHL level or $65,000 in the minor leagues.

“Rasmus had an outstanding senior season for Merrimack,” said Francis. “He’s a big presence in the net and we look forward to following his development next season.”

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Boston University, Minnesota State lead NCAA field

Sunday, 03.22.2015 / 1:13 PM / News

Jack Eichel's potential path to the 2015 Frozen Four will go through Manchester, N.H.

Eichel and Boston University will be the No. 1 seed in the Northeast Regional and open the 2015 NCAA Men's Hockey Tournament against fourth-seeded Yale at Verizon Wireless Arena on Friday after the bracket was announced Sunday. The other three top seeds are North Dakota in the West Regional, Minnesota State in the Midwest Regional and Miami (Ohio) University in the East Regional.

Minnesota State is the No. 1 overall seed in the field. The Mavericks will play fourth-seeded Rochester Institute of Technology at Compton Family Ice Arena on Notre Dame's campus Friday. Minnesota State has never won an NCAA tournament game, losing in the opening round in its previous three trips.


Kings recall center Mike Richards from AHL

Sunday, 03.22.2015 / 12:43 PM / News

The Los Angeles Kings recalled forward Mike Richards from Manchester of the American Hockey League, the Kings announced Sunday.

Richards had three goals and 14 points in 16 games for the Monarchs after being demoted Jan. 27. He hasn't played for the Monarchs since March 8.

Richards has five goals and 15 points in 47 games for the Kings this season. He was a key member of Los Angeles' Stanley Cup-winning team in 2012 and a valuable role player when the Kings won last season, but he was also their fourth-line center for much of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.


Around the League notebook for Saturday, March 21

Sunday, 03.22.2015 / 11:04 AM / News

Kyle Turris scored twice, including the tiebreaking goal in the final minute of the second period, to power the Ottawa Senators to victory to their sixth straight win and to a 14-1-1 record since Feb. 18.

* At 36-24-11 (83 points), the Senators pulled within one point of the Boston Bruins (36-24-12, 84 points), who lost in a shootout, for the final second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Eastern Conference. Ottawa won the season series (OTT: 3-2-0, BOS: 2-1-2) and holds one game in hand, but Boston owns the ROW tiebreaker (BOS: 33, OTT: 31).

* Elias says the Senators have earned at least one point in 15 of 16 games for the first time since Feb. 22 to March 24, 2007, when they advanced to their first and only appearance in the Stanley Cup Final. The last time the Senators won 14 of 16 games was from Jan. 14 to Feb. 14, 2010.


Rogers Hometown Hockey: Prince George, B.C.

Sunday, 03.22.2015 / 3:00 AM / News

CITY in Canada will televise "Rogers Hometown Hockey" on Sunday at 7:30 p.m. ET, prior to the game between the Vancouver Canucks and Arizona Coyotes. The show will also air on NHL Network in the U.S. The location this week is Prince George, British Columbia, and the half-hour program will celebrate the city's iconic hockey story.

Among the features airing on the pregame show:

* Zdeno Chara left his native Slovakia after he was drafted by the New York Islanders. Before he began his NHL career, he spent a season with the Prince George Cougars of the Western Hockey League.


Maple Leafs sign free-agent forward Casey Bailey

Saturday, 03.21.2015 / 7:21 PM / News

David Nonis, Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs, announced Saturday that the club has signed free agent forward Casey Bailey to a two-year entry level contract.

Bailey, 23, collected 40 points (22 goals, 18 assists) in 36 regular season games this season with Penn State University (Big-10). Bailey led the entire Big-10 Conference with 22 goals and ranked fourth overall with 40 points. In 96 career games at Penn State University, Bailey registered 80 points (45 goals, 35 assists) and 91 penalty minutes. The Anchorage, Alaska native led the Big-10, averaging 5.70 shots on goal per game.


Around the League notebook for Friday, March 20

Saturday, 03.21.2015 / 1:42 AM / News

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Corey Perry (1-0—1) scored 1:25 into overtime to propel the Anaheim Ducks to a 3-2 victory against the Colorado Avalanche. The Ducks earned their fourth straight win and improved to 46-20-7 (99 points). Anaheim passed the idle Montreal Canadiens for sole possession of first in the League standings.

* According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Ducks own the second-most wins and standings points through 73 games in franchise history; the 2013-14 club had a record of 47-18-8 (102 points) through 73 games.

* The Ducks also earned their League-leading 29th victory in one-goal games this season, improving to 29-1-7. Anaheim is the only team with fewer than three one-goal losses in regulation the season. Anaheim also earned its League-leading 15th win in games that have gone beyond regulation (15-2-6).


Rangers' Lundqvist misses practice for child's birth

Saturday, 03.21.2015 / 1:10 AM / News

New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist did not practice Friday in order to be with his wife, who gave birth to the couple's second child.

"My little girl is here!! Everyone is doing great. She did not get the memo of me returning to practice today so we'll try that again," he said via Twitter on Friday evening.

Lundqvist was scheduled to participate in his first practice since being diagnosed with a vascular injury in his neck Feb. 3.

He was injured Jan. 31 against the Carolina Hurricanes when a shot from forward Brad Malone deflected off the stick of Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh and struck Lundqvist in the throat. He remained in the game and then defeated the Florida Panthers two nights later before being diagnosed with the injury. On Tuesday doctors gave him the clearance to begin practicing.

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