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Around the League notebook for Friday, Nov. 7

Saturday, 11.08.2014 / 1:20 AM / News

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CAPITALS RALLY TO WIN WINTER CLASSIC PREVIEW

Trailing 2-0 a minute into the second period, the Washington Capitals scored three unanswered goals late in the period and hung on to beat the Chicago Blackhawks in their only meeting before a New Year’s Day showdown at Nationals Park in Washington in the 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic.

* Braden Holtby made a season-high 38 saves to help the Capitals earn their first win since Oct. 26, snapping a 0-4-1 skid. It was Washington's first regulation win at United Center since Feb. 15, 2004.

* The Capitals scored three times in the final 4:57 of the second period, two of them in 42 seconds during the final minute by Marcus Johansson (1-1—2) and Joel Ward. Johansson stretched his point streak to four games (3-3—6) and Ward scored for the third consecutive game. He leads the Capitals with two game-winning goals.

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Red Wings goalie Gustavsson out two months

Friday, 11.07.2014 / 8:42 PM / News

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The Detroit Red Wings expect goaltender Jonas Gustavsson to miss two months after dislocating his left shoulder, the team said Friday.

Gustavsson was injured Wednesday reaching for a rebound before Derick Brassard scored 1:50 into overtime to give the New York Rangers a 4-3 win. Gustavsson made 26 saves in his first start in five games.

General manager Ken Holland told the Red Wings website that surgery is not planned and Gustavsson will be evaluated in 4-6 weeks.

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Canadiens' Scherbak leads Russia Super Series roster

Friday, 11.07.2014 / 5:24 PM / News

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Montreal Canadiens prospect Nikita Scherbak, the 26th pick of the 2014 NHL Draft, was one of the players who will be part of the Russia roster that will take part in the 2014 Subway Super Series.

Scherbak has 10 goals and 20 points in 12 games with the Everett Silvertips of the Western Hockey League.

Russia will have a 23-man roster for the six-game tournament and will use 10 Russian players already skating in the Canadian Hockey League. That includes Scherbak, who only will play in the first two games, against the Western Hockey League.

Scherbak is one of seven players who have been drafted by NHL teams who will play in the Super Series. Other players already drafted are goaltender Igor Shesterkin (New York Rangers), defenseman Rushan Rafikov (Calgary Flames) and Rinat Valiev (Toronto Maple Leafs), and forwards Pavel Kraskovsky (Winnipeg Jets), Sergey Tolchinsky (Carolina Hurricanes) and Ivan Barbashev (St. Louis Blues).

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Rangers' Stepan to make season debut Saturday

Friday, 11.07.2014 / 3:29 PM / News

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New York Rangers center Derek Stepan will make his season debut Saturday against the Toronto Maple Leafs, coach Alain Vigneault told the Rangers website Friday.

"I think he's probably the happiest person around our surroundings today," Vigneault said. "He's been waiting for this for a long time. He's worked extremely hard. He's good to go. He's going to play [Saturday]."

Stepan has not played since sustaining a broken left fibula during a training camp conditioning drill Sept. 24. The initial diagnosis was Stepan would miss 4-6 weeks; Saturday will be six weeks and three days.

"I feel good, I feel strong," Stepan said, according to The (Bergen) Record. "It was good to get back in the mix."

Vigneault said Stepan will skate between Chris Kreider and Mats Zuccarello against the Maple Leafs.

"[Stepan and Kreider] have got some real good chemistry," Vigneault said. "He understands Chris well, he reads him well, he uses his speed well. [Zuccarello] I feel should fit in real nicely with that line."

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Vande Sompel to play in two OHL Super Series games

Friday, 11.07.2014 / 2:19 PM / News

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Mitchell Vande Sompel, a top prospect for the 2015 NHL Draft, will play in both games for the Ontario Hockey League against Russia in the 2014 Subway Super Series, the OHL announced Friday.

Vande Sompel, a defenseman with the Oshawa Generals, was added to the OHL roster for Game 3, on Nov. 13 in Peterborough, Ontario. He replaces Alexander Peters, a Dallas Stars prospect, who is unable to play because of an injury. Vande Sompel initially was named to the roster for Game 4 of the series, Nov. 17 in Kingston, Ontario.

He entered play Friday tied for the lead among OHL defensemen with 19 points in 16 games. The 5-foot-10, 182-pound defender earned a B rating from NHL Central Scouting on its preliminary players to watch list.

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Around the League notebook for Thursday, Nov. 6

Friday, 11.07.2014 / 2:31 AM / News

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BLUES HOLD ON FOR SEVENTH CONSECUTIVE WIN

The New Jersey Devils scored three goals in the final 3:25 of regulation, ending Jake Allen’s shutout streak at 184:38, but David Backes’ power-play goal at 17:28 of the final frame stood as the game-winner as the St. Louis Blues won their seventh consecutive game.

* According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Allen’s shutout streak is the longest ever by a Blues rookie, surpassing Ernie Wakely's mark of 150:50 set in 1969-70. The last NHL rookie with a streak as long as Allen’s was Steve Mason of the Columbus Blue Jackets in 2008-09 (199:28).

* Allen’s streak is the fifth-longest in Blues history, behind Brian Elliott (241:33 in 2011-12, 214:02 in 2012-13), Manny Legace (187:39 in 2007-08) and Greg Millen (184:47 in 1988-89).

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Maple Leafs forward Winnik taken off ice on stretcher

Friday, 11.07.2014 / 1:32 AM / News

Rick Sadowski  -  NHL.com Correspondent

DENVER -- Forward Daniel Winnik sustained a head injury early in the first period of the Toronto Maples Leafs' 4-3 shootout loss to the Colorado Avalanche at Pepsi Center on Thursday but should be fine, coach Randy Carlyle said.

"It’s one of those situations where you’re expecting a lot worse and he isn’t any worse for wear," Carlyle said.

Winnik was taken off the ice on a stretcher after landing on his head while still wearing a helmet following a collision at center ice with Avalanche defenseman Jan Hejda just across the Colorado blue line 45 seconds into the game.

Winnik didn't appear to be moving as he lay on the ice and was being attended to by medical staff, but he was blinking his eyes and moving the fingers on his right hand after being strapped to the stretcher.

"After I just watched it I didn’t think it was that bad," Carlyle said. "The bad part about it was he was out of it. He didn’t move. That left everybody gasping.

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Red Wings goalie Gustavsson dislocated shoulder

Thursday, 11.06.2014 / 7:14 PM / News

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Detroit Red Wings goalie Jonas Gustavsson will miss the next several weeks because of a dislocated left shoulder sustained Wednesday against the New York Rangers, general manager Ken Holland said Thursday.

"I don't have any timeframe for you," Holland told the Red Wings website. "I don't know if he needs surgery or doesn't need surgery. I know it's dislocated. He's out for a significant period of time."

Gustavsson, 30, will have X-rays and be evaluated Friday. He was injured reaching for a rebound before Derick Brassard scored 1:50 into overtime to give the Rangers a 4-3 win. He made 26 saves in his first start in five games.

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Maple Leafs forward Ashton suspended 20 games

Thursday, 11.06.2014 / 4:26 PM / News

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Toronto Maple Leafs forward Carter Ashton was suspended 20 games without pay Thursday for violating the terms of the NHL/NHL Players' Association Performance Enhancing Substances Program.

Ashton will forfeit $169,185 in salary and under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement the suspension is accompanied by a mandatory referral to the NHL/NHLPA Program for Substance Abuse and Behavioral Health for evaluation and possible treatment.

"The Toronto Maple Leafs support the NHL/NHLPA Performance Enhancing Substances Program and today's decision to suspend forward Carter Ashton," Maple Leafs president Brendan Shanahan said in a statement. "At this time, out of respect for Carter and the process involved, the club will not comment any further."

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Blackhawks forward Sharp will miss 3-4 weeks

Thursday, 11.06.2014 / 2:36 PM / News

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Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Sharp will miss 3-4 weeks with a lower-body injury sustained Tuesday in a 5-0 win against the Montreal Canadiens, coach Joel Quenneville said Thursday.

Patrick Sharp
Left Wing - CHI
GOALS: 3 | ASST: 6 | PTS: 9
SOG: 56 | +/-: -2

Sharp left the game Tuesday with 13:05 remaining after a hit by Montreal defenseman Alexei Emelin. He has three goals and nine points in 13 games after leading the Blackhawks with 78 points last season, during which he missed 14 games because of an upper-body injury.

"Miss a guy like Sharpie, you miss some production, miss some consistency in a lot of areas," Quenneville told ESPNChicago.com. "At the same time, it's a good opportunity for some guys that are looking and want more."

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