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Around the League notebook for Saturday, Jan. 3

Sunday, 01.04.2015 / 10:27 AM / News

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OFFENSIVE EXPLOSION

A total of 74 goals were scored in the 10 games played Saturday (7.4 goals per game).

* Each game featured at least five goals, including seven in which one team scored at least five consecutive goals (Nashville Predators, New Jersey Devils, New York Rangers, Winnipeg Jets, Dallas Stars, Arizona Coyotes, St. Louis Blues).

* The highest scoring affair was the Nashville Predators against the Los Angeles Kings, which included four goals in each of the first three periods – highlighted by three Kings scores in the final 2:01 of regulation – and Roman Josi's goal 18 seconds into overtime.

* Thirteen players had at least three points, including three such performances by defensemen, two hat tricks (Jaromir Jagr and TJ Oshie) and four-point games by Coyotes forward Martin Hanzal (1-3—4), Blues forwards Alexander Steen (1-3—4) and Oshie (3-1—4), and defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk (1-3—4).

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Rogers Hometown Hockey celebrates Owen Sound

Sunday, 01.04.2015 / 3:00 AM / News

NHL.com

CITY in Canada will televise "Rogers Hometown Hockey" at 6:30 p.m. Sunday prior to the game between the Tampa Bay Lightning and Ottawa Senators. The location this week is Owen Sound, Ontario, and the half-hour program will celebrate the city's iconic hockey story.

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Blackhawks forward Versteeg to miss about a month

Saturday, 01.03.2015 / 2:51 PM / News

Chicago Blackhawks forward Kris Versteeg will be out about a month with an injury, coach Joel Quenneville said Saturday.

Versteeg blocked a shot during third period of the 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic on Jan. 1 against the Washington Capitals and left the game with an apparent hand injury.

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Around the League notebook for Friday, Jan. 2

Saturday, 01.03.2015 / 2:06 AM / News

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BELESKEY NETS (ANOTHER) WINNER, DUCKS REMAIN ATOP STANDINGS

The Anaheim Ducks surrendered three one-goal leads, but Matt Beleskey (1-1-2) scored at 10:55 of the third period to lift the Ducks to their ninth straight home win against the St. Louis Blues (dating to Jan. 7, 2010).

* The Ducks (25-9-6, 56 points) improved to 11-3-1 in their past 15 games to maintain their lead atop the NHL standings.

* Beleskey leads the Ducks with 16 goals this season, including five game-winners to equal Patrick Kane, Oliver Ekman-Larsson and Lars Eller for the NHL lead in that category. His second multipoint performance of the season helped him eclipse 100 career points.

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Flyers' Giroux 'got lucky,' avoids serious leg injury

Friday, 01.02.2015 / 11:39 PM / News

NHL.com

Philadelphia Flyers captain Claude Giroux is as durable as they come, missing five games in the past six seasons.

An injury he sustained Friday in a 2-1 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes appeared to be serious, but Giroux might not even miss Philadelphia's game against the New Jersey Devils on Saturday.

About 4:45 into the third period, Giroux's left leg was cut by the skate of Hurricanes defenseman Justin Faulk. Giroux was bleeding and crumpled to the ice.


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Arizona Coyotes introduce Barroway as owner

Friday, 01.02.2015 / 6:22 PM / News

Jerry Brown - NHL.com Correspondent

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Andrew Barroway's lifelong attraction to hockey began as a fan of the Philadelphia Flyers' "Broad Street Bullies" of the 1970s.

On Dec. 31, the NHL Board of Governors approved Barroway's purchase of a majority stake (51 percent) in the Arizona Coyotes, two days after they defeated the Flyers 4-2.

"My first game here was against the Flyers. Even though they were my team, I couldn't have been happier beating them," said Barroway, who was introduced as majority owner, chairman and governor of the Coyotes on Friday at Gila River Arena. "It was awesome. It was an easy transition and I have become a fan immediately.

"We want to build for the future here. We think there is tremendous opportunity and tremendous upside to this organization."

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Blackhawks recall forward Teravainen from AHL

Friday, 01.02.2015 / 5:49 PM / News

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The Chicago Blackhawks announced today they have recalled forward Teuvo Teravainen from the American Hockey League’s Rockford IceHogs.

Teravainen, 20, ranks second on the IceHogs with 23 points (6G, 17A) and 92 shots on goal in 33 games this year. The Helsinki, Finland, native recorded his first career three-point outing (1G, 2A) on Dec. 28 vs. the Chicago Wolves and now has 10 points (3G, 7A) in his last 13 contests. Chicago’s first-round pick (18th overall) in the 2012 National Hockey League Draft tallied four shots on goal in three regular-season tilts with the Blackhawks last year; he made his NHL debut on March 25, 2014, vs. the Dallas Stars.

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Penguins acquire Perron from Oilers for Klinkhammer

Friday, 01.02.2015 / 3:22 PM / News

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The Pittsburgh Penguins acquired forward David Perron from the Edmonton Oilers on Friday in exchange for forward Rob Klinkhammer and a first-round pick in the 2015 NHL Draft.

Perron, 26, has five goals and 19 points in 38 games, one season after he set career highs with 28 goals, 57 points and eight power-play goals. The 26th pick in the 2007 NHL Draft by the St. Louis Blues, he has 117 goals and 274 points in 456 games with the Blues and Oilers.

"It's always hard leaving a place where you're emotionally involved, no matter how tough the situation was here. Once you look past that, there's not many better opportunities to go to and I'm really excited about that," Perron said.

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Getzlaf, Kane, Bobrovsky named three stars of month

Friday, 01.02.2015 / 2:08 PM / News

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NEW YORKAnaheim Ducks center Ryan Getzlaf, Chicago Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane and Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky have been named the NHL's "Three Stars" for the month of December.

FIRST STAR – RYAN GETZLAF, C, ANAHEIM DUCKS

Getzlaf led all players with 20 points and 15 assists to power the Ducks (24-9-6, 54 points) to a 10-3-1 December and the top spot in the NHL standings. He registered points in 12 of 14 contests, highlighted by seven multi-point performances. That included an eight-game point streak from Dec. 12-28 (4-9—13), his eighth career run of at least eight games. Getzlaf's 20 December points were the most by a Ducks player in any calendar month since March 2011, when he also posted 20 (2-18—20). His total also set a franchise record for points in December, breaking the previous mark of 19 established by Paul Kariya in 1996 and matched by Teemu Selanne in 2006. The 29-year-old Regina, Sask., native has 12-30—42 in 38 games this season, ranking fourth in the NHL in points and sharing second in assists.

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Flames' Gaudreau named rookie of the month

Friday, 01.02.2015 / 12:00 PM / News

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NEW YORK Calgary Flames left wing Johnny Gaudreau, who led all rookies with eight goals and 13 points in 14 games, has been named the NHL Rookie of the Month for December.

Gaudreau edged Nashville Predators center Filip Forsberg (4-8—12 in 13 GP), Winnipeg Jets goaltender Michael Hutchinson (5-2-0, 2.14 GAA, .927 SV%), Florida Panthers defenseman Aaron Ekblad (3-6—9 in 14 GP), Ottawa Senators left wing Mike Hoffman (4-4—8 in 13 GP) and Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Antti Raanta (5-0-0, 1.57 GAA, .949 SV%, 1 SO) for the honor.

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