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Penguins defenseman Letang returning to lineup

Wednesday, 04.09.2014 / 12:47 PM / News

Wes Crosby - NHL.com Correspondent

PITTSBURGH -- Defenseman Kris Letang will return to the Pittsburgh Penguins lineup Wednesday against the Detroit Red Wings (8 p.m. ET, NBCSN, TSN2), 10 weeks after having a stroke.

"Kris has been cleared almost for a few weeks now to be back practicing with us with contact," Penguins general manager Ray Shero said. "The doctors had left it up to him when he felt he was ready to play and come back. Kris has been bugging me for a little while here to return to play. I talked to him on the road trip, talked to him again [Tuesday]. He feels real good on and off the ice, so he'll be back playing this evening.

"I'm excited for him because I think the main thing is health-wise he feels good, and everything is trending in the right direction for him short term and long term."


Capitals' Ovechkin scores 50th goal of season

Wednesday, 04.09.2014 / 2:10 AM / News

Louie Korac - NHL.com Correspondent

ST. LOUIS -- Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin scored his 50th goal of the season Tuesday against the St. Louis Blues.

Ovechkin's power-play goal with 2:06 remaining came on a one-timer from the left circle that got past goaltender Ryan Miller. It was Ovechkin's 23rd power-play goal of the season and started the Capitals on their way to a 4-1 victory.

It's Ovechkin's fifth 50-goal season but his first since 2009-10, when he scored 50. He leads the NHL by eight goals; Corey Perry of the Anaheim Ducks is next with 42.


Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop leaves with injury

Wednesday, 04.09.2014 / 2:05 AM / News

Lonnie Herman - NHL.com Correspondent

TAMPA -- Goaltender Ben Bishop left the Tampa Bay Lightning's game against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Tuesday night at 5:43 of the first period with an upper-body injury and did not return.

Bishop dove to make a glove save and hit the ice hard, landing awkwardly on his left wrist. He was helped off the ice and appeared to be in discomfort. Bishop made three saves before he was replaced by Anders Lindback, who stopped all 25 shots he faced in a 3-0 victory.


Blues' Backes day-to-day with lower-body injury

Wednesday, 04.09.2014 / 12:40 AM / News

Louie Korac - NHL.com Correspondent

ST. LOUIS -- St. Louis Blues captain David Backes is day-to-day after sustaining a lower-body injury midway through the second period of a 4-1 loss to the Washington Capitals at Scottrade Center on Tuesday night.

The inside of Backes' left skate appeared to be struck when teammate Alexander Steen fired a slap shot during a power play.

Backes, who has 27 goals and 57 points in 74 games, came back for one more shift but quickly departed to the Blues' dressing room and did not return.


Lewis signs two-year extension with Kings

Tuesday, 04.08.2014 / 4:10 PM / News


Los Angeles Kings forward Trevor Lewis signed a two-year contract extension Tuesday. Financial terms of the contract were not released. Lewis could have become an unrestricted free agent after the season.


Canucks fire general manager Mike Gillis

Tuesday, 04.08.2014 / 4:08 PM / News

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

Vancouver Canucks president and general manager Mike Gillis has been fired, the team announced Tuesday.

The Canucks were eliminated from Stanley Cup Playoff contention Monday night.

Gillis was hired by the Canucks as general manager in April 2008 and added the title of president in 2009.

"On behalf of my entire family, I would like to sincerely thank Mike Gillis for his hard work and the many contributions he made on and off the ice during his tenure," Francesco Aquilini, chairman of Canucks Sports & Entertainment, said in a statement. "The Vancouver Canucks had success under Mike's leadership, and we nearly reached our ultimate goal; but I believe we have reached a point where a change in leadership and new voice is needed.

"I also want to thank our fans for their support for the Vancouver Canucks through a difficult and frustrating season," Aquilini continued. "We haven't met their expectations or ours. We are committed to bringing the Stanley Cup to Vancouver for our fans and we will continue to do everything possible to reach that goal."


Canadiens' Price, Markov not traveling to Chicago

Tuesday, 04.08.2014 / 1:44 PM / News

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor LNH.com

BROSSARD, Quebec -- The Montreal Canadiens left a lot of star power behind when they left for Chicago on Tuesday.

Goaltender Carey Price and defensemen Andrei Markov and Alexei Emelin will not face the Chicago Blackhawks on Wednesday (7:30 p.m. ET, TSN, RDS) after coach Michel Therrien decided to leave them behind to rest a week before the start of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

The Canadiens remain in a battle with the Tampa Bay Lightning to stay in second place in the Atlantic Division and have home-ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs. Entering play Tuesday the Canadiens have a four-point lead; the Lightning play the Toronto Maple Leafs on Tuesday.

"Nothing has changed for us," Therrien said. "We're going to Chicago to win. We want to play good hockey; inspired, solid hockey. We want to continue preparing for the playoffs and win the most games possible."


Lightning sign GM Yzerman to contract extension

Monday, 04.07.2014 / 3:57 PM / News


The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed general manager Steve Yzerman to a four-year contract extension. Yzerman had one year left on his current contract.

The Lightning are heading to the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the second time in Yzerman's four seasons. They made it all the way to Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final in 2011 before losing to the eventual Stanley Cup champion Boston Bruins.

"Since the day Steve agreed to serve as our vice president and general manager, he has worked tirelessly to transform our hockey department and establish the groundwork for sustained success," Lightning chairman and governor Jeff Vinik said in making the announcement. "We are very pleased with Steve's job performance thus far, and I am fully confident Steve remains the right person to continue to lead us.


Signings roundup: Faragher agrees to contract

Monday, 04.07.2014 / 2:50 PM / News


The Anaheim Ducks on Monday signed collegiate free-agent goaltender Ryan Faragher to a one-year entry-level contract. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Faragher, 23, won 53 games over three seasons with St. Cloud State with a 2.58 goals-against average, .911 save percentage and five shutouts. As a sophomore, he led the school to its first Frozen Four appearance and Western Collegiate Hockey Association regular-season title.

Faragher comes off a season in which he led St. Cloud State to the NCAA West Regional Final and made the National Collegiate Hockey Conference second team. He was 20-9-4 with a 2.79 GAA, .905 save percentage and one shutout. He led the NCHC with 14 conference wins.


Knee surgery to sideline Maple Leafs' Lupul

Monday, 04.07.2014 / 2:01 PM / News


Toronto Maple Leafs forward Joffrey Lupul will require knee surgery that will sideline him at least three weeks.

Lupul returned to the lineup Saturday after missing one game due to injury, but left after two periods. He has 22 goals and 44 points in 69 games this season.

"He is going to have surgery done on his knee," coach Randy Carlyle said. "It's a meniscus procedure and will be done arthroscopically. It will be three weeks to a month recovery."

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