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Capitals recall Steve Oleksy from Hershey

Tuesday, 01.13.2015 / 9:14 AM / News

ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals have recalled defenseman Steve Oleksy from the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League (AHL), senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced today.

Oleksy, 28, registered 19 points (three goals, 16 assists) and 86 penalty minutes in 61 career games with the Capitals. The 5'11", 183-pound defenseman recorded 10 points (two goals, eight assists) and 53 penalty minutes in 33 games with Washington last season. Oleksy made his NHL debut and tallied his first NHL point with an assist on March 5, 2013, against Boston. He signed with Washington as a free agent on March 4, 2013.


Around the League notebook for Monday, Jan. 12

Tuesday, 01.13.2015 / 9:00 AM / News

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Seven different skaters scored for the Philadelphia Flyers en route to a 7-3 win against the Tampa Bay Lightning. The Flyers improved to 17-19-7 (41 points) this season and passed the idle Columbus Blue Jackets for sole possession of fifth in the Metropolitan Division standings. The victory is Philadelphia's first win against Tampa Bay since it defeated the Lightning at home by a score of 2-1 on Feb. 5, 2013. With the win, the Flyers also improved to 11-6-3 on home ice.

* Philadelphia's seven-goal performance matched a season-high set in a 7-4 win against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Dec. 20, 2014. The performance was also the most the club has scored at home since Feb. 16, 2012 when they defeated the Buffalo Sabres 7-2.

* According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the last time the Flyers had seven or more goals by seven or more different skaters was on Nov. 5, 2011 when they defeated the Columbus Blue Jackets 9-2; Sean Couturier scored twice while Matt Carle, Claude Giroux, Jaromir Jagr, Wayne Simmonds, Maxime Talbot, James van Riemsdyk and Jakub Voracek each scored once.


Sabres retire Hall of Fame goalie Hasek's No. 39

Tuesday, 01.13.2015 / 12:09 AM / News

Joe Yerdon - Correspondent

BUFFALO -- The Buffalo Sabres retired Dominik Hasek's number Tuesday, raising his No. 39 to the rafters at First Niagara Center before the game against the Detroit Red Wings.

Hasek received a lengthy standing ovation when he was introduced by legendary play-by-play broadcaster Rick Jeanneret.

"I don't think I'll ever get tired of hearing the cheers of Sabres fans," Hasek said. "It's very humbling to be standing here tonight and look up in the rafters and seeing the names of Gilbert Perreault, Rick Martin, Rene Robert, Tim Horton, Danny Gare, and Pat LaFontaine. It reminds me that Buffalo is a special place in the game of hockey."

In nine seasons with the Sabres, Hasek won the Hart Trophy as NHL MVP twice (1996-97, 1997-98) and the Vezina Trophy six times, and he led the Sabres to the Stanley Cup Final in 1999.


Lightning's Hedman, Johnson injured vs. Flyers

Monday, 01.12.2015 / 11:20 PM / News

Adam Kimelman - Deputy Managing Editor

PHILADELPHIA -- The Tampa Bay Lightning lost defenseman Victor Hedman and center Tyler Johnsonbecause of lower-body injuries during a 7-3 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers on Monday.

Coach Jon Cooper said he was unsure if either player would be available for the Lightning's game Tuesday at the Boston Bruins.

"[Johnson] is our leading scorer and [Hedman] is our leading scoring defenseman," Cooper said. "You pull any of those guys out of your lineup it's going to hurt. We'll see how we adapt. This happens to teams; it's happened to us before. We've been through it. You don't like to go through it but we have. And we'll respond."


Gagne won't return because of personal reasons

Monday, 01.12.2015 / 5:06 PM / News

BOSTONBoston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today that forward Simon Gagne has decided not to return to the team this season due to personal reasons. Given his decision, the Bruins have changed Gagne's status to "suspended player".

"At this time Simon feels that he has to be home with his family and he has the complete support of the Boston Bruins organization with this decision," said Chiarelli. "Given Simon's decision not to return to the team, we have to change his status to maintain a full roster. I spoke to Simon about this, and he assured me that we have his full support with this status change."


Kings place Pearson on IR, recall Shore

Monday, 01.12.2015 / 12:11 PM / News

LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings have recalled forward Nick Shore from the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League and placed forward Tanner Pearson on injured reserve, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced today.

The 6-1, 194-pound native of Denver, Colo., has appeared in 105 career AHL games. In his second season with Manchester (AHL) he has posted 79 points (34-45=79) with a plus-40 rating and 50 penalty minutes. He has yet to appear in an NHL game.

Selected in the third-round (82nd overall) of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft by the Kings, Shore has appeared in 37 games this season with Manchester (AHL), collecting a career-best 41 points (20-21=41), a plus-22 rating and 14 penalty minutes. At the time of his recall, among league-leaders, he was tied for first in goals, tied for third in PPG (7), first in SHG (3), second in points and tied for ninth in assists. Shore was recently named to his first AHL All-Star game.


Backes, Varlamov and Huberdeau named week's stars

Monday, 01.12.2015 / 12:00 PM / News

NEW YORKSt. Louis Blues center David Backes, Colorado Avalanche goaltender Semyon Varlamov and Florida Panthers left wing Jonathan Huberdeau have been named the NHL's "Three Stars" for the week ending Jan. 11.


Backes led the NHL with five goals and eight points in three games, posting three consecutive multi-point performances to power the Blues (26-13-3, 55 points) to a trio of victories. He opened the week by scoring four straight goals in a 6-0 triumph over the Arizona Coyotes Jan. 6. It marked Backes' second career four-goal game and first in nearly six years (also April 2, 2009 at DET). Backes also became the first player to register four consecutive goals in one game – for any team – since Nov. 11, 2005 (Ilya Kovalchuk) and just the second player in Blues history to accomplish that feat (Red Berenson: Nov. 7, 1968). Backes followed that performance with two more multi-point games: 1-1—2 in a 7-2 win over the San Jose Sharks Jan. 8 and 0-2—2 in a 5-4 shootout victory over the Carolina Hurricanes Jan. 10. The 30-year-old Minneapolis, Minn., native ranks sixth on the Blues with 14-13—27 in 41 appearances this season, including 7-7—14 in his past 12 outings.


Leafs recall first-rounder Nylander; assign him to AHL

Monday, 01.12.2015 / 10:14 AM / News

Forward William Nylander has been recalled by the Toronto Maple Leafs from MODO in the Swedish Hockey League and will report to the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League, according to the team.

Nylander, chosen No. 8 in the 2014 NHL Draft by the Maple Leafs, has eight goals and 20 points in 21 games for his Swedish club team this season. Nylander had three goals and 10 points in seven games for fourth-place Sweden at the 2015 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship.

According to a press release posted on the MODO team website, general manager Per Svartvadet said the club had "no control" over Nylander being recalled by the Leafs.


Capitals recall Peters from Hershey, reassign Copley

Monday, 01.12.2015 / 9:51 AM / News

ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals have recalled goaltender Justin Peters from the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League (AHL) and re-assigned goaltender Pheonix Copley to Hershey, senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced today.

Peters, 28, has registered a 2-3-1 record with a 3.28 goals-against average and a .872 save percentage in seven games with Washington this season. The Blyth, Ont., native made his Capitals debut on Oct. 14 vs. San Jose and stopped 20 of 21 shots on Oct. 18 vs. Florida to earn his first Washington win. Peters has posted a 24-34-9 record with three shutouts, a 3.07 record and a .901 save percentage in 75 career NHL games with Carolina and Washington. He signed with Washington as a free agent on July 1, 2014.


Anaheim Ducks retire Teemu Selanne's No. 8

Sunday, 01.11.2015 / 11:27 PM / News

Curtis Zupke - Correspondent

ANAHEIM -- Teemu Selanne said he was going to be a "tough guy" and wouldn't cry at his jersey retirement ceremony, but it was not difficult to notice him getting choked up at times.

"I didn't cry, but it was close," Selanne said afterward. "The toughest part to keep the emotions was when I was walking down the stairs (for his entrance onto the stage). I think the whole thing just hit so hard. Plus, I have to concentrate that I don't fall down. But what a night. I never stop wondering the impact with the people. It's all around me. It's very special."

Selanne became the first player in Anaheim Ducks history to have his jersey retired Sunday night during a touching presentation at Honda Center.

The ceremony showcased the genuineness of "The Finnish Flash," whose No. 8 was raised to the rafters in front of a crowd of 17,356.

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