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Ducks at Capitals postponed by severe weather

Friday, 01.22.2016 / 1:53 PM / News

NHL Public Relations

NEW YORK -- Today’s game between the Anaheim Ducks and Washington Capitals at Verizon Center, NHL Game No. 704, has been postponed due to the severe snowstorm impacting the Washington, D.C., area.

A makeup date will be announced as soon as it can be confirmed.

A decision regarding Sunday’s Pittsburgh Penguins at Washington Capitals game at Verizon Center, NHL Game No. 720, will be announced Saturday morning.

Penguins' Kunitz game-time decision against Canucks

Friday, 01.22.2016 / 1:35 PM / News

Pittsburgh Penguins forward Chris Kunitz has a lower-body injury and will be a game-time decision Saturday against the Vancouver Canucks (12:30 p.m. ET; SN, ROOT), coach Mike Sullivan said.

Kunitz has played in all 46 games for the Penguins this season, scoring eight goals and 18 points.

Around the League notebook: Thursday, Jan. 21

Friday, 01.22.2016 / 8:57 AM / News

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Nikita Kucherov scored the eventual game-winning goal at 16:39 of the second period to lead the Tampa Bay Lightning to their seventh consecutive victory and halt the Chicago Blackhawks' franchise-record winning streak at 12 games. The Lightning are one game shy of tying the longest winning streak in Lightning history, established Feb. 23 – March 6, 2004 (8-0-0).

* At 26-17-4 (56 points), the Lightning moved within one point of tying the idle Florida Panthers (26-15-5, 57 points) for first place in the Atlantic Division. The Panthers have one game in hand, but the Lightning own the ROW tiebreaker (TBL: 24, FLA: 21). The Lightning were sixth in the division and 12 points behind the Panthers before their streak began Jan. 8.

* The Lightning improved to 7-0-2 in their past nine regular-season games against the Blackhawks, their opponent in the 2015 Stanley Cup Final, dating to March 9, 2011 (CHI: 2-3-4).

* Kucherov scored his 20th goal of the season to extend his point streak to seven games (6-4—10). He also has at least one point in 12 straight home games (9-9—18). Kucherov leads the Lightning in goals (tied w/ Steven Stamkos) and points (40) this season.

* Ben Bishop made 17 saves for his fourth consecutive victory. He's now 19-13-3 in 36 games this season. He's second in the League with a 1.94 goals-against average, just behind leader the 1.86 of the Anaheim Ducks' John Gibson.

Coyotes, top Arizona athletes honor Doan for record

Friday, 01.22.2016 / 2:07 AM / News

Jerry Brown - Correspondent

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Above all, Shane Doan wanted a win Thursday. He had to settle for the memories.

Before a 3-1 loss to the San Jose Sharks, the Arizona Coyotes and some of Arizona's best athletes in other sports honored Doan for becoming the franchise's all-time leading goal-scorer.

Celebrating "Doan 380 Night," signifying Doan's record-breaking 380th goal, the crowd at Gila River Arena watched a video montage of Doan's milestone goals, along with video messages from Dale Hawerchuk, Coyotes Ring of Honor member Jeremy Roenick and Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald.

"I want to congratulate Shane on being the all-time goal-scorer for the franchise," said Fitzgerald, who will play in the NFC Championship Game on Sunday. "Next is the points. We'll be watching."

Doan, who has played all 20 seasons of his NHL career with the Coyotes/Winnipeg Jets franchise (19 in Arizona), scored No. 380 to pass Hawerchuk on Dec. 31 against the second iteration of the Jets.

"It was cool to see [Roenick] and Dale Hawerchuk and Larry … everyone loves Larry," Doan said. "It was really nice to have my wife and (four) kids out there. Over 20 years, they've obviously paid a pretty big sacrifice. Hockey has been put first in their lives a lot, so it was great to have them out there and be recognized."

Blue Jackets' Bobrovsky leaves game with injury

Thursday, 01.21.2016 / 11:42 PM / News

Craig Merz - Correspondent

COLUMBUS -- The Columbus Blue Jackets offered no details about the lower-body injury that forced goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky to leave in the second period of the game against the Calgary Flames on Thursday, and coach John Tortorella didn't want to talk about it.

"I'm not going to get into speculating on [Bobrovsky]," Tortorella said after the 4-2 loss. "I'm not a doctor. There's no sense in me discussing it."

Bobrovsky took himself out of the game with 8:30 left in the second period after making 11 saves on 13 shots.

It was Bobrovsky's second game since missing 17 with a groin injury sustained against the Los Angeles Kings on Dec. 8. Bobrovsky pulled himself out of that game with 5:35 remaining in the third period.

Daniel Sedin becomes Canucks' top goal-scorer

Thursday, 01.21.2016 / 11:26 PM / News

Matt Kalman - Correspondent

BOSTON -- Daniel Sedin set a Vancouver Canucks record for goals but wasn't too concerned with accolades for himself.

Sedin's record-breaker, his first of two goals in the game and 347th in the NHL, was the game-winner Thursday in a 4-2 victory against the Boston Bruins at TD Garden.

Sedin, who also scored into an empty net, said he valued the win more than the record.

"Yeah, it's more about the two points, I think," Sedin said. "I mean, I look at the standings every day, and, I mean, you try to stay away from it, but every point is huge. To come in after the way we've played lately, we came in and had a pretty good game, I thought. Kept their shots down, and we had a few chances of ours too, so it was good."

Denna Laing addresses Bruins fans in pregame video

Thursday, 01.21.2016 / 10:46 PM / News

Matt Kalman - Correspondent

BOSTON -- The Boston Bruins honored Denna Laing of the Boston Pride of the National Women's Hockey League prior to their game against the Vancouver Canucks at TD Garden on Thursday.

Laing was injured on Dec. 31 playing in the Outdoor Women's Classic.

Laing addressed the fans in a video, which drew a standing ovation.

"I'm wishing I could be with you at the game tonight, but I wanted to thank everyone from the bottom of my heart for all the love, support and prayers you have been sending my way," Laing said from her hospital bed. "I wanted to thank the NHL, the Bruins and the Canadiens organization for their incredible generosity and kindness. I have a lot of hard work in front of me, but I have never been afraid of a challenge."

Devils' Zajac has four points in 1st period vs. Senators

Thursday, 01.21.2016 / 9:56 PM / News

New Jersey Devils center Travis Zajac had four points in the first period of a 6-3 win against the Ottawa Senators at Prudential Center on Thursday.

Zajac assisted on a goal by Joseph Blandisi (his first in the NHL), and on two by Kyle Palmieri before scoring with 6:04 remaining to give New Jersey a 4-0 lead. It was Zajac's first goal since Nov. 6, when he scored in a 3-2 victory against the Chicago Blackhawks.

Blandisi had two assists and Palmieri had one; the line combined for 10 points in the period.

Time change for Ducks at Capitals on Friday

Thursday, 01.21.2016 / 6:33 PM / News

ARLINGTON, Va. -– The National Hockey League announced today the start time for the Washington Capitals home game on Friday against the Anaheim Ducks has been changed from 7 p.m. to 5 p.m. due to the severe snowstorm impacting the Washington, D.C., area and in light of Metro’s service changes.

All tickets for Friday’s game, originally scheduled for 7 p.m., will be honored for the new start time.

Lucic enjoys L.A., wants to re-sign with Kings: report

Thursday, 01.21.2016 / 5:51 PM / News

Milan Lucic, who can become an unrestricted free agent after this season, emphatically told he wants to re-sign with the Los Angeles Kings.

"I hope it's here, just because of how great everything has gone and [how] good the transition has gone," the left wing told Pierre LeBrun in remarks published Thursday. "I truly, truly deep down in my heart hope that I do get to remain a King after this season."

Lucic has 12 goals and 17 assists in 45 games in his first season with the Kings. He was traded to Los Angeles by the Boston Bruins on June 26 for goalie Martin Jones, defenseman Colin Miller and the 13th pick in the 2015 NHL Draft (defenseman Jakub Zboril).

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