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Around the League notebook: Friday, Oct. 30

Saturday, 10.31.2015 / 9:32 AM / News

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New York Rangers forward Mats Zuccarello (3-0—3) and Montreal Canadiens forward Dale Weise (3-0—3) had their first career hat tricks to lead their respective clubs to victory.

* Per the Elias Sports Bureau, Zuccarello -- a native of Oslo, Norway -- became the second Norwegian-born player in NHL history to score a hat trick in the Rangers' 3-1 win against the Toronto Maple Leafs. The other: Espen Knutsen (CBJ) on Jan. 24, 2002 vs. SJS (3-1—4).

* Derick Brassard (0-3—3) and Rick Nash (0-3—3) assisted on all three of Zuccarello's goals. Brassard has 2-3—5 in his past three games, while Nash has 6-12—18 in 18 games vs. TOR.

* The Rangers extended their point streak to six games (4-0-2) and are 8-3-1 in their past 12 games vs. TOR dating to Jan. 14, 2012.

No plans for 'rash changes' to Ducks, GM says

Friday, 10.30.2015 / 4:00 PM / News

There will be no "rash changes" to the Anaheim Ducks despite a poor start to the season, general manager Bob Murray said Friday, and he expects a move up the standings.

The Ducks are 1-7-2, last in the NHL.

"We were one game away from the [Stanley Cup] Final just five months ago," Murray told the Ducks website. "So while this has been a terrible start, I'm not inclined to make rash changes. I'm going to be patient. That said, we are severely underperforming as a group. I can't recall a time where a vast majority of our players have underachieved simultaneously, and I fully expect a turnaround."

Flames goaltender Hiller to miss at least a week

Friday, 10.30.2015 / 1:32 PM / News

Calgary Flames goaltender Jonas Hiller will miss at least a week because of a lower-body injury, coach Bob Hartley said Friday.

Hiller was injured during the third period of a 5-4 shootout loss to the Ottawa Senators on Wednesday when Senators forward Bobby Ryan collided with him.

Hiller is 2-3-0 with a 3.67 goals-against average and .861 save percentage in seven games.

Penguins come through to make young fan's night

Friday, 10.30.2015 / 11:04 AM / News

The Pittsburgh Penguins turned a fun night at Consol Energy Center into something a lot more memorable for one young fan Thursday.

Buffalo Sabres coach Dan Bylsma, in his first game against the Penguins, the team he coached for parts of six seasons, caught a puck that flew into the Sabres bench during the first period. Bylsma noticed a young boy standing in the aisle a few rows behind the bench and tried to toss him the puck, but another fan intercepted it.

Penguins TV broadcaster Bob Errey mentioned it during the telecast, and fans let the Penguins know what happened via social media.

"For everyone tweeting us about the little kid who just got the puck snatched away, we're on it -- don't you worry," the Penguins posted on their Twitter account.

Around the League notebook: Thursday, Oct. 29

Friday, 10.30.2015 / 1:19 AM / News

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Down 3-0 after 20 minutes, the Edmonton Oilers scored four unanswered goals, two by Leon Draisaitl, including the game-winning goal at 18:58 of the third period, to snap a three-game skid and improve to 11-4-0 in their last 15 games against the Montreal Canadiens at Rexall Place dating to Dec. 30, 2000 (MTL: 4-9-2).

* Via the Elias Sports Bureau, the Oilers overcame a 3-0 deficit to win in regulation for the first time since Feb. 16, 2013, when they scored five unanswered goals in a 6-4 victory vs. the Colorado Avalanche.

* Draisaitl, who was recalled from Bakersfield of the AHL earlier in the day, suited up in his first NHL game since Dec. 31, 2014 at the Calgary Flames (0-2—2). His two-goal effort matched his goal total from his first 37 career appearances (4-7—11 in 38 GP).

Flames recall goalie Ramo from AHL

Thursday, 10.29.2015 / 6:58 PM / News

CALGARY, AB -- The Calgary Flames announced today that they have recalled goaltender Karri Ramo from their AHL affiliate, the Stockton Heat.

The 29-year-old was signed as a free agent on July 1, 2015 and is playing his third year for the Flames. Ramo played 34 games for Calgary last year where he had a 15-9-3 record and recorded a 2.60 GAA and a .912 SV%. The Finnish netminder also featured in seven postseason games where he went 2-3 with a 2.86 GAA and a .906 SV%.

Oilers' Eberle skates, Schultz out with back injury

Thursday, 10.29.2015 / 5:18 PM / News

Derek Van Diest - Correspondent

EDMONTON -- Edmonton Oilers right wing Jordan Eberle took a positive step toward his return from a shoulder injury Thursday, participating in the morning skate prior to the game against the Montreal Canadiens (9 p.m. ET; SN, SN360).

It was the first time Eberle skated with the Oilers since injuring his right shoulder during a preseason game against the Arizona Coyotes on Sept. 29.

The news wasn't all good for the Oilers, however. Later Thursday, general manager Peter Chiarelli said defenseman Justin Schultz would be out 2-4 weeks because of a back injury. He was hurt during a 3-2 loss to the Los Angeles Kings on Sunday.

"It's not fun watching your team play," Eberle said. "But we have a lot of trainers here that know a lot about injuries and a lot about this certain injury. I've had a good rehab. I started skating about a week and a half ago so it was nice to get back on the ice and feel like a hockey player a little bit again. It was even better to get out with the team and feel part of it."

Maple Leafs sign forward Clune to NHL contract

Thursday, 10.29.2015 / 11:00 AM / News

The Toronto Maple Leafs announced Thursday that the team has signed forward Rich Clune to an NHL contract. Clune, who had previously signed an AHL contract with the Toronto Marlies this past off-season, will join the Maple Leafs today for practice.

Clune, 28, has collected five points (two goals, three assists) and 18 penalty minutes in eight games with the Toronto Marlies so far this season. Clune has played in 120 career NHL games with Los Angeles and Nashville, registering 18 points (seven goals, 11 assists) and 305 penalty minutes. The Toronto, Ontario native has also skated in 345 career AHL games, collecting 97 points (34 goals, 63 assists) and 1115 penalty minutes. Clune was drafted by the Dallas Stars in the 3rd round (71st overall) during the 2005 NHL Entry Draft.

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