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Around the League notebook for Monday, Dec. 22

Tuesday, 12.23.2014 / 9:00 AM / News

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GAUDREAU HAS FIRST CAREER HAT TRICK IN WIN VS. KINGS

Johnny Gaudreau (3-0—3) scored three goals to send the game to overtime where Mark Giordano (1-1—2) scored the winner as the Calgary Flames won 4-3 against the Los Angeles Kings. The Flames ended an eight-game losing streak and improved to 18-15-3 (39 points this season). With the victory, Calgary also improved to a 7-3-1 record this season against Pacific Division opponents.

* Gaudreau's three-goal performance is the first hat trick of his career. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, at 21 years, 131 days, Gaudreau is the eighth youngest player in Calgary franchise history to record a hat trick. Gaudreau ranks second among NHL rookies in points (10-17—27) and assists and is tied for second in goals.

* The last member of the Flames to record a hat trick was also a rookie, Josh Jooris (3-0—3), who did so earlier this month on Dec. 2 in a 5-2 victory over the Arizona Coyotes. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the last team to have two different rookies record a hat trick in the same month was the 1992-93 Buffalo Sabres. Joe Juneau (3-0—3) scored three goals on Jan. 12, 1993 in a 5-2 loss to the Boston Bruins and Steve Heinze (3-0—3) scored three goals two days later on Jan. 14 in a 7-0 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins.

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Devils forward Cammalleri returns to practice

Monday, 12.22.2014 / 12:42 PM / News

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New Jersey Devils left wing Mike Cammalleri, who has missed the past four games with a lower-body injury, returned to practice Monday, the team announced via Twitter.

Cammalleri was placed on injured reserve retroactive to Dec. 13 and is eligible to return to the lineup when ready. He was skating with Scott Gomez and Jaromir Jagr during practice on Monday, according to Northjersey.com.

Forward Patrik Elias and Martin Havlat did not practice because of illness. They are being tested for mumps and their status for Tuesday against the Carolina Hurricanes at Prudential Center in Newark, N.J., is unknown.

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Kopitar, Voracek and Fleury named stars of the week

Monday, 12.22.2014 / 12:00 PM / News

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NEW YORKLos Angeles Kings center Anze Kopitar, Philadelphia Flyers right wing Jakub Voracek and Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury have been named the NHL's "Three Stars" for the week ending Dec. 21.

FIRST STAR – ANZE KOPITAR, C, LOS ANGELES KINGS

Kopitar led the NHL with nine points and eight assists in three games, helping the Kings (17-11-6, 40 points) win two of three starts to maintain a Wild Card spot in the Western Conference. He opened the week by collecting one assist in a 5-2 loss to the St. Louis Blues Dec. 16. Kopitar then set a career high with five points and matched a career high with four assists in a 6-4 come-from-behind victory over the Blues in the second half of their home-and-home set Dec. 18. He capped the week by posting three helpers, his sixth multi-point performance of the season, in a 4-2 win over the Arizona Coyotes Dec. 20. The 27-year-old Jesenice, Slovenia, native has recorded consecutive three-point games for the first time since October 2009, when he had two such stretches. The 11th overall selection by the Kings in the 2005 NHL Draft, Kopitar ranks third on the club with 7-15-22 in 31 outings this season.

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Around the League notebook for Sunday, Dec. 21

Monday, 12.22.2014 / 1:35 AM / News

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RANGERS EXTEND WIN STREAK TO SEASON-HIGH SIX GAMES ...

Ryan McDonagh (1-0-1) scored the game's only goal to lead the New York Rangers to a 1-0 victory against the Carolina Hurricanes. New York's season-high sixth consecutive victory improved its record 17-10-4 (38 points) this season, tying the Rangers with the Washington Capitals for third place in Metropolitan Division standings points. The Rangers have earned at least one point in 10 consecutive games against Metropolitan Division opponents (9-0-1).

* The victory is the eighth shutout of the season for the Rangers. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Rangers have registered eight shutouts in their first 31 games of a season for the first time since 1928-29 (11 shutouts). New York leads the NHL in shutouts this season.

* The Rangers have won 14 of their past 15 games against the Hurricanes (14-1-0), dating to a 4-3 shootout victory on Feb. 22, 2011. The Rangers have won eight consecutive games against the Hurricanes at home, dating to a 2-1 overtime victory on Jan. 5, 2011.

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Peters: Hurricanes' Jordan Staal could return Dec. 29

Sunday, 12.21.2014 / 6:17 PM / News

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

NEW YORK -- Carolina Hurricanes center Jordan Staal is getting close to being 100 percent and is expected to make his season debut shortly after the holiday break, Hurricanes coach Bill Peters said Sunday.

Staal sustained a broken right fibula during a preseason game Sept. 23 at the Buffalo Sabres. He is on injured reserve and missed his 33rd consecutive game Sunday. He was expected to miss between 3-4 months.

Peters said Staal could make his season debut Dec. 29 against the Montreal Canadiens at PNC Arena, and that Staal definitely would not play Tuesday against the New Jersey Devils or Saturday against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

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Canucks' Hansen expected to play Monday: report

Sunday, 12.21.2014 / 4:36 PM / News

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Vancouver Canucks forward Jannik Hansen was held out of practice Sunday as a precautionary measure one day after briefly collapsing on the bench during a game against the Calgary Flames but is expected to play Monday against the Arizona Coyotes.

"Everything is good. He spent the night at the hospital – and it was just precautionary," Canucks coach Willie Desjardins told the Vancouver Sun. "But at the time on the bench, you really didn't know what it was. And that's a problem. He just took a real hard hit and he was having trouble getting his breath and it wasn't more than that. I think Jannik is good to go [Monday]. I don't see any problem with him."

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Ducks' Perry back at practice, unlikely to play Monday

Sunday, 12.21.2014 / 4:27 PM / News

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Anaheim Ducks forward Corey Perry returned to practice Sunday two weeks after sustaining a knee sprain, the team announced.

Perry, the NHL's Hart Trophy winner in 2011, was injured Dec. 7 when he was hit by a hip check from Minnesota Wild defenseman Keith Ballard during the Ducks' 5-4 win at Xcel Energy Center and was projected to miss 3-4 weeks.

"It's coming along," Perry told the Ducks website. "I feel good. It's nice to actually skate with other guys and have a goalie to shoot on. It was a long week all by myself, but those are things you have to go through in order to come back. It's good to see everybody."

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Around the League notebook for Saturday, Dec. 20

Sunday, 12.21.2014 / 10:25 AM / News

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SATURDAY'S RESULTS

Home Team in Caps

LOS ANGELES 4, Arizona 2

Colorado 5, BUFFALO 1

Philadelphia 7, TORONTO 4

MONTREAL 4, Ottawa 1

Washington 4, NEW JERSEY 0

NY ISLANDERS 3, Tampa Bay 1

PITTSBURGH 3, Florida 1

NY Rangers 3, CAROLINA 2 (SO)

COLUMBUS 3, Chicago 2 (SO)

Nashville 6, MINNESOTA 5 (OT)

VANCOUVER 3, Calgary 2 (OT)

SAN JOSE 3, St. Louis 2 (OT)

INSIDE THE NUMBERS

Of the 12 games played Saturday:

* Nine were tied or within one goal to start the third period (ARI-LAK, OTT-MTL, TBL-NYI, FLA-PIT, NYR-CAR, CHI-CBJ, NSH-MIN, CGY-VAN, STL-SJS).

* Two featured a game-tying goal in the final minute of regulation: the San Jose Sharks' Marc-Edouard Vlasic (19:39) and the Minnesota Wild's Thomas Vanek (19:12)

* Five required overtime, including three that were decided in the extra frame (NSH-MIN, CGY-VAN, STL-SJS).

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Rogers Hometown Hockey celebrates Kingston

Sunday, 12.21.2014 / 3:00 AM / News

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Prior to the telecast Sunday of the Toronto Maple Leafs and Chicago Blackhawks on CITY in Canada, the NHL Network in the United States will televise the "Rogers Hometown Hockey" broadcast at 6 p.m. ET. This week's location is Kingston, Ontario, to celebrate the city's iconic hockey story.

Among the features airing on the pregame show:

* Doug Gilmour enjoyed a career that earned him a spot in the Hockey Hall of Fame. When he was done as a player he returned to Kingston, his hometown, to coach the Kingston Frontenacs of the Ontario Hockey League.

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Canucks' Hansen 'fine' after collapsing on bench

Sunday, 12.21.2014 / 1:32 AM / News

Kevin Woodley - NHL.com Correspondent

VANCOUVER -- Vancouver Canucks forward Jannik Hansen left the game Saturday after collapsing briefly on the bench shortly after taking a hit against the Calgary Flames.

He was taken to a hospital for further evaluation.

Hansen was conscious and on his feet moments after collapsing early in the second period and walked to the locker room with help from the medical staff.

"He’s at the hospital but everything is checking out," Canucks coach Willie Desjardins said after a 3-2 overtime win at Rogers Arena. "It's concerning. He seemed like he couldn't get his breath there. He kind of went down. When that happens it's not usual, so you're concerned. But everything's checked out at the hospital and everything is fine.”

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Quote of the Day

I don’t know if it was more relief for me that [Stamkos] scored or the power play scored. It was a whole compilation of Alka Seltzer.

— Lightning coach Jon Cooper after Steven Stamkos broke a long scoring drought and Tampa Bay's struggling power play scored four times in Game 2 at Montreal