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Hurricanes place Nestrasil on IR, recall Shugg

Monday, 12.15.2014 / 10:10 AM / News

CarolinaHurricanes.com

RALEIGH, NCRon Francis, Executive Vice President and General Manager of the National Hockey League's Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has recalled forward Justin Shugg from the Charlotte Checkers of the American Hockey League (AHL). In addition, the Hurricanes placed forward Andrej Nestrasil on injured reserve with an upper-body injury.

This marks the first career NHL recall for Shugg, 22, who is in his fourth professional season. The Niagara Falls, Ont., native leads Charlotte in goals (9) and ranks second in points (11) this season, in 17 games played. Shugg (5'11", 185 lbs.) has totaled 37 goals and 46 assists (83 points) in 164 career AHL games played with the Checkers. Selected by the Hurricanes in the fourth round, 105th overall, of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, Shugg won back-to-back Memorial Cups as a member of the Windsor Spitfires in 2009 and 2010, and reached the Memorial Cup final game with Mississauga in 2011.

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Around the League notebook for Sunday, Dec. 14

Monday, 12.15.2014 / 1:22 AM / News

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TORONTO WINS SEASON-BEST FIFTH STRAIGHT

Joffrey Lupul scored the shootout winner to lift the Toronto Maple Leafs to a 4-3 victory against the Los Angeles Kings. Toronto improved to 18-9-3 (39 points), including 9-1-1 in its past 11 games, and recorded a fifth consecutive win for the first time since winning six straight from Jan. 12-21. The Maple Leafs also now lead the NHL with 13 home wins. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the last time Toronto won at least 13 of its first 20 home games was during the 2001-02 season, when the Maple Leafs started 14-5-1 at Air Canada Centre.

* While celebrating his 29th birthday, Mike Santorelli (1-1-2) opened the scoring and earned his 16th assist of the season, tying him for the Maple Leafs lead. The performance is the fifth multipoint game of the season for Santorelli, who has 13 points (3-1013) over his past 10 games. Combined with the win, Santorelli’s goal also improved Toronto to a League-leading 13-0-0 this season when scoring first. The Montreal Canadiens (11-0-0) are the only other team to remain undefeated when opening the scoring.


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Longtime NHL goalie Tomas Vokoun retires: report

Monday, 12.15.2014 / 12:52 AM / News

NHL.com

Longtime NHL goalie Tomas Vokoun, who led the Nashville Predators to their first-ever playoff appearance in 2003-04, has decided to retire, according to Czech daily Sport.

"I think I can be proud of the career I had," he told the publication.

Vokoun played 700 games in 15 seasons with the Montreal Canadiens, Predators, Florida Panthers, Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins. He went 300-288-35-57 with a 2.55 goals-against average, .917 save percentage and 51 shutouts.

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Rangers center Brassard diagnosed with mumps

Sunday, 12.14.2014 / 8:00 PM / News

Derek Van Diest - NHL.com Correspondent

EDMONTON -- New York Rangers center Derick Brassard has been diagnosed with the mumps.

Rangers coach Alain Vigneault confirmed Brassard is the most recent NHL player to contract the virus.

"He got up this morning and has the mumps, so we're looking at getting him back home right now," Vigneault said prior to the Rangers game against the Edmonton Oilers at Rexall Place on Sunday night. "We're going to send him home. All of our guys have had their shots."

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Blue Jackets acquire forward Morin from Blackhawks

Sunday, 12.14.2014 / 3:03 PM / News

NHL.com

The Columbus Blue Jackets have acquired forward Jeremy Morin from the Chicago Blackhawks for defenseman Tim Erixon.

Morin, a healthy scratch the past 11 games, had 28 shots on goal and 15 penalty minutes in 15 games for the Blackhawks this season. A second-round pick (No. 45) of the Atlanta Thrashers in the 2009 NHL Draft, Morin has eight goals and 16 points in 54 NHL games. He signed a two-year contract extension with the Blackhawks on June 27.

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Penguins captain Crosby diagnosed with mumps

Sunday, 12.14.2014 / 12:41 PM / News

Wes Crosby - NHL.com Correspondent

PITTSBURGH – Forward Sidney Crosby has contracted the mumps and will not play against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Monday, the Pittsburgh Penguins announced Sunday.

Crosby is expected to be through the infectious period of the disease by Monday, according to Penguins team doctor Dharmesh Vyas. He will continue to be monitored daily and could return next week.

"It's a disease that's going throughout the League and you just don't know how far it can spread," Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford said. "We're watching this on a regular basis."

During a game against Carolina Hurricanes on Nov. 28, Crosby sustained an injury to the right side of his neck. He injured a gland and underwent a CT scan, which showed the injury, Vyas said.

The Penguins medical staff tested Crosby for mumps and his results came back negative at that time, Vyas said. Crosby was placed on medications to allow for the swelling to dissipate and once he was taken off of medications, he developed swelling next to the area of his injury.

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Stars recall goaltender Lindback from AHL

Sunday, 12.14.2014 / 12:12 PM / News

DallasStars.com

Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill announced today that goaltender Anders Lindback has been recalled from the Texas Stars, the team's top development affiliate in the American Hockey League. In addition, goaltender Jussi Rynnas was reassigned to Texas.

Lindback, 26, has appeared in five games with Dallas this season and holds a record of 0-5-0 with an .861 save percentage and a 4.63 goals against average. In five games played for Texas, he posted a 3-2-0 record with a 1.59 goals against average and a .946 save percentage.

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Around the League notebook for Saturday, Dec. 13

Sunday, 12.14.2014 / 10:38 AM / News

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SATURDAY'S RESULTS

Home Team in Caps

Ottawa 3, BOSTON 2 (SO)

PHILADELPHIA 5, Carolina 1

BUFFALO 4, Florida 3 (OT)

TORONTO 4, Detroit 1

NY ISLANDERS 3, Chicago 2

WASHINGTON 4, Tampa Bay 2

COLUMBUS 4, Pittsburgh 3 (SO)

Anaheim 4, WINNIPEG 1

Minnesota 4, ARIZONA 3 (SO)

DALLAS 4, New Jersey 3

St. Louis 3, COLORADO 2 (OT)

NY Rangers 5, VANCOUVER 1

SAN JOSE 2, Nashville 0

DUCKS EXTEND WINNING STREAK TO SEVEN

The Anaheim Ducks scored four unanswered goals – highlighted by a goal and an assist from Ryan Getzlaf, to erase an early 1-0 deficit and win their seventh straight game.

* At 21-6-5 (47 points), the Ducks lead the NHL in wins and sit five points ahead of the Penguins (19-6-4, 42 points) and Blues (20-8-2, 42 points) for first place in the entire League.

* Frederik Andersen has been the goaltender of record in each of the Ducks's past seven victories, marking the longest single-season winning streak of his career. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Andersen is the third goaltender in Ducks history to win seven straight games in one season, following Guy Hebert (7-0-0 from Feb. 25 to Mar. 22, 1996) and Jonas Hiller (14-0-0 from Dec. 6, 2013 to Jan. 12, 2014).

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Rogers Hometown Hockey celebrates St. Catharines

Sunday, 12.14.2014 / 3:00 AM / News

NHL.com

Prior to the telecast Sunday of the Calgary Flames and Chicago Blackhawks on CITY in Canada, the NHL Network in the United States will televise the "Rogers Hometown Hockey" broadcast at 7:30 p.m. ET. This week's location is St. Catharines, Ontario, to celebrate the city's iconic hockey story.

Among the features airing on the pregame show:

* When he was 17, Marcel Dionne decided to leave his hometown in Quebec to play junior hockey in St. Catharines. Criticized at the time, Dionne is still in the area 46 years later and proving that the Garden City was definitely greener pastures.

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Around the League notebook for Friday, Dec. 12

Saturday, 12.13.2014 / 1:02 AM / News

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DUCKS EXTEND LEAD ATOP NHL STANDINGS . . .

The Ducks built a 3-0 lead 21 minutes into the game against the Edmonton Oilers, highlighted by goals from Kyle Palmieri (1-0—1) and Ryan Getzlaf (1-1—2) in the first 51 seconds of the second period, and held on for their sixth consecutive victory. Anaheim improved to 19-3-1 against Edmonton dating to March 31, 2009.

* Per Elias, the goals by Palmieri (0:07) and Getzlaf (0:51) in the second period marked the first time in franchise history that the Ducks scored multiple goals in the first minute of any period. Palmieri’s goal was the fastest by a Ducks player from the start of any period.

* Anaheim improved to 20-6-5 (45 points), extending their lead for the top spot in the Western Conference and NHL standings. They join the Chicago Blackhawks as the only two clubs with 20 wins this season.

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