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Kings place Pearson on IR, recall Shore

Monday, 01.12.2015 / 12:11 PM / News

LAKings.com

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.

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Backes, Varlamov and Huberdeau named week's stars

Monday, 01.12.2015 / 12:00 PM / News

NHL.com

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.

FIRST STAR – DAVID BACKES, C, ST. LOUIS BLUES

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.

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Leafs recall first-rounder Nylander; assign him to AHL

Monday, 01.12.2015 / 10:14 AM / News

NHL.com

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.

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Capitals recall Peters from Hershey, reassign Copley

Monday, 01.12.2015 / 9:51 AM / News

WashingtonCapitals.com

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.

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Anaheim Ducks retire Teemu Selanne's No. 8

Sunday, 01.11.2015 / 11:27 PM / News

Curtis Zupke - NHL.com 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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Red Wings goalie Howard placed on injured reserve

Sunday, 01.11.2015 / 11:03 PM / News

Detroit Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard was placed on injured reserve Sunday, the Red Wings announced. Goalie Tom McCollum was recalled from Grand Rapids of the American Hockey League.

Howard left the game Saturday against the Washington Capitals on a stretcher after sustaining a groin injury. After leaving a puck behind his own net, Howard attempted to stretch across the crease to stop a stuff-in move by Troy Brouwer, and remained on the ice after the goal was scored.

"We are doing an ultrasound [Monday] to confirm we have the right info," Red Wings general manager Ken Holland told MLive.com Sunday.

"I would say tonight he's out 2-4 weeks but we don't really know," Holland added.

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Kings' Pearson, Toffoli out indefinitely: report

Sunday, 01.11.2015 / 5:31 PM / News

NHL.com

Los Angeles Kings rookie Tanner Pearson is out indefinitely with a fractured fibula, according to LAKingsInsider.com.

Pearson was injured after crashing feetfirst into the end boards midway through the second period of the Kings' 5-4 shootout loss to the Winnipeg Jets on Saturday. His legs bent back awkwardly and he left without putting any weight on his left leg.

Pearson's 12 goals are tied with Justin Williams and Tyler Toffoli for second on the Kings. He was one of six rookies selected to perform in the 2015 Honda NHL All-Star Skills Competition on Jan. 24 in Columbus.

Toffoli, Pearson's linemate, is out with mononucleosis, and there is no timetable for his return.

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Gordie Howe's health continues to improve: report

Sunday, 01.11.2015 / 5:02 PM / News

NHL.com

Gordie Howe has gone from a wheelchair to pushing a shopping cart as part of his ongoing recovery from stroke-related health issues, the Detroit Free Press reported Sunday.

Son Mark Howe told the Free Press that his father "is doing very well, overall."

Gordie Howe's condition has continued to improve since he received stem cell treatment in December. He has had a series of strokes since the summer, including a serious one in October. Howe was rushed to the hospital with what was believed to be another serious stroke Dec. 1, but he was diagnosed with dehydration.


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Flyers goalie Mason to miss up to two weeks

Sunday, 01.11.2015 / 4:23 PM / News

NHL.com

Philadelphia Flyers goalie Steve Mason will miss up to two weeks with a lower-body injury, general manager Ron Hextall said Sunday.

Mason exited the game Saturday against the Boston Bruins with the injury. With 12:56 remaining in the first period, Mason stopped a shot from the Bruins' Craig Cunningham going down to the ice and was unable to get up. He skated off and left under his own power.

Ray Emery entered the game in relief of Mason and made 10 saves on 13 shots.

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Sabres' McCormick out indefinitely with blood clot

Sunday, 01.11.2015 / 1:02 PM / News

NHL.com

Buffalo Sabres center Cody McCormick is being treated for a blood clot in his leg and will be out indefinitely, coach Ted Nolan said Sunday following practice.

"McCormick had a situation where he felt something, the medical staff looked at him and he went to the hospital yesterday," Nolan told the Buffalo News. "He has a blood clot in his calf muscle, so he's at the hospital now.

"We're just kind of glad we caught it, and he’s getting medical care right now. ... I'm quite sure it's somewhat serious if he's still in the hospital."

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