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South Carolina sets ECHL mark with 18th straight win

Saturday, 03.14.2015 / 10:22 PM / News

The South Carolina Stingrays set an ECHL record with their 18th straight win, 6-0 against the Gwinnett Gladiators at the North Charleston Coliseum on Saturday.

The record of 17 was set by the Cincinnati Cyclones from Jan. 13-Feb. 29, 2008.

The Stingrays, who have NHL affiliations with the Boston Bruins and Washington Capitals, set an ECHL record for longest road winning streak Friday with their 11th straight, a 4-0 win at Gwinnett.

Crosby late scratch for Penguins; Malkin injured

Saturday, 03.14.2015 / 5:00 PM / News

Wes Crosby - Correspondent

PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Penguins started their game Saturday without Sidney Crosby and finished it without Evgeni Malkin.

Crosby was a late scratch against the Boston Bruins at Consol Energy Center for unspecified reasons after participating in warm-ups. Malkin seemed to sustain a lower-body injury after colliding with Bruins forward Chris Kelly during his first shift.

Penguins coach Mike Johnston said he was notified Crosby was not feeling well and was seeing doctors minutes before the game.

"It's just he wasn't feeling well. That's the best way to describe it," Johnston said afterward. "So, it's not an injury. He didn't get himself injured in warm-up. He just wasn't feeling well and he went to see the doctors. I thought he was great at our meeting. He seemed to be fine, but somewhere between then and the end of warm-up when he came into the dressing room, he went to see the trainers and they said to see the doctors, and from there the decision was made that we were just going to keep him out."

Around the League notebook for Friday, March 13

Saturday, 03.14.2015 / 10:44 AM / News

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Home Team in Caps

Ottawa 2, NY ISLANDERS 1

Dallas 4, WASHINGTON 2

COLUMBUS 5, Edmonton 4 (SO)

Anaheim 2, MINNESOTA 1

CALGARY 6, Toronto 3


Jakob Silfverberg (1-1—2) scored the game-winner at 13:45 of the second period to power the Anaheim Ducks to a 2-1 victory against the Minnesota Wild. The Ducks, who have won six of their past eight road games (6-2-0), improved to 43-20-7 (93 points) this season and passed five idle clubs to take sole possession of first in the League standings.

Vancouver to host '16 CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game

Friday, 03.13.2015 / 4:44 PM / News

The top prospects from the Canadian Hockey League eligible for the 2016 NHL Draft will get an opportunity to showcase their ability before hundreds of NHL scouts at the 2016 CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game at Pacific Coliseum in Vancouver on Jan. 28, 2016.

The CHL, in association with the Western Hockey League and the Vancouver Giants, made the announcement Friday.

The 21st annual event will include 40 of the top 2016 draft prospects playing in the Western Hockey League, Ontario Hockey League and Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

"This is an event that all NHL scouts look forward to attending," NHL Central Scouting Director Dan Marr said. "The game is a unique opportunity to evaluate 40 of the top draft-eligible prospects on a single stage in what has annually become an intense competition."

Kadri: 'Lesson learned' from Maple Leafs discipline

Friday, 03.13.2015 / 3:26 PM / News

Aaron Vickers - Correspondent

CALGARY -- Nazem Kadri is ready to turn the page.

The Toronto Maple Leafs forward, who will sit out his third straight game Friday for disciplinary reasons after being sent home Sunday by coach Peter Horachek for missing a team meeting, has chalked it up as a learning experience.

"I'm a little humiliated, but it's a lesson learned, something you need to look to to make yourself a better person," Kadri said prior to the game Friday against the Calgary Flames, his first time addressing the media since the disciplinary action. "It's a lesson that couldn't be more clear as of this point in time. I have no ill feelings for anybody else. I put the blame on myself and I understand that I have to bring a better level of expectation in terms of professionalism. Other than that, all I can worry about is the future and moving forward."

Jets defenseman Ellerby recalled from AHL

Friday, 03.13.2015 / 1:52 PM / News

The Winnipeg Jets announced they have recalled defenseman Keaton Ellerby from the St. John's IceCaps of the American Hockey League.

Ellerby, 26, has played in 41 games this season with the IceCaps collecting 16 points and 32 penalty minutes. The Strathmore, AB native has played 211 NHL games in his career with the Florida Panthers, Los Angeles Kings and Jets, accumulating 26 points and 88 penalty minutes.

Bruins sign forward Vatrano to entry-level contract

Friday, 03.13.2015 / 1:20 PM / News

BOSTON, MA - Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today, March 13, that the club has signed UMass-Amherst forward Frank Vatrano to an entry-level contract. Vatrano will report to the Providence Bruins.

Vatrano finished up his the 2014-15 season at UMass-Amherst with 18 goals (six power play goals) and 10 assists for 28 points in 36 appearances. The 20-year-old's 18 goals led the squad, while his 28 points ranked second on the team. Vatrano appeared in one game for the Minutemen in 2013-14.

Prior to joining UMass, Vatrano played with the Boston Jr. Bruins of the EJHL (Eastern Junior Hockey League) in 2012-13, where he notched 13 goals (tied for second on the team) and nine assists for 22 points in 19 games. Vatrano also played eight games for the Boston Jr. Bruins in 2009-10, where he tallied two assists.

Presidents' Trophy race six-way tie hitting stretch run

Friday, 03.13.2015 / 10:46 AM / News

Adam Kimelman - Deputy Managing Editor

How close is the race for the Presidents' Trophy this season? Historically it's never been closer.

With about one month left in the regular season, the New York Rangers, St. Louis Blues, Montreal Canadiens, Tampa Bay Lightning, Nashville Predators and Anaheim Ducks are tied atop the standings with 91 points.

Since expansion in 1967, it's the first time this many teams have been tied for first place in the League on March 13. The previous mark was two teams, the Boston Bruins and Detroit Red Wings with 97 points in 2008-09 and the Canadiens and Calgary Flames with 90 points in 1987-88.

Around the League notebook for Thursday, March 12

Friday, 03.13.2015 / 9:00 AM / News

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Brian Elliott made 28 shots through overtime and remained perfect in the shootout as the St. Louis Blues defeated the Philadelphia Flyers 1-0. T.J. Oshie and Vladimir Tarasenko scored in the shootout to lift the Blues to their third straight win and into first place in the Central Division and Western Conference.

* The Blues (43-19-5, 91 points) also pulled into a tie in terms of points with five other teams for first place in the entire NHL, where the top eight teams are separated by three points.

* Elliott posted his 29th career shutout (fourth this season). He has 20 of those shutouts since joining the Blues in 2011-12, tying Jaroslav Halak for first place in franchise history. Only Jonathan Quick (22) has more shutouts among NHL goaltenders in that span.

* Blues coach Ken Hitchcock (700-446-161, .606%) became the fourth coach in NHL history to reach 700 wins, joining Scotty Bowman, Al Arbour and Joel Quenneville. He did so while facing the Flyers, the team he coached from 2002-03 to 2006-07.

Rangers' Klein out 3-4 weeks with upper-body injury

Thursday, 03.12.2015 / 7:05 PM / News Staff

New York Rangers defenseman Kevin Klein will miss 3-4 weeks because of an upper-body injury, the Rangers announced Thursday.

Klein, who sustained the injury blocking a shot by Alex Ovechkin on Wednesday in a 3-1 win against the Washington Capitals, had his left arm examined, according to The Journal News.

Klein, acquired from the Nashville Predators last season in a trade for defenseman Michael Del Zotto, leads Rangers defensemen with nine goals and 26 points in 65 games. He is also plus-24.

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