The Chicago Blackhawks announced today that they recalled forward Joakim Nordstrom and goaltender Scott Darling from the Rockford IceHogs of the American Hockey League and reassigned forward Ryan Hartman and goaltender Antti Raanta to Rockford.
Nordstrom, 22, has recorded two assists in 24 games with Chicago this season. The Stockholm, Sweden, native has tallied 16 points (9G, 7A) in 23 games with Rockford this year; he collected his first career hat trick and added an assist on Dec. 13 at Lake Erie. Nordstrom was the team’s third-round selection (90th overall) in the 2010 National Hockey League Draft.
"I think we all understand what he was brought here to do and that is to score big goals and that is kind of what we expect of him," captain Dustin Brown said.
After delivering on that deal throughout the Kings' triumphant march to the Stanley Cup championship by scoring 14 goals in 26 games, Gaborik did what is expected of him again, in dramatic fashion, on another one of the sport's grandest stages.
This time, Gaborik scored the game-winning goal 4:04 into the third period in the 2015 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series game at Levi's Stadium, providing the Kings with a 2-1 victory against the rival San Jose Sharks before 70,205 spectators.
"Yeah, it's definitely special," Gaborik said of his goal, which blunted the momentum of the Sharks, who were starting to dominate play after a late first-period goal tied the game. "But it definitely feels good to get the goal."
DALLAS -- Last season was a giant learning experience for Jamie Benn.
But considering it was the start of what likely will be a long run as captain of the Dallas Stars, Benn viewed it as very productive.
Benn, a fifth-round pick (No. 129) in the 2007 NHL Draft, is in his sixth season in the League. He is second on Dallas with 58 points (23 goals, 35 assists), tied for ninth in the NHL.
Last season, Benn was a big reason the Stars made the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time in six years; they were defeated by the Anaheim Ducks in a six-game Western Conference First Round series.
CITY in Canada will televise "Rogers Hometown Hockey" on Sunday at 5:30 p.m. ET. The show will be followed by the game between the Vancouver Canucks and New York Islanders. The location this week is Boischatel, Quebec, and the half-hour program will celebrate the city's iconic hockey story.
Among the features airing on the pregame show:
* Hockey fans remember Paul Henderson's game-winning goals in the 1972 Summit Series against the Soviet Union and Sidney Crosby's golden goal in the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. But Marie-Philip Poulin scored the tying and winning goals for Canada's women's hockey team against the United States at the 2014 Sochi Olympics -- and many may not yet know her name.
CHICAGO -- Like most players, Marian Hossa was powerless to stop what happened late in the first period of a game at United Center this past Wednesday.
Detroit Red Wings center Pavel Datsyuk, a relentless puck hound, used a jabbing stick lift to rip the puck from the Chicago Blackhawks forward in the defensive zone. Datsyuk quickly headed the other way, looking for the kind of play he's turned into key goals numerous times in his career.
Hossa had other ideas, and unlike most players, he was able to recover.
Just as he did during practices with the Red Wings in 2007-08, Hossa chased Datsyuk. He closed the gap through the neutral zone and caught the speedy Russian at the Chicago blue line. Hossa, a 36-year old right wing, returned the favor with a strip of his own inside the left circle, sending the puck the other way with a stretch pass.
The crowd roared. Hossa felt a sense of relief and accomplishment.
"He's one of the best," he said of Datsyuk, a three-time winner of the Frank J. Selke Trophy as the NHL's best defensive forward. "I had the chance to play with [him] in Detroit and we'd play keep-aways after practices, because he's one of the best in the League. I learned from him quite a bit."
Entering the Flyers game Sunday against the Washington Capitals (12:30 p.m. ET, NBC), he's tied for third in the League with 12 power-play goals; his 33 goals on the man-advantage since the start of the 2012-13 season are third, behind Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin (57) and Joe Pavelski of the San Jose Sharks (37).
For long stretches, however, the power play has been the chief place Simmonds had been productive; of his 14 goals in a 49-game stretch between Oct. 14 and Feb. 5, five came at even strength.
In his past six games, however, he has four goals, with three of them coming at 5-on-5 play.
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- The stands were packed with 70,205 fans at Levi's Stadium, the third largest crowd in NHL history.
The stars were visible on a clear Northern California night.
San Jose suffered a 2-1 loss to Los Angeles that knocked the Sharks out of the second wild-card playoff position in the Western Conference, a spot now held by the Kings.
"It was fun. It was awesome," Sharks forward Joe Pavelski said. "Going out there for warm-ups … the whole event has been pretty good, right up to the end. It's the truth when they say it's better when you win. I think it is. It (stinks) right now."
The Detroit Red Wings erased a pair of two-goal deficits in the third period, highlighted by Pavel Datsyuk’s tying goal with 1:48 left in regulation, before Niklas Kronwall completed the comeback by scoring 36 seconds into overtime to defeat the Dallas Stars.
* The Red Wings improved to 33-14-10 (76 points) to keep pace with the Montreal Canadiens (38-16-5, 81 points) and Tampa Bay Lightning (37-18-6, 80 points) – who also won on Saturday – in the Atlantic Division.
* Elias says the Red Wings are the first team to trail by two goals (or more) in the third period, tie the game, and fall behind by at least two goals again before eventually winning since Jan. 16, 1934 when the Toronto Maple Leafs earned a 7-4 overtime win against the Ottawa Senators. In that game, the Maple Leafs trailed 2-0 at the start of the third period before tying the game at 2-2; the Senators then pulled ahead 4-2 before the Maple Leafs forced overtime; they scored three times in the extra period.
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