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Gagne was destined to make his mark with Flyers

Tuesday, 11.17.2015 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

Adam Kimelman - Deputy Managing Editor

Simon Gagne didn't know it, but he was destined to be with the Philadelphia Flyers.

On Tuesday, the Flyers will honor Gagne, who announced his retirement Sept. 15, before their game against the Los Angeles Kings (7 p.m. ET; FS-W, CSN-PH).

Gagne played 11 of his 14 NHL seasons with the Flyers, and his 264 goals, 535 points and 691 games played rank in the Flyers' top 10. He had seven 20-goal seasons, topped by back-to-back seasons of 47 goals in 2005-06 and 41 in 2006-07.

However, Gagne was surprised to hear the Flyers select him with the 22nd pick of the 1998 NHL Draft. Only later did he learn of his family's connection to the organization.

Pierre Gagne, Simon's father, and Flyers amateur scout Simon Nolet were longtime friends and minor hockey teammates. Decades later, Nolet, who has scouted Quebec-based prospects for the Flyers since 1990, was instrumental in his friend's son being drafted.

Around the League notebook: Monday, Nov. 16

Tuesday, 11.17.2015 / 12:28 AM / News

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Aaron Ekblad scored the lone goal with 20.2 seconds remaining in regulation, and Roberto Luongo made saves on all 39 shots he faced to help the Florida Panthers sweep their home-and-home series with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

* Ekblad also scored the tying goal at 19:22 of the third period Saturday at Tampa Bay in an eventual 5-4 win for the Panthers. Via the Elias Sports Bureau, the last player to score a tying or go-ahead goal in the final minute of regulation in consecutive team games was Dany Heatley on March 17 and 19, 2003 (w/ ATL) – he broke a 2-2 tie in a 3-2 W vs. CBJ and two nights later evened the score in an eventual 5-4 OT loss vs. DAL.

* Ekblad has 3-1—4 in his past four games after beginning with 1-2—3 in his first 14 games this season.

Capitals reunite Ovechkin, Backstrom at practice

Monday, 11.16.2015 / 4:22 PM / News

Dan Rosen - Senior Writer

Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin might have a familiar center riding shotgun with him when he gets his next chance at scoring his record-breaking goal.

Capitals coach Barry Trotz reunited Washington's captain and leading scorer with Nicklas Backstrom for practice Monday, but offered no guarantees they would play together against the Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena on Wednesday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, TVA Sports), when Ovechkin will again try to break Sergei Fedorov's record for the most goals scored in the NHL by a Russian player.

Ovechkin is currently tied with Fedorov with 483 goals. He has played all season with Evgeny Kuznetsov as his center, but he hasn't scored in three straight games and has only five shots on goal in the past two after getting 15 shots against the Red Wings last Tuesday.

"I don't even know if that's how we will be, I just wanted to change it up, change the thought process a little bit," Trotz told the Capitals website after practice Monday. "I think we can be better in some areas. I haven't put [Backstrom], Osh [T.J. Oshie] and Ovi together to see how that looks."

Oilers' McDavid staying positive, playing waiting game

Monday, 11.16.2015 / 3:42 PM / News

Derek Van Diest - Correspondent

EDMONTON -- Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid said he is trying to stay positive while he recovers from a fractured clavicle sustained when he crashed into the end boards Nov. 3 against the Philadelphia Flyers.

McDavid spoke to the media Monday for the first time since the injury occurred.

The No. 1 pick in the 2015 NHL Draft had surgery the following day and is expected to be out for months, Oilers general manager Peter Chiarelli said.

"I think the main part is just getting back to 100 percent," McDavid said. "If there is any positive to it, it's a bone and it can heal. It's not like it's a separated shoulder or torn labrum or anything like that. Bones heal, and I just have to wait for it to get 100 percent."

Malkin, Penguins frustrated by losses, lack of offense

Monday, 11.16.2015 / 3:22 PM / NHL Insider

Wes Crosby - Correspondent

PITTSBURGH -- Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin said Monday that any frustration he feels is solely because of how the team is playing.

Malkin clarified comments he made Saturday after the Penguins' 4-0 loss to the New Jersey Devils that made it sound like players were angry at each other.

"It's a little bit not what I want to say. It's not mad at each other," he said. "We're a pretty tight team. We support each other. But I mean, when [nothing works] in a game like New Jersey, we start to get a little bit frustrated with each other. It's a little bit new for us. It's a new team. It's not like me and [Sidney Crosby] or whoever [are mad at each other]; it's just the game. We don't like how we play."

There are some things to be frustrated about. The loss was the Penguins' third in four games (1-3-0) since winning nine of their previous 10 (9-1-0). They are 27th in the NHL with an average of 2.06 goals per game, and the power play is 29th at 12.3 percent.

Wild's Parise skates for first time since knee injury

Monday, 11.16.2015 / 2:26 PM / News

Minnesota Wild forward Zach Parise skated Monday, the first time he's been on the ice since sustaining a sprained medial collateral ligament in his right knee Nov. 5 against the Nashville Predators, coach Mike Yeo said.

However Parise isn't ready to start playing games yet. The Wild said he is week-to-week with the injury, and Yeo said there is no timetable for his return.

"Zach skated today," Yeo said in a video posted to the Wild website. "He isn't going to travel on the road with us but he will continue to skate. He's getting better and we'll see where he's at when we get back from the road trip."

Fantasy All-Access: Watch Lightning on waiver wire

Sean McCullen - Staff Writer

Every Monday, staff writer Sean McCullen identifies potential waiver-wire pickups and points out lineup moves and schedule impacts for fantasy hockey.

The Tampa Bay Lightning enter the week 22nd in the NHL in goals per game (2.42).

As improbable as it is that they're in the bottom-third in the League in scoring in mid-November, it's just as unlikely they'll be outside the top 10 at the end of the season. There's too much talent on that roster.

Now is the time to pounce, whether it be in a trade or on waivers, and ride the Lightning to fantasy glory.

Duchene, Zuccarello and Reimer named stars of week

Monday, 11.16.2015 / 12:00 PM / News

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NEW YORKColorado Avalanche center Matt Duchene, New York Rangers right wing Mats Zuccarello and Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender James Reimer have been named the NHL's "Three Stars" for the week ending Nov. 15.


Duchene led the NHL with four goals and eight points – including three multi-point performances in as many outings – to help the Avalanche (7-9-1, 15 points) begin their season-long, seven-game road trip with a 3-0-0 record. He posted 2-1-3 in a 4-0 win over the Philadelphia Flyers Nov. 10. Duchene then recorded 1-1-2, including the game-winning goal midway through the third period, in a 3-2 comeback victory over the Boston Bruins Nov. 12. He finished the week with 1-2-3 in a 6-1 triumph over the Montreal Canadiens Nov. 14. The 24-year-old Haliburton, Ont., native and No. 3 overall pick from the 2009 NHL Draft has 8-6-14 in 17 games this season, including 7-5-12 and a +6 rating in his past seven contests.

Panthers' Barkov returning to lineup against Lightning

Monday, 11.16.2015 / 11:44 AM / News

Alain Poupart - Correspondent

SUNRISE, Fla. -- Center Aleksander Barkov will be back in the Florida Panthers lineup Monday against the Tampa Bay Lightning (7:30 p.m. ET; TVA Sports, SUN, FS-F) after missing 10 games because of a broken bone in his right hand.

Barkov, 20, was second on the Panthers with three goals and six points in seven games when he was injured Oct. 22 against the Chicago Blackhawks.

"He's real dependable," Panthers coach Gerard Gallant said. "He's a young player but he's so young at both ends of the ice. He's a 200-foot player and he's a big, strong guy. Faceoffs, power play, penalty killing; he does it all for us. He's a big part of our team. But other guys stepped up and played big roles and that's how you win."

The Panthers went 4-4-2 during Barkov's absence.

Ovi goes for record again; Rangers seek 10th in row

Monday, 11.16.2015 / 3:00 AM / Weekly Primer

Brian Compton - Deputy Managing Editor

It appeared on two occasions in the Washington Capitals' past three games that captain Alex Ovechkin scored to set the record for most NHL goals scored by a Russian-born player. Each time, though, the apparent goal was taken away following a video review.

Ovechkin will get another chance to pass Sergei Fedorov when the Capitals face the Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena on Wednesday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, TVA Sports).

Ovechkin has 483 goals in 775 NHL games, the most of any player since he entered the League in 2005. Fedorov had 483 in 1,248 games with the Red Wings, Anaheim Ducks, Columbus Blue Jackets and Capitals.

"I haven't talked to him about it, but the best advice I can give him is to play your normal game," Capitals coach Barry Trotz said. "He's scored a gazillion goals in this league, and to our team: Don't look for Ovi to score that goal. Don't overpass. He's scored a lot of goals. Play the way we play, and I guarantee you, he will score that goal, and he'll score many after that."

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