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Capitals' top line has had revolving cast at right wing

Monday, 02.23.2015 / 9:20 AM / NHL Insider

Adam Vingan - NHL.com Correspondent

PHILADELPHIA -- During the Washington Capitals pre-game line rushes against the Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday, Andre Burakovsky skated with Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom, completing the Capitals first line.

Coach Barry Trotz ultimately scratched Burakovsky after deciding Washington was in need of a jump-start, inserting Jay Beagle into the starting lineup instead. Beagle's stint on the line was short-lived; Marcus Johansson replaced him after two shifts and a holding penalty, remaining there for the rest of Washington’s 3-2 loss.

"I think we weren't sharp at all," said Backstrom, who was held without a point after having seven in his previous four games. "It doesn't matter who plays with us, to be honest with you."

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Flames GM Treliving approaches deadline with caution

Monday, 02.23.2015 / 9:08 AM / 2015 NHL Trade Deadline

Aaron Vickers - NHL.com Correspondent

CALGARY -- The Calgary Flames have put first-year general manager Brad Treliving in a bit of a jam.

In just the second season of a full-on rebuild, the upstart Flames are pushing for a Stanley Cup Playoffs spot in the Western Conference, limiting the GM from declaring his team as full-on buyers or sellers at the NHL Trade Deadline on March 2.

"We're making up new terminology," Treliving told NHL.com. "We're in a stage here where the play of our team has put us in a position that you'd like to help. You'd like to be able to help for our stretch drive. Having said that, you also want to be careful and cautious of the type of … whether it be young players, young prospects, draft picks … that you expose in a situation like this. We're like everybody else. We're listening."

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Top 15 targets for the 2015 NHL Trade Deadline

Monday, 02.23.2015 / 3:00 AM / 2015 NHL Trade Deadline

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

The 2015 NHL Trade Deadline is next Monday, March 2, at 3 p.m. ET, so expect the rumor mill to churn in overdrive this week as general managers work the phones to try to make one last ditch effort to improve their teams heading down the stretch in the regular season.

Although there have already been two significant trades involving key players such as defensemen Cody Franson, Tyler Myers and Zach Bogosian as well as forwards Evander Kane, Mike Santorelli and Drew Stafford, there are still plenty of teams that need some help and players that could be on the move.

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After Sochi, Price has become one of League's best

Monday, 02.23.2015 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor LNH.com

A year ago this week, the 2014 Sochi Olympics entered the knockout round. To celebrate, NHL.com looks at three players who used one of hockey's biggest stages to grab the spotlight and parlay their celebrity into the 2014-15 NHL season.

Today, we look at Canada goalie Carey Price, who led his team to its second straight gold medal.

When Carey Price left for the 2014 Sochi Olympics it was unclear whether he or the incumbent, Roberto Luongo of the Florida Panthers, would be the starting goaltender for Canada.

It was the one position that most of the hockey world thought was a potential weakness for the powerhouse team from Canada.

When Price returned to the Montreal Canadiens a few weeks later he did so with a gold medal hanging around his neck, having been named the top goaltender of the Olympic tournament after a 3-0 shutout against Sweden in the gold-medal game, which was played one year ago Monday.

Price stopped 103 of 106 shots in five starts in Sochi and 70 of 71 shots in three elimination games, making the pretournament chatter about Canada’s goaltending seem rather silly.

"I was pretty confident in my abilities going into the tournament," Price said. "I knew the group of players I was playing behind, I knew it was going to be a really good opportunity to win. That was the mentality that I had, and all I had to do was just do my part. Fortunately for me things went well, the team played really well in front of me, and everything was done exactly as planned."

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Around the League notebook for Sunday, Feb. 22

Monday, 02.23.2015 / 12:28 AM / News

NHL Public Relations

AVALANCHE’S MACKINNON RECORDS FIRST CAREER HAT TRICK IN WIN AGAINST LIGHTNING

Nathan MacKinnon (3-0-3) recorded the first hat trick of his NHL career, which included his second game-winning goal of the season, to power the Colorado Avalanche to a 5-4 win against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

* According to the Elias Sports Bureau, at 19 years, 174 days old, MacKinnon became the third-youngest player in franchise history to record a hat trick; as a member of the Quebec Nordiques, Joe Sakic recorded hat tricks on Oct. 22, 1988 at 19 years, 107 days old in a 7-3 loss to the New York Islanders and on Nov. 11, 1988 at 19 years, 140 days old in a 5-3 win against the Montreal Canadiens.


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Blackhawks sign goalie Darling to two-year contract

Sunday, 02.22.2015 / 10:42 PM / News

NHL.com

Goalie Scott Darling and the Chicago Blackhawks agreed to a two-year contract, the Blackhawks announced Sunday.

The contract runs through the end of the 2016-17 season.

Chicago recalled Darling from Rockford of the American Hockey League earlier Sunday. In a corresponding move, the Blackhawks sent down Antti Raanta, who allowed two goals on 16 shots in 27:41 after relieving starter Corey Crawford in a 6-2 loss to the Boston Bruins on Sunday.
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Blackhawks make roster moves

Sunday, 02.22.2015 / 9:24 PM / News

ChicagoBlackhawks.com

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.

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Kings' Gaborik comes up with another clutch goal

Shawn Roarke - Director, Editorial

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Marian Gaborik was acquired by the Los Angeles Kings last season for one reason.

"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."

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Jamie Benn growing into role as captain of Stars

Sunday, 02.22.2015 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

Steve Hunt - NHL.com Correspondent

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.

The Stars, who lost in overtime to the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday at American Airlines Center, complete a back-to-back Sunday at the Minnesota Wild (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN).


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Rogers Hometown Hockey: Boischatel, Quebec

Sunday, 02.22.2015 / 3:00 AM / News

NHL.com

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.

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