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Five Questions: Flames' Giordano on road to the top

Tuesday, 02.03.2015 / 3:00 AM / Five Questions With…

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

Mark Giordano's path to NHL stardom can be seen as either the blueprint for all fledgling professional defensemen or the envy of everyone who is or once was in his shoes.

Giordano, now a Norris Trophy candidate and an all-star, started as an undrafted defenseman out of the Ontario Hockey League and spent a year playing professionally in Russia. He has been a full-time NHL player since the 2008-09 season. He was a first-time all-star this season.

Along the way Giordano has figured things out about himself, his game, and about what makes the great ones in the NHL great. He has learned to play a two-way game without sacrificing what he does best, which is join the rush and provide offense. He has become a leader.

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Gordie Howe progressing after stem-cell treatment

Monday, 02.02.2015 / 8:27 PM / News

Jon Lane - NHL.com Staff Writer

Hockey legend Gordie Howe is "doing fantastic" in his ongoing recovery from a stroke, his son Dr. Murray Howe told NHL Live on Monday.

Dr. Howe said his father has gained at least 20 pounds since having stem-cell treatment in Mexico on Dec. 8. Gordie Howe is rehabbing at his daughter Kathy's house in Lubbock Texas, where he helps with the household chores. Upon visiting, Howe's sons take turns playing hockey, throwing a football or kicking a soccer ball with their father.

"He's doing very, very well," said Dr. Howe, the director of sports medicine imaging of Toledo Hospital. "He has good days and bad days like anybody who's 86 [years old], but overall he's heading in the right direction really every day, a little bit better. He had his stem cell treatment Dec. 8 and really since that time he's just been doing fantastic.

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Blues' Shattenkirk to have abdominal surgery

Monday, 02.02.2015 / 7:08 PM / News

NHL.com

St. Louis Blues defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk will undergo abdominal surgery after sustaining an injury in a 4-3 win at the Washington Capitals on Sunday.

Shattenkirk will have the procedure in the next 7-10 days and be listed as week-to-week following its completion, according to the Blues.

The 26-year-old leads all defensemen with 32 assists and ranks second with 40 points in 49 games this season.

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Kings enjoy second White House visit in three years

Monday, 02.02.2015 / 4:38 PM / News

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

WASHINGTON -- The Los Angeles Kings renewed acquaintances with President Barack Obama on Monday at the White House, where they were honored for winning the Stanley Cup championship last year.

The Kings were joined on stage in the East Room and on a pre-ceremony tour and gathering with President Obama by members of the Los Angeles Galaxy, who won the MLS Cup last season. President Obama also honored the Kings and Galaxy for winning their respective league championships on March 26, 2013.

Both franchises are owned by AEG.

"As a Chicago fan I'm a little resentful, you guys have an embarrassment of riches," President Obama said during his seven-minute speech. "Today feels like Groundhog Day. If you're feeling a little déjà vu you're not alone. Two years ago we had the Galaxy and the Kings here together. So if you see Bill Murray playing the piano in the foyer you know something weird is going on, and we're probably going to do this again."

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Ovechkin, Tavares, Rask named 'Stars' for January

Monday, 02.02.2015 / 3:00 PM / News

NHL Public Relations

NEW YORK – Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin, New York Islanders center John Tavares and Boston Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask have been named the NHL's "Three Stars" for the month of January.

FIRST STAR – ALEX OVECHKIN, LW, WASHINGTON CAPITALS

Ovechkin led all players with 12 goals, six power-play markers and 59 shots on goal to power the Capitals (25-15-10, 60 points) to a 7-3-3 January and the second Wild Card spot in the Eastern Conference. He registered points in nine of 13 contests (12-3—15), highlighted by six multi-point performances and nine games in which he found the back of the net. That included a trio of multi-goal outings (Jan. 16 at NSH, Jan. 20 vs. EDM and Jan. 28 vs. PIT) as well as a pair of game-winning markers (Jan. 12 vs. COL and Jan. 28 vs. PIT).

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Stars' Klingberg named Rookie of the Month

Monday, 02.02.2015 / 2:00 PM / News

NHL.com

NEW YORKDallas Stars defenseman John Klingberg, who led all rookies with 13 points (5-8—13) in 13 games, has been named the NHL Rookie of the Month for January.

Klingberg edged Ottawa Senators teammates Mark Stone (4-7—11 in 12 GP) and Mike Hoffman (6-2—8 in 12 GP), Winnipeg Jets goaltender Michael Hutchinson (5-3-0, 2.62 GAA, .912 SV%, 1 SO), Tampa Bay Lightning center Cedric Paquette (5-4—9 in 12 GP), Anaheim Ducks center Rickard Rakell (4-5—9 in 11 GP), and San Jose Sharks center Melker Karlsson (7-1—8 in 12 GP) for the honor.

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Fantasy All-Access: Keep eye on Kings down stretch

Matt Sitkoff - NHL.com Contributor

Every Monday, NHL.com contributor Matt Sitkoff identifies waiver-wire pickups, roster trends, schedule notes and a prospect to watch in fantasy hockey.

The Los Angeles Kings visit the White House on Monday to celebrate winning the Stanley Cup for the second time in three seasons in 2014. But entering the week the Kings are on the outside of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, three points behind the Calgary Flames for the second Western Conference wild-card spot. But the Kings always save their best for the end.

Some players to keep an eye on that traditionally turn up their play as the season goes on are center Anze Kopitar and defenseman Alec Martinez. Kopitar led the Kings in points in games played after Feb. 1 in 2013-14 (27 points in 26 games) and 2011-12 (32 points in 32 games). Martinez had a combined 25 points in games after Feb. 1 in the Kings' championship seasons.

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Price, Paquette and Dubnyk named stars of the week

Monday, 02.02.2015 / 12:00 PM / News

NHL Public Relations

NEW YORKMontreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price, Tampa Bay Lightning center Cedric Paquette and Minnesota Wild goaltender Devan Dubnyk have been named the NHL's "Three Stars" for the week ending Feb. 1.

FIRST STAR – CAREY PRICE, G, MONTREAL CANADIENS

Price posted a 3-0-0 record with a 0.66 goals-against average, .980 save percentage and two shutouts to backstop the Canadiens (32-14-3, 67 points) to three victories in four outings. He made 40 saves in a 3-2 win over the Dallas Stars Jan. 27, marking his second 40 plus save performance of the season (also Dec. 12 vs. LAK: 44 saves). Price then notched a pair of 1-0 shutouts, registering 24 saves in a victory over the New York Rangers Jan. 29 and 36 saves in an overtime triumph against the Washington Capitals Jan. 31. The 27-year-old Anahim Lake, B.C., native has appeared in 39 games this season, sharing second in the NHL with 27 wins while also placing in the top five in save percentage (2nd; .933), goals-against average (3rd; 2.03) and shutouts (t-5th; 4). Price now has 29 career shutouts, all with the Canadiens, tying Patrick Roy for fifth in franchise history.

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Stars defenseman Jokipakka recalled from AHL

Monday, 02.02.2015 / 11:19 AM / News

DallasStars.com

Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill announced today that the club has recalled defenseman Jyrki Jokipakka from the Texas Stars, Dallas' development affiliate in the American Hockey League (AHL).

Jokipakka, 23, has appeared in 19 games for Dallas this season, posting five assists (0-5=5) and 16 shots on goal. The defenseman has registered five points (3-2=5) in 19 games for Texas this season.

The 6-foot-3, 210-pound native of Tampere, Finland was selected by Dallas in the seventh round (195th overall) of the 2011 NHL Draft.

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Around the League notebook for Sunday, Feb. 1

Sunday, 02.01.2015 / 6:46 PM / News

NHL Public Relations

OVECHKIN BECOMES FIFTH PLAYER IN NHL HISTORY WITH 30 GOALS IN FIRST 10 SEASONS

Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals scored two goals on Sunday afternoon in a 4-3 loss to the St. Louis Blues to bring his League-leading goal total to 31 this season. Ovechkin became the fifth player in NHL history to score 30 or more goals in each of his first 10 seasons, joining Mike Gartner, Wayne Gretzky, Jari Kurri and Mike Bossy.

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For our team, as a group, we've never been this far before, and so it's just more lessons learned, and sometimes you have to go to the school of hard knocks to find out what works and what doesn't. We've got a young group. They've played some unreal hockey here to get us this far, and we showed if we're not going to play the proper way, a really, really good hockey team is going to beat you, and that's what they did. It's a lesson learned.

— Lightning coach Jon Cooper after Rangers win in Game 6 forced a Game 7 that will be played at Madison Square Garden on Friday