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Maple Leafs honor Bower on 90th birthday

Saturday, 11.08.2014 / 8:06 PM / News

Mike Brophy - Correspondent

TORONTO -- The Toronto Maple Leafs honored Hockey Hall of Fame goaltender Johnny Bower, who turned 90 on Saturday, at a stoppage in play during the first period of their game against the New York Rangers. Bower was presented with a framed and autographed crest from each team, and the sellout crowd serenaded him with "Happy Birthday."

Bower served with the Canadian Army during World War II; he was stationed in England from 1940-43. He played parts of three seasons with the Rangers in the mid-1950s, then became a star with the Maple Leafs in the '60s, helping Toronto win the Stanley Cup four times.


Rogers Hometown Hockey celebrates Burnaby

Saturday, 11.08.2014 / 11:14 AM / News

Prior to the telecast Sunday of the Toronto Maple Leafs and Ottawa Senators (6 p.m. ET; NHLN-US, CITY), NHL Network will televise the "Rogers Hometown Hockey" broadcast at 5:30 p.m. ET on CITY and the NHL Network in the United States. This week's location is Burnaby, British Columbia, to celebrate the city's iconic hockey story.

Among the features airing on the pregame show:

-- The story of Ottawa Senators defenseman Patrick Wiercioch, who was born in Burnaby, and forward Kyle Turris. The two were teammates on the Burnaby Express of the British Columbia Hockey League during the 2006-07 season and were reunited as members of the Senators organization in 2011-12.


Around the League notebook for Friday, Nov. 7

Saturday, 11.08.2014 / 1:20 AM / News

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Trailing 2-0 a minute into the second period, the Washington Capitals scored three unanswered goals late in the period and hung on to beat the Chicago Blackhawks in their only meeting before a New Year’s Day showdown at Nationals Park in Washington in the 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic.

* Braden Holtby made a season-high 38 saves to help the Capitals earn their first win since Oct. 26, snapping a 0-4-1 skid. It was Washington's first regulation win at United Center since Feb. 15, 2004.

* The Capitals scored three times in the final 4:57 of the second period, two of them in 42 seconds during the final minute by Marcus Johansson (1-1—2) and Joel Ward. Johansson stretched his point streak to four games (3-3—6) and Ward scored for the third consecutive game. He leads the Capitals with two game-winning goals.


Red Wings goalie Gustavsson out two months

Friday, 11.07.2014 / 8:42 PM / News

The Detroit Red Wings expect goaltender Jonas Gustavsson to miss two months after dislocating his left shoulder, the team said Friday.

Gustavsson was injured Wednesday reaching for a rebound before Derick Brassard scored 1:50 into overtime to give the New York Rangers a 4-3 win. Gustavsson made 26 saves in his first start in five games.

General manager Ken Holland told the Red Wings website that surgery is not planned and Gustavsson will be evaluated in 4-6 weeks.


Canadiens look for answers to power-play problems

Friday, 11.07.2014 / 8:07 PM / NHL Insider

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor

BROSSARD, Quebec – The Montreal Canadiens would appear to have all the tools necessary to have one of the most potent power plays in the NHL.

They have an excellent quarterback in defenseman Andrei Markov, a world-class trigger man in defenseman P.K. Subban, a disruptive net-front presence in Brendan Gallagher and one of the best shooting forwards in the NHL in Max Pacioretty.

But with this collection of talent at their disposal, the Canadiens have one of the worst power plays in the NHL. They enter their game Saturday against the Minnesota Wild (7 p.m. ET; NHLN-US, TVA, CITY, FS-N+) with a 7.9 percent success rate with the man-advantage.

"The power play needs to be a lot better," coach Michel Therrien said after practice Friday, during which the Canadiens spent a significant amount of time working on the power play. "We need to move the puck a lot quicker, we need to take better decisions. The power play needs to be a threat, and right now I'm not satisfied with the power play.


Canadiens' Scherbak leads Russia Super Series roster

Friday, 11.07.2014 / 5:24 PM / News

Montreal Canadiens prospect Nikita Scherbak, the 26th pick of the 2014 NHL Draft, was one of the players who will be part of the Russia roster that will take part in the 2014 Subway Super Series.

Scherbak has 10 goals and 20 points in 12 games with the Everett Silvertips of the Western Hockey League.

Russia will have a 23-man roster for the six-game tournament and will use 10 Russian players already skating in the Canadian Hockey League. That includes Scherbak, who only will play in the first two games, against the Western Hockey League.

Scherbak is one of seven players who have been drafted by NHL teams who will play in the Super Series. Other players already drafted are goaltender Igor Shesterkin (New York Rangers), defenseman Rushan Rafikov (Calgary Flames) and Rinat Valiev (Toronto Maple Leafs), and forwards Pavel Kraskovsky (Winnipeg Jets), Sergey Tolchinsky (Carolina Hurricanes) and Ivan Barbashev (St. Louis Blues).


Rangers' Stepan to make season debut Saturday

Friday, 11.07.2014 / 3:29 PM / News

New York Rangers center Derek Stepan will make his season debut Saturday against the Toronto Maple Leafs, coach Alain Vigneault told the Rangers website Friday.

"I think he's probably the happiest person around our surroundings today," Vigneault said. "He's been waiting for this for a long time. He's worked extremely hard. He's good to go. He's going to play [Saturday]."

Stepan has not played since sustaining a broken left fibula during a training camp conditioning drill Sept. 24. The initial diagnosis was Stepan would miss 4-6 weeks; Saturday will be six weeks and three days.

"I feel good, I feel strong," Stepan said, according to The (Bergen) Record. "It was good to get back in the mix."

Vigneault said Stepan will skate between Chris Kreider and Mats Zuccarello against the Maple Leafs.

"[Stepan and Kreider] have got some real good chemistry," Vigneault said. "He understands Chris well, he reads him well, he uses his speed well. [Zuccarello] I feel should fit in real nicely with that line."


Stars should shine when Capitals visit Blackhawks

Brian Hedger - Correspondent

CHICAGO -- It's a matchup that won't lack for big names when the Chicago Blackhawks and Washington Capitals meet outside on New Year's Day at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C., for the 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic.

Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane and Marian Hossa top the list of Chicago's elite players. Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom and Mike Green will headline the roster for the Capitals.

The Capitals and Blackhawks will give fans a preview of that New Year's Day game Friday at United Center (8:30 p.m. ET, NHLN-US). It's the only other time the teams will play this season, so it should be a good primer for the Winter Classic.

"They've obviously got some dangerous players that can hurt you pretty quick," Kane said of the Capitals. "As far as the Winter Classic goes it could be a great matchup with a lot of talent and a lot of players that can do some special things to maybe help get the fans out of their seats."


Vande Sompel to play in two OHL Super Series games

Friday, 11.07.2014 / 2:19 PM / News

Mitchell Vande Sompel, a top prospect for the 2015 NHL Draft, will play in both games for the Ontario Hockey League against Russia in the 2014 Subway Super Series, the OHL announced Friday.

Vande Sompel, a defenseman with the Oshawa Generals, was added to the OHL roster for Game 3, on Nov. 13 in Peterborough, Ontario. He replaces Alexander Peters, a Dallas Stars prospect, who is unable to play because of an injury. Vande Sompel initially was named to the roster for Game 4 of the series, Nov. 17 in Kingston, Ontario.

He entered play Friday tied for the lead among OHL defensemen with 19 points in 16 games. The 5-foot-10, 182-pound defender earned a B rating from NHL Central Scouting on its preliminary players to watch list.


Tarasenko, Luongo among hot fantasy topics

Matt Cubeta - Fantasy Insider

We've just about reached the point of no return, at least in my book. As I stated a few weeks ago, I tend to give players a 12-15 game trial every season to prove themselves. If they've performed at a high level for those 12-15 games, I have reason to believe they can continue to perform at that level for at least most of the remainder of the season. If they've struggled and disappointed in those 12-15 games, I usually start to think this might not be their season.

Of course, players will prove my benchmark wrong. Claude Giroux's 2013-14 season got off to an abysmal start when he went without a goal in his first 15 games. We all know what happened after that.

There will be Girouxs this season. At some point players like Anze Kopitar, David Backes and Gabriel Landeskog should turn things around. But for lesser-known players, the 12-15 game benchmark usually has worked for me. This is your chance to start gauging what you can expect from a player this season.

St. Louis Blues sensation Vladimir Tarasenko is the perfect example. Tarasenko's been the hottest topic in fantasy hockey this week and is the No. 2 overall fantasy player in Yahoo leagues. Will he remain a top-10 player? Maybe. But he's the type of player that has proved to me he can carry this hot start throughout the season. I'm a believer.

Let's have a look at some other hot topics in fantasy hockey right now.
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