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Crosby late scratch for Penguins; Malkin injured

Saturday, 03.14.2015 / 5:00 PM / News

Wes Crosby - NHL.com Correspondent

PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Penguins started their game Saturday without Sidney Crosby and finished it without Evgeni Malkin.

Crosby was a late scratch against the Boston Bruins at Consol Energy Center for unspecified reasons after participating in warm-ups. Malkin seemed to sustain a lower-body injury after colliding with Bruins forward Chris Kelly during his first shift.

Penguins coach Mike Johnston said he was notified Crosby was not feeling well and was seeing doctors minutes before the game.

"It's just he wasn't feeling well. That's the best way to describe it," Johnston said afterward. "So, it's not an injury. He didn't get himself injured in warm-up. He just wasn't feeling well and he went to see the doctors. I thought he was great at our meeting. He seemed to be fine, but somewhere between then and the end of warm-up when he came into the dressing room, he went to see the trainers and they said to see the doctors, and from there the decision was made that we were just going to keep him out."

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Around the League notebook for Friday, March 13

Saturday, 03.14.2015 / 10:44 AM / News

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FRIDAY'S RESULTS

Home Team in Caps

Ottawa 2, NY ISLANDERS 1

Dallas 4, WASHINGTON 2

COLUMBUS 5, Edmonton 4 (SO)

Anaheim 2, MINNESOTA 1

CALGARY 6, Toronto 3

ANAHEIM DEFEATS MINNESOTA, REACHES TOP OF LEAGUE STANDINGS

Jakob Silfverberg (1-1—2) scored the game-winner at 13:45 of the second period to power the Anaheim Ducks to a 2-1 victory against the Minnesota Wild. The Ducks, who have won six of their past eight road games (6-2-0), improved to 43-20-7 (93 points) this season and passed five idle clubs to take sole possession of first in the League standings.

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Canadiens believe style of play will help them win

Saturday, 03.14.2015 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor LNH.com

BROSSARD, Quebec -- The Montreal Canadiens play in a market that can be hard on its team, to put it mildly.

The Canadiens have gone 1-3-2 and scored eight goals in their past six games heading into their game at the New York Islanders on Saturday (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, TVA Sports, City), but it remains a game between two teams fighting for first place in the NHL standings.

Every possible metric that can be used to measure the quality of a team, whether they are traditional statistics or newer analytics, shows the Canadiens to be flawed. Shots-for and shots-against, scoring chances-for and -against, shot-attempt percentage, unblocked shot-attempt percentage; pretty much any number you can find other than those representing the goaltending of Carey Price would suggest the Canadiens have no business fighting for the top record in the League.

Yet here they are, and this is not a one-shot deal.

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Islanders' Strome impressing at both ends of ice

Saturday, 03.14.2015 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

Brian Compton - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- The New York Islanders knew they were getting a gifted offensive player when they used the fifth pick of the 2011 NHL Draft to select forward Ryan Strome.

But Strome's ability to play a solid two-way game is what has made his first full season in the NHL so impressive.

Heading into their game against the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, TVA Sports, CITY), Strome ranks third on the Islanders with 43 points (14 goals, 29 assists) in 69 games. He leads New York with a plus-19 rating, but will be a healthy scratch against the Canadiens.

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Chicago's Nordstrom banned two games for boarding

Friday, 03.13.2015 / 5:30 PM / Department of Player Safety News

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NEW YORK Chicago Blackhawks forward Joakim Nordstrom has been suspended for two games, without pay, for boarding Arizona Coyotes defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson during NHL Game No. 1011 in Glendale, Ariz., on Thursday, March 12, the National Hockey League's Department of Player Safety announced today.

The incident occurred at 19:22 of the third period. Nordstrom was assessed a minor penalty for boarding.

Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and, based on his average annual salary, Nordstrom will forfeit $6,630.82. The money goes to the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund.

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Vancouver to host '16 CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game

Friday, 03.13.2015 / 4:44 PM / News

NHL.com

The top prospects from the Canadian Hockey League eligible for the 2016 NHL Draft will get an opportunity to showcase their ability before hundreds of NHL scouts at the 2016 CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game at Pacific Coliseum in Vancouver on Jan. 28, 2016.

The CHL, in association with the Western Hockey League and the Vancouver Giants, made the announcement Friday.

The 21st annual event will include 40 of the top 2016 draft prospects playing in the Western Hockey League, Ontario Hockey League and Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

"This is an event that all NHL scouts look forward to attending," NHL Central Scouting Director Dan Marr said. "The game is a unique opportunity to evaluate 40 of the top draft-eligible prospects on a single stage in what has annually become an intense competition."

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Kadri: 'Lesson learned' from Maple Leafs discipline

Friday, 03.13.2015 / 3:26 PM / News

Aaron Vickers - NHL.com Correspondent

CALGARY -- Nazem Kadri is ready to turn the page.

The Toronto Maple Leafs forward, who will sit out his third straight game Friday for disciplinary reasons after being sent home Sunday by coach Peter Horachek for missing a team meeting, has chalked it up as a learning experience.

"I'm a little humiliated, but it's a lesson learned, something you need to look to to make yourself a better person," Kadri said prior to the game Friday against the Calgary Flames, his first time addressing the media since the disciplinary action. "It's a lesson that couldn't be more clear as of this point in time. I have no ill feelings for anybody else. I put the blame on myself and I understand that I have to bring a better level of expectation in terms of professionalism. Other than that, all I can worry about is the future and moving forward."

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Jets defenseman Ellerby recalled from AHL

Friday, 03.13.2015 / 1:52 PM / News

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The Winnipeg Jets announced they have recalled defenseman Keaton Ellerby from the St. John's IceCaps of the American Hockey League.

Ellerby, 26, has played in 41 games this season with the IceCaps collecting 16 points and 32 penalty minutes. The Strathmore, AB native has played 211 NHL games in his career with the Florida Panthers, Los Angeles Kings and Jets, accumulating 26 points and 88 penalty minutes.

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Bruins sign forward Vatrano to entry-level contract

Friday, 03.13.2015 / 1:20 PM / News

BostonBruins.com

BOSTON, MA - Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today, March 13, that the club has signed UMass-Amherst forward Frank Vatrano to an entry-level contract. Vatrano will report to the Providence Bruins.

Vatrano finished up his the 2014-15 season at UMass-Amherst with 18 goals (six power play goals) and 10 assists for 28 points in 36 appearances. The 20-year-old's 18 goals led the squad, while his 28 points ranked second on the team. Vatrano appeared in one game for the Minutemen in 2013-14.

Prior to joining UMass, Vatrano played with the Boston Jr. Bruins of the EJHL (Eastern Junior Hockey League) in 2012-13, where he notched 13 goals (tied for second on the team) and nine assists for 22 points in 19 games. Vatrano also played eight games for the Boston Jr. Bruins in 2009-10, where he tallied two assists.

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Graovac rewarding Wild with breakout AHL season

Friday, 03.13.2015 / 12:20 PM / AHL Update

Kinsey Janke - Special to NHL.com

At 6-foot-4 and 205 pounds, Tyler Graovac is hard to miss.

But all 30 NHL teams did just that, bypassing Graovac 190 times until the Minnesota Wild finally selected him at No. 191 with their last pick in the 2011 NHL Draft.

"I knew when it came down to [draft weekend], I wasn't really expected to go high," Graovac said. "Getting picked seventh round by Minnesota was a little bit of a shock because I had had a lot of interviews with teams that year and Minnesota was the only one who didn't interview me. But it's been going great. They've been very patient with me."

That patience has paid dividends, as the 21-year-old center has excelled in his second season with their American Hockey League affiliate, the Iowa Wild. Fifty-eight games into the 2014-15 season, Graovac has nearly doubled his offensive output from last season, leading Iowa in goals (19), points (40), power-play goals (eight), and shots on goal (163). He's had 10 multipoint games.

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