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Hammond's streak for Senators ended by Bruins

Thursday, 03.19.2015 / 11:22 PM / News

NHL.com

Ottawa Senators goaltender Andrew Hammond’s streak of consecutive games having allowed two or fewer goals ended Thursday at 12 straight games to start his NHL career.

Hammond allowed his third goal of the game to Boston Bruins forward Ryan Spooner at 11:42 of the second period.

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Panthers' Jagr passes Esposito with 718th NHL goal

Thursday, 03.19.2015 / 11:21 PM / News

NHL.com

Florida Panthers forward Jaromir Jagr passed Phil Esposito on Thursday for fifth on the NHL all-time goals list when he scored his 718th against the Detroit Red Wings at BB&T Center.

Jagr beat Red Wings goalie Petr Mrazek with a wrist shot from the left faceoff circle to put the Panthers up 1-0 at 10:55 of the second period.

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Flames sign NCAA defenseman Kenney Morrison

Thursday, 03.19.2015 / 9:33 PM / News

CalgaryFlames.com

CALGARY, AB -- The Calgary Flames announced today that they have signed defenceman Kenney Morrison from Western Michigan University.

Morrison, a native of Lloydminster, Alberta, played three seasons with WMU Broncos between the NCHC and the CCHA. In 37 games during the 2014-15 season, the 6’3”, 208 pound defenceman netted five goals, 10 assists for 15 points and 36 penalty minutes. His career college numbers were 54 points (16G, 38A) and 151 penalty minutes in 115 games.

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Jets agree to terms with defenseman Jan Kostalek

Thursday, 03.19.2015 / 5:26 PM / News

WinnipegJets.com

The Winnipeg Jets are pleased to announce they have agreed to terms with defenceman Jan Kostalek on a three-year, two-way, entry level contract with an average annual value of $850,000.

Kostalek, 20, is in his third QMJHL season with the Rimouski Oceanic and currently has 43 points (7G, 36A) and 35 penalty minutes in 55 games. In his junior career, he’s amassed 88 points (17G, 71A) and 128 penalty minutes over 158 games with Rimouski. A highlight of Kostalek’s 2014-15 season is earning the QMJHL’s third star of the week honour on Feb. 9.

He was drafted by the Winnipeg Jets in the fourth round, 114th overall, in the 2013 NHL Draft.

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Islanders' Halak, Leddy could play Saturday vs. Devils

Thursday, 03.19.2015 / 3:08 PM / News

NHL.com Staff

The New York Islanders could have goaltender Jaroslav Halak and defenseman Nick Leddy in the lineup Saturday against the New Jersey Devils, according to the Islanders website.

Halak and Leddy practiced Thursday, with coach Jack Capuano telling the website Halak is able to play.

"There's no question we miss some of those guys," Capuano said. "They are an integral part of our team. You win with goaltending and defense in this League."

Halak, who is 34-15-1 with a 2.46 goals-against average, four shutouts and a .912 save percentage in 50 games, missed the past two games because of a lower-body injury.

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Fantasy top 30 goalies: Future is now for Gibson

Thursday, 03.19.2015 / 12:00 PM / Fantasy Hockey Draft Rankings, Advice and Analysis

Evan Sporer - NHL.com Staff Writer

Every Thursday during the season, NHL.com's Evan Sporer will provide you with in-depth analysis of goaltenders. From updated weekly top-30 rankings to trending players and more, Sporer will be your go-to guy for advice on fantasy goalies all season long.

John Gibson was always the future when it came to the Anaheim Ducks' crease. The only question was, when would the future arrive?

Gibson burst onto the scene last season, a highly touted second-round pick (No. 39) from the 2011 NHL Draft who won two gold medals playing for United States junior teams in international competitions.

The rookie did not disappoint, winning his first start via an 18-save shutout against the Vancouver Canucks, and then winning his first postseason start -- another shutout -- against the eventual Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings.

Going into this season, Anaheim had a good problem on its goalie depth chart. Gibson and Frederik Andersen each figured to compete for minutes, only an injury in November kept Gibson out for an extended period, then landed him in the American Hockey League with Andersen playing so well.

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Goalie Darling delivers to power surging Blackhawks

Thursday, 03.19.2015 / 11:45 AM / Top Performer

NHL.com

His Chicago Blackhawks facing the second of a back-to-back set against the top team in the NHL, coach Joel Quenneville decided to start rookie goalie Scott Darling over Corey Crawford against the New York Rangers on Wednesday at Madison Square Garden. Crawford is 6-0-1 with a 1.13 goals-against average and .964 save percentage in his past seven games but also made 38 saves Tuesday in a win against the New York Islanders at United Center.

Starting his first game in three weeks, Darling vindicated Quenneville's decision with 25 saves in a 1-0 win against the Rangers to give Chicago its fourth straight victory for the first time since winning eight straight in late November-early December.

Darling is 7-3-0 with a 1.96 GAA, .936 save percentage and his first NHL shutout.

"I'm just thrilled; it's an amazing stage to [get a shutout] at Madison Square Garden," Darling said. "It feels great to just get back in the net and do my job. This is one of the most famous arenas in the world against one of the most iconic jerseys there is. An 'Original Six' matchup on the NBC Sports Network; you really can't ask for much more."

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Unmasked: Remarkable journey for Rangers' Skapski

Thursday, 03.19.2015 / 10:43 AM / Unmasked

Kevin Woodley - NHL.com Correspondent

VANCOUVER -- Mackenzie Skapski had just won his first NHL start, but there was something the rookie goalie for the New York Rangers needed to do before the celebrations could start in earnest.

Skapski, 20, called home to share the moment with his parents. It was a conversation that left Skapski's father, Denis, a wreck.

"He was pretty happy when I talked to him, and then my mom told me later that he got pretty emotional afterward," Skapski said, noting the uncharacteristic display of emotion from his dad had other family members asking what was wrong. "I've never seen him like that personally. My mom said the only other time she's seen him like that was my bus accident."

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Bruins to contend with Hammond, surging Senators

Thursday, 03.19.2015 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

Matt Kalman - NHL.com Correspondent

WILMINGTON, Mass. -- Boston Bruins forward Brad Marchand has heard of Ottawa Senators rookie goaltender Andrew Hammond, and the Bruins' leading scorer with 22 goals is impressed.

"I heard he likes to eat McDonald's. That's about it," Marchand said Wednesday after practice at Ristuccia Arena. "He's in a pretty good spot, McDonald's for life, can't argue with that one."

Hammond, nicknamed "The Hamburglar," has been given free food for life at six McDonald's locations in the Ottawa Valley. But he didn't get that reward because he's expressed a love for the food. Recently, the 27-year-old with the fast-food nickname has been as dominant as any goaltender in the NHL and he's helped the Senators stay in the race for the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Eastern Conference.

In his first 12 NHL starts, Hammond is 11-0-1 with a 1.35 goals-against average and .956 save percentage. He is the second goaltender in NHL history to yield two or fewer goals in each of his first 12 starts, which ties the record of Boston's Frank Brimsek set in 1938-39.

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Pirri goes from scratch to scorer for Panthers

Thursday, 03.19.2015 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

Alain Poupart - NHL.com Correspondent

SUNRISE, Fla. -- This is how things have been going lately for Florida Panthers forward Brandon Pirri.

Forward Brad Boyes had just skated near the outside of the right circle when he dropped a pass near the top of the circle. Almost as quickly as Pirri received the pass, he released a wrist shot that whizzed between a couple of Montreal Canadiens players and rang in off the far post.

Just like that, Pirri had his 13th goal in 18 games, an Ovechkin-like pace that projects to 59 goals over a full NHL regular season.

"They're looking for a scorer in Florida," play-by-play voice Steve Goldstein said during the Panthers'  3-2 loss Tuesday. "He may be right here in this building. That guy."

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He scores 50 goals, they go in, they go in, and they go in. And I think, 'Why can't I do that?'

— Capitals forward Brooks Laich on teammate Alex Ovechkin, who scored his 50th goal of the season Tuesday in a 4-2 win vs. the Hurricanes