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Super 16: Wild on rise as elite puck possession team

Friday, 10.31.2014 / 3:00 AM / Super 16: NHL Power Rankings

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

The Minnesota Wild began the 2013-14 season with a spike in their possession statistics, as a team long considered one of the most passive in the NHL tried to change its identity.

As the season wore on, the Wild slipped back to the middle of the pack in puck possession, but a dominating performance against the Colorado Avalanche and a strong showing against the defending champion Chicago Blackhawks in the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs was a nice way to finish with the arrow pointing upward.

The Wild appear to have consolidated those postseason gains and built from the success. Minnesota has arguably been the most impressive team of the 2014-15 season, and are a late goal at Honda Center and a crazy third-period collapse at Madison Square Garden from probably being considered the best team in the League to this point.

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New season sees Rangers' Nash an elite scorer again

Friday, 10.31.2014 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- The puck dropped in front of Rick Nash as if it arrived gift-wrapped with a card on it that read, "Open for a goal."

It dropped at the feet of the New York Rangers forward, which were positioned perfectly in front of the crease. The bounce was timed perfectly with the blade of his swinging stick.

Forgive Nash for getting a chuckle out of his good fortune. Forgive him for feeling that he deserves some.

"Last year during the [Stanley Cup] Playoffs I would go to the net and that puck would never drop on my stick like that," Nash said.

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Around the League notebook for Thursday, Oct. 30

Friday, 10.31.2014 / 2:12 AM / News
COMEBACKS, OVERTIME HIGHLIGHT THURSDAY’S GAMES

Of the 10 games contested Thursday:

* Eight were tied or within one goal entering the third period (BOS-BUF, WPG-NJD, CHI-OTT, PHI-TBL, ARI-FLA, ANA-STL, SJS-MIN, MTL-VAN).

* Seven resulted in one-goal margins, including five that required extra time (BOS-BUF, WPG-NJD, CHI-OTT, SJS-MIN, MTL-VAN).

* Seven featured a tying or winning-goal in the final 10 minutes of regulation (BOS-BUF, WPG-NJD, CHI-OTT, PHI-TBL, ARI-FLA, SJS-MIN, MTL-VAN).

* Five teams overcame deficits at some point in the game to earn victories; three teams rallied in the third period (BOS, NJD, MIN).

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Blackhawks' Hossa reaches 1,000 points with goal

Thursday, 10.30.2014 / 11:59 PM / News

NHL.com

Chicago Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa reached 1,000 NHL points with a third-period goal against the Ottawa Senators on Thursday.

Hossa scored with 6:10 remaining in regulation to give the Blackhawks a 4-3 lead. Chicago won 5-4 in a shootout.

Hossa got point 999 with an assist on a goal by Jonathan Toews 11:25 into the first period that tied the game 1-1.

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Flyers sign D Carlo Colaiacovo

Thursday, 10.30.2014 / 11:20 PM / News

PhiladelphiaFlyers.com

The Philadelphia Flyers announced that they have signed free-agent defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo today, according to GM Ron Hextall.

The announcement came following the Flyers 4—3 loss to the Lightning in Tampa.

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Red Wings recall forward Weiss from AHL

Thursday, 10.30.2014 / 4:57 PM / News

DetroitRedWings.com

The Detroit Red Wings today recalled center Stephen Weiss from his conditioning loan with the AHL's Grand Rapids Griffins.

Weiss, 31, was limited to 26 games for the Red Wings in 2013-14 and did not play after Dec. 10 following hernia surgery. The Toronto, Ontario, native recorded four points and 12 penalty minutes in his first season with Detroit. A veteran of 681 NHL games since 2001-02, Weiss has 398 career points with Detroit and Florida.

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Maple Leafs defenseman Percy recalled from AHL

Thursday, 10.30.2014 / 4:49 PM / News

TorontoMapleLeafs.com

David Nonis, Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs, announced Thursday that the hockey club has recalled defenceman Stuart Percy from the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League.

Percy, 21, has played seven games with the Leafs in 2014-15, registering three assists and two penalty minutes. The Oakville, Ontario native became the first rookie defenceman in Maple Leafs history to record a point in each of his first three NHL games.

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Stars assign Nichushkin to AHL for conditioning

Thursday, 10.30.2014 / 4:23 PM / News

DallasStars.com

Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill announced today that the club has activated forward Valeri Nichushkin from injured reserve and assigned him to the Texas Stars, Dallas' development affiliate in the American Hockey League (AHL), on a conditioning assignment.

Nichushkin,19, has missed the last seven games with a lower-body injury, last playing on Oct. 11 at Nashville. He has skated in two games this season, posting zero points and one shot. Last season, the 6-foot-4, 210-pound forward earned 34 points (14-20=34) for the Stars, which was good for fourth most all-time among Dallas Stars rookies.

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Unmasked: Oilers' Scrivens has mask with a message

Thursday, 10.30.2014 / 2:26 PM / Unmasked

Kevin Woodley - NHL.com Correspondent

Simply stopping pucks isn't enough for Ben Scrivens.

Scrivens sees his position as a goaltender for the Edmonton Oilers as an opportunity and an obligation to do more. So he is lending his name and his mask to raise awareness and funds for mental health in general, and the Schizophrenia Society of Alberta in particular.

Scrivens has started Ben's Netminders, a program that will turn his mask into a canvas for four Edmonton-area artists diagnosed with schizophrenia. Scrivens is raising awareness by wearing the first mask, based on a painting by Richard Boulet. The fundraising will come when the game-worn masks are put up for auction, but more important is giving a voice to those who often are marginalized.

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Smith's hustle, goal sparked Predators to victory

Thursday, 10.30.2014 / 12:24 PM / Defenders of the Ice

NHL.com

Nashville Predators forward Craig Smith did more than score two goals Wednesday against the Edmonton Oilers. His extra effort on defense helped spark the Predators to a 4-1 win to begin a six-game road trip.

With the game scoreless in the second period, Oilers defenseman Jeff Petry connected with Jesse Joensuu, who found Matt Hendricks cutting toward the net. Smith put his body in front of Hendricks to deflect the puck and the Predators started a rush toward Edmonton's end.

Predators defenseman Roman Josi's shot was stopped by Oilers goalie Ben Scrivens. The rebound came to Derek Roy, and after Roy couldn't control it, Smith was in the right spot and put the puck past Scrivens at 6:23 of the second.

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I was going nuts and I saw [Subban], he was going crazy, and the ref had no idea where to go. [Subban] was skating to me, and I was skating to him and the ref was right in between us and I don't know, I kind of hit him pretty hard, I thought, but those were some emotions and I'm pretty sure he understands that.

— Montreal forward Alex Galchenyuk on the celebration following his OT goal against Ottawa in Game 2