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Billy Smith speaks to Islanders before being honored

Saturday, 11.22.2014 / 1:13 PM / NHL Insider

John Kreiser - NHL.com Managing Editor

UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- Billy Smith still remembers his introduction to Long Island.

"My wife and I were in Connecticut; we were going to play in New Haven. When I got to the rink, my equipment wasn't there. They told me I had to be up here for practice the next morning. I left early, but I had no idea about Long Island," he said Saturday, prior to being honored as part of the Islanders' celebration of their final season at Nassau Coliseum. "I ended up driving all the way to the end of the Island, turned around and drove all the way back and got to the rink. And I still made practice."

That was in 1972, when Smith played 37 games for an expansion team that set NHL records for most losses and fewest points. Eight years later, Smith was in goal at the Coliseum on May 24, 1980, when Bobby Nystrom's overtime goal gave the Islanders their first of four consecutive Stanley Cup championships.

"We had a good group of guys," he said. "We had 16 guys that probably played seven years together, eight years together. You do get to know each other really well."

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Szabados becomes first female goalie to win in SPHL

Saturday, 11.22.2014 / 11:28 AM / News

NHL.com

Two-time Olympic gold medalist Shannon Szabados became the first female goaltender to win a Southern Professional Hockey League game Friday when the Columbus Cottonmouths defeated the Fayetteville FireAntz 5-4 in overtime.

Szabados stopped 34 shots to earn her first professional win. The game also featured Erin Blair and Katie Guay becoming the first female officials to referee an SPHL game. It was Girl Scout Night in Columbus.

Matt Gingera scored a power-play goal with 34 seconds left in overtime for the Cottonmouths.

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Rogers Hometown Hockey celebrates Fort McMurray

Saturday, 11.22.2014 / 10:36 AM / News

NHL.com

Prior to the telecast Sunday of the Montreal Canadiens and New York Rangers, NHL Network will televise the "Rogers Hometown Hockey" broadcast at 6:30 p.m. ET on CITY and the NHL Network in the United States. This week's location is Fort McMurray, Alberta, to celebrate the city's iconic hockey story.

Among the features airing on the pregame show:

* Defenseman Chris Phillips grew up in Fort McMurray, played for the Oil Barons of the Alberta Junior Hockey League and has played his entire NHL career with the Ottawa Senators, who selected him with the first pick in the 1996 NHL Draft. He has achieved many things throughout his life, but he will always remember where he came from and how Fort McMurray helped shape the player he is today.

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Bruins' Hamilton emerging as star in Chara's absence

Saturday, 11.22.2014 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

Matt Kalman - NHL.com Correspondent

BOSTON -- There was a time, if you can believe it, that 6-foot-5, 212-pound Boston Bruins defenseman Dougie Hamilton wasn't a towering presence.

Hamilton was in his mid-teens and a blossoming defenseman in the Mississauga Reps minor hockey system. Reps coach George Stavro estimated Hamilton was about 5-foot-10 and "maybe 160 pounds soaking wet."

Like any teenager, Hamilton was a little unsure about his future and a little bored. The Reps were loaded and dominating with Hamilton, future Carolina Hurricanes draft pick Phillip Di Giuseppe, future Minnesota Wild draft pick Tyler Graovac and Harvard recruit Mark Luzar leading the way.

Hamilton also had an itching to try something new, so Stavro allowed Hamilton to spend a season as a forward.

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Around the League notebook for Friday, Nov. 21

Saturday, 11.22.2014 / 12:53 AM / News

NHL Public Relations

ISLANDERS TAKE FIRST OF HOME-AND-HOME AGAINST PENGUINS

Kyle Okposo scored the deciding goal in the shootout New York Islanders after the Pittsburgh Penguins rallied from a two-goal deficit to force extra time in the first of a home-and-home series between the top two teams in the Metropolitan Division. The Islanders (13-6-0, 26 points) trail the first-place Penguins (13-3-2, 28 points) by two points for the division lead. The teams meet again at Nassau Coliseum on Saturday night.

* The Islanders improved to 8-1-0 this season in games decided by one goal. They are 4-0-0 in shootouts.

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NHL announces terms of Voynov suspension will be maintained; Kings to receive salary cap relief

Friday, 11.21.2014 / 4:30 PM / News

NHL.com

NEW YORK -- The National Hockey League announced today that the existing terms of its suspension of Los Angeles Kings' Player Slava Voynov will be continued indefinitely.

However, in light of the uncertain and potentially extended period of time that the legal process may entail, the Kings will be permitted to replace Mr. Voynov's Salary and Bonuses pursuant to the Bona Fide Long-Term Injury Exception under the terms of the NHL/NHLPA Collective Bargaining Agreement.

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Postponed Rangers-Sabres game rescheduled for Feb. 20; Feb. 20 Senators-Sabres game moved to Dec. 15

Friday, 11.21.2014 / 4:00 PM / News

NHL.com

NEW YORK/TORONTO -- The postponed game between the New York Rangers and Buffalo Sabres, originally scheduled to be played tonight, has been rescheduled for Friday, February 20, 2015, at 7 p.m. ET at First Niagara Center, the National Hockey League announced today.

The game between the Sabres and Ottawa Senators, scheduled to be played that night in Buffalo, has been moved to Monday, December 15, at 7 p.m., ET.

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Sharks trade Demers, draft pick to Stars for Dillon

Friday, 11.21.2014 / 3:41 PM / News

NHL.com

The San Jose Sharks on Friday traded defenseman Jason Demers and a third-round pick in the 2016 NHL Draft to the Dallas Stars for defenseman Brenden Dillon.

Demers, 26, has three assists and a minus-6 rating in 20 games while averaging 18:11 of ice time per game. He set career-highs last season with five goals and 34 points.

A 2008 seventh-round pick of the Sharks (No. 186), Demers has 16 goals and 98 points in 300 regular-season games.

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Stars' Spezza signs four-year contract extension

Friday, 11.21.2014 / 3:38 PM / News

Steve Hunt - NHL.com Correspondent

FRISCO, Texas -- When Jason Spezza was traded by the Ottawa Senators to the Dallas Stars on July 1, the veteran center had a pretty good idea he would sign a contract extension with his new team in the near future.

However, Spezza, 31, who spent his first 11 NHL seasons with Ottawa, wanted to table any contract discussion until after he had ample time to get to know not just his new teammates, but the Stars organization.

On Friday morning, Spezza signed a four-year contract that can keep him in Dallas through the 2018-19 NHL season. Financial terms were not released, but TSN reported the average annual value at $7.5 million. Spezza was in the final season of a seven-year contract and could have become an unrestricted free agent after the season.

"It's an exciting day for myself and my family," Spezza said. "We've been really happy with the team and the organization. It's nice to commit to the team and look forward to the years to come."

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Devils goalie Schneider emerging as a workhorse

Friday, 11.21.2014 / 3:19 PM / NHL Insider

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

NEWARK, N.J. -- Cory Schneider knew the questions would come quickly when it appeared that he would be supplanting the most decorated goaltender in the history of the position for the New Jersey Devils this season.

Schneider acknowledged all along, however, that he would not be replacing Martin Brodeur. He instead had his mind set on continuing the tradition of excellence at that position for the organization.

The 28-year-old was signed to a seven-year contract extension worth a reported $42 million in July to do just that.

Still, no one really expected him to surpass Brodeur for consecutive starts to begin a season either, but that's what will happen when Schneider plays against the Edmonton Oilers at Rexall Place on Friday.

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It's not always going to be pretty, especially against a great goalie [Lundqvist] like that. My goals are never how you draw them up. It's just a matter of grinding it out and trying to create havoc in front and good things happen.

— Capitals forward Jay Beagle on scoring in their Game 3 victory against the Rangers on Monday