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Ducks' Stoner sits because of 'mumps-like symptoms'

Sunday, 11.23.2014 / 9:00 PM / News

Curtis Zupke - NHL.com Correspondent

ANAHEIM -- Anaheim Ducks defenseman Clayton Stoner missed the game Sunday at Honda Center against the Arizona Coyotes because of "mild mump-like symptoms," the Ducks announced.

Stoner is not confirmed to have the disease, but he was held out for precautionary reasons, according to the Ducks.

Anaheim earlier this month had right wing Corey Perry and defenseman Francois Beauchemin each miss five games because of mumps. The Ducks said at the time that all players would get vaccinated.

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Panthers reassign forward Grimaldi to AHL

Sunday, 11.23.2014 / 3:55 PM / News

FloridaPanthers.com

SUNRISE, Fla.Florida Panthers Executive Vice-President and General Manager Dale Tallon announced today that the club has reassigned F Rocco Grimaldi to the San Antonio Rampage (AHL).

Grimaldi, 21, scored his first National Hockey League goal last night in Florida’s 3-2 shootout loss to the Nashville Predators. The Rossmoor, California, native has played in seven games for the Panthers season, scoring one goal with 18 shots, while logging 12:36 TOI. He has appeared in 13 games with San Antonio this season registering six points (3-3-6).

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Sharks recall Tennyson, assign Burish to AHL

Sunday, 11.23.2014 / 2:58 PM / News

SanJoseSharks.com

SAN JOSE - San Jose Sharks general manager Doug Wilson announced today that the team has recalled defenseman Matt Tennyson from the Worcester Sharks of the American Hockey League.

Tennyson, 24, has posted six points (three goals, three assists) and eight penalty minutes in 17 games with Worcester this season.

In 2012-13, Tennyson appeared in four NHL games with the Sharks, posting two assists.

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Sabres assign goalie Lieuwen to Rochester of AHL

Sunday, 11.23.2014 / 2:54 PM / News

The Buffalo Sabres assigned goaltender Nathan Lieuwen to Rochester of the American Hockey League, the team announced Sunday.

Lieuwen dressed as the backup to Jhonas Enroth for Buffalo's 2-1 win against the Washington Capitals on Saturday. He was recalled from Rochester after Michal Neuvirth sustained a lower-body injury in the Sabres' 4-1 win against the San Jose Sharks on Nov. 18.

Lieuwen is 3-4-0 with a 3.53 goals-against average and a .876 save percentage in 10 games with Rochester.

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Sunday Long Read: Flyers' Simmonds gives back

Sunday, 11.23.2014 / 3:00 AM / Sunday Long Read

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

Wanda Simmonds remembers the conversation she had one day a few years ago with her son Wayne.

It was before Wayne Simmonds grew into a 6-foot-2, 183-pound forward for the Philadelphia Flyers; before he was a second-round pick (No. 61) by the Los Angeles Kings in the 2007 NHL Draft; even before he was a budding star in the Ontario Hockey League.

It was when Simmonds was an unknown minor player, one of many skating in regional leagues across Canada.

"I said to him, 'There's two things I want to you to do if you ever make it to the NHL,'" she told NHL.com. "'I want you to give back [to your community] and I want you to give to your church.'"

Obedient son that he is, Wayne Simmonds followed his mother's wishes. And the next generation of hockey hopefuls from the Scarborough, Ontario region has benefited from Simmonds keeping his word.

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Blues' Shattenkirk 'in tip-top shape' and seeing results

Sunday, 11.23.2014 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

Louie Korac - NHL.com Correspondent

ST. LOUIS -- When the horn went off signaling the end of another disappointing finish in the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the St. Louis Blues last season, defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk took it as hard as any of his teammates.

For a third straight postseason, the Blues were denied their ultimate goal of competing for a Stanley Cup. In the aftermath, it became evidently clear that change was in order.

General manager Doug Armstrong voiced his disappointment, coach Ken Hitchcock voiced his disappointment and players made the consensus unanimous.

And when push came to shove, Shattenkirk made sure he could do what was necessary to make personal changes for the 2014-15 season.

So far, the results are very much what the Blues felt was possible all along.

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Syracuse, Utica break U.S. indoor attendance record

Saturday, 11.22.2014 / 10:06 PM / News

NHL.com

The Syracuse Crunch and Utica Comets played in front of 30,715 to set an attendance record for the largest indoor crowd in the United States to attend a professional hockey game Saturday in Syracuse, N.Y.

In the Toyota Frozen Dome Classic, the Crunch, the American Hockey League affiliate of the Tampa Bay Lightning, defeated the Comets, a Vancouver Canucks affiliate, 2-1 at the Carrier Dome.

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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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