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Penguins place Kris Letang on injured reserve

Defenseman left game against Red Wings on Saturday

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Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kris Letang was placed on injured reserve Monday.

Letang appeared to injure his left knee three minutes into the Penguins' 6-3 loss to the Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena on Saturday. Letang got tangled up with Red Wings forward Thomas Vanek, spun around and fell down, and went to the locker room. Though he returned a few minutes later he left the game for good after one shift. 

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Wild win eighth in a row vs. Blackhawks

Jason Pominville's third-period goal caps rally from two-goal deficit

by Brian Hedger / NHL.com Correspondent

CHICAGO - The Minnesota Wild rallied from a two-goal deficit to defeat the Chicago Blackhawks 3-2 at United Center on Sunday for their fourth straight win.

Jason Pominville scored the go-ahead goal in the third period and Devan Dubnyk made 33 saves for the Wild (28-9-5), who have defeated the Blackhawks (27-14-5) in eight consecutive regular-season games since 2014-15.

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Capitals win ninth straight, defeat Flyers

Washington takes over first place in NHL standings with 63 points

by Katie Brown / NHL.com Correspondent

WASHINGTON -- The Washington Capitals won their ninth consecutive game with a 5-0 victory against the Philadelphia Flyers at Verizon Center on Sunday. 

The Capitals (29-9-5) took over first place in the NHL with 63 points with four goals in the first 6:36 of the third period. They have outscored opponents 40-11 during their winning streak and haven't allowed an even-strength goal in six games. 

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Capitals not paying attention to winning streak

Washington remains loose despite ascent to top of NHL standings

by Tom Gulitti @tomgulittinhl / NHL.com Staff Writer

WASHINGTON -- Psst! Have you seen the standings?

The Washington Capitals are in first place.

Yes, first place. Again.

(Shhhh!)

Don't say it too loudly. 

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Blues top Ducks on Patrik Berglund's overtime goal

St. Louis ends 10-game losing streak at Anaheim

by Abbey Mastracco / NHL.com Correspondent

ANAHEIM -- Patrik Berglund scored his second goal of the game 51 seconds into overtime to give the St. Louis Blues a 2-1 victory against the Anaheim Ducks on Sunday.

It's the first win at Honda Center for the Blues since Oct. 17, 2009. St. Louis was 0-9-1 in its previous 10 visits to Anaheim.

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Ryan Callahan of Lightning to miss four weeks

Forward has not played since Jan. 7 because of lower-body injury

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Tampa Bay Lightning forward Ryan Callahan is expected to miss approximately four weeks with a lower-body injury.

Callahan was injured in a 4-2 loss at the Philadelphia Flyers on Jan. 7 and has missed the past three games. He previously missed 15 games with a lower-body injury before returning against the Winnipeg Jets on Jan. 3. 

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NHL Centennial

Alex Ovechkin still can't explain 'The Goal'

Capitals forward score while on his back 12 years ago today among career-defining plays

by Tom Gulitti @TomGulittiNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

Memories: Ovechkin's iconic goal

Memories: Rookie Alex Ovechkin scores an iconic goal

On January 16, 2006 rookie sensation Alex Ovechkin scores a "simply sensational" goal against the Phoenix Coyotes

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The final goal in a 6-1 victory is often forgotten. But on Jan. 16, 2006, at was then known as Glendale Arena, one scored by Alex Ovechkin became known as "The Goal."

With 8:06 remaining in a Martin Luther King Jr. Day afternoon game against the then-Phoenix Coyotes, the Washington Capitals rookie forward scored a spectacular goal that even Wayne Gretzky, the Coyotes coach at the time and the NHL's all-time leader with 894 goals, called "pretty sweet." It remains one of the defining plays of Ovechkin's career and qualifies as a Centennial Moment during the celebration of the NHL's 100th year.

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NHL Centennial

Anniversary of Mr. Hockey passing Rocket

Gordie Howe became NHL's all-time scoring leader 57 years ago today, passing Maurice Richard

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / NHL.com Managing Editor

Gordie Howe and Maurice Richard battled in the NHL for 14 seasons, so perhaps it was appropriate "Mr. Hockey" was the one to pass "The Rocket" for the all-time NHL scoring lead.

Howe moved past Richard as the League's all-time leader in points on Jan. 16, 1960, when he had a goal and an assist in a 3-1 victory against the Chicago Blackhawks. Howe finished that game with 947 points, one more than Richard, who was in his final season with the Montreal Canadiens. Richard retired after the 1959-60 season with 965 points, but Howe finished 1959-60 with 977 and went on to set NHL records with 801 goals and 1,850 points, totals that stood until Wayne Gretzky came along.

Howe and Gretzky are the ninth and 10th players to hold the NHL all-time scoring lead. Here's a look at how the record has progressed since the League began play Dec. 19, 1917:

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Taylor Hall sends Devils past Canucks in overtime

Forward scores on 2-on-1 rush with 3:32 left for New Jersey

by Kevin Woodley / NHL.com Correspondent

VANCOUVER -- New Jersey Devils forward Taylor Hall is finally getting used to low-scoring games.

Hall scored his second straight game-winning goal with 3:32 left in overtime to help the Devils to a 2-1 win against the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Arena on Sunday.

Travis Zajac broke up a 2-on-1 at the other end and sent Hall the other way on an odd-man rush. Hall had defenseman Damon Severson streaking down the left wing with him but kept the puck and beat Jacob Markstrom cleanly from the right faceoff dot.

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Short Shifts

Luc Robitaille to guest star on 'The Odd Couple'

Hall of Fame forward will play himself on CBS sitcom, which airs Monday night

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If you are going to air a sitcom episode where the plot revolves around hockey, you may as well add a Hall of Fame player to the mix.

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Justin Schultz at home with Penguins

Defenseman regains confidence, on pace for 50-point season less than year after trade from Oilers

by Nicholas J. Cotsonika @cotsonika / NHL.com Columnist

Less than a year ago, Justin Schultz couldn't have felt lower as a hockey player. On defense for the Edmonton Oilers, he struggled, lost confidence, struggled more and lost confidence more when his own fans booed him. The snowball grew too big to bear on Feb. 23, when he was minus-3 in a 4-1 home loss to the Ottawa Senators.

"I didn't even want to be on the ice," Schultz said. "I wanted to go crawl in a hole or something."

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Preview: Islanders at Bruins

New York trying to finish road trip strong; Offense coming around for Boston

by Matt Kalman / NHL.com Correspondent

ISLANDERS (16-17-8) at BRUINS (23-18-5)

1 p.m. ET; SN, NESN, MSG+, NHL.TV

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Preview: Stars at Sabres

Robin Lehner, Tyler Ennis may return for Buffalo; Dallas looking for consistent effort

by Joe Yerdon / NHL.com Correspondent

STARS (18-18-8) at SABRES (16-17-9)

1 p.m. ET; MSG-B, FS-SW, NHL.TV

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Preview: Canadiens at Red Wings

Montreal trying for fourth consecutive victory against Detroit

by Dave Hogg / NHL.com Correspondent

CANADIENS (27-11-6) at RED WINGS (18-19-6)

3 p.m. ET; SNE, RDS, FS-D, NHL.TV

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This Date in NHL History

Jan. 16: Alex Ovechkin scores memorable goal

Plus: Gordie Howe passes Maurice Richard in points; Steve Yzerman gets No. 1,700

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / NHL.com Managing Editor

THIS DATE IN HISTORY: Jan. 16

2006: Rookie forward Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals scores one of the most spectacular goals in NHL history during the third period of a 6-1 victory against the Phoenix Coyotes at Glendale Arena.

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Fantasy awards at midseason mark of 2016-17

Sidney Crosby most valuable player; Cam Atkinson biggest steal at halfway point

by Pete Jensen @NHLJensen / NHL.com Senior Fantasy Editor

We passed the midway point of the 2016-17 NHL season this week, so let's take this opportunity to acknowledge the biggest fantasy stories of the past three months.

Below are the most valuable players at each position in standard fantasy leagues, as well as candidates for overall MVP, top rookies and more. These selections are based solely on fantasy performance to date, not on expectations for the rest of the season. Yahoo average draft positions are listed next to the biggest steals, surprises and disappointments.

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Preview: Lightning at Kings

Tampa Bay begins six-game road trip; Kings try for third consecutive win

by Abbey Mastracco / NHL.com Correspondent

LIGHTNING (20-20-4) at KINGS (22-17-4)

4 p.m. ET; SN, FS-W, SUN, NHL.TV

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Willie O'Ree to be honored by Kings

NHL's first black player will drop puck prior to Martin Luther King Jr. Day game

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The Los Angeles Kings will honor Willie O'Ree prior to their Martin Luther King Jr. Day game against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Staples Center on Monday (4 p.m., ET; SN, FS-W, SUN, NHL.TV).

O'Ree became the first black player to skate in an NHL game on Jan. 18, 1958, when he played for the Boston Bruins against the Montreal Canadiens at the Forum. He will drop the pre-game ceremonial puck.

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Preview: Jets at Sharks

San Jose has lost two in a row; Winnipeg goalie Michael Hutchinson likely to play

by Eric Gilmore / NHL.com Correspondent

JETS (20-22-4) at SHARKS (25-16-2)

4 p.m. ET; TSN3, CSN-CA, NHL.TV

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Hayley Wickenheiser gets tribute after retirement

Four-time Olympic gold medalist called 'female Gordie Howe' by Wayne Gretzky

by Tim Campbell @TimNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

EDMONTON -- Four-time Olympic gold medalist Hayley Wickenheiser, a trail-blazer in women's hockey who announced her retirement on Friday, was honored by the Edmonton Oilers and Calgary Flames prior to their game at Rogers Place on Saturday.

Wickenheiser, 38, is the all-time leader in points for Canada's national women's team with 379 in 276 games (168 goals).

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100 Greatest Players

Maurice Richard: 100 Greatest NHL Players

Cultural icon in Montreal, 'Rocket' won Stanley Cup eight times, including five in a row with Canadiens

by Dave Stubbs @Dave_Stubbs / NHL.com Columnist

On more than one night, Maurice "Rocket" Richard lugged an opposing player on his back toward the net, a locomotive that would not be derailed.

But the bulk of a checker was nothing compared to the weight of a population that the Rocket carried on his back his entire career.

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NHL Stadium Series

Flyers, Penguins celebrate history during Alumni Game

Energetic crowd takes in reunion of 'Legion of Doom,' likely sendoff for 'LCB Line'

by Adam Kimelman @NHLAdamK / NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

PHILADELPHIA -- Bobby Clarke said he made sure he took a few extra moments to soak up the atmosphere at a sold-out Wells Fargo Center during the 50th Anniversary Alumni Game between the Philadelphia Flyers and Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday.

Clarke was joined by his linemates Bill Barber and Reggie Leach for what likely was their final game as the "LCB Line." 

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Short Shifts

Predators win a Super Mario, who becomes travel pal

Team has a cuddly new friend who takes on role unofficial mascot

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If the Nashville Predators new road trip mascot doesn't have a name yet we got them covered: Subb-er Mario.

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Canadiens, Rangers take part in wild, wacky fun

Montreal's three goals in 62 seconds highlight eventful Original Six game

by Dave Stubbs @dave_stubbs / NHL.com Columnist

MONTREAL -- It's no mystery that New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist doesn't include Bell Centre among his favorite NHL arenas.

And it's also no secret that during their 620-game body of head-to-head work, heading into the game Saturday on Montreal ice, the Rangers and Montreal Canadiens had seen their share of weird, wacky and just plain wonderful.

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Oilers, Flames heat up Battle of Alberta

With each team in thick of playoff race, intensity, attention to detail heightened

by Tim Campbell @TimNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

EDMONTON -- The Battle of Alberta once sustained hockey fans in this province, winter after winter.

After some disappointing years, it's back and has room to get even better.

The Edmonton Oilers defeated the Calgary Flames 2-1 at Rogers Place on Saturday thanks to shootout goals from Leon Draisaitl and Mark Letestu.

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NHL Centennial

This Week in Centennial History

Wayne Gretzky passes Gordie Howe for combined points lead; Devils dress four players from Soviet Union

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It was an historic week in the NHL with Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin passing the career goal total of Maurice Richard on Monday and then scoring his 1,000th career point on Wednesday.

As part of the League's Centennial Celebration, NHL.com will take look back at memorable events each week. Here are some Centennial highlights for the week of Jan. 8-14:

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