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  • Jets' Trouba suspended for two games
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, February 20, 2017

    Winnipeg Jets defenseman Jacob Trouba was suspended two games by the NHL on Monday for an illegal check to the head of Ottawa Senators forward Mark Stone.

    • Trouba lowered the boom with an open-ice elbow to the head of Stone 6:42 into the third period of Winnipeg's 3-2 victory in Ottawa on Sunday. Stone was unable to return to the game following the hit by the 22-year-old Trouba, who was assessed a minor penalty for an illegal check to the head on the play.

      Trouba, who is a first-time offender, will forfeit $33,333.34 in salary.

      Trouba will sit out Tuesday's game versus the Toronto Maple Leafs and a Feb. 28 contest against the Minnesota Wild. He is eligible to return when the Jets host the St. Louis Blues on March 3.

  • Flames acquire Stone from Coyotes
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, February 20, 2017

    The Calgary Flames acquired defenseman Michael Stone from the Arizona Coyotes in exchange for Calgary's third-round pick in 2017 and a conditional fifth-round pick in 2018, the Flames announced Monday.

    • The Coyotes will get that fifth-round pick if Stone agrees to re-sign with the Flames during the offseason.

      The Flames are in need of defensemen as they battle for the final wild-card berth in the Western Conference.

      Stone, a third-round pick by the Coyotes in the 2008 draft, has played 45 games for Arizona this seasons and recorded nine points (one goal, eight assists).

      Stone returned from a torn ACL and MCL in October and has not regained top form this season.

      Stone, 26, played 324 games for the Coyotes and recorded 96 points (24 goals, 72 assists) and 190 penalty minutes.

  • Blues F Stastny back after 4-game absence
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, February 20, 2017

    The St. Louis Blues activated forward Paul Stastny from injured reserve in time for Monday night's game against the Florida Panthers.

    • Stastny, 31, has been sidelined for the past four games after suffering a lower-body injury in the Blues' 2-1 overtime win on Feb. 9 in Toronto.

      Prior to the injury, Stastny scored eight goals and added eight assists in his previous 15 games. He has appeared in 54 games this season and ranks fifth on the team with 35 points (15 goals, 20 assists).

      "I think we've sort of felt his lack of presence on the power play," Blues coach Mike Yeo told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch on Monday about missing Stastny. "I think we've felt it on the faceoff circle. He's obviously a guy that can help you contribute and help you create offense. He's also very solid defensively as far as the matchups, playing against top lines.

      "What that does, when he's there, everybody else gets slotted down a little bit in a different spot and gets some different matchups. We like the depth of our group and when he's in the lineup we feel that we're strong enough to compete with teams like tonight that have a lot of depth in the team."

      The 6-foot, 202-pound Stastny is in his third season with the Blues after being signed as a free agent on July 1, 2014.

      A native of St. Louis, Stastny is a veteran of 11 NHL seasons, accumulating 588 career points (201 goals, 387 assists) in 730 regular-season games.

  • Red Wings look to ride momentum vs. Islanders
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, February 20, 2017

    Two big wins on the weekend against two of the NHL's top teams have the Detroit Red Wings in a much better frame of mind as they head into Tuesday's crucial home date with the New York Islanders.

    • On Sunday, the Red Wings whipped defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh 5-2, handing the Penguins just their fourth regulation loss at home this season. That came on the heels of Saturday's 3-2, home-ice shootout win over the Washington Capitals, the top team in the NHL standings.

      "It certainly feels good," Detroit forward Thomas Vanek said. "Like I've said before, the big picture is not pretty, so I think the message is just play game by game."

      The big picture that Vanek speaks of still sees the Red Wings seven points out of the final wild card playoff position in the Eastern Conference, but there was an upbeat buzz in the Detroit dressing room following the weekend success story.

      "I think there's a sense of confidence that's risen in the last little bit," said Detroit defenseman Mike Green, who missed the weekend wins due to illness but is good to go Tuesday. "We're really playing a patient game and it's cause for some chaos and confusion in the other team's zone and we've gotten a lot of chances.

      "If we continue that, we'll be good."

      Many of the components required for long-term success have been present in Detroit's recent games. The Red Wings are getting the lead, they are putting the puck in the net, their special teams are delivering the goods and between the pipes, Petr Mrazek is playing his best in about a year's time.

      "You talk about confidence, it seems like his confidence is up," Green said. "When he's rolling, he's an incredible goaltender. We need him to continue."

      The Red Wings will require that the entire package continue to come together to keep their long-shot playoff hopes alive.

      "I think confidence matters," Detroit coach Jeff Blashill said. "There's no question about it. You can do things right for a long period of time and if you don't get wins, it's hard to gain that same level of confidence.

      "This weekend we found our way to two points. We need to do that on an extremely consistent basis, find a way to those points. Every day's a new challenge. We've got a big game against the Islanders."

      There are six teams situated between Toronto and Detroit, including the Isles, who are just one point behind the Maple Leafs.

      The Islanders, who have lost both meetings to the Red Wings this season, begin a nine-game road trip Tuesday after dropping New Jersey 6-4 at home Sunday. New York is a dismal 7-13-4 away from home this season, tied with Carolina and Dallas for the fewest road wins in the NHL.

      "There's not a good feeling, not a good vibe on the road right now," Islanders coach Doug Weight told Newsday. "We're built to be a good road team. We've been here (at home) a lot and we've been great here, so it's been a bit of a crutch.

      "Hopefully we get out on the road and get together as a team."

  • Sharks activate DeMelo from IR
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, February 20, 2017

    The San Jose Sharks activated defenseman Dylan DeMelo from injured reserved on Monday.

    • DeMelo, 23, has been out since suffering a wrist injury against the Edmonton Oilers on Jan. 10. He has a goal and three assists in 14 games this season.

      The 6-foot-1, 195-pound native of London, Ontario, was originally drafted by San Jose in the sixth round of the 2011 NHL draft.

      The Sharks also reassigned forwards Kevin Labanc, Nikolay Goldobin and Marcus Sorensen and defenseman Mirco Mueller to the San Jose Barracuda of the American Hockey League.

  • Sabres assign Bailey, Baptiste, Rodrigues to AHL
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, February 20, 2017

    The Buffalo Sabres assigned forwards Justin Bailey, Nicholas Baptiste and Evan Rodrigues to the Rochester Americans of the American Hockey League on Monday.

    • Bailey, 21, has two goals and an assist in 19 games for the Sabres this season. He also has 29 points (19 goals, 10 assists) in 39 games with Rochester.

      Baptiste, 21, made his NHL debut with Buffalo this season and recorded three goals and an assist in 14 games. He owns 30 points (19 goals, 11 assists) in 42 games for Rochester.

      Rodrigues, 23, has two assists in eight games with Buffalo in 2016-17. He also has 27 points (nine goals, 18 assists) in 44 games for Rochester.

  • Wild recall F Graovac
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, February 20, 2017

    The Minnesota Wild recalled forward Tyler Graovac from the Iowa Wild of the American Hockey League on Monday.

    • Graovac, 23, has six goals, 37 shots on goal and six penalty minutes in 45 games with Minnesota this season. He also has three goals, one assist and 13 penalty minutes in eight games with Iowa.

      The 6-foot-5, 212-pound native of Brampton, Ontario, owns six goals in 50 career NHL contests with Minnesota and 91 points (42 goals, 49 assists) in 184 AHL games with Iowa.

      Graovac was selected by Minnesota in the seventh round of the 2011 NHL draft.

  • NHL roundup: Blackhawks' Kane sets scoring mark
    By The Sports Xchange / Sunday, February 19, 2017

    BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Patrick Kane had a goal and an assist to help lead the Chicago Blackhawks to a 5-1 win over the Buffalo Sabres. Kane reached 20 goals on the season, making him the first American-born player to ever score 20 or more goals in each of his first 10 seasons, according to STATS, LLC.

    • Ryan Hartman, Marian Hossa, Jonathan Toews and Artem Anisimov also scored for the Blackhawks, who dominated the Sabres from start to finish. Scott Darling made 25 saves.

      Kane has 14 points (eight goals, six assists) in 13 career games against the Sabres. Chicago (36-18-5) increased its winning streak against Buffalo to 11 games.

      Evander Kane scored for the Sabres, who had a three-game win streak end. Robin Lehner made 32 saves.

      Rangers 2, Capitals 1

      NEW YORK -- Mats Zuccarello's 12th goal of the season midway through the third period lifted New York past Washington.

      Ryan McDonagh also scored and Henrik Lundqvist picked up the win after stopping 31 shots, including one from Evgeny Kuznetsov on the doorstep in the final minute.

      Alex Ovechkin scored his 27th goal of the season for the Capitals. Backup goaltender Philipp Grubauer was strong in net but took the loss despite 28 saves.

      Red Wings 5, Penguins 2

      PITTSBURGH -- Tomas Tatar and Thomas Vanek scored early in the third period to help Detroit skate past Pittsburgh at PPG Paints Arena.

      The Red Wings have won two games in a row following a five-game losing streak. They have beaten the defending Stanley Cup champions twice this season despite languishing at or near the bottom of the Eastern Conference.

      The loss ended a Pittsburgh string of nine games in a row with at least one point. They became the last team to lose in regulation since the All-Star break.

      Jets 3, Senators 2

      OTTAWA -- Winnipeg scored two goals in the first period, then hung on to defeat Ottawa at Canadian Tire Centre.

      Dustin Byfuglien, Mathieu Perrault and Josh Morrissey scored the Jets' goals, while Mark Scheifele and Patrik Laine had two assists apiece. Mark Stone and Zack Smith had replied for the Senators, who got a pair of assists from Erik Karlsson.

      Connor Hellebuyck made 32 saves for his second win of the weekend for the Jets. Mike Condon stopped 17 shots in the Ottawa net.

      Islanders 6, Devils 4

      NEW YORK -- John Tavares and Jason Chimera scored in the first minute of the third period and New York prepared for the longest road trip in franchise history by holding off New Jersey at Barclays Center.

      Ryan Strome scored twice and Casey Cizikas and Andrew Ladd added a goal apiece for the Islanders.

      Miles Wood, Kyle Palmieri, Steven Santini and Taylor Hall each scored a goal for the Devils.

      Predators 4, Blue Jackets 3

      COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Mattias Ekholm's tiebreaking goal at 9:09 of the third period lifted Nashville over Columbus at Nationwide Arena.

      Ryan Ellis, Kevin Fiala and Calle Jarnkrok also scored for the Predators, who got two assists apiece from P.K. Subban and James Neal. Juuse Saros made 35 saves in the win.

      Zach Werenski, Brandon Saad and Oliver Bjorkstrand scored for the Blue Jackets. Werenski, Alexander Wennberg and Seth Jones each had two assists, and Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 28 shots.

      Maple Leafs 4, Hurricanes 0

      RALEIGH, N.C. -- Curtis McElhinney secured his first shutout as a member of Toronto in a win vs. Carolina at PNC Arena.

      McElhinney, who joined the Maple Leafs last month when he was claimed off waivers from the Columbus Blue Jackets, made 37 saves in his sixth appearance with Toronto. His record is 3-3 with his new team.

      Connor Brown scored twice, while Auston Matthews and Jake Gardner also found the net for Toronto, which won for just the second time in six games. Carolina goalie Cam Ward stopped 20 of 24 shots before he was replaced by Eddie Lack for the final 11-plus minutes.

      Lightning 3, Avalanche 2 (OT)

      DENVER -- Jonathan Drouin scored unassisted at 2:27 of overtime, and Tampa Bay beat Colorado.

      Drouin got the winner when he stole the puck from Matt Nieto in front of Colorado's net and beat Pickard with a backhander for his 17th of the season. Ben Bishop made 27 saves, Brayden Point and Vladislav Namestnikov also had goals for Tampa Bay.

      Mikko Rantanen scored early in the third period, Matt Duchene tied it in the final minute of regulation, and Calvin Pickard had 35 saves for the Avalanche.

      Bruins 2, Sharks 1 (OT)

      SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Brad Marchand scored a breakaway goal 2:36 into overtime as Boston beat San Jose.

      Patrice Bergeron won a defensive-zone draw from San Jose's Joe Thornton and Torey Krug lofted a lead pass to a breaking Marchand, who scored his team-leading 25th goal of the season.

      The Sharks lost for the sixth time in eight games but have picked up points in seven of those games. Boston is 4-0-0 under new coach Bruce Cassidy, and the Bruins own two victories over San Jose this month.

      Ducks 1, Kings 0

      ANAHEIM, Calif. -- John Gibson stopped 24 shots for his fifth shutout, and Josh Manson scored the only goal as Anaheim topped Los Angeles.

      The Ducks moved into a tie for second place in the Pacific Division with the Edmonton Oilers while giving the Kings their third consecutive loss and fifth in six games.

      Manson scored 1:19 into the second period. Ryan Getzlaf stole the puck from Kings defenseman Brayden McNabb in the left corner, skated toward the left circle and passed to the onrushing Manson, who converted a wrist shot inside the right post for his second goal of the season.

      Flyers 3, Canucks 2

      VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- The Flyers scored two power-play goals, Shayne Gostisbehere had three assists, and Philadelphia defeated Vancouver.

      Wayne Simmonds, Jakub Voracek and Brayden Schenn scored for Philadelphia. The win snapped a two-game losing streak and was the Flyers' second victory in six games.

      Markus Granlund and Jannik Hansen scored for Vancouver, which has three wins in the past 11 games. Canucks goaltender Ryan Miller stopped 25 shots. Flyers goalie Michal Neuvirth made 18 saves.

  • NHL notebook: Sens' Ryan out indefinitely with finger injury
    By The Sports Xchange / Sunday, February 19, 2017

    Ottawa Senators forward Bobby Ryan will be sidelined indefinitely with a right index finger injury, the team announced Sunday prior to its game against the Winnipeg Jets.

    • Ryan, 29, sustained the injury after he was hit by the puck on a shot during the third period of Saturday's 6-3 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs.

      "He'll be out for a while. If it's broken, we're talking three to six weeks," Ottawa coach Guy Boucher said. "This obviously comes at a bad moment. Let's not kid ourselves. This team is battling hard to make the playoffs and we desperately need him in the lineup."

      Ryan has 12 goals and as many assists in 50 games this season, with just three points and 14 shots on goal coming in his last eight contests.

      --The St. Louis Blues claimed forward Ty Rattie off waivers from the Carolina Hurricanes.

      Rattie, 24, returns to the Blues after being placed on waivers Saturday. He will report to the Chicago Wolves, the Blues' American Hockey League affiliate.

      Rattie, who was first claimed off waivers by the Hurricanes from the Blues on Jan. 4, appeared in five games and posted two assists during his stint in Carolina.

      --The Chicago Blackhawks recalled forward Vinnie Hinostroza from the Rockford IceHogs of the AHL.

      Hinostroza, 22, has 14 points (six goals, eight assists) in 46 games with the Blackhawks this season. The Bartlett, Ill., native has three multi-point games -- tied for the most among Blackhawks rookies.

      --The Minnesota Wild reassigned forward Alex Tuch to the Iowa Wild of the AHL.

      Tuch, 20, averaged 10:42 of time on ice during six contests with Minnesota this season, including his NHL debut on Feb. 4 at Vancouver. He has no points with eight shots on goal.

      --The Buffalo Sabres assigned defenseman Taylor Fedun to the Rochester Americans of the AHL.

      The Sabres placed Fedun on waivers Saturday but he was not claimed by another team. He has no goals, seven assists and 16 penalty minutes in 25 games with the Sabres this season since being recalled from Rochester in mid-November.

      --The Tampa Bay Lightning reassigned forward Cory Conacher to the Syracuse Crunch of the AHL.

      Conacher, 27, was recalled to Tampa Bay on Saturday but did not play. He has a goal and an assist in seven games with the Lightning this season.

  • Senators' Ryan out indefinitely with finger injury
    By The Sports Xchange / Sunday, February 19, 2017

    Ottawa Senators forward Bobby Ryan will be sidelined indefinitely with a right index finger injury, the team announced on Sunday prior to its game versus the Winnipeg Jets.

    • Ryan sustained the injury after he was hit by the puck on a shot during the third period of Saturday's 6-3 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs.

      "He'll be out for a while. If it's broken, we're talking three to six weeks," Ottawa coach Guy Boucher said. "This obviously comes at a bad moment. Let's not kid ourselves. This team is battling hard to make the playoffs and we desperately need him in the lineup.

      "He was going really good and you take a guy of that caliber, he's got the size and the smarts to be able to play against big teams and can fit on any line, those guys you don't replace."

      Ryan has 12 goals and as many assists in 50 games this season, with just three points and 14 shots on goal coming in his last eight contests. The 29-year-old missed two games in November with a bone bruise near the base of the right index finger and sat out three more after prematurely returning to the lineup.

      Fredrik Claesson is expected to be inserted into the lineup in place of Ryan for Sunday's game.

  • Wild send F Tuch to AHL Iowa
    By The Sports Xchange / Sunday, February 19, 2017

    The Minnesota Wild reassigned forward Alex Tuch to the Iowa Wild of the American Hockey League on Sunday.

    • Tuch, 20, averaged 10:42 of time on ice during six contests with Minnesota this season, including his NHL debut on Feb. 4 at Vancouver. He has no points with eight shots on goal.

      The native of Syracuse, N.Y., owns 25 points (12 goals, 13 assists) in 36 games during his rookie season with Iowa, leading the club with a plus-10 rating and ranking second in goals and scoring. He represented Iowa at the AHL All-Star Classic and tallied two goals and an assist to help the Central Division win the All-Star game on Jan. 30.

      The 6-foot-4, 217-pound Tuch was selected by Minnesota in the first round (18th overall) of the 2014 NHL draft.

  • Sabres demote D Fedun to AHL affiliate
    By The Sports Xchange / Sunday, February 19, 2017

    The Buffalo Sabres assigned defenseman Taylor Fedun to the Rochester Americans of the American Hockey League on Sunday.

    • The Sabres placed Fedun on waivers Saturday but he was not claimed by another team.

      Fedun has no goals, seven assists and 16 penalty minutes in 25 games with the Sabres this season since being recalled from Rochester in mid-November. He was a healthy scratch in five of the last eight games.

      In 20 AHL games this season, Fedun had 17 points (four goals, 13 assists) and 17 penalty minutes.

  • Blues claim F Rattie off waivers
    By The Sports Xchange / Sunday, February 19, 2017

    The St. Louis Blues claimed forward Ty Rattie off waivers from the Carolina Hurricanes on Sunday.

    • Rattie, 24, returns to the Blues after being placed on waivers Saturday. He will report to the Chicago Wolves, the Blues' American Hockey League affiliate.

      Rattie, who was first claimed off waivers by the Hurricanes from the Blues on Jan. 4, appeared in five games and posted two assists during his stint in Carolina.

      The 6-foot, 185-pound Rattie owns 10 points (four goals, six assists) and six penalty minutes in 35 career NHL games with the Blues and Hurricanes. The Airdrie, Alberta, native also has 137 points (69 goals, 68 assists) and 77 penalty minutes in 196 career AHL games.

      Rattie was originally drafted by the Blues in the second round (32nd overall) in 2011.

  • Lightning reassign F Conacher
    By The Sports Xchange / Sunday, February 19, 2017

    The Tampa Bay Lightning reassigned forward Cory Conacher to the Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League on Sunday.

    • Conacher, 27, was recalled to Tampa Bay on Saturday but did not play. He has a goal and an assist in seven games with the Lightning this season.

      The 5-foot-8, 180-pound Conacher owns 60 points (20 goals, 40 assists) in 148 career NHL games with the Lightning, Ottawa Senators, Buffalo Sabres and New York Islanders.

      The Burlington, Ontario, native has 42 points (10 goals, 32 assists), including four power-play goals, in 41 games with Syracuse this season. Conacher leads the Crunch for points and assists.

      Conacher was signed by the Lightning as a free agent on July 13, 2016.

  • Blackhawks recall F Hinostroza
    By The Sports Xchange / Sunday, February 19, 2017

    The Chicago Blackhawks recalled forward Vinnie Hinostroza from the Rockford IceHogs of the American Hockey League on Sunday.

    • Hinostroza, 22, has 14 points (six goals, eight assists) in 46 games with the Blackhawks this season. The Bartlett, Ill., native has three multi-point games -- tied for the most among Blackhawks rookies.

      Prior to his recall from Rockford, Hinostroza posted one assist in three games with the IceHogs.

      Hinostroza was originally drafted by the Blackhawks in the sixth round of the 2012 NHL draft.

  • Canucks RW Skille departs with groin injury
    By The Sports Xchange / Sunday, February 19, 2017

    VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Right winger Jack Skille left the Vancouver Canucks' game against the Calgary Flames on Saturday with a suspected groin injury.

    • Skille suffered the injury in the second period and didn’t return for the third.

      The 29-year-old native of Madison, Wis., has four goals and three assists in 52 games with the Canucks this season.

  • NHL notebook: Leafs acquire Kalinin from Devils
    By The Sports Xchange / Saturday, February 18, 2017

    The Toronto Maple Leafs acquired forward Sergey Kalinin from the New Jersey Devils in exchange for defenseman Viktor Loov, the teams announced on Saturday.

    • Kalinin, 25, will report to the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League.

      Kalinin played in 43 games with the Devils this season, recording two goals and two assists. In 121 career NHL games over the last two seasons, the Omsk, Russia, native owns 19 points (10 goals, nine assists) and 48 penalty minutes.

      Loov, 24, was with the Maple Leafs' organization since the 2014-15 season. He recorded two assists in four games with the Maple Leafs this season.

      --The San Jose Sharks recalled forward Marcus Sorensen and defenseman Mirco Mueller from the San Jose Barracuda of the American Hockey League.

      Sorensen, 24, tallied his first NHL point, an assist, in his first league game on Feb. 7 at Buffalo.

      Mueller, 21, has a goal and an assist in four games with the Sharks this season. In 54 NHL games,

      --The Buffalo Sabres recalled forward Nicholas Baptiste from the Rochester Americans of the American Hockey League.

      Baptiste, 21, made his NHL debut with Buffalo during the 2016-17 season and has two goals in 12 games.

      --The Tampa Bay Lightning recalled forward Cory Conacher from the Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League.

      Conacher, 27, has a goal and an assist in seven games with the Lightning this season. He owns 60 points (20 goals, 40 assists) in 148 career NHL games with the Lightning, Ottawa Senators, Buffalo Sabres and New York Islanders.

  • NHL roundup: Red Wings cool off Capitals
    By The Sports Xchange / Saturday, February 18, 2017

    DETROIT -- Henrik Zetterberg scored the winner in the fifth round of the shootout as the Detroit Red Wings edged the Washington Capitals 3-2 on Saturday afternoon.

    • After Zetterberg's goal, Detroit goaltender Petr Mrazek made a sliding pad save to foil Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin and clinch the victory. Mrazek stopped four of the five shots he faced.

      The victory ended a five-game losing streak (0-4-1) for the Red Wings. The Capitals, playing for the first time since Feb. 11, saw their six-game winning streak come to an end and fell to 19-2-2 in their last 23 games.

      Jets 3, Canadiens 1

      MONTREAL -- Mathieu Perreault's early third-period goal stood as the winner as Winnipeg defeated Montreal in Claude Julien's first game behind the Canadiens' bench since he replaced Michel Therrien, who was fired Tuesday.

      Joel Armia and Patrik Laine also scored for the Jets while Andrei Markov replied for Montreal.

      Carey Price made 30 saves for the Canadiens, while Connor Hellebuyck stopped 19 shots for Winnipeg, which earned only its second win in its last nine games in Montreal.

      Wild 5, Predators 2

      SAINT PAUL, Minn. -- Jason Zucker had two goals and an assist, and Devan Dubnyk stopped 37 shots as Minnesota defeated Nashville.

      Mikko Koivu and Mikael Granlund, Zucker's linemates, each had a goal and assist, while Eric Staal added an empty-net goal as the Wild surpassed their win total from last season with their 39th victory and drew within one point of Washington for best record.

      Colin Wilson and P.K. Subban scored for the Predators. Pekka Rinne made 28 saves as Nashville was the latest team to struggle coming out of its mandated week off as clubs are 3-12-4 in their first game back, including 0-8-3 in February.

      Sharks 4, Coyotes 1

      GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Brent Burns scored two goals, and Melker Karlsson had a goal and two assists as San Jose defeated Arizona.

      Micheal Haley scored his first goal of the season and added an assist and the Sharks got a career-high 36 saves from backup goaltender Aaron Dell to win for the second time in their last seven games (2-1-4).

      Martin Hanzal scored for Arizona, which got 29 saves from Mike Smith but finished the season series 3-1-1 against San Jose. Smith entered 12-7-3 with a 2.08 goals-against-average and .944 save percentage in 23 career games against San Jose.

      Panthers 3, Kings 2

      LOS ANGELES -- Alexsander Barkov scored the decisive goal in the third period and Roberto Luongo made 34 saves as Florida won its fourth straight game.

      The Panthers prevailed for the seventh time in their last eight games to climb into third place in the Atlantic Division. Jonathan Huberdeau and Jussi Jokinen added goals as Florida avenged a 6-3 loss Feb. 9 to split the season series.

      Los Angeles lost its second straight game after returning from its week off. Tanner Pearson and Dwight King registered goals while Peter Budaj stopped 22 shots.

      Senators 6, Maple Leafs 3

      TORONTO -- Derick Brassard scored two goals and ended a tie with a power-play goal in the third period as Ottawa came back to defeat Toronto.

      Chris Wideman, Ryan Dzingel, Mike Hoffman and Mark Stone also scored for the Senators, who won their second straight. Stone added four assists for Ottawa while Craig Anderson made 34 saves.

      Morgan Rielly, Nazem Kadri and William Nylander scored for the Maple Leafs, who lost their second straight. Auston Matthews had two assists for Toronto. Frederik Andersen stopped 36 shots.

      Canucks 2, Flames 1 (OT)

      VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Chris Tanev scored 34 seconds into overtime as Vancouver improved its playoff hopes with a victory over Calgary.

      The Flames' Mark Giordano forced overtime when he tied the game with six seconds left in the third period. Brian Elliott stopped 17 shots for Calgary.

      The Canucks moved within four points of the Flames in the race for the final wild card playoff spot in the Western Conference.

      Vancouver goaltender Ryan Miller made 35 saves, including 17 in the third period when Calgary outshot the Canucks 18-2.

      Devils 3, Islanders 2

      NEWARK, N.J. -- Cory Schneider made 40 saves, including 20 in the second period, as New Jersey won an important Metropolitan Division game over New York.

      The win was only the third in their past 12 home games for the Devils, while the Islanders lost their third straight road contest. The teams switch sides Sunday when the Islanders host the Devils at the Barclays Center.

      Schneider's most important save came at the 8:10 mark of the first period when he denied Islanders captain John Tavares with his right pad on a penalty shot. Schneider faced 16 penalty shots in his career, and stopped 14.

      Oilers 3, Blackhawks 1

      CHICAGO -- Matt Benning, Milan Lucic and Connor McDavid scored and Cam Talbot made 38 saves as Edmonton beat Chicago.

      Lucic produced the winning goal for the Oilers, who won their third straight game, when he scored unassisted midway through the third period. McDavid sealed the victory with an empty-netter, his 20th goal of the season and 67th point.

      After Talbot stopped 34 straight shots, the Blackhawks got on the board when Richard Panik beat Talbot with just under five minutes to play. But despite maintaining a large advantage on shots, the Blackhawks had their five-game winning streak snapped.

      Sabres 3, Blues 2

      BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Evander Kane had a goal and an assist to lead Buffalo over St. Louis.

      Nicholas Baptiste and Ryan O'Reilly also scored for the Sabres, who won their third game in a row. Robin Lehner made 37 saves.

      Vladimir Tarasenko and Scottie Upshall scored for the Blues, who saw a six-game win streak come to a close. Jake Allen made 26 saves.

      Stars 4, Lightning 3 (OT)

      DALLAS -- Antoine Roussel had a hat trick and Jamie Benn scored the game-winning goal at 3:47 of overtime as Dallas defeated Tampa Bay.

      Benn picked the corner over goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy's shoulder for his 20th goal of the season. The Stars ended a three-game losing streak and won for only the second time in February.

      Victor Hedman recorded a goal and two assists for the Lightning, who lost their first game after a five-day break.

  • Leafs get F Kalinin from Devils for Loov
    By The Sports Xchange / Saturday, February 18, 2017

    The Toronto Maple Leafs acquired forward Sergey Kalinin from the New Jersey Devils in exchange for defenseman Viktor Loov, the teams announced on Saturday.

    • Kalinin, 25, will report to the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League.

      Kalinin played in 43 games with the Devils this season, recording two goals and two assists. In 121 career NHL games over the last two seasons, the Omsk, Russia, native owns 19 points (10 goals, nine assists) and 48 penalty minutes.

      Loov, 24, was with the Maple Leafs' organization since the 2014-15 season. He recorded two assists in four games with the Maple Leafs this season.

      Loov also skated in 41 AHL games for the Marlies in 2016-17, registering two goals, four assists and 43 penalty minutes. In 170 AHL games from 2014-17, he has 42 points (11 goals, 31 assists) and 127 penalty minutes. Loov was a seventh-round pick of the Maple Leafs in 2012.

  • Sharks call up F Sorensen, D Mueller
    By The Sports Xchange / Saturday, February 18, 2017

    The San Jose Sharks recalled forward Marcus Sorensen and defenseman Mirco Mueller from the San Jose Barracuda of the American Hockey League on Saturday.

    • Sorensen, 24, is fourth on the Barracuda with 29 points (14 goals, 15 assists) in 40 games. He is tied for second in goals.

      The 5-foot-10, 175-pound Sorensen tallied his first NHL point, an assist, in his first league game on Feb. 7 at Buffalo. The native of Sodertalje, Sweden, was selected in the fourth round of the 2010 NHL draft by the Ottawa Senators. He was signed as a free agent by San Jose on May 13, 2016.

      Mueller, 21, ranks fourth among defensemen on the Barracuda in assists (12) and points (13) in 39 games this season. In 101 career AHL games, he has 27 points (three goals, 24 assists).

      The 6-3, 210-pound Mueller has a goal and an assist in four games with the Sharks this season. In 54 NHL games, Mueller owns two goals and four assists. The native of Winterthur, Switzerland, was selected by San Jose in the first round (18th overall) of the 2013 draft.

  • Sabres recall F Baptiste from Rochester
    By The Sports Xchange / Saturday, February 18, 2017

    The Buffalo Sabres recalled forward Nicholas Baptiste from the Rochester Americans of the American Hockey League on Saturday.

    • Baptiste, 21, is tied for eighth in the AHL with 19 goals and has added 11 assists in 42 games for Rochester this season. The Ottawa, Ontario native is in his second pro season and has 58 points (32 goals, 26 assists) in 104 career AHL games.

      The 6-foot-1, 206-pound Baptiste was selected by the Sabres in the third round of the 2016 NHL draft. He made his NHL debut with Buffalo during the 2016-17 season and has two goals in 12 games.

  • Lightning recall F Conacher
    By The Sports Xchange / Saturday, February 18, 2017

    The Tampa Bay Lightning recalled forward Cory Conacher from the Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League on Saturday.

    • Conacher, 27, has a goal and an assist in seven games with the Lightning this season. He owns 60 points (20 goals, 40 assists) in 148 career NHL games with the Lightning, Ottawa Senators, Buffalo Sabres and New York Islanders.

      The 5-foot-8, 180 pound Conacher has 42 points (10 goals, 32 assists) in 41 games with Syracuse this season. He leads the Crunch for points and assists.

      The Burlington, Ontario, native was signed by the Lightning as a free agent on July 13, 2016.

  • Wild assigns Mitchell to AHL
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, February 17, 2017

    The Minnesota Wild reassigned forward Zack Mitchell to Iowa of the American Hockey League on Friday.

    • Mitchell had been recalled from Iowa on Monday after defenseman Jonas Brodin was placed on injured reserve with a fractured finger. Mitchell, 24, logged 6:15 of ice time in Minnesota's 1-0 loss to the Anaheim Ducks the following night.

      Mitchell has failed to record a point in 11 games with Minnesota this season.

      He has fared significantly better with Iowa, collecting eight goals -- including a team-best six on the power play -- to go along with six assists in 39 games.

  • NHL roundup: Jackets edge Pens in OT
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, February 17, 2017

    COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The Columbus Blue Jackets defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins 2-1 in an overtime battle among foes adjacent to each other in the Eastern Conference on Friday.

    • Brandon Dubinsky netted the game-winner 1:04 into the extra period. Ryan Murray scored only his second goal of the season early in the second period for Columbus' regulation goal.

      Ian Cole netted his fourth goal of the season after an assist from Evgeni Malkin for the Penguins offense in the game.

      Avalanche 2, Hurricanes 1 (OT)

      RALEIGH, N.C. -- Mikko Rantanen scored with 36.4 seconds left in overtime as Colorado snapped its five-game losing streak with a victory over Carolina.

      Rantanen scored his 12th of the season, taking a feed on a 2-on-1 rush from Matt Duchene, beating Hurricanes goaltender Cam Ward with a one-timer and snapping the Avalanche's six-game skid at PNC Arena dating to February 2009. Tyson Barrie opened the scoring with his fourth of the season for the Avalanche

      Jeff Skinner scored his team-leading 19th for the Hurricanes.

      Panthers 4, Ducks 1

      ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Jaromir Jagr earned his 760th career goal as Florida scored three times in less than six minutes during the second period in a victory over Anaheim at the Honda Center.

      The 45-year-old Jagr, who ranks third in NHL career goal scoring, now needs 41 to tie Hall of Famer Gordie Howe for second place. Wayne Gretzky finished his Hall-of-Fame career with 894 goals.

      Colton Sceviour, Aaron Ekblad and Derek MacKenzie also scored for the Panthers while Andrew Cogliano scored his 12th goal for the Ducks.

  • Jets recall Tanev from AHL
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, February 17, 2017

    The Winnipeg Jets recalled forward Brandon Tanev from Manitoba of the American Hockey League on Friday.

    • The move comes one day after the team announced that defenseman Tobias Enstrom would be sidelined two-to-three weeks following surgery to correct an undisclosed lower-body injury.

      Tanev has collected two goals, two assists and 26 penalty minutes in 39 games with the Jets this season. The 25-year-old Toronto native has recorded five points (one goal, four assists) in 10 games with the Moose in 2016-17.