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  • Hurricanes recall F Wallmark
    By The Sports Xchange / Sunday, March 26, 2017

    The Carolina Hurricanes recalled forward Lucas Wallmark from the Charlotte Checkers of the American Hockey League on Sunday.

    • Wallmark, 21, made his NHL debut on March 13, and he registered his first NHL point with an assist against the Islanders a day later.

      He leads the Checkers with 23 goals this season, ranks second on the team with 42 points and leads all team forwards with a plus-11 rating. Wallmark is in his first North American season after playing the last three seasons primarily with Lulea of the Swedish Hockey League.

      The Hurricanes drafted Wallmark in the fourth round in 2014.

  • Wings call up D Renouf under emergency conditions
    By The Sports Xchange / Sunday, March 26, 2017

    The Detroit Red Wings recalled defenseman Dan Renouf under emergency conditions from Grand Rapids of the American Hockey League following Sunday's 3-2 overtime victory over the Minnesota Wild.

    • Renouf will be eligible to make his NHL debut on Monday should he draw into the lineup against the host Carolina Hurricanes. Detroit, which also faces the Hurricanes on Tuesday, is in the midst of playing three games in as many days.

      Renouf has collected three goals and 12 assists in 58 games this season with the Griffins. The 22-year-old leads the team with 59 penalty minutes and his plus-15 rating is seventh among AHL rookies entering play on Sunday.

      Renouf also notched an assist while playing in six games with Grand Rapids last season following the conclusion of his junior year at the University of Maine.

      The 6-foot-3, 209-pound Renouf scored 10 goals and set up 28 others in 111 career contests with the Black Bears.

  • Penguins' Malkin to miss sixth straight game
    By The Sports Xchange / Sunday, March 26, 2017

    Pittsburgh Penguins forward Evgeni Malkin was ruled out of Sunday's game against the Philadelphia Flyers due to an upper-body injury, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported.

    • Coach Mike Sullivan told the newspaper after the morning skate that it's "just part of the rehab process" for the 30-year-old Malkin, who will miss his sixth straight game.

      The Penguins have every reason to be cautious with the former Hart Trophy winner as Pittsburgh (46-17-11) already has punched ticket to the playoffs for the 11th straight season. The Penguins are tied with second-place Columbus (48-19-7) and reside three points behind Metropolitan Division-leading Washington (49-17-8).

      Nick Bonino has recorded three goals to help Pittsburgh to a 3-0-2 mark in the absence of Malkin, who has collected 33 goals and 39 assists in 62 games this season.

  • Coyotes sign top prospect Keller to entry-level deal
    By The Sports Xchange / Sunday, March 26, 2017

    The Arizona Coyotes signed forward Clayton Keller to an entry-level contract on Sunday after he completed his freshman year at Boston University.

    • Keller, 18, was the seventh overall pick by the Coyotes in the 2016 NHL draft.

      The 5-foot-10, 174-pound Keller finished this season at Boston University as the team's leading scorer with 45 points (21 goals, 24 assists) and 26 penalty minutes in 31 games.

      Keller recorded at least one point in 28 contests, tallied 15 multi-point games and finished tied for seventh in college hockey with 1.45 points per game average.

      "We are extremely pleased to sign Clayton to an entry-level contract," Coyotes general manager John Chayka said in a statement. "Clayton is a highly skilled, dynamic forward. He is a strong skater who has a powerful shot and great hockey sense. We are excited to have him join our team and finish the regular season with the Coyotes."

      Keller also played in the 2017 World Junior Championships in Canada earlier this year, helping the United States to the gold medal. He had the third-most points in the tournament and led the team in scoring with three goals and eight assists in seven games.

      Last season, the Swansea, Ill., native registered 107 points (37 goals, 70 assists) in 62 games for the U.S. National Development team.

  • NHL roundup: Canadiens extend Atlantic lead
    By The Sports Xchange / Saturday, March 25, 2017

    MONTREAL -- Andrei Markov scored two goals to lift the Montreal Canadiens to a 3-1 victory over the Ottawa Senators on Saturday night at the Bell Centre.

    • Shea Weber also scored for Montreal, which moved three points ahead of Ottawa atop the Atlantic Division. Carey Price made 31 saves for the Canadiens.

      Jean-Gabriel Pageau scored for Ottawa. Craig Anderson, playing in his 500th NHL game, stopped 21 shots for the Senators.

      Markov made it 2-0 just 1:13 into the second period. Max Pacioretty, along the right boards, sent a perfect cross-ice dish to the veteran blue-liner, who showed patience coming in from the point before firing from the top of the left circle.

      Bruins 2, Islanders 1

      NEW YORK -- Riley Nash scored both goals as Boston moved into sole possession of the second wild card in the Eastern Conference by snapping a four-game losing streak.

      The Bruins broke a tie with New York for the final wild card, but the Islanders have a game in hand on Boston. Anton Khudobin, playing in place of injured starter Tuukka Rask, recorded 18 saves.

      John Tavares scored while Thomas Greiss made 16 saves for New York. Tavares nearly tied the game on a power play late in the third, but his shot bounced off the crossbar.

      Panthers 7, Blackhawks 0

      SUNRISE, Fla. -- Jonathan Marchessault scored a natural hat trick as Florida routed Chicago.

      Marchessault, who scored twice in his previous game, has a team-high 28 goals this season. James Reimer (25 saves) picked up his first shutout of the season.

      Jonathan Huberdeau had a goal and three assists, Aleksander Barkov recorded a goal and two assists, and Nick Bjugstad and Reilly Smith also scored. Corey Crawford (21 saves) was chased after the fourth goal.

      Predators 7, Sharks 2

      NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Colton Sissons and James Neal each scored twice as Nashville won for the sixth time in last seven games.

      Cody McLeod, P.K. Subban and Viktor Arvidsson also scored for the Predators, who moved one point ahead of St. Louis for third place in the Central Division. Pekka Rinne, who was honored prior to the game for playing his 500th NHL contest last week, stopped 26 shots for his fifth straight victory.

      Patrick Marleau and Justin Braun scored for San Jose, which lost its sixth straight game -- all in regulation by a combined 23-7 margin. Martin Jones made 27 saves for the Sharks.

      Flames 3, Blues 2 (OT)

      ST. LOUIS – Sean Monahan scored with three seconds left in overtime to lift Calgary.

      The win snapped a two-game losing streak for the Flames and ended a four-game winning streak for St. Louis.

      Calgary tied it 2-2 on the first goal of the season by Matt Bartkowski, whose shot on a delayed penalty deflected off the skate of the Blues' Jay Bouwmeester and into the net at 10:53 of the third period.

      Capitals 4, Coyotes 1

      WASHINGTON -- Daniel Winnik scored twice, including the go-ahead goal with 4:39 left, and Alex Ovechkin produced his 30th of the season as Washington defeated Arizona.

      The Capitals won their fourth straight game and lead Pittsburgh and Columbus by three points in the Metropolitan Division. The Capitals play six of their final eight games on the road and begin a five-game road trip Tuesday at Minnesota.

      Ovechkin, who scored a power-play goal in the first period, joined Mike Gartner (15 seasons) and Wayne Gretzky (13) as the only players in NHL history to score at least 30 goals in each of their first 12 seasons.

      Oilers 4, Avalanche 1

      EDMONTON, Alberta -- Laurent Brossoit made 23 saves as Edmonton beat last-place Colorado for the second time in three days.

      Brossoit also won Thursday's 7-4 decision in relief of Cam Talbot and increased his career win total to three. The Oilers pulled even with the Anaheim Ducks and San Jose Sharks atop the Pacific Division.

      Drake Caggiula and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins recorded power-play goals in the third period for Edmonton. The Oilers' Leon Draisaitl also scored to extend his point streak to seven games.

      Blue Jackets 1, Flyers 0

      COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Alexander Wennberg scored in the second period and Sergei Bobrovsky posted his seventh shutout of the season as Columbus ended a two-game losing streak.

      The Blue Jackets are the only team in the NHL this season that avoided a skid longer than two games. Bobrovsky made 36 saves in posting his NHL-leading 40th victory of the season and is 9-0-2 in his last 11 contests.

      Philadelphia was desperate for a win to keep its fading playoff hopes alive in the Eastern Conference but lost for the 10th consecutive time in Columbus.

      Rangers 3, Kings 0

      LOS ANGELES -- Derek Stepan and Ryan McDonagh scored the first two goals, and Antti Raanta made 30 saves as New York handed Los Angeles its 10th shutout of the season.

      The Rangers snapped a two-game slide and swept the home-and-home season series. They extended their league-leading road record to 27-9-1.

      The Kings lost for the fifth time in their last seven games. They trail the St. Louis Blues by nine points with eight games remaining for the second wild-card spot in the Western Conference. Jonathan Quick stopped 17 New York shots.

      Sabres 5, Maple Leafs 2

      BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Jack Eichel had two goals and an assist to lead Buffalo over Toronto.

      Ryan O'Reilly, Evander Kane and Dmitry Kulikov also scored for the Sabres while Robin Lehner made 32 saves. Connor Brown and Auston Matthews scored for the Maple Leafs, who had a three-game winning streak end.

      Curtis McElhinney made 19 saves for Toronto after replacing Frederik Andersen in net. Andersen did not return to start the second period after suffering an upper-body injury. He made 14 saves in the first period.

      Canucks 4, Wild 2

      SAINT PAUL, Minn. -- Reid Boucher scored twice and Brock Boeser recorded his first NHL goal in his pro debut as part of a four-goal second period as Vancouver defeated Minnesota.

      Backup goaltender Richard Bachman made 25 saves in limiting the Wild to a pair of late third-period goals by Ryan Suter and Eric Staal. The Canucks defeated Minnesota and Chicago on the road this week, scoring a combined nine goals.

      The Wild are 2-9-0 in their last 11 games and stumbling toward the postseason having not won back-to-back games since Feb. 27-28. Darcy Kuemper made 17 saves for Minnesota.

      Hurricanes 3, Devils 1

      NEWARK, N.J. -- Jeff Skinner continued his recent goal-scoring splurge as Carolina kept its faint playoff hopes alive.

      The score extended Skinner's goal-scoring streak to five games and point streak to six (seven goals, two assists). This is the third time Skinner reached the 30-goal plateau in his career.

      Eddie Lack made 26 saves for the Hurricanes, who remain five points out of the second wild card in the Eastern Conference with nine games left. Sebastian Aho scored twice for Carolina.

  • NHL notebook: Canucks F Skille exits with ankle injury
    By The Sports Xchange / Saturday, March 25, 2017

    Vancouver Canucks left winger Jack Skille had to be helped from the ice late in the second period of Saturday's game against the Minnesota Wild.

    • Skille, who had scored to give Vancouver a 4-0 lead only minutes earlier, received a hit from Minnesota right winger Charlie Coyle with 3:30 to play in the period.

      The Canucks announced that Skille sustained an ankle injury on the play and would not return to the game. His status for Sunday's game at Winnipeg was unknown.

      A native of Madison, Wis., who starred at the University of Wisconsin, Skille notched his fifth goal at the 13:37 mark of the second period.

      --The Dallas Stars recalled center Jason Dickinson from the Texas Stars of the American Hockey League.

      Dickinson, 21, ranks fifth on Texas with 30 points (nine goals, 21 assists) in 55 games this season. He ranks fourth on the team in assists and seventh with 102 shots on goal. In three AHL seasons, he owns 86 points (31 goals, 55 assists) in 130 regular-season games. He also recorded one assist and nine shots on goal in seven career Calder Cup playoff contests.

      --The Buffalo Sabres recalled defenseman Brady Austin from the Rochester Americans of the AHL.

      Austin, 23, joins the team for the second time this week after making his NHL debut and recording four shots on goal in his first two games with the Sabres on Monday and Tuesday.

      The native of Bobcaygeon, Ontario, has two goals, seven assists and 51 penalty minutes in 62 games for Rochester this season.

      The Sabres also assigned forward Hudson Fasching to Rochester.

  • Canucks F Skille exits with ankle injury
    By The Sports Xchange / Saturday, March 25, 2017

    Vancouver Canucks left winger Jack Skille had to be helped from the ice late in the second period of Saturday's game against the Minnesota Wild.

    • Skille, who had scored to give Vancouver a 4-0 lead only minutes earlier, received a hit from Minnesota right winger Charlie Coyle with 3:30 to play in the period.

      The Canucks announced that Skille sustained an ankle injury on the play and would not return to the game. His status for Sunday's game at Winnipeg was unknown.

      A native of Madison, Wis., who starred at the University of Wisconsin, Skille notched his fifth goal at the 13:37 mark of the second period.

  • Panthers' coach Rowe takes blame for rushing Ekblad's return
    By The Sports Xchange / Saturday, March 25, 2017

    Florida Panthers interim coach Tom Rowe expressed regret that he rushed star defenseman Aaron Ekblad back from injury too soon.

    • Ekblad returned to the lineup Tuesday against the Carolina Hurricanes after sitting out the previous four games because of a concussion.

      The 21-year-old Ekblad subsequently reported neck soreness that kept him out of Thursday's game against Arizona and will prevent him from joining the Panthers on an upcoming four-game trip next week.

      Rowe told the Miami Herald that Ekblad's neck issue was not related to the concussion, but pointed the finger at himself for bringing the blue-liner back prematurely.

      "I'm not going to lie, I wish we didn't," Rowe said. "That's on me. The doctors cleared him, our medical staff cleared him but I had some reservations and I wish I stayed with my gut. That's no one's fault but my own."

      Rowe acknowledged that Ekblad was pushing to return to the lineup, but said the player's wishes should not have been a factor in the decision.

      "I've have a lot more experience in this business than he does," Rowe said. "I have had a ton of experience with those types of injuries. I usually give those guys two or three days of practice and I wish I had done that. It's no one's fault but my own."

      The top overall pick in the 2014 NHL draft, Ekblad has 10 goals and 11 assists in 68 games this season. The 21-year-old has scored 37 goals and set up 59 others in 227 career games.

  • Stars recall C Dickinson
    By The Sports Xchange / Saturday, March 25, 2017

    The Dallas Stars recalled center Jason Dickinson from the Texas Stars of the American Hockey League on Saturday.

    • Dickinson, 21, ranks fifth on Texas with 30 points (nine goals, 21 assists) in 55 games this season. He ranks fourth on the team in assists and seventh with 102 shots on goal. In three AHL seasons, he owns 86 points (31 goals, 55 assists) in 130 regular-season games. He also recorded one assist and nine shots on goal in seven career Calder Cup playoff contests.

      The 6-foot-2, 205-pound native of Georgetown, Ontario, was originally selected by Dallas in the first round (29th overall) of the 2013 NHL draft.

  • Sabres recall D Austin
    By The Sports Xchange / Saturday, March 25, 2017

    The Buffalo Sabres recalled defenseman Brady Austin from the Rochester Americans of the American Hockey League on Saturday.

    • Austin, 23, joins the team for the second time this week after making his NHL debut and recording four shots on goal in his first two games with the Sabres on Monday and Tuesday.

      The 6-foot-4, 230-pound native of Bobcaygeon, Ontario, has two goals, seven assists and 51 penalty minutes in 62 games for Rochester this season.

      The Sabres also assigned forward Hudson Fasching to Rochester.

  • NHL roundup: Isles move into wild-card position
    By The Sports Xchange / Saturday, March 25, 2017

    PITTSBURGH -- Anthony Beauvillier and John Tavares scored in the shootout to give the New York Islanders a 4-3 win against the Pittsburgh Penguins at PPG Paints Arena on Friday.

    • With the win, the Islanders surpassed the Boston Bruins for the final wild-card berth in the Eastern Conference standings. Both teams have 82 points, but the Islanders (73) have played fewer games than the Bruins (74) heading into their game at the Barclays Center Saturday.

      Sidney Crosby scored the Penguins' lone shootout goal. Marc-Andre Fleury finished with 43 saves in while New York's Jaroslav Halak had 40.

      Ducks 3, Jets 1

      ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Andrew Cogliano's game-winning goal not only gave Anaheim a victory over Winnipeg at the Honda Center, but also a share of first place in the Pacific Division.

      Corey Perry and Jakob Silfverberg also scored for the Ducks, who used their seventh win in nine games to move into a tie with the San Jose Sharks. Goalie Jonathan Bernier stopped 17 shots in earning his fifth win in six decisions.

      The division's co-leaders each have eight games remaining, divided evenly between home and road. But the Ducks have five games left against playoff contenders while the Sharks have six.

      Lightning 2, Red Wings 1 (OT)

      DETROIT -- Nikita Kucherov scored at 3:28 of overtime to give Tampa Bay a come-from-behind overtime win over Detroit.

      Kucherov tipped home a Brayden Point pass from the edge of the goal crease for the winner.

      The Lightning moved to within one point of the Boston Bruins and New York Islanders for the final wild-card playoff position in the Eastern Conference.

      Stars 6, Sharks 1

      DALLAS -- Adam Cracknell scored his first career hat trick and Kari Lehtonen made 20 saves for Dallas in a win over San Jose at American Airlines Center.

      Cracknell scored in the first, second and third periods. His final goal came 4:59 into the third when he intercepted an attempted clearance by Aaron Dell, who made 23 saves, just beyond the Sharks' blue line. Cracknell, who now has a career-high 10 goals this season, then beat Dell with a wrist shot from the slot.

      Brett Ritchie, Jamie Benn and John Klingberg also scored for Dallas, who got three assists from Jason Spezza and two each from Remi Elie and Curtis McKenzie.

  • Hurricanes cling to slim playoff hopes, visit Devils
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, March 24, 2017

    The Stanley Cup will be outside the Prudential Center Saturday before the New Jersey Devils host the Carolina Hurricanes.

    • Unfortunately for both teams, it's likely the closest each will get to the Cup this season.

      As part of the NHL Centennial Fan Arena touring exhibit, the Stanley Cup will be on display in Championship Square next to the Prudential Center on Saturday. Fans can see it ahead as the last-place Devils (27-34-12) play out the string while the Hurricanes (32-27-13) cling to remote playoff hopes.

      This will be the fifth consecutive season that New Jersey fails to reach the postseason. Carolina is on the verge of an eighth straight year missing the playoffs.

      However, the Hurricanes are not out of it just yet. By virtue of their current nine-game points streak (6-0-3), Carolina is just five points out of the second wild card spot in the Eastern Conference with 10 games to play.

      What makes the Hurricanes task so difficult, though, is that they sit behind three teams in the standings in the battle for the final postseason berth in the East.

      "The guys are real smart," Hurricanes coach Bill Peters said to the team's web site. "They know what's on the line; and they know that it's very important for them moving forward. That's really what it amounts to. This is the most important time of the season."

      The Hurricanes are coming off a 4-1 victory over the Canadiens in Montreal on Thursday, and will be closing out a four-game road trip in New Jersey. Lee Stempniak recorded his second two-goal game of the season in Thursday's win, and the red-hot Jeff Skinner netted his team-high 29th goal, his eighth in the past seven contests.

      "We're just playing a complete game," said Stempniak, who has seven points in his last seven contests. "We're not making mental mistakes, and we're working hard. I think there's some confidence to our game."

      Elias Lindholm extended his point-scoring streak to nine consecutive games with his 10th goal in Montreal; and the Hurricanes are now 21-5-5 this season when he records a point.

      Backup goaltender Eddie Lack made 21 saves Thursday, and has won each of his last three starts, allowing only four goals in that span.

      "It was a huge two points for us," Lack told the Hurricanes web site. "We just want to keep rolling here."

      Peters did not say whether Lack or Cam Ward will start against the Devils. Likewise, Devils coach John Hynes has not committed to either Cory Schneider or Keith Kinkaid as the starter between the pipes on Saturday.

      In fact, Hynes said after his club's 4-2 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs Thursday that playing time down the stretch, at all positions, will be decided on a game to game basis.

      "The objective, like everything, is to give guys opportunities, but it also comes down to performance," Hynes said. "We'll give guys opportunities as long as they play well and deserve them."

      Several youngsters on the Devils roster are taking advantage of increased playing time in the final weeks of the season.

      Pavel Zacha, the 2015 first-round draft pick, enters play Saturday on a six-game point streak. The 19-year-old also has 15 points (six goals, nine assists) in his last 24 games.

      Fellow first-rounder John Quenneville (2016) has three points in five games since being recalled from the minor leagues, including his first NHL goal and two-point game this past Tuesday against the New York Rangers.

      Of course, the club still leans heavily on veteran Kyle Palmieri, who leads the Devils with 25 goals and 50 points this season, his second straight 50-point campaign. Palmieri has 10 goals and 17 points in his last 15 games.

      "I'm getting some better shots off, shooting more, and making sure they hit the net," Palmieri said of his strong second half play this season. "Our whole line (Taylor Hall and Travis Zajac) is playing well, keeping opposing goaltenders honest during this good stretch here."

      The Devils are 2-3-0 in their last five games after a brutal 0-8-2 winless skid.

      This is the fourth and final meeting this season between the Devils and Hurricanes, with New Jersey winning the first three contests by an aggregate 10-4 score.

  • NHL notebook: Avalanche, Senators to play in Sweden
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, March 24, 2017

    The Colorado Avalanche and Ottawa Senators will play two regular-season games in Stockholm, Sweden, in November as part of the 2017 SAP NHL Global Series.

    • The NHL and the NHL Players' Association announced Friday that the two teams will face each other at the Ericsson Globe on Nov. 10-11.

      "We have more Swedish players than ever in the NHL, and we are extremely pleased that the 2017 SAP NHL Global Series will allow us to showcase a number of those players, with their NHL teams, in their homeland," NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said in a statement. "The return of regular-season NHL games to the international stage will provide yet another highlight for our Centennial celebration."

      It will be the sixth time the NHL has played a regular-season game in Europe, but the first time since 2011. These will be the 21st and 22nd games played in Europe, and the seventh and eighth played in Sweden.

      Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog was born in Stockholm, and Senators captain Erik Karlsson was born in Landsbro.

      --The Washington Capitals recalled forward Paul Carey from the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League.

      Carey, 28, made his 2016-17 season debut with the Capitals on Nov. 20 and skated in four games with three shots on goal.

      The 6-foot-1, 198-pound Carey appeared in four games with the Capitals last season and scored the game-tying goal in the third period on Feb. 6, 2016 at New Jersey, marking his first NHL goal. He was selected by Colorado in the fifth round of 2007 NHL draft and registered a goal and an assist in 30 career games.

      --The Tampa Bay Lightning recalled defenseman Slater Koekkoek from the Syracuse Crunch of the AHL.

      Koekkoek, 23, has four assists in 29 games with the Lightning this season. He owns five assists and 12 penalty minutes in 41 career NHL games.

      The 6-foot-2, 193-pound native of Winchester, Ontario, has two goals and nine assists in 38 games with the Crunch this season. He owns 52 points (12 goals, 40 assists) in 170 career AHL contests.

      --The Minnesota Wild reassigned defenseman Gustav Olofsson to the Iowa Wild of the AHL.

      Olofsson, 22, recorded three assists and averaged 13:28 in time on ice in 13 games with Minnesota this season, and 22 points (five goals, 17 assists) in 48 contests for Iowa.

      The 6-foot-3, 195-pound native of Boras, Sweden, registered his first career NHL points with two assists on Feb. 12 against Detroit. Olofsson owns three assists in 15 career NHL games with Minnesota and 40 points (eight goals, 32 assists) in 109 career AHL contests.

      --The Calgary Flames reassigned forward Garnet Hathaway to the Stockton Heat of the AHL.

      Hathaway, 25, has one goal, four assists and 44 penalty minutes in 26 games with the Flames this season. The 6-foot-2, 210-pounder also has six goals, nine assists and 29 penalty minutes in 20 games for Stockton.

      The native of Kennebunkport, Maine, was signed by the Flames as a free agent on April 12, 2015.

  • Avalanche, Senators to play two games in Sweden
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, March 24, 2017

    The Colorado Avalanche and Ottawa Senators will play two regular-season games in Stockholm, Sweden, in November as part of the 2017 SAP NHL Global Series.

    • The NHL and the NHL Players' Association announced Friday that the two teams will face each other at the Ericsson Globe on Nov. 10-11.

      "We have more Swedish players than ever in the NHL, and we are extremely pleased that the 2017 SAP NHL Global Series will allow us to showcase a number of those players, with their NHL teams, in their homeland," NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said in a statement. "The return of regular-season NHL games to the international stage will provide yet another highlight for our Centennial celebration."

      It will be the sixth time the NHL has played a regular-season game in Europe, but the first time since 2011. These will be the 21st and 22nd games played in Europe, and the seventh and eighth played in Sweden.

      "It's really exciting," said Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog, who was born in Stockholm. "Who thought they would have been able to play NHL games in your hometown. It'll be surreal to do that. Stockholm is such a great hockey town and a great city overall. I'll be really excited to show the boys around and show the team staff around the city."

      Senators captain Erik Karlsson, who was born in Landsbro, will be playing in his native country for the first time as an NHL player.

      "(Landeskog is) a great guy and is from Stockholm, so it is going to be a great experience to share with him," Karlsson said. "We are good friends, and I am looking forward to playing two games against him and Colorado in Sweden, and I think that not only us being from Sweden is going to be exciting, but I think that everybody else participating on both teams are very excited and looking forward to have the opportunity to do that."

      The game on Nov. 10 will start at 8 p.m. local time (2 p.m. ET) with Colorado serving as the home team. The contest on Nov. 11 will start at 7 p.m. local time (1 p.m. ET) with Ottawa as the home team.

      About 26 percent of NHL players this season were born outside of North America. Other Swedes playing for Colorado and Ottawa include Frederik Claesson (Senators; Stockholm), Anton Lindholm (Avalanche; Skelleftea), Carl Soderberg (Avalanche; Malmo) and Viktor Stalberg (Senators; Gothenburg).

      "Hockey is a global sport, with NHL players from the world over, and we are focused on continued international growth," said Don Fehr, NHLPA executive director. "Playing NHL regular-season games at the Ericsson Globe in Stockholm is an integral part of that effort and promises to be especially memorable. Our players on the Senators and the Avalanche are looking forward to the 2017 SAP NHL Global Series."

  • Flames reassign F Hathaway
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, March 24, 2017

    The Calgary Flames reassigned forward Garnet Hathaway to the Stockton Heat of the American Hockey League on Friday.

    • Hathaway, 25, has one goal, four assists and 44 penalty minutes in 26 games with the Flames this season. The 6-foot-2, 210-pounder also has six goals, nine assists and 29 penalty minutes in 20 games for Stockton.

      The native of Kennebunkport, Maine, was signed by the Flames as a free agent on April 12, 2015.

  • Wild reassign D Olofsson
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, March 24, 2017

    The Minnesota Wild reassigned defenseman Gustav Olofsson to the Iowa Wild of the American Hockey League on Friday.

    • Olofsson, 22, recorded three assists and averaged 13:28 in time on ice in 13 games with Minnesota this season, and 22 points (five goals, 17 assists) in 48 contests for Iowa.

      The 6-foot-3, 195-pound native of Boras, Sweden, registered his first career NHL points with two assists on Feb. 12 against Detroit. Olofsson owns three assists in 15 career NHL games with Minnesota and 40 points (eight goals, 32 assists) in 109 career AHL contests.

  • Lightning recall D Koekkoek
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, March 24, 2017

    The Tampa Bay Lightning recalled defenseman Slater Koekkoek from the Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League on Friday.

    • Koekkoek, 23, has four assists in 29 games with the Lightning this season. He owns five assists and 12 penalty minutes in 41 career NHL games.

      The 6-foot-2, 193-pounds native of Winchester, Ontario, has two goals and nine assists in 38 games with the Crunch this season. He owns 52 points (12 goals, 40 assists) in 170 career AHL contests.

      Koekkoek was selected by Tampa Bay in the first round (10th overall) of the 2012 NHL draft.

  • Capitals recall F Carey
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, March 24, 2017

    The Washington Capitals recalled forward Paul Carey from the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League on Friday.

    • Carey, 28, made his 2016-17 season debut with the Capitals on Nov. 20 and skated in four games with three shots on goal.

      The 6-foot-1, 198-pound Carey appeared in four games with the Capitals last season and scored the game-tying goal in the third period on Feb. 6, 2016 at New Jersey, marking his first NHL goal. He was selected by Colorado in the fifth round of 2007 NHL draft and registered a goal and an assist in 30 career games.

      Carey has 55 points (24 goals, 31 assists) in 55 games with Hershey this season and the Boston native ranks tied for first on the team in goals, third in points and fourth in assists.

  • NHL roundup: Caps hang on to Eastern lead
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, March 24, 2017

    WASHINGTON -- Washington's T.J. Oshie scored the only goal during a shootout, and the Capitals defeated the Columbus Blue Jackets 2-1 on Thursday.

    • Seth Jones of the Blue Jackets made it 1-0 before Dmitry Orlov got the equalizer for the Caps, who hung onto the top spot in the Metropolitan Division and Eastern Conference with the win.

      Sergei Bobrovsky made a season-high 44 saves during regulation and the 3-on-3 overtime for the Blue Jackets. It was his first loss after seven wins in the month of March.

      Oilers 7, Avalanche 4

      DENVER -- Drake Caggiula scored a tiebreaking goal with 2:11 left, Jordan Eberle and Leon Draisaitl added insurance goals, and Edmonton rallied to beat Colorado.

      Andrej Sekera had a goal and two assists, Milan Lucic and Zack Kassian also scored, and Laurent Brossoit had six saves in relief of Cam Talbot to lead the Oilers to the win.

      Mikko Rantanen had two goals, J.T. Compher and Rene Bourque had a goal each and Nathan MacKinnon finished with two assists for the Avalanche.

      Blackhawks 3, Stars 2 (SO)

      CHICAGO -- Artemi Panarin scored the tiebreaking goal in the shootout, and Chicago outlasted Dallas.

      Patrick Kane scored in regulation and again in the shootout as the Blackhawks increased their point streak to seven games. Marian Hossa also scored for Chicago.

      Ales Hemsky scored both of the Stars' goals in regulation. Tyler Seguin scored during the shootout round, but Jamie Benn and Hemsky were denied in their shootout attempts for Dallas.

      Flyers 3, Wild 1

      SAINT PAUL, Minn. -- Goals by Sean Couturier and Matt Read spurred Philadelphia over Minnesota, thwarting the home team's chance to clinch a playoff spot.

      Jakub Voracek added an empty-net goal and Steve Mason made 24 saves for the Flyers, who won on the road for just the 13th time this season.

      Zach Parise had the lone goal for the Wild, who lost for the eighth time in the past 10 games. Devan Dubnyk had 24 saves.

      Predators 3, Flames 1

      NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Despite posting a season-low 17 shots on goal, Nashville held off Calgary at Bridgestone Arena.

      Ryan Ellis clinched the contest for the Predators, beating Chad Johnson with a wrist shot from the high slot with eight minutes left in the third period. It was the third goal in two games for Ellis, who also has five points in his last three contests.

      Calle Jarnkrok and Colton Sissons also scored for the Predators while Dougie Hamilton scored for the Flames.

      Blues 4, Canucks 1

      ST. LOUIS -- Magnus Paajarvi scored a pair of goals to lead St. Louis over Vancouver.

      Kyle Brodziak and also scored for the Blues while Jake Allen got the win, his seventh in his last eight games.

      Henrik Sedin scored for the Canucks, who lost for the seventh time in their last eight games.

      Panthers 3, Coyotes 1

      SUNRISE, Fla. -- Jonathan Marchessault broke a tie score by scoring twice within 26 seconds as Florida defeated Arizona.

      James Reimer made 22 saves and from Shawn Thornton, scores his second of the season for the Panthers.

      Tobias Rieder scored his 16th goal of the season for the Coyotes.

      Senators 2, Penguins 1 (SO)

      OTTAWA -- Ottawa rallied from a third-period deficit and earned shootout win over Pittsburgh.

      Mike Hoffman scored in regulation for the Senators, and Kyle Turris and Bobby Ryan scored in the shootout. Mike Condon made 34 saves to help the Senators pull to within a point of the Montreal Canadiens for first place in the Atlantic Division.

      Nick Bonino scored a power-play goal at 9:21 of the second period, and Matt Murray made 29 saves for the Penguins.

      Hurricanes 4, Canadiens 1

      MONTREAL -- Lee Stempniak scored a pair to lift Carolina over Montreal.

      Elias Lindholm and Jeff Skinner also scored for the Hurricanes, who won at the Bell Centre for the first time since Feb. 13, 2012.

      Alex Galchenyuk scored for the Canadiens.

      Maple Leafs 4, Devils 2

      TORONTO -- William Nylander had a goal and assist to help Toronto earn a victory over New Jersey.

      Josh Leivo, James van Riemsdyk and Connor Brown also scored for the Maple Leafs, who have won three in a row. Auston Matthews added two assists.

      John Moore scored twice for the Devils.

      Lightning 6, Bruins 3

      BOSTON -- Tampa Bay, fighting to stay alive in the playoff hunt, quickly wiped out three one-goal deficits and struck for three goals in the third period to stun Boston.

      Nikita Kucherov had a hat trick, Jonathan Drouin had a goal and two assists, and Brayden Point and Anton Stralman also scored for the Lightning. Point added an assist and Victor Hedman had two assists.

      David Pastrnak, Zdeno Chara and Riley Nash scored for the Bruins. Nash added an assist and Dominic Moore had two.

      Kings 5, Jets 2

      LOS ANGELES -- Los Angeles scored three power-play goals and another short-handed and kept its slim playoff hopes alive with a victory against Winnipeg at Staples Center.

      Drew Doughty, Anze Kopitar and Jake Muzzin each had a goal and an assist, and Tyler Toffoli had two assists for the Kings, who scored three power-play goals in a game for the third time this season and second time in the last eight contests.

      Marian Gaborik and Tanner Pearson also scored for the Kings while Mathieu Perreault and Patrik Laine scored for the Jets.

  • Sens D Methot leaves after Crosby slash
    By The Sports Xchange / Thursday, March 23, 2017

    OTTAWA -- Defenseman Marc Methot left the Ottawa Senators game against the Pittsburgh Penguins after taking a slash on the hand from Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby in the first period.

    • Methot removed his glove and held up a bloody finger as he skated off the ice and down the hallway to the Senators dressing room, showing the tip of his finger sliced in half.

      The 6-foot-3, 220-pound blueliner, who has 12 assists in 67 games this season, was officially ruled out midway through the second.

      Crosby was not penalized on the play.

  • NHL notebook: Sabres' Ristolainen hit with three-game suspension
    By The Sports Xchange / Thursday, March 23, 2017

    Buffalo Sabres defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen was suspended for three games without pay for a late hit on Pittsburgh Penguins forward Jake Guentzel.

    • Ristolainen skated backward through the neutral zone on Tuesday and hit Guentzel hard in the head when he didn't have the puck. Guentzel initially tried to skate to the bench before falling to the ice. He eventually made his way off with help from a trainer but did not return and was diagnosed with a concussion.

      Ristolainen was given a five-minute major penalty for interference and a game misconduct. He will forfeit $90,000 to the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund.

      --Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Roman Polak was suspended for two games by the NHL for boarding Columbus Blue Jackets forward Oliver Bjorkstrand.

      The incident occurred one minute into the third period of Toronto's 5-2 victory on Wednesday. Bjorkstrand did not return after the hit by Polak, who was assessed a major penalty and a game misconduct. The 30-year-old Polak will forfeit $25,000 under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement.

      Polak has four goals and four assists in 67 games this season. He will sit out against the New Jersey Devils on Thursday and the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday.

      --New York Islanders forward Ryan Strome will be sidelined for several weeks with a broken wrist, Newsday reported.

      Strome sustained the injury late in the second period of Wednesday's 3-2 victory over the New York Rangers.

      The 23-year-old Strome has 13 goals and 17 assists while averaging just over 14 1/2 minutes of ice time in 69 games this season. He has scored 45 goals and set up 81 others in 258 career games -- all with the Islanders.

      --Florida Panthers defenseman Aaron Ekblad has been ruled out Thursday against the Arizona Coyotes with a sore neck.

      Ekblad missed four games with a concussion before returning for Tuesday's 4-3 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes. He has 10 goals and 11 assists in 68 games this season. The 21-year-old has scored 37 goals and set 59 others in 227 career games since being selected with the top overall pick of the 2014 draft.

      --The New York Islanders turned to a familiar face by recalling goaltender Jaroslav Halak from Bridgeport of the American Hockey League.

      Halak, who has been with the Sound Tigers since early January, is rejoining the Islanders with the NHL club set to play three games in four days. He has fared well in Bridgeport, winning a franchise-record 12 straight games from Jan. 20 to Feb. 19. He has posted a 17-7-1 mark with two shutouts, a 2.15 goals-against average and .925 save percentage after he went 6-8-5 with a 3.23 goals-against average in 21 appearances with the Islanders this season.

      Halak owns a 206-123-43 career record with a 2.42 GAA and .916 save percentage in 388 games with Montreal, St. Louis, Washington and the Islanders.

      --The New York Rangers assigned goaltender Magnus Hellberg to Hartford of the American Hockey League.

      Hellberg, 25, was recalled by the Rangers on an emergency basis last Thursday but did not play. He has appeared in one game with New York this season, stopping all four shots he faced against the Dallas Stars on Jan. 17.

      With the Wolf Pack this season, Hellberg has an 11-11-5 record with a 2.91 goals-against average and a .902 save percentage. Hellberg has allowed two or fewer goals in six of his last nine AHL appearances.

      --The Chicago Blackhawks agreed to terms on a two-year contract extension with forward Tanner Kero through the 2018-19 season.

      Kero has five goals and seven assists in 38 games with the Blackhawks this season. He began the season with AHL Rockford, where he led the club with seven goals and 20 points before being recalled on Dec. 22.

      The 24-year-old Kero is one of seven rookies to suit up for Chicago this season.

      --Goaltender Chris Nell signed with the New York Rangers.

      The 22-year-old Nell appeared in 34 games for Bowling Green this season, posting a 17-14-2 record with a 2.15 goals-against average, a .916 save percentage. He also had four shutouts for the second straight season.

  • Blackhawks F Kero agrees to two-year extension
    By The Sports Xchange / Thursday, March 23, 2017

    The Chicago Blackhawks agreed to terms on a two-year contract extension on Thursday with forward Tanner Kero through the 2018-19 season.

    • Kero has five goals and seven assists in 38 games with the Blackhawks this season. He began the season with AHL Rockford, where he led the club with seven goals and 20 points before being recalled on Dec. 22.

      The 24-year-old Kero is one of seven rookies to suit up for Chicago this season.

      Over the previous two seasons, Kero has six goals and nine assists at the NHL level and 32 goals and 32 assists in 94 AHL games.

  • Sabres D Ristolainen suspended three games
    By The Sports Xchange / Thursday, March 23, 2017

    Buffalo Sabres defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen has been suspended for three games without pay for a late hit against Pittsburgh Penguins forward Jake Guentzel on Tuesday.

    • Ristolainen skated backward through the neutral zone and hit Guentzel hard in the head when he didn't have the puck.

      Guentzel initially attempted to skate to the bench before falling to the ice. He eventually made his way off with the assistance of a trainer but did not return to the game and was diagnosed with a concussion.

      "It hurts," Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said. "He's a good player. He's been a part of (our top) line that's been very good for us as of late. Hopefully it won't be too long (that he's out)."

      Ristolainen was given a five-minute major penalty for interference as well as a game misconduct.

      "I don't like the fact that he got ejected," Sabres coach Dan Bylsma said. "I think it's an unfortunate play."

      Ristolainen will forfeit $90,000 to the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund.

  • Rangers sign G Nell
    By The Sports Xchange / Thursday, March 23, 2017

    Goaltender Chris Nell of Bowling Green University signed with the New York Rangers on Thursday.

    • The 22-year-old Nell appeared in 34 games for the Falcons this season, posting a 17-14-2 record, along with a 2.15 goals-against average, a .916 save percentage. He also had four shutouts for the second straight season.

      Over his final eight appearances, Nell posted a 7-1-0 record with a 1.26 goals-against average, a .957 save percentage and three shutouts.

      The 6-1, 190-pounder appeared in 84 games over three seasons at Bowling Green, posting a 41-29-10 record, along with a 2.07 goals-against average, a .922 save percentage and 11 shutouts.

      The Green Bay, Wis., native was named to the WCHA All-Star Team and received Bowling Green's Most Valuable Player Award in 2015-16.

  • Wild sign Wisconsin captain Kunin
    By The Sports Xchange / Thursday, March 23, 2017

    The Minnesota Wild agreed to terms on Thursday with forward Luke Kunin on a three-year, entry-level contract starting with the 2017-18 season.

    • Kunin will report to the Iowa Wild of the American Hockey League on an Amateur Tryout Agreement for the remainder of this season.

      The 19-year-old Kunin totaled 38 points (22 goals, 16 assists) and 30 penalty minutes in 35 games during his sophomore season at the University of Wisconsin. The 6-foot, 197-pound Kunin served as the Badgers' first sophomore captain in 41 years.

      Kunin has represented Team USA at seven international tournaments, winning the championship six times and finishing second once.