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 Posted: Thu Dec 15th, 2016 12:41 am
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Former NHL coach Ron Wilson is in rehabilitation after suffering a stroke, reports Helene Elliott of the Los Angeles Times.

Wilson, 61, last coached in the NHL in 2012 as the bench boss of the Toronto Maple Leafs. He spent four seasons in Toronto after previous stints with the San Jose Sharks, Washington Capitals, and Anaheim Ducks. His 648 career wins ranks 10th all time.

Wilson most recently coached Team USA at the 2016 World Junior Championships in Finland.

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Jonathan Quick's timeline has been pushed back.

The Los Angeles Kings' No. 1 goaltender isn't expected to return until mid-February, general manager Dean Lombardi clarified Wednesday with Helene Elliott of the Los Angeles Times.

Quick was initially expected to miss about three months with a groin injury suffered on opening night after having a minor procedure in lieu of major surgery.

Lombardi added that he's not currently willing to "throw the kitchen sink" at the team's goaltending issues to find a solution.

The Kings are currently tied for the final wild-card spot in the Western Conference despite owning the league's second-worst team save percentage at .896.

Peter Budaj's performance while spelling Quick in the Kings' cage has dipped after a hot start in his return to the NHL, having authored a save rate of just .859 over four December starts.

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DENVER - Roman Lyubimov and Brayden Schenn scored 1:46 apart in the third period to help the Philadelphia Flyers to their 10th straight victory, 4-3 over the Colorado Avalanche on Wednesday.

The Flyers have their longest winning streak since a franchise-best 13-game run in 1985.

Off a Colorado turnover in its own zone, Lyubimov slapped the go-ahead goal past Calvin Pickard 3:30 into the third. Schenn added to the lead with his fifth goal in his last three games.

Wayne Simmonds and Michael Del Zotto also scored, and Steve Mason stopped 26 shots.

Pickard, starting in place of injured Semyon Varlamov, made 21 saves. Matt Duchene had two goals and Rene Bourque also scored for the Avalanche. They have lost five straight at home and eight of their last 10 overall.

Duchene scored his second goal of the night to make 4-3 with 4:45 remaining. Mason denied the equalizer despite an aggressive Colorado attack after Pickard was pulled with 1:31 left.

Earlier, Duchene put back a rebound off Mason to give Colorado a 2-1 lead 16:34 into second, but Simmonds tied it 23 seconds later with his 16th goal of the season, fourth-most in the league.

The Flyers appeared to score again 78 seconds after that, but Pierre-Edouard Bellemare's goal was overturned after video replay deemed that he tipped in the goal with a high stick.

Things got chippy after that. Gabriel Landeskog laid out Michael Raffl with a big hit, causing Landeskog and Jakub Voracek to drop the gloves. Both got in a few shots before Voracek fell to the ice.

The Flyers got on the board first with Del Zotto's goal 4:01 into the second. Del Zotto took a crossing pass from Giroux but Pickard slid across the crease to deny his initial chance. The puck fluttered into the air and dropped back into the crease before Del Zotto swiped in his own rebound into the back of the net for his fourth goal of the season. Bourque tied it 12:14 into the second with his ninth goal of the year.

Note: The Avalanche recalled goalie Spencer Martin from San Antonio to serve as backup while Varlamov is day-to-day with a groin injury. ... Philadelphia D Shayne Gostisbehere returned after missing one game with a swollen right hand, while fellow defenseman Mark Streit is expected to be out two weeks with a shoulder injury.

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The Pittsburgh Penguins have sure treated their fans, haven't they?

With their 4-3 triumph over the Boston Bruins in overtime on Wednesday night, the Penguins fashioned a winning streak of at least seven games for the 10th consecutive season, according to NHL Public Relations.

They are the first franchise in history to accomplish the feat, according to Jason Kay via the Elias Sports Bureau.

Sidney Crosby was a second-year professional, and Evgeni Malkin a rookie, back in 2006-07 - the last time the Penguins failed to go on a seven-game run.

They would, however, have two six-game win streaks in the month of January alone that season, collecting points in 16 straight games.

Pittsburgh will aim for eight in a row, and match its longest win streak from last year, with a victory Friday over the Los Angeles Kings.

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Auston Matthews had this one circled for a while.

The centerpiece of the Toronto Maple Leafs' future will get a taste of home on Thursday night, as his childhood-favorite Arizona Coyotes roll into town.

"It definitely means a lot," Matthews said, according to Sportsnet's Chris Johnston. "It's where I grew up, it's the team I watched."

Matthews hails from Scottsdale, Ariz., and while he's just 28 games into his NHL career, the 19-year-old is easily the biggest name to come out the area - traditionally considered the opposite of a hockey hotbed.

Despite the small market and the continuous organizational turmoil, however, it was always the Coyotes for Matthews.

"(When I was a kid) it was everything - mini-sticks, jerseys and everything,” he said. “I’ve still got some in my closet. I played for the Jr. Coyotes program growing up a little bit so I have a couple of those old jerseys and stuff hanging around.”

Matthews was first introduced to hockey upon the Coyotes' 1996 arrival in Phoenix, one year before he was born. And as he quickly grows into one of the NHL's brightest stars, it's easy to believe Matthews' presence will continue to grow the game in Southwest USA.

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Alain Vigneault is calling on the league to discipline Cody Eakin.
The New York Rangers head coach said the NHL "better do something" about the Dallas Stars forward's hit on Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist, according to the New York Post's Brett Cyrgalis, adding it's exactly what "they" want to take out of the game.
Eakin delivered a blow to Lundqvist's head in the first period Thursday night, forcing the veteran netminder to briefly exit the game in favor of Antti Raanta, who'd started and won each of the previous four contests.
Lundqvist said he didn't see Eakin coming on the hit, but didn't have any problem going through concussion protocol, according to NHL.com's Sean Shapiro.
Eakin was given a charging major and ejected from the game. Lundqvist returned and posted a 27-save clean sheet that the club announced afterward as the first shared shutout in franchise history.
Lundqvist also moved to within two wins of Dominik Hasek's 389 career victories, the most by a European netminder.














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The Toronto Maple Leafs will be without Martin Marincin for four-to-six weeks as the defenseman has been sidelined with a lower-body injury, the team announced Friday.

Marincin has been out of the lineup the last three games as the team awaited his diagnosis. He sustained the injury in Saturday's victory over the Boston Bruins.

Marincin has appeared in 16 games with the Maple Leafs this season, tallying one goal and four assists. He sits fourth among Toronto defensemen, averaging 18:02 in ice time.

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Dallas Stars forward Cody Eakin has been suspended four games for charging Rangers netminder Henrik Lundqvist, the NHL's Department of Player Safety announced Friday.

Eakin was assessed a five-minute major and was ejected for the collision in the first period Thursday.

The league stated Eakin didn't make a distinct effort to avoid contact, resulting in the decision.

Lundqvist wasn't injured on the play.

It's the first suspension of Eakin's career, and he's eligible to return Dec. 29 versus Colorado.

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DALLAS - Adam Cracknell scored the tiebreaking goal early in the third period to lead the Dallas Stars to a 3-1 victory over Philadelphia on Saturday, ending the Flyers' 10-game winning streak.

Radek Faksa and Jordie Benn also scored for the Stars and Antti Niemi stopped 31 shots, including three during a Flyers power play in the closing minutes.

Cracknell broke a 1-1 tie at 2:27 of the third. Flyers goalie Steve Mason stopped a shot by John Klingberg, but the puck rebounded to Cracknell's feet and he put it on his stick and sent a wrist shot into the net.

Benn, whose penalty gave Philadelphia its only power play with 2:58 left, scored into an empty net with 18 seconds to go.

Dallas' Ivan Provorov also hit a goalpost for the second time in the third period.

Taylor Leier scored his first NHL goal in the first period for the Flyers, and Mason finished with 25 saves to end a personal eight-game winning streak.

Niemi improved to 7-2-1 at home this season, and 5-1 against Philadelphia in his career.

Each team had good scoring chances in the first period. The Flyers struck first with 3:16 left. Nick Cousins fired a wrist shot at Niemi from the top of the right faceoff. The goalie made the save but the puck went out to Leier, who wristed it in from just outside the paint.

Philadelphia outshot Dallas 10-7 in a first period without a penalty.

The first penalties came 1:53 into the second when the Stars' Jason Spezza and Flyers' Brandon Manning went off for fighting.

Dallas tied it at 4:48 of the second. Antoine Roussel shot from the left faceoff dot. Mason made the save, but the puck rebounded to Faksa in the slot and he buried a wrist shot.

The Stars applied more pressure and outshot Philadelphia 14-7 in the period. In a 4-second span with 5 1/2 minutes remaining, the Stars' Brett Ritchie had two shots saved by Mason and a third sent wide of the net.

The Flyers killed the only power play during the second, holding Dallas without a shot.

NOTES: Dallas C Cody Eakin served the first game of a four-game suspension for charging Rangers G Henrik Lundqvist on Thursday. ... LW Curtis McKenzie returning after missing two games with an upper-body injury.... Leier's goal came in his 11th NHL game. He had his first assist on Wednesday at Colorado. ... The Flyers' winning streak was their longest since a team-record 13-game streak from Oct. 19 to Nov. 11 in 1985.

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Gregory Campbell has played his last game as a member of the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Columbus placed the enforcer on waivers Saturday with the purpose of terminating his contract, the team confirmed.

The veteran of over 800 games has not suited up for the Blue Jackets or the team's American Hockey League affiliate - the Cleveland Monsters - this season, but the club remains on the hook for his $1.7-million salary.

Campbell has amassed 71 goals, 186 points, and 696 penalty minutes over his 12 seasons in the league.

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Well, isn't this interesting.

The Columbus Blue Jackets won again Friday, because that's what they do now. It was their eighth win in a row, a 4-1 decision over the Calgary Flames.

#CBJ win 8th-straight game to improve to 19-5-4 (42 points). Win streak tied for 2nd longest in club history (Jan. 6-23, 2014).

— CBJ Public Relations (@BlueJacketsPR) December 17, 2016
As the club racks up Ws, so too does head coach John Tortorella, now sitting on 499 career victories. And Columbus' next stop on its three-game Canadian road trip is Vancouver - where Tortorella used to coach - on Sunday.

Tortorella spent one season behind the Canucks' bench, in 2013-14, and was fired after a playoffs-less 36-35-11 season. He signed a five-year, $10-million contract when he joined the club. As Sportsnet's John Shannon pointed out on the Canucks' broadcast Friday night, Vancouver's still paying half his salary.

On Sunday, the Blue Jackets will aim to tie their club record with a nine-game win streak. And they'll be no doubt doing it for their coach, who would certainly love nothing more than earning win No. 500 against the team that fired him.

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Vancouver Canucks blue-liner Erik Gudbranson will undergo wrist surgery in order to repair ligament damage, the team announced Sunday.

A timeline on Gudbranson's recovery will be provided following the surgery.

"Erik suffered ligament damage to his wrist this season that has affected his wrist function," Canucks general manager Jim Benning said in a statement. "Erik's leadership qualities and strong physical presence will be missed but this is a decision that best supports a long, productive, and healthy career."

Gudbranson has appeared in 30 games this season, scoring one goal and five assists.

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Carey Price is in rarefied air thanks to yet another victory.

The Montreal Canadiens goaltender stopped 20-of-21 shots in a 2-1 win over the Washington Capitals on Saturday night, becoming the fourth netminder in Canadiens history to collect 250 wins in his NHL career.

GOALTENDER        WIN TOTAL


Jacques Plante          314


Patrick Roy               289


Ken Dryden              258


Carey Price              250


Price also tied Johnny Bower and Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne for 50th on the all-time list.

He downplayed the accomplishment after the game, telling reporters it was "just another win for me," and adding that he doesn't "really care a whole bunch about milestones that much," according to NHL.com's Katie Brown.

Price improved to 17-4-2 with a 1.90 GAA and a .936 save percentage in 23 appearances, putting Friday's uncomfortable exit behind him, but not before being asked about the stare-down seen 'round the world.

Carey Price on last night: "I was just pissed."

— Arash Madani (@ArashMadani) December 18, 2016
If he plays like this when he's angry, opponents might hope to face a more peaceful Price in the future.

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Victor Hedman is already the Tampa Bay Lightning's most productive defenseman ever.

The 26-year-old picked up an assist on Jonathan Drouin's second-period goal Saturday, and in doing so, he passed Dan Boyle to become the leading point producer among defensemen in franchise history.

Hedman also moved into sole possession of ninth on the team's points list among all skaters, inching to within five points of Chris Gratton for eighth.

It was his 254th career point in his 502nd game. Boyle recorded 253 points in 394 games with Tampa Bay from 2001-08.

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Florida Panthers owner Vincent Viola has been nominated by United States President-elect Donald Trump to serve as Secretary of the Army, the team announced Monday.

The nomination is still subject to Senate confirmation and approval from the NHL.

Viola would continue to own the Panthers, but he's asked Doug Cifu, vice chairman and alternate governor, to step into his role as chairman and governor of Sunrise Sports and Entertainment.

Viola graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1977, and has a long history in the Army.

He purchased the Panthers in 2013.

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