• Schneider helps Devils beat Oilers 2-0

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Cory Schneider gave the New Jersey Devils just what they needed to end a two-game skid. Schneider made 29 saves for his second shutout of the season and 14th of his career as the Devils beat the Edmonton Oilers 2-0 on Friday night. "It was a big game," Schneider said. "We weren't real happy with our last game and we had lost two in a row and we had to stop that (skid). This is going to be a big road trip for us and to get even so far on the trip is important for us. "Shutouts are nice, it means you won the game which is important to me. Some nights you need a shutout, they are going to come in a 1-0 or 2-0 game. That's more the mentality I have is do what you need to do to make sure your team

  • Islanders beat Penguins 5-4 in shootout

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    PITTSBURGH (AP) — It was not the best game for the New York Islanders, and it also was a win against the first-place Pittsburgh Penguins. Kyle Okposo scored in the third round of the shootout, sending New York to a 5-4 victory at Pittsburgh. "That's the sign of a good team, when you don't play well, and you don't stay focused, and you don't do the intangibles that it takes and you still win the hockey game," Islanders coach Jack Capuano said. Sidney Crosby and New York's Frans Nielsen scored in the second round, and Islanders goaltender Chad Johnson stopped Brandon Sutter. Okposo deked to his forehand, slipping a shot that hit off Marc-Andre Fleury's pad and into the net for the win.

  • Khokhlachev shootout goal lifts Bruins by Jackets

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Boston Bruins goalie Niklas Svedberg figured it had to be great television after Alex Khokhlachev ended the cliffhanger with a dramatic flourish. Khokhlachev scored the winner in the seventh round of a shootout in his second NHL game, leading the Bruins over the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-3 Friday night. "It must have been a good game to watch for all of our fans," said Svedberg, who had 25 saves and then stopped all seven Blue Jackets he faced in the shootout. "It was a fun game. Khokhlachev was called up from American Hockey League Providence on Thursday to add insurance up the middle for the Bruins. "I was happy when I got called up," said the club's second pick (40th overall) in the 2011 d

  • NHL teams slowly embracing advance statistics

    Updated: 23 hr ago

    Far removed from punishing hits on the ice, the real crunching in the NHL these days is being done in front offices around the league with the numbers involved in the complex, lengthy calculations of analytics. The "Moneyball" approach popularized in baseball has slowly become as much a part of the NHL as the breakaway. More and more teams are turning to the same kind of analytics that have taken over Major League Baseball when they assess talent, players and performance.

  • Kings given salary cap relief for suspended Voynov

    Updated: 23 hr ago

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The NHL is giving salary cap relief to the Los Angeles Kings while defenseman Slava Voynov remains suspended indefinitely with pay after being charged with felony spousal abuse. The league announced Friday that Voynov's salary will no longer count against the Kings' salary cap. Voynov's $4.167 million cap hit now may be replaced in the same manner in which players with long-term injuries don't count against the cap. The Kings had been unable to recall anyone from the minors to replace injured players recently, even forcing them to play with five defensemen at times. Voynov has been suspended for 14 games since his arrest Oct. 20. He is due in court Dec.

  • Sharks trade Demers to Stars for Dillon


    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — The San Jose Sharks have traded defenseman Jason Demers and a future draft pick to the Dallas Stars for defenseman Brenden Dillon. The Stars will get a third-round pick in the 2016 draft in Friday's deal. The 24-year-old Dillon has nine goals and 17 assists in 149 career games with Dallas. He had one assist in 20 games this season, along with 26 penalty minutes, 27 hits and 29 blocked shots. Sharks general manager Doug Wilson calls Dillon a "late-blooming" player whose game is trending up and who will help San Jose for the present and future. The 26-year-old Demers has 16 goals and 82 assists in 300 career games. He has three assists in 20 games this season.

  • Dallas Stars sign Spezza to $30M, 4-year deal


    FRISCO, Texas (AP) — Two-time NHL All-Star center Jason Spezza signed a $30 million, four-year contract extension Friday with the Dallas Stars. The deal came nearly five months after the Stars acquired Spezza from Ottawa just before the start of free agency, and keeps the 31-year-old center from becoming an unrestricted free agent next summer. Spezza has 18 points in his first 20 games in Dallas, with his 14 assists tops among the Stars and ninth in the NHL. He has 705 points (255 goals, 450 assists) in 706 career games since being the second overall pick in the 2001 NHL draft by Ottawa. "Jason is a world-class player and his commitment to the organization is a reflection of what we are building in Dallas," Stars gene

  • Perry's SO goal gives Ducks 4-3 win over Canucks


    VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Bo Horvat had a night to remember. Ryan Kesler had one to forget upon his return to Vancouver. It all ended well for Kesler, however, as he and the Anaheim Ducks edged his former Canucks teammates in a 4-3 shootout victory on Thursday night. The loss, which prevented the Canucks from overtaking the Western Conference-leading Ducks, made the rookie Horvat's first NHL goal and point a bit bittersweet. "You definitely want to win when you score your first NHL goal or you get your first point," he said. "But I thought we battled hard." Corey Perry scored the shootout winner for the Ducks, who squandered an early two-goal lead and then rallied to force overtime.

  • Bjugstad leads Panthers to 3-2 SO win over Sharks


    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Nick Bjugstad was given fair warning that he could be part of the shootout gang. It helped get him into the right state of mind. Bjugstad scored twice during regulation and added the winning goal in the shootout as the Florida Panthers won their fourth straight in San Jose, beating the Sharks 3-2 on Thursday night. "Knowing what you're going to do is the main thing," Bjugstad said. "You don't think too much. You're just trying to put the thing in the net." Florida coach Gerard Gallant said the decision was made easier because of Bjugstad's productivity during the game. "He was hot," Gallant said. "I thought we'd go with him. He was putting the puck in the net, and he hit a couple of posts

  • LA Kings hold off Carolina 3-2 for 10th home win


    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Although Tanner Pearson claims he never played baseball growing up in Canada, he fooled his fellow Los Angeles Kings with a home run swing on the decisive goal against Carolina. And credit Jonathan Quick with the save in the Kings' latest impressive work at home. Pearson ended his 11-game goal drought with the tiebreaking score, and Quick stopped 25 shots in the Kings' NHL-best 10th home victory of the season, 3-2 over the Hurricanes on Thursday night. Just 38 seconds after Eric Staal tied it with a power-play goal in the second period, Pearson sneaked in on a scramble in front of Cam Ward's net and batted a puck out of midair for his first goal since Oct. 26.

  • Kane's late goal lifts Blackhawks over Flames 4-3


    CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — Patrick Kane's slow start is a thing of the past, which is good news for the Chicago Blackhawks and not so much for the rest of the NHL. Kane scored the tiebreaking goal — finding the net for the third straight game — in the third period to lift the Blackhawks to a 4-3 victory over the Calgary Flames on Thursday night. With the game tied 3-3, Kane's unassisted goal at 9:12 came after goalie Jonas Hiller turned over the puck. After straying out of the net, Hiller's attempted backhand pass to Dennis Wideman took a sharp carom off the end boards allowing Kane to intercept it. After Kane tucked the puck through the skates of Sven Baertschi, he slipped a quick shot through Hiller's pads. "

  • Stars score 3 in 3rd period to rally past Coyotes


    DALLAS (AP) — John Klingberg and Cody Eakin gave the Dallas Stars a much-needed fast start to the third period on Thursday night. Klingberg and Eakin scored 33 seconds apart in the opening minute of the final period to give the Stars their first lead and Jason Spezza scored later in the third to rallying Dallas to a 3-1 victory over the Arizona Coyotes on Thursday night. Ales Hemsky had two assists as Dallas ended a seven-game home losing streak (0-5-2), winning for just the second time in 11 home games (2-5-4). Klingberg's goal from the slot was his first in the NHL, in his sixth game, and tied the score 19 seconds into the period. "We've had a rough way here, so it felt good to score the goal, and it was a big

  • Tatar's 2 goals lift Red Wings to win over Jets

    Updated: Thu, Nov 20, 2014

    WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) — Tomas Tatar followed his coach's advice, and was rewarded with a two-goal game. Tatar scored twice and added an assist as the Detroit Red Wings beat the Winnipeg Jets 4-3 on Thursday night. Red Wings coach Mike Babcock had told his players to keep shooting the puck at the net after the team lost 4-1 to Montreal on Sunday. "I guess (Babcock's) right. He's been in the league forever," said Tatar, who had three shots. "He's a great coach. "We want to score always, but sometimes it doesn't go our way, so you have to play simple and just put the puck on the net. We were more aggressive. We knew we had nothing to lose, so we just wanted to force the puck to the net.

  • Van Riemsdyk nets 2 goals, Leafs top Lightning 5-2

    Updated: Thu, Nov 20, 2014

    TORONTO (AP) — James van Riemsdyk knew the Toronto Maple Leafs needed a bounce-back win after dropping back-to-back ugly losses to the Buffalo Sabres and Nashville Predators. He took matters into his hands and scored two goals to lead the Maple Leafs to a much-needed 5-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday night. "It was nice for us to put that little streak, whatever you want to call it, the bad play behind us," van Riemsdyk said. "Now we have to build on this and find some consistency." Van Riemsdyk had his first two-goal game of the season, and Jonathan Bernier bounced back from a forgettable showing against Nashville on Tuesday as Toronto snapped a three-game losing streak.

  • Pacioretty's 2 goals lift Canadiens over Blues 4-1

    Updated: Thu, Nov 20, 2014

    MONTREAL (AP) — Max Pacioretty believes the Montreal Canadiens made a big statement by beating a Western Conference powerhouse. Pacioretty scored twice, and Carey Price made 31 saves to lead the first-place Canadiens to a 4-1 victory over the t. Louis Blues on Thursday night. "We had stretches where we've struggled to score goals, and we came in and scored four against a team that doesn't give up many," Pacioretty said. "That really helps the confidence." The Blues had won 10 of 12 games. St. Louis, second in the Central Division and two points from the Western Conference lead, is a stingy club that came in with an NHL-low 1.89 goals-against-average. "It shows that we can play with the big boys in the West," Pac

  • Senators score 3 in 2nd period, beat Predators 3-2

    Updated: Thu, Nov 20, 2014

    OTTAWA (AP) — It was exactly the type of performance Ottawa goalie Robin Lehner wanted — and needed. Lehner made 33 saves as the Senators beat the Nashville Predators 3-2 on Thursday night. Lehner, who improved to 4-2-1 on the season, had lost his previous two starts and hadn't played since Nov. 9. However, he didn't show any signs of nervousness. "I felt good," Lehner said. "It's always a little bit uphill when you let in a goal early, but I thought the whole team, especially in the second, bounced back and kept it a little bit more simple and it felt solid overall." Bobby Ryan, Alex Chiasson and Jared Cowen all scored in the second period to rally the Senators from a 1-0 deficit.

  • Zucker's late goal lifts Wild past Flyers, 3-2

    Updated: Thu, Nov 20, 2014

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — After it appeared they had blown a regulation victory, the Wild players were relieved and excited to pull out a late win. Jason Zucker scored with 45.4 seconds left to lift Minnesota to a 3-2 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday night. "It was a little bit of relief and happy we were able to bounce back and get out of here with two points," Zucker said. Nino Niederreiter had a goal and an assist and Marco Scandella also scored for the Wild, who won their fourth straight. Darcy Kuemper stopped 37 shots. "I was pretty excited," Kuemper said of his reaction to Zucker's goal. "It's always exciting when you can end it in regulation. He buried it. That was huge.

  • Ovechkin's late goal lifts Capitals over Avalanche

    Updated: Thu, Nov 20, 2014

    DENVER (AP) — Alex Ovechkin scored late in the third period, Braden Holtby stopped 27 shots and the Washington Capitals beat the Colorado Avalanche 3-2 on Thursday night. Nicklas Backstrom had a goal and an assist, Jason Chimera also scored and Ovechkin added an assist for the Capitals. Washington won the last two games of its three-game trip. Ovechkin broke a 2-all when he skated past defenseman Jan Hejda and put a shot on Reto Berra. The goaltender didn't cover up the loose puck and Ovechkin poked it just over the goal line with 5:56 left. It was his ninth of the season and first in four games.

  • Forsberg proud, humbled by Hall of Fame induction

    Updated: Thu, Nov 20, 2014

    DENVER (AP) — Peter Forsberg spent his playing days thinking about winning, not about the Hall of Fame. On Thursday, the former Colorado Avalanche star reflected on the honor he received earlier this week when he was inducted into the exclusive hockey club. "My kids and grandkids are going to go there and say, 'Peter was a pretty good player.' It's an awesome feeling, and seeing my name and picture up there with the others was unbelievable," Forsberg said. Forsberg is the sixth Avalanche player to go into hockey's Hall of Fame. He joined Joe Sakic, Patrick Roy, Ray Bourque, Jari Kurri and Rob Blake, who was also inducted Monday night in Toronto.

  • Flyers induct Lindros, LeClair into Hall of Fame

    Updated: Thu, Nov 20, 2014

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Eric Lindros and John LeClair — two members of Philadelphia's vaunted "Legion of Doom" line — were inducted into the Flyers' Hall of Fame in a ceremony before a game against the Minnesota Wild on Thursday night. Lindros, a six-time All-Star who scored 290 goals and 659 points in 486 games over eight seasons with the Flyers, saluted the fans. "We felt you and played for you," Lindros told the roaring crowd. "It was fantastic. Flyers fans are one of a kind. Thank you for the memories and support." Philadelphia acquired Lindros in 1992 in a blockbuster deal with Quebec, trading six players, two first-round picks and $15 million for the 6-foot-4, 245-pounder, who refused to play for the former Nord