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  • Capitals sign C Dylan Strome to five-year extension
    By Field Level Media / Friday, February 3, 2023

    The Washington Capitals signed center Dylan Strome to a five-year, $25 million contract extension Friday.

    • "Dylan is an intelligent and skilled center and has been a great addition to our organization," senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan said in a release. "We are pleased to sign him to a long-term contract. We feel his skill set is a great fit for our team as he enters the prime years of his career at an important position."

      Strome, who signed a one-year, $3.5 million contract with the Capitals last summer, has 36 points (11 goals, 25 assists) in 52 games this season. The 25-year-old Ontario native ranks second on the team in assists, third in points and power-play points (14) and fourth in goals.

      Selected by the Arizona Coyotes with the No. 3 pick in the 2015 NHL Draft, Strome has 206 points (78 goals, 128 assists) in 325 games with the Coyotes, Chicago Blackhawks and Capitals.

      --Field Level Media

  • NHLPA ‘getting closer’ to naming exec director; Marty Walsh reported favorite
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, February 2, 2023

    The NHLPA said in a statement Thursday that it is "getting closer to completion" of its search for a new executive director.

    • The man considered to be the leading candidate is Marty Walsh, the U.S. Secretary of Labor and the former mayor of Boston, TSN reported Thursday.

      Walsh, 55, has been President Joe Biden's Labor Secretary since March 2021 following more than seven years in office in hockey-loving Boston.

      The NHLPA executive board must vote to select a new director. No vote was held Thursday.

      The union is working to replace Donald Fehr, 74, who has served in the role since 2010 after holding the analogous position in the MLB Players Association from 1983 to 2009.

      Active players who are members of the NHLPA's search committee include Ian Cole (Tampa Bay), Mattias Ekholm (Nashville), Justin Faulk (St. Louis), Sam Gagner (Winnipeg), Zach Hyman (Edmonton), Kyle Okposo (Buffalo), Nate Schmidt (Winnipeg), Kevin Shattenkirk (Anaheim), Jacob Trouba (New York Rangers) and James van Riemsdyk (Philadelphia).

      --Field Level Media

  • Rasmus Dahlin replacing teammate Tage Thompson at ASG
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, February 2, 2023

    Buffalo Sabres defenseman Rasmus Dahlin was named to the NHL All-Star Game on Thursday, replacing injured teammate Tage Thompson.

    • It's the second All-Star appearance for Dahlin, who was selected last year.

      Thompson left Wednesday night's 5-1 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes after sustaining an upper-body injury. The extent of his injury has not been announced.

      Dahlin, 22, ranks second among defensemen in goals (14) and points (55) in the NHL this season, both of which are career highs.

      The All-Star skills event takes place Friday followed by the All-Star Game on Saturday in Sunrise, Fla.

      --Field Level Media

  • Vegas F Mark Stone (back surgery) out indefinitely
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, February 2, 2023

    Vegas Golden Knights forward and captain Mark Stone is out indefinitely after undergoing back surgery.

    • Stone, 30, had the surgery Tuesday. The team confirmed the operation, adding that Stone is expected to make a full recovery.

      Stone was injured Jan. 12 in Vegas' game against the Florida Panthers. He suffered a setback in his rehab, resulting in the decision to have surgery. Stone also underwent lumbar discectomy last May after missing 26 games.

      Stone had 38 points (17 goals, 21 assists) in 43 games this season, his fifth in Vegas. He has 514 career points (196 goals, 318 assists) in 584 career games with Ottawa (2012-19) and the Knights.

      --Field Level Media

  • Devils assistant Andrew Brunette arrested for DUI
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, February 1, 2023

    New Jersey Devils assistant coach Andrew Brunette was arrested Wednesday in South Florida and charged with driving under the influence among other offenses.

    • Brunette went 51-18-6 as interim head coach of the Florida Panthers in 2021-22.

      WPLG, citing a police report, reported Brunette ran two stop signs in a golf cart in Deerfield Beach, Fla. In addition to the DUI, he was also charged with two counts of disobeying a stop or yield sign.

      Brunette, 49, posted $500 bond and was expected to be released later Wednesday.

      The Devils said in a statement they were aware of Brunette's arrest. Brunette is in his first season as associate coach to Lindy Ruff.

      Brunette is ostensibly in South Florida for the NHL All-Star festivities in Sunrise, Fla., home of the Panthers.

      Brunette was named interim head coach of the Panthers after Joel Quenneville resigned Oct. 28, 2021, in the aftermath of a Chicago Blackhawks sexual abuse investigation. Under Brunette, the Panthers set franchise records for wins (58) and points (122) in 2021-22.

      However, he wasn't retained by the Panthers, who hired Paul Maurice to replace Brunette.

      Brunette tallied 733 points (268 goals, 465 assists) over a 16-year career with six different teams, including the Minnesota Wild (2001-04, 2008-12). He retired in 2012 after spending one year with Chicago.

      Brunette, who has also been an assistant coach with the Wild (2015-16), runs the Devils' power play.

      Brunette also pled guilty in May of 2022 for going 58 mph in a 40 mph zone in Deerfield Beach. He paid a $260 fine, according to WPLG.

      --Field Level Media

  • Jackets F Gustav Nyquist (shoulder) expected to miss rest of season
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, February 1, 2023

    Columbus Blue Jackets forward Gustav Nyquist is expected to miss the rest of the regular season due to a shoulder injury, the team announced Wednesday.

    • The 33-year-old veteran was hurt during a 3-2 overtime road win against the Edmonton Oilers on Jan. 25. He was placed on injured reserve three days later.

      The team said Nyquist will not require surgery.

      Nyquist, who is a pending unrestricted free agent, posted 22 points (10 goals, 12 assists) in 48 games this season.

      He was one of two Columbus players, joining Andrew Peeke, to appear in all 82 games last season. Nyquist missed all of 2020-21 with a shoulder injury.

      Nyquist has 423 points (174 goals, 249 assists) in 700 career games with the Detroit Red Wings, San Jose Sharks and Blue Jackets.

      --Field Level Media

  • NHL roundup: Hurricanes storm back, edge Kings in OT
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, February 1, 2023

    Sebastian Aho scored on a power play with 53.8 seconds left in overtime as the Carolina Hurricanes completed a rally from three goals down to defeat the Los Angeles Kings 5-4 on Tuesday night in Raleigh, N.C.

    • Brent Burns opened the scoring for Carolina with the game's only first-period goal. After the Kings outscored the hosts 4-0 in the second, Paul Stastny and Jordan Staal scored in the first 10 minutes of the third, and Teuvo Teravainen tied it with 7:29 remaining.

      The Hurricanes earned their sixth straight win while extending their point streak to nine games (8-0-1). The Kings appeared to take control in the second period; instead they wrapped up January with a 7-5-1 record.

      Adrian Kempe scored Los Angeles' first and third goals. Anze Kopitar added a goal and two assists, Kevin Fiala also scored and Drew Doughty logged two assists. Pheonix Copley stopped 25 shots.

      Capitals 4, Blue Jackets 3 (OT)

      Evgeny Kuznetsov scored 26 seconds into overtime and Washington overcame blowing the lead in the third period to defeat host Columbus in the final game before the All-Star break for both teams.

      Defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk, who played his 500th NHL game earlier this season, had his first career two-goal game for the Capitals. Erik Gustafsson had two assists and Charlie Lindgren made 31 saves for Washington, which had lost three of its previous four games.

      Johnny Gaudreau scored his 14th goal of the season for the Blue Jackets, who have lost four of their past five. Joonas Korpisalo made 30 saves in the loss.

      Senators 5, Canadiens 4

      Brady Tkachuk scored the game-winning goal with 1:18 remaining in regulation and Tim Stutzle matched a career high with four points as visiting Ottawa earned a victory over Montreal.

      Corralling the puck ahead of the blue line, Stutzle stormed into the Montreal zone, then got the puck to Tkachuk, who sent it low and past Jake Allen (24 saves). Stutzle posted two goals to go with his two assists, Tkachuk also recorded an assist and Claude Giroux and Alex DeBrincat also scored for the Senators, who enter the All-Star break on a four-game winning streak.

      Rafael Harvey-Pinard had two goals and Mike Hoffman posted a goal with an assist for Montreal. Down 3-2, the Canadiens tied it when Josh Anderson sent the puck to Nick Suzuki, who found Harvey-Pinard with 8:58 left in regulation. Both Anderson and Suzuki recorded assists. The Senators, though, regained the lead just over a minute later on Stutzle's power-play strike by a screened Allen before Harvey-Pinard struck again.

      --Field Level Media

  • Injured Kraken rookie Matty Beniers out of All-Star Game
    By Field Level Media / Monday, January 30, 2023

    The Seattle Kraken will not be represented at NHL All-Star Weekend this Saturday after star rookie Matty Beniers was ruled out with an upper-body injury.

    • Vegas Golden Knights forward Chandler Stephenson was named as Beniers' replacement on the Pacific Division roster Monday.

      Beniers, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2021 NHL Draft and the first draft selection in Kraken franchise history, had 36 points (17 goals, 19 assists) through 47 games of his first full NHL season.

      But Beniers was hurt last Wednesday when Vancouver Canucks defenseman Tyler Myers leveled Beniers while both were away from the puck. Beniers has missed two games since.

      Seattle radio station KJR reported that, per Kraken general manager Ron Francis, another Kraken player was offered Beniers' spot in the All-Star Game but turned it down.

      Stephenson will make his first career All-Star appearance. He leads the Golden Knights in assists (33) and points (44).

      The All-Star Game will be played this Saturday in Sunrise, Fla.

      --Field Level Media

  • Canucks trade captain Bo Horvat to Islanders
    By Field Level Media / Monday, January 30, 2023

    The New York Islanders acquired center Bo Horvat from the Vancouver Canucks on Monday night in exchange for forwards Anthony Beauvillier and Aatu Raty and a conditional first-round draft pick in 2023.

    • Horvat spent his first 8 1/2 NHL seasons with the Canucks and has served as their captain since 2019.

      The 27-year-old led Vancouver with 31 goals and was second on the team with 54 points. In 621 career games, Horvat tallied 420 points (201 goals, 219 points).

      But the Canucks are a longshot to factor into the Western Conference playoff race and recently fired coach Bruce Boudreau, signaling a willingness to be sellers ahead of the trade deadline.

      The Islanders are in the middle of a tight playoff race in the Eastern Conference. At 55 points, they are just three and two points out of the two wild-card spots occupied by the Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins.

      Beauvillier, 25, had spent his first 6 1/2 NHL seasons with New York and recorded 209 points (102 goals, 107 assists) in 457 appearances. He had 20 points (nine goals, 11 assists) in 49 games this season.

      The Islanders drafted Raty in the second round of the 2021 draft after he had been considered one of the top prospects available that year. He scored a goal in his NHL debut on Dec. 23 and played in 12 total games for the Isles, who recently returned him to their AHL affiliate.

      The first-round pick in the deal is top-12 protected in 2023, multiple reports said. If the Islanders end up with a top-12 selection this summer, Vancouver will receive their 2024 first-rounder instead.

      The NHL trade deadline is March 3.

      --Field Level Media

  • Hall of Famer Bobby 'The Golden Jet' Hull dies at 84
    By Field Level Media / Monday, January 30, 2023

    Hockey Hall of Famer Bobby "The Golden Jet" Hull has died at 84, the NHL Alumni Association announced Monday.

    • A 12-time All-Star and two-time Hart Trophy winner, Hull played the first 15 seasons of his 23-year pro career with Chicago and helped the Blackhawks capture the 1961 Stanley Cup.

      He is Chicago's all-time leader in goals (604) and ranks third in points (1,153) after longtime teammate Stan Mikita (1,467) and active forward Patrick Kane (1,214).

      "The Chicago Blackhawks are saddened by the passing of Blackhawks legend Bobby Hull, a superstar for our franchise between 1957 and 1972," the team said in a statement. "Hull is part of an elite group of players who made a historic impact on our hockey club. The Golden Jet helped the Blackhawks win the 1961 Stanley Cup and delivered countless memories to our fans, whom he adored. Generations of Chicagoans were dazzled by Bobby's shooting prowess, skating skill and overall team leadership that led to 604 career goals, a franchise record that remains to this day. We send our deepest sympathies to the Hull family."

      Hull, who earned his nickname due to his blond hair and his speed, was also known for his ferocious slapshot that was once reportedly clocked at 118 mph.

      "When Bobby Hull wound up to take a slapshot, fans throughout the NHL rose to their feet in anticipation and opposing goaltenders braced themselves. During his prime, there was no more prolific goal-scorer in all of hockey," NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said in a statement.

      "... The National Hockey League mourns the passing of one of its most iconic and distinctive Players. We send our deepest condolences to his son, fellow Hockey Hall of Famer Brett; the entire Hull family; and the countless fans around the hockey world who were fortunate enough to see him play or have since marveled at his exploits."

      Hull led the NHL in scoring three times and earned back-to-back Hart trophies as the league's MVP in 1964-65 and 1965-66.

      "Bobby Hull will always be remembered as one of the greatest Blackhawks players of all time," Blackhawks chairman Rocky Wirtz said in a statement. "He was a beloved member of the Blackhawks family. When I assumed leadership of the organization upon my father's passing in 2007, one of my first priorities was to meet with Bobby to convince him to come back as an ambassador of the team. His connection to our fans was special and irreplaceable. On behalf of the entire Wirtz family, I offer our deepest condolences on the loss of Bobby Hull, the Golden Jet. He will be missed."

      In 1972 he left Chicago to join the World Hockey Association's Winnipeg Jets as a player/coach, signing the first $1 million contract in the history of the sport.

      Hull was a two-time Gordie Howe Trophy (MVP) winner in the WHA and helped the Jets win the Avco Cup in 1976 and 1978.

      The Ontario native retired after the 1979-80 season with a combined 1,808 points (913 goals, 895 assists) in 1,474 games with Chicago (1957-72), Winnipeg (1972-80) and the Hartford Whalers (1980). He scored 129 points in 119 Stanley Cup playoff games and scored 80 points in 60 career WHA playoff games.

      Hull's No. 9 is retired by the Blackhawks and the Jets. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1983, where he was joined by his son, Brett, in 2009.

      --Field Level Media

  • Maple Leafs G Matt Murray (ankle) out until All-Star break
    By Field Level Media / Monday, January 30, 2023

    Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender Matt Murray will be sidelined through the NHL All-Star break with an ankle injury, coach Sheldon Keefe said Sunday.

    • Murray's injury isn't of the long-term variety, according to Keefe. But the 28-year-old was scratched from his scheduled start prior to Friday's 6-2 loss to the Ottawa Senators.

      Murray reportedly injured the ankle during warmups, necessitating the late change to Ilya Samsonov.

      "There's something there that's going to require some time for sure," Keefe said of Murray's injury. "The length of time we won't quite know really until we come back from the break. We'll have a better idea of exactly where that's at."

      Toronto resumes play after the break on Feb. 10 against the host Columbus Blue Jackets. The Maple Leafs host the Boston Bruins on Wednesday in their last game before the time off.

      Murray hasn't played in the Maple Leafs' last six games with Samsonov being the netminder in each, including Sunday's 5-1 victory over the visiting Washington Capitals.

      Murray was pulled from his last start -- a 5-4 overtime win over the Florida Panthers on Jan. 17 -- early in the second period.

      Murray, a two-time Stanley Cup champion with the Pittsburgh Penguins, is 11-5-2 with a 2.73 goals-against average and .911 save percentage in 19 games (all starts) this season. He is in his first season with Toronto after playing for Pittsburgh (2015-20) for five seasons and the Ottawa Senators (2020-22) for two campaigns.

      Samsonov, 25, is 17-5-2 with a 2.31 GAA and .917 save percentage in 24 games (23 starts) this season, also his first with the Maple Leafs after three seasons with the Capitals.

      Toronto also formally placed star forward Auston Matthews (knee) on injured reserve and activated defenseman TJ Brodie (rib) off the same list.

      --Field Level Media

  • NHL roundup: Panthers rally late, nip Bruins in OT
    By Field Level Media / Sunday, January 29, 2023

    Aleksander Barkov tied the game with 2.4 seconds remaining in regulation, then recorded his 600th career point by assisting on Sam Reinhart's goal 17 seconds into overtime as the Florida Panthers stunned the Boston Bruins with a 4-3 victory on Saturday night in Sunrise, Fla.

    • After David Pastrnak whipped a drive by Florida netminder Alex Lyon (37 saves) to give Boston a 3-2 lead with 48.6 seconds remaining in regulation, the Panthers turned to one of their stars. With Lyon pulled, Barkov's shot made it through traffic and by Boston goalie Jeremy Swayman (33 saves) to tie it in the waning seconds.

      Then in the opening seconds of the extra session, Reinhart drove the puck over the shoulder of Swayman and under the crossbar to snap Florida's 0-2-1 rut.

      Barkov also assisted on Brandon Montour's goal, and Sam Bennett scored for the Panthers. Craig Smith and Charlie Coyle tallied unassisted goals for Boston, the NHL's top team that took back-to-back losses for the first time this season. The Bruins fell 3-2 at Tampa Bay on Thursday.

      Islanders 2, Golden Knights 1 (OT)

      Mathew Barzal scored with 31.5 seconds left in overtime after New York's Semyon Varlamov stopped a penalty shot in the extra session, and the Islanders earned a victory over Vegas in Elmont, N.Y.

      Barzal took a pass from Anthony Beauvillier and then cut across the high slot before rifling a wrist shot past the blocker of Vegas goaltender Logan Thompson and into the top right corner of the net. Anders Lee also scored for New York, which won its second straight game and prevailed for just the third time in 13 games (3-7-3).

      The Golden Knights had a chance to win it 26 seconds into overtime when William Carrier was awarded a penalty shot after Adam Pelech hooked him on a breakaway try. However, Varlamov made a pad save on Carrier's five-hole try. Carrier scored the only goal for Vegas, which lost its fourth straight game (0-2-2) and fell for the seventh time in eight games (1-5-2).

      Lightning 5, Kings 2

      Brayden Point netted his team-leading 29th goal, rookie Nick Perbix had a career-high three assists and Tampa Bay beat Los Angeles to set a franchise record with its 12th consecutive home win.

      Pierre-Edouard Bellemare, Corey Perry, Ross Colton and Victor Hedman potted even-strength markers for the Lightning. Steven Stamkos stretched his point streak to 11 games with an assist. Andrei Vasilevskiy made 26 saves as Tampa Bay finished January at 9-4-0.

      Jaret Anderson-Dolan and Phillip Danault scored goals for the Kings, whose three-game winning streak ended. Jonathan Quick stopped 20 shots in the loss.

      Wild 3, Sabres 2 (SO)

      Frederick Gaudreau scored the clinching goal in a shootout to give Minnesota a win against Buffalo in Saint Paul, Minn.

      Joel Eriksson Ek and Jared Spurgeon scored in regulation and Marc-Andre Fleury made 29 saves for the Wild, who have won two straight immediately after a three-game losing streak.

      Jack Quinn and Zemgus Girgensons scored for the Sabres, whose five-game winning streak ended. Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen made 33 saves.

      Avalanche 4, Blues 2

      Alex Newhook, J.T. Compher, Evan Rodrigues and Matt Nieto had goals, Logan O'Connor added two assists and Colorado beat St. Louis in Denver.

      Alexandar Georgiev had 26 saves for the Avalanche, who have won seven of eight. Colorado forward Valeri Nichushkin sat out for the second straight game with an upper-body injury.

      Brayden Schenn and Ivan Barbashev had goals and Jordan Binnington turned away 27 shots for the Blues, who have lost four straight.

      Flyers 4, Jets 0

      Carter Hart made 40 saves as Philadelphia defeated host Winnipeg.

      It was Hart's first shutout of the season and the fourth of his NHL career. It was also the fourth time this season Hart has faced 40 or more shots, and the Flyers have won each of those games. Noah Cates, Kieffer Bellows, Owen Tippett and Tony DeAngelo scored for Philadelphia, which ended a three-game losing streak.

      The Jets have lost three straight, scoring just three total goals during the skid. Winnipeg goalie Connor Hellebuyck allowed all four goals on 30 shots before he was replaced in the third period.

      Sharks 6, Penguins 4

      Logan Couture, who finished with five points, scored the go-ahead goal on a shot that squeaked under Pittsburgh goaltender Casey DeSmith's pad at 15:35 of the third period as visiting San Jose won.

      Couture had two goals, including an empty-netter, and three assists. Alexander Barabanov added a goal and two assists, and Mikey Eyssimont, Erik Karlsson and Noah Gregor also scored for the Sharks, who ended a four-game losing streak. San Jose's Kaapo Kahkonen made 37 saves.

      Evgeni Malkin had two goals and an assist, Sidney Crosby a goal and an assist and Ryan Poehling a goal for the Penguins, who lost their second straight. DeSmith made 26 saves.

      Senators 5, Canadiens 0

      Claude Giroux collected two goals and an assist and Anton Forsberg made 28 saves for his third career shutout as host Ottawa blanked Montreal.

      The multi-point performance was the third in as many games for Giroux. He has four goals and as many assists during his four-game point streak. Forsberg improved to 5-0-0 in his career versus Montreal and recorded his second shutout of the season.

      Alex DeBrincat opened the scoring and Mathieu Joseph and Derick Brassard also tallied to send the Senators to their third straight victory and hand the Canadiens their third consecutive loss (0-2-1). Sam Montembeault made 31 saves for Montreal.

      Kraken 3, Blue Jackets 1

      Morgan Geekie broke his 29-game goalless drought as Seattle defeated visiting Columbus and moved into sole possession of first place in the Pacific Division.

      Alex Wennberg and Eeli Tolvanen also scored for the Kraken, who went 3-1-1 on a five-game homestand. Philipp Grubauer made 24 saves.

      Rookie Kent Johnson tallied for Columbus, which completed a 1-2-1 trip. Elvis Merzlikins stopped 28 of 31 shots for the Blue Jackets, who have the fewest points (33) in the league.

      Oilers 7, Blackhawks 3

      Connor McDavid, Leon Draisaitl and Zach Hyman each collected one goal and two assists and host Edmonton scored four goals in the second period on the way to a rout of Chicago.

      Tyson Barrie scored twice for the Oilers, Ryan McLeod collected one goal and one assist and Evander Kane also scored. Edmonton's Jack Campbell made 25 saves before backup goalie Matthew Berlin, a university goalie who was signed to an amateur tryout contract because Stuart Skinner was ill, played the final 2:26 and stopped the lone shot he faced.

      Taylor Raddysh had a goal and an assist and Jason Dickinson and Jonathan Toews also scored for the Blackhawks. Patrick Kane contributed two assists, and Petr Mrazek stopped 36 shots.

      Ducks 2, Coyotes 1 (OT)

      Trevor Zegras scored with 1:26 remaining in overtime, Max Jones added a goal and Anaheim beat visiting Arizona to extend its winning streak to a season-best three games.

      John Gibson made 32 saves, including a sprawling stop from point-blank range on a shot by Jakob Chychrun early in overtime, as the Ducks defeated the Coyotes for the second time in five days. Anaheim won 5-2 at Arizona on Tuesday.

      Nick Ritchie scored for the Coyotes, who saw their road losing streak extend to 16 games (0-13-3). Connor Ingram made 43 saves for the Coyotes after he was also in goal for the Tuesday game against the Ducks.

      --Field Level Media

  • Caps' Tom Wilson, Nic Dowd out through All-Star break
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, January 28, 2023

    Washington Capitals forwards Tom Wilson and Nic Dowd won't return until after the All-Star break due to lower-body injuries, coach Peter Laviolette said Saturday.

    • The Capitals have two games remaining before the break, on Sunday at Toronto and on Tuesday at Columbus.

      Wilson, 28, was playing just his eighth game of the season Tuesday night when he blocked a shot off his right leg during a 3-2 loss at Colorado.

      Wilson has two goals and one assist this season, raising his career total to 276 points (117 goals, 159 assists) in 655 games over 10 seasons with Washington.

      Dowd, 32, was injured Monday after taking a hit along the boards from Cal Clutterbuck in the opening minutes of the Capitals' 4-3 overtime win against the New York Islanders.

      Dowd has 19 points (10 goals, nine assists) in 44 games this season. He has 121 points (55 goals, 66 assists) in 415 games with the Los Angeles Kings, Vancouver Canucks and Capitals.

      --Field Level Media

  • NHL roundup: Martin Necas, Hurricanes tie Sharks late, win in OT
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, January 28, 2023

    Carolina's Martin Necas scored 55 seconds into overtime after forcing the extra session with a goal with 11.5 seconds to play in the third period as the Carolina Hurricanes rallied past the San Jose Sharks for a 5-4 victory Friday night in Raleigh, N.C.

    • Carolina had two goals in the last 1:37 of regulation. Sebastian Aho had two goals, including one with 1:37 left for the Hurricanes, who have a four-game winning streak. Calvin de Haan scored Carolina's first goal. Hurricanes goalie Antti Raanta stopped 26 shots.

      San Jose's Michael Eyssimont scored a go-ahead goal with 8:45 remaining in what was a wild third period. Eyssimont's second goal of the season combined with an assist earlier in the third period had the Sharks on the verge of snapping a three-game losing streak. Eyssimont also assisted on Mario Ferraro's empty-net goal.

      Oskar Lindblom and Nick Bonino also scored for San Jose. James Reimer played for the fifth time in the last six games and made 31 saves.

      Islanders 2, Red Wings 0

      Ilya Sorokin stopped all 23 shots he faced and struggling New York snapped a pair of lengthy droughts by defeating Detroit in Elmont, N.Y.

      Anders Lee scored in the second period and Brock Nelson added an insurance goal in the third for the Islanders -- their first third-period goal in 11 games dating back to Jan. 3, when New York scored three times in the final 20 minutes of a 6-2 win over the host Vancouver Canucks.

      The win ended a six-game losing streak (0-4-2) for the Islanders, who are 3-8-3 this month. The shutout was Sorokin's fourth of the season and the 14th in 109 career starts. Kyle Palmieri assisted on both goals. Magnus Hellberg recorded 26 saves for the Red Wings, who sit in 12th place in the East.

      Senators 6, Leafs 2

      Brady Tkachuk scored twice and visiting Ottawa defeated Toronto.

      Claude Giroux added a goal and an assist for the Senators, who have won two in a row. Thomas Chabot, Derick Brassard and Drake Batherson also scored for Ottawa and Tim Stutzle added two assists. Anton Forsberg stopped 31 shots.

      Joey Anderson and William Nylander scored for the Maple Leafs, who are 2-1-0 to start their five-game homestand. Ilya Samsonov, making his fifth straight start, made 28 saves. It was his first loss in regulation this season at home, where he is now 14-1-1.

      Rangers 4, Golden Knights 1

      Jaroslav Halak made 33 saves as host New York dumped slumping Vegas.

      Halak helped the Rangers head into the All-Star break on a positive note by making timely saves all game. He won for the sixth time in seven starts and improved to 6-0-0 all-time against the Golden Knights.

      Chris Kreider and Vincent Trocheck scored in the final three minutes of the first period, and Filip Chytil tallied in the third. Jimmy Vesey capped it with an empty net goal with 84 seconds left. Phil Kessel scored for Vegas, which is 2-6-1 in its past nine games and 16-16-3 since racing out to a 13-2-0 start.

      Kings 4, Panthers 3

      Adrian Kempe and Viktor Arvidsson scored short-handed goals, leading Los Angeles to a win over Florida in Sunrise, Fla.

      The Kings, who have won three straight games -- all on the road -- also got goals from Anze Kopitar and Matt Roy (empty-netter). Goalie Pheonix Copley made a career-high 45 saves to earn the win. He is having a career year at 15-3-0.

      The Panthers, who have lost three straight, got goals from Ryan Lomberg, Brandon Montour and Carter Verhaeghe.

      Devils 3, Stars 2 (OT)

      Jack Hughes scored his second goal of the game 20 seconds into overtime to give New Jersey a road victory over Dallas.

      The Devils trailed 2-0 after the first period, but Hughes and Miles Wood quickly equalized within the first four minutes of the second frame. That concluded the scoring in regulation time, setting up Hughes for his fifth game-winning tally of the season. Dougie Hamilton had two assists for the Devils defenseman's fourth consecutive multi-point game.

      Ty Dellandrea and Roope Hintz scored for the Stars during a dominant first period that saw Dallas outshoot New Jersey by a 13-5 margin.

      Canucks 5, Blue Jackets 2

      Elias Pettersson scored twice and Bo Horvat collected a career-high four assists as host Vancouver scored three times in the first period en route to a victory over Columbus.

      Quinn Hughes, Ilya Mikheyev and Dakota Joshua also scored for the Canucks, while Brock Boeser and J.T. Miller each collected two assists. Goaltender Collin Delia made 24 saves.

      Kirill Marchenko scored twice for the Blue Jackets, who received a 29-save performance from Joonas Korpisalo.

      Flames 5, Kraken 2

      Blake Coleman and Elias Lindholm each had a goal and two assists as Calgary defeated host Seattle.

      Tyler Toffoli, Nikita Zadorov and Noah Hanifin also scored for the Flames, who rebounded from a 5-1 home loss to Chicago a night earlier. Goaltender Dan Vladar made 28 saves to improve to 10-0-3 in 13 starts since Nov. 26.

      John Hayden and Eeli Tolvanen scored for Seattle, and Martin Jones stopped 33 of 37 shots. The Kraken dropped to 10-3-1 in January and a point behind Los Angeles in the Pacific Division race.

      --Field Level Media

  • Canucks F Ilya Mikheyev to have season-ending surgery
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, January 28, 2023

    Vancouver Canucks forward Ilya Mikheyev will undergo season-ending ACL surgery, the team announced early Saturday morning.

    • Mikheyev has been dealing with the injury all season, forcing him to start the season on injured reserve. He's expected to be ready for training camp.

      Mikheyev played in Friday night's win over Columbus and scored his 13th goal of the season. He finishes with 28 points in 46 games in his first season in Vancouver.

      --Field Level Media

  • Jackets F Gustav Nyquist (upper body) out indefinitely
    By Field Level Media / Friday, January 27, 2023

    Columbus Blue Jackets forward Gustav Nyquist is out indefinitely with an upper-body injury, the team said Friday.

    • The 33-year-old veteran was hurt during Wednesday's 3-2 overtime road win against the Edmonton Oilers.

      Nyquist has posted 22 points (10 goals, 12 assists) and has played in all 48 games so far this season.

      He was one of two Columbus players, joining Andrew Peeke, to appear in all 82 games last season. Nyquist mised all of 2020-21 with a shoulder injury.

      Nyquist has 423 points (174 goals, 249 assists) in 700 career games with the Detroit Red Wings, San Jose Sharks and Blue Jackets.

      --Field Level Media

  • Leafs' Auston Matthews (knee) out at least 3 weeks
    By Field Level Media / Friday, January 27, 2023

    Reigning Hart Trophy winner Auston Matthews will be sidelined at least three weeks with a knee sprain, the Toronto Maple Leafs announced Friday.

    • The 25-year-old forward was injured during the Maple Leafs' 3-2 overtime win against the New York Rangers on Wednesday night in Toronto. It wasn't immediately clear how he got hurt.

      The NHL announced that Florida Panthers captain Aleksander Barkov will replace Matthews on the Atlantic Division Roster for the All-Star Game on Feb. 4.

      Matthews has 53 points (25 goals, 28 assists) in 47 games this season.

      He led the NHL with 60 goals and recorded 106 points in 73 games in 2021-22 to win the Hart Trophy as the league's Most Valuable Player.

      Matthews has recorded 510 points (284 goals, 226 assists) in 454 games since the Maple Leafs drafted him No. 1 overall in 2016.

      Barkov will be making his second All-Star appearance (also 2018). The former Selke Trophy recipient has 43 points (13 goals, 30 assists) through 40 games in his 10th season with the Panthers.

      With Matthews out, the Maple Leafs moved forward Pontus Holmberg into their top six ahead of Friday night's game against the visiting Ottawa Senators.

      Holmberg is a 23-year-old rookie with 12 points (five goals, seven assists) in 30 games this season. He was Toronto's sixth-round pick in 2018.

      --Field Level Media

  • NHL roundup: Hot at home, Lightning stop Bruins' road run
    By Field Level Media / Friday, January 27, 2023

    Nikita Kucherov had a goal and two assists, including one on Victor Hedman's game-winning tally, as the Tampa Bay Lightning won for the 11th straight time at home, edging Boston 3-2 and breaking the Bruins' seven-game road winning streak on Thursday night.

    • In a 2-2 game in the third, Hedman potted the go-ahead goal at 13:19 after Bruins defenseman Brandon Carlo knocked down Boston goaltender Linus Ullmark (32 saves). Brad Marchand and Pavel Zacha tallied for the Bruins, who lost for the first time in seven games and slid to 10-2-0 in January.

      The Lightning withstood a strong push by the Bruins with an extra skater at the end and held on for goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy, who made 37 saves in his 400th game, moving to 22-12-1, as his club registered its second-longest home winning streak in franchise history.

      Brandon Hagel scored on a power play, and Brayden Point had two assists.

      Blackhawks 5, Flames 1

      Boris Katchouk, Jason Dickinson and Sam Lafferty scored in the second period as visiting Chicago collected four unanswered goals and beat Calgary.

      Taylor Raddysh and Connor Murphy also scored for the Blackhawks, who went into the game at the bottom of the league standings and snapped a two-game losing streak despite being without captain Jonathan Toews (illness). Jaxson Stauber made 34 saves, 18 in the third period, in his second NHL start.

      Jonathan Huberdeau scored for the Flames, who were defeated by the Blackhawks for the second time this month. Jacob Markstrom stopped 24 shots.

      Ducks 5, Avalanche 3

      Frank Vatrano collected his third career hat trick, Adam Henrique and Mason McTavish scored 24 seconds apart in the third period and Anaheim rallied to beat host Colorado.

      John Gibson made 41 saves and Cam Fowler had two assists for the Ducks, who won for the third time in four games.

      Mikko Rantanen scored twice, Sam Girard had a goal and an assist and Pavel Francouz turned away 27 shots for the Avalanche, who had their six-game winning streak snapped.

      Coyotes 5, Blues 0

      Nick Schmaltz scored his first career hat trick and added an assist to lead Arizona over St. Louis in Tempe, Ariz.

      Karel Vejmelka made 33 saves for his third shutout of the season and the fourth of his career. Travis Boyd and Barrett Hayton also scored for the Coyotes, who won for just the third time in 15 games.

      The Blues lost their third straight game as Thomas Greiss allowed the five goals on 25 shots. St. Louis' Robert Thomas was knocked out of the game midway through the second period when he absorbed a slap shot in his midsection.

      Capitals 3, Penguins 2 (SO)

      Darcy Kuemper made 35 saves and stopped two of three shots in the shootout, and Alex Ovechkin posted his 32nd goal of the season as Washington outlasted visiting Pittsburgh.

      Kuemper was stout most of the night while dueling Pittsburgh's Casey DeSmith, who made a season-high 43 saves. After allowing Rickard Rakell to score on the Penguins' first shootout attempt, Kuemper stopped superstars Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin in back-to-back rounds.

      Meanwhile, Evgeny Kuznetsov and Nicklas Backstrom, who each had an assist in regulation, converted in the shootout round to help the Capitals avoid a third straight loss. The victory was just the fourth in the last 10 games for Washington which, like Pittsburgh, is trying to remain in playoff position in the Eastern Conference.

      Wild 3, Flyers 2 (OT)

      Mats Zuccarello scored at 2:08 of overtime to lift Minnesota past Philadelphia in Saint Paul, Minn.

      Matt Boldy had two goals and one assist and Zuccarello added an assist for the Wild, who snapped a three-game losing streak. Marc-Andre Fleury made 28 saves.

      Noah Cates and Tony DeAngelo each scored one goal for the Flyers, who dropped their third game in a row (0-1-2). Carter Hart made 20 saves as Philadelphia fell to 1-8 in overtime this season.

      Sabres 3, Jets 2

      Tage Thompson had a goal and an assist to help Buffalo to its fifth straight win, at Winnipeg.

      Rasmus Dahlin and Jeff Skinner each had two assists for the Sabres, while Eric Comrie made 19 saves in his return to Winnipeg -- just his second game since returning from a lower-body injury on Jan. 10.

      Nate Schmidt and Pierre-Luc Dubois scored for the Jets, who got 33 saves from goaltender Connor Hellebuyck. Winnipeg is 2-4-0 in its last six.

      Red Wings 4, Canadiens 3 (OT)

      Robby Fabbri scored at 2:36 of overtime to give visiting Detroit a win over Montreal.

      Michael Rasmussen supplied a goal and assisted on Fabbri's game-winner. Jonatan Berggren and Oskar Sundqvist also scored for Detroit, and Moritz Seider contributed three assists. Ville Husso made 20 saves.

      Rafael Harvey-Pinard had two goals and assisted on the other end in his ninth career game for the Canadiens. Michael Pezzetta had a goal and an assist, while Jake Allen stopped 38 shots.

      Predators 6, Devils 4

      Matt Duchene and Filip Forsberg scored off turnovers in the third period for host Nashville, which overcame a trio of one-goal deficits to beat New Jersey.

      Cody Glass and Cole Smith scored in the first and Mikael Granlund scored in the second for the Predators, who have won five of six. Juuse Saros made 35 saves.

      Jesper Bratt and Sharangovich scored in the first before Jack Hughes scored his 31st of the season for the Devils, who had their eight-game point streak (7-0-1) snapped. Blackwood recorded 35 saves.

      --Field Level Media

  • Golden Knights' William Carrier set to return vs. Rangers
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, January 26, 2023

    Golden Knights left winger William Carrier will return from an upper-body injury Friday against the New York Rangers, Vegas coach Bruce Cassidy confirmed Thursday.

    • Carrier, who hasn't played since Jan. 14 after sustaining the injury against the Edmonton Oilers, is nevertheless still tied for fifth on the team with 11 goals this season. Overall, he has 16 points in 43 games played.

      Vegas defenseman Shea Theodore, who has been out since Dec. 9, has made progress on his lower body injury and is close to a return, but he will be a game-time decision for Friday.

      "I'm pretty close," Theodore said. "I think it still depends on what the coaches and trainers are saying, but as of right now, I feel pretty good."

      Theodore, 27, has 22 points (four goals, 18 assists) in 29 games this season.

      The Golden Knights could use the good news after falling into a first-place tie in the Pacific Division with the Kraken after Seattle drubbed the Vancouver Canucks 6-1 on Wednesday.

      Vegas, which lost to the host New Jersey Devils 3-2 in overtime on Tuesday, is 1-4-1 in its past six games. The Golden Knights are two games into a six-game road trip.

      --Field Level Media

  • Rangers sign D Ben Harpur to 2-year extension
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, January 26, 2023

    The New York Rangers signed defenseman Ben Harpur to a two-year extension on Thursday.

    • The Rangers did not announce financial terms, but reports put the value at $1.575 million.

      Harpur, 28, began the season at AHL Hartford. He has a goal and two assists plus six penalty minutes in 18 games since getting called up.

      Overall, Harpur has 18 points (two goals, 16 assists) in 174 career games with Ottawa, Nashville and the Rangers.

      The Senators selected him in the fourth round of the 2013 draft.

      --Field Level Media

  • Avalanche star D Cale Makar to return vs. Ducks
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, January 26, 2023

    Colorado Avalanche defenseman Cale Makar will return to the lineup for Thursday's game against the visiting Anaheim Ducks in Denver.

    • Makar has been sidelined with an upper-body injury for the Avalanche's last four games. Although Colorado emerged victorious in all four contests to extend its winning streak to six games, Makar admitted it was difficult to see his team compete without him.

      "That's kind of a tough thing for me," Makar said. "You watch your team go to battle, and you want to be with those guys. I love, obviously, playing hockey. So anytime I'm watching my team play it's not a fun time. It's not ideal to be out right now. I don't look at it as in terms of I need that rest. It's more so I want to be playing. It's just a really unfortunate thing that happened, and I've just been trying to grind to get back."

      The reigning Norris and Conn Smythe Trophy recipient, Makar has 43 points (13 goals, 30 assists) in 42 games this season. He leads the NHL in ice time per game (27:09).

      Makar has totaled 223 points (61 goals, 162 assists) in 220 career games since being selected by the Avalanche with the fourth overall pick in the 2017 NHL Draft.

      --Field Level Media

  • Canucks F Andrei Kuzmenko agrees to two-year extension
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, January 26, 2023

    Vancouver Canucks forward Andrei Kuzmenko agreed to terms on a two-year, $11 million contract extension on Thursday.

    • The deal runs through the 2024-25 season and includes a 12-team no-trade list, per multiple reports.

      The 26-year-old Russian rookie has made an immediate impact since joining the Canucks from the Kontinental Hockey League on July 13.

      Kuzmenko has recorded 43 points (21 goals, 22 assists) in 47 games this season, including seven (four goals, three assists) in his last six contests.

      He set career highs with 20 goals and 33 assists in 45 games with SKA St. Petersburg last season in the KHL. He added seven goals and seven assists in 16 playoff games.

      --Field Level Media

  • Wild bench Ryan Hartman vs. Flyers after string of penalties
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, January 26, 2023

    Minnesota Wild forward Ryan Hartman will be a healthy scratch against the visiting Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday due to his recent propensity for taking penalties, coach Dean Evason said.

    • Evason announced his decision on Minnesota radio station KFAN1003. The move to send Hartman to the press box comes on the heels of defenseman Matt Dumba recently being benched for two consecutive games following a stretch of poor play.

      "Message received," Hartman said of Evason's decision, per The Athletic. Hartman also said that he'd make the same decision if he were in Evason's shoes.

      Hartman, 28, has been whistled for 21 minutes in penalties over his last three games, including a hooking infraction against Tampa Bay captain Steven Stamkos late in the Wild's 4-2 loss to the Lightning on Tuesday.

      "We talk about accountability," Evason said. "He's going to be accountable for his actions in the last game."

      After scoring a career-high 34 goals last season, Hartman has just five to go along with nine assists and 47 penalty minutes in 25 games in 2022-23.

      Hartman has totaled 210 points (97 goals, 113 assists) in 472 career games with the Chicago Blackhawks, Nashville Predators, Flyers and Wild.

      --Field Level Media

  • Coyotes D Shayne Gostisbehere (upper body) to miss 4-6 weeks
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, January 26, 2023

    Arizona Coyotes defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere is expected to miss four to six weeks with an upper-body injury sustained earlier this week.

    • The Coyotes said Thursday that Gostisbehere was injured during Tuesday night's 5-2 loss to the Anaheim Ducks.

      Gostisbehere, 29, has 29 points (nine goals, 20 assists) in 48 games this season. His point total is second on the team behind Clayton Keller (41).

      Gostisbehere is in the final year of a six-year, $27 million deal he signed with Philadelphia in 2017 and will be an unrestricted free agent after this season. The Coyotes acquired him from the Flyers in July 2021.

      He has 299 points (83 goals, 216 assists) and 183 penalty minutes in 511 career games with the Flyers (2014-21) and Coyotes.

      --Field Level Media

  • Predators D Alexandre Carrier (upper body) out 4-6 weeks
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, January 26, 2023

    Nashville Predators defenseman Alexandre Carrier will miss four to six weeks with an upper-body injury, the team announced Thursday.

    • In a corresponding move, the Predators recalled defenseman Kevin Gravel from Milwaukee of the American Hockey League.

      Carrier, 26, last played Tuesday night against Winnipeg but logged just 4:40 of ice time. He was injured in a fight against Jets defenseman Logan Stanley.

      "He's been playing great, so obviously you hate to see that go down," Predators defenseman Mattias Ekholm said. "But he did what he thought was right. It was unfortunate the way it happened. He stood up for a teammate. That was great. So good on him, but obviously we'll miss him."

      Carrier has eight points (two goals, six assists) and 25 penalty minutes in 40 games this season. He has 41 points (six goals, 35 assists) in 141 career games played, all with the Predators.

      Gravel, 30, has appeared in four games for Nashville this season. He has 13 points (one goal, 12 assists) in 113 games with four different teams in parts of six seasons.

      --Field Level Media