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Kane Practices With Hawks, Return Uncertain

Apr 1, 2015 4:51 PM

Blackhawks star forward Patrick Kane participated in his first team practice Wednesday since fracturing his clavicle, but his 12-week return timetable has not changed.

Kane has yet to be cleared for contact and wore a white non-contact jersey during practice on Wednesday. Aside from contact, he is not permitted to take one-timers or slap shots yet.

“Feels good,” Kane said following practice.

Tags: Chicago Blackhawks, Injury, Misc Rumor

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Alex Ovechkin Scores NHL-Leading 50th Goal

Apr 1, 2015 12:56 AM

Alex Ovechkin smiled while standing for a commemorative photo in the locker room, holding the puck he put in the net for his NHL-leading 50th goal.

"A good picture," the player known as Alex the Great proclaimed.

Ovechkin netted No. 50 in a season for the sixth time, tying a team record in the process with his 472nd career goal, and added an assist Tuesday night to help the Capitals push toward a playoff berth by beating the Hurricanes 4-2.

Tags: Washington Capitals, Carolina Hurricanes, Game Recap, Misc Rumor, Personal Award

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NHL Names Dubnyk, Atkinson, O'Reilly 'Three Stars'

Mar 30, 2015 2:00 PM

Wild goaltender Devan Dubnyk, Blue Jackets right wing Cam Atkinson and Avalanche center Ryan O’Reillyhave been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending March 29.


Dubnyk went 4-0-0 with a 1.22 goals-against average and .962 save percentage to lead the Wild (44-25-7, 95 points) to four consecutive victories, including their franchise-record 10th straight on the road. 


Atkinson shared first in the NHL with four goals, ranked second with seven points and led the League with a +6 rating as the Blue Jackets (36-35-4, 76 points) won all three of their games, including their franchise-record eighth consecutive on the road.


O’Reilly led the NHL with seven assists and eight points to power the Avalanche (35-28-12, 82 points) to two victories in four starts. He set up both goals in a 3-2 loss to the Calgary Flames March 23.

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Tags: Minnesota Wild, Columbus Blue Jackets, Colorado Avalanche, Misc Rumor, Personal Award

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Las Vegas Ticket Drive Moving Forward

Mar 30, 2015 5:42 PM

The drive to bring an NHL franchise to Las Vegas is entering a second phase with the league's blessing, prospective owner Bill Foley said Monday.

Although Foley would not discuss numbers with, several sources said the trial season ticket drive that had been green-lighted by the NHL late last year and began in early February had exceeded its original target of 10,000.

"We've done really, really well," Foley said.

Tags: Misc Rumor

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Study: Many Hockey Helmets Are Unsafe

Mar 29, 2015 11:38 AM

More than a quarter of all helmets worn by hockey players, from the NHL to youth leagues, are unsafe, according to a study provided to "Outside the Lines" that ranked hockey helmets based on their ability to reduce concussion risk.

Out of 32 helmets in the marketplace that were tested by researchers at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State U., nine failed to earn a single star on a five-star scale and were classified as "not recommended." Just one helmet, made by Warrior Sports, received three stars. The rest received one or two stars.

"In general, they're low performers," said Stefan Duma, the head of Virginia Tech's department of biomedical engineering and mechanics.

Tags: Legal, Misc Rumor

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Kris Letang Has Concussion, Listed Day-To-Day

Mar 29, 2015 7:54 PM

Penguins defenseman Kris Letang was released from a hospital Sunday but has been diagnosed with a concussion as a result of a scary hit he received Saturday from Coyotes captain Shane Doan.

"Like anything else, we'll just take it as a day-to-day thing and we'll see how he reacts and recovers from it," coach Mike Johnston said.

Tags: Pittsburgh Penguins, Phoenix Coyotes, Injury, Misc Rumor

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Bruins Spoil Henrik Lundqvist's Return To Net

Mar 29, 2015 7:50 PM

Veteran Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist was back in action for the first time since Feb. 2, and he fell to 25-12-3 with a 4-2 loss to the Bruins on Saturday at TD Garden.

Lundqvist, who missed 25 games due to a serious vascular injury, finished with 26 saves against the Bruins.

"It was a tough start. Obviously, not the start I was looking for," Lundqvist said.

Tags: New York Rangers, Boston Bruins, Game Recap, Injury

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Judge Denies NHLs Motion To Dismiss Concussion Litigation

Mar 26, 2015 12:48 AM

A judge in U.S. District Court in Minnesota denied the NHL's motion for dismissal in the current concussion litigation facing the league.

The suit was brought on behalf of several former NHL players. It alleged the NHL to be responsible for the "pathological and debilitating effects of brain injuries" caused by concussions that the former players suffered in their careers.

The NHL attempted to get the case thrown out by arguing both time-sensitivity and jurisdictional issues. The league also claimed the suit was not "adequately pled."

Tags: Legal, Misc Rumor

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FBI Investigates Threats Against Nick Leddy

Mar 25, 2015 3:19 PM

The FBI is investigating social media threats made against Islanders defenseman Nick Leddy.

FBI spokesman J. Peter Donald confirmed the investigation in an email Wednesday to The Associated Press.

Islanders spokesman Kimber Auerbach said Leddy and his family are safe and the NHL has been alerted to the situation.

Tags: New York Islanders, Legal, Misc Rumor

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NHLPA Will Consider Three Potential Major Rule Changes

Mar 19, 2015 1:26 AM

BOCA RATON, Fla. -- The NHL Players' Association spent the final day of this week's general managers meetings gathering information about three major rule changes to bring back to its constituency.

The NHLPA was presented with three potential rule changes that could be implemented starting with the 2015-16 season: 3-on-3 overtime, coach's challenges and a new face-off rule that would require the defensive player to put his stick on the ice first during face-offs, including those in the neutral zone.

Tags: Misc Rumor

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Kris Letang Hospitalized After Scary Hit
Kris Letang left in the second period Saturday after a hit from Shane Doan.

Trotz: Despite The Win, One Of Our 'Sloppier' Games
Barry Trotz said the Capitals "got two lucky goals' in their win over the Devils on Thursday night.

Pronger Now Eligible For Hockey Hall Of Fame
The Hockey Hall of Fame voting members have ratified new bylaws for the three-year waiting period for eligible players.

Avs Sign Mason Geertsen To Entry Deal
Mason Geertsen just completed his 2014-15 season with the WHL's Vancouver Giants.

Press Release

Henrik Lundqvist Hopes To Play This Weekend
Henrik Lundqvist skated and faced shots for about an hour on Tuesday.

Canucks Sign Chris Tanev To Extension
The Canucks have signed Chris Tanev to a five-year, $22.25 million extension.

Pascal Dupuis Ruled Out For Season
Penguins forward Pascal Dupuis hasn't played since beginning treatment for blood clots in November.

Kings Bring Back Mike Richards From AHL
Mike Richards played 16 games with the Kings' AHL affiliate.

Maple Leafs Sign Casey Bailey To Two-Year Entry Deal
Casey Bailey, 23, scored 22 goals in 36 games this season for Penn State.

Press Release

Trembly: Arresting Officer "Was Being Petty" Like Subban
Mario Trembly said the arresting officer was making a poor decision during a DWI stop.

Leafs Sign Nikita Soshnikov To Entry Deal
Nikita Soshnikov skated in 57 games with Moscow Oblast Atlant this season, scoring 14 goals.

Press Release

Jagr Moves Into Fifth On Career Goal List
Jaromir Jagr scored the 718th goal of his NHL career on Thursday night.

Lundqvist Practicing, But Will Need Another Week
Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist feels he will need a least another week of practice before playing in a game.

NHL Suspends Nazem Kadri Four Games
Nazem Kadri has been suspended four games for his hit to the head of Matt Fraser.

Sharks GM Wilson Backs Thornton
Sharks GM Doug Wilson says that Joe Thornton will remain in San Jose.

Henrik Lundqvist Medically Cleared To Practice
Henrik Lundqvist has missed the last six weeks with a vascular injury to his neck.

NHL May Introduce 3-On-3 OTs, Coach's Challenge
The overtime rules must be approved by the NHL's competition committee.

NHL GMs Discuss Goaltender Interference, Diving
Penguins GM Jim Rutherford said his small group is open to implementing change.

NHL Names Jackets' Scott Hartnell 'First Star' Of The Week
Scott Hartnell scored five goals in four games last week to lead the Jackets to a 3-1-0 record.

Press Release

Thornton, Sharks Owner, GM Clear The Air
Joe Thornton and Sharks GM Doug Wilson have reconciled on a professional basis.

San Jose Mercury News