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Bowman To Get Order Of Canada

Dec 31, 2011 12:27 PM

Former NHL coach Scotty Bowman is among 66 notables to receive the Order of Canada. The honor recognizes a lifetime of outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the nation. Considered one of hockey's greatest coaches, Bowman won a record nine Stanley Cups behind the benches of the Canadiens, Penguins and Red Wings.

Associated Press

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Lindros, Broten Discuss Concussions

Dec 31, 2011 12:25 PM

Eric Lindros, who played for both the Flyers and Rangers, battled several concussions throughout his career and considers himself fortunate that he has not been saddled with any serious long-term issues. "I feel pretty lucky based on my [history] and a bunch of guys going through some tough times," he said. "I feel quite lucky and very healthy." Former Rangers linemates Darren Turcotte and Paul Broten acknowledged the change in culture regarding head injuries, incidents that are becoming all too common among some of the league's brightest stars. "Obviously, times have changed," said Broten, who played for the Rangers from 1989 to 1993. "Now they're really concentrating on them a lot more. Back in the day it was more just, 'Take a couple minutes. You just got your bell rung and you'll be fine.' Now they're looking into it more seriously and they should. I think it's a good thing, with all the deaths of a lot of the fighters and some of the players who aren't playing. It's obvious it's a serious question."

Katie Strang/ESPN.com

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Alfredsson's 400th Goal Lifts Senators

Dec 31, 2011 12:20 PM

Daniel Alfredsson was mobbed by his teammates and received a standing ovation from Ottawa's fans after he delivered an unforgettable 400th career goal. Alfredsson reached the milestone at 3:31 of overtime to cap Ottawa's come-from-behind 4-3 win over the Flames on Friday night. "To be able to do this at home and in overtime, when everybody's still in the building and being a big goal for us, it's almost too good to be true," said the 39-year-old Swedish right wing.

Associated Press

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Canucks Fan Says Woman Attacked Her

Dec 30, 2011 4:42 PM

San Jose police are investigating a 16-year-old girl's claim that she was assaulted during a Sharks game at HP Pavilion while wearing the opposing team's jersey. Maggie Herger told the San Jose Mercury News that a drunken Sharks fan hit her on the head in the second period during Wednesday's game between the Sharks and Canucks. Herger said she suffered a concussion and was taken away in an ambulance, at which point a passing Sharks fan shouted for her to "suck it up." "I just wanted to cry," Herger said Thursday. "Who does that?" But according to the Sharks, the accused fan, a middle-aged woman, told police and arena staff the contact was accidental and occurred during the celebration of a Sharks goal.

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Canadiens Get First Win Under Cunneyworth

Dec 28, 2011 9:02 AM

Mike Cammalleri, Tomas Plekanec, Louis Leblanc, P.K. Subban and Erik Cole each had a goal and an assist as Montreal ended a five-game losing streak with a 6-2 win over Ottawa on Tuesday night. Raphael Diaz had three assists and Lars Eller scored his second short-handed goal of the season for the Canadiens, who gave interim coach Randy Cunneyworth his first NHL win in five tries. "He's been doing a good job for us and we haven't been playing up to par so it was really good to be able to get that one for him," said goalie Carey Price, who stopped 33 shots. Cunneyworth was Ottawa's captain when the modern Senators claimed their first playoff spot in 1997. "I would have taken it a couple of games earlier but obviously a win's a win, and it's the start of hopefully many more," said Cunneyworth.

Associated Press

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Johnny Wilson Dies At Age 82

Dec 27, 2011 9:42 PM

Johnny Wilson, a four-time Stanley Cup champion with the Red Wings, has died. He was 82. Maple Leafs coach Ron Wilson announced his uncle's death Tuesday on Twitter. The coach called him a "warrior thru & thru, right to the end." There was no immediate word on cause of death. Johnny Wilson was born in Kincardine, Ontario, and spent 11 years in the NHL with Detroit, Toronto, Chicago and the Rangers. He had 161 goals and 171 assists in 688 games.

Associated Press

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Ott, Laviolette Won't Be Disciplined

Dec 27, 2011 9:34 PM

Stars winger Steve Ott and Flyers coach Peter Laviolette avoided any league discipline for their bumping incident last week, according to a source. The league investigated the incident and spoke to both parties involved, but in the end asked that Ott and Laviolette speak to each other over the phone to hash it out.

Pierre LeBrun/ESPN.com

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Avalanche Snaps Nine-Game Road Skid

Dec 27, 2011 9:28 AM

Jan Hejda scored the go-ahead goal at 10:20 of the third period and the Avalanche snapped a nine-game road losing skid by beating the Wild 4-2 on Monday night. Colorado won on the road for the first time since Oct. 22 and extended Minnesota's winless streak to seven games. Ryan O'Reilly, Gabriel Landeskog and T.J. Galiardi also scored for Colorado (19-17-1).

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Cam Ward Scores Empty-Net Goal

Dec 27, 2011 9:26 AM

Hurricanes goalie Cam Ward scored an empty-net goal on Monday night against the Devils, the first of his career. Ward made 23 saves and was credited with a bizarre empty-net goal in Carolina's 4-2 win. "It would have been a lot cooler if I had shot the puck or did something like that," Ward said. The Devils were scrambling near Ward and trying to tie the game, but Ilya Kovalchuk's errant pass for Adam Henrique from the end line wound up going the length of the ice and into an empty net with 29.4 seconds left. "I don't know how to explain it. I should make better decisions that that, definitely," Kovalchuk said. "We find a way to make the game interesting and we were working hard, but a bad decision by me cost us the game." Officials initially awarded the goal to Sutter before a postgame review determined he never touched the puck. "It was Wardo's. As soon as it went in, I think we all knew it was his," Sutter said. "And then the ref kind of came up to me and asked what happened. He asked who touched it last, and it was (Ward)."

Associated Press

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Toronto Gives Ron Wilson New Deal

Dec 26, 2011 9:17 AM

The Maple Leafs have rewarded Ron Wilson with a contract extension despite the team's absence from the playoffs in his three seasons at the helm. Wilson, who among active coaches stands first in all-time wins with 637 and all-time games coached with 1,372, has agreed to a new deal with the Leafs, general manager Brian Burke confirmed via email to ESPN.com's Pierre LeBrun on Sunday. Details weren't disclosed. The 56-year-old Wilson is in the final season of a four-year contract.

Associated Press

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Ducks Struggling Under Bruce Boudreau
The Ducks have won just five games since leaving out of HP Pavilion on Oct. 17 with a 3-2 win over San Jose.

Orange County Register

Tortorella Called Defenseman 'Joe Girardi' For Weeks
Dan Girardi is making a name for himself in New York.

NHL.com

Ron Wilson Tweets About Extension
The Leafs have not formally announced the agreement, nor are details of the extension available.

NHL.com

Kings Activate Mike Richards From IR
The Kings have activated Mike Richards from the injured reserve list Thursday.

Press Release

Justin Bieber Skates With Leafs
Justin Bieber skated with the Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre on Wednesday.

ESPN.com

Nazem Kadri Rejoins Maple Leafs
Nazem Kadri is back with the Maple Leafs after a stint in the American Hockey League.

Associated Press

Deryk Engelland Faces Discipline
Penguins defenseman Deryk Engelland faces supplemental discipline for his hit on Chicago center Marcus Kruger on Tuesday night.

Jesse Rogers/ESPN.com

Forsberg Clarifies Comment About Sweden
Peter Forsberg is backtracking on comments he made in an interview suggesting Sweden threw a group-stage game at the 2006 Turin Olympics to get an easier draw in the second round.

Associated Press

Carbonneau: New Canadiens Coach Must Learn French
Randy Cunneyworth is Montreal's first English-only speaking coach since Al MacNeil in the 1970-71 season.

Associated Press

Kings Make Hiring Of Sutter Official
The Kings have officially announced the hiring of Darryl Sutter as the team's new coach.

ESPN.com

Chicago's Quenneville Wins 600th
The Blackhawks beat the Flames 4-2 on Sunday, giving head coach Joel Quenneville his 600th career victory.

Associated Press

Official: Canadiens Need French Speaker
The Quebec government isn't pleased about the hiring of a Montreal Canadiens coach who can't speak French.

Associated Press

Source: Kings Hire Sutter As Coach
Darryl Sutter is still working on immigration issues, but is expected to be behind the bench when the Kings play their next home game Thursday against the Ducks.

Dan Arritt/ESPN.com

Scott Niedermayer Has Number Retired
Former Devils defenseman Scott Niedermayer became the third player in franchise history to have his number retired on Friday.

Katie Strang/ESPN.com

Canadiens Fire Jacques Martin
Randy Cunneyworth was named interim coach for the remainder of the season. Larry Carriere becomes assistant coach.

ESPN.com

McQuaid Fined $2,500, But Avoids Suspension
The NHL fined Adam McQuaid $2,5000 for kneeing Nick Foligno on Wednesday night.

ESPN.com

Hawks And Canucks Resume War Of Words
Canucks coach Alain Vigneault told reporters that Dave Bolland's IQ is probably the size of a "bird seed."

ESPN.com

Jets Claim Miettinen Off Waivers
Tampa Bay signed the 31-year-old free agent to a two-year, $3 million deal Monday, but had to wait for Antti Miettinen to clear waivers.

Associated Press

Source: Kings Eye Darryl Sutter
The Kings have officially sought permission from the Flames to speak with Darryl Sutter.

Pierre LeBrun/ESPN.com

Kings Fire Coach Terry Murray
The Kings fired head coach Terry Murray on Monday afternoon and named John Stevens interim coach.

ESPN.com