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Phil Kessel enjoyed a three-point night in the Maple Leafs' 5-4 win over the Senators on Wednesday night.

Kessel didn't have a goal for the first 10 games of the season, but the skilled sniper now has six in 14 games. There's still room for upside here: Kessel ranks eighth in the league in shots on goal but he's scoring at just over a six percent rate. Even with the goal slump, he still has 20 points on the year. James van Riemsdyk and Tyler Bozak each had a goal and an assist. The other goal scorers were Nazem Kadri and Jay McClement. Dion Phaneuf chipped in with two helpers.
Wed, Mar 6, 2013 09:52:00 PM

The Carolina Hurricanes have acquired Scott Darling from the Carolina Hurricanes for a third-round pick in 2017.

Darling is set to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1st, so the Hurricanes will look to re-sign him to a new deal before that point. Darling has been the backup to Corey Crawford over the last three seasons, but he's done well whenever he's been asked to shoulder the load. "We could count on Scott in any situation as he was always reliable," GM Stan Bowman said in a release. "We appreciate his contributions to the Blackhawks organization -- including a Stanley Cup Championship team -- and we wish him well as he continues his career in Carolina." The 28-year-old had an 18-5-5 record with a 2.38 goals-against-average and a .924 save percentage in 2016-17. Even though Cam Ward and Eddie Lack are still in Carolina, Darling will likely get a chance to be the starter if he re-signs with them.
Apr 28 - 7:52 PM

Carl Hagelin (lower body) was able to fully participate in Friday's practice.

Hagelin had joined the Penguins for previous practices, but he had been getting no or limited contact until now. Now that he's progressed to full contact, Penguins coach Mike Sullivan is calling Hagelin a game-time decision for Saturday's contest. It remains to be seen who would be scratched to make room for Hagelin if he does play. "Regardless of what we line we put him on, he brings that element of speed, his ability to stretch the ice, his pursuit game, forces turnovers all the time and we can create a lot of offense off of it," Sullivan said. "He’s a good penalty killer; he’s a solid two-way player. So we can use him in a number of different capacities, but I think his speed certainly helps us play the type of game that we want to play and we’re a more competitive team when he’s in the lineup."
Apr 28 - 3:24 PM

Alex Ovechkin found the back of the net in Thursday's 3-2 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Ovechkin cut Pittsburgh's lead to 2-1 with his goal at the 18:17 mark of the second period. Teammate Evgeny Kuznetsov tied the game at two in the third period, but Pens center Nick Bonino eventually gave his team the lead again. Ovechkin now has four goals and no assists in seven games during the 2017 playoffs. He finished tonight's tilt with two penalty minutes, three shots on goal and six hits in 19:11 of ice time. The Capitals will look to even up the series at home on Saturday.
Apr 27 - 10:53 PM

Sidney Crosby scored a pair of goals in Thursday's 3-2 win over the Washington Capitals.

Crosby opened the scoring 12 seconds into the second period, and he made it 2-0 just 52 seconds later. The Capitals were able to tie the game thanks to two goals by Alex Ovechkin and Evgeny Kuznetsov. But Crosby's teammate, Nick Bonino, restored Pittsburgh's lead with less than eight minutes remaining in the game. Crosby finished tonight's contest with a plus-2 rating and five shots on goal in 17:25 of ice time. Pittsburgh now holds a 1-0 lead in the best-of-seven series. Game 2 will be held in Washington on Saturday.
Apr 27 - 10:41 PM

Erik Karlsson scored the game-winning goal in Thursday's 2-1 win over the New York Rangers.

Karlsson gave the Sens the lead with just over four minutes remaining in the third period, when he banked a shot off Henrik Lundqvist's mask and in from the corner. Karlsson finished the game with five shots on goal and a plus-1 rating in 28:54 ice time. The Sens defenseman now has one goal and six assists in seven games this postseason. The Senators lead the best-of-seven series 1-0. Game 2 will be played in Ottawa on Saturday. Ryan Dzingel also scored for the Sens.
Apr 27 - 9:55 PM

Kevin Fiala suffered a fractured left femur in Game 1 on Wednesday.

Fiala was taken off the ice on a stretcher after he lost his edge while being hit by St. Louis' Robert Bortuzzo. The Predators forward has undergone successful surgery and won't be able to return during the 2017 playoffs.
Source: NHL.com
Apr 27 - 11:36 AM

Leon Draisaitl picked up a goal and three assists in Wednesday's 5-3 win over the Anaheim Ducks.

What an incredible night for the Oilers forward. Draisaitl helped set up Mark Letestu's power play goal in the first period (1-1) before picking up primary assists on third-period goals by Letestu (2-1) and Adam Larsson (3-1). Draisaitl finally put the game away in the third frame, as he was able to score an empty-netter with just over a minute left in regulation. Draisaitl had no points in his first four games of the 2017 playoffs, but he's now recorded seven points in his last three contests. Game 2 will be held in Anaheim on Friday night.
Apr 27 - 1:53 AM

Kevin Bieksa left Wednesday's game against Edmonton because of a lower-body injury.

Bieksa exited the game in the second period after he got tangled up with Edmonton's Anton Slepyshev in the second period. The Ducks defenseman never returned to the game (he played just 7:03 tonight). It's a tough blow for Anaheim, as they're already without Sami Vatanen, but the good news is that Vatanen is closing in on a return. Bieksa is considered day-to-day for now.
Apr 27 - 1:38 AM

Ryan Getzlaf scored a goal and an assist in Wednesday's 5-3 loss to the Edmonton Oilers.

Getzlaf opened the scoring with a beautiful wrist shot just 37 seconds into the second period to give his team a 1-0 lead. Getzlaf was the victim of some poor luck a few minutes later, as his stick broke while the Ducks were trying to kill off a 5-on-3 Oilers power play. Moments after Getzlaf's stick shattered, Mark Letestu found the back of the net to tie the game. The Ducks captain was able to cut Edmonton's third-period lead to 3-2 by picking up the primary assist on Patrick Eaves' goal. Getzlaf now has four goals and three assists in five games this postseason. Anaheim will look to even up the series at home on Friday night.
Apr 27 - 1:33 AM

P.K. Subban scored a goal and two assists in Nashville's 4-3 win over St. Louis on Wednesday night.

Subban was a man on a mission tonight, as he really took control of this game in the first two periods. He picked up the primary assists on Colin Wilson's first-period goal before scoring one of his own (Subban's first playoff goal as a Predator) early in the second frame. He also helped set up Filip Forsberg's power play tally later on in the period. Subban finished the game with a plus-1 rating, two penalty minutes and five shots on goal in 23:16 of ice time. He now has five points in five games this postseason. Vernon Fiddler scored the game-winning goal for Nashville. The Predators lead the best-of-seven series 1-0. Game 2 will be held in St. Louis on Friday night.
Apr 26 - 11:07 PM

There was an 18-minute delay during the second period of Wednesday's game between the Predators and Blues.

The game was delayed because Predators forward Kevin Fiala was taken to hospital by ambulance after suffering a lower-body injury. The game couldn't resume until an ambulance returned on site at Scottrade Center.
Apr 26 - 9:25 PM




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