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Sabres-Senators Preview (The Associated Press)
(Thu, 05 Mar 2015 08:06:55 PST)
Back from a stellar road trip, the Ottawa Senators look to continue their surge while facing a team they've often fared well against at home or away of late. Riding a season-high, seven-game point streak, the Senators seek a sixth consecutive home win over the lowly Buffalo Sabres on Friday night. Rookie Andrew Hammond made 35 saves and Kyle Turris had a goal and an assist as Ottawa (28-23-11) capped a 4-0-1 trip with Wednesday's 3-1 victory at Winnipeg. Amid a 6-0-1 stretch, the Senators are making a serious push to move into playoff position in the Eastern Conference.

Dose: Iggy just keeps scoring (Rotoworld)
(Wed, 04 Mar 2015 23:40:00 PST)
Dismissed by some, Jarome Iginla just keeps scoring goals. Thursday's Dose covers that and more.

NHL Three Stars: Zidlicky leads Wings; Hammond does it again (Puck Daddy)
(Wed, 04 Mar 2015 23:11:51 PST)
No. 1 Star: Marek Zidlicky, Detroit Red Wings   The trade deadline acquisition popped the puck over Cam Talbot for a power-play goal just 1:09 into overtime, as the Wings defeated the New York Rangers on RIVALRY NIGHT(!), 3-2. No. 2 Star: Andrew Hammond, Ottawa Senators Hammond did it again, making 35 saves in leading the Ottawa Senators to a 3-1 win over the Winnipeg Jets. He made 12 saves in the third, when the Sens were outshot 13-3. No. 3 Star: Gabriel Landeskog, Colorado Avalanche The Avs captain scored a goal, his 17th, and had two assists in their 3-1 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins. Honorable Mention: John Gibson made 37 saves in the Anaheim Ducks’ 3-1 victory over the Montreal Canadiens. Jiri Sekac had an assist on Rickard Rakell’s sixth of the season. … Alex Galchenyuk scored his 19th. … Bobby Ryan scored his 17th and Kyle Turris scored his 16th. … Nathan MacKinnon scored a goal and Sidney Crosby went scoreless in their Cole Harbour showdown. … Evgeni Malkin scored goal No. 27. Did You Know? Iginla reached the 20-goal mark for the 16th time in his NHL career and tied Bobby Clarke for 43rd place on the all-time list with 1,210 points. (AP) Dishonorable Mention: Derek Stepan’s holding penalty led to Detroit’s overtime power play. … New Habs Torrey Mitchell and Brian Flynn were a minus-2. … Dustin Byfuglien left the Jets’ loss with an upper body injury. Paul Maurice gave no update on his health.  

Hammond makes 35 saves, lifts Senators over Jets 3-1 (The Associated Press)
(Wed, 04 Mar 2015 21:24:09 PST)
Andrew Hammond added the Winnipeg Jets to his list of conquered opponents. The Ottawa rookie made 35 saves, and Kyle Turris had a goal and assist as the Senators beat the Winnipeg Jets 3-1 on Wednesday night. The Senators (28-23-11) completed a 4-0-1 trip, and are 8-1-2 in their last 11 games. It's unbelievable.'' Bobby Ryan and Erik Condra also scored for Ottawa, which came off a 3-2 shootout loss on Tuesday at Minnesota.

NHL Three Stars: Vasilevskiy blanks Sabres; Sedin reaches 900 points (Puck Daddy)
(Tue, 03 Mar 2015 21:49:40 PST)
No. 1 Star: Andrei Vasilevskiy, Tampa Bay Lightning The rookie netminder made 28 saves and recorded his first NHL shutout as the Lightning blanked the Buffalo Sabres 3-0. Steven Stamkos scored his 36th of the year as Tampa won for the 13th time in their last 15 games at Amalie Arena.  No. 2 Stars: Trevor Lewis / Anze Kopitar, Los Angeles Kings The Kings forwards each had a goal and two assists as LA beat the Edmonton Oilers 5-2 to snap a three-game losing streak. LA has won seven of their last eight meetings against Edmonton and since 2008 are undefeated on the road in regulation against them. Lewis and Kopitar ended up connecting on two goals, like this one to give LA a 2-0 lead: No. 3 Star: Alex Ovechkin, Washington Capitals  Ovechkin continued his march toward another Rocket Richard Trophy with a pair of goals as the Washington Capitals beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 5-3. Nick Backstrom and Jason Chimera each recorded a pair of assists. Joel Ward reached the 500-game plateau. Honorable Mention : The New Jersey Devils scored twice in the game’s opening four minutes en route to a 3-1 win over the Nashville Predators. Cory Schneider made 33 stops as the Devils won for the sixth time in eight games. Mike Cammalleri scored an empty-netter to give him 9 points in his last seven games … Predators forward Matt Cullen played in his 1,200th NHL game … Jiri Hudler scored 1:21 into overtime to help give the Calgary Flames a 3-2 win over the Philadelphia Flyers: Scott Hartnell of the Blue Jackets scored twice and added an assist in the loss … Nazem Kadri and Peter Holland scored five minutes apart early in the third period to help give the Toronto Maple Leafs a 3-2 win over the Florida Panthers. The game featured a wacky third period that saw Al Montoya, who replaced an injured Roberto Luongo after the first period, get injured himself and force the Panthers to scramble for a solution. After a delay, and Florida contemplating the possibility of suiting up Derek McKenzie or Scottie Upshall, Montoya returned briefly before Luongo regained the crease. It was so wild that goaltending coach Robb Tallas suited up , just in case … Matt Dumba scored twice in the second period and Charlie Coyle put home the winner in the shootout as Minnesota Wild edged the Ottawa Senators 3-2. Devan Dubnyk made 31 saves in regulation and overtime and two big ones in the shootout … Cody Eakin’s goal 2:18 into overtime gave the Dallas Stars a 2-1 win over the New York Islanders. Anders Lee forced the extra period after his shot deflected off Jordie Benn’s skate with 1.1 seconds left in the third period. Kari Lehtonen made 35 saves and won for the first time in four starts … Jakob Silfverberg scored a goal and assisted on two others as the Anaheim Ducks downed the Arizona Coyotes 4-1. Andrew Cogliano added a pair of goals and Frederik Andersen made 29 saves in his first start since Feb. 8. Ryan Kesler opened the scoring with a beautiful individual effort while shorthanded: Matt Nieto scored twice and helped the San Jose Sharks to a 6-2 rout of the Vancouver Canucks. Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau each added two assists and Antti Niemi made 26 saves for his first win in four starts ... In a losing effort, Henrik Sedin scored twice for the Canucks and became the fourth Swedish-born NHL player to reach 900 career points: Did You Know? “Darryl Sutter coached his 1,102th game, tying Billy Reay for 16th overall in NHL history.” (AP) Dishonorable Mention: Nashville dropped their fourth straight, a season high … The Flyers thought they had tied the game on a Nick Schultz goal but the officials huddled and ruled the defenseman made incidental contact with Karri Ramo before the puck crossed the line: The Blue Jackets have now lost seven in a row … Matt Martin was give a five-minute major and automatic game misconduct for kneeing Trevor Daley in the first period: MORE FROM YAHOO HOCKEY:

Coyle nets winner in shootout, Wild stop Senators 3-2 (The Associated Press)
(Tue, 03 Mar 2015 21:23:05 PST)
It took a shootout for the NHL's hottest team to finally crack the league's hottest goalie. Charlie Coyle scored the winner in a shootout, Matt Dumba had two goals in regulation and the Minnesota Wild beat Andrew Hammond and the Senators 3-2 on Tuesday night to stop Ottawa's five-game winning streak. Devan Dubnyk made 31 saves and turned away Mike Hoffman in the fifth round of the shootout to secure Minnesota's 15th victory in 20 games. Hammond showed why he's called ''The Hamburgler'' by making 36 saves for Ottawa, but he lost for the first time in six NHL starts.

Trade Market Winners, Losers (Rotoworld)
(Tue, 03 Mar 2015 10:17:00 PST)
We're looking at a whole season worth of trades, not just what happened on Monday.

NHL 2015 trade deadline report card: Puck Daddy’s winners, losers (Puck Daddy)
(Tue, 03 Mar 2015 07:03:56 PST)
It was quantity over quality on 2015 NHL trade deadline day. There were 24 trades made with 42 players moved, along with 21 picks. That’s ahead of last year’s total, but most of the big moves were made leading up to the March 2 deadline day.  Which teams made the biggest strides to the Stanley Cup? Which teams made the smartest moves towards rebuilding? Which teams stood pat but shouldn’t have? Which teams smartly stood pat? Here is the Puck Daddy 2015 NHL trade deadline report card. Keep in mind we factor in the days leading up to the deadline day as well.  Anaheim Ducks : A- If Bruce Boudreau fails to get out of the second round again, it won’t be because GM Bob Murray didn’t fill his tool chest. The James Wisniewski deal brings a longer term than one might want, but it also brings a known quantity who can help the power play. Simon Despres for Ben Lovejoy? Larceny. Korbinian Holzer, when healthy, can help. And Tomas Fleischmann is a depth offensive player that Boudreau knows well. Full speed ahead. Don’t blow it, Brucey. Arizona Coyotes : A What a difference actual ownership makes. The Coyotes move out Keith Yandle, Zybnek Michalek and Antoine Vermette and actually retain salary in each deal to make them work with their trade partners’ caps. The haul was impressive, too: Klas Dahlbeck, Anthony Duclair, Maxim Letunov, two firsts and a second. Tanking and “resetting.” It’s the Don Maloney way. Boston Bruins : C Brett Connolly is an RFA at the end of the season, and is a far better use of two second-round picks than on an older player. There’s reason to believe he could be a top sixer, but he was a bottom-sixer who played with some edge this season for Tampa. Max Talbot is not a good player at this point in his career, although shipping out Jordan Caron for him isn’t a huge loss (and Colorado retains salary). At the very least, Peter Chiarelli chose the right path: Attempting to pivot to younger, cheaper talent rather than overpaying for a rental. But perhaps there was some middle ground left uncovered, a move that could help now and later. Connolly doesn’t quite get there for us, which means the Bruins failed to make a move that ensures them a playoff seed. Buffalo Sabres : A- Dumped more bodies, collected more picks. The second-rounder for Chris Stewart is about right. And they shipped out Michal Neuvirth, who was really playing much too well for a team built to lose every game. Calgary Flames: B+ Nice haul of picks for players that no longer fit into the plans. A second and a third for Curtis Glencross. A second for Sven Baertschi, who wanted out and who wasn’t working. A nice deadline for Brad Treliving, overshadowed by the depressing, devastating loss of Mark Giordano for the season. (The Flames kept that under wraps as long as they could to try and find help on ‘D’ to no avail.) Carolina Hurricanes : B Nice seller’s deadline for Ron Francis. Getting a first-rounder and Roland McKeown for Andrej Sekera. Getting a third for Jiri Tlusty. Getting speedy little Jack Hillen for the U.S.S. Tim Gleason. Now, when’s the Staal trade? Chicago Blackhawks: A- Undaunted by Patrick Kane’s injury, Stan Bowman goes all-in for a Cup run. Antoine Vermette helps this team in several areas. Kimmo Timonen could be the steal of the deadline if he remains healthy – those old wheels had a lot of rest this season. There’s also a lot to like about Andrew Desjardins in their bottom six. The Hawks gave up plenty at the deadline, but they added plenty, too. Colorado Avalanche : C+ Two little moves – adding Freddie Hamilton and Mat Clark – and one slightly bigger one in flipping Max Talbot for Jordan Caron. They probably should have moved Danny Briere and Jan Hejda, but didn’t. But they also didn’t move Ryan O’Reilly, which is a good thing. Columbus Blue Jackets : C- The Nathan Horton/David Clarkson swap was ingenious and creative, but at the end of the day it’s still a bad contract on their books -- no retention of salary from the Leafs. The Jordan Leopold trade was heartwarming, but could actually help in adding Justin Falk. A second-rounder and William Karlsson were the additions for sending James Wisniewski back to the Ducks. They were probably better off trading Cam Atkinson than re-signing him. Dallas Stars : B You have to like the return Jim Nill got for Erik Cole: Mattias Backman was a top 10 prospect for the Wings, Mattas Janmark has potential and a second-rounder. Would have liked to have seen Shawn Horcoff flipped for something, but it sounds like Dallas wants him around.  Detroit Red Wings : B Erik Cole doesn’t have a goal in his last 34 playoff games, which is … wow. Not a fan of his game, but as an insurance policy at forward he’s decent, despite a hefty price from the Stars. Marek Zidlicky, on the other hand, is a puck-mover with lots of experience and a nice add for Ken Holland. But the biggest win: Staying off Phaneuf. Edmonton Oilers : D- As Robert Tychkowski wrote in the Edmonton Sun: So the Oilers spend a second round draft pick on Jeff Petry in 2006, develop him for five years until he is finally good enough to be a key ingredient on their blueline, and then trade him away for a second round draft pick. The Oilers did nothing, Craig MacTavish gave another “ALL IS WELL REMAIN CALM” press conference and Edmonton fans watch nearly every player they’ve given up on star for another team this season. Say, that Minnesota goalie’s pretty good… Florida Panthers : B The Cats did pretty well for themselves. Third rounder for Sean Bergenheim. Second rounder and the empty husk of Dany Heatley for Tomas Fleischmann. Giving up a second and a third for Jaromir Jagr was a bit much, but having him for the playoff push (and to rub off on the team’s younger stars) is a good thing. Deductions for not moving Tomas Kopecky and Scottie Upshall. Los Angeles Kings : B They gave up a conditional first for a rental in Andrej Sekera, which is an overpayment. But they also didn’t do something stupid like cutting bait with Justin Williams due to his contract status. Minnesota Wild : B+ The Jordan Leopold thing goes beyond heartwarming tale – it gives them a much-needed veteran hand on that blueline. Sean Bergenheim needed a change in scenery and the Wild are a good landing spot. Chris Stewart gives that lineup some much needed size and snarl in the West. (The fact that Chuck Fletcher waited it out and only gave up a second-rounder is solid.) The Wild had needs, filled them, and are better now than they were last week. Montreal Canadiens : A- The Petry trade is a steal, even if he doesn’t re-sign. Just a smart move for a possession-driving defensively responsible blueliner. Devante Smith-Pelley for Jiri Sekac could be boom or bust. But adding Torrey Mitchell and Bryan Flynn for peanuts gives them some added depth up front. Nashville Predators: B- We can’t in good faith include the Cody Franson deal as a “deadline deal,” but knowing that they already made their big move means this deadline was a wash. It would have been nice to see them add a piece in the middle, but the market for centers – especially UFA centers – was atrocious.   New Jersey Devils : C The Devils pulled “conditional draft picks” from the Red Wings for Zidlicky and got a second ad a conditional third for Jagr. That’s good. That they were unable to unload anything else from this overage, overpaid and underwhelming roster? That’s bad. But someone was under the de-LOU-sion they were contenders, so the sell-off started late. New York Islanders : B+ The Islanders added Dustin Jeffrey for Cory Conacher, who has officially reached journeyman status. They added Tyler Kennedy, a nice veteran for the bottom six. And they upgraded their backup goalie slot with Neuvirth. Smart, little moves from GM Garth Snow, who has made all the right ones this season. New York Rangers : A Screw the future and reach for the Cup. The Keith Yandle trade might be known as the Anthony Duclair trade in five years, but you have to give to get and the Rangers now have the deepest defense in the NHL. James Sheppard in and Lee Stempniak out were good little moves too. This team has a window to win for the next 2-3 years. You can’t kill them for trying to jump through it. Ottawa Senators : C The Senators are living in that no man’s land of contention and looking at next year. But they ended the deadline with a logjam on defense and with the contracts of David Legwand, Milan Michalek and Colin Greening still on the books. Philadelphia Flyers : A- It may not top the idiocy of the Thrashers sending Braydon Coburn for Alexei Zhitnik, but the Flyers pulling a first, a third and Radko Gudas for Coburn was a coup, even if Coburn plays well for the Lightning. The Flyers also snagged a second rounder for the waning days of Kimmo Timonen. The first time in a long time one feels the Flyers have a steady hand, and a plan, in the GM’s office. Pittsburgh Penguins : C+ Giving up on Simon Despres was more indicative of the organization’s depth on the blue line than his development … which is why one hoped they’d had flipped him for help up front. But they love them some Ben Lovejoy, who really found his game playing for Bruce Boudreau. Then they add another defenseman in Ian Cole, who could never find a steady gig with the Blues. This felt like a deadline where the Penguins had something major in the works that just never materialized. San Jose Sharks : C- A few bodies dumped, Ben Smith acquired for Desjardins … a tough deadline for the Sharks being in contention, which meant they might have hung onto some players (Niemi) that might have otherwise been traded. But they needed a kick in the pants and Doug Wilson couldn't deliver one.  St. Louis Blues : B+ Zybnek Michalek was a smart move by Doug Armstrong, provided he’s healthy. He and Robert Bortuzzo bolster an already stout defense. The Olli Jokinen deal … who knows how much he can actually give you. But it’s another veteran who can score goals, and goals have been the Blues’ undoing in the postseason in our opinion. Tampa Bay Lightning : C+ Steve Yzerman preaches about not overpaying at the deadline and conserving first-round picks … and then overpays at the deadline and trades a first-round pick. This isn’t to say Coburn won’t work out in Tampa, because he’s a good fit for what they do. This is just to say that a first-rounder and a third-rounder AND Radko Gudas is the best argument we’ve seen for not making trades at 2 a.m. But getting two seconds for spare part Brett Connolly was nice. Toronto Maple Leafs : A The Leafs’ selloff saw them turn Daniel Winnik into Zach Sill, a second and a fourth; Korbinian Holzer into Eric Brewer’s expiring contract; Olli Jokinen into anything; and David Clarkson into cap space. A nice first whack of the wrecking ball before the big names (Phaneuf, Lupul, Bozak) are shown the door. Vancouver Canucks : B They didn’t move Zack Kassian, which was commendable. They took a chance on Sven Baertschi, who wanted out of Calgary, costing them a second rounder. Cory Conacher get another tour stop. They’re a playoff team, which meant nothing dramatic with their higher-priced players. Washington Capitals : A- A few years removed from Filip Forsberg-for-Martin Erat, it’s good to see sanity reign at the deadline. Renting Curtis Glencross for a second and a third is great; there was plenty of interest in him and the Caps won the derby. The addition of Tim Gleason to that blue line ... it’s an expiring contract on their last pairing that gives them more size and experience. Winnipeg Jets : B Kevin Cheveldayoff made his first player-for-player deal this season and now he can’t stop! Lee Stempniak adds a little offense in exchange for Carl Klingberg. Jiri Tlusty, acquired with draft picks, might have been a product of playing with Eric Staal but brings some goal scoring to the lineup. We’re just excited to see this team adding at the deadline … although subtracting Frolik would have been fine, too.  MORE FROM YAHOO HOCKEY

Senators-Wild Preview (The Associated Press)
(Mon, 02 Mar 2015 18:55:17 PST)
Looking to give themselves a fighting chance for the postseason, the Ottawa Senators emulated the Minnesota Wild and found a red-hot goaltender. With his perfect record to his NHL career on the line, Andrew Hammond will be in net again Tuesday for the Senators when they square off against Devan Dubnyk and the Wild, hockey's hottest team since mid-January. Hammond has won his first five career starts, rescuing the Senators after both Craig Anderson (hand) and Robin Lehner (concussion) went down with injuries. He has posted a 1.00 goals-against average with two shutouts in that span to put the Senators (27-23-10) on the brink of their first six-game winning streak since Oct. 20-30, 2011.

The Power Play Goal (Rotoworld)
(Mon, 02 Mar 2015 05:53:00 PST)
Alex Ovechkin leads the NHL in power play goals with 18. The surprise is that Claude Giroux is sixth overall with 11.

2015 NHL trade deadline: High prices for players, high stakes for teams (Yahoo Sports)
(Sun, 01 Mar 2015 11:34:05 PST)
2015 NHL trade deadline: Teams are paying up in a seller’s market, trying to bolster their rosters for what could be a wide-open playoffs

Trades create new opportunites (Rotoworld)
(Sun, 01 Mar 2015 09:38:00 PST)
The trade deadline will create plenty of waiver activity and you can get a head start on that now by looking at these players.

Andrew 'Hamburglar' Hammond heats up with Senators (Puck Daddy)
(Sun, 01 Mar 2015 08:24:42 PST)
Three wins against three California teams – two goals allowed in three games. No big deal for a goaltender with one game NHL experience leading into this season and so-so AHL numbers last year and very mediocre numbers in the minors this year. But Ottawa's 27-year-old Andrew Hammond – whose nickname per a recent story is ‘The Hamburglar’   hasn’t just won for the Senators. He has won and thrived in a major way for the Sens, going 5-0-0 with a 1.31 goals against average and .957 save percentage this year.  From after Ottawa’s 3-2 win over the San Jose Sharks on Saturday night: “I don’t think winning ever gets old,” said Hammond, who has allowed a total of five goals during his five-game run. “It’s starting to become more about the team now, and seeing everyone else enjoying it as much as I am is pretty cool, too. “Obviously it’s a pretty good accomplishment,” he added of the sweep. “It gives us confidence going into the rest of the season, that we can go into any arena and beat any team, because these are some of the best teams in the league. To do that, you’re going to feel pretty good about yourself.” Beyond ‘The Hamburgler’ the Ottawa Citizen brought up legendary Canadiens netminder Ken Dryden (who had quite the NHL beginning himself) when writing about Hammond’s hot start. Gaaaaa. The Dryden comparisons are playful, in jest. Hammond, so calm and unassuming he told a TSN reporter, “I try to get nervous” but can’t manage it, knows he’s neither Dryden nor Carey Price, but plans to “ride the wave” of this improbable, if not impossible, run of unexpected glory for as long as he can. Hammond has been thrust into a leading role for the Senators based off to injuries to Ottawa starting goaltender Craig Anderson and then backup Robin Lehner. Enter the Hammond, who has won five straight games, including wins against Montreal, the Ducks and the Kings, all Stanley Cup contenders. The Senators are just seven points back of the playoffs. Per Sports Club Stats , Ottawa has a 23.0 percent chance of making the playoffs. This isn’t exactly great, but better than before the Sens’ five-game winning streak which has coincided with Hammond’s time in goal. Said Mark Stone to The Sun “We’re trying to make a playoff push … We’ve seen we’ve been able to gain seven or eight points in the last two or three weeks. So we know what we’re capable of and we’ve got to keep continuing to push forward.” It’s not like the Senators have poor goaltending, or had poor goaltending earlier in the year. Anderson is one of the better netminders in the NHL and had a 2.37 goals against average and .927 save percentage before he got hurt. But Hammond has been a revelation since he arrived from Binghamton – a product of Bowling Green State University, and a native of White Rock, British Columbia. Said Hammond in an Ottawa Sun piece: " It's flattering, and something I didn't see happening a few weeks ago, and I don't think anybody else did, but the opportunity is here," he said. "The biggest thing for me is, obviously you can't keep this up forever. Carey Price is the best goalie in the world, he goes through spells like this. I'm not Carey Price and I still have a long ways to go. I'm just trying to enjoy it, and ride the wave." According to the story, earlier in the year, Hammond was pulled 36 seconds into a game with Binghamton. He allowed three goals on three shots on goal. What a difference a few months makes. "It's obviously very crazy what's going on right now." he said. Crazy? Not really. Prolific and interesting. Absolutely.  - - - - - - - Josh Cooper is an editor for Puck Daddy on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at puckdaddyblog@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @joshuacooper MORE FROM YAHOO HOCKEY

NHL-Highlights of Saturday's NHL games
(Sat, 28 Feb 2015 23:07:23 PST)
Highlights of Saturday's National Hockey League games: - - - Red Wings 4, Predators 3 The Detroit Red Wings rallied with two third-period goals to edge out the Nashville Predators 4-3 on Saturday. Defenseman Alexey Marchenko tied the contest at 3:56 with his first goal in 13 games and Tomas Tatar supplied the winner at 9:42 for his 25th goal of the season. Goalie Jonas Gustavsson (3-2-1), called up in place of regular starter Jimmy Howard, made 37 saves as Detroit (35-15-11) handed the Predators (41-15-7) consecutive home losses for the first time this season.

NHL Three Stars: Paul Stastny saves Blues vs. Oilers (Puck Daddy)
(Sat, 28 Feb 2015 23:00:14 PST)
No. 1 Star: Paul Stastny, St. Louis Blues   Stastny set up Dmitji Jaskin’s first-period goal and scored the game-winner in the third period as the Blues survived the Oilers, 201. No. 2 Star: Cory Schneider, New Jersey Devils The Devils goalie made 33 saves, preserving an Andy Greene goal until Travis Zajac’s empty netter, as New Jersey beat the Columbus Blue Jackets, 2-0. No. 3 Star: Jay McClement, Carolina Hurricanes McClement scored to tie the game in the first and then to give the Hurricanes a two-goal lead in the second period as Carolina stunned the New York Islanders, 5-3. Honorable Mention: Brandon Pirri scored twice to lead the Florida Panthers back against the Buffalo Sabres in a 5-3 win. … Alexey Marchenko’s first NHL goal tied the game and Tomas Tatar won it with a power-play goal in the Detroit Red Wings’ 4-3 win over the Nashville Predators. … Milan Lucic, Brad Marchand, Patrice Bergeron and Zdeno Chara all scored in the Boston Bruins’ 4-1 win over the Arizona Coyotes. … Carey Price made 30 saves at the Montreal Canadiens blanked the Toronto Maple Leafs, 4-0. David Desharnais had two goals. … Steve Mason made 34 saves and Michael Del Zotto scored a big shorthanded goal in the third period as the Philadelphia Flyers beat the New York Rangers, 4-2. … Justin Fontaine scored a goal and an assist and Devan Dubnyk made 33 saves to defeat the Colorado Avalanche, 3-1. … The Ottawa Senators topped the San Jose Sharks, 3-2, as Mike Hoffman had two goals and Andrew Hammond won again. Did You Know?  Martin Erat scored on Tuukka Rask, which means Terminix will give him free extermination services for life. Dishonorable Mention: Mike Smith lost his eighth straight decision and was pulled after giving up four goals in 31:50. … Richard Panik, Joffrey Lupul, Tyler Bozak and Roman Polak were all minus-3. … Cody McLeod jumped Charlie Coyle, nearly sparked a benches brawl and was given 17 penalty minutes. … The Sharks dropped to 0-6-2 at home in February. ... The Wild have won all four games against the Avalanche this season, outscoring them 12-1.

Sens' rookies charging fast (Rotoworld)
(Sat, 28 Feb 2015 22:45:00 PST)
In Sunday's dose: Vermette heads to Chicago, while the Senators' trio of rookies shine, and Price and Dubnyk continue to be nearly unbeatable.

Senators beat Sharks 4-2 for 5th straight victory (The Associated Press)
(Sat, 28 Feb 2015 22:42:43 PST)
Led by a fill-in goalie, the Ottawa Senators are playing their best hockey of the season. For the San Jose Sharks, things haven't been this bad in years. Andrew Hammond made 28 saves to keep Ottawa in the game early and Mike Hoffman scored a power-play goal to break a tie midway through the third period to lead the Senators to their fifth straight win, 4-2 over the reeling San Jose Sharks on Saturday night. Hoffman added an empty-net goal, and Erik Karlsson and Mark Stone also scored for the Senators, who completed a California sweep after getting shutouts from Hammond against Anaheim and Los Angeles.

Blackhawks swoop for Vermette after Kane injury
(Sat, 28 Feb 2015 20:59:38 PST)
(Reuters) - The Chicago Blackhawks acquired offensive help when they traded for Antoine Vermette in a deal with the Arizona Coyotes on Saturday. The Blackhawks sent defenseman Klas Dahlbeck and a 2015 first-round draft pick in exchange for forward Vermette who arrives as Chicago has recently lost leading scorer Patrick Kane. Kane suffered an upper body injury on Tuesday and will be out until at least late May. Vermette, 32, goes from one of the worst teams in the Western Conference to one of the best. He has 13 goals and 35 points in 63 games this season. ...

Senators-Sharks Preview (The Associated Press)
(Fri, 27 Feb 2015 13:42:53 PST)
The San Jose Sharks' longest home losing streak in nearly 20 years has put their chances of qualifying for an 11th straight playoff berth in jeopardy. Suddenly, the Ottawa Senators are giving their postseason hopes a boost with help from an unexpected source in net. San Jose looks to avoid an eighth consecutive home defeat while preventing the Senators from winning a season-high fifth straight contest Saturday night. The Sharks' 10-year playoff run is the second-longest in the NHL to Detroit's 23, but the Red Wings rallied for a 3-2 victory Thursday to deal San Jose (30-24-8) another blow in pursuit of extending its streak.

My love of the David Clarkson trade and its many remedies for idiocy (Puck Daddy)
(Fri, 27 Feb 2015 10:01:17 PST)
The David Clarkson trade might be my favorite trade in recent memory.  Let me count the ways. David Clarkson was born in Toronto, and was given the opportunity to make $5.25 million annually for seven years to play for the Toronto Maple Leafs. He said on Friday he has no regrets about signing there, and that it was a childhood dream to wear the jersey. His proudest day as a Leaf was when his father saw him wearing that sweater for the first time, on the day of his signing in Summer 2013. It was, and shall be, the only good day he had in the sweater.  Oy, that signing. Clarkson was a perfect fit for the New Jersey Devils: a power forward who they didn’t ask much more than being a physical assistant to the team’s professional scorers on a contending team. He wasn’t overpaid. He didn’t have a hell of a lot of expectations on his shoulders – even when a reunion with junior coach Pete DeBoer turned him into a 30-goal scorer. He was a spectacularly terrible fit for the Leafs. The salary was as high as the expectations – the minute some hyperbolist puts you in a Wendel Clark mustache on the cover a newspaper, you’re basically retirement-banner-or-bust – and Clarkson hadn’t a clue how to handle any of it. That 10-game suspension in the preseason that completely threw off his integration into the lineup. That ineffective offense. The ice time. The injuries. It was a trainwreck, and Clarkson’s deal was soon being called the worst in the NHL. It was even buyout proof!   And soon, GM Dave Nonis was being called the worst in the NHL, too, despite saying from the start that the length of the contract wasn’t something he cared about: “I’m not worried about six or seven [years] right now. I’m worried about one. And in Year 1, I know we’re going to have a very good player.” Except they didn’t, and Nonis wore this mark of shame like a scarlet dollar season. The nerve of this guy: Of course he didn’t care about contract length. He wasn’t going to survive past Year 2 of the deal. It was somebody else’s problem. Except, now it actually is somebody else’s problem; only it’s not a problem, it’s a solution. *** You’d think the fact that Nathan Horton was injured when Columbus Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen signed him might have given the Jackets pause before that 7-year, $37.1 million deal, but he was “an elite power forward” and a “perfect fit” for a Jackets team that previously had perfect fits in Jeff Carter and Marian Gaborik. In total, Horton played 36 regular-season games with the Jackets before a degenerative back problem sidelined him for the 2014-15 season and, potentially, his career. It’s a signing every bit as regrettable as Clarkson’s, although it’s more “act of God” vs. “manmade disaster” in the catalyst department. But the Blue Jackets had their own manmade disaster, on the fiscal front: The contract wasn’t insured. So Columbus would have had to pay $26.1 million over the next five years for a player not playing. Instead, they decided to ask the Toronto Maple Leafs if they could trade the player not playing but getting paid for the player playing that they didn’t want to play or pay. Thus, Clarkson was traded for Horton. The difference in the contracts, over the next five years? That’d be $1.4 million. The trade went down on Thursday. Some people laughed. Some people were outraged that the Leafs were circumventing the salary cap, which is a hard accusation to prove when Horton’s shown a desire to come back and there’s five years left in which to do so. Most people were awestruck that this level of ingenuity could exist in a National Hockey League trade, let alone one involving Dave Nonis. The ongoing epilogue of this trade reminds me of a 1990s coming of age comedy, when there’s that montage before the credits showing how each character has grown, where their lives are leading or how Stifler is still going to be a redeemable hound. So cue the opening chords of “Laid” by James, and consider: - David Nonis, hapless general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs, looking like Sisyphus was given a 10-minute break from the boulder. Clarkson was the mistake that defined him, and its correction has some Leafs fans calling this an act of magic. They still want him fired, of course, but he finally gets a well-earned stick-tap. - Jarmo Kekalainen, shuffling bills around his desk, knowing that he’s not squandering his team’s limited budget on an asset that may never hit the ice again. He scrolls through his contacts to find Pete DeBoer’s number, curious how to crack the Clarkson code. - Eugene Melnyk, Senators owner, wondering why Nonis opted for this deal instead of the one in which Ottawa got Clarkson and Toronto retained three-quarters of his salary. (Just our theory.) - Lou Lamoriello, Devils GM, holding the contract if long-term injured forward and Clarkson replacement Ryane Clowe, wondering if there’s a Clarkson Trade for him to make while stewing over the fact that Nonis and Kekalainen find the kind of loophole he used to find. - Nathan Horton, sitting at home in Florida, watching a Leafs game on satellite, aching with everything in him to join them on the ice. He ultimately doesn’t care who pays him … but there’s a part of him that’s pleased it won’t be coming out of Columbus’ coffers but rather those of Rogers/Bell. - David Clarkson, looking in a mirror, thinking back to his Devils days, trying to forget the Leafs ones, knowing he has a chance to just play hockey without the media mentioning what an abject disaster he is on every occasion.   - Finally, a Leafs fan wearing that David Clarkson jersey they purchased two years ago, wondering if the last 24 hours have turned the most regrettable purchase of their hockey fandom into some bizarre, ironic tribute to the most bizarre, ironic, trade in recent memory. "Ah, you think you're so pretty...heeeeee-heeeee." MORE FROM YAHOO HOCKEY:

The Trade Deadline (Rotoworld)
(Fri, 27 Feb 2015 08:58:00 PST)
There have been plenty of trades in the NHL thus far and more are anticipated in The Week Ahead.

NHL Three Stars: Hammond robs Kings; Subban pads Habs' conference lead (Puck Daddy)
(Thu, 26 Feb 2015 22:46:48 PST)
No. 1 Star: Andrew Hammond, Ottawa Senators The White Rock, British Columbia native picked up his second shutout this season to improve to 4-0-0 on the year. In his four starts he has only allowed three goals for the injury depleted Senators. He stopped 35 of 35 Los Angeles shots on goal to break LA’s eight-game winning streak in a 1-0 win. No. 2 Star: P.K. Subban, Montreal Canadiens Scored one goal and notched two assists in a 5-2 win over Columbus. Subban was also a plus-5. He now has points in seven of his last eight games including five points (one goal and four assists) in his last two contests. Montreal has the best record in the Eastern Conference with 85 points.  No. 3. Star: Devan Dubnyk, Minnesota Wild Made 27 saves on 29 Predators shots on goal in his 19th straight start. The loss for Nashville was just its fourth in regulation at home all year. The victory for Minnesota pushed the Wild into the final Wild Card playoff spot in the Western Conference.  Honorable Mention: Rangers forward Lee Stempniak scored two goals in a 4-3 win over the Arizona Coyotes … teammate Chris Kreider also notched two scores …  Arizona forward Sam Gagner scored two goals in the loss … Chicago’s Teuvo Teravainen scored a goal in a 3-0 win over the Florida Panthers. The victory for Chicago was its first since forward Patrick Kane was injured. Teammate Marian Hossa notched two assists and goaltender Corey Crawford stopped all 20 Florida shots on goal … Toronto forward Tyler Bozak scored a goal and added an assist in a 3-2 win over the Flyers ... Leafs goaltender Jonathan Bernier stopped 47 of 49 Flyers shots on goal in the win … Buffalo forward Brian Gionta scored one goal and added two assists and was a plus-4 in a 6-3 win over Vancouver. Teammate Torrey Mitchell scored two goals and was a plus-4 … Blues forward Patrik Berglund scored a goal … Jets forward Mark Scheifle also scored a goal … Montreal’s Andrei Markov scored a goal, added an assist and was a plus-5 … Minnesota’s Kyle Brodziak scored a goal and added an assist in a win over Nashville as did forward Erik Haula … Nashville forward Matt Cullen picked up two assists in the loss to the Wild … St. Louis goaltender Brian Elliott stopped 30 of 31 Winnipeg shots on goal in a 2-1 shootout win over the Jets … Blues forward Patrik Berglund scored a goal … Jets forward Mark Scheifle also scored a goal … Jets goaltender Michael Hutchinson stopped 28 of 29 Blues shots on goal … Luke Glendening scored the game-winner with 1:15 let to give Detroit a 3-2 win over San Jose. Sharks forward Patrick Marleau scored a goal … Matt Irwin also put one in the net for the Sharks … Detroit’s Pavel Datsyuk scored a goal and has sick hands. Did You Know?: Max Pacioretty is the third Canadiens’ player in the last 20 years with back-to-back 30 goal seasons.  Dishonorable Mention: Arizona goaltender Mike Smith allowed four goals on 38 shots on goal … Panthers defenseman Dmitry Kulikov was a minus-3 … Philadelphia fired 49 shots on goal at Toronto and still lost … Columbus defenseman James Wisniewski was also a minus-3 as was teammate Scott Hartnell … Vancouver’s Eddie Lack allowed five goals on 23 Buffalo shots on goal … Columbus goaltender Curtis McElhinney allowed four goals on 26 Montreal shots on goal … San Jose blew a one-goal third period lead and lost to Detroit in regulation.   MORE FROM YAHOO HOCKEY

Sens' Andrew Hammond ends LA Kings' 8-game win streak, 1-0 (The Associated Press)
(Thu, 26 Feb 2015 22:14:10 PST)
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Andrew Hammond made 35 saves to earn his second consecutive shutout in his fourth career start, and the Ottawa Senators snapped the Los Angeles Kings' eight-game winning streak with a 1-0 victory Thursday night.

David Clarkson for Nathan Horton: Maple Leafs, Blue Jackets trade problems – and it's best for all involved (Yahoo Sports)
(Thu, 26 Feb 2015 18:06:41 PST)
Toronto Maple Leafs send much-maligned David Clarkson to the Columbus Blue Jackets for Nathan Horton. This is one of those trades where you wonder, “Why didn’t I think of that?” It’s simple. It’s brilliant. It helps both sides.

NHL Fantasy Hockey: Overrating NHL trades; waiver wire-worthy Canucks (Puck Daddy)
(Thu, 26 Feb 2015 09:35:57 PST)
Dobber launched his fantasy hockey website DobberHockey back in 2005 and has been Puck Daddy's resident fantasy hockey 'expert' since 2009. The trade deadline offers double the fun for fantasy owners. And I'm not referring to watching the talking heads on TV analyze the trade of a fourth liner all morning on Monday before allocating five minutes on each trade when things actually start moving after lunch. No, if you're a fantasy owner then not only do you get the (post-lunch) excitement of some players that we own being moved to a new environment, but you also feel the rush of trade deadlines in our fantasy leagues. And while you'll get no argument from me that the events are fun, is the end result really any different? Take last year's crop of players who were moved…

Dose: Picking up the pieces (Rotoworld)
(Thu, 26 Feb 2015 06:23:00 PST)
More on moving on post-Patrick Kane in the Hockey Dose.

Senators-Kings Preview (The Associated Press)
(Wed, 25 Feb 2015 23:36:52 PST)
The last time the Los Angeles Kings reeled off eight straight wins, they eventually lifted their second Stanley Cup in three seasons - and that was last spring. The Kings are now trying to match the longest winning streak in franchise history Thursday night, when they look to continue their dominance of the Ottawa Senators. Last season, Los Angeles (29-18-12) turned around a sluggish stretch by winning eight games in a row, and the team has matched that run after beating Detroit 1-0 on Tuesday. The Kings last won nine in a row from Jan. 21-Feb. 6, 2010.

NHL Three Stars: Hammond blanks Ducks; Malkin's three assists leads Pens (Puck Daddy)
(Wed, 25 Feb 2015 23:06:18 PST)
No. 1 Star: Andrew Hammond, Ottawa Senator s The Senators netminder made 25 stops and earned his first NHL shutout during a 3-0 win over the Anaheim Ducks. Erik Condra, Mika Zibanejad and Kyle Turris all scored as Hammond recorded his third straight win.  No. 2 Star: Evgeni Malkin, Pittsburgh Penguins Malkin helped set up three of Pittsburgh’s four goals as the Penguins edged the Washington Capitals 4-3. Pittsburgh won its third straight as Malkin and Sidney Crosby recorded their first points of the season against their Metropolitan Division rivals.  No. 3 Star: Sean Monahan, Calgary Flames Monahan re-directed a Mark Giordano pass 35 seconds into the third period to snap a 1-1 tie and help give the Flames a 3-1 win over the New Jersey Devils. He would later help set up T.J. Brodie’s shorthanded empty-net tally as Calgary won its third in a row. Honorable Mention : Mike Cammalleri scored his fifth goal in four games for the Devils: Giordano set career highs in assists and points in a season with his helper on the winning goal … The Flames’ PK killed off three opportunities and hasn’t allowed a power play goal in 13 games … Marc-Andre Fleury made 21 saves for his second straight win … Alex Ovechkin scored his league-leading 39th of the season in the loss … Pens-Caps continued their love affair from a week ago with some rough stuff in the opening period. Did You Know?   . @NHLFlames have 3 dmen w/ 10 goals (Wideman: 12; Giordano: 11; Brodie: 10) for 2nd time in franchise history ('85-86:Suter/MacInnis/Macoun) — NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) February 26, 2015 Dishonorable Mention: New Jersey’s four-game winning streak came to an end. MORE FROM YAHOO HOCKEY :

Senators' Hammond earns 1st NHL shutout in win over Ducks (The Associated Press)
(Wed, 25 Feb 2015 22:56:51 PST)
Andrew Hammond's road to the NHL was longer than for most goalies. Hammond made 25 saves to earn his first NHL shutout in his third career start, leading the Ottawa Senators to a 3-0 victory over the Anaheim Ducks on Wednesday night. They just made it really easy on me to make the first save.'' Hammond, playing because of injuries to Craig Anderson and Robin Lehner, has led the Senators to three straight victories. Anaheim's one of the top teams in the league, so to do it against them is pretty cool.'' It is Ottawa's first three-game winning streak since a four-game run following a season-opening loss at Nashville.

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