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Scoreboard Roundup 2/25/15

Scoreboard Roundup 2/25/15Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NBA: Boston Celtics 115 (22-33) - New York Knicks 94 (10-46) Miami Heat 93 (25-31) - Orlando Magic 90 (19-40) (F/OT) Charlotte Hornets 98 (23-32) - Chicago Bulls 86 (36-22) Atlanta Hawks 104 (45-12) - Dallas M...

Blackhawks’ Patrick Kane Could Miss the Next 6-10 Weeks

Blackhawks’ Patrick Kane Could Miss the Next 6-10 Weeks

Len Redkoles/Getty Images(CHICAGO) -- It has been a rough 24 hours for Chicago sports fans. Not only will Bulls point guard Derrick Rose be on the shelf indefinitely due to another knee injury, but Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane will miss the next 6-10 weeks with an upper-body injury.

Kane was cross checked in the lower back by Florida Panthers defenseman Alex Petrovic in the first period of their game on Tuesday.

This is a tough blow for the Blackhawks as Kane is tied with Jakub Voracek of the Flyers and Nicklas Backstrom of the Washington Capitals for the most points in the NHL at 64.

"I don't think you can replace the things that he does with the puck, without the puck, the attention that he draws, but one of the strengths of the organization is depth," Blackhawks forward Patrick Sharp said. "You hear it all the time: When a player goes down, you need to step up and collectively fill those shoes. But you guys know as well as I do what kind of player Kaner is."

Kane was attempting to be the first American-born player to win the Art Ross trophy, which goes to the player who leads the NHL in points.

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Bruins Krejci Out At Least One Month

Bruins Krejci Out At Least One Month

Christian Petersen/Getty Images(BOSTON, Ma.) -- The Boston Bruins will be without their top-line center for at least one month as they make a playoff push.

David Krejci will be out for four to six weeks, according to general manager, with a partially torn MCL after a collision with Alexander Steen of the St. Louis Blues on Feb. 20.

Krejci has missed 20 games this season with a groin injury.

The team was 8-9-3 in his absence.

Currently, the Bruins (29-21-9, 67pts) are in eighth place in the eastern conference, just three points ahead of the Florida Panthers (26-21-12, 64pts) for the final playoff spot. 

The Bruins signed Krejci to a six-year extension last September worth 43.5 million dollars.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 2/20/15

Scoreboard Roundup – 2/20/15

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NBA: Orlando Magic 95 (18-39) - New Orleans Pelicans 84 (27-27)

Indiana Pacers 106 (22-33) - Philadelphia 76ers 95 (12-42)

Toronto Raptors 105 (37-17) - Atlanta Hawks 80 (43-12)

Detroit Pistons 100 (22-33) - Chicago Bulls 91 (34-21)

Miami Heat 111 (23-30) - New York Knicks 87 (10-44)

Cleveland Cavaliers 127 (34-22) - Washington Wizards 89 (33-22)

Minnesota Timberwolves 111 (12-42) - Phoenix Suns 109 (29-26)

NHL: New Jersey Devils 4 (23-26-9, 55pts) - Vancouver Canucks 2 (33-22-3, 69pts)

New York Rangers 3 (35-16-6, 76pts) - Buffalo Sabres 1 (17-38-4, 38pts)

Carolina Hurricanes 2 (21-29-7, 49pts) - Toronto Maple Leafs 1 (23-31-5, 51pts)

St. Louis Blues 5 (38-16-4, 80pts) - Boston Bruins 1 (28-21-9, 65pts)

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Scoreboard Roundup – 2/19/15

Scoreboard Roundup – 2/19/15Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NBA: Oklahoma City Thunder 104 (29-25) - Dallas Mavericks 89 (36-20) Top 25 Men's College Basketball: (3) Gonzaga 86 (27-1) - Pacific 74 (10-17) (7) Arizona 87 (23-3) - USC 57 (10-16) (9) Utah 47 (21-4) - Oregon State 3...

Predators Acquire Defenseman Cody Franson from the Maple Leafs

Predators Acquire Defenseman Cody Franson from the Maple Leafs

iStockPhoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The top team in the NHL has added even more reinforcements as they've acquired defenseman Cody Franson and center Mike Santorelli from the Toronto Maple Leafs.

In exchange, the Predators will send the Maple Leafs forward Olli Jokinen, prospect Brendan Leipsic, and a 2015 first-round pick.

"In preparation for the 2015 playoff run, our goal was to add a veteran defenseman who could play in all situations and a proven forward who could move up and down lineup based on the situation," Predators general manager David Poile said in a statement. "We were fortunate to do this in the same transaction with players who are in the prime of their careers more than two weeks before the trade deadline in order to give them more time to contribute and gel with their teammates."

Both Franson and Santorelli began their careers with the Predators, and are also both set to become unrestricted free agents at the end of the season.

In 55 games this season, Franson has 32 points, while Santorelli has 29 points in 57 games.

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Stars Place Seguin on IR

Stars Place Seguin on IR

Steve Babineau/NHLI via Getty Images(DENVER) -- Dallas Stars center Tyler Seguin was placed on injured reserve Saturday with a lower-body injury.

Star's general manager Jim Nill announced Seguin will miss three to six weeks.The 23-year-old Seguin was injured during the team's win over the Florida Panthers Friday night after getting hit low by Florida defenseman Dmitry Kulikov. Kulikov was ejected from the game, and Seguin had to be helped off the ice."It's a play that I don't like," Stars head coach Lindy Ruff said Saturday. "It's a dirty, low play that I don't like. The league doesn't like it, and I want to see the league deal with it."Seguin began Saturday third in the NHL in points (58).The Stars also lost forwards Ales Hemsky and Patrick Eaves to injury Friday night. Like Seguin, Eaves was also placed on the injured reserve.Dallas recalled forwards Brett Ritchie and Travis Morin from the AHL.

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Evgeni Nabokov Announces Retirement

Evgeni Nabokov Announces Retirement

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(SAN JOSE, Ca.) -- Two days after being traded to the San Jose Sharks, Evgeni Nabokov has announced he will retire from professional hockey.

The 15-year veteran was traded Monday to the San Jose Sharks, the team that drafted the goalie in 1994, from the Tampa Bay Lightning. 

"It means a lot that this circle is coming to an end and I'm happy I will retire as a Shark," Nabokov said.

Nabokov, 39, played ten seasons for the Sharks. He was taken in the ninth round with the 219th pick. He eventually won the Calder Memorial Trophy in 2001. 

He was a major part of the Sharks first conference finals appearance in 2004, where they would lose to the Calgary Flames.  The team would again reach the finals in 2010 before being swept by the Chicago Blackhawks. Both losses still both bother him to this day.

"I'm really disappointed that we were never able to win the Stanley Cup and deliver that extra save that we needed in the conference finals," Nabokov said.

After the 2009-2010 season he moved on to play three years with the New York Islanders. He played this season with the Lightning until his recent trade.

Nabokov is the Sharks all-time leader in several categories with 293 wins, 50 shutouts and 563 games played.  He is also one of 11 goalies in NHL history to score a goal.

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New Jersey Devils Hot Streak Cools Off

New Jersey Devils Hot Streak Cools Off

Christian Petersen/Getty Images(NEWARK, N.J.) -- The New Jersey Devils entered Monday night's game against the Edmonton Oilers as one of the hottest teams in the NHL. It was the Oilers (15-30-9, 39 pts) who turned up the heat however, as they extinguished the Devils 2-1.

The Devils (21-24-9, 51 pts) began the night honoring Patrik Elias for scoring his 1,000th career point -- achieved last month against Buffalo. 

Elias promptly put the Devils ahead when he crushed the puck over the glove side shoulder of Oilers goalie Ben Scrivens 5:47 into the first period.

The team would hold the lead until the Oilers' Oscar Klefborn beat Cory Schneider with under a minute to go in the first. Nail Yakupov would seize the lead for Edmonton in the second on a power play goal.

"We all have to look ourselves in the mirror and I need to find a way to be one better," Schneider said. "That's our recipe for success -- keep it at one or two -- tonight I couldn't come up with that one save we needed and we weren't able to pull this one out of the fire."

General manager Lou Lamoriello wouldn't put any of the blame on Schneider's shoulders, instead blaming the energy of the team on the ice and the inconsistency shooting on scoring chances.

"Cory has been that way consistently, each and every night," Lamoriello said. "Goaltending is not the issue."

With two tough games coming up for the Devils in Chicago and Nashville, it's now or never for their season.

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Evander Kane Will Have Season-Ending Shoulder Surgery

Evander Kane Will Have Season-Ending Shoulder Surgery

Len Redkoles/ NHLI via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Winnipeg Jets winger Evander Kane will have season-ending surgery on his left shoulder, Jets head coach Paul Maurice said Friday.Kane has reportedly been playing with this injury for an extended period of time.Before the announcement, Kane hadn't been in the best of graces with the team. The 23-year-old was a healthy scratch for Tuesday's game against Vancouver, and it was later found out that he had violated team dress code by wearing a track suit rather than a dress suit when showing up for a team meeting earlier that day.According to the Winnipeg Free Press, Jets defenseman Dustin Byfuglien threw Kane's clothes into a cold tub to teach him a lesson. That reportedly upset Kane, who could not be reached by the team before Tuesday's game.Kane has played in 37 games this season, scoring 10 goals and dishing out 12 assists.

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Rangers Goalie Henrik Lundqvist Out at least 3 Weeks with Vascular Injury

Rangers Goalie Henrik Lundqvist Out at least 3 Weeks with Vascular Injury

Scott Levy/NHLI via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- One of the NHL's best goaltenders will have to sit out at least a few weeks as Henrik Lundqvist of the New York Rangers will be on the shelf after suffering a vascular injury.

Lundqvist was struck in the neck by a puck last weekend, and he'll need some time to get back to full strength.

"We have been conferring with leading medical experts to ensure the best possible care," the team said in a statement. "Henrik will remain sidelined at least three weeks, until he is re-evaluated and we have completed the process of conferring with the medical experts."

At 30-15-4, the Rangers are in a tight race over in the Eastern Conference. They find themselves sixth in the Eastern Conference heading into Friday night.

The 32-year-old Lundqvist is having another stellar season for the Rangers this year. He's 25-11-3 with a 2.25 GAA with a save percentage of .922%.

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Canadiens’ P.K. Subban Fined for Diving

Canadiens’ P.K. Subban Fined for Diving

Mark Serota/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Montreal Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban was fined $2,000 for diving/embellishment.The infraction happened in the Canadiens' game against the New York Rangers on Jan. 29. Subban was arguing with Rangers forward Chris Kreider when Kreider gave him a slight bump with the shaft of his stick, after which Subban immediately dropped to the ice. The play led to Subban receiving a two-minute minor for embellishment.The diving rule is new this season and was made to seriously penalize players who dive/embellish in an attempt to draw penalties.The 25-year-old Subban previously received a warning by the NHL after a play that occurred in the Canadiens' game against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Jan. 6.Subban becomes the fifth player this season to be fined under the new rule.

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Blues Defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk to Undergo Abdominal Surgery

Blues Defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk to Undergo Abdominal Surgery

Len Redkoles/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- In the midst of having a career-season, St. Louis Blues defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk will be out indefinitely after needing to undergo abdominal surgery.

Shattenkirk suffered the injury when he collided with Washington Capital Alex Ovechkin in the first period of Sunday’s game.

The Blues announced that Shattenkirk will have the procedure in the next seven to 10 days. It is unknown just how long he'll be out of action.

Now in his fifth NHL season, Shattenkirk has been one of the best scoring defenseman in the NHL this season. In 49 games, he has 40 points, second-most by an NHL defenseman this season. He also leads defenseman in assists with 32.

With 68 points, the Blues are third in the Western Conference. They trail the Nashville Preadators and Anaheim Ducks by two points for the top spot.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 1/30/15

Scoreboard Roundup – 1/30/15

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NBA: Philadelphia 76ers 103 (10-37) - Minnesota Timberwolves 94 (8-38)

Atlanta Hawks 105 (39-8) - Portland Trail Blazers 99 (32-15)

Cleveland Cavaliers 101 (28-20) - Sacramento Kings 90 (16-29)

Houston Rockets 93 (33-14) - Boston Celtics 87 (16-29)

Toronto Raptors 127 (32-15) - Brooklyn Nets 122 (18-28)

Dallas Mavericks 93 (31-17) - Miami Heat 72 (20-26) 

New Orleans Pelicans 108 (25-22) - Los Angeles Clippers 103 (31-15)

Utah Jazz 110 (17-30) - Golden State Warriors 100 (36-8)

NHL: St. Louis Blues 3  (31-13-4, 66pts) - Carolina Hurricanes 2  (17-25-6, 40pts)

Pittsburgh Penguins 2 (28-13-8, 64pts) - New Jersey Devils 1 (18-22-9, 45pts) - Overtime

Colorado Avalanche 3 (21-18-11, 53pts) - Nashville Predators 0 (31-11-6, 68pts)

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St. Louis Blues Goaltender Martin Brodeur Retires from NHL

St. Louis Blues Goaltender Martin Brodeur Retires from NHL

christian ammann/iStock/Thinkstock(ST. LOUIS) -- St. Louis Blues goaltender Martin Brodeur announced his retirement from the National Hockey League on Thursday. He will join the team’s front office as a senior adviser to the general manager.

“I know I can play,” said Brodeur. “I know I still can have fun with this game.”

The 42-year-old Brodeur, who spent the previous 21 seasons with the New Jersey Devils, signed with St. Louis on Dec. 2, 2014. In seven games with the Blues, he went 3-3 with a .287 goals against average.

During Brodeur's illustrious career, he won the Vezina Trophy, which is awarded to the NHL's best goaltender, four times (2003, 2004, 2007, 2008), and has finished in the top five in voting for the league's MVP seven times.

Brodeur compiled a record of 691-397-176, along with a 2.24 goals against average, a .912 save percentage and 125 shutouts, in 1,266 career regular season games. Last year with the Devils, he finished with a 19-14-6 record with a 2.51 goals against average and a .901 save percentage.

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Team Toews Tops Team Foligno in NHL All-Star Game

Team Toews Tops Team Foligno in NHL All-Star Game

iStockPhoto/Thinkstock(COLUMBUS, Ohio) -- If you're a fan of low-scoring hockey, then the NHL All-Star Game isn't for you. On Sunday, Team Toews came out on top over Team Foligno, 17-12.

It was the highest-scoring All-Star Game in NHL history.

New York Islanders center John Tavares scored four goals in the game, which matched a record for the game.

There was so much offense that Tavares didn't even win the MVP Award. That honor went to Columbus Blue Jackets center Ryan Johansen, who was playing in front of the Blue Jacket fans. He was given the award after the fans voted him the winner on Twitter.

"It's meant a lot, being a part of it -- seeing the fans and how much they've been enjoying all the festivities," he said. "We did a two-hour (autograph) signing. Everybody just seemed to be having a great time. All the kids were laughing and having a lot of fun."

Philadelphia Flyers winger Jake Voracek had a memorable game as he tied another record with six points.

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Report: Bruins to Host 2016 Winter Classic

Report: Bruins to Host 2016 Winter Classic

A.J. Messier/NHLI via Getty Images(BOSTON, Ma.) -- The NHL's Winter Classic has a set destination for 2016.

The Boston Bruins will host the Montreal Canadiens in Gillette Stadium, according to WEEI.com. Gillete Stadium is home to the New England Patriots. 

The Bruins previously hosted the Winter Classic in 2010 at Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox.

The 2015 Winter Classic was held in Nationals Park between the Washington Capitals and the Chicago Blackhawks, which Washington won 3-2. Capitals winger Troy Brouwer won the game with 13 seconds to go on a power play goal in the third period.

The news is expected to be officially announced at the NHL All Star game this weekend in Columbus, Ohio. 

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Blackhawks Forward Carcillo Suspended for Cross Checking

Blackhawks Forward Carcillo Suspended for Cross Checking

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(CHICAGO, Ill.) -- Chicago Blackhawks perennial troublemaker Daniel Carcillo has been suspended six games by the NHL for cross checking.

Carcillo took his stick to the arm to Jets forward Mathieu Perrault, while he wasn't looking, during the second period of Friday night’s game against Winnipeg. 

The NHL Department of player safety classified Carcillo as a repeat offender. Carcillo has had eleven prior incidents, according to the NHL, including three stick related infractions. 

Normally, cross checking is punished with an in-game penalty, but according to the NHL, supplemental discipline was required with Carcillo because the play was already whistled dead, Perrault was not expecting to be hit after the whistle had blown and was injured as a result. Finally, Carcillo, "hit Perrault in an unprotected spot on his arm; below the shoulder pad and above the elbow pad." 

Carcillo will be eligible to return when Chicago plays the Minnesota Wild on February 3. The Blackhawks will then play the Jets in their next game on the 6th.

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Report: Rangers Agree to Six-Year Deal with Staal

Report: Rangers Agree to Six-Year Deal with Staal

Len Redkoles/NHL via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The New York Rangers are locking up one of the cornerstones of their franchise.

The team has agreed to a six-year deal with defenseman Marc Staal, worth $5.7 million per season, according to ESPN's Craig Custance.

Staal, 28, was the first-round pick of the Rangers in 2005 and ranks second on the team with 29 career goals and 503 games played, and third on the team with 90 assists since joining the team in 2007-2008.

"Marc has been one of the cornerstones of our team since he arrived in New York," general manager Glen Sather said. "His commitment and perseverance to the Rangers, and the game of hockey, has been an inspiration for everyone in the organization, and he has become a role model for young players and veterans alike. We are excited that he will continue to provide that leadership in a Rangers uniform."

Staal returned from injuries in 2011-2013 seasons to play 72 games with the blue shirts last year.

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Predators Lose Rinne for 3 to 5 Weeks

Predators Lose Rinne for 3 to 5 Weeks

Frederick Breedon/Getty Images(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) -- Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne will miss three to five weeks due to a sprained knee, the team announced Thursday.Rinne was injured in a collision in the third period of the team's win over Vancouver Tuesday night."It's a setback, but we'll get over it as a team," Predators head coach Peter Laviolette said. "He'll get over it as a person, and he'll jump back in there."Rinne leads the league with 29 wins, and is second in goals-against average (1.96) and save percentage (.931).

With Rinne out, the Predators (29-9-4, 62 pts) will turn to Carter Hutton as their No. 1 goaltender. Hutton has appeared in six games this season, compiling a 0-3-2 record with a 2.60 goals-against average and a .905 save percentage."I'm just going to play my game," Hutton said. "You never want to see a guy like Pekka go down but that's the way it goes. We went through it last year. I feel like my games have been solid all year. I'm not getting the results I need, but if you look at the individual games and the way the games went down ... I feel good in my game and I know the guys are confident in me and I'm ready to get in there."

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