Sanford, Bozak return to power Blues past Ducks 5-1
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Zach Sanford and Tyler Bozak scored goals in their first games back from injured reserve, and the St. Louis Blues headed into the All-Star break with a 5-1 victory over the stumbling Anaheim Ducks on Wednesday night.
Vladimir Tarasenko, Oskar Sundqvist and Sammy Blais also scored for the Blues, who had lost three of four before splitting two games on a Southern California road trip.
Ducks claim G Chad Johnson off waivers with Miller ailing
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — The Anaheim Ducks have claimed goalie Chad Johnson off waivers from St. Louis.
The Ducks announced the move shortly before revealing Tuesday that backup goalie Ryan Miller will be out for about six weeks with a sprained knee ligament.
Anaheim also says forward Rickard Rakell is out indefinitely with a sprained ankle. The club doesn't know when he will return.
Struggling Blues put goalie Chad Johnson on waivers
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The struggling St. Louis Blues have placed backup goaltender Chad Johnson on waivers and called up Jordan Binnington to take his place.
The Blues put Johnson on waivers after recalling Binnington and sending forward Sammy Blais down to the American Hockey League's San Antonio Rampage. Johnson is 2-6-0 with a 3.54 goals-against average and .884 save percentage in 10 appearances this season.
Karlsson scores 1st goal with Sharks in 4-0 win over Blues
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Erik Karlsson gathered a rebound in the slot and beat Chad Johnson with a slap shot, finally shedding the burden of searching for his first goal with a new team.
The star defenseman sparked a three-goal outburst for San Jose in less than five minutes of the second period, and Aaron Dell earned his fourth career shutout as the Sharks beat the St. Louis Blues 4-0 on Saturday night.
Chad Johnson makes 33 saves, Blues beat Sharks 4-0
ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis Blues goalie Chad Johnson swears he wasn't in a special zone or mindset. The San Jose Sharks might disagree.
Johnson made 33 saves for his first shutout with St. Louis, helping the Blues beat the Sharks 4-0 on Friday night.
"I don't really think about being locked in or on," Johnson said. "I don't think about how I feel. You kind of go out there. You prepare. I prepare the same way every day. I just try to feel the same way or not feel at all."
Tarasenko scores twice, Blues beat Blackhawks 7-3
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Vladimir Tarasenko asserted that the St. Louis Blues were a better team than the one that had dropped seven of its first nine games following a 7-4 loss Thursday against the Columbus Blue Jackets
Tarasenko followed up Saturday night by scoring two goals, and Ryan O'Reilly and Zach Sanford each had three points as the Blues beat the Chicago Blackhawks 7-3 to snap a two-game skid.
"This is really emotional for us," Tarasenko said. "Everyone understands how important this game was."
Street, Cogliano score in 3rd period, Ducks beat Blues 3-2
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Andrew Cogliano was in the right place at the right time for the Anaheim Ducks.
Ben Street and Cogliano scored third-period goals, Ryan Miller made 29 saves, and the Ducks rallied to beat the St. Louis Blues 3-2 on Sunday night.
Jakob Silfverberg also scored for the Ducks, who won for the third straight time at Enterprise Center and matched a franchise-best winning streak at St. Louis from Dec. 21, 2005, to March 31. 2007.
Blues thinking big after active offseason
ST. LOUIS BLUES
LAST SEASON: 44-32-6, 94 points. Finished fourth in Central Division, one point shy of a playoff spot.
COACH: Mike Yeo (second full season, eighth NHL season).
ADDED: C Ryan O'Reilly, C Tyler Bozak, F David Perron, F Patrick Maroon, G Chad Johnson.
LOST: F Vladimir Sobotka, F Patrik Berglund, F Tage Thompson.
All eyes are on Sabres rookie Rasmus Dahlin in Buffalo
LAST SEASON: 25-45-12, 62 points. Finished last in NHL standings for third time in five years.
COACH: Phil Housley (second season, second NHL season).
ADDED: LW Jeff Skinner, LW Conor Sheary, C Tage Thompson, C Patrik Berglund, C Vladimir Sobotka, rookie D Rasmus Dahlin, D Matt Hunwick, D Lawrence Pilut, G Carter Hutton.
LOST: C Ryan O'Reilly, G Robin Lehner, LW Benoit Pouliot, D Victor Antipin, D Josh Gorges, C Jordan Nolan, G Chad Johnson.
Blues goalie Jake Allen out 10-14 days with back spasms
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Blues goaltender Jake Allen is expected to miss the first week or more of training camp because of back spasms.
General manager Doug Armstrong announced Allen's injury Wednesday on the eve of camp. Allen is out at least 10-14 days, which would put him in position to return for the end of the preseason and be ready for the start of the regular season.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — St. Louis Blues goalie Carter Hutton is expected to sign with the Buffalo Sabres once the NHL's free-agency period opens Sunday, according to a person with direct knowledge of the discussions.
The person tells The Associated Press that the two sides are close to having the framework of a deal in place after Hutton visited Buffalo this week. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity Saturday because agreements cannot be announced until the signing period begins.
TORONTO (AP) — William Nylander and Auston Matthews each had two goals and an assist as the playoff-bound Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Buffalo Sabres 5-2 on Monday night.
Andreas Johnsson also scored as Maple Leafs extended a franchise record with their 48th win and matched the team mark for points (103) set in 2003-04. Backup goalie Curtis McElhinney stopped 32 shots to help Toronto win for the 15th time in the last 17 at home.
TORONTO (AP) — Looking to extend one franchise mark and set another, the Toronto Maple Leafs entered Monday 25 spots ahead of the Buffalo Sabres in the NHL standings.
That didn't matter to Jack Eichel.
The Sabres star scored his second goal of the game midway through the third period to lift last-place Buffalo over the Maple Leafs 3-2 and end Toronto's club-record home winning streak at 13 games.
Baptiste lifts Sabres to 5-3 win over Blackhawks
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — For the first time in nearly a decade, the Buffalo Sabres had the bounces to go their way against the Chicago Blackhawks.
Nicholas Baptiste scored two goals in the third period to lead the Sabres to a 5-3 win over the Blackhawks on Saturday. It was Buffalo's first win over the Blackhawks since December 2009, snapping a 12-game losing streak against Chicago.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Jason Pominville scored on a power play at 1:26 of overtime to give the Buffalo Sabres a 2-1 victory over the NHL-leading Tampa Bay Lightning on Wednesday night.
Pominville beat Andrei Vasilevskiy with a one-timer from the left circle to give the Sabres their second straight victory over the Lightning.
Evan Rodrigues tied it for Buffalo in the third, and Chad Johnson stopped 21 shots.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The Buffalo Sabres long ago fell out of playoff contention. They still might be a factor in the postseason.
Jason Pominville scored on a power play at 1:26 of overtime to give the Sabres a 2-1 victory over the NHL-leading Tampa Bay Lightning on Wednesday night.
Pominville beat Andrei Vasilevskiy with a one-timer from the left circle off a feed from Rasmus Ristolainen.
Evan Rodrigues tied it for Buffalo in the third, and Chad Johnson stopped 21 shots.
Sabres spoil Nash’s debut with retooled Bruins
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Benoit Pouliot and Kyle Okposo scored on consecutive shots in the first period and the Buffalo Sabres beat retooled Boston 4-1 on Sunday in forward Rick Nash's Bruins debut.
Evan Rodrigues and Marco Scandella also scored, and Chad Johnson stopped 34 shots. The Sabres snapped an 0-5-2 home skid against the Bruins.
Sabres beat Bruins 4-1 in Rick Nash’s debut for Boston
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Kyle Okposo and the Eastern Conference's last-place Buffalo Sabres head into the uncertainty of the NHL's trade deadline sure of one thing.
They were better than the retooled Bruins by beating them 4-1 to spoil forward Rick Nash's Boston debut.
What happens before the trade deadline hits Monday is anyone's guess with the Sabres anticipated to make several deals, including one involving forward Evander Kane.
Alex Ovechkin's 595th career goal came in the same fashion that has become a staple during his 13 years with Washington. From the left circle his signature spot Ovechkin received the puck on a power play and rifled his shot past Sabres goaltender Chad Johnson.
Before the end of Capitals' 5-1 victory Saturday, Ovechkin tacked on another goal bringing his season total to 38.
He's now just four away from 600, a mark only 19 others in NHL history have achieved.
Sabres get rare home win over East-leading Lightning
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Ryan O'Reilly scored a goal and added two assists in the Buffalo Sabres' 5-3 win over the Eastern Conference-leading Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday night.
Backup Chad Johnson stopped 26 shots to pick up just his fourth win and first in nine home appearances this season. Sam Reinhart scored twice, including an empty-netter with 8 seconds left.
Jaccob Slavin scores in OT, Hurricanes top Sabres 5-4
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The Carolina Hurricanes are heading home on a winning streak.
Jaccob Slavin scored 2:15 into overtime to give the Hurricanes a 5-4 victory over the Buffalo Sabres on Friday night.
Jordan Staal, Derek Ryan, Elias Lindstrom, Justin Williams and Slavin each had a goal and an assist to help the Hurricanes win their second in a row to close out a season-long six-game trip after starting 0-2-2.
"That's huge, especially when we started off the road trip like that," Ryan said.
BUFFALO, N.Y. The angle wasnt pretty.
Wild winger Tyler Ennis was at the top of the left faceoff circle with his back to the net and his skates approaching the goal line.
But he still heaved a backhander at Sabres goalie Chad Johnson.
Aho scores late to lift Hurricanes over Sabres
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Sebastian Aho made his 100th NHL game was one to remember.
Aho scored with 4:45 remaining to lift the Carolina Hurricanes over the Buffalo Sabres 3-1 on Saturday night.
After going scoreless through the first 15 games, Aho has a goal in three straight.
"I think I'm playing the same way," Aho said. "It's just, you get the first one, it's easier to get. So I think that's just the key."
Max Pacioretty scores in overtime, Canadiens edge Sabres 2-1
MONTREAL (AP) — Max Pacioretty and the Montreal Canadiens are picking up speed after a slow start.
Pacioretty scored at 3:08 of overtime to give Montreal a 2-1 victory over the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday night. Pacioretty broke in alone and beat Chad Johnson with a backhand shot.
Andrew Shaw also scored for Montreal, and Charlie Lindgren made 34 saves to improve to 4-1-0. The Canadiens have won four of five to improve to 8-9-1.
Three-goal second period lifts Columbus over Buffalo, 5-1
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — All it took was a little rest for the Columbus Blue Jackets to get back to their winning ways.
Seth Jones had a goal and an assist for Columbus to help the Blue Jackets, who had a three-day break between games, beat the Buffalo Sabres 5-1 on Wednesday night.
Serge Bobrovsky stopped 34 of 35 shots to lead Columbus (6-3-0) to its fifth win in its last seven games. Buffalo dropped to 3-6-2 in front of goalie Chad Johnson, who stopped 33 of 38 shots.
Johnson makes 25 saves, Sabres beat Ducks 3-1
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Phil Housley finally got win No. 1 with the Buffalo Sabres.
Chad Johnson made 25 saves, Benoit Pouliot scored the go-ahead goal in the second period and the Sabres beat the Anaheim Ducks 3-1 on Sunday night for Housley's first victory as an NHL coach.
"It feels great, obviously," Housley said. "But I have to tip my hat to the guys in that locker room."
Sabres’ fresh start features motivated Jack Eichel
LAST SEASON: 33-37-12, 78 points. Finished last in Atlantic Division and 15th in Eastern Conference, extending playoff drought to sixth consecutive season.
COACH: Phil Housley (first season, first NHL season).
ADDED: GM Jason Botterill, Ds Marco Scandella, Nathan Beaulieu and Victor Antipin, RW Jason Pominville, LW Benoit Pouliot, G Chad Johnson.
LOST: RW Brian Gionta, LWs Marcus Foligno, Tyler Ennis and William Carrier, Ds Cody Franson and Dmitry Kulikov, G Anders Nilsson.
Coyotes trade goalie Mike Smith to Flames
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Mike Smith had been a cornerstone of Arizona's franchise during six seasons in the desert, leading the Coyotes to the 2012 Western Conference finals and earning his first trip to the NHL All-Star Game last season.
Now he's headed back to his native Canada, where he hopes to be the No. 1 goaltender the Calgary Flames have needed.
PARIS (AP) — Defenseman Colton Parayko scored twice and center Nate Mackinnon moved atop the tournament scoring leaders with three assists as defending champion Canada beat Norway 5-0 at the ice hockey world championship on Monday.
Canada tops Group B with five wins from six matches, putting it three points ahead of 2010 winner Czech Republic. Canada has 27 goals for only eight conceded, with the only defeat to third-placed Switzerland.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The equipment bag he was stuffing his gear into still said Stockton Heat on it, but Jon Gillies was now an NHL goalie. A victorious one, at that.
Gillies made 27 saves in his first career start, and Dennis Wideman, Freddie Hamilton and Alex Chiasson scored second-period goals as the Calgary Flames defeated the Los Angeles Kings 4-1 on Thursday night.
Sam Bennett added a power-play goal to open the scoring for the Flames, who broke a two-game losing streak.
Rinne leads Predators past Flames 3-1
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Called upon to play a bigger role, Colton Sissons did not disappoint.
Sissons scored a goal, and Pekka Rinne made 24 saves to lead the Nashville Predators over the Calgary Flames 3-1 on Thursday night.
Calle Jarnkrok and Ryan Ellis scored, and Colin Wilson had two assists for Nashville, which has won five of six.
Bruins win 5-2 to end Flames’ 10-game winning streak
CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — David Backes gave the Bruins a sigh of relief when he returned to the ice. Then he gave them a lift just a few minutes later.
On his second shift back from the medical room, Backes scored the go-ahead goal to help Boston stop Calgary's 10-game winning streak with a 5-2 victory Wednesday night.
Johnson leads Flames past Panthers 4-2 for 3rd straight
SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — Chad Johnson made 36 saves during his first start in five games to lead the Calgary Flames past the Florida Panthers 4-2 on Friday night for their third consecutive victory.
Sam Bennett, Mikael Backlund, Deryk Engelland and Troy Brouwer had the goals for the Flames, who scored three straight in less than five minutes midway through the first period.
Aleksander Barkov and Nick Bjugstad scored for the Panthers. Roberto Luongo stopped 24 shots in his first start in three games.
Flames edge Penguins 3-2 in shootout; Crosby gets point 998
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Sidney Crosby's pursuit for 1,000 career points hit a speed bump — not to mention a couple of posts — against Calgary's Chad Johnson.
The Pittsburgh Penguins captain picked up point No. 998 with a third-period assist, but Johnson and the Flames recovered after blowing a two-goal lead for a 3-2 shootout victory on Tuesday night.
Puck picnic: Calgary Flames practice in NYC’s Central Park
NEW YORK (AP) — Among all the joggers, dog walkers, bird watchers and families feeding the ducks in Central Park this weekend, Kris Versteeg and his out-of-town pals came for a picnic.
A puck picnic, that is.
Needing a clean sheet of ice, the Calgary Flames held a brisk, 90-minute practice in the fresh air Saturday. Framed by apartment buildings along 110th Street and skyscrapers beyond Fifth Avenue, the visitors skated on a rink in the north end of the park, at the foot of Harlem.