NHL investigating Flyers’ Lehtera after drug bust in Finland
The NHL said Thursday it is investigating Philadelphia Flyers forward Jori Lehtera after a report he is being questioned in connection with a drug bust in his native Finland.
Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly said the league is investigating the situation. Lehtera's lawyer, Ari Nieminen, said he expects police to release a statement clearing up some things that came out of the report.
Flyers top Islanders behind Stolarz’s 31 saves
Anthony Stolarz made 31 saves to lead the visiting Philadelphia Flyers to a 5-1 win over the New York Islanders on Tuesday night.
Stolarz played the entire game in place of Alex Lyon, who suffered a lower-body injury during warmups.
James de Haas, Carsen Twarynski, Phil Varone, Danick Martel and Jori Lehtera scored for Philadelphia.
Robin Lehner allowed four goals on 22 shots in the first two periods. Christopher Gibson played the third and made seven saves.
CRANBERRY TOWNSHIP, Pa. (AP) — The Pittsburgh Penguins will be without center Evgeni Malkin and forward Carl Hagelin when the two-time defending Stanley Cup champions open their Eastern Conference semifinal series Thursday night in Washington.
Coach Mike Sullivan said Wednesday that Malkin and Hagelin will be scratched from the lineup because of injuries.
Kevin Gorman’s Take 5: Five thoughts on Penguins 5, Flyers 1 in Game 3
1. Great in goal
Fresh off a 5-1 Game 2 victory and in their playoff home debut, the Flyers came out fast in the first period.
And Matt Murray was ready Sunday.
The Penguins goalie stoned a Nolan Patrick breakaway with a glove save, blocked Travis Sanheim after a cross-ice pass from Jori Lehtera and stopped a Scott Laughton wrister before the Penguins attempted their first official shot on goal.
Flyers surge past Rangers 7-4
NEW YORK (AP) — Pressed into action after Flyers starter Michal Neuvirth left with a lower-body injury, rookie goaltender Alex Lyon was confident at Madison Square Garden having played there before for Yale.
In his fourth NHL game, Lyon calmly went out over the next 40 minutes and made 25 saves for his first NHL win as the surging Flyers rolled past the slumping Rangers 7-4 on Sunday for their sixth win in seven games.
CHICAGO (AP) — The St. Louis Blues acquired center Brayden Schenn from the Philadelphia Flyers in completing two trades during the first round of the NHL draft Friday night.
In exchange for the three-time 20-goal-scorer, the Flyers got the Blues' first-round pick this year, a conditional first-round pick in next year's draft and third-year forward Jori Lehtera.
Blues bring Stastny back at center for Game 5 vs. Wild
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — St. Louis Blues center Paul Stastny has returned to the first line to make his debut in Game 5 of the first-round playoff series against Minnesota, after missing the last 14 games because of an upper-body injury.
The Blues scratched rookie Ivan Barbashev to make room in the lineup Saturday against the Wild. The 11-year veteran Stastny, who had 18 goals and 22 assists in 66 games during the regular season, was injured on March 21.
Blues don’t have answers for inept power play
As well as the Blues have played recently — games with Colorado and Winnipeg aside — there’s been one glaring weakness: Their power play has been awful.
Over the past eight games, the Blues have scored just one power play goal in 20 opportunities, and that was an empty-net goal. Arizona took a penalty within the final two minutes but still pulled its goalie to try to tie the score; David Perron scored.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The St. Louis Blues announced forward Paul Stastny is week to week with a lower-body injury.
Stastny was injured in the Blues' 4-2 win against the Colorado Avalanche on Tuesday night. He played just 3:51 before leaving the game midway through the first period.
The injury to Stastny is a blow to the Blues' center depth with Jori Lehtera also out of action. Lehtera has missed six games with an undisclosed injury.
Tarasenko scores twice to lift Blues over Isles 4-3
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Vladimir Tarasenko knew he needed to step up with two of St. Louis' top centers, Paul Stastny and Jori Lehtera, out of the lineup.
With Alexander Steen centering his line, Tarasenko scored twice to lead the Blues to a 4-3 win over the New York Islanders on Saturday night.
Tarasenko, Steen score late, lift Blues past Canucks 4-3
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Alexander Steen has been hot since Mike Yeo took over as coach of the St. Louis Blues. His teammates have been even hotter.
Vladimir Tarasenko and Steen scored third-period power-play goals to lift the streaking Blues to a 4-3 win over the Vancouver Canucks on Thursday night.
Magnus Paajarvi and Jori Lehtera also scored, and Kevin Shattenkirk had three assists for the Blues, who won their sixth straight game. Jake Allen made 18 saves.
Colton Parayko, Carter Hutton lead Blues past Sharks 4-0
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — As a farmhand for the Sharks back in 2010-11, Carter Hutton never got a chance to play an NHL game in San Jose. Since leaving the organization, the Shark Tank has felt just like home.
Hutton made 23 saves to earn his second shutout in as many career starts in San Jose and the St. Louis Blues beat the Sharks 4-0 on Saturday night.
Tarasenko stays hot as Blues come back to beat Devils 5-2
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Vladimir Tarasenko is known for his goal-scoring ability. Now he's starting to show other parts of his game.
Tarasenko had a goal and two assists and Alex Pietrangelo scored the go-ahead goal as the St. Louis Blues beat the New Jersey Devils 5-2 on Thursday night.
Jori Lehtera, Nail Yakupov and Patrik Berglund also scored for the Blues, who overcame an early two-goal deficit. Jake Allen made 24 saves as St. Louis improved to 13-1-3 on home ice.
Fabbri, Tarasenko lead Blues over Devils 4-1
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Robby Fabbri has it pretty good with the St. Louis Blues.
The second-year left wing is on a line with Vladimir Tarasenko and Jori Lehtera. One is among the NHL's most renowned talents, and the other is a quality playmaker.
So what is Fabbri's role on the line?
"I'm just trying to do my part and fit in," he said.
Fabbri fit just fine Friday night. He scored twice, Tarasenko had three assists and the Blues beat the New Jersey Devils 4-1.
Tarasenko scores at 3:24 of OT to lift Blues past Stars
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Giving up a lead late before going on to win two straight games is not St. Louis coach Ken Hitchcock's idea of good hockey.
Vladimir Tarasenko scored at 3:24 of overtime to lift the Blues to a 4-3 victory over the Dallas Stars on Monday night. Tarasenko took a pass from Jori Lehtera and fired a wrist shot past Stars goalie Antti Niemi for 10th of the season and team-leading 23rd point.
The Bruins lost two leads and eventually the game to the St. Louis Blues, 4-2, at the Garden last night.
But they may have lost a lot more than that.
Zdeno Chara left the game after his first shift in the second period and, after that, the airtight defense the B’s had been playing for the previous seven games took a major hit. There was no immediate word on why Chara left the game and there was no obvious injury that occurred.
Fabbri, Lehtera help Blues break out, beat Avs 5-1
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Robby Fabbri was slow to rediscover his scoring touch early in his second NHL season.
He finally got his first goal of 2016-17 in the first period Sunday night, and the St. Louis Blues followed with a long-awaited offensive barrage.
Fabbri and Jori Lehtera each scored in the first 3:35 and the Blues beat the Colorado Avalanche 5-1.
"It felt like my first goal last year," said Fabbri, who had 18 goals as a rookie. "It's nice to get that weight off my shoulders."
Schwartz scores lone goal in Blues’ win over Kings
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Jaden Schwartz had let enough chances slip by this season.
Jake Allen stopped 27 shots and Schwartz scored early in the third period, leading the St. Louis Blues over the Los Angeles Kings 1-0 on Saturday night.
Schwartz scored 3:43 into the third off a pass from Jori Lehtera, swiping the puck from in front past goalie Peter Budaj.
Detroit defeats St. Louis after marathon shootout
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Henrik Zetterberg scored in the eighth round of a shootout to give the Detroit Red Wings a 2-1 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Thursday night.
Zetterberg's goal gave the Red Wings a six-game winning streak.
In the shootout, St. Louis' first shooter, Alexander Steen, scored but then Vladimir Tarasenko, Kevin Shattenkirk, David Perron, Nail Yakupoc, Robby Fabbri, Patrick Burgland and Dmitrjij Jaskin all came up short.