• Stars’ Lehtonen gets beat by booming, pinpoint accurate shot by Blackhawks’ Kane

    Jared Clinton
    Patrick Kane (via NHL)

    As good as goaltending has become over the past decade, it’s hard not to feel bad for the netminders at times. Players shoot harder and more accurately than ever, and Thursday Dallas’ Kari Lehtonen was beaten by exactly the type of shot that makes you realize how skilled shooters are these days.

    The Stars had gotten out to a big lead in their contest against the Blackhawks, but Chicago was pressuring for the majority of the third period. And with the Stars setting up for a defensive zone faceoff, Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville threw Patrick Kane over the boards with Jonathan Toews, essentially loading up both of his top talents on one line. It didn’t take long for the move to work out.

    Toews won the faceooff and, within seconds of the puck being dropped, Kane hammered home a slapshot that couldn’t have possibly been more accurate: Read more

  • This Week in The Hockey News magazine: March 7, 2016

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    UPC1-THN-6912It’s our Trade Deadline Preview, featuring the lowdown on what every team wants and who’s for sale until Feb. 29.

    Also in the issue:

    Big Benn – Dallas’ quiet star won’t talk about it and may not even know it, but he’s morphed into the NHL’s top power forward. And to think he almost chose baseball

    The AHL Turns 80 – Eight grand tales, from melees to milestones, ring in storied circuit’s birthday

    Family Matters – With a special needs child to raise, trades have been tough on the LaBarberas

    You’ve Been Traded – Players recount the jaw-dropping experience of being dealt in this oral history

    Trade Deadline Rewind – We look back at the winner and losers from the biggest deals from 5, 10, 15, 20 and 25 years ago

    Jones for Johansen – One player’s shock was the other’s relief when they were swapped for each other

    The Travellin’ Man – Meet the adventurer determined to stamp his hockey passport on all continents

    And much, much more

    Pick up a copy at your local newsstand, buy it from the THN store or digitally on your IPad or through PressReader, Kobo, Google PlayZinio or Nook. You can also subscribe at thehockeynews.com.

  • Watch R.J. Umberger score, celebrate snapping 380-day goal drought

    Jared Clinton
    R.J. Umberger (Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images)

    Since Jan. 28, 2015, Scott Hartnell has the 11th most goals of any player in the NHL with 36. That’s more than Jonathan Toews, Corey Perry, Patrice Bergeron, Daniel Sedin and a number of other stars. And it’s definitely more than R.J. Umberger, who the Philadelphia Flyers acquired in exchange for Hartnell in June 2014.

    Heading into Thursday’s game, Umberger had a grand total of zero goals since Jan. 28, 2015. That’s right: he was on a goal drought that spanned more than one calendar year. Over that period, he had played the fourth-most games, 50, without finding the back of the net. Making matters worse, though, he was the only forward among players with 50-plus games played to not score since late-January of last season.

    Umberger finally had his breakthrough Thursday, though. After 380 days without a goal, Umberger came streaking down the left wing, found some open space, took a great pass from Sam Gagner and rifled the puck past Sabres netminder Robin Lehner: Read more

  • Report: Carey Price could miss the rest of the regular season

    Jared Clinton
    Carey Price (Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)

    Canadiens netminder Carey Price has been out of the lineup since Nov. 27, but he doesn’t appear any closer to returning. The 28-year-old netminder has been working to get back since mid-January and has been participating in light skates while recovering from an undisclosed lower-body injury.

    However, according to La Presse’s Richard Labbe, fans in Montreal shouldn’t be counting on Price to return any time soon — or at all during the regular season. Labbe reported Friday morning that the Canadiens are no longer expecting Price to return to the ice before the regular season concludes, meaning if Montreal is to make the post-season, they’re going to have to do so without their all-world netminder.

    While the specifics of Price’s injury have never been revealed, Labbe reported Price is battling through an MCL injury in his right knee. Price hasn’t gone under the knife to repair the injury, but Labbe added that surgery has only been ruled out “for now at least.” Read more

  • Ducks channel Globetrotters with beautiful passing play for goal

    Jared Clinton
    David Perron (Dave Reginek/NHLI via Getty Images)

    There was a time, not so long ago, when the Anaheim Ducks couldn’t score if the net was empty and Ryan Getzlaf had a breakaway. The Ducks’ goal scoring troubles have started to disappear, though.

    Since the beginning of January, the Ducks have the fifth-most goals of any team with 53. That’s the same total as the Chicago Blackhawks and Pittsburgh Penguins, and puts Anaheim only seven back of the offensive-juggernaut that is the Washington Capitals. It’s not just that simple shots from the outside are starting to go in for the Ducks, either. Rather, Anaheim has started to gel and there’s no better example of how dangerous the Ducks can be than David Perron’s goal Thursday night.

    The entire play started with Kevin Bieksa making a crisp pass through the neutral zone to Chris Stewart, but watch the magic once the Ducks get into the Blue Jackets’ zone: Read more

  • Suspend him or not: Radko Gudas clobbers Daniel Catenacci

    Matt Larkin
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    It feels like Flyers defenseman Radko Gudas flirts with supplemental discipline once a month these days. It’s hardly a coincidence, as he deliberately plays on the edge every night. It’s what makes him a tough brick of a man to play against, and it’s also what has him courting significant trouble so often.

    He was suspended in December for a hit to the head of Mika Zibanejad but has also landed on the right side of the law after several other incidents this season, including a blow to the head of Viktor Stalberg in October and a hit on Lucas Lessio that got Gudas ejected but not suspended for clipping a couple weeks ago.

    The latest Gudas incident: this huge blow on rookie Buffalo Sabres center Daniel Catenacci Thursday night. Behold:

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  • Blue Jackets ink Ryan Murray to two-year, $5.65-million extension

    Jared Clinton
    Ryan Murray (Jamie Sabau/NHLI via Getty Images)

    The Columbus Blue Jackets went out and bolstered their defense earlier this season with the acquisition of Seth Jones, but GM Jarmo Kekalainen made another move Thursday to ensure his young, up-and-coming defense corps stays in tact.

    The Blue Jackets announced Thursday they have signed 22-year-old blueliner Ryan Murray to a two-year contract extension worth $5.65-million. The extension will keep Murray, who was set to become a restricted free agent this off-season, under wraps until the 2018-19 season.

    “Ryan Murray is a talented, smart player who has been a very steady performer on our blue line and we are extremely happy to have this deal completed,” said Kekalainen in a release.  “Ryan has earned more ice time, showed steady improvement and contributed in all situations for us throughout the season.  We look forward to his continued growth and development with our club.” Read more

  • The Hockey News Podcast: Episode 3 — Jeremy Roenick on the Dion Phaneuf trade, and the Winnipeg Jets

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    Jeremy Roenick. (Bill Smith/NHLI via Getty Images)

    Welcome to Episode 3 of The Hockey News Podcast.

    This week we have our first guest — former NHL all-star Jeremy Roenick. JR takes a break from his duties with NBC Sports to talk about the Dion Phaneuf trade, the hardest hits he ever took, and what the Winnipeg Jets should do with captain Andrew Ladd.

    THN writers Ryan Kennedy and Matt Larkin are along this week to talk about a potential Jonathan Drouin trade, the Nashville Predators, and . . . O.J. Simpson.

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    [Music: Metz – Headache; Quicksand – Omission]