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Around the League notebook for Sunday, Oct. 19


Sunday, 10.19.2014 / NHL.com

DUCKS FLY PAST BLUES FOR FIFTH STRAIGHT WIN

Frederik Andersen made 28 saves for his first career shutout and Sami Vatanen (2-0-2) recorded his first career multi-goal game to help the Ducks earn their fifth straight win and push their record to 5-1-0 this season.


According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Andersen joins Ross Brooks (Boston Bruins) as the only goalies in NHL history to win 25 (or more) of his first 30 NHL decisions. Andersen is now 25-5-0 in his career; 5-0-0 this season. Brooks went 25-2-3 with Boston from Oct. 25, 1972-Feb. 28, 1974 over his first 30 career decisions.


* Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf (0-2-2) recorded his third multi-point game of the season (6 GP) and his six assists ties him for second in the NHL, one behind League-leader John Tavares of the New York Islanders (7).




Brodie, Flames close to contract extension: report


Sunday, 10.19.2014 / NHL.com

The Calgary Flames reportedly are on the verge of signing defenseman TJ Brodie to a five-year contract extension.


Brodie, 24, scored his third goal in seven games in a 4-1 win at the Winnipeg Jets on Sunday. He had four goals and 27 assists in 81 games last season.


A deal could be announced as early as Monday, according to TSN’s Bob McKenzie.




Hagelin uses speed to his advantage in Rangers' win


Sunday, 10.19.2014 / NHL.com

Carl Hagelin



Lightning recall Drouin, Witkowski from AHL


Sunday, 10.19.2014 / NHL.com

The Tampa Bay Lightning recalled forward Jonathan Drouin and defenseman Luke Witkowski from the Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League, the team announced Sunday.


Drouin, who was assigned to Syracuse for conditioning last Thursday, played two games with the Crunch and had a goal and two assists with a plus-4 rating. Drouin was assigned for conditioning after sustaining a minor fracture on his right thumb, causing him to miss training camp.


Drouin (5-foot-11, 178 pounds) was the third pick in the 2013 NHL Draft.




Stars place forward Nichushkin on injured reserve


Sunday, 10.19.2014 / NHL.com

The Dallas Stars placed forward Valeri Nichushkin (groin) on injured reserve and recalled defenseman Jyrki Jokipakka from Texas of the American Hockey League, the team announced Sunday.


Nichushkin, 19, hasn't played since Oct. 11 and is pointless in two games with a minus-1 rating. He scored 14 goals and 34 points in 79 games as a rookie last season.


Jokipakka, 23, has a power-play goal in three games this season for Texas.




Carolina Hurricanes

Hurricanes recall Patrick Brown from AHL


Sunday, 10.19.2014 / NHL.com

RALEIGH, NC – Ron Francis, Executive Vice President and General Manager of the National Hockey League's Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has recalled forward Patrick Brown from the Charlotte Checkers of the American Hockey League (AHL).

Brown, 22, appeared in two games during Charlotte's weekend homestand. The Bloomfield Hills, MI, native made his NHL debut with Carolina on Oct. 10, and has averaged 9:37 of ice time while playing in all four of the Hurricanes' games this season. In 2013-14, Brown (6'1", 210 lbs.) scored 15 goals and earned 15 assists (30 points) in 40 games during his senior season at Boston College. The son of two-time Stanley Cup-champion Doug Brown, he is in his first professional season after having signed with the Hurricanes as a free agent on April 12, 2014.



Horvat assigned to Comets for conditioning


Sunday, 10.19.2014 / NHL.com

Vancouver, B.C. - Vancouver Canucks General Manager Jim Benning announced today that the Canucks have assigned centre Bo Horvat to the AHL Utica Comets on a conditioning assignment.


Horvat, 19, appeared in five games with the Canucks during the 2014 NHL Pre-Season games registering one goal (1-0-1). Last season he appeared in 54 games for the OHL London Knights collecting a career-high 74 points (30-44-74) and 36 penalty minutes.


The 6'1", 216-pound centre was originally selected by Vancouver ninth overall in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.




Boston Bruins

Bruins assign Griffith, Spooner to Providence


Sunday, 10.19.2014 / NHL.com

BOSTON, MA – Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today, Sunday, October 19, that the club has assigned forwards Seth Griffith and Ryan Spooner to Providence.


Griffith has skated in three games for Boston during the 2014-15 season. He tallied 20 goals and 30 assists in 69 games last year with Providence.


Spooner has skated in five games with Boston so far this season, bringing him to 32 career NHL games. During the 2013-14 season Spooner skated in 23 games for Boston notching 11 assists and skated in 49 games with Providence scoring 11 goals and earning 35 assists.




Sunday Long Read: Babcock tree seeded by chances


Sunday, 10.19.2014 / NHL.com

Bill Peters didn't know what to think when he saw Mike Babcock frenetically walking toward his table at the 2014 NHL Draft.


Peters, named coach of the Carolina Hurricanes eight days before, worked the three previous seasons on Babcock's staff with the Detroit Red Wings.


"He came over and said, 'Come here for a minute,'" Peters said. "I didn't know what was going on, but he was moving around like he was in a house on fire."


Peters knew better than to stay put. When coach summons you, you respond. Something meaningful is likely happening.




Around the League notebook for Saturday, Oct. 18


Sunday, 10.19.2014 / NHL.com

INSIDE THE NUMBERS: A CLOSER LOOK AT SATURDAY’S ACTION

* Five of 11 games were tied or within one goal entering the third period.


* Eight games were tied or within one goal in the final five minutes of regulation, including three that were decided in overtime (TOR-DET, NSH-CHI and PHI-DAL) and one that went to a shootout (FLA-WSH).


* Three captains scored in overtime: Henrik Zetterberg (DET), Jonathan Toews (CHI), Claude Giroux (PHI).





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