David Reutimann failed to qualify for Sunday’s Nextel Cup event at Atlanta, so he soothed his feelings with his first Busch Series win.
Minnesota’s starting goalie Niklas Backstrom suffered a groin injury in practice Saturday and the Wild recalled goaltender Nolan Schaefer from the Houston Aeros, their AHL affiliate. Backstrom will not dress for Sunday’s game against the Colorado Avalanche, the Wild said in a statement. Schaefer is 1-2-0 with a 3.90 goals-against average and a .892 save percentage in three games for the Aeros this…
Martin Biron stopped 38 shots and Mike Richards had a short-handed goal to lift Philadelphia to a 2-1 win over Boston on Saturday in a game marred by Flyers defenseman Randy Jones’ ferocious hit on Bruins center Patrice Bergeron. Bergeron lost consciousness and was taken from the ice on a stretcher during the first period after he was hammered into the boards by Jones.
Alexander Semin signed a two-year, $9.2 million contract extension with the Washington Capitals on Saturday. The extension, which begins next season, rewards Semin for his productivity since returning from his NHL hiatus in Russia. The 23-year-old right wing set career highs in goals (38) and assists (35) last season with the Capitals.
The Pittsburgh Penguins’ $21 million payment to co-owner Mario Lemieux this month was part of a $100 million refinancing in which the other primary owner, California billionaire Ron Burkle, and additional investors split $25.3 million. The refinancing, at least the third undertaken by the Penguins since 1995, is common for major pro sports franchises and suggests the NHL team has a value of at…
Credit this Avalanche win to Jose Theodore. Ryan Smyth scored 23 seconds into overtime and Theodore made 39 saves to give Colorado a 3-2 victory over the Calgary Flames on Friday night. Marek Svatos tied it at 2 with 4:15 left in regulation. Joe Sakic set up the winner and also scored for Colorado to reach the 1,600-point mark.
The Detroit Red Wings started fast and didn’t let up. Valtteri Filppula scored his first goal of the season and also had an assist, and Tomas Holmstrom added a goal and an assist in Detroit’s 5-1 victory over the San Jose Sharks on Friday night. Henrik Zetterberg scored and has a point in all 11 games this season, and Andreas Lilja and Kirk Maltby also scored in Detroit’s fourth straight victory.
Drew Stafford and the Buffalo Sabres got the bounce they needed to beat the Florida Panthers. Stafford’s fluke goal with 8:48 left in the third period snapped a tie and helped the Sabres break a three-game losing streak with a 4-2 victory Friday night. “We’ve had some tough bounces go against us,” Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said.
Vancouver Canucks coach Alain Vigneault was getting a bit nervous while watching Alex Ovechkin try to rally the Washington Capitals to a victory. Perhaps Vigneault forgot for a moment one salient fact: His goalie, Roberto Luongo, simply doesn’t lose to the Capitals. Luongo extended his winning streak against Washington to 10 games by making 26 saves Friday night, and Taylor Pyatt scored twice,…
Montreal coach Guy Carbonneau was asked what was working for the Canadiens with the man-advantage. “Everything,” Carbonneau replied. Tomas Plekanec had two goals and two assists, all on the power play, to help the Canadiens beat the Carolina Hurricanes 7-4 on Friday night. “We wanted to get the puck on the net and get rebounds,” Plekanec said.
Detroit forward Kris Draper, a winner of three Stanley Cups with the Red Wings, signed a three-year contract extension Friday that averages $1.6 million per season. The 36-year-old Draper has five goals and an assist through the first 11 games of his 14th season with Detroit. Draper won the 2004 Selke award as the NHL’s best defensive and represented Canada at the 2006 Winter Olympics.