Gillies a candidate for inaugural Mike Richter Award

February 28 2014 02:35PM

CALGARY, AB -- Calgary Flames prospect Jon Gillies is one of the 18 nominees for the inaugural Mike Richter Award, honouring the most outstanding goaltender in NCAA men's hockey.

Gillies, who was the Flames third round pick in 2012, is in his s...

Hurricanes-Kings Preview (The Associated Press)

February 28 2014 02:09PM

The Carolina Hurricanes' five-game trip hasn't started well, and the first two contests were supposed to be the manageable part. After losses at Buffalo and Dallas, they now play three games on a four-day California swing that begins Saturday in Los Angeles before heading to Anaheim and San Jose. The Kings (33-22-6), meanwhile, are back home and in high spirits after winning at both Colorado and Calgary since their return from a 19-day Olympic layoff. Jonathan Quick got the night off in Wednesday's 6-4 win over the Avalanche before returning to NHL action in top form Thursday with a 2-0 victory against the Flames.

Mikko Koivu to miss 17th consecutive game tonight in Vancouver

February 28 2014 01:56PM

The Wild captain isn't quite ready to return from ankle surgery and now is aiming for Monday night's game against Calgary.

Penguins wanted Kesler; Torres returns; Burke won’t be next Calgary GM (Puck Headlines) (Puck Daddy)

February 28 2014 12:54PM

Here are your Puck Headlines: a glorious collection of news and views collected from the greatest blogosphere in sports and the few, the proud, the mainstream hockey media. • The first ever Royal Half Photoshop Contest was a spectacular success. Truman Show anyone? [The Royal Half] • Before the break and Kris Letang's stroke, the Canucks pitched a trade to Pittsburgh: Ryan Kesler for Brandon Sutter and Derrick Pouliot (eighth overall pick in 2012 draft) [Pro Hockey Talk] • Buffalo defenseman Christian Erhoff submitted a list of eight teams he'd be OK with a trade to. There's only the matter of his 10 year pact with the devil contract possibly holding things up. [CBC] • Teemu Selanne on whether his role with the Ducks should change after his Olympic performance"I don't want to answer, don't want to get in trouble, can't control that. I've got to respect that. Everyone wants to play as much as they can. The more you play, the better you play. When the minutes go down, it's harder to succeed ... But if someone gives me more responsibilities, I'm more than happy to take it."  [LA Times] • Thinking about writing a hockey book? Ask Wayne Gretzky to write the foreword because he'll probably do it. Here's a list of the Great One's top 20 book foreword. [Sports on Earth] • Say Martin St. Louis did ask for a trade and it happens. Will he end up looking like the 'bad guy' in the end? [Sportsnet] • Brian Burke says he will NOT be the Calgary Flames GM next season. His twin brother Ryan Burke will be. Still fact checking that last part. [ProHockey Talk] • The fate of the Senators season rests on Paul McLean's shoulders. No pressure. [Senshot]

Flames-Oilers Preview (The Associated Press)

February 28 2014 11:03AM

After the Calgary Flames and Edmonton Oilers were shut out in their returns from the Olympic break, they have a chance to bounce back against each other. The Flames can even the season series by recording a third straight road win over the Oilers on Saturday night. Calgary (22-30-7) has four more points than last-place Edmonton (20-34-7) in the provincial rivals' race to avoid finishing at the bottom of the Western Conference. Though the Flames have dropped two of three this season and six of nine overall to the Oilers, they've allowed one goal each time in winning the last two meetings at Rexall Place.

Flames settling into stretch drive with a playoff mentality

February 28 2014 10:14AM

CALGARY, AB -- It doesn't take a mathematician to realize the Calgary Flames' chances of making the playoffs are slim.

At 22-30-7, the team sits 13th in the Western Conference, ahead of the Edmonton Oilers by four points.

But Bob Hartley and...

Quick gets the shutout in Kings' 2-0 win over Flames

February 28 2014 01:00AM

CALGARY - Given the way the Los Angeles Kings stumbled into the NHL's Olympic break - with the league's worst record over the final 10 games - it was clear they had to set a different tone coming of out of it.

NHL Three Stars: Pavelski, Franzen get hat-tricks; bad night for goalies (Puck Daddy)

February 27 2014 11:55PM

No. 1 Star: Cam Talbot, New York Rangers Cam Talbot hadn't played a hockey game in weeks, and now he was up against the defending Cup champs in his first game back. Talbot made 31 saves and had the shut-out against the Blackhawks until the final 12 seconds of the game. New York still got the win, 2-1 . No. 2 Star: Johan Franzen, Detroit Red Wings In his second game back after missing games with Detroit and the Olympics because of a head injury, Franzen netted himself a hat-trick to boost the injury-riddled, Henrik-less Red Wings to a 6-1 win over Ottawa. His third goal was effortless (because Robin Lehner didn't move). No. 3 Star: Joe Pavelski, San Jose Sharks Showing he had no Olympic hangover, Pavelski scored a hat-trick as the Sharks thumped Philadelphia, 7-3 . Logan Couture and everyone's favorite d-bag pest Raffi Torres returned to the lineup after missing significant time with injuries and contributed two goals a piece. Honorable mention: New Jersey beat Columbus 5-2 thanks in part to Adam Henrique scoring a power play goal and an short handed goal on an awesome alley-oop pass: ... After scoring five goals at the Olympics, Michael Grabner scored two shorthanded goals in a row against the Maple Leafs; the Islanders tied the game with 2:20 left and Lubomir Visnovsky scored the 5-4 OT game winner ... Still without Carey Price, Montreal beat Pittsburgh in a shoot-out, 6-5 (SO) ; earlier in the game Max Pacioretty tied the score with a lovely tic-tac-toe goal: ... Despite a wacky Tim Thomas save , Florida could not get past Washington; Brooks Laich, Alex Ovechkin and Nick Backstrom had three-points each in the 5-4 win ; while in Russia Ovi must have worked on his sharing skills: ...Martin St. Louis scored two goals on a day his future with the Lightning was constantly discussed, but Tampa dropped the game 3-2 to the Preds ... Evander Kane returned to the lineup for Winnipeg in their 3-2 (SO) victory over Phoenix ... Wild goalie Darcy Kuemper stopped all 21 Edmonton shots in the shut-out win for Minnesota ... Well look at that, Dustin Brown does know how to score after all; his goal helped the Kings beat Calgary, 2-0 . Did you know? Robyn Regehr spent 11 seasons with the Flames before being dealt to Buffalo in 2011. As a member of the Los Angeles Kings, Regehr played his first game in Calgary since the trade. Dishonorable mention: Chris Neil is mentally disturbed. Ottawa was losing handily when he decided to unbuckle Johan Franzen's helmet and fire punches at his head without Franzen instigating anything at all. Franzen - who just came back from a concussion - won for quote of the night: Franzen had "no clue" why Neil went after him: "He usually steps up when the game is over, tries to be the hero, put his cape on fly around" — Wayne Scanlan (@HockeyScanner) February 28, 2014 ... Detroit chased Ottawa starter Robin Lehner who gave up 6 goals on 15 shots; Craig Anderson wasn't available due to the impending birth of his second child, so rookie Andrew Hammond made his NHL debut in relief ... Pittsburgh's Tanner Glass was given a misconduct and ejected for elbowing Alexei Emelin; it was an iffy call ... Dallas Stars forward Antoine Roussel received a five minute charging major for taking out Carolina goaltender Anton Khudobin and then gets his ass kicked by Ron Hainsey ; Dallas ended up winning 4-1 .

Maybe the Kings, who win third in a row, needed that Olympic break

February 27 2014 11:35PM

Dustin Brown scores early and assists on Dwight King's goal while Jonathan Quick makes 25 saves in a 2-0 victory at Calgary.

CALGARY, Canada -- Given the way the Kings stumbled into the NHL's Olympic break — with the league's worst record over the final 10 games — it was clear they had to set a different tone coming of out of it.

Kings' Quick makes 25 saves, blanks Flames (The SportsXchange)

February 27 2014 11:21PM

CALGARY, Alberta -- Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick left Sochi in a sour mood. He returned to NHL action in a stingy mood. Quick, who had harsh words for his Team USA mates after a 5-0 loss to Finland in the bronze-medal match at the 2014 Winter Olympics, delivered a 25-save shutout Thursday, leading the Kings to a 2-0 victory over the Calgary Flames at the Scotiabank Saddledome. "The first star of the game was Jonathan, no doubt about it," Kings defenseman Robyn Regehr said.

Inside The Game: Flames vs. Kings

February 27 2014 11:02PM

GAME IN A MINUTE

CALGARY, AB -- The Calgary Flames didn’t give Joni Ortio much to work with in his National Hockey League debut.

The 22-year-old rookie netminder made 22 saves but the Flames fell 2-0 to the Los Angeles Kings at Scotiabank Sa...

Brown, Quick lift Kings over Flames 2-0

February 27 2014 10:42PM

Dustin Brown had a goal and an assist and Jonathan Quick made 25 saves as the Los Angeles Kings made it back-to-back wins Thursday night with a 2-0 victory over the Calgary Flames.

Brown, Quick lift Kings over Flames 2-0 (The Associated Press)

February 27 2014 10:39PM

Dustin Brown had a goal and an assist and Jonathan Quick made 25 saves as the Los Angeles Kings made it back-to-back wins Thursday night with a 2-0 victory over the Calgary Flames. On a night when Calgary honored Canadian Olympians in a pregame ceremony, a pair of Team USA players were the big stars. He was especially sharp through the opening 40 minutes as Calgary built a 23-13 edge in shots, but trailed 1-0. After scoring the first goal three minutes into the game, Brown helped the Kings get an important insurance goal, setting up Dwight King in front of the net 3:30 into the third period.

Numerology: Flames vs. Kings

February 27 2014 10:29PM

23 - The Flames piled on 23 shots on Jonathan Quick in the first two periods but were unable to solve the netminder.

2 - After a strong opening 40:00, the Flames only generated two shots in the final period.

6 - Mark Giordano led all skaters...

Quick, Kings shut out Flames (The SportsXchange)

February 27 2014 10:25PM

CALGARY, Alta. -- Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick left Sochi in a sour mood. He returned to NHL action in a stingy mood. Quick, who had harsh words for his Team USA mates after a 5-0 loss to Finland in the bronze-medal match at the 2014 Winter Olympics, delivered a 25-save shutout to lead the Kings to a 2-0 victory Thursday over the Calgary Flames at the Scotiabank Saddledome. Left wingers Dustin Brown and Dwight King scored for the Kings, while the Flames failed to provide any offensive support for rookie netminder Joni Ortio, who was making his NHL debut.