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Wednesday, December 7, 2016

{allcanada} Dec. 8: Ron Hextall first goalie to score goal

THIS DATE IN HISTORY: Dec. 8

1987: Ron Hextall of the Philadelphia Flyers fulfills every goalie's dream when he becomes the first goaltender in NHL history to score a goal by shooting the puck into the net.

The Flyers lead the Boston Bruins 4-2 at the Spectrum when goalie Reggie Lemelin is pulled for an extra skater. Hextall, already known for his stickhandling skill, grabs a loose puck to the left of his net and lifts a shot that goes past the Boston defense and slides into the empty net at 18:48 of the third period.

Though Billy Smith of the New York Islanders is the first goaltender to be credited with scoring a goal when the Colorado Rockies backpassed the puck into their own net during a delayed penalty on Nov. 28, 1979, Hextall is the first to score one by shooting the puck. For good measure, he does it again on April 11, 1989, in a playoff game against the Washington Capitals.

 

MORE MOMENTS

1931: The Bruins lose 2-1 to the New York Americans at Boston Garden, ending their 24-game unbeaten streak (19-0-5) at home. It's their first loss at the Garden since Nov. 25, 1930, when the Chicago Blackhawks win 4-3 in overtime.

 

1979: On his 40th birthday, Red Berenson is named coach of the St. Louis Blues. He replaces Barclay Plager. The hiring comes a year after Berenson retires as a player with the Blues, with whom he scores 412 points (172 goals, 240 assists) in 519 NHL games.

 

1984: Scotty Bowman ties Dick Irvin's NHL record for coaching victories when the Buffalo Sabres defeat the Bruins 3-1 at Boston Garden. It's Bowman's 690th victory as an NHL coach; he goes on to win 1,244 regular-season games, as well as coaching nine Stanley Cup champions.

 

1993: Jari Kurri becomes the highest-scoring European player in NHL history, passing Peter Stastny, when he has a goal and two assists in the Los Angeles Kings' 6-5 loss to the visiting Florida Panthers. Kurri's 1,223rd point is one more than Stastny; he finishes his career with 1,398.

20 Dec 1995: Rightwinger Jari Kurri of the Los Angeles Kings moves the puck during a game against the Vancouver Canucks at the Great Western Forum in Inglewood, California. The game was a tie, 2-2. Mandatory Credit: Jamie Squire /Allsport

 

1997: The Toronto Maple Leafs play the 5,000th game in franchise history and celebrate with a 3-0 victory against the Dallas Stars at Air Canada Centre. Ed Belfour makes 25 saves and Mats Sundin scores twice in the third period. The win gives the Maple Leafs a record of 2,139-2,135-726.

 

1999: The Kariya brothers opposed each other in an NHL game for the first time when the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim and the Vancouver Canucks tied 2-2 at Arrowhead Pond. Paul Kariya scored a power-play goal for Anaheim; younger brother Steve Kariya had an assist for Vancouver.

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{allcanada} Kelly scores late goal to lift Senators past the Sharks

 

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) Chris Kelly scored with 1:06 remaining and Jean-Gabriel Pageau added an empty-net goal, giving the Ottawa Senators a 4-2 victory over the San Jose Sharks on Wednesday night.

Mark Stone and Erik Karlsson also scored for the Senators, who beat the Sharks for a fifth straight time. They've won three straight in San Jose for the first time ever.

Logan Couture and Brent Burns scored for the Sharks, who had a three-game winning streak snapped.

Mike Condon stopped 35 of 37 shots for the Sens. The Sharks outshot Ottawa 18-4 in the third period, and Martin Jones allowed three goals on 16 shots overall.

The Senators struck quickly, recording a power-play goal less than four minutes into the contest. Mike Hoffman tossed the puck toward the net and it bounced off Burns' skate. Burns lost sight of it and Stone picked it up, firing past everybody into the net.

Hoffman has a point in six straight games and in eight of nine since missing a pair of contests with an injury.

Karlsson made it 2-0 with a goal about four minutes later. Sharks defender Brendan Dillon tried clearing it from in front of the net, but Karlsson was right there to fire it to the high glove side.

Couture got the Sharks on the board with a power-play goal midway through the second period. The Senators cleared the puck two straight possessions before Joe Pavelski rushed to the net and then slipped the puck to an open Couture, who has six goals in his past eight games, about 10 feet away for the score.

Burns tied the score 6:30 into the third period, methodically working the puck to set up a shot that squeezed past Condon to the glove side.

NOTES: Senators D Marc Methot missed his fourth straight contest with a lower body injury. ... Stone has eight points in his last six games. ... Karlsson has nine points in his last five games. ... The Sharks recalled F Kevin LeBlanc and D Mirco Mueller. Mueller was a healthy scratch. ... Sharks D Paul Martin recorded his 300th NHL point with an assist on Burns' goal.

UP NEXT:

Senators: Continue a four-game trip at the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday.

Sharks: Travel to Anaheim for a game Friday night and then return home to face Carolina on Saturday night.

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{allcanada} NHL Board of Governors to discuss Olympics

 

PALM BEACH, Fla. -- The potential for NHL player participation in the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics will be among the many topics discussed when the NHL Board of Governors gets together for two days of meetings starting here Thursday.

The NHL remains in discussions with the NHL Players' Association and the International Ice Hockey Federation regarding the potential for players to go to the 2018 Olympics and possibly the 2022 Beijing Olympics.

"We will obviously brief the Board on where things stand with respect to the proposal to have NHL players participate in the upcoming Winter Olympic Games in South Korea," NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly said Wednesday. "I think it's safe to say we still have a lot of questions, and I don't think we are in position yet to ask the Board to make a definitive decision on whether or not we are prepared to shut down our season again to accommodate Olympic participation."

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said last month at the PrimeTime Sports & Entertainment Conference in Toronto that the NHL's decision on Olympic participation will likely be made in January.

"Whether it's Jan. 1 or 15 or 20, that's not the issue," Commissioner Bettman said. "This isn't drifting into the spring."

One of the barriers holding up a decision is how to cover the costs for travel, insurance and accommodations for the players and their guests in South Korea. The International Olympic Committee has covered those costs for the previous five Olympics that have included NHL players. The IOC has told the NHL it will not commit to cover the costs for the 2018 Olympics.

IIHF president Rene Fasel told reporters following a meeting at the NHL's New York office on Nov. 16 that the federation has the money to cover the costs. Commissioner Bettman said the NHL is concerned that the IIHF would not be able to cover the full amount necessary and potentially could be taking funds that otherwise would help grow the game internationally at the grassroots level.

Commissioner Bettman also said that the owners are sensitive to the idea of shutting down the season for two and a half weeks in February.

"Ultimately it's a decision from an NHL standpoint that the owners are going to make, and I know there's some grumpiness, I don't know exactly how much, on the whole process of disrupting the season," Commissioner Bettman said last month.

In addition to the Olympics discussion, the Board will be given a recap summary of the World Cup of Hockey 2016, which took place in September in Toronto, and will discuss longer-term international planning ideas, such as the potential for overseas games next season and future World Cup competitions.

The Board will discuss League economics, including projections for hockey-related revenue, escrow, and revenue sharing for this season. Commissioner Bettman could give a rough projection for the 2017-18 NHL salary cap, as he has done at BOG meetings in previous years.

A report on the status of the Vegas Golden Knights as they prepare to enter the NHL as an expansion team next season will be given to the Board. Information on their operations to date and a review of the 2017 NHL Expansion Draft dates, rules and procedures will be discussed.

NBC Broadcasting and Sports chairman Mark Lazarus and Sportsnet president Scott Moore will present to the Board updates on each network's existing relationship with the NHL as a national broadcast rightsholder. The Governors will be given updates on national and local television ratings for this season.

The potential for the implementation of player and puck tracking will be reviewed and discussed. The NHL partnered with Sportvision to have player and puck tracking in the World Cup by embedding chips in pucks and sewing them into jerseys and tracking them through infrared cameras stationed throughout the arena.

The Board also will hear updates on the plans for the NHL Centennial celebration, which begins with the 2017 Centennial Classic game between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Detroit Red Wings at Exhibition Stadium in Toronto on Jan. 1 (3 p.m. ET; NBC, SN, TVA Sports).

In addition, ongoing plans for the 2017 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic between the St. Louis Blues and Chicago Blackhawks at Busch Stadium on Jan. 2 (1 p.m. ET; NBC, SN, TVA Sports) and the 2017 Honda NHL All-Star Game on Jan. 29 (3:30 p.m. ET; NBC, SN, TVA Sports), as well as future outdoor games, will be discussed.

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{allcanada} Staal scores again on Leafs, Wild win 3-2

 

TORONTO (AP) Eric Staal never has trouble finding motivation when he's up against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Staal scored yet another goal against Toronto, lifting the Minnesota Wild to a 3-2 victory on Wednesday night.

Staal has 47 points in 43 career games against Toronto, and three of his six goals this season have come against the Leafs.

''It was a team I grew up watching,'' the 32-year-old center said. ''So I always have a little spot in my heart for the Leafs because of growing up with Hockey Night in Canada there in Thunder Bay and people there are Leafs fans, that's who they watch and I was no different as a kid. ''

Jason Zucker and Chris Stewart also scored for the Wild, who wrapped a five-game trip 2-1-2.

Ben Smith and Tyler Bozak had goals for the Maple Leafs, who dropped to 8-4-0 at Air Canada Centre.

Toronto entered the third period down a goal and pushed hard but couldn't get the equalizer because of goalie Devan Dubnyk, who stopped all 17 shots in the final 20 minutes and 35 in total.

Dubnyk leads the NHL in goals-against average (1.65), save percentage (.946) and shutouts (four).

''He seems to go down in that butterfly and post to post is covered, he does a great job fighting traffic and tonight he made a few timely saves,'' Toronto's Nazem Kadri said.

Frederik Andersen stopped 17 shots for Toronto.

Minnesota opened the scoring 8:42 into the first period after forcing a turnover from Kadri behind his own net. Mikko Koivu stripped Kadri and made a short pass to Mikael Granlund, who then put the puck out front to Zucker. He beat Andersen blocker side for a 1-0 lead.

Andersen was later forced to make a fine pad save on Granlund from the slot, but then Stewart made it 2-0 when he was sprung in alone on a breakaway off a long pass from Jared Spurgeon.

It was Stewart's first goal at Air Canada Centre - he grew up in Toronto and had family in the crowd watching.

''I've been thinking about that one my whole life,'' Stewart said. ''It's good to get it off the bucket list.''

Smith got one back for Toronto with 3:10 to go in the period. Kadri crossed Minnesota's blue line and put a shot on net that Dubnyk kicked out to the slot, where Smith was waiting to push it in for a 2-1 game.

Staal regained the two-goal lead for the Wild just 1:15 into the second period, putting a backhand shot past Andersen after taking a pass from behind the net from Charlie Coyle.

It took Toronto over five minutes to register its first shot on net in the second.

Bozak scored with an individual effort to make it 3-2 at 10:54. Bozak stole the puck in Minnesota's end, skated by Matt Dumba and beat Dubnyk with a backhand up top.

Linesman Steve Miller was hit in the left knee by a slap shot from Roman Polak in the opening minute of the third period and instantly dropped to the ice in pain. He skated off with assistance and didn't return, leaving the game to be finished with three officials instead of four.

Toronto had one final opportunity to even the score late when Ryan Suter took a minor penalty, but Minnesota killed it off.

NOTES: Dubnyk was making the 300th career start. He entered with the best save percentage in the league at .946. ... Connor Carrick replaced Martin Marincin on Toronto's blue line. ... Antoine Bibeau backed up Andersen while Karri Ramo made his first start for the AHL Marlies against Utica. He made 33 saves in a 3-2 loss.

UP NEXT

Wild: Return home to host the Oilers on Friday night.

Maple Leafs: Play at Boston on Saturday night.

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