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NHL’s Carolina Hurricanes win with help from Zamboni driver after 2 goalies get hurt

TORONTO — Emergency backup goalie Dave Ayres made eight saves in relief of Carolina’s two injured netminders in the Hurricanes‘ 6-3 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday night.

Ayres, who works as a Zamboni driver for the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League, was forced into action midway through the second period after Carolina’s James Reimer and Petr Mrazek were injured. The Hurricanes were leading 3-1 when the 42-year-old Ayres took over.

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Warren Foegele scored twice, Martin Necas had a goal and an assist, and Lucas Wallmark, Nino Niederreiter and Sebastian Aho also scored for Carolina.

Alexander Kerfoot, Pierre Engvall and John Tavares scored for Toronto, which beat the Hurricanes 8-6 at home on Dec. 23. Kasperi Kapanen and Tyson Barrie each had two assists. Frederik Andersen made 43 saves.

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Toronto Maple Leafs left wing Pierre Engvall (47) scores his team’s third goal of the game against Carolina Hurricanes emergency goalie David Ayres (90) during second-period NHL hockey game action in Toronto, Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020. (Associated Press)

Reimer started against his former team, but left just 6:10 into the first period with a lower-body injury after Toronto’s Zach Hyman shoved a Hurricanes defenseman on top of him in the crease.

Mrazek came in, but also had to leave after a thunderous collision with Leafs forward Kyle Clifford while attempting to play the puck near the face-off dot in Carolina’s zone in the second.

That forced Ayres, who was available to both teams, into action.

After a bizarre second period that saw Carolina score four times, give up two goals, lose Mrazek, and have Ayres enter the game, the Hurricanes made it 5-3 just 53 seconds into the third, jumping on a turnover and beating Andersen in tight.

Necas then made it 6-3 at 3:44 when he picked up a loose puck to finish off a chaotic sequence as boos rained down.

Carolina trailed 1-0 after the first, but tied it at 5:46 of the second when Wallmark scored off a scramble in front of Andersen. Niederrieter then blasted a one-timer on a power play at 9:43 before Foegele made it 3-1 at 10:49.

Mrazek made 14 saves in relief of Reimer, but left the game 30 seconds after Foegele’s first goal. The Czech netminder lay on the ice for a few minutes before leaving.

And after a delay, Ayres emerged from the Hurricanes locker room sporting No. 90. He got a some warmup shots from his new teammates before getting thrown into the fray.

Aho made it 4-1 with Clifford in the penalty box for charging at 13:17, but Tavares scored on the first shot against Ayres through the pads 19 seconds later.

Engvall scored off a loose puck on Toronto’s next shot against Ayres at 15:10.

The Leafs got a power play after that — fans at Scotiabank Arena screamed “Shoot!” almost every time a Toronto player had the puck anywhere near the Carolina goal — but the Hurricanes didn’t allow anything through.

Ayres made his first save late in the second on Auston Matthews as Carolina led 4-3 through a wild 40 minutes.

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Kerfoot capped a frantic first period with 35.1 seconds left when he scored his ninth of the season after Mrazek couldn’t control a shot by Jake Muzzin.

In the first period, Zach Hyman shoved Hurricanes defenseman Jaccob Slavin into Reimer, earning an interference penalty. The Carolina goalie, who played for Toronto from 2010 to 2016, stayed in the crease after being looked at by a trainer, but left shortly thereafter.

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Ex-NHL star Jeremy Roenick ‘angry’ he won’t return to NBC after suspension for sex remarks about co-workers

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Former NHL player Jeremy Roenick won’t be returning to NBC Sports, a network spokesperson confirmed Wednesday, a little more than a month after he was suspended without pay for making inappropriate comments about his coworkers while on a podcast.

Roenick broke the news himself on Twitter, posting a video titled “What a Joke!!” In the video, he says he was angry and disappointed about NBC’s decision.

“I’m also grateful that I’ve had the opportunity to share my love, my passion and my knowledge of the game with millions of people, millions of fans,” he adds.

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He adds that he plans to return to broadcasting at some point, “better and more motivated to bring you the best entertainment and the best that I have for the game of hockey.”

Roenick also thanks the fans who’ve stood by him, saying their support has been “overwhelming.”

Roenick was suspended by the network indefinitely just before Christmas, days after he discussed a vacation to Portugal that he took with his wife and co-broadcaster Kathryn Tappen in which he joked about the idea of the three of them having sex together.

“I play it off like we’re going to bed together every night, the three of us,” he said on the podcast “Spittin’ Chiclets,” about when someone asked about their situation at the resort. “If it really came to fruition, that would really be good, but it’s never going to happen.”

Tappen issued a statement at the time, criticizing Roenick’s comments.

“While Jeremy and I continue to be good friends, what he said was unacceptable, especially among workplace colleagues. I do not condone his comments,” Tappen said.

Roenick later called anchor Patrick Sharp “so beautiful” and said: “I’d have to think about it if he asked me. … I wouldn’t say no right away,” and then seemed to contrast Sharp’s appearance with his and Anson Carter’s.

“It’s good to have a beautiful face that talks well, that knows the game because it’s totally the opposite when me and Anson get on there,” he joked.

Roenick had worked with NBC since 2010 and previously played 20 seasons in the NHL for several teams, including the Chicago BlackhawksPhiladelphia FlyersSan Jose SharksArizona Coyotes and Los Angeles Kings.

NBC said it would have no further comment.

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Roenick is just the latest high-profile firing from NBC in the wake of Megyn Kelly who was let go by the network for questioning why blackface is offensive and Matt Lauer who lost his job in 2017 for sexual misconduct.

Fox News’ Louis Casiano and The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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Sellers have plenty of inventory ahead of NHL trade deadline

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Chris Kreider watched teammates Mats Zuccarello and Kevin Hayes handle all the speculation before getting traded a year ago and saw others do the same in previous seasons.

With the New York Rangers still in the process of transitioning to contender status, it is Kreider’s turn, and he’s dealing with it his way.

“I think I’d be disingenuous to try to embody how someone else went about this situation, so I’m just trying to be myself every day,” Kreider said. “I feel like my name’s been out there for the last seven years. It’s just the nature of the beast.”

Kreider may be bracing for a trade that seems inevitable. The NHL standings suggest the Rangers, New Jersey Devils, Ottawa Senators, Detroit Red Wings and Los Angeles Kings are clear sellers ahead of the Feb. 24 trade deadline.

While Kreider is the biggest name likely on the move, there is no shortage of talent available. New Jersey’s Sami Vatanen and Wayne Simmonds, Ottawa’s Jean-Gabriel Pageau and Ron Hainsey, Detroit’s Mike Green and Trevor Daley, and Los Angeles’ Tyler Toffoli and Trevor Lewis are all pending free agents.

There is also Senators forward Anthony Duclair who can be a restricted free agent, and Kings defenseman Alec Martinez is drawing interest with a year left on his contract. The Kings have already traded goaltender Jack Campbell and forward Kyle Clifford to Toronto and made no secret they are open for business.

“We all signed up for the plan,” first-year Kings coach Todd McLellan said. “We know where we’re going with the team and what we want to do with it. So, none of this approach to the deadline has been a shocker to us as a coaching staff.”

Duclair was traded three times his first five NHL seasons, so his approach hasn’t changed despite being in the midst of an impressive comeback year.

“I’ve been through it for a couple of years in a row now,” Duclair said. “I just try to focus on the team and I just try to win, help the team win as many games as possible and we’ll go from there.”

A Massachusetts native who played at Boston College, Kreider has been linked to the Bruins and the Stanley Cup champion St. Louis Blues, who have more than stayed afloat amid significant forward injuries.

He said last month at All-Star weekend that the Rangers winning games would go a long way to keeping the group together. Despite five victories in seven games after the break, New York is still nine points back of a playoff position and Kreider is almost certainly gone unless he signs an extension.

The same goes for Lewis, who might be the perfect kind of low-risk deadline pickup that has proven to be the blueprint for recent Cup winners. Kings general manager Rob Blake is attempting to quickly rebuild, but players are in wait-and-see mode.

“I talk to my agent quite a bit, but it’s kind of up to them with what they want to do,” Lewis said. “Obviously when you play your whole career somewhere, I’m sure they know you’d like to stay. We’ll see what happens.”

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The Flyers are on the playoff bubble and have had their share of inconsistencies. But Philadelphia has shined against the top four teams in the Eastern Conference, picking up 12 of a possible 18 points against Boston, Tampa Bay, Washington and Pittsburgh.

“We’re a tough team to play against,” winger Jakub Voracek said. “It can give us a lot of confidence that against the top teams in the league that we really perform very well. Playing good defense, the goalie shows up every time we play the big teams and we just play a good overall game.”

The Flyers fell flat last week in a 5-0 loss to the Devils before bouncing back to beat the Capitals 7-2.

“It’s just important to stick together and get game after game the same kind of efforts,” center Sean Couturier said. “You look at our lineup, we have some depth. I think we can match up with anyone in the league. It’s just a matter of doing it night after night.”

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The Kings and Colorado Avalanche take it outside for what should be a pageantry-filled outdoor game at the Air Force Academy near Colorado Springs on Saturday night.

LEADERS

Goals: Alex Ovechkin (Washington) and Auston Matthews (Toronto), 40; Assists: Leon Draisaitl (Edmonton), 57; Points: Draisaitl, 89; Ice time: Thomas Chabot (Ottawa), 26:06; Wins: Andrei Vasilevskiy (Tampa Bay), 30; Goals-against average: Tuukka Rask (Boston), 2.14; Save percentage: Elvis Merzlikins (Columbus), .930.

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St. Louis Blues’ Jay Bouwmeester collapses on bench, NHL game postponed

St. Louis Blues defenseman Jay Bouwmeester was reportedly taken to the hospital after he collapsed on the bench during an NHL game in Anaheim, Calif., Tuesday evening.

Bouwmeester, 36, was conscious and alert in the hospital after suffering a cardiac episode, the team said. St. Louis’ radio announcer Chris Kerber said during an interview with the team’s flagship station that a defibrillator was used.

The 17-year NHL veteran’s teammates immediately called for medical attention after he slumped over on the bench in the first quarter while apparently attempting to get a drink of water.

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A defibrillator was nearby as he was taken to the hospital, TSN reported.

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Dallas Stars’ Roope Hintz (24), of Finland, and St. Louis Blues’ Jay Bouwmeester (19) chase after a loose puck during the first period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Bouwmeester was playing in his 1,241st game this season and has been known for his strong skating and conditioning. With the Blues, he won his first Stanley Cup last year and an Olympic gold medal playing for Canada in 2014.

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The Blues tweeted the game against the Anaheim Ducks will be made up at a later date.

The team is staying in Orange County until they know more about Bouwmeester’s condition instead of going on to Nevada as planned.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong drops multiple F-bombs during NHL All-Star gig

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Rocker Billie Joe Armstrong may have brought new meaning to the term “American idiot” on Saturday night.

The 47-year-old lead singer of Green Day dropped multiple F-bombs — as well as another F-word — while the band performed live on NBC during the NHL All-Star Game in St. Louis.

“Get you f—ing hands up in the air!” Armstrong yelled to the crowd as the band played 1994’s “Basket Case” before the final game between the Atlantic and Pacific divisions. “Let’s go f–king crazy!” he added in the middle of the song.

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While the expletives were bleeped during the broadcast, which was seen across the U.S. and Canada on a slight delay, the thousands of fans inside the Enterprise Center arena got an earful. His words were also caught on a secondary audio feed that went viral on social media.

Armstrong, an Oakland, Calif., native who co-founded the band in 1986, also declined to censor himself while singing the band’s cynical 2004 hit “American Idiot,” which notably includes the F-word and a homophobic slur written into the song’s lyrics.

As of early Sunday, NBC had not yet commented on the performance.

The band has a partnership with the NHL, according to the hockey blog RMNB.

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As for the game, the Pacific division beat the Atlantic division 5-4 after the sides ousted the Metropolitan and Central divisions in a series of mini games. Forward David Pastrnak of the Boston Bruins was named MVP.

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Philadelphia Flyers mascot Gritty accused of punching teen at season ticket holders’ event

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The Philadelphia Flyers mascot, known as Gritty, was accused of punching a 13-year-old boy in the back at season ticket holder event in November, and police were investigating.

Chris Greenwell, the boy’s father, told the Philadelphia Inquirer in a story published Wednesday that he took his son to the event on Nov. 19. The Flyers were hosting the event and gave fans a chance to meet the eccentric mascot that has become increasingly popular since his introduction in 2018.

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Greenwell alleged that after his son patted the mascot on the head, Gritty got up from his chair, ran at his son and “punched my son as hard as he could.” Greenwell said his son was diagnosed with a back bruise.

Greenwell said officials at Comcast Spectacor – the company that owns the Flyers – told him there was no footage of the incident because “cameras in that area of the center are focused on other locations.”

He brought the complaint to the Philadelphia police a month later, and authorities opened an investigation. A police spokesperson described the incident to the paper as an alleged “physical assault.” Police said the probe was “ongoing.”

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Comcast Spectacor officials reportedly told Greenwell there was no evidence that Gritty struck the boy and offered to have the boy receive autographs from Flyers players and sit on the bench during the team’s warmup before a game.

The Flyers said in a statement later Wednesday, “We took Mr. Greenwell’s allegations seriously and conducted a thorough investigation that found nothing to support this claim.”

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Greenwell told the Inquirer that he hasn’t hired a lawyer and all he wants is an apology and something “special for his son” to make up for the alleged incident.

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NHL extends Buffalo’s agreement to host combine through 2022

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The NHL’s top prospects will continue making their pre-draft stops in Buffalo for at least another three years.

The league on Monday announced an extension of its agreement to hold its annual scouting combine in Buffalo at the Sabres downtown practice facility, LECOM Harborcenter, through 2022. The announcement coincided with NHL Central Scouting releasing its mid-season rankings of draft-eligible prospects, with Quebec-born left wing Alexis Lafrenière topping the list of North American skaters.

Buffalo has hosted the combine since 2015, after the weeklong event spent the previous 20-plus years being held at various locations around Toronto.

“I’m very excited about it,” said Kevyn Adams, former NHL player and Sabres senior vice president of business administration. “It’s an incredible opportunity for us as an organization and city to host such a great event for the last number of years, and now that it’s moving forward.”

Each year, Central Scouting invites more than 100 of its top-ranked prospects to the combine, where they undergo physical and medical testing, and also meet with team executives. It’s considered the final major step in their pre-draft process, and traditionally held about three weeks before the draft.

The move from Toronto was prompted by the construction of the Sabres’ $200 million practice complex which includes two rinks, a hotel, restaurant and workout facility, all connected to the team’s arena.

Though the combine does not include on-ice testing, the floor of Harborcenter’s main rink provides plenty of room for prospect testing to be conducted, while also allowing team executives to watch from the stands.

Those are considered upgrades from when the combine took place inside carpeted convention centers and hotel ballrooms in suburban Toronto.

In Buffalo, teams also have the advantage of going across the street to hold in-person meetings with prospects in arena suites. That’s a switch from Toronto, where prospects had to be shuttled to various hotels, depending on where each team was based.

“It just seems to be a pretty good fit, and I do think the three-year term is indicative of that,” Adams said. “In Toronto, it was spread out a little bit and just the logistics of it. When the the players and team management get here, it’s all here.”

Central Scouting director Dan Marr referred to the setup in Buffalo as ideal and featuring a venue that meets all needs.

“The NHL’s annual scouting combine is one of the most valuable experiences in a young prospects’ draft year, and we are thrilled to continue utilizing the Sabres best-in-class facilities,” Marr said.

Lafrenière continues making a case for being the No. 1 pick in showing no signs of slowing a season after being name the Canadian Hockey League player of the year. In his third season with Rimouski, he leads the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League with 49 assists and 73 points in 34 games. He was also named the world junior championship tournament’s MVP after helping Canada to a gold-medal victory earlier this month.

U.S. Developmental team defenseman Jake Sanderson, of Whitefish, Montana, is the top-ranked American-born prospect, coming in at 11th. Forward Tim Stuetzle, who plays for Mannheim in his native Germany’s pro league, is the top-ranked European prospect.

This year’s combine was already on the NHL calendar, and scheduled to take place June 1-6.

The combine is also a boon to Buffalo by annually attracting some 250 NHL executives, scouts and media to the city and its redeveloped waterfront.

“This is exciting news for the Sabres, downtown Buffalo and our great hockey fans in the region,” Mayor Byron Brown said. “The three-year extension is the hat-trick of extensions and will allow so many visitors during the NHL combine to experience our fabulous Canalside area, waterfront development and downtown development for years to come.”

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TV mixup has Russian fans celebrating despite losing

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Some Russian hockey fans were celebrating victory despite losing at the world junior hockey championships because of a confusingly timed TV repeat.

Two state TV channels showed Russia-Canada finals at the same time on Sunday. One was live, and the other was from 2011.

While most fans, and Russia’s players, commiserated after a 4-3 loss to Canada on Channel One, many Russians watched a nail-biting, 9-year-old 5-3 comeback win on rival broadcaster Match TV.

Some fans posted celebratory messages on social media, or complained media outlets were reporting the wrong score. It became hard to tell who was genuinely duped and who was in on the joke.

Soccer player Dmitry Tarasov wrote on Instagram: “Well done guys, congratulations on the win.” After the post was widely mocked, Tarasov said it was meant as a joke after he forfeited in a board game he was playing with family.

Yana Tarasenko, a lifestyle blogger who is the wife of St. Louis Blues forward Vladimir Tarasenko, posted on Instagram that her husband had watched the 2011 game for 10 minutes in the belief it was live — at least “until he saw himself in the game.”

Tarasenko was on the winning Russian team in 2011, but at the age of 28 he is now far too old for world juniors.

It wasn’t immediately clear why Match TV decided to show the 2011 final at the same time as the live broadcast. It had shown live world juniors games earlier in the tournament, but the medal rounds were only on Channel One. Match TV didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

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Pittsburgh Penguins minor-league goalie’s NHL call-up nixed over missing passport

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A Pittsburgh Penguins minor-league goalie’s potential return to the NHL couldn’t have gone worse.

Casey DeSmith missed his chance to join the team in Montreal on Saturday for a game against the Canadiens because he lost his passport.

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The Penguins were planning to promote DeSmith from the AHL’s Wilkes-Barre/Scranton for the game while they let Tristan Jarry rest at home before the team returns to host the Florida Panthers.

However, the 28-year-old goalkeeper couldn’t find the proper paperwork to travel internationally and instead the team recalled goalie Emil Larmi from Wheeling of the ECHL to serve as the team’s backup to Matt Murray.

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“It’s unfortunate,” Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “It was an honest mistake. Casey’s had a lot going on in his life since last summer. He got married. He moved into a new house. He ends up going to Wilkes-Barre.”

DeSmith made his debut with the Penguins during the 2017-18 season. He played in 36 games for the Penguins last season, saving about 91 percent of shots against him and recording a 2.75 goals-against average.

DeSmith has not played in an NHL game this season.

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Luckily, the Penguins didn’t exactly need him Saturday. Pittsburgh defeated Montreal 3-2 in overtime.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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NHL hockey fan appears to pull ‘Kiss Cam’ prank, faking proposal to girlfriend

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This NHL hockey fan’s play might have just put his relationship with his girlfriend on ice.

The fan, at a New York Islanders hockey game Thursday night, seemed to use the arena’s “Kiss Cam” segment as an opportunity to play a gag, according to the New York Post.

When the couple’s images appeared on the overhead scoreboard, the unidentified fan, wearing an Islanders jersey, kissed the woman next to him and then stepped out into the aisle and got down on one knee — as if he was about to pop the question.

A video of the incident was posted on Twitter by a hockey account called Spittin’ Chiclets.

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At that point, the woman stood up and seemed to be anticipating some sort of surprise — like an engagement ring, perhaps?

But instead the fan just tied his shoes.

The woman likely went home disappointed a second time because the Islanders ended up losing to the New Jersey Devils, 2-1.

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