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Forsberg, Sundin highlight ’13 IIHF Hall of Fame class

On Friday, the International Ice Hockey Federation announced its “monster” class for induction into the Hall of Fame.

Peter Forsberg, Mats Sundin, Teppo Numminen, Paul Henderson, Danielle Goyette, Gord Miller and Jan-Ake Edvinsson will be enshrined on May 19, 2013 — the same day gold medals will be awarded at the 77th IIHF World Championships in Stockholm.

Forsberg is the most decorated of all the entrants, becoming both the youngest player to enter the Triple Gold Club (World Championships, Olympics, Stanley Cup) and the only player ever to achieve the “double TGC”.

Of course, Foppa wouldn’t have achieved international success without Sundin, his Team Sweden running mate (the pair won Olympic gold together in ’06). Sundin also holds the distinction of being the first European player to ever be selected No. 1 overall at the NHL Entry Draft, when the Quebec Nordiques selected him in 1989.

Numminen played in four different Olympics — winning three medals — and will become part of the first father-son pair of inductees in IIHF history. Teppo’s father, Kalevi, was inducted as a builder in 2011.

Henderson’s contribution to the international game is iconic — he scored the Summit Series-clinching goal in 1972 as Canada defeated the Soviet Union. Henderson also played in the ’74 Summit Series and was twice inducted in the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame — in ’95 as an individual and in 2005 along with all players from the ’72 team.

Goyette, who represented Canada internationally in three Olympics and nine World Championships, was Canada’s flag-bearer at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Calgary. She scored an eye-popping 218 points in 171 games for Team Canada over the course of her career.

Miller is the 2013 recipient of the Paul Loicq Award, given for outstanding contribution to international hockey. miller has been the voice of the IIFH World Junior tournament for 18 years.

Edvinsson served as the IIHF’s highest executive for 21 years and is regarded as the “architect” of the International Ice Hockey Federation.

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    Stars end Capitals’ winning streak, pass Blackhawks for West lead

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    For two periods, the Dallas Stars seemed to say, “Are you sure the Washington Capitals are the best team in the NHL?”

    They chased Braden Holtby and built a 4-0 lead through those first 40 minutes, and that was enough … but barely. The Stars beat the Capitals 4-3 on Saturday, which accomplished the following:

    • Dallas ended Washington’s winning streak at five games. The Stars have now won three straight.
    • This win slides the Stars ahead of the Chicago Blackhawks for first place in the highly competitive Central Division. While both teams sit at 77 standings points, Dallas holds three games in hand.
    • By passing Chicago, the Stars now lead the Western Conference as a whole.

    Impressive stuff. Some might even call it a statement game, although others may hold that nail-biting ending against them (possibly arguing that the Stars’ flaws may come back to haunt them in the playoffs).

    Dallas’ biggest concern likely has little to do with doubters. Instead, they must monitor the statuses of forwards Tyler Seguin and Cody Eakin.

    Long story short, the Stars are red-hot, yet bigger challenges likely lie ahead.

    Blackhawks fall to Ducks in OT, lose Hossa to injury

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    The Chicago Blackhawks are on edge on Saturday, and it’s not because of what’s currently a close game against the Anaheim Ducks.

    (Not that they’re indifferent toward a match against their opponents from last year’s conference final match, mind you.)

    Instead, the Blackhawks are quite concerned about the health of Marian Hossa, who needed help off of the ice following an awkward, scary-looking crash into the boards. (Hampus Lindholm delivered the hip check that sent Hossa sprawling, in case you’re wondering.)

    You can see that moment in the video above, while My Regular Face’s GIF also captures that troubling moment:

    It’s too early to tell if Hossa will bounce back or miss some time from this. Stay tuned for potential updates.

    Update: Joel Quenneville seems optimistic about Hossa, broadly speaking:

    Ryan Getzlaf scored the overtime game-winner as the Ducks won 3-2 (OT).

    Understatement: Saturday was a rough night for Panthers

    Nashville Predators center Colin Wilson (33) checks Florida Panthers center Jonathan Huberdeau (11) during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016, in Sunrise, Fla. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)
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    If it weren’t for Mike Yeo and the Minnesota Wild, you could argue that the Florida Panthers suffered from the worst night so far.

    You can see that Saturday was unpleasant merely from looking at the scoreboard: the Nashville Predators pummeled the Panthers by an unkind score of 5-0.

    The pain goes beyond that … literally so.

    For one thing, Quinton Howden suffered an upper-body injury and did not return. That’s no good, but if you want to feel sick to your stomach, footage of Brandon Pirri‘s likely lower-body injury (ankle maybe?) may do the trick.

    (Seriously, you may be happier if you don’t look.)

    The Panthers didn’t make an announcement about Pirri one way or another, so we’ll see if he somehow avoided anything significant.

    Either way, it was a night this team would like to forget.

    Fractured jaw from fight sidelines Chris Stewart for 4-8 weeks

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    It’s unlikely that Chris Stewart will generate another 30-goal season in the NHL, but he still might be missed by the Anaheim Ducks.

    The team announced that the ornery forward is expected to miss four-to-eight weeks with a fractured jaw. If that’s the recovery window, Stewart may go into the playoffs a little rusty (if he can get in any regular season games at all).

    The Ducks didn’t elaborate, but the Columbus Dispatch’s Aaron Portzline believes that the injury happened during a fight with Dalton Prout of the Columbus Blue Jackets. You can see that brawl in the video above.

    One bright side for Anaheim: if they believe that they need to replace what Stewart brings to the table (rugged play with a dash of offense), then at least this injury happened before the the Feb. 29 trade deadline.