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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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    Fight video: Someone other than Evander Kane beats up Alex Petrovic

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    Bummed out on this holiday? Look on the bright side: at least you’re not as sore as Florida Panthers defenseman Alex Petrovic likely is right now.

    Not long after suffering three defeats at the hands/fists of Evander Kane, Petrovic likely lost another bout to Nashville Predators tough guy Anthony Bitetto.

    (Note: some might consider this more of a draw, for what it’s worth. You can watch that latest fight in the video above.)

    Hey, at least Bitetto didn’t taunt Petrovic after their fight …

    It was a rough night for the Panthers overall, as they suffered a gruesome injury or two and fell to the Predators by a score of 5-0.

    Outdoor game rumors: Jets host Oilers, Red Wings at Maple Leafs

    The Toronto Maple Leafs and the Detroit Red Wings face off during the first period of the Winter Classic outdoor NHL hockey game at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Mich., Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
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    Love is in the air on Valentine’s Day, and so are rumors about hockey fans bundling up for outdoor games next season.

    Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman went over two possible outdoor matchups coming for 2016-17 during Saturday’s Headlines segment.

    A smart move for a potential game in Winnipeg: Imagine the Jets hosting a game in Winnipeg in February? Ilya Bryzgalov almost turned off his TV in protest.

    Instead, Sportsnet’s John Shannon reports that the Jets are likely to host the Edmonton Oilers in October. That would be a smart logistical move, as long as it isn’t too hot.

    (Also, playing it then would hopefully increase the odds of the mainstream sporting public seeing Connor McDavid in an outdoor game.)

    Toronto’s turn: Friedman reports that the Toronto Maple Leafs are likely to host the Detroit Red Wings in the 2017 Winter Classic (or at least an outdoor game), almost certainly on New Year’s Day 2017.

    The two teams combined for a great Winter Classic at Ann Arbor in 2014, so that could be a fun time.

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    Keep in mind these are reports (and well-placed ones at that) rather than official announcements for the NHL. These things could always change.

    Related: Could the Penguins host the Flyers outdoors next season, too?

    Ducks likely to recall Khudobin after Gibson injury

    Chicago Blackhawks' Richard Panik (14), of Slovakia, collides with Anaheim Ducks goalie John Gibson (36) during the second period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016, in Chicago. Anaheim won 3-2 in overtime. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)
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    “Costly victories” may have been one of the themes of Saturday night, as some teams paired impressive wins with worrisome injuries.

    The good news is that, in each case, it appears that the early word is optimistic about those players (Tyler Seguin got stitched up in the Stars’ win, for example).

    The Anaheim Ducks are reportedly readying to recall Anton Khudobin on Sunday after John Gibson suffered an upper-body injury during a collision with Chicago Blackhawks forward Richard Panik.

    Again, so far the hope/expectation is that this might not be a major issue:

    The pessimistic take would be to wonder “Uh oh, is the Ducks goalie carousel starting again?”

    Frederik Andersen has seen some runs as Anaheim’s No. 1 guy, so maybe this issue is a reminder that the Ducks may be better off keeping both Gibson and Andersen around … at least while they can.

    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.