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Rasmus Ristolainen channels inner Peter Forsberg with shootout move vs. Ducks


Well, that was unexpected. Not to mention spectacular.

Buffalo Sabres defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen went deep into the bag of tricks to score during Friday’s shootout victory over the Anaheim Ducks, pulling off the famous Peter Forsberg move on goalie Jonathan Bernier.

He did so in the ninth round of the shootout. The Sabres won the game on a successful attempt from Zemgus Girgensons in the 10th round.

Flames goalie Brian Elliott earned his 10th straight victory


Remember that poor start to the season for Brian Elliott?

It was only in October, although it might be difficult for Calgary Flames fans to recall such a time, especially considering the run their team was just on and the run Elliott is currently enjoying as their starting goalie.

The Flames defeated the Dallas Stars on Friday. The Stars, having played the night before, were without captain Jamie Benn due to an apparent eye injury suffered in a fight with Nikita Tryamkin of the Canucks.

Calgary moves back ahead of Edmonton for third in the Pacific Division, as the Oilers slide back into a wild card spot.

Elliott made a tidy 24 saves, tested mostly during the second period. He has now won each of his last 10 starts — a stretch that has included consecutive shut outs and a 32-save effort against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

While the Flames have become a much better puck possession team with an offense carried by more than just Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Monahan, their improvements at the goaltender position last summer shouldn’t be overlooked.

Despite a difficult start — 14 goals allowed in his first three games with Calgary — Elliott has provided them with particularly good goaltending for some time now, although this has been his most impressive stretch of the season.

The Flames host the L.A. Kings on Sunday.

Jagr sets another record — most points by an NHLer after turning 40


Jaromir Jagr set another record on Friday, and his Florida Panthers earned a comeback victory that keeps their slim playoff hopes alive.

Jagr recorded a pair of assists against the New York Rangers, giving him 39 points in 70 games, which is a remarkable total given he is, you know, 45 years old. Per Elias Sports, he now has 269 points since he turned 40, which breaks the previous record held by Mr. Hockey, Gordie Howe.

Howe played professionally into his 50s — until he was 52 to be exact.

Jagr still has a ways to go if he wants to achieve that same incredible feat, but he has expressed a desire to do just that. In fact, he has expressed a desire to play well beyond the youthful age of 50.

“The only way you get tired with hockey is when you don’t work hard enough and you play the game and you kind of embarrass yourself,” Jagr told Sportsnet last year. “You’re embarrassed because the other guys are better than you, but that’s because you didn’t do enough to prepare for yourself for it.”

The Panthers trailed the Rangers 2-0 before Friday’s game was even five minutes old. But they came back in the second period, before Aleksander Barkov scored in the third period and again in the shootout to give Florida a critical victory.

With 12 games left on their schedule, the Panthers are five points back of Toronto for the final wild card spot in the East.

USA Hockey says it will not offer living wage, as dispute with women’s national team continues


The dispute between the U.S. women’s national team and USA Hockey continued Friday, as the governing body released the financial figures central to stalled negotiations between the two sides.

Among the financial details released, USA Hockey said players’ demands — which it said include compensation, benefits and operations — would exceed $8 million during an Olympic year and $5.7 million in a non-Olympic year.

According to USA Today, the figures released were immediately disputed by the players. The report quoted a statement from the players as saying USA Hockey provided “patently false information.”

The team’s captain Meghan Duggan recently told ESPN that players were asking for a living wage, as well as full support for women’s and girl’s programs. However, in a lengthy news release, USA Hockey outlined why it will not provide a living wage, saying that would imply the organization employs players, which, according to its statement, it does not.

More from USA Hockey:

Providing players a living wage implies USA Hockey employs players and it does not. Simply, USA Hockey does not pay players a salary – women or men – and instead provides training stipends and support to help put athletes that participate on our national teams in the best possible position to compete for a gold medal. USA Hockey is not a professional sports league, rather a non-profit organization that fields teams for international competition with players who participate on a voluntary basis. In a non-Olympic year, players from the U.S. Women’s National Team are typically involved in official team activities for a period of 60-70 days over the course of a year, while in an Olympic year, players have typically trained together in a residency program for the six months prior to the Games.

On Wednesday, the women’s team announced it would boycott this year’s tournament. USA Hockey imposed a deadline (5 p.m. on Thursday) for players to decide if they would participate in the competition, but the team then let that deadline pass.

“USA Hockey will continue to have conversations with representatives of players that are part of the U.S. Women’s National Team program. The clear objective is to resolve the situation so that the players previously selected to play in the upcoming IIHF World Championship are those that represent our country,” it said in the release.

This year’s tournament begins March 31 in Plymouth, Mich. The U.S. has won the world championship three years in a row.

Video: Crosby closes on Marchand in Rocket Richard Trophy race (Updated: They’re tied)

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Quite a race right now for the Maurice ‘Rocket’ Richard Trophy, awarded each year to the league’s leading goal scorer.

Brad Marchand of the Boston Bruins currently leads the NHL with 37 goals, but he has the night off. Sidney Crosby entered Friday’s game against the New Jersey Devils only two goals back of Marchand, but No. 87 has since closed the gap to one.

Crosby scored goal No. 36 for his season, as he one-timed a perfect pass from Mark Streit during a late first-period power play. That capped a wild opening 20 minutes, as the two teams combined for five goals.

There are currently 13 players, including rookies Patrik Laine and Auston Matthews, with 30 goals or more, so this race is wide open right now.

Updated: Crosby scored into an empty net in the third period, giving him 37 goals, which ties Marchand for the league lead. The Penguins won 6-4.