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Video: Hurricanes rookie Aho scores first NHL goal

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In his 14th career NHL game, Sebastian Aho finally scored his first NHL goal.

The Carolina Hurricanes 19-year-old rookie forward buried a rebound in front after initially winning the puck along the boards to tie Saturday’s game against the Washington Capitals at one-goal apiece.

Aho, selected in the second round of the 2015 draft, entered the game with six assists. Less than five minutes after his goal, Aho helped set up Teuvo Teravainen to give Carolina the lead.

His teammates had previously sensed this milestone goal coming.

“He’s got all the tools that you need,” Joakim Nordstrom told the Raleigh News & Observer. “It’s been really fun to play with him so far. He’s really creative, and he has great poise with the puck. He’s got a really good hockey IQ.”

Related: Looking to make the leap: Sebastian Aho

Devils acquire Straka from Flyers in exchange for conditional draft pick

PHILADELPHIA, PA - SEPTEMBER 16:  Petr Straka #51 of the Philadelphia Flyers passes the puck between the legs of Tomas Kundratek #36 of the Washington Capitals in the second period at Wells Fargo Center on September 16, 2013 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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In the words of Gary Bettman: “We have a trade to announce!”

The New Jersey Devils on Saturday acquired forward Petr Straka from the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for a conditional seventh-round draft pick.

Per the Devils, the conditional pick is for either the 2017 or 2018 draft.

Originally a second-round pick of the Columbus Blue Jackets in 2010, Straka has played in three NHL games with the Flyers. He has recorded two assists.

Straka has been a productive forward in the AHL, with 19 goals and 37 points in 64 games last season with the Lehigh Valley Phantoms. Per Andrew Gross of The Record, Straka will report to the Albany Devils in the AHL.

Meanwhile, the NHL’s Devils host the Buffalo Sabres tonight, looking for a fourth straight game. They will once again be without forward Mike Cammalleri, who missed Friday’s game against the Sabres due to personal reasons.

 

Report: Jack Johnson reaches settlement with creditors two years after filing for bankruptcy

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Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Jack Johnson, whose financial saga first made headlines two years ago, has reached a settlement with six of eight creditors, according to the latest developments from the Columbus Dispatch.

Johnson, who turns 30 years old in January, filed for bankruptcy in 2014 in a high profile, highly complicated case.

It’s been previously reported that his financial troubles came after his parents Jack Sr. and Tina Johnson allegedly borrowed millions of dollars in loans, accumulating massive amounts of debt in Johnson’s name after he gave them power of attorney, leading him to eventually file for bankruptcy.

From the Columbus Dispatch on Friday:

Four of the creditors — Capital Holdings Enterprises, Capital Financial Holdings, CapStar Bank and Rodney Blum, a Republican congressman from Iowa — settled for a deal in which Johnson will pay them collectively $2.8 million, or 35 percent of the $8 million-plus debt, according to the court documents.

In addition, the four creditors will get 10 percent of Johnson’s future earnings if he signs a new NHL contract in 2018 that exceeds $4.5 million total over a three-year term, a virtual certainty given his age and status in the game. The defenseman’s current deal with the Blue Jackets ends after the 2017-18 season.

Two other creditors, Pro Player Funding and Cobalt Sports, did not agree to the initial agreement but later reached their own settlements with Johnson. Pro Player Funding will get $1.65 million from Johnson, and Cobalt will get $775,000, or 58 percent of the roughly $4.1 million they were owed.

Johnson will keep $246,000 for “living expenses” each of the next two seasons. In the following three seasons, he’ll get to keep $277,050.50 per season until all his creditors are satisfied.

In April of 2015, it was reported that Johnson was used as a pawn in an alleged Ponzi scheme.

Former NFL player Will Allen was named as one of two people who allegedly ran the Ponzi scheme.

Johnson has played 641 career NHL games. He began his career with the L.A. Kings before being traded to Columbus in February of 2012.

Kopitar hurt in Kings loss to Senators

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OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) Zack Smith‘s old baseball skills helped the Ottawa Senators find some of their offensive spark again.

Smith batted in his own rebound with just under four minutes left to play to tie it before Mark Stone scored with 7 seconds to go as Ottawa rallied past the Los Angeles Kings 2-1 on Friday night.

“I have to give a shout out to my old baseball team, the Maple Creek Mohawks,” Smith said. “My teammates could attest I wasn’t a very good hitter but I think I redeemed myself with that one.”

Stone tracked down a loose puck in the crease and gave the Senators the lead less than four minutes after Smith tied the game.

“We stuck together for the full game, kept believing in our game plan and it paid off at the end,” said Jean-Gabriel Pageau, who had two assists. “We had a lot of chances and you get a little frustrated but you have to keep up with what you’re doing. If you’re getting chances it means you’re doing good things.”

The Senators had totaled just four goals in their previous four games.

Dwight King scored early in the second period for the Kings. Jeff Zatkoff had a shutout going through the first two periods, stopping all 18 shots the Senators sent his way. However, after recently came off the injury reserved list with a lower body injury, Zatkoff pulled himself after the second period.

Peter Budaj, who had a shutout streak of 140:57 snapped Thursday night in Montreal, came on to start the third and stopped the first 12 shots he faced. Smith was then able to bat his own rebound out of the air and in with 3:54 remaining to tie it.

“Zatkoff made some pretty crazy saves there on us. We were getting chances, which was helping us stick to it,” Smith said. “I think that’s important to know that we can stick around all game and if you have to wait for the last couple of minutes to score then so be it. I thought we were good all game.”

Budaj finished with 13 stops.

Craig Anderson was the busiest of the three goalies in the game as he stopped 32 shots.

“We played as good as we could. We were a little overstaffed in the third and we knew they were going to come hard,” Kings coach Darryl Sutter said.

“They have a lot of forwards who drive the net and both their goals were scored when we had defensemen lying around the net, so we lost a couple of battles there.”

The Kings had the lone power play of the first period and outshot the Senators 14-8 but were unable to get anything past Anderson.

Los Angeles came closest to a goal when Nick Shore used a nifty toe-drag to get around Senators forward Ryan Dzingel and beat Anderson with a shot but it hit the post to keep the game scoreless.

Jeff Carter initially got credit for the Kings’ goal 56 seconds, but replays showed his backhander through traffic appeared to hit King’s left leg before going in.

Anze Kopitar was stopped point-blank by Anderson on the power play and then missed the net on a short-handed breakaway later in the second.

The Senators had a 22-second 5-on-3 advantage in the period but didn’t manage a shot.

— Kopitar was kept to just four shifts in the third period after taking a hit along the boards. He’s expected to travel with the team to Winnipeg for Sunday’s game, per L.A. Kings Insider.

Video: Avalanche score OT victory over Jets thanks to Ehlers’ own goal

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The Colorado Avalanche will take it.

The Avalanche scored an overtime victory over the Winnipeg Jets on Friday, thanks to one of the most unusual winning goals you’ll see this season. Rene Bourque was credited with the goal.

It’s one Nikolaj Ehlers certainly won’t forget.

After winning possession of the puck along the boards in his own end, Ehlers went to make a pass back to a teammate. That’s where it all went wrong. The puck missed everyone in a Jets jersey and went under the pads of his stunned goalie Michael Hutchinson.

Game over. The Avalanche, a struggling hockey team coming into this game, skated away with a 3-2 overtime win.

It wasn’t all good news for the Avalanche.

Matt Duchene didn’t take a shift in the third period, and was reportedly being evaluated for an apparent injury. Head coach Jared Bednar didn’t have an update on Duchene following the game.