The Montreal Canadiens stayed busy after acquiring d-man Jeff Petry this morning, picking up forward Brian Flynn from Buffalo.
In exchange, the Sabres will receive a fifth-round pick at the 2016 NHL Entry Draft, per TSN.
Flynn, 26, has enjoyed a relatively successful campaign with the Sabres, scoring five goals and a career-high 17 points in 54 games played. A former University of Maine standout, Flynn has spent his entire professional career with the Buffalo organization, playing two years in AHL Rochester before becoming a full-time NHLer last season (in 79 games, he had six goals and 13 points).
In Montreal, Flynn — who’s in the last of a two-year, $1.275M deal with a $637,500 cap hit — will challenge for minutes at the center position. He played there regularly for the Sabres (was fourth on the team in faceoffs) and will now be in the mix for bottom-six minutes along with rookie Jacob De La Rose and Manny Malhotra.
Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry each had a goal and an assist as the Anaheim Ducks defeated the Dallas Stars 3-1 on Sunday night.
Anahiem has now won five of its last seven while the Stars are winless in six.
Cayton Stoner had the other Ducks goal. John Gibson made 39 saves for the win.
Patrick Eaves had the lone Stars goal.
Jhonas Enroth stopped 19 shots in the loss.
With his two point night, Getzlaf (669) moved into a tie with Paul Kariya for second place on the franchise’s all-time points list.
The Ducks lost TIm Jackman early in the first period to a lower body injury. Bruce Boudreau said the forward is “day-to-day”.
Anaheim has held Dallas to just one goal in each of the first two meetings between the two clubs. The pair meet for a third and final time on April 8 at the Honda Center.
Captain Andrew Ladd scored twice and Blake Wheeler added a goal and an assist as the Winnipeg Jets picked up an important two points in a 5-2 win over the L.A. Kings Sunday night.
Winnipeg now has a three-point cushion on the Minnesota Wild for the first wild-card spot in the Western Conference. The Jets trail the Blackhawks by just three points for third spot in the Central Division.
“Ladd’s [past] three games have been spectacular,” Jets coach Paul Maurice said per NHL.com. “He really is driving that line [with Bryan Little and Michael Frolik]. There is a consistency to [Ladd’s] game and the way that he prepares, the way he practices and the way he plays that you have to have from your leader.”
The loss is the third straight for L.A. after an eight-game winning streak.
The Kings remain outside the playoff picture. L.A. is tied with Calgary (70 points) in the Pacific Division, but the Flames hold the tiebreaker. The Kings are three points back of the Wild for the final wild-card spot.
Drew Stafford and Tyler Myers had the other goals for Winnipeg. Michael Hutchinson made 18 saves for his 19th win of the season.
Jeff Carter had both Kings’ goals.
“We know what to expect coming in here,” said Carter. “We didn’t play near or close to what we should be playing to come close to getting two points. We need to get it going. We’re in a tight race, and every game for us right now is a playoff game, and we need to get our level up.”
Jonathan Quick allowed four goals on 21 shots and was replaced by Martin Jones to start the third period. Jones made seven saves in relief.
Midway through the third period the Jets acquired Lee Stempniak from the New York Rangers for Carl Klingberg.
All the latest from the crease …
Giving Gibson the ball
Could we see at least a mild goalie battle for the Anaheim Ducks, albeit a few months later than expected?
Going into the season, it seemed like John Gibson and Frederik Andersen would trade starts on a playoff-caliber team. Anaheim’s remained a playoff team, but Andersen ran with the top job when Gibson got hurt. Now Gibson seems like he’s taking advantage of the opportunity he received when Andersen was injured.
The interesting wrinkle is that Andersen seems ready to play again, yet as the OC Register’s Eric Stephens notes, head coach Bruce Boudreau is going with the “winning hand” in Gibson.
While Andersen’s record (29-8-5) towers over that of Gibson (7-5-0), his .916 save percentage is only slightly shinier than Gibson’s .914 mark. Perhaps Boudreau will merely ride the hot/winning hand for the rest of 2014-15, then?
Sunday serves as a good opportunity for another win for Gibson – at least on paper – as the Ducks face the struggling Dallas Stars with Jhonas Enroth in net.
Kings at Jets: Likely Jonathan Quick, while Michael Hutchinson is a safe bet.
Blue Jackets at Penguins: Curtis McElhinney vs. Marc-Andre Fleury.
Lightning at Panthers: A good chance of Ben Bishop, while Al Montoya is confirmed.
Leafs at Capitals: Leaning toward James Reimer vs. Braden Holtby, but neither team has confirmed those choices.
Blues at Canucks: Jake Allen vs. Eddie Lack.
NBCSN will continue its coverage of the 2014-15 campaign when the Dallas Stars host the Anaheim Ducks at the American Airlines Center at 8:00 p.m. ET tonight. In addition to NBCSN, you can also watch the game and pre-show online.
The middle of February got a little rocky for the Anaheim Ducks, but they’ve now won four of their last five games. They hope to start March off on a high note as they visit the Dallas Stars today.
While the Ducks have their feet back under them, the Stars continue to stumble with Tyler Seguin sidelined. Dallas has dropped six of seven contests (1-4-2) since Seguin suffered his injury, and things look pretty bleak right now for its playoff hopes, as Sports Club Stats gives the Stars just a 2.3 percent chance to make the postseason.
Anaheim isn’t that far removed from a mini-crisis of confidence, but the Stars almost seem like they’re falling apart, especially when it comes to Kari Lehtonen’s play.
(It looks like Jhonas Enroth will actually start against Anaheim, so Lehtonen won’t get a chance to prove himself tonight.)
In the grand scheme of things, the Ducks are in a comfortable spot, but this stands to be a challenging month.
To kick things off, they play five of seven games on the road. Only five of their 15 March contests take place at home. That may not be the kind of stretch that costs them a Pacific Division title, yet it could hurt Anaheim from a home-ice standpoint, at least if they stumble.
Dallas might be ailing at the moment, but the Stars are dangerous enough that the Ducks can’t just waddle into this one thinking that it will be an easy one.
Enjoy a final tune-up before the trade deadline on NBCSN tonight.