Ottawa Senators

Video: Hickey’s OT winner helps Isles over Sens


Thomas Hickey got a fortunate bounce in overtime helping the New York Islanders edge the Ottawa Senators 3-2 Tuesday night.

Hickey put a puck towards the net headed towards Mikhail Grabovski; however, it went off the skate of Sens’ defenseman Cody Ceci and past a sprawling Craig Anderson for the game winner.

“I came around the net and I just threw it blind to be honest,” said Hickey post-game.

The Islanders have now won seven of eight the Senators meanwhile have dropped three straight and five of six.

Brock Nelson and Ryan Strome scored in regulation for the Islanders.

The Sens got goals from Mike Hoffman and Clarke MacArthur’s sixth of the season forced overtime

Goalie nods: Luongo good to go, Crawford shelved


All the latest from the blue paint…

Luongo’s likely back

Roberto Luongo looks to be the starter Florida tonight — his first start since getting hurt against Carolina last Wednesday — when the Panthers take on Detroit at the Joe.

Al Montoya played the last two games in relief — including Monday’s 2-1 loss to Columbus — but will cede to the veteran Luongo this evening; Bobby Lu is having himself a pretty solid season for the Cats, going 7-5-5 with a 2.33 GAA and .927 save percentage.

For the Red Wings, Jimmy Howard will get the call in goal.

Crawford sidelined by injury

Not a nod for tonight, but some goalie-related news to pass along — on Tuesday, the ‘Hawks announced that Corey Crawford will be out for Wednesday’s Rivalry Night game against the Blues with a lower-body ailment.

“He’s being evaluated right now, so we’ll know more [Wednesday,]” head coach Joel Quenneville said after the team’s practice, per ESPN Chicago.

The development means little-used backup Antti Raanta will make his first start for Chicago since Oct. 25. Raanta is 1-2-0 with a 2.03 goals-against average and .933 save percentage this season, and did get a mid-November game while on assignment with AHL Rockford.


Sens at Isles: Craig Anderson vs. Jaroslav Halak

Devils at Penguins: Cory Schneider for New Jersey, Marc-Andre Fleury likely for Pittsburgh.

Canucks at Caps: Ryan Miller vs. Braden Holtby

Preds at ‘Canes: Pekka Rinne vs. Cam Ward

Stars at Leafs: Kari Lehtonen vs. Jonathan Bernier

Bolts at Sabres: Evgeni Nabokov vs. Jhonas Enroth

Coyotes at Flames: Karri Ramo vs. Mike Smith.

Flyers at Sharks: Steve Mason vs. Antti Niemi

Bruins at Kings: Jonathan Quick likely for L.A., no word yet on a Boston starter.

Sens’ Ryan not ruling out Tuesday’s game vs. Islanders

Senators forward Bobby Ryan wouldn’t rule himself out for Tuesday night when Ottawa visits the New York Islanders.

Ryan missed Saturday’s 4-1 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning due to a broken finger.

The 27-year-old said he suffered the injury during his first shift of the second period in Friday night’s 3-2 loss to the Florida Panthers.

Ryan took slashes from both Brian Campbell and Tomas Fleischmann towards the end of his shift.

“It hurt. It’s a broken finger right? We knew it was going to hurt,” said Ryan following Monday’s practice. “It was a matter of trying to see how comfortable we could get (the finger) so I could do more than just stick handle and float shots in there.

“There’s some optimistic signs if we can continue to get progress on it maybe we can get there, but the end game is to play as quick as possible, if it’s tomorrow, who knows?”

Ryan, who is in his second season with the Senators, has five goals and 13 points in his first 21 games this season.

Given the fact that he wasn’t interested in getting involved physically during Monday’s practice, it’s hard to see Ryan suiting up Tuesday.

“I tried to stay away from some conflict out there in the corners and stuff cause I didn’t even want to lift a stick,” he said. “That’s one of the things, if you’re going to put guys in a position where they’re going to have to cover for you all night, you don’t want to do that.

“You’d rather miss a couple games, get back to where you’re comfortable going into those situations.”

Along with the Senators training staff, Ryan has re-worked a glove to give him added protection.

“You can’t break it any worse, that was what was said to me,” he said. “This issue is just how comfortable I can get to where I can play through the pain.”

The Senators conclude their home-and-home with the Islanders in Ottawa on Thursday night.

Giordano, Tarasenko, Rinne named NHL’s stars of the month

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Calgary’s Mark Giordano, St. Louis’ Vladimir Tarasenko and Nashville’s Pekka Rinne have been named the NHL’s three stars for the month of November, the league announced on Monday.


Giordano led all defensemen and tied for sixth in the NHL with 16 points in 13 games to power the Flames (15-8-2, 32 points) to a 9-4-0 November record and third place in the Pacific Division.

Tarasenko ranked second in the NHL with 10 goals and 17 points (tied) to lift the Blues (16-6-2, 34 points) to an 11-3-1 November record and a share of the top spot in the League standings.

Rinne led the NHL with 10 wins and also placed in the top five in goals-against average (1.70) and save percentage (.938), backstopping the Predators (16-5-2, 34 points) to a 10-3-0 November record and the top spot in the Central Division.

Rinne got the nod as the top goalie for November, but there was no shortage of candidates: Marc-Andre Fleury, Craig Anderson, Carey Price, Jaroslav Halak and Karri Ramo all won a star of the week honor during the month.

Preds’ Forsberg named rookie of the month


Nashville Predators forward Filip Forsberg has been named the NHL’s rookie of the month for November, the league announced on Monday:

Forsberg, the 11th overall selection by the Washington Capitals in the 2012 NHL Draft, opened the month on a six-game goal/point streak (7-5—12). He became the first rookie to score in six straight games since Feb. 5-15, 2011, when Michael Grabner did so with the New York Islanders (10-3—13). Forsberg also became just the fourth active player to record a goal streak of at least six games during his rookie season, joining Alex Ovechkin (2x in 2005-06), Evgeni Malkin (2006-07) and Grabner (2010-11).

Three of Forsberg’s nine goals in November were game-winners. He posted 2-1—3, including his first career multi-goal game, first career three-point performance and first career game-winning goal, in a 3-1 victory over the Vancouver Canucks Nov. 2. Forsberg then collected a pair of decisive markers against the Edmonton Oilers – in a 3-2 triumph Nov. 11 and a 1-0 win Nov. 27, highlighted by his first career overtime goal. He also registered a career-high nine shots on goal, plus the shootout winner (his first career shootout goal), in a 3-2 triumph over the Florida Panthers Nov. 22.

Forsberg, a 20-year-old native of Ostervala, Sweden, paces the NHL with a +20 rating and leads all rookies in goals (10), assists (13-tied), points (23), power-play points (6-tied), game-winning goals (3) and shots on goal (70) in 23 appearances this season.

Other rookies in the running for this month’s award:

— Winnipeg Jets goaltender Michael Hutchinson (4-0-2, 1.22 GAA, .958 SV%, one shutout)

— Florida Panthers defenseman Aaron Ekblad (2-7—9 in 13 GP)

— Ottawa Senators left wing Mike Hoffman (6-2—8 in 14 GP)

— Dallas Stars defenseman John Klingberg (3-5—8 in 10 GP)

With the win, Forsberg joins Los Angeles forward Tanner Pearson (October) as the rookie of the month award winners this season.