Habs grab point without Price, but Sens take it in OT


MONTREAL (AP) It was the Ottawa Senators’ fifth game that went to overtime this season and they finally got a goal.

Kyle Turris scored 34 seconds into the extra period to lift the Senators to a 2-1 victory over the Montreal Canadiens, a team playing its first overtime of the season.

“This was one of our best games of the year,” said Turris, putting it on par with a 3-1 win in Detroit on Oct. 30. “To come into this building against a team that’s been so hot lately, it’s a big one for us.

“We haven’t been very good at home but Thursday (against Winnipeg) will be a good opportunity to keep this going.”

The Senators’ first four overtime games went to shootouts – two wins and two losses.

Turris was glad Montreal used only one defenseman (Jeff Petry) in the new 3-on-3 overtime format. Some opponents start two defensemen and try to force the game to go to a shootout.

“You’re constantly moving, trying to keep possession of the puck and create something,” Turris said. “But if you just play defensive the whole time it kind of defeats the purpose of playing fun, entertaining hockey and it just goes to a shootout.”

Montreal went on the attack in the overtime, but a turnover saw Mike Hoffman carry the puck up the left side and feed Turris for his eighth goal of the season.

“It was our first time,” Montreal coach Michel Therrien said. “We lost the puck and you can’t do that.

“But we will learn from our first experience.”

Jean-Gabriel Pageau also scored for Ottawa, while Dale Weise scored for Montreal.

The Canadiens outshot Ottawa 37-27.

Rookie goalie Mike Condon, filling in for the injured Carey Price for a third straight game, had another strong outing even if he didn’t get the win. His record to start his NHL career is 4-0-1.

Condon made a spectacular glove save near the end of a scoreless first period to prevent Cody Ceci from finishing a 2-on-1 with Pageau.

Pageau opened the scoring shorthanded 3:16 into the second period. After P.K. Subban fanned on a shot from the point, Pageau went in on a breakaway and beat Condon between the pads.

It was Pageau `s fourth goal and sixth point in eight career games against the Canadiens, including a near-identical short-handed goal in Montreal’s win in Ottawa on Oct. 11. He had a hat trick against them in the 2013 playoffs.

Weise tied it on a power play at 6:13, completing a passing play with Andrei Markov and Alex Galchenyuk. It was Weise’s seventh goal, three short of his career high set last season and tying Max Pacioretty for the team lead.

“I feel good,” Weise said. “I’m playing with some great players.

“Davey (David Desharnais) is so underrated it’s not even funny. Flash (Tomas Fleischmann) has amazing hands. And getting chances on the power play helps. I’m just going to try and stay consistent and try to put in as many as I can.”

Montreal had two goals nullified after video review – one by Tomas Plekanec in the first period because Brendan Gallagher interfered with goaltender Craig Anderson and another by Alex Chiasson in the third due to a quick whistle.

NOTES: Ottawa’s Mark Stone served the first of his two-game suspension. His spot on the top line was taken by Curtis Lazar. … Montreal sent D Greg Pateryn to St. John’s in the AHL for a conditioning stint. Although healthy, Pateryn has yet to play in a game this season.

Devils, Hischier agree to seven-year, $50.75 million extension

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While the Devils don’t know yet if Taylor Hall will sign an extension to remain in New Jersey or find a new home next summer in free agency, GM Ray Shero has young locked down one of the team’s core pieces.

On Friday, Nico Hischier agreed to a seven-year, $50.75 million extension that carries a $7.25 million cap hit through the 2026-27 NHL season. The deal buys three unrestricted free agent years since the Devils forward has been playing since he was 18, per Cap Friendly.

“Nico is a special person who possess a team-first mentality combined with an inner drive to succeed,” said Shero in a statement. The entire organization is thankful to him and his family for believing in our future. We are excited that he will continue to play a prominent role with us for many years to come.”

According to the Devils, here’s the year-by-year breakdown:

2020-21: $7,000,000 (includes $3 million signing bonus)
2021-22: $7,250,000
2022-23:  $4,500,000
2023-24:  $7,750,000
2024-25:  $7,750,000
2025-26:  $8,000,000
2026-27:  $8,500,000

The extension also features a modified no-trade clause in the final three years.

In 157 NHL games, Hischier, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2017 draft, has 37 goals and 101 points while averaging over 17 minutes a night. His offense has been just fine with a 20 and 17 goals in his first two seasons, but his two-way game is what’s really boosted his talent.

The 20-year-old center joins the list of NHLers who passed on restricted free agency in 2020 to put pen to paper on a new deal, joining the likes of Alex DeBrincat, Clayton Keller, Thomas Chabot, and Sam Girard.

Mathew Barzal, Pierre-Luc Dubois, Dylan Strome, and Mikhail Sergachev are some of the other potential 2020 RFAs who will be looking for extensions before next season.


Sean Leahy is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at phtblog@nbcsports.com or follow him on Twitter @Sean_Leahy.

Helm fined $5K for slash on Flames’ Lindholm

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Darren Helm and Elias Lindholm had a little battle in the third period of Thursday’s 5-1 Flames win and it has resulted in a $5,000 fine for the Red Wings forward.

It all began during a face-off when Lindholm got taken down by Helm. The Flames forward took exception and skated after Helm as the puck entered the Calgary zone. The tiff continued on with Lindholm throwing an elbow at Helm, who responded by getting up off the ice and slashing Lindholm in the back of the leg.

“Their guy comes with an elbow that should have probably been called right away,” said Red Wings head coach Jeff Blashill. “Then Darren reacts to that as most guys would, you get an elbow to the face for no reason you’re going to react. We got to be more disciplined in those situations, but he slashed him. I don’t think the slash was that super-hard, but it sure looked hard the way he went down.”

The fine is the maximum amount allowable under the Collective Bargaining Agreement.

Helm was given a major for slashing and a game misconduct, while Lindholm got off with just an interference minor. Lindholm was helped to the dressing room and there’s been no update yet on his condition.


Sean Leahy is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at phtblog@nbcsports.com or follow him on Twitter @Sean_Leahy.

LA Kings set Guinness World Record for ‘Largest Laser Show’

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The Los Angeles Kings may have dropped their third in a row Thursday night and fell to 2-5-0 on the season, but they set a world record during the first intermission.

The Kings’ game presentation department used 642 lasers as part of the Guinness Book of World Records “Largest Laser Show” at STAPLES Center. So, yeah, they were shutout, but they made history.

For the record, the first-period goals by Casey Mittelstadt and Conor Sheary did not, in fact, count toward the final laser total.

With Thursday being the 20th anniversary of the opening of the arena, which featured a Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band concert back in 1999, the Kings wanted to do something special, so they went and shattered the previous record of 342, per the team.

Now, if only one of those lasers could have destroyed the “cursed” Taylor Swift banner


Sean Leahy is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at phtblog@nbcsports.com or follow him on Twitter @Sean_Leahy.

Kempny returns to Capitals’ blue line for first time since March

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Washington Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer doing the ceremonial puck drop honors won’t be the only thing Capitals fans can look forward to Friday night. Defenseman Michal Kempny will make his long-awaited return to the ice against the Rangers after tearing his hamstring in March.

Kempny, who was paired with Radko Gudas during Friday’s morning skate, was given a four-to-six month timeline after undergoing surgery right before the end of last season.

“Yeah, I’m playing tonight. It’s been a long time. I’m very excited,” Kempny said. “There was a lot of hard days, especially from the beginning of the rehab, small steps make me happy. I think it’s part of rehab and all the bad is behind me and I’m just focusing now [on] today’s game.”

Kempny knows he won’t be logging heavy minutes just yet and wants to focus on getting back into the normal routine of a regular player. How his ice time is managed will be something his head coach has to worry about.

“We have a range we’d like to have him in and we’ll see how the game goes,” said Todd Reirden. “Obviously he’s fresh, he’s skating really well, he’s in unbelievable condition, so now it’s just to see how it transfers into game action and how his wind is and his conditioning.”

Braden Holtby is back between the pipes are being given a one game “reset,” as Reirden put it. How he fares against the Rangers will either pause the goalie controversy talk with Ilya Samsonov for now or only add more fuel to the fire.


Sean Leahy is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at phtblog@nbcsports.com or follow him on Twitter @Sean_Leahy.