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Habs sign Danault, acquired in deadline deal with ‘Hawks — two years, $1.82M

Phillip Danault, the former first-round pick Montreal got from Chicago in exchange for Dale Weise and Tomas Fleischmann, has agreed to a two-year deal with an average annual cap hit of $912,000, per TVA.

Danault, 23, was taken 26th overall by Chicago at the 2011 draft, and appeared in 32 games for the ‘Hawks prior to getting traded at last season’s deadline.

A Quebec native, Danault acquitted himself reasonably well upon joining Montreal. He had five points in 21 games, averaging 12:38 TOI per night, and did very well in the faceoff circle by winning 56 percent of his draws.

It’s believed Danault should be on the Habs’ opening night roster next season. The Lars Eller trade to Washington will open up some minutes, and Danault is regarded for his defensive work down the middle — meaning he should be in line for a steady bottom-six role.

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    Notable playoff performances on NBCSN: Kane’s hat trick tops Kings

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    Hockey Week in America continues Friday with some big-time individual playoff performances.

    The Western Conference foes dueled to a Game 7 that went into double overtime. Dallas relied on St. Louis native Ben Bishop and his 52 saves, the 5th-most saves in a Game 7 in history, to nearly defeat the Blues, but St. Louis prevailed 2-1, on the way to their historic 2019 Stanley Cup run.

    Kenny Albert, Eddie Olczyk and Pierre McGuire called the action from Enterprise Center in St. Louis, Mo.

    You can catch Kane’s Game 5 hat trick Friday on NBCSN beginning at 12 a.m. ET or watch the stream here.

    FRIDAY NIGHT SCHEDULE:
    • Kane’s hat trick: Kings vs. Blackhawks (2013 Western Conference Final) – 12 a.m. ET

    More information about NBC Sports’ Hockey Week in America can be found here.

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    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.

    Notable playoff performances on NBCSN: Bishop, Maroon shine in Game 7

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    Hockey Week in America continues Friday with some big-time individual playoff performances.

    In a double-overtime thriller between these two Western Conference contenders, Patrick Kane and his series-clinching hat trick propelled Chicago to a 4-3 victory. In the Stanley Cup Final, the Blackhawks defeated the Bruins to capture the 2013 championship.

    The late, great Dave Strader, Darren Pang, and Brian Engblom had the call from United Center in Chicago, Ill.

    You can catch Bishop’s 52-save performance and other memorable individual playoff memories Friday on NBCSN beginning at 10 p.m. ET.

    FRIDAY NIGHT SCHEDULE:
    • Bishop’s 52-save effort: Stars vs. Blues (Round 2, Game 7, 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs) – 10 p.m. ET
    • Kane’s hat trick: Kings vs. Blackhawks (2013 Western Conference Final) – 12 a.m. ET

    More information about NBC Sports’ Hockey Week in America can be found here.

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    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.

    Notable playoff performances on NBCSN: Tavares leads Isles into Round 2

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    Hockey Week in America continues Friday with some big-time individual playoff performances.

    Trailing by one with less than a minute remaining in regulation with the extra attacker on the ice, Islanders captain John Tavares scored to tie the game at one to force overtime. In the second overtime period, Tavares scored the game-winner, leading the Islanders to a playoff series win in 2016 for the first time in 23 years.

    Chris Cuthbert and Ray Ferraro called the matchup from Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.

    You can catch Tavares’ two-goal night and other memorable individual playoff performances Friday on NBCSN beginning at 8 p.m. ET.

    FRIDAY NIGHT SCHEDULE:
    • Tavares’ big night: Panthers vs. Islanders (Round 1, Game 6, 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs) – 8 p.m. ET
    • Bishop’s 52-save effort: Stars vs. Blues (Round 2, Game 7, 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs) – 10 p.m. ET
    • Kane’s hat trick: Kings vs. Blackhawks (2013 Western Conference Final) – 12 a.m. ET

    More information about NBC Sports’ Hockey Week in America can be found here.

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    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.

    Blues broadcaster ‘symptom free’ after self-quarantine

    Longtime St. Louis Blues broadcaster John Kelly, jr. during the St. Louis Blues victory parade
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    The quarantine strategy medical professionals have urged society to use have proved effective once again.

    John Kelly, a broadcaster for the St. Louis Blues, tested positive for the COVID-19 virus and is now symptom free after being self-quarantined for 14 days.

    The St. Louis Blues released the following statement earlier Friday.

    The St. Louis Blues are confirming that play-by-play announcer John Kelly has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus.

    John has been in self-quarantine since March 13. We are thrilled to report that John is now feeling strong and symptom free.

    The health and safety of the entire Blues family remains our core focus during these unprecedented times. We wish John well as he continues his recovery at home.

    Follow this NBC News live update thread for more on the coronavirus pandemic.


    Scott Charles is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at phtblog@nbcsports.com or follow him on Twitter @ScottMCharles.