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Weiss scores 2 goals, Red Wings beat Senators 4-3

Stephen Weiss scores twice during 3-goal second period to help Red Wings top Senators 4-3
The Associated Press

DETROIT - Welcome back, Stephen Weiss.

Playing his second game this season after missing much of it with injuries, Weiss had a pair of rebound goals late in Detroit's three-goal second period to lift the Red Wings over the Ottawa Senators 4-3 Monday night.

Weiss scored just two goals last season before hernia surgery sidelined him and he matched that total after returning from a rehab stint with Grand Rapids of the AHL.

Soviet hockey coach Tikhonov dies at 84

Soviet hockey coach Viktor Tikhonov, whose teams won 3 Olympic gold medals, dies at 84
The Associated Press

MOSCOW - Viktor Tikhonov, the Soviet hockey coach whose teams won three Olympic gold medals but fell to the United States in the "Miracle on Ice," died after a long illness. He was 84.

Russia's Kontinental Hockey League said early Monday that Tikhonov died during the night. He had been receiving treatment at home for an undisclosed illness that had left him unable to walk in recent weeks.

Lundqvist, Rangers roll over surging Canadiens 5-0

Lundqvist, Rangers shut out surging Canadiens, roll to 5-0 victory
Ira Podell, The Associated Press

NEW YORK, N.Y. - If a drubbing at the hands of the Tampa Bay Lightning was the wakeup call the New York Rangers really needed, they have gotten the message loud and clear.

Since a four-goal home loss to the Lightning last Monday, the Rangers have been suddenly stingy and haven't allowed a goal in back-to-back wins. Their latest triumph was a 5-0 rout of the NHL-leading Montreal Canadiens on Sunday night.

Canadiens beat Bruins 2-0 behind Price's 33 saves

Price stops 33 shots, Plekanec gets goal and assist in Canadiens' 2-0 win over B's
Ken Powtak, The Associated Press

BOSTON - Montreal winger Max Pacioretty had a simple explanation for why the Canadiens have had so much success lately against the Boston Bruins.

They play just like them.

Carey Price made 33 saves, Tomas Plekanec had a goal and an assist, and Montreal beat the Bruins 2-0 on Saturday night.

The Canadiens improved to 9-1 in their last 10 regular-season games against the Bruins. That doesn't include ousting them from last year's Stanley Cup playoffs.

Dallas Stars sign Spezza to $30M, 4-year deal

Center Jason Spezza settling in with Dallas Stars, signs $30M, 4-year contract extension
The Associated Press

FRISCO, Texas - The Dallas Stars have signed centre Jason Spezza to a US$30 million, four-year contract extension.

The deal Friday came nearly five months after the Stars acquired the high-scoring forward in a trade from Ottawa just before the start of free agency.

Spezza has 18 points in his first 20 games in Dallas, with his 14 assists tops among the Stars and ninth in the NHL. He has 705 points (255 goals, 450 assists) in 706 career games.

Blue Jackets' Jack Johnson files for bankruptcy

Blue Jackets' Johnson has $30M contract but files for bankruptcy; says others preyed on him
The Associated Press

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Columbus Blue Jackets defenceman Jack Johnson has filed for bankruptcy while earning millions under a $30.5 million contract in his ninth NHL season.

Sabres home game against Rangers postponed by NHL

NHL postpones Sabres home game against Rangers on Friday due to snowstorm hitting Buffalo
The Associated Press

BUFFALO, N.Y. - The NHL has postponed the Sabres' home game against the New York Rangers on Friday night due to a severe lake-effect storm hitting the Buffalo region.

The league made the announcement Thursday and said a makeup date has not yet been determined.

The decision comes while many communities south and east of downtown Buffalo have been blanked by a storm that has dumped 5 feet of snow since Monday. Another 1 to 3 feet was projected to fall by Friday.

Lindros set to take place in Flyers Hall of Fame

Captain is Back: Lindros set for long-awaited induction into Flyers Hall of Fame
Dan Gelston, The Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA - Eric Lindros pointed his stick toward nearly 49,000 roaring fans, took a walk toward the infield ice and found his place in orange and black with the rest of the former Philadelphia Flyers greats.

Lindros needed a Winter Classic to thaw his icy relationship with the Flyers.

Penguins forward Dupuis out with blood clot

Blood clot in lung sidelines Penguins forward Pascal Dupuis for at least 6 months
Will Graves, The Associated Press

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - Pascal Dupuis spent the first nine months of 2014 recovering from torn ligaments in his right knee, a grueling stretch that tested the veteran Pittsburgh Penguins forward's patience and commitment to the game.

The comeback barely lasted eight weeks.

Doctors diagnosed the 35-year-old Dupuis with a blood clot in his lungs on Wednesday, likely ending his season and possibly putting his career in jeopardy.

Vancouver Canucks back on rise after down season

After playoff miss and off-season reboot, the Vancouver Canucks are back on the rise
Greg Beacham, The Associated Press

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - After the Vancouver Canucks missed the playoffs last spring, they overhauled their front office and revamped the roster of a team that won just about everything except the Stanley Cup over the previous half-decade.

So far, it's going better and happening faster than just about anybody predicted.

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