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Howe's family reports rapid improvement

Gordie Howe's family reports 'miraculous' improvement following stem cell treatment
Noah Trister, The Associated Press

DETROIT - Gordie Howe's family says the hockey great has made a dramatic improvement after he participated in a stem cell clinical trial.

The 86-year-old Howe had a serious stroke in late October, but in a statement released through the Detroit Red Wings on Friday, his family said his physical therapists have been "astonished" by his progress.

Executives from Stemedica Cell Technologies contacted the family and facilitated Howe's participation in the clinical trial. He had a two-day, non-surgical treatment earlier this month.

Tennyson, Goodrow lead Sharks past Oilers

Tennyson, Goodrow score late to help Sharks beat Oilers 4-3
Rick Eymer, The Associated Press

SAN JOSE, Calif. - Matt Tennyson scored, that's all he knows and all he cares to know.

Tennyson and Barclay Goodrow scored within 34 seconds of each other midway through the third period to lift the San Jose Sharks to a 4-3 victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Thursday night.

Faulk has goal, assist in Canes' win over Leafs

Faulk has goal, assist in Hurricanes' 4-1 win over Maple Leafs
Mike Potter, The Associated Press

RALEIGH, N.C. - The Carolina Hurricanes brought the NHL's worst record and a long losing streak into a meeting with the Toronto Maple Leafs — perhaps hockey's hottest team.

They came out of it with a most unexpected win.

Justin Faulk had a goal and assist, and the Hurricanes carried play all the way Thursday night in a 4-1 victory over the Maple Leafs.

Ottawa's Anderson makes 34 saves, blanks Devils

Ottawa's Anderson stops 34 shots, Turris scores twice in Senators' 2-0 win over Devils
Mike Farrell, The Associated Press

NEWARK, N.J. - Ottawa Senators goalie Craig Anderson felt he was playing well even if the results showed otherwise.

Anderson put it all together against New Jersey on Wednesday night, making 34 saves in the Senators' 2-0 win over the Devils.

Kyle Turris provided the offence with a pair of goals.

The spotlight clearly belonged to Anderson, who was 2-6-2 in his previous 10 starts.

Coyotes pull out 2-1 win over Oilers in OT

Ekman-Larsson scores in overtime, Coyotes beat Oilers 2-1 to end 9-game home losing streak
John Marshall, The Associated Press

GLENDALE, Ariz. - Oliver Ekman-Larsson looked up in overtime and saw 15 seconds on the clock, but lost track after a couple of turnovers.

Knowing he had to hurry, Ekman-Larsson whipped a shot at the net, hoping it was in time.

It was, just barely, ending Arizona's team-record home losing streak in the process.

Panthers outlast Capitals in longest NHL shootout

Panthers outlast Capitals in longest NHL shootout when Nick Bjugstad scores in 20th round
Paul Gereffi, The Associated Press

SUNRISE, Fla. - Nick Bjugstad took a deep breath before his second attempt in the longest shootout in NHL history.

And when he finally exhaled and scored, the Florida Panthers had outlasted the Washington Capitals in a whopping 20 rounds.

"I've never seen anything like that," Florida goalie Roberto Luongo said.

Latvia loves Sabres' Girgensons in All-Star vote

Latvia still in love with Sabres forward Girgensons, who maintains All-Star vote lead
The Associated Press

BUFFALO, N.Y. - Latvia is in love with Buffalo Sabres forward Zemgus Girgensons, who remains the runaway leader in the NHL All-Star game fan vote.

The second-year player had nearly 1.1 million votes Tuesday. That's nearly double the total of each of the next two forwards: Chicago's Patrick Kane (586,310) and Jonathan Toews (573,198).

Girgensons' total is more than half the 2 million population of his native Latvia, where the NHL says he's attracted more than 80 per cent of his votes.

Moulson scores in SO to lift Sabres past Senators

Moulson scores in shootout to lift Sabres past Senators, 5-4, for 6th straight home win
Nick Mendola, The Associated Press

BUFFALO, N.Y. - Brian Flynn and the surging Sabres are bringing home-ice advantage back to Buffalo.

Flynn scored a game-tying goal with under 4 minutes to play and Matt Moulson scored the scored the only goal of the shootout to lift Buffalo to a 5-4 victory over the Ottawa Senators on Monday night for the Sabres' sixth straight home win.

Judge: Kings' Voynov can be tried on felony charge

Judge rules Kings defenceman Slava Voynov should stand trial on domestic violence charge
Anthony McCartney, The Associated Press

TORRANCE, Calif. - Slava Voynov's wife told police the Los Angeles Kings defenceman hit, choked and pushed her into a television in their bedroom during a fight in October, an officer testified Monday.

After hearing the description of the injuries to Voynov's wife, a judge ruled Monday that there is enough evidence against the player for him to stand trial on a felony domestic violence charge.

Saad's goal lifts Blackhawks over Flames 2-1

Saad scores in 3rd as Chicago Blackhawks beat Calgary Flames 2-1
Matt Carlson, The Associated Press

CHICAGO - The Chicago Blackhawks found a higher gear in the third period, and Brandon Saad helped finish off the Calgary Flames.

Saad scored with 7:03 left, and the Blackhawks beat the Flames 2-1 on Sunday night for their 12th victory in the last 14 games.

After motoring past Calgary defenceman Mark Giordano, Saad took a centring pass from captain Jonathan Toews and lifted a shot past Jonas Hiller's glove.

"That one felt good," Saad said. "It's a great play."

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