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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.

Gallagher leads Canadiens over Red Wings 4-1

Gallagher has goal, assist and Tokarski has 28 saves to help Canadiens beat Red Wings 4-1
The Associated Press

DETROIT - The Montreal Canadiens didn't play their best game Sunday night.

Thanks to some lucky bounces and a lethargic performance by the Red Wings, they were still able to post a sixth-straight win, beating Detroit 4-1.

"We've got a little roll going right now, and we need to keep it going," said Dustin Tokarski, who made 28 saves in his fifth game of the year. "Everyone contributed tonight. We were blocking shots and playing the right way."

Scandella's overtime goal lifts Wild over Jets 4-3

Marco Scandella returns from illness, scores game winner to lift Wild over Jets 4-3 in OT
The Associated Press

SAINT-PAUL, Réunion - The Minnesota Wild got Zach Parise back from injury and Marco Scandella back from illness just in time.

Parise had two goals after missing five games with a concussion, and Scandella had the game-winner in overtime to give Minnesota a 4-3 victory over Winnipeg on Sunday. Minnesota blew a 3-0 lead in the third period before Scandella's low wrist shot from just inside the blue line beat Michael Hutchinson at 1:01.

Girgensons scores 2 goals, Sabres snap 5-game skid

Girgensons scores 2 goals, Sabres end 5-game skid with 6-2 win over Maple Leafs
Nick Mendola, The Associated Press

BUFFALO, N.Y. - Zemgus Girgensons and the Buffalo Sabres found themselves in an unfamiliar position — the winning side of a blowout.

Girgensons scored two goals, and the Sabres beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 6-2 on Saturday night, snapping a five-game losing streak and posting their biggest win in three seasons.

Smith's late goal leads Predators over Jets 2-1

Smith scores 3rd period goal to lead Predators over Jets 2-1
Jim Diamond, The Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Craig Smith scored at 17:58 of the third period to lead the Nashville Predators to a 2-1 win over the Winnipeg Jets Saturday night.

James Neal also scored for Nashville, winners of four of their last five.

Blake Wheeler had the lone Winnipeg goal. The Jets have lost two of three.

With time winding down in the third, Calle Jarnkrok found Smith at the bottom of the left circle, where he beat Winnipeg goaltender for his sixth goal of the season.

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