Friday, December 15, 2017
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Brother act works out for Hurricanes

TORONTO — Eric Staal has been scoring with regularity for the Hurricanes. Now that his brother Jordan has a goal of his own, the siblings might really be ready to roll.

Jordan Staal scored his first goal with Carolina, and Eric added the winner in a 4-1 victory over the Maple Leafs on Monday night.

"It was nice to get a goal to get us going," Jordan said. "As a Hurricane, it was nice to get that first one and hopefully many more after that."

Jeff Skinner had three assists, Patrick Dwyer added a goal and an assist, and Justin Faulk also scored for Carolina. Cam Ward backed up the offense with a 41-save performance.

Matt Frattin had the only goal for the Maple Leafs. James Reimer made 35 saves.

Trailing 1-0 after the first period, the Hurricanes tied it 1:21 into the second. After Skinner beat out an icing call, Dwyer fed Jordan Staal, who was alone in front, for his first goal with the Hurricanes since being acquired from Pittsburgh in June. Staal also assisted on Dwyer's third-period goal.

Eric Staal then hit the post with a drive a few minutes later. The Hurricanes rebounded from a sluggish opening period to grab momentum with the first nine shots of the second.

The Hurricanes captain had better luck with his next chance, giving Carolina the lead with his seventh goal of the season at 10:21 on the power play.

REF HIT BY PUCK, HELPED OFF ICE: Referee Chris Rooney was helped off the ice after being hit by a puck after a shot by Stars defenseman Jamie Oleksiak deflected off the skate of Avalanche forward Paul Stastny in Denver.

The puck appeared to carom off the head of Rooney, who stayed down for quite some time behind the Avalanche net. A stretcher was brought out, but Rooney slowly got up and was assisted off the ice.

Rooney was hit just 3 minutes into the game and with the Stars up 1-0. With Rooney gone, the lone referee was Justin St. Pierre, along with two linesmen.

In the game, Jamie Benn had his first two goals of the season as the Stars won 3-2, spoiling the night for Milan Hejduk as the Avalanche forward was honored for playing his 1,000th NHL game.

GAME HIGHLIGHTS: Former Lightning goalie Mike Smith stopped 21 shots, Lauri Korpikoski and Martin Hanzal both scored, and the host Coyotes extended their point streak to five games with a 2-1 win over the Wild. Korpikoski has four goals this season, all against Finnish goaltenders — this time against Niklas Backstrom.

EXTRA GOAL AWARDED: The league agrees with Chris Kunitz — he had four goals, not three, in the Penguins' win Sunday over the Capitals. The league announced Kunitz has been credited with a fourth from the 6-3 victory. Replays appeared to show Kunitz redirected Paul Martin's shot from the point for the first goal. The official scorer initially gave the goal Kunitz but later switched it to Martin.

AROUND THE LEAGUE: The Rangers traded rugged forward Mike Rupp to the Wild for forwards Darroll Powe and Nick Palmieri. … The Blue Jackets placed defenseman Adrian Aucoin on injured reserve retroactive to Jan. 29 and recalled defenseman Cody Goloubef from their American Hockey League affiliate in Springfield, Mass. … Red Wings rookie defenseman Brendan Smith will miss two to four weeks with a sprained right shoulder. … The Stars activated center Derek Roy, who missed five games with a groin injury.

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at Maple Leafs1001

First Period1, Toronto, Frattin 5 (Kadri, Komarov), 5:44. PenaltiesWestgarth, Car, major (fighting), 2:55; McLaren, Tor, major (fighting), 2:55; McBain, Car (high-sticking), 7:35; Westgarth, Car (tripping), 13:54.

Second Period2, Carolina, J.Staal 1 (Dwyer, Skinner), 1:21. 3, Carolina, E.Staal 7 (Tlusty, Brent), 10:21 (pp). PenaltiesMcClement, Tor (unsportsmanlike conduct), 9:41; Fraser, Tor (boarding), 11:48; McBain, Car (hooking), 13:05; Kostka, Tor (tripping), 19:16; Holzer, Tor (tripping), 19:46.

Third Period4, Carolina, Faulk 2 (Skinner, Semin), :43 (pp). 5, Carolina, Dwyer 3 (J.Staal, Skinner), 9:58. PenaltiesSemin, Car (hooking), 6:21; Brent, Car (holding), 18:52. Shots on GoalCarolina 12-20-7—39. Toronto 18-5-19—42. Power-play opportunitiesCarolina 2 of 4; Toronto 0 of 5. GoaliesCarolina, Ward 2-3-0 (42 shots-41 saves). Toronto, Reimer 3-3-0 (39-35). A19,072 (18,819). T2:43. Referees—Marc Joannette, Graham Skilliter. LinesmenDerek Amell, Scott Cherrey.

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at Avalanche1102

First Period1, Dallas, Ja.Benn 1, 2:21. 2, Dallas, Morrow 1 (Jagr, Ja.Benn), 11:18. 3, Colorado, Hejduk 1 (Mitchell, Stastny), 18:12. PenaltiesHunwick, Col (roughing), 13:21; Bordeleau, Col (charging), 13:21; Ryder, Dal (slashing), 18:37; Parenteau, Col (hooking), 19:00.

Second Period4, Colorado, Parenteau 7 (Stastny, McGinn), 11:33 (pp). 5, Dallas, Ja.Benn 2 (Roy, Rome), 15:29. PenaltiesJagr, Dal (slashing), 5:43; Morrow, Dal (goaltender interference), 8:31; Robidas, Dal (tripping), 10:46.

Third PeriodNone. PenaltiesJagr, Dal (delay of game), 6:42; Zanon, Col (holding), 14:22; O'Byrne, Col (delay of game), 16:13. Shots on GoalDallas 14-3-9—26. Colorado 13-11-7—31. Power-play opportunitiesDallas 0 of 5; Colorado 1 of 5. GoaliesDallas, Lehtonen 4-2-1 (31 shots-29 saves). Colorado, Varlamov 3-5-0 (26-23). A13,441 (18,007). T2:41. Referees—Chris Rooney, Justin St. Pierre. LinesmenMark Wheler, Bryan Pancich.

at Coyotes1102
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First Period1, Phoenix, Korpikoski 4 (Yandle), 15:09. PenaltiesMitchell, Min (hooking), 9:34.

Second Period2, Phoenix, Hanzal 4 (Vrbata, Michalek), 7:48. 3, Minnesota, Parise 6, 10:20. PenaltiesNone.

Third PeriodNone. PenaltiesSullivan, Pho (hooking), 8:49; Morris, Pho (holding stick), 16:11. Shots on GoalMinnesota 10-8-4—22. Phoenix 17-6-11—34. Power-play opportunitiesMinnesota 0 of 2; Phoenix 0 of 1. GoaliesMinnesota, Backstrom 3-3-1 (34 shots-32 saves). Phoenix, Smith 2-2-1 (22-21). A9,508 (17,125). T2:18. Referees—Francis Charron, Brad Meier. LinesmenLonnie Cameron, Mike Cvik..

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