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NHL: 3 stories from Wednesday night

Craig Anderson

While the Ottawa Senators looked for safe haven in New Jersey, the Vancouver Canucks tried to unlock the key to success at home. The Boston Bruins, meanwhile, tried to shake off a recent run of 3-2 losses. Here are three stories from Wednesday night.

Canucks can't buy a goal in loss to Stars

Kari Lehtonen

Kari Lehtonen stopped 27 saves for his second shutout of season and the 29th of his career as the Dallas Stars defeated Vancouver 2-0 on Wednesday to extend the Canucks' losing streak to five games.

Rockets hit break on winning note

The Christmas break and the midway point in the WHL season come at the same time for the Kelowna Rockets.

Game 36 for the Rockets ended the way most have during the first half of the season - with a Kelowna victory.

Justin Kirkland scored twice and added an assist to extend his point streak to four games leading Kelowna past the Red Reed Rebels 6-3 Wednesday.

Tyrell Goulbourne, Rodney Southam, Dillon Dube and Tyson Baillie into an empty net also scored for the Rockets.

League scoring leader Nick Merkley added a pair of assists.

The win put an end to the Rockets five game Central Division road trip.

They come home from the trip 4-1-0-0.

Kirkland, Goulbourne and Southam staked the Rockets to a 3-0 lead by the eight minute mark of the second period.

Red Deer battled back to tie it with a power-play goal early in the third.

Dube's sixth of the year and sixth in 10 games a minute after the tying goal stood up as the winner.

Kirkland's second and Baillie into the empty net sealed the win.

Neither power-play had a chance to be a factor as the teams combined for just three minor penalties. Kelowna scored on one of two chances with the man advantage while Red Deer scored on their lone chance.

The Rickets hit the 10 day Christmas break with a league best 28-5-3-0 record. A year ago at this time the Rockets sat at 31-3-2-0.

Kelowna returns to the ice Dec. 27 when they host the Kamloops Blazers.


Raptors best Nets in 1st rematch

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The Toronto Raptors beat the Brooklyn Nets 105-89 in the first rematch following last season's first round playoff series.

Senators find safe haven on Devils ice with win

Craig Anderson

Craig Anderson made 34 saves, and Kyle Turris scored two goals as the Ottawa Senators beat the New Jersey Devils 2-0 on Wednesday night. Anderson earned his third shutout of the season and 29th in his NHL career.

Drake announces Raptors starting lineup with style

Raptors Lakers Basketball

Canadian rapper Drake announced the Raptors starting lineup in the team's first game against the Brooklyn Nets since last season's playoff loss. He killed it.

Jon Drummond, sprint coach, gets 8-year suspension

Jon Drummond

During an angst-filled summer of 2012, track coach Jon Drummond and his ailing star sprinter, Tyson Gay, wrestled with whether Gay should use a mysterious medicine that might help him run pain-free at the London Olympics. Gay used it and got caught — but it was Drummond who took the biggest fall.

Merkley gets prospects nod

Kelowna Rockets forward Nick Merkley got an early Christmas present.

As expected, Merkley, 17, was named Wednesday to participate in next month's Top Prospects game in St. Catherines, ON.

Merkley leads the Western Hockey League in scoring with 10 goals and 53 points in 35 games.

He is expected to be selected in the first round of the June 2015 NHL Draft.

Players selected for the Top Prospects game are all eligible for next year's draft.

Merkley, the 2013 WHL Rookie of the Year, will play on Team Orr.

He will line up with Rookie of the Year runner up Mathew Barzal of the Seattle Thunderbirds and consensus number one overall pick Connor McDavid of the Erie Otters.

The 40 CHL players competing in the game were chosen by the 30 NHL clubs and divided into teams by NHL Central Scouting. 

This season’s event marks the 20th annual showcase of the CHL’s top-40 NHL draft eligible players featuring talent from the Ontario Hockey League, Western Hockey League, and Quebec Major Junior Hockey League competing before hundreds of NHL scouts in attendance.

Meantime, the Kelowna Rockets remain the number two team in Canada based on the latest CHL rankings.

The Rockets have been ranked either number one or number two in the country for the last several weeks.

The OHL's Oshawa Generals remain the number one ranked team while the QMJHL's Rimouski Oceanic are number three.

Predators' James Neal fined under new NHL diving rules

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Nashville Predators forward James Neal is the first player to receive a fine under the new NHL diving rules, and will forfeit $2,000 for his second infraction.

Flames sign head coach Bob Hartley to multi-year contract

Bob Hartley

The Calgary Flames are locking up head coach Bob Hartley to a multi-year contract extension.

Canada's Jean Pascal to fight Sergey 'Crusher' Kovalev

Jean Pascal

Canada's Jean Pascal will face light heavyweight champion Sergey (Crusher) Kovalev on March 14 at the Bell Centre, the fight promoters announced Wednesday.

Leafs' winning streak: 4 things to know

Leafs fans cheer

The Toronto Maple Leafs won their sixth game in a row by defeating the NHL-leading Anaheim Ducks 6-2 on Tuesday night. Here are four things you should know about the Leafs' winning streak.


Gordie Howe expected to attend public event: report

Gordie Howe

Hockey legend Gordie Howe is reportedly doing well enough in his recovery from multiple strokes that he's expected to attend a public event in Saskatoon in February.

Cuba, U.S. diplomacy could impact Major League Baseball


Major League Baseball isn't sure of the impact of President Barack Obama's decision to re-establish diplomatic relations with Cuba. MLB said in a statement Wednesday it is "is closely monitoring the White House's announcement" and added "there are not sufficient details to make a realistic evaluation."

Bucks rookie Jabari Parker to miss rest of season

Jabari Parker

Bucks rookie Jabari Parker will miss the rest of the season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during Monday night's 96-94 win at Phoenix. The team said late Tuesday night that Parker will have surgery after tests revealed the extent of the injury.

Blue Bombers fire defensive coordinator Gary Etcheverry

Gary Etcheverry

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers have fired defensive coordinator Gary Etcheverry.

NHL: 3 things to know for Wednesday night

Craig Anderson

The Senators want to avoid losing two in a row while the Canucks and Bruins are trying to end their own slides. Here's what you need to know for tonight's three NHL games.

Crosby skates, but 3 more Penguins tested for mumps


Pittsburgh captain Sidney Crosby skated on Wednesday as he points toward a return from a bout with mumps, but the Penguins held goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury and defencemen Olli Maatta and Robert Bortuzzo out of practice while they undergo testing.

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