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Ohio State pro prospects work out for 123 NFL Reps including 9 head coaches at Pro Day

Curtis Samuel at OSU Pro Day

Bengals coach Marvin Lewis with OSU defensive line coach Larry Johnson at OSU Pro Day


Gareon Conley works out at OSU Pro Day

Patriots head coach Bill Belichick and Ravens head coach john Harbaugh at OSU Pro Day

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March 23, 2017



13 Buckeyes, including a handful of high-round projections, take part in drills, discussions


COLUMBUS, Ohio Ohio State’s Pro Day has become a must-see event each March. The football program has developed 26 NFL Draft picks the past four years, including 12 last year, and seven first-round selections since 2013, thus making the Woody Hayes Athletic Center the place to be in March for NFL GMs, coaches and scouts, for family members of those seeking the opportunity to play on Sunday, and the media.


Thursday afternoon was no different. Under the direction of assistant athletic director for football sports performance Mickey Marotti, 13 players off the 2016 team took part in some combination of interviews, testing and competitive drills for more than 120 representatives encompassing all 32 NFL teams.


Among the NFL personnel on hand: head coaches Bill Belichick (Patriots), Todd Bowles (Jets), Jim Caldwell (Lions), John Harbaugh (Ravens), Hue Jackson (Browns), Marvin Lewis (Bengals), Mike Mularkey (Titans), Sean Payton (Saints) and Mike Tomlin (Steelers) and at least seven general managers.


Also on site: 79 credentialed members of the media, including two crews from the NFL Network (one is producing the online documentary featuring unanimous All-American and Rimington Trophy winner Pat Elflein) and one from Uninterrupted, which is taping a draft diaries documentary on cornerback Marshon Lattimore.


Similar to last year when 22 Buckeyes took part in Pro Day, this year’s competitors included a broad selection of positions represented, including three receivers (Curtis Samuel, Corey Smith and Dontre Wilson), two cornerbacks (Gareon Conley and Marshon Lattimore) and two linebackers (Raekwon McMillan and Craig Fada).


Unanimous All-American safety Malik Hooker met with team reps but did not take part in drills.


2017 Pro Day Buckeye Bios …


WR Noah Brown (6-2, 218) – Spent three seasons at Ohio State and had two seasons of eligibility remaining … after playing in all 15 games as a true freshman in 2014, he red-shirted 2015 after breaking a bone in his leg during fall camp … started all 13 games for the Buckeyes in 2016 and ranked second on the team with 32 receptions and 402 receiving yards … named honorable mention all-Big Ten Conference … shared team lead with seven receiving touchdowns, including school-record tying four in the win at Oklahoma … 33 career receptions for 411 yards (12.5 avg.) and seven touchdowns.


SAF Jarrod Barnes (6-0, 200) – Walked-on to the Ohio State team in June of 2015 after graduating in three years from the University of Louisville with a degree in health and human performance … he played in five games during the past two seasons for the Buckeyes but he impacted the program and established himself as a team leader through his deeds off the field … Barnes graduated in August 2016 with his master’s degree in kinesiology and he immediately started work on his Ph.D. in sports management … he is believed to be the first active Ohio State football player ever to be working on a Ph.D. while still competing … Barnes is a two-time OSU Scholar-Athlete and an Academic All-Big Ten Conference honoree … he is currently working with Dr. David Graham, Assistant Provost/Associate Athletics Director for Student-Athlete Success, on developing a course for student-athletes who leave school early … Barnes was a member of the Louisville Cardinals’ team from 2012 through 2014, playing in 21 games in the 2013 (11 games) and 2014 (10 games) seasons.


CB Gareon Conley (6-0, 195) – Conley was named second-team all-Big Ten by league’s coaches in 2016 … played in 42 games for the Buckeyes and started 27 games at cornerback … team captain who ranked second on squad in 2016 with four interceptions and had six for his career … also had eight pass break-ups in 2016 and 15 for his career … named honorable mention all-Big Ten as a sophomore in 2015 … totaled 91 career tackles and had one season of eligibility remaining.


K Tyler Durbin (6-3, 210) – Was one of the top kickers in college football in 2016 and as such was a semifinalist for the Lou Groza award … he was named third team All-Big Ten by the coaches and the media … led the Big Ten in scoring and kick scoring … career-high three FGs in the road win at Wisconsin, including a game-tying 31-yarder with under 4 mins left to help send the game to overtime … hit two more FGs from 33 and 30 yards at Penn State, two in the win over No. 10 Nebraska and two more in the road win at Maryland … connected on all 11 extra point attempts in the win over Bowling Green, a school record … named special teams player of the game by the team … 2016 Academic All-District 5 and Academic All-Big Ten Conference … this was only his second season of competitive football … played soccer for two seasons at James Madison University after a stellar high school and club soccer career.

C Pat Elflein (6-3, 300) – Elflein was a unanimous first-team All-American in 2016 and won the Rimington Trophy as the nation’s outstanding center … made the move to center as a fifth-year senior … played in 55 games and was a three-year starter and finished with 42 starts, including 41 consecutive starts to close his career … named all-Big Ten Conference three consecutive years – twice at guard and once at center – and was Big Ten’s Rimington-Pace offensive lineman of the year in 2016 … led offensive line to a finalist position for the Joe Moore offensive line of the year award … graduated in May 2016 with his degree in communications.


LB Craig Fada (6-1, 225) – Spent five seasons with the Ohio State program and played in 51 games, including all 15 games during the 2014 national championship season and all 13 games in 2016 … averaged 15 special teams plays per game in 2015 and 17 in 2016 … one of the team leaders with 10 special teams tackles in 2016 and 21 for his career … excellent work on the practice and playing fields coupled with dependable and responsible actions off earned him a scholarship for the 2016 summer and fall terms … he and Joe Burger each earned four Varsity O letters in football after initially walking on to the team, something that certainly hasn’t been done at Ohio State in football very often, if at all.


SAF Malik Hooker (6-2, 205) – Hooker, like Elflein, was a unanimous first-team All-American in 2016 after having a terrific season in his one-year as a starter … a third-year performer with sophomore eligibility this season, Hooker was a standout from game No. 1 when he recorded two interceptions in his first start … he ranked third nationally in interceptions with seven, interceptions yards with 181, and he was first among all players with three interception return touchdowns, including a critical 16-yarder in the win over Michigan … he ranked third on the team with 74 tackles … red-shirted the 2014 season as a true freshman and played in 12 games in 2015.


P Cameron Johnston (5-11, 198) – One of the finest punters in Ohio State history, Johnston was the Big Ten Conference’s Eddleman-Fields punter of the year in 2016 when he ranked fifth nationally and first in the Big Ten with a 46.7-yard average … a finalist for the Ray Guy Award and a second-team All-American by five different selecting organizations … he led the Big Ten in punting three out of his four seasons with Ohio State and set school records for punts inside the 20 for a career (109) and season (31 in 2015), plus his 57.0-yard average against Illinois in 2014 is also a school record … his career average of 44.9 yards per punt is second in Ohio State history.


CB Marshon Lattimore (6-0, 192) – Lattimore spent three seasons with the Buckeyes but had a wonderful 2016 campaign by starting all 13 games and being named first-team all-Big Ten Conference by the league’s coaches … this talented performer, who had two seasons of eligibility remaining, was second on the team with four interceptions and he also contributed 41 tackles and nine pass break-ups for 13 total passes defended on the year … had career-high nine tackles and seven solo stops in the overtime win at Wisconsin … red-shirted the 2014 season and played in seven games in 2015 for 20 total games played.


LB Raekwon McMillan (6-2, 243) – Ohio State’s leading tackler the past two seasons with 102 in 2016 and 119 in 2015 … named first-team all-Big Ten, a second-team All-American (Associated Press, Walter Camp and three other organizations) and a semifinalist for both Butkus Award and the Lott IMPACT Trophy … recorded 16 and 15 tackles in final two games of the season vs. Michigan and Clemson … All-Big Ten and second-team All-American in 2015 … started 26 games for the Buckeyes and played in 40 … a team captain in 2016 … had 270 career tackles, 17 tackles-for-loss and nine pass break-ups … leaves with one season of eligibility remaining.


H-Back Curtis Samuel (5-11, 197) – Samuel was one of the explosive offensive playmakers in college football in 2016 and was the only player with at least 700 rushing and 700 receiving yards … named a first-team All-American (Associated Press & The Sporting News), Samuel had 771 rushing yards with eight touchdowns and a 7.9 per carry average, and he had 865 receiving yards off 74 receptions with seven more touchdowns … his season reception total is second in Ohio State history … Samuel is the only player in Ohio State history with at least 1,000 career rushing and receiving yards … he closed his three-year career (40 games & 13 starts) with 1,286 rushing yards and 15 touchdowns plus 107 receptions for 1,249 yards and nine scores.


WR Corey Smith (6-1, 190) – Graduated in spring 2016 with his degree in African American and African studies … transferred to Ohio State after one season at East Mississippi Junior College … spent four years with the Buckeyes, including a red-shirt season, and played in 28 games … caught 31 passes as a Buckeye for 351 yards and a 11.3 yards-per-reception average … best season statistically came in 2014 when he played in all 14 games and had 20 catches for 255 yards … his career totals, including junior college stats, included 110 receptions for 1,522 yards and 11 touchdowns.

WR Dontre Wilson (5-10, 195) – Played in 45 games during his career and made eight starts, including two starts as a senior (vs. Wisconsin and Maryland) … was on the Paul Hornung Award watch list in 2016 … had career-highs with 27 receptions for 352 yards and five touchdowns as a senior, including three catches for 37 yards and two TDs (and five rushes for 36 yards) in the win over Bowling Green … hauled in one pass – albeit a huge one – a 43-yarder in the fourth quarter in the overtime win at Wisconsin … had a career-high six receptions for 71 yards in the 2014 win over Cincinnati … finished his career with 77 receptions for 925 yards (12.0 avg.) and 10 touchdowns … ranks 23rd all-time at Ohio State with 2,876 all-purpose yards, a total that includes 1,280 kickoff return yards, good for fifth all-time at Ohio State … averaged 24.2 yards per return on 53 career kickoffs.









NHL Morning Skate for Thursday, March 23, 2017: Toronto, Anaheim win key Division games

Home Team in Caps
Toronto 5, COLUMBUS 2
NY Islanders 3, NY RANGERS 2
ANAHEIM 4, Edmonton 3 

William Nylander (1-1—2) extended his point streak to nine games (3-7—10) and Auston Matthews scored his team-leading 33rd goal of the season as the Maple Leafs improved to 6-1-1 in their last eight contests.

* Toronto (34-23-15, 83 points) moved one point ahead of idle Boston (38-29-6, 82 points) for third place in the Atlantic Division. The Maple Leafs, who have one game in hand, completed a four-game season sweep of the Bruins on Monday.

* Per Elias, Nylander – who scored his 20th goal of the season – tied the longest point streak by a rookie in Maple Leafs history, equaling the mark set by Gus Bodnar in 1943 and later matched by Bob Nevin (1960) and Dan Daoust (1983).

* Matthews (33-25—58) moved within one goal of matching Wendel Clark (34 in 1985-86) for the most by a rookie in Maple Leafs history and vaulted back into a tie with Patrik Laine for the rookie goal-scoring lead.

Hampus Lindholm (1-2—3) earned a career-high three points and Ryan Getzlaf (0-3—3) posted his sixth three-point game of the season as the Ducks (39-23-11, 89 points) overtook the Oilers (39-25-9, 87 points) for second place in the Pacific Division.

Rickard Rakell (1-1—2) extended his point streak to six games (5-3—8), highlighted by his League-leading 10th game-winning goal of the campaign. He also has registered career highs in goals (32) and points (45) this season.

Jonathan Bernier (29 saves) improved to 6-0-1 in his last seven appearances, posting a 1.54 goals-against average, .950 save percentage and one shutout in that span.

Andrew Ladd scored the tiebreaking goal with 7:22 remaining in regulation – his 20th of the season – as the Islanders (34-26-12, 80 points) moved within two points of the idle Bruins (38-29-6, 82 points) for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. The teams face off Saturday at Barclays Center . . . Oilers captain Connor McDavid (26-59—85) recorded his 10th three-point game of the season to extend his lead in the Art Ross Trophy race . . . Ducks forward Andrew Cogliano skated in his 777th consecutive game, surpassing Craig Ramsay (776) for the fourth-longest such streak in NHL history . . . Rangers forward Rick Nash reached the 20-goal plateau for the 12th time in his 14 NHL seasons . . . The Department of Player Safety announced that Toronto’s Roman Polak and Buffalo’s Rasmus Ristolainen each will have hearings on Thursday . . . ICYMI: Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin will wear Russian-American themed skates for pregame warmup as part of Russian Heritage Night on Thursday.

All Times Eastern
Tampa Bay @ Boston, 7 p.m., TVAS, NESN, SUN
Columbus @ Washington, 7 p.m., CSN-DC, FS-O
New Jersey @ Toronto, 7:30 p.m., SNO, MSG+
Carolina @ Montreal, 7:30 p.m., SNE, RDS, FS-CR
Pittsburgh @ Ottawa, 7:30 p.m., NHLN-US, RDS2, TSN5, ROOT
Arizona @ Florida, 7:30 p.m., FS-F, FS-A
Vancouver @ St. Louis, 8 p.m., FS-MW, SNP
Calgary @ Nashville, 8 p.m., FS-TN, SNF
Philadelphia @ Minnesota, 8 p.m., FS-N, FS-WI, CSN-PH
Dallas @ Chicago, 8:30 p.m., CSN-CH, FS-SW+
Edmonton @ Colorado, 9 p.m., ALT, SNW
Winnipeg @ Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m., FS-W, TSN3
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Two of the League’s top teams face off when the Capitals (47-17-8, 102 points) host the Blue Jackets (47-19-6, 100 points) at Verizon Center. Columbus, who leads the season series with a 2-1-0 record (WSH: 1-1-1), looks to narrow the gap in the NHL and Metropolitan Division standings. Washington, meanwhile, is 3-0-1 in its last four games. This matchup also features the League’s top two goaltenders, as Columbus’ Sergei Bobrovsky – who leads the NHL in wins (39) and goals-against average (2.04) – faces Washington’s Braden Holtby, who ranks second in each of those categories (37 W, 2.05 GAA). The teams conclude their season series in Columbus on April 2.

The second place team in the Metropolitan Division meets the second place team in the Atlantic Division when the Penguins (46-17-9, 101 points) visit the Senators (40-24-8, 88 points) at Canadian Tire Centre. Pittsburgh looks to gain ground in the NHL and Metropolitan Division standings, where the top three teams are separated by only two points. Ottawa will try to narrow the gap on Montreal (41-23-9, 91 points) atop the Atlantic Division standings.

The Flames (41-28-4, 86 points) and Predators (36-25-11, 83 points) – who hold the first and second Western Conference Wild Card spots, respectively – complete their three-game season series in Nashville. The Flames, who are 12-2-0 in their last 14 contests, also trail the Oilers (39-25-9, 87 points) by one point for third place in the Pacific Division.

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MLS Alcatel Player of the Week honors goes to FC Dallas’ Maxi Urruti

NEW YORK(Tuesday, March 21, 2017) – FC Dallas forward Maxi Urruti was voted the Alcatel MLS Player of the Week by the North American Soccer Reporters (NASR) for the third week of the 2017 MLS season.

After helping FC Dallas to a critical 2-1 win over Liga MX side Pachuca in CONCACAF Champions League semifinal action midweek, the 26-year-old Urruti continued his fine run of form in MLS, scoring a late brace to rally FCD to a 2-1 victory over the New England Revolution at Toyota Stadium. With the victory, Dallas sits in second place in the Western Conference (2-0-1, seven points) and improves to 9-0-2 all-time when Urruti scores a goal. The brace was the second multi-goal performance of the striker’s MLS career, and he now claims three goals this season, tied for third best league-wide.

Maxi Urruti

With FC Dallas trailing in the second half, Urruti recovered a deflected ball at the top of the box, dribbling around goalkeeper Cody Cropper and firing a right-footed shot just inside the near post to equalize the match at 1-1 in the 71st minute (Watch Goal).

Moments later, Urruti dazzled again, collecting a long pass on the right side of the box and outmaneuvering a defender for possession. The Argentine then rocketed home a strike to the top corner from a difficult angle to give FC Dallas a 2-1 advantage in the 77th minute in what would be the eventual game-winning goal (Watch Goal).

FC Dallas next travels to face Pachuca in the second leg of the CCL semifinals on April 4 (10 p.m. ET) before returning to MLS action on April 8 against Minnesota United FC at Toyota Stadium (8 p.m. ET, MLS LIVE).

The MLS Player of the Week is selected each week of the regular season by a panel of journalists from NASR. The group consists of members of print, television, radio and online media.



Will Power takes control of open test at Barber Motorsports Park

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama (Tuesday, March 21, 2017) – A full day of testing at Barber Motorsports Park pointed to the conclusion that the intense competition that the Verizon IndyCar Series has witnessed in recent seasons is going to be even closer and more unpredictable for the remainder of the 2017 season.

Twenty-two cars turned a total of 1,147 laps on the 2.3-mile, 17-turn scenic permanent road course today, in advance of the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama – the third of 17 races on this year’s schedule, set for the weekend of April 21-23.

BARBER MOTORSPORTS PARK OPEN TEST: Practice 1Practice 2Combined practice results

And while two-time Barber race winner and three-time pole sitter Will Power wound up fastest after six hours of on-track action, it was by no means decisive. The top 14 drivers on the combined speed chart were separated by less than a half-second.

Power set the best lap of the day moments before the checkered flag waved, at 1 minute, 7.7518 seconds (122.211 mph) in the No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet. The Aussie nudged out second-year Verizon IndyCar Series driver Max Chilton (No. 8 Gallagher Honda) for top honors by less than a hundredth of a second.

“It just shows how tight it is between Honda and Chevy now,” Power said. “It’s tough, man. We just went through a bunch of stuff (during the test day) to see what it does and I think we got some good answers here. I think we’ve got a good car for here, I feel good about my setup.”

Chilton, driving for the Chip Ganassi Racing team that switched to Honda from Chevrolet in the offseason, put down a lap of 1:07.7591 (122.198 mph) to finish second on the leaderboard.

“Good day apart from Power spoiling the fun at the end of the day, but it’s all good fun,” Chilton said. “It was a good test day. … We got a lot done.

“We actually were struggling a lot with the car all day, that’s why we took a long, long lunch break to sort of change the car,” Chilton added. “Then we definitely made steps forward, did a few fine-tunes. It’s amazing, you make a few changes and you jump yourself up the board.”

Two of Power’s teammates at Team Penske, Josef Newgarden and Juan Pablo Montoya, finished third and fourth on the speed chart. Newgarden is in his first full season with the renowned team, replacing Montoya, who will drive for Team Penske at the two Indianapolis Motor Speedway races in May.

Newgarden, whose fast lap was 1:07.8402 (122.052 mph) in the No. 2 Team Penske Chevy, said it took him time to adapt to the new tire supplied by Firestone for the Barber circuit.

“Very different feeling form the car today than I’ve ever had at Barber and that requires a lot of work,” said the 2015 Barber race winner. “But we had a good day and the Verizon No. 2 car was fast. I think it has a lot of speed in it, it’s just a matter of how we get that out of the car and how to make it consistent so that I can put the lap together for qualifying.”

Montoya was fourth quick in the No. 22 Team Penske Chevrolet (1:07.8406, 122.051 mph) despite it being his first time in an Indy car since the 2016 season finale six months ago. For the two-time Indianapolis 500 winner, it was like riding a bike.

“I feel like I drove the car yesterday,” Montoya said. “It’s kind of fun. I’ve been out of the car since September, but I feel fine. I have a new crew, new guys, new engineer. It’s working really well.”

Andretti Autosport drivers Marco Andretti, Takuma Sato and Ryan Hunter-Reay finished fifth, sixth and eighth, respectively, on the day. Sato was fastest in the three-hour first session, but was among the 19 drivers who improved their times in the second practice as teams honed in on setups. Push-to-pass was also activated on all cars for the final hour of the second practice, giving a 60-horsepower boost whenever it was used.

Sebastien Bourdais, winner of the March 12 season-opening Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, was 13th fastest overall today. Defending Barber winner and series champion Simon Pagenaud ran 10th.

The next race on the Verizon IndyCar Series schedule is the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. The famous street-course race airs live at 4 p.m. ET April 9 on NBCSN and the Advance Auto Parts INDYCAR Radio Network. The Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama follows two weeks later at Barber Motorsports Park, airing at 3 p.m. ET on the same networks.




NHL Morning Skate for Wednesday, March 23, 2017: Penguins clinch playoff spot; Capitals goalie Holtby gained 186th win in 300 games to join Dryden, Moog and Osgood with most wins in that many games

Home Team in Caps
Ottawa 3, BOSTON 2
Pittsburgh 3, BUFFALO 1
NEW JERSEY 3, NY Rangers 2 (OT)
WASHINGTON 4, Calgary 2
Detroit 2, MONTREAL 1 (OT)
Arizona 5, TAMPA BAY 3
Carolina 4, FLORIDA 3
WINNIPEG 3, Philadelphia 2
MINNESOTA 3, San Jose 2
Vancouver 5, CHICAGO 4 (OT)
St. Louis 4, COLORADO 2

Sidney Crosby opened the scoring with a highlight-reel one-handed goal and Nick Bonino tallied the go-ahead marker with 5:29 remaining in regulation to help the Penguins clinch a berth in the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs, their 11th consecutive postseason appearance and 32nd in franchise history.

* At 46-17-9 (101 points), the Penguins eclipsed the 100-point mark for the second straight season and third time in the last four campaigns.

* Crosby has scored in three consecutive games (6-1—7) and paces the NHL with 41 goals this season (66 GP).

Braden Holtby made 29 saves while Alex Ovechkin (1-2—3) and Nick Backstrom (0-3—3) each collected three points to help the League-leading Capitals (47-17-8, 102 points) extend their point streak to four contests (3-0-1).

* Holtby made the 300th regular-season appearance of his NHL career and improved to 186-71-31 (2.31 GAA, .922 SV%, 31 SO). Elias notes that his 186 wins are the second-most by an NHL goaltender through his first 300 appearances:

Most wins through first 300 appearances, NHL history
193 – Ken Dryden
186 – Braden Holtby
177 – Andy Moog
177 – Chris Osgood

* Backstrom has registered seven assists in his last two games (0-7—7) and moved into a tie for the most in the NHL with 57 overall (w/ Connor McDavid).

The Wild (44-22-6, 94 points), Senators (40-24-8, 88 points) and Blues (39-28-5, 83 points) each secured wins to improve their chances of clinching a playoff berth:

* Devan Dubnyk made 21 saves to help the Wild snap a five-game slide (0-5-0) and reinforce their hold on second place in the Central Division. Dubnyk improved to 37-18-3 in 2016-17 (2.17 GAA, .927 SV%, 5 SO) and matched the single-season franchise record for wins by a goaltender, set by Niklas Backstrom in 2008-09.

* Kyle Turris (2-0—2) registered his second multi-goal game of the season as the Senators snapped a four-game slide (0-2-2). The Senators reached the 40-win mark for the first time since 2014-15 and increased their lead to six points over the Bruins (38-29-6, 82 points) for second place in the Atlantic Division.

Patrik Berglund (2-0—2) recorded his fourth multi-goal game of the season as the Blues moved to 8-1-0 in their last nine contests, including three consecutive wins. St. Louis moved ahead of Nashville (36-25-11, 83 points) to reclaim third place in the Central Division.

Anthony Mantha scored a highlight-reel goal in the final minute of overtime to guide the Red Wings to victory . . . The Hurricanes overcame three separate one-goal deficits to extend their point streak to eight games (5-0-3) . . . Blake Wheeler and Mark Scheifele each collected 1-2—3 to lead the Jets to their third consecutive win . . . Daniel Sedin (1-1—2) scored the 15th regular-season overtime goal of his NHL career as the Canucks snapped a six-game slide (0-4-2) . . . Capitals forward T.J. Oshie (1-0—1) reached the 30-goal mark for the first time in his NHL career . . . Victor Hedman (15-45—60) scored to become the third defenseman in Lightning history to reach the 60-point mark in a season . . . Coyotes forward Christian Fischer (1-0—1) has scored three goals through the first four games of his NHL career (3-0—3) . . . Elias Lindholm (3-6—9 in 8 GP), Jonathan Toews (3-3—6 in 5 GP) and Pavel Zacha (0-5—5 in 5 GP) each extended point streaks . . . Jets defenseman Nelson Nogier made his NHL debut . . . The Blue Jackets signed forwards Markus Hannikainen and Lukas Sedlak as well as defenseman Scott Harrington to two-year contract extensions . . . Devils forward John Quenneville (1-1—2) scored the first goal of his NHL career (6 GP) and assisted on the overtime winner.



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