Women’s 3-on-3 con­test set for All-Star week­end

Baltimore Sun - - SCOREBOARD -

The NHL is in­creas­ing its promotion of women’s hockey by adding a three-on­three game be­tween U.S. and Cana­dian na­tional team mem­bers to its All-Star fes­tiv­i­ties later this month in St. Louis.

The women’s game will hap­pen dur­ing the Jan. 24-25 week­end that show­cases the top play­ers in the NHL, ac­cord­ing to re­ports Mon­day.

The league is ex­pected to an­nounce the event later this week.

Two years ago, with Team USA train­ing nearby in ad­vance of the Win­ter Olympics, the NHLin­vited three Amer­i­can play­ers to be on hand All-Star week­end but not par­tic­i­pate. Last year, four play­ers were in­vited and Ken­dall Coyne Schofield made a huge splash by be­com­ing the first woman to par­tic­i­pate in the skills event and then fin­ished sev­enth in the fastest skater com­pe­ti­tion.

Blues tie fran­chise mark: Alexan­der Steen scored the first goal and Bray­den Schenn added two as­sists, lead­ing the Blues to a 4-1 vic­tory Mon­day night over the Ducks.

The Blues won their ninth straight home game, ty­ing the fran­chise record for one sea­son set in 1991. The run marks the long­est home win­ning streak in the NHL this sea­son. The de­fend­ing Stan­ley Cup cham­pi­ons have outscored op­po­nents 3615 dur­ing the streak and won four games in a row over­all.

Caps’ Sam­sonov gets 1st shutout: Alex Ovechkin scored two first-pe­riod goals and Ilya Sam­sonov stopped 23 shots for his first ca­reer shutout as the Cap­i­tals beat the the vis­it­ing Hur­ri­canes 2-0.

The win broke the Caps’ two-game skid and the Hur­ri­canes’ three-game win­ning streak.

Sam­sonov im­proved to 13-2-1. He’s won eight straight games and hasn’t lost since Nov. 15.

It was the first shutout of the sea­son for the Caps.

One-timers: Carey Price made 31 saves for his sec­ond shutout of the sea­son and the host Cana­di­ens snapped the Flames’ five-game win­ning streak with a 2-0 vic­tory. ... Maple Leafs D Mor­gan Rielly will be out at least eight weeks af­ter suf­fer­ing a frac­tured foot dur­ing Sun­day’s loss to the Pan­thers. ... The league sus­pended Oil­ers F Zack Kas­sian two games with­out pay for grab­bing Flames F Matthew Tkachuk by the col­lar, throw­ing him to the ice and punch­ing him sev­eral times dur­ing the teams’ game Satur­day. ... Bru­ins G Tuukka Rask will skip All-Star week­end later this month in St. Louis. Light­ning GAn­drei Vasilevski­y was named as his re­place­ment. ... The league ex­tended its agree­ment to hold its an­nual scout­ing com­bine at the Sabres down­town in Buf­falo prac­tice fa­cil­ity through 2022.

MICHAEL DWYER/AP

A women’s 3-on-3 game will take place dur­ing All-Star week­end later this month.

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