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