POSTED ON Monday, 07.13.2015 / 9:54 AM MT


EDITOR'S NOTE: The Coyotes added nine prospects to the mix at the 2015 NHL Entry Draft in Sunrise, Fla. Follow along as ArizonaCoyotes.com profiles all nine draft picks. Today's featured player is center Dylan Strome.

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DYLAN STROME

Age: 18
Height/Weight: 6-3/185
Position: Center
Hometown: Mississauga, ON, CAN
Round: 1 (3rd overall)
2014-15 team: Erie (OHL)

The Skinny:

Strome won the Ontario Hockey League scoring title after registering 129 points (45-84—129) in 68 games, setting Erie Otters franchise records for assists and points in a season. He won the scoring title on the final day of the regular season with a six-point performance (4-2—6) in an 8-7 win over Niagara to finish ahead of fellow 2015 NHL Draft prospect Mitchell Marner of the London Knights (44-82—126).

The Stats:

• Strome, who was awarded the William Hanley Trophy as the OHL's most sportsmanlike player of the year, notched 10-12—22 in 20 postseason contests before Erie fell to Oshawa in the OHL Final.

• Internationally, Strome was a member of Canada’s gold-medal squad at the 2014 Ivan Hlinka Memorial, registering six points (5-1—6) in five games. He also led Team Ontario and tied for fourth overall with 11 points (6-5—11) at the 2014 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.

• Strome averaged more than two points per game in 2012-13 as captain of the Toronto Marlboros of the Greater Toronto Hockey League, finishing the season with 143 points (65-78—143) in 60 games en route to being named GTHL Player of the Year.

The Quotes:

Don Maloney and Dylan Strome. Photo by Getty Images.

"I didn't know if they were picking (third) until about a minute until they did pick. So I really had no idea up until that moment, but I'm extremely honored and proud to be a Coyote. I can't wait to get started. Right now I'm just taking it all in. It's pretty surreal. I'm not going to lie - it feels unbelievable." -- Dylan Strome

"I know my skating needs a little bit of work, but I don't feel it's a knock on me. I'm just going to get stronger and bigger, and with that is going to come getting faster. I think that's the main thing." -- Dylan Strome

"Obviously it helps playing with a guy (Connor McDavid) of that caliber. I mean, he's the best player in the world and it's an honor to play with him. But I think I tried to prove people wrong when he was out of the lineup (for 21 games with an injury and for the World Juniors) and be that good player that I know I am." -- Dylan Strome

"Dylan Strome is a terrific young talent. If you look around at what it takes to win in the National Hockey League – it’s center icemen and strength in the middle. Big centericemen are invaluable. You can’t trade for them, you have to draft them and develop them. If you look at Dylan Strome, and you look at his DNA and his family, all he’s done is win so you can’t go wrong in taking a player like Dylan Strome." -- Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney

Dylan Strome. Photo by Getty Images.

"Dylan’s a big, strong centerman that all teams look for, and if you don’t have it in the National Hockey League today it’s very difficult to win," Coyotes Director of Amateur Scouting Tim Bernhardt said. "We like his potential growth. He’s not done yet." -- Coyotes Director of Amateur Scouting Tim Bernhardt

The Fun Facts:

• Strome's older brother Ryan plays for the New York Islanders, who drafted him fifth overall in 2011.

• Strome is very good friends with fellow draft pick Kyle Capobianco, a defenseman the Coyotes drafted 63rd overall less than 24 hours after they drafted Strome. They used to spend summer evenings playing ball hockey together.


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POSTED ON Monday, 07.13.2015 / 9:51 AM MT


EDITOR'S NOTE: The Coyotes added nine prospects to the mix at the 2015 NHL Entry Draft in Sunrise, Fla. Follow along as ArizonaCoyotes.com profiles all nine draft picks. Today's featured player is defenseman Kyle Capobianco.

Kyle Capobianco. Photo by Getty Images.

KYLE CAPOBIANCO

Age: 17
Height/Weight: 6-1/178
Position: Defenseman
Hometown: Mississauga, ON, CAN
Round: 3 (63rd overall)
2014-15 team: Sudbury (OHL)

The Skinny:

Capobianco lists Coyotes All-Star defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson as his favorite NHL player. In 2014-15, his second season with Sudbury, Capobianco shared the team lead with 30 assists and tied for second with 40 points. He was named an alternate captain in November and the team MVP at the end of the season. 

The Stats:

• Capobianco won bronze with Canada at the 2015 Under-18 World Junior Championship and also represented Team Ontario at the 2014 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.

• The Wolves chose Capobianco with the seventh overall pick in the 2013 OHL Priority Selection after he collected six points (2-4—6) in seven games to help the Oakville Rangers Minor Midget AAA team win the OHL Cup.

Kyle Capobianco. Photo by Marissa O'Connor.

The Quotes:

"You never know when you're going to get called; it's Draft Day right? It's definitely a relief." -- Kyle Capobianco

"I like to be an offensive defenseman but I'm not a high-risk, high-reward kind of guy. I think I'm a pretty good skater." -- Kyle Capobianco

"I just want to take it year by year. I definitely need to get stronger and put on some weight. And I think I can always get faster. The game has developed to be a quick game built around speed and I think that's something I need to work on." -- Kyle Capobianco

"He’s a smooth-skating and smart defenseman. We like his head and we like his legs. It’s been hard to get defensemen in the last couple of drafts. There hasn’t been a ton available. So we targeted Kyle and we were happy to get him when we did." -- Coyotes Director of Amateur Scouting Tim Bernhardt.

The Fun Facts:

• Capobianco is great pals with fellow Coyotes draft pick Dylan Strome (third overall). He says they spent many summer evenings playing ball hockey together.

• Capobianco's uncle, former professional goaltender Randy Exelby, lives in Arizona and owns Behind the Mask hockey shops. Capobianco has visited the state several times. Exelby played in two NHL games for the Montreal Canadiens (1988-89) and Edmonton Oilers (1989-90).

• Capobianco's brother, Tony, backstopped Canisius College to consecutive Atlantic Hockey championship games in 2013 and 2014 – winning the former – during his four seasons of NCAA Division 1 hockey.


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POSTED ON Monday, 07.13.2015 / 9:50 AM MT


EDITOR'S NOTE: The Coyotes added nine prospects to the mix at the 2015 NHL Entry Draft in Sunrise, Fla. Follow along as ArizonaCoyotes.com profiles all nine draft picks. Today's featured player is goalie Adin Hill.

Adin Hill. Photo by Getty Images.

ADIN HILL

Age: 19
Height/Weight: 6-1/198
Position: Goaltender
Hometown: Comox, BC, CAN
Round: 3 (76th overall)
2014-15 team: Portland (WHL)

The Skinny:

In 2014-15, Hill emerged as the starter for Portland and led all Western Hockey League rookie goaltenders with 31 wins in 46 games. He also paced the entire WHL in save percentage (.921), becoming the first Winterhawks netminder to achieve the feat since Brent Belecki in 1997-98.

The Stats:

• Hill recorded two shutouts in 2014-15, posting them on back-to-back days in early January against Tri-City (35 saves) and Seattle (29 saves). He ultimately earned Canadian Hockey League Goaltender of the Week honors after finishing the week ending Jan. 4 with a 2-1-0 record, 0.67 goals-against average, .978 save percentage and two shutouts.

• Hill played in all 17 Winterhawks games during the 2015 WHL Playoffs to help the club reach the Western Conference Final for the fifth consecutive year. He finished with a 10-7 record, 2.96 goals-against average, .911 save percentage and one shutout.

Adin Hill. Photo by Dave Vest.

The Quotes:

"It was a long season and it's really cool to see all of this happening (at the draft). It's been a great experience here in Florida and I'm happy to be a Coyote, for sure." -- Adin Hill

"I thought I had a pretty good year (in Portland). It was definitely an exciting, new experience to take over as a starter, and I'm looking forward to next year and hopefully getting to the Memorial Cup." -- Adin Hill

"Any time he has a bad game he bounces back even stronger. That's a great quality to have as a goalie... He's just a great, all-around goalie and I'd love to be like him one day." -- Adin Hill on Henrik Lundvist, his idol

"He’s a late bloomer growing into himself. He emerged this year. We really like his raw ability and we like his mental toughness. He looks like he’s having fun. He’s not all tied up in knots. Nothing seems to bother him which is a great quality to have for a goalie." -- Coyotes Director of Amateur Scouting Tim Bernhardt

The Fun Facts:

• A product of the Calgary Buffalo Hockey Association, Hill played bantam with Nicholas Merkley, whom the Coyotes selected with the 30th overall pick the day before they drafted Hill.

• Hill said he became a goalie at a young age because of a youth hockey rule that stated a player couldn't score more than three goals in a game. He said once he accomplished that as a forward - usually within the first period - he'd finish the game as a goalie.

• Hill was a multi-sport athlete growing up. In addition to hockey, he played soccer, lacrosse, baseball, basketball, track and field, and cross country. Last December, he used his 6'4" frame to dunk a basketball on an NBA net following a Portland Trail Blazers game.


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POSTED ON Monday, 07.13.2015 / 9:48 AM MT

EDITOR'S NOTE: The Coyotes added nine prospects to the mix at the 2015 NHL Entry Draft in Sunrise, Fla. Follow along as ArizonaCoyotes.com profiles all nine draft picks. Today's featured player is forward Jens Looke.

Photo by Norm Hall.

JENS LOOKE

Age: 18
Height/Weight: 6-0/180
Position: Right wing
Hometown: Gavle, SWE
Round: 3 (83rd overall)
2014-15 team: Brynas (SWE)

The Skinny:

Looke spent the majority of the 2014-15 season skating with Brynas in Sweden’s top league, where he registered 2-4—6 in 43 games. He also spent time with their junior squad, producing at a point-per-game pace (10-8—18 in 18 GP). He finished 10th among European skaters in the final NHL Draft Prospect Rankings.

The Stats:

• Internationally, Looke has represented Sweden at the 2015 World Junior Championship (3-0—3 in 7 GP), 2015 Under-18 World Junior Championship and 2014 Ivan Hlinka Memorial (0-4—4 in 5 GP).

The Quotes:

Photo by Getty Images.

"I was at home with my family when I was drafted. We had a family dinner; my sister and her boyfriend were there and we started watching the Draft on the TV, but they talked a lot about the trades, so we picked up the computer instead and we saw every name that was picked. When we saw my name listed by "Coyotes" we started hugging and shouting. it was a fantastic feeling." -- Jens Looke

"I want to have a regular spot with my team back home next season and play a lot so I can show the Coyotes that I’m ready for the AHL." -- Jens Looke

"He's a real smart, instinctive winger who thinks the game really well and sees the ice really well. He's a competitive kid and always positive. We like his attitude and his overall game.." -- Coyotes Director of Amateur Scouting Tim Bernhardt

The Fun Facts:

• Looke has developed his game in the Brynas system. Current NHL players from Brynas include Nicklas Backstrom of the Washington Capitals, Jakob Silfverberg of the Anaheim Ducks and Elias Lindholm of the Carolina Hurricanes.

• Looke compares his style of play to one of his favorite players, Hurricanes forward Elias Lindholm, and lists Evgeni Malkin of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Steven Stamkos of the Tampa Bay Lightning among his other favorite players to watch.

• Looke says he's favorite movie is Grown Ups 2 and his favorite sport other than hockey is soccer.


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POSTED ON Monday, 07.13.2015 / 9:47 AM MT


EDITOR'S NOTE: The Coyotes added nine prospects to the mix at the 2015 NHL Entry Draft in Sunrise, Fla. Follow along as ArizonaCoyotes.com profiles all nine draft picks. Today's featured player is forward Conor Garland.

Conor Garland. Photo by Norm Hall.

CONOR GARLAND

Age: 19
Height/Weight: 5-8/163
Position: Right wing
Hometown: Scituate, MA, United States
Round: 5 (123rd overall)
2014-15 team: Moncton (QMJHL)

The Skinny:

Garland notched a league-leading 129 points in 67 games playing for Moncton in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League in 2014-15. His production earned him the Michel Briere Trophy as the league's Most Valuable Player. Three times he was named the QMJHL's First Star of the Week, and he was named First Star of the Month for February and March. He has been invited to the U.S. National Junior Evaluation Camp this summer in Lake Placid, N.Y., where he’ll compete for a roster spot for the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship.

The Stats:

• In his first two seasons with Moncton, Garland, who was eligible for last year's NHL Draft but was not chosen, notched 30 goals and 41 assists in 77 games. He was slowed by wrist and knee injuries last season.

• Garland played one year at renowned Shattuck St. Mary’s in Minnesota. He notched 116 points (65 goals, 51 assists) in 52 games.

Conor Garland. Photo by Moncton Wildcats.

The Quotes:

"I was hanging out with my mom, my dad; just sitting on the couch watching TV. I knew there was a chance (to be drafted) so I just had the app refreshing. I saw my name and it was exciting for my parents and myself. I gave them a big hug and said 'Thanks.' It was kind of a regular day for me. I didn’t want to celebrate too much, it’s another step in the direction of my dream to play professional hockey. So, really, I just carried on with my day." -- Conor Garland

"I’m a smaller player who likes to go to the dirty areas, who has skill, but I still have a long ways to go before I’ll be a pro player." -- Conor Garland

"I have a lot of admiration for smaller guys who have made it in the NHL. Obviously, it’s very tough. So I’m a big fan of those guys." -- Conor Garland

"He's like a water bug out there on the ice. He's very skilled. You want to dismiss him because he's only 5-foot-8 but every time you watch him play you can't help but see the strengths of his game. The more you watch this kid you think he's got the puck the whole game ... He's a smaller-sized player but there’s room for those players nowadays." -- Coyotes Director of Amateur Scouting Tim Bernhardt

The Fun Facts:

• Unranked by NHL Central Scouting at mid-season, Garland ranked No. 86 among North American skaters on the final list.

• Garland played for the Boston Jr. Bruins in 2011-12. No. 2 draft pick Jack Eichel was one of his teammates.

• Garland is just the second American-born player to lead the QMJHL in scoring. Hockey Hall of Famer Pat LaFontaine is the other.


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POSTED ON Monday, 07.13.2015 / 9:46 AM MT

EDITOR'S NOTE: The Coyotes added nine prospects to the mix at the 2015 NHL Entry Draft in Sunrise, Fla. Follow along as ArizonaCoyotes.com profiles all nine draft picks. Today's featured player is goalie Erik Kallgren.

Photo by Norm Hall.

ERIK KALLGREN

Age: 18
Height/Weight: 5-11/157
Position: Goaltender
Hometown: Stockholm, SWE
Round: 7 (183rd overall)
2014-15 team: Linkoping J20 (SWE)

The Skinny:

Kallgren (pronounced SHAL-gren) posted 27 wins, six shutouts, a 1.75 goals-against average and a .936 save percentage for Linkoping’s J20 SuperElit club in Sweden in 2014-15. Next up, he will be one of three goalies on the Swedish U20 team that will play in a tournament against the USA and Finland in Lake Placid, N.Y., in August.

The Stats:

• Kallgren posted a 5-2 record in seven playoff games for Linkoping last season. His goals-against average was 2.52 and his save percentage was .920.

The Quotes:

"As soon as I got drafted I got a lot of texts from friends and phone calls. My agent called, friends called. I just had a great evening with my parents and my sister (in Sweden)." -- Erik Kallgren

Photo by Norm Hall.

"I like to watch Henrik Lundqvist and Carey Price. I think they’re really good goalies. I don’t think I model my game after someone. I just want to be myself out there." -- Erik Kallgren

"It’s a different type of climate here in Arizona, but I like it. I like when it’s hot. It’s better than when it’s cold." -- Erik Kallgren

"He played in the Swedish junior league last year and he led the league in every category. He's really a late bloomer. We just think his best games are ahead of him yet. There's a lot of development needed but he seems like a real good kid. " -- Coyotes Director of Amateur Scouting Tim Bernhardt

The Fun Facts:

• European scout Thomas Carlsson lobbied for the Coyotes to select Kallgren with the team's final pick of the draft. Arizona now owns his rights for four years, and the plan is to see how much he can develop in that time.

• Kallgren signed a two-year contract with Linkoping a couple of months ago and next year they’ll loan him to Oskarshamn, which plays in the second best league in Sweden.

• New York Rangers superstar Henrik Lundqvist, whom Kallgren says he admires, also is a Swedish goalie selected in the seventh round of the NHL Draft (2000). Coyotes G.M. Don Maloney was a front-office executive with the Rangers at that time.

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POSTED ON Thursday, 05.14.2015 / 2:00 PM MT

GLENDALE – Five members of the 2014-15 Coyotes have advanced to the semifinals of the 2015 IIHF World Championship in Prague, Czech Republic.

Photo by Getty Images.

Three of the five players are teammates for Team USA: defensemen Connor Murphy and John Moore, and forward Mark Arcobello. The Americans advanced to the semifinals by defeating Switzerland, 3-1, in one of four quarterfinal games played on Thursday. Despite not notching a point, Moore was named Team USA’s Player of the Game on Thursday.

Goalie Mike Smith and Team Canada also advanced to the semifinals by beating Belarus, 9-0, on Thursday. Smith stopped all 24 shots he faced on Thursday and has stopped 126 of 137 shots thus far in the annual 16-nation tournament.

Forward Martin Erat and the host Czech Republic team advanced to the semifinals by defeating Finland, 5-3, on Thursday. Erat assisted on Czech Republic’s first goal.

Meanwhile, Coyotes defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson and Team Sweden were eliminated from the tournament after a 5-3 loss to Russia on Thursday. Ekman-Larsson finished the tournament with two goals and 10 assists in eight games. Ekman-Larsson's 12 points rank second only to Canada forward Jason Spezza's 13 points.

Coyotes forward Tobias Rieder also competed at the tournament for Team Germany, which did not advance beyond the preliminary round. Rieder notched a shootout goal and three assists in seven games, and totaled 12 shots on goal.

SEMIFINALS
Saturday, May 16

USA vs. Russia
Canada vs. Czech Republic

FOR MORE INFO: Visit iihf.com

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 05.12.2015 / 1:56 PM MT


EDITOR'S NOTE: Seven players who competed for the Coyotes during the 2014-15 NHL season are playing for their countries at the 2015 International Ice Hockey Federation's World Championship in Czech Republic. They are: Mark Arcobello (USA), Martin Erat (Czech Republic), Oliver Ekman-Larsson (Sweden), John Moore (USA), Connor Murphy (USA), Tobias Rieder (Germany), and Mike Smith (Canada).

FORMAT: The 16 teams are divided into two groups for the Preliminary Round.

The top-four ranked teams of each group advance to the quarter-finals that will be played cross-over. The first-place team in each preliminary-round group plays the fourth-place team of the other group, while the second-place team plays the third-place team of the other group. 1A-4B, 2A-3B, 1B-4A, 2B-3A. The winning teams advance to the semi-finals.

Semi-final pairings: Winner 1A-4B vs Winner 2B-3A, Winner 1B-4A vs Winner 2A-3B. Both semi-final games and the medal games will be played in Prague.

The winning teams of the semi-final games advance to the gold medal game while the semi-final losing teams play for bronze.

OFFICIAL SITE: Click here to visit iihfworlds2015.com

RESULTS

TUESDAY, MAY 12

USA 5, Slovakia 4 (OT):

Competing for Team USA, defenseman Connor Murphy played 15:54 and took one shot on goal, defenseman John Moore played 13:11, and forward Mark Arcobello played 17:16 and took a team-high four shots on goal. Moore and Arcobello assisted on Team USA's first goal.

Team USA finished the preliminary round with a 5-1-0-1 record and qualified for the quarterfinals, which begin Thursday. The Americans will play Switzerland at 6 a.m. (AZ time).

Click here to READ RECAP

Canada 10, Austria 1:

Goalie Mike Smith stopped 14 of 15 shots for Team Canada, which finished the preliminary round with a 7-0-0-0 record and qualified for the quarterfinals, which begin Thursday. The Canadians will play Belarus at 7 a.m. (AZ time).

Click here to READ RECAP

QUARTERFINALS
Thursday (all times listed are AZ times)


USA vs. Switzerland, 6 a.m.
Canada vs. Belarus, 7 a.m.
Sweden vs. Russia, 10 a.m.
Finland vs. Czech Republic, 11 a.m.

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POSTED ON Monday, 05.11.2015 / 2:37 PM MT


EDITOR'S NOTE: Seven players who competed for the Coyotes during the 2014-15 NHL season are playing for their countries at the 2015 International Ice Hockey Federation's World Championship in Czech Republic. They are: Mark Arcobello (USA), Martin Erat (Czech Republic), Oliver Ekman-Larsson (Sweden), John Moore (USA), Connor Murphy (USA), Tobias Rieder (Germany), and Mike Smith (Canada).

FORMAT: The 16 teams are divided into two groups for the Preliminary Round.

The top-four ranked teams of each group advance to the quarter-finals that will be played cross-over. The first-place team in each preliminary-round group plays the fourth-place team of the other group, while the second-place team plays the third-place team of the other group. 1A-4B, 2A-3B, 1B-4A, 2B-3A. The winning teams advance to the semi-finals.

Semi-final pairings: Winner 1A-4B vs Winner 2B-3A, Winner 1B-4A vs Winner 2A-3B. Both semi-final games and the medal games will be played in Prague.

The winning teams of the semi-final games advance to the gold medal game while the semi-final losing teams play for bronze.

OFFICIAL SITE: Click here to visit iihfworlds2015.com

RESULTS

MONDAY, MAY 11

Sweden 4, France 2:

Defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson notched a goal and two assists to help rally Sweden to a come-from-behind win. Ekman-Larsson, 23, is leading all players with 11 points and nine assists in seven games.

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Austria 3, Germany 2 (SO):

Forward Tobias Rieder played 20:43 and scored the lone shootout goal for Germany.

Click here to READ RECAP
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POSTED ON Sunday, 05.10.2015 / 9:18 AM MT

EDITOR'S NOTE: Seven players who competed for the Coyotes during the 2014-15 NHL season are playing for their countries at the 2015 International Ice Hockey Federation's World Championship in Czech Republic. They are: Mark Arcobello (USA), Martin Erat (Czech Republic), Oliver Ekman-Larsson (Sweden), John Moore (USA), Connor Murphy (USA), Tobias Rieder (Germany), and Mike Smith (Canada).

FORMAT: The 16 teams are divided into two groups for the Preliminary Round.

The top-four ranked teams of each group advance to the quarter-finals that will be played cross-over. The first-place team in each preliminary-round group plays the fourth-place team of the other group, while the second-place team plays the third-place team of the other group. 1A-4B, 2A-3B, 1B-4A, 2B-3A. The winning teams advance to the semi-finals.

Semi-final pairings: Winner 1A-4B vs Winner 2B-3A, Winner 1B-4A vs Winner 2A-3B. Both semi-final games and the medal games will be played in Prague.

The winning teams of the semi-final games advance to the gold medal game while the semi-final losing teams play for bronze.

OFFICIAL SITE: Click here to visit iihfworlds2015.com

RESULTS

SUNDAY, MAY 10

Mike Smith. Photo by Getty Images.

Canada 7, Switzerland 2:

Goalie Mike Smith stopped 23 of 25 shots for Canada to earn his fourth win of the tournament. He stopped 88 of 98 shots in those four games.

Click here to READ RECAP

Czech Republic 4, Germany 2:

Forward Tobias Rieder played 17:25, notched one assist and took two shots on goal for Germany.

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USA 3, Slovenia 1:

Defenseman Connor Murphy played 15:10 and took two shots on goal, defenseman John Moore played 15:47 and took two shots on goal, and forward Mark Arcobello played 16:02 and was minus-1.

Click here to READ RECAP

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