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January 15, 2019 1:54 PM Avalanches, flooding cause disruptions in Austria, Germany

BERLIN—Bad weather continued to afflict parts of Europe on Tuesday with avalanches in Austria striking buildings and roads but resulting in no injuries. An overnight avalanche in Ramsau, central Austria, slammed a hotel. All 60 visitors and staff, most of whom were from a Danish ski club, got out of the building unharmed. The head of the ski club from western 769

January 15, 2019 2:46 AM Leafs turn in stinker against the previously struggling Avalanche

And then the Avalanche played downhill. Gabriel Landeskog on a deflection at the 6:33 mark; a Nathan MacKinnon breakaway that was stopped a minute later; Mikko Rantanen stripping Nazem Kadri to end a two-turnover Toronto shift with a goal. Carl Soderberg then outbattled Jake Gardiner for a puck that had been knocked loose on a Toronto power play and scored 667

January 15, 2019 12:26 AM Avalanche fortunate not to have been buried in the West during slide

“It’s a tough test for us right now, what we’re going through,” Landeskog said. “A lot of guys in this dressing room haven’t gone through things like this at this level. Last year, we didn’t have a stretch like this of six weeks without a whole lot of wins. We have to stick together.” The Leafs, by comparison, had earned 12 points since Dec. 19. If they had earned 653

January 11, 2019 6:10 PM Oilers forward Draisaitl voted in to all-star game, Leafs defenceman Rielly out

Edmonton Oilers forward Leon Draisaitl was among the last additions for the upcoming NHL all-star game, while Toronto Maple Leafs defenceman Morgan Rielly was one of a few high-profile players to be left out. The NHL released the final four additions to the all-star weekend Friday. Draisaitl (Pacific), Buffalo Sabres left wing Jeff Skinner (Atlantic) 193

January 6, 2019 10:52 PM High avalanche risk in Alps amid heavy snow, two dead

In Austria, public broadcaster ORF reported that a 26-year-old man died Sunday after being struck by an avalanche while skiing near the town of Schoppernau. Authorities in Austria closed some roads and train lines because of avalanche risks, while airports in the region have seen delays as workers struggled to clear the large amount of fresh snow and de-ice 148

November 12, 2018 5:18 AM Avs’ Varlamov stands tall in net as Oilers drop fourth straight game

It didn't take long for Colorado's top line to be heard from, scoring just 26 seconds into the game when Rantanen fluttered the rebound of a Nathan MacKinnon shot past Talbot for his sixth goal of the season and 25th point. Soderberg scored on a long point shot through traffic to give Colorado a 2-0 lead with 4:27 remaining in the opening period 160

November 1, 2018 5:56 AM Virtanen leads Canucks with two goals in win over Blackhawks

Virtanen followed with his second of the night just over 12 minutes into the second period. He scooped up a pass just inside the blue line and fired a quick shot past Crawford to tie the game once again. Gaunce notched the go-ahead goal halfway through the third period after he snatched up a Blackhawks’ pass. The goal was the sixth of the centre’s NHL career 117

September 7, 2018 10:09 PM NHLers rate Tavares deal from multiple angles

“I was hoping he would sign with us,” said Kane, “but I like the fact a big-time free agent left and did something you don’t see too much in the NHL. I think it sets a tone, sets a precedent for players. I like the fact he had the courage to make that move.” It’s fair to say that what other NHLers thought of Tavares’ decision was based, at least a bit, on geography 128

June 23, 2018 12:05 AM Capitals trade Brooks Orpik, Philipp Grubauer to Avalanche

Carlson, who led all defenceman in scoring in the regular season and playoffs, is expected to cost $8 million-plus a season on a long-term deal. The Capitals would have struggled to fit that under the $79.5-million ceiling without a move like this. “This was a difficult move, but the one we felt we needed to make in order to give some flexibility moving 112

June 20, 2018 8:02 PM Leafs sign defenceman Carrick and goalie Pickard to one-year deals

He was originally selected in the fifth round (137th overall) of the 2012 NHL draft. The 26-year-old Pickard made one start for the Leafs this past season, while posting a 21-9-1 record with a 2.31 goals-against average and .918 save percentage with the AHL Calder Cup champion Toronto Marlies. Acquired in a trade with the Vegas Golden Knights last October 102