'15 Hall class gets rings
TORONTO – There was laughter, an anecdote about love and great respect.
Not to mention admiration of bling.
The 2015 Hockey Hall of Fame inductees, including Minnesotan Phil Housley, received their rings Friday afternoon, part of a four-day celebration that culminates with Monday's induction ceremony.
Former Detroit Red Wings great Sergei Fedorov was first to receive his ring. He admired it while seated on a dais next to fellow Wings great Nicklas Lidstrom.
The fourth former NHL player inductee was Chris Pronger.
Also inducted were Angela Ruggiero, a four-time U.S. Olympian, and, in the builders' category, Peter Karmanos, Jr., and Bill Hay.
•DEVILS OUTCLASS CHAMPS: Travis Zajac capped a three-goal first period with a goal and an assist in a 26-second span as New Jersey beat Stanley Cup champion Chicago 4-2 in Newark, N.J. The Blackhawks' poor performance came a day after an upstate New York prosecutor decided not to bring rape charges against Chicago star forward Patrick Kane because of a lack of credible evidence following a three-month investigation. Kane extended his goal-scoring streak to three games and his points streak to nine. The Devils dominated in winning for the seventh time in nine games. New Jersey took a 4-0 lead 7½ minutes into the second period.
•ZETTERBERG GETS 300TH: Jakub Kindl scored 2:17 into overtime, and Henrik Zetterberg scored his 300th career goal as Detroit beat the Maple Leafs 2-1 in Toronto for its third straight win. Kindl was able to skate down the middle and beat James Reimer over the blocker for his second goal of the season. Dion Phaneuf scored for Toronto. The Leafs have just one win in seven games this season at Air Canada Centre.
•SHARP GETS WINNER: Patrick Sharp scored the go-ahead goal and Radek Faksa added the first goal of his career to lead Dallas to a 4-1 victory over host Carolina. Ales Hemsky and Jason Demers also scored and Colton Sceviour had two assists for the Stars and Kari Lehtonen finished with 30 saves.
•DUPUIS HOSPITALIZED: Pittsburgh forward Pascal Dupuis was taken to a hospital in Edmonton for precautionary reasons after he experienced symptoms that might be related to his history of blood clots. The 36-year-old Dupuis, a former Wild player, was diagnosed with blood clots last year and missed the rest of the season.