Stanley Cup Final
Posted On Friday, 03.28.2014 / 5:19 PM

By Staff -  / - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Penguins' Goc to miss three weeks

Pittsburgh Penguins forward Marcel Goc will miss three weeks with a foot injury.

The timeline for the injury means Goc, acquired from the Florida Panthers at the NHL Trade Deadline, would miss the rest of the regular season and perhaps the start of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

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Posted On Friday, 03.28.2014 / 1:57 PM

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Rangers forward Kreider has hand surgery

New York Rangers forward Chris Kreider had surgery on his left hand Friday at Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan.

Kreider, who is tied for second on the Rangers this season with 17 goals, is out indefinitely.

The 22-year-old was injured Friday night in New York's win at the Columbus Blue Jackets but played in the next two games before coming out of the lineup while a determination was made on how to proceed.

"Waiting for the doctors to tell us what was the best course of action," coach Alain Vigneault said. "He came to the conclusion yesterday and he got operated on today."

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Posted On Wednesday, 03.26.2014 / 4:19 PM

By Staff -  / - NHL Live blog

NHL Live previews Flyers-Rangers showdown

NHL Live is on the air at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network. Pierre McGuire joins Steve Mears and E.J. Hradek from Madison Square Garden's Arena Cam to discuss the game between the Philadelphia Flyers and the New York Rangers, the rivalry between the teams and the potential of a Flyers-Rangers first-round matchup in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Columbus Blue Jackets president John Davidson, who was named Wednesday as the new Chairman of the Selection Committee by the Hockey Hall of Fame, joins the show at 5:25 p.m. ET.

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Posted On Tuesday, 03.25.2014 / 2:06 PM

By Staff -  / - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Coyotes' Smith day-to-day with lower-body injury

The Phoenix Coyotes on Tuesday announced goaltender Mike Smith is day-to-day with a lower-body injury.

To replace him on the roster the Coyotes recalled goaltender Mark Visentin from the Portland Pirates of the American Hockey League on an emergency basis.

Smith was injured in the third period of the Coyotes' 4-3 overtime loss to the New York Rangers when Rangers forward Derick Brassard fell on him. Smith left the game favoring his right leg.

"[Smith] saw the doctor [Tuesday] morning," Coyotes coach Dave Tippett told reporters in Pittsburgh. "He's right now listed as day-to-day with a lower-body injury. Had some tests done [Tuesday] morning. We're going to get the results sent back to our doctors and he'll be evaluated by our doctors when we get home."

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Posted On Tuesday, 03.25.2014 / 1:49 PM

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Price starts for Canadiens, Myers back for Sabres

The Montreal Canadiens didn't get much time to pat themselves on the back after ending the Boston Bruins' 12-game win streak with a 2-1 shootout win Monday.

The Canadiens had to travel home from Boston and are right back at it Tuesday when they host the Buffalo Sabres. They likely will have some lineup juggling to do as well.

Fourth-line forwards Dale Weise and Travis Moen were lost to injury in the first period Monday. Weise was hurt on a first-period hit by Bruins defenseman Kevan Miller and Moen was hurt during a subsequent fight with Miller. Neither returned to the game.

Forward Lars Eller, scratched Monday, could find his way back into lineup, as could forwards George Parros and Ryan White.

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Posted On Tuesday, 03.25.2014 / 1:39 PM

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Panthers look to finish season strong

The credo for Florida Panthers is maintaining their focus entering their game Tuesday against the Ottawa Senators at BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fla. The Panthers return home following a 1-3-0 Western trip that ended Sunday with a 6-2 loss to the Anaheim Ducks.

Florida has lost three straight and is 6-14-1 in its past 21 games, while allowing 3.81 goals per game during that stretch. In light of the struggles, interim coach Peter Horachek is counting on his team to end the season on a high note.

"I think it's important for a lot of the young players, and players going forward, that they have a strong finish, that they want to have a strong finish, that there's a focus as a team that we play well going down the stretch," Horachek said following the Panthers' morning skate. "I think it's important for us to play the way we need to play. It's important that we don't lose focus, that we don't lose our way.

"I think leadership on this team is very important moving forward."

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Posted On Monday, 03.24.2014 / 5:57 PM

By Staff -  / - NHL Live blog

Richter on Rangers' Lundqvist breaking his record

Former New York Rangers goaltender Mike Richter was a guest of NHL Live via the MSG Arena Cam. Current Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist recently surpassed Richter's franchise record for most wins, in addition to Ed Giacomin's shutout mark.

"You have to root for Henrik," Richter said. "He's such a professional. This is something that Eddie Giacomin and I have talked about a lot of times. This guy is not just talented. You don't get to be as consistent as he is without a huge work ethic. The guy goes out every day and tries to improve, and that type of professionalism you have to respect and it's really hard not to cheer for him.

"It was clear he was going to break the record for some time, so you want him to do well and the beautiful thing is this is what you're paid to do as a goalie, win for teams. It's a personal achievement, but it's also great for the team."

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Posted On Monday, 03.24.2014 / 5:56 PM

By Staff -  / - NHL Live blog

Nyquist confident in Red Wings' playoff chances

Detroit Red Wings forward Gustav Nyquist joined NHL Live to discuss the Red Wings' efforts to make the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the 23rd consecutive season.

Nyquist was named the NHL's "First Star" for the weekend ending March 23, 2014 after leading all players with six goals and tying for the League lead with seven points to help Detroit (33-24-14, 80 points) earn seven of a possible eight points and move into the first Wild Card spot in the Eastern Conference.

"It's been pretty crazy with all the injuries," Nyquist said. "But we've said in the locker room we're going to make these playoffs no matter who's out there. We can't worry about that too much.

"We look at the standings, we have a board in the locker room that shows us. Of course we know it's tight and it's going to be a tight race all the way until the end here for the last playoff spot."

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Posted On Monday, 03.24.2014 / 10:45 AM

By Staff -  / - NHL Live blog

NHL Live talks to Wings' Nyquist, Rangers' Lundqvist

NHL Live with Bill Pidto and E.J. Hradek, on NHL Network, will talk to the surging Gustav Nyquist at 5:30 p.m. ET, as the Detroit Red Wings forward discusses his team's efforts to make the Stanley Cup Playoffs for a 23rd consecutive season.

There are six games on the Monday schedule, including the New York Rangers hosting the Phoenix Coyotes. Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist, who in recent days has set franchise records with 301 career wins and 50 shutouts, joins Kenny Albert at Madison Square Garden to talk about the milestones and the race to the playoffs. Mike Richter, whose wins record Lundqvist surpassed, will also join us via the MSG Arena Cam at 5:35 p.m.

At TD Garden, the Boston Bruins and Montreal Canadiens will renew their historic rivalry. We'll go out on Arena Cam to talk to Boston Globe beat writer Amalie Benjamin about the Bruins' 12-game winning streak, the longest in the League this season, and whether they can continue it against their Original Six opponent.

In addition, Barry Melrose will join us for his weekly coaches chat.

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Posted On Sunday, 03.23.2014 / 8:02 PM

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Ducks recall defenseman Vatanen

The Anaheim Ducks have recalled defenseman Sami Vatanen from the Norfolk Admirals of the American Hockey League.

Vatanen has 14 points and a plus-2 rating in 41 games with the Ducks this season. Despite spending time in the AHL and being a healthy scratch for a number of games, Vatanen is tied with Cam Fowler for the Anaheim lead in goals among defensemen with six.

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Quote of the Day

If you want to prove people wrong, you've just got to go out and do it. Yeah, we blew 3-2 series leads the last two years, but no one is going remember that if we go out there on Saturday night and beat these guys and go play in the Stanley Cup Final. We need to get back to work and we'll start to do that tomorrow.

— Ducks forward Kyle Palmieri following a loss to the Blackhawks in Game 6 on Wednesday