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Posted On Wednesday, 10.05.2011 / 9:07 AM

By Corey Masisak -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - Ducks fly to Scandinavia

Ducks reward fans' loyalty

HELSINKI -- Thousands of hockey fans from here in Finland crammed into Hartwall Areena to see the Anaheim Ducks play Tuesday, and they cheered at times in a way that made it feel almost like a home game for the club.

There were about 150 fans sitting together who did not have decide between rooting for the local team, Jokerit, or for Anaheim’s Finnish players, or both -- those fans are here from the Anaheim area.

"I think you could hear the 'Let's Go Ducks' chant once in a while, which was cool that they were cheering for us even though there were all the Helsinki fans in the stadium," Anaheim goaltender Jonas Hiller said. "It is great to have that support."

A Ducks team spokesman said the organization originally planned for 100 fans, but ended up with about 150 for the trip. The team helped organize a travel and ticket package for the fans, and also helped with some tourism activities once they got here.

As a reward for making the commitment of traveling about 5,600 miles, the Ducks had a reception for the fans with the players and coaching staff at Hartwall Areena after practice Wednesday. The fans were able to take pictures, get autographs and have lunch with the players in a restaurant/bar inside the arena sponsored by Karjala, which is a Finnish beer that is part of the Hartwall brewing company. The bar resembled a mine shaft, with wooden trusses and exposed rocks similar to the ones near the visiting dressing room.

"It is unbelievable. It really shows that we have some great fans, and they support us all over the world where ever we go," defenseman Francois Beauchemin said. "I remember when we went to London (to start the 2007-08 season) there was a few there, too, and it is just a good way to thank them for coming over and supporting us."
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Posted On Tuesday, 10.04.2011 / 6:49 PM

NHL.com - Roster Call

Roster Call for October 4, 2011

The following NHL teams have announced the following roster moves today.

  Buffalo Sabres

Signed: Matt MacKenzie.

  Chicago Blackhawks

Re-assigned to AHL: Jeremy Morin.
Signed: Brandon Saad.

  Columbus Blue Jackets

Re-assigned to AHL: Ryan Russell.

  Nashville Predators

Re-Assigned to AHL: Kyle Wilson.
Placed on injured reserve: Francis Bouillon, Mike Fisher.

  New York Islanders

Signed: Jay Pandolfo, Ryan Strome.

  New York Rangers

Waived: Sean Avery.

  Tampa Bay Lightning

Re-Assigned to AHL: Dana Tyrell.

  Toronto Maple Leafs

Acquired via trade: David Steckel.

  Vancouver Canucks

Claimed off waivers: Dale Weise.
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Posted On Tuesday, 10.04.2011 / 3:38 PM

By Compiled By -  NHL.com Staff /NHL.com - The Sabres take Germany

Sabres crush Adler Mannheim8-3 in exhibition

Tyler Ennis scored twice as the Buffalo Sabres rolled to a 8-3 victory against Adler Mannheim in Germany on Tuesday night.

Thomas Vanek, Christian Ehrhoff, Jason Pominville, Ville Leino, Luke Adam and Brad Boyes scored for the Sabres, who will head to Helsinki to take on the Anaheim Ducks on Friday night.

Jhonas Enroth picked up the win in net.

Yannic Seidenberg, Mike Glumac and Jamie Sifers scored for Adler Mannheim. Glumac also had an assist.
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Posted On Tuesday, 10.04.2011 / 3:03 PM

By Corey Masisak -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - Ducks fly to Scandinavia

Ducks hold off Jokerit

HELSINKI -- Ryan Getzlaf scored the game-winner for the Anaheim Ducks as they held off Jokerit, 4-3, in overtime at Hartwall Areena. The puck came right to Getzlaf at the edge of the crease near the right post at 1:13 of the extra session.

The Ducks were outshot in the game 33-24, including a 27-16 advantage for Jokerit between the first intermission and the start of overtime.

Corey Perry had an assist on Getzlaf's goal and finished the game with 3 points.

Ben Eaves had a goal and an assist, and Ilari Filppula had a pair of assists for Jokerit.

Goalie Jonas Hiller made 30 saves for the Ducks, and coach Randy Carlyle praised him afterwards.

Carlyle also said defenseman Toni Lydman will not be available for either game this weekend. He was hoping to be back to play in his home country Friday of Finland for Friday's opener, but Carlyle said the team now is targeting the home opener next week against San Jose for Lydman, who had surgery to repair a torn labrum in his shoulder in May.
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Posted On Tuesday, 10.04.2011 / 2:55 PM

By Compiled By -  NHL.com Staff /NHL.com - The Sabres take Germany

What do you know, the Sabres have scored again

Well, it looks as though Adler Mannheim won't be taking this game to a shootout.

Thomas Vanek has given the Sabres a 6-2 lead in the second period by deflecting a pass from in tight. As long as the Sabres can avoid injuries, this one is going to be a win all around.
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Posted On Tuesday, 10.04.2011 / 2:52 PM

By New York Rangers -  /NHL.com - The Sabres take Germany

Ehrhoff pushes Sabres lead back to 3

Christian Ehrhoff, a native of Germany, ripped a shot from the point that found the back of the net to give the Sabres a 5-2.

The goal came on the power play, something that is clearly clicking against Adler Mannheim.
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Posted On Tuesday, 10.04.2011 / 2:47 PM

By Shawn P. Roarke -  NHL.com Senior Managing Editor /NHL.com - The Kings of Europe

Moreau pads lead with goal early in third

The Kings finally have a bit of breathing room as Ethan Moreau gives Los Angeles a 5-3 lead on Hamburg here at O2 World Arena.

Moreau, the fifth King to score Tuesday, roofed a backhander off a rebound past a late-reacting John Curry, who had little chance on the play, which started with a great chance by Anze Kopitar.

Hamburg has already erased three leads in this game, but they will be hard-pressed to do so again as there are less than 15 minutes remaining in the game.


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Posted On Tuesday, 10.04.2011 / 2:43 PM

By Compiled By -  NHL.com Staff /NHL.com - The Sabres take Germany

Adler cuts the lead to two

Jamie Sifers of Adler Mannheim has pulled his team to within 4-2 of the Buffalo Sabres. He converted a cross-ice pass from Mike Glumac that eluded Jhonas Enroth.

Just like Adler did against the Sharks last year, they pulled former NHL goalie Fred Brathwaite midway through the second period, replacing him with backup Felix Bruckmann.
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Posted On Tuesday, 10.04.2011 / 2:28 PM

By Compiled By -  NHL.com Staff /NHL.com - The Sabres take Germany

Sabres, Adler trade goals at start of second period

After Yannic Seidenberg pulled Adler Mannheim to within 3-1, Brad Boyes responded quickly to make 4-1 in favor of the Sabres.

Jhonas Enroth got the start in net for the Sabres.
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Posted On Tuesday, 10.04.2011 / 2:25 PM

By Shawn P. Roarke -  NHL.com Senior Managing Editor /NHL.com - The Kings of Europe

Richardson gives Kings 4-3 advantage after two

The Los Angeles Kings wanted a good tune-up for the regular season when they played the Hamburg Freezers Tuesday night at O2 World Arena in their final preseason game.

Well, they are getting just that. After two periods here, the Kings lead 4-3, taking their fourth lead of the game as Brad Richardson scored the go-ahead goal with just 16 seconds left in the second period.

The Kings got off to a dream start, scoring just 36 seconds into the game.

Justin Williams' goal, on the first shot of the game, was a seemingly harmless wrister from the right circle that seemed to handcuff John Curry, the Hamburg goalie. Curry played the past several seasons in the Pittsburgh Penguins' system. This is his first year with Hamburg.

After carrying the play for close to five minutes, the Freezers were rewarded with a power-play goal that tied the game at 1-1. Former NHLer Serge Aubin, who played 374 NHL games for Columbus, Colorado and Atlanta, beat Jonathan Quick with a nasty shot from the slot with 7:09 left.

On the very next shift, Alex Martinez restored the lead for the Kings, snapping home a brilliant feed from Dustin Brown, who used the wide ice of the Olympic-sized rink here to give himself some separation.

However, with a little more than two minutes remaining in the period, Kevin Schmidt, from Markham, Ont., pinched in from the point and received a perfect pass, which he fired over Quick's shoulder to tie the game heading into intermission.

In the second period, the teams exchanged goals again to send it into the third deadlocked.

The Kings failed on a pair of power plays in the first half of the second period and then watched as Hamburg scored on the counter-attack to take a 3-2 lead midway through.

The Freezers earned the goal, as they dominated play on the scoring shift before Aubin scored on his own rebound after Quick had made two initial saves on the sequence. It was Aubin's second goal of the game.

Just as was the case in the first period, though, Hamburg couldn't hold a lead as the Kings stormed back and got a goal from Anze Kopitar after passes from Justin Williams and Scott Parse, who is in a dogfight to make this team.

Quick was pulled after the goal in a pre-planned move as Kings coach Terry Murray put in Jonathan Bernier for the second half of the game

Kings defenseman Drew Doughty is making his preseason debut in this game after signing a new long-term deal late last week and has already made two good defensive plays.


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