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Posted On Tuesday, 10.04.2011 / 8:35 AM

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

Hometown club to honor Selanne, Kurri

HELSINKI -- Jokerit will honor its two most famous alumni before an exhibition game Tuesday with the Anaheim Ducks at Hartwall Areena.

Ducks forward Teemu Selanne and NHL legend Jari Kurri will take part in a pre-game ceremony before the noon ET (7 p.m. local time) start. Jokerit owner Harry Harkimo will present Selanne and Kurri with "membership cards." A Jokerit team spokesman said this is a new idea for the club, and these two will be the first to receive the honor.

Kurri came up through the Jokerit youth system and played for the men's team from 1977-78 until he joined the Edmonton Oilers for the 1980-81 season. His No. 17 is retired at Hartwall twice -- once for Jokerit and once for Finland's national team.

Selanne joined Jokerit's organization when he was 13, and played five games with the men's team as a 17-year-old in 1987-88 before joining the club full time the next season. He spent four seasons on the senior team, winning league MVP honors in 1990-91 and helping Jokerit to the league championship in 1991-92.


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Posted On Monday, 10.03.2011 / 8:29 PM

By Dan Rosen -  NHL.com Senior Writer /NHL.com - Rangers World Tour

Rangers know how much practice means

ZUG, Switzerland -- John Tortorella said originally the Rangers were supposed to play in Budapest on Monday night, but that game got cancelled. Instead of keeping Monday as an open date, the Rangers worked with the NHL to schedule their game against EV Zug at Bossard Arena.

From an atmosphere and money-making standpoint, packing the arena and selling all kinds of merchandise made the night a success. From a coaching standpoint, Tortorella now wishes the game were never scheduled only because he would have loved to use it as a practice day.

The Rangers lost the game, 8-4.

"We played four games in five nights and you tell me how many countries we've been in … I don't know," Tortorella said. "When we were doing the schedule, we added this one and I wish we had this as a practice day. I think we need to practice. We haven't practiced."

The Rangers last good, long, hard practice came last Wednesday in Prague. They played Thursday against Sparta Prague and Friday in Gothenburg against Frolunda. They were given Saturday off and then played Sunday in Bratislava against HC Slovan and Monday here against EV Zug.

They will travel to Stockholm on Tuesday and will not skate, but Tortorella has grand plans for practice sessions Wednesday and Thursday at Ericsson Globe Arena.

"It's going to be good to recharge our batteries and refocus our energy and efforts into some practices on Wednesday and Thursday before the weekend comes," Brandon Dubinsky said.

The Rangers have some work to do with their power play and keeping their sticks on the ice so they stop taking some unnecessary penalties. They've got to figure out exactly who is going to play left wing on the line with Brad Richards and Marian Gaborik.

Wojtek Wolski likely has the edge in that race, but he's been dealing with a sore groin, so he needs to get back on the ice and practice. The same goes for defenseman Michael Sauer, who has worked out only once since spraining his shoulder last week in Philadelphia.

Tortorella expects Wolski and Sauer to practice with the team on Wednesday.

"Every city that we've been in has been very hospitable," Dubinsky said. "The hotels have been great, the service great and obviously the crowds in the game have been an excellent experience. It's been great, but I can't wait to get ready, get our season under way, to play for points. We're just excited to get to Stockholm."

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Posted On Monday, 10.03.2011 / 6:11 PM

NHL.com - Roster Call

Roster Call for October 3, 2011

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

  Chicago Blackhawks

Re-assigned to AHL: Jimmy Hayes, Marcus Kruger, Peter LeBlanc, Brandon Pirri, Dylan Olsen, Alexander Salak.
Agreed to contract terms: Ray Emery.

  Florida Panthers

Returned to juniors: Jonathan Huberdeau.

  Nashville Predators

Re-assigned to AHL: Ryan Ellis.

  Pittsburgh Penguins

Re-assigned to AHL: Brian Strait.
Waived with intention of being re-assigned to AHL: Jason Williams, Alexandre Picard.
Returned to juniors: Joseph Morrow.
Placed on injured reserve: Sidney Crosby, Dustin Jeffrey, Nick Petersen, Robert Bortuzzo, Boris Valabik.

  San Jose Sharks

Re-assigned to AHL: Justin Braun, Benn Ferriero, John McCarthy.
Signed: Brad Winchester.

  Toronto Maple Leafs

Re-assigned to AHL: Mike Zigomanis, Keith Aulie.
Placed on waivers: Darryl Boyce and Joey Crabb, Matt Lashoff.
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Posted On Monday, 10.03.2011 / 4:46 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - Rangers World Tour

Rangers fall to EV Zug, 8-4

ZUG, Switzerland -- Playing their fourth game in five nights in five different countries, the road-weary New York Rangers fell victim to Swiss club EV Zug on Monday, losing 8-4.

The Rangers trailed 3-1 late in the first period, but got goals from Mike Rupp and Artem Anisimov in the final 1:13 to end the period tied at 3-3.

However, a pair of former NHL players, Glen Metropolit and Josh Holden, scored 41 seconds apart to put the Swiss club up 5-3 after two periods. The Rangers didn't have the gas left in the tank to climb back into the game.

Check NHL.com for full game coverage as well as this blog for more notes about all the day's action.


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Posted On Monday, 10.03.2011 / 3:59 PM

By Dan Rosen -  NHL.com Senior Writer /NHL.com - Rangers World Tour

Zug scores two more, leads 7-4 in third

ZUG, Switzerland --Esa Pirnes scored his second goal of the night, this time on a partial breakaway, to give EV Zug a 6-4 lead just 2:40 into the third period.

Less than a minute and a half later, Damien Brunner, who leads the Swiss league in scoring, cashed in off a feed from Fabian Sutter to give Zug a three-goal lead for the first time in the game.

What made the Brunner goal worse was that Steve Eminger was all turned around and Michael Del Zotto was late coming back to help.

Rangers coach John Tortorella was seen talking to Del Zotto, his hands on the youngster's shoulders, shortly after Brunner and EV Zug were finished celebrating.

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Posted On Monday, 10.03.2011 / 3:37 PM

By Dan Rosen -  NHL.com Senior Writer /NHL.com - Rangers World Tour

Rangers get one back, close second down 5-4

ZUG, Switzerland -- Artem Anisimov's shot went off the end boards and bounced right in front of the goal where Ruslan Fedotenko banged it in with 1:12 left to cut the EV Zug lead to 5-4. That's where it stands heading into the third period.

The Rangers applied pressure in the final minute, but they couldn't get the equalizer before time expired.

Rangers coach John Tortorella shuffled his lines in the second period, putting Brandon Dubinsky with Brad Richards and Marian Gaborik. He's still looking for the correct left wing to play with the two high-paid superstars.

Fedotenko, who played with Gaborik and Richards in the first period, dropped into Dubinsky's spot on the second line with Anisimov and captain Ryan Callahan.

Brian Boyle, who started the game as the fourth-line left wing, moved to center and played between Mike Rupp and Brandon Prust.

Erik Christensen, Derek Stepan and Mats Zuccarello made up the other line.

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Posted On Monday, 10.03.2011 / 3:28 PM

By Dan Rosen -  NHL.com Senior Writer /NHL.com - Rangers World Tour

Zug scores twice in 41 seconds, leads 5-3

ZUG, Switzerland -- A pair of former NHL players just burned the Rangers.

Glen Metropolit scored off a pretty passing sequence with Corsin Casutt to give EV Zug a 4-3 lead with 5:58 to play in the second period.

Just 41 seconds later, Josh Holden scored his second of the game, off a feed from Fabian Luthi, to make it 5-3 for EV Zug.

That's where we stand now with 3:44 to play in the second period.

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Posted On Monday, 10.03.2011 / 3:01 PM

By Dan Rosen -  NHL.com Senior Writer /NHL.com - Rangers World Tour

Rangers get 'em back, tied 3-3 after first

ZUG, Switzerland -- Mike Rupp and Artem Anisimov scored goals 13 seconds apart to send the Rangers and EV Zug into the dressing rooms tied at 3-3.

Rupp scored at 18:47 off a deflection of Michael Del Zotto's point shot. Anisimov scored an unassisted goal at 19 minutes off a great individual effort.
 
Anisimov lost the puck at his feet during a center drive, but he used his strength to find it between two Zug players and get a good shot off on Zug goalie Jussi Markkanen to tie the game at 3-3.

The Rangers were flat out bad in the first 10 minutes of the game, but they picked it up. Save for a great move by former NHLer Josh Holden to undress Brad Richards and score a shorthanded goal, the final 10 minutes was all Rangers.

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Posted On Monday, 10.03.2011 / 2:43 PM

By Dan Rosen -  NHL.com Senior Writer /NHL.com - Rangers World Tour

Teams trade goals, Rangers trail Zug 3-1

ZUG, Switzerland -- The Rangers have picked up their speed since the 10-minute mark of the first period and it paid off as Brandon Dubinsky set up Ryan Callahan with a goal from the slot off the rush at 15:40 to slice EV Zug's lead to 2-1.

Dubinsky used his speed down the left-wing boards to get room and find a streaking Callahan in front. Callahan's initial attempt was stopped by Zug goalie Jussi Markkanen, but Callahan tapped the rebound in before skating around the goal.

However, nine seconds into a power play, the Rangers coughed up the puck and former NHL player Josh Holden undressed Brad Richards before firing the puck over Martin Biron's right shoulder to give Zug a 3-1 lead with 3:36 to play in the first period.

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Posted On Monday, 10.03.2011 / 2:27 PM

By Dan Rosen -  NHL.com Senior Writer /NHL.com - Rangers World Tour

Make that 2-0 Zug

ZUG, Switzerland -- There are goals Martin Biron never will forget, and while this only is a preseason game in Switzerland, he just gave one up that likely forever will be in his memory bank.

Biron flat-out fumbled a long shot by Duri Camichel. The puck fell to the ice and dribbled into the net 5:32 into the first period, giving EV Zug a 2-0 lead over the Rangers.

That was the kind of goal that just makes you cringe. Now Biron has to pick it up to help his team get back in the game.

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