SHARE
Stanley Cup Final
Posted On Friday, 03.09.2012 / 2:30 PM

By Alan Robinson -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - At the Rink blog

Panthers know time to perform has arrived

PITTSBURGH -- No time to rest now.
 
With the first-place Florida Panthers coming off a 5-0 loss in Philadelphia barely 12 hours before, coach Kevin Dineen held a morning skate in advance of Friday night's game against the Pittsburgh Penguins.
 
It wasn't a full-squad workout, but 11 players showed up -- a significant number at a time of the season when every player covets his time away from the rink.
 
With the Panthers leading Washington and Winnipeg by only two points each in the Southeast Division standings, coach Kevin Dineen said every game has become a must game, every point possible must be won, every moment of preparation is important.
 
"One of our players (John Madden) described it earlier this week, you've got to have amnesia when things don't work out and believe in the positives, and a quick turnaround is the best way to get back at it," Dineen said.
 
The Panthers have lost three of four and are 7-6-1 over their last 14 with four shutout defeats, but Dineen said it doesn’t matter as much what happened then as what happens now.
 
Florida plays every other day for the next week, taking on Carolina on Sunday, Toronto on Tuesday, and Boston and Buffalo following that during what could be a make-or-break four-game homestand.
 
"I look at it as an exciting time of the year. We've had our opportunity to separate ourselves from the muck and now we're right in the thick of it," Dineen said. "This is what you play for. You train all summer, you get personal trainers, you get psychologists, guys flying all over working to prepare for the season. And now is the time you look forward to, get excited about. This is what you work for."
 
He added, "You like to say you're working for April and May and early June, but it's right now. It's not the end game, it's the road traveled. And we're right in the thick of it."
 
The Panthers are proving to be resilient, winning 14 times following a loss, but Dineen wishes they didn't have to bounce back so much.
 
"You can call that a good thing, or call it a little inconsistent as well," Dineen said. "We need some consistency within our game as well as game to game. That's part of our growth as a group, and something we'll address and learn from. It's getting down to the time of the season where that's really important to come out. We had a decent start last night, played some solid hockey, created some chances early, but when we had adversity, we didn’t respond."
 
The Panthers have won only two of their last 11 against the Penguins, who won two of the first three this season. Florida's likely lineup:
 
Sean Bergenheim - Stephen Weiss - Mikael Samuelsson
Tomas Fleischmann - Marcel Goc - Wojtek Wolski
Shawn Matthias - Mike Santorelli - Tomas Kopecky
Krystofer Barch - Jerred Smithson - Jack Skille
 
Eric Gudbranson - Ed Jovanovski
Jason Garrison - Brian Campbell
Keaton Ellerby - Mike Weaver
 
Dineen didn't disclose his goalie, but Jose Theodore (18-13-6) has allowed three goals or more in three of his last four starts. Scott Clemmensen (11-6-5)  is 4-6-2 in his career against Pittsburgh.
 
 
Full Story ›|Email & Share Options ›|Print ›
Posted On Friday, 03.09.2012 / 2:00 PM

By Alan Robinson -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - At the Rink blog

Bylsma wants Pens to adopt playoff mentality now

PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Penguins are discovering how difficult it can be to make a push in the standings at a time when the schedule is winding down, the Stanley Cup Playoffs aren't far away and every game is vitally important.
 
The Penguins carried a seven-game winning streak into their game against division-leading Florida on Friday night, yet they have gained only four points on the New York Rangers, who lead both the Eastern Conference and the Atlantic Division. And the Philadelphia Flyers are only two points behind them.
 
If Pittsburgh is to somehow catch the Rangers over their final 16 games, they almost certainly have to sweep their two remaining games, Thursday at Madison Square Garden and April 5 at Consol Energy Center.
 
But it will take more than that. That's why coach Dan Bylsma's message to his players, in essence, is it's playoff time now.
 
"I think we know how hard it is to move," Bylsma said Friday. "It's hard to move six points, let alone 10 points. I think we understand that. When we were 10 points behind, we knew we would play them three more times and we knew the only chance we'd have is to win all six points and not give them any points in those games. … We still have our eyes set on them. We know right where they're at. We know how difficult it's going to be. We know we have to win our two games against them for it to be a possibility."
 
The Penguins also understand they need to keep focused and not be distracted by the seemingly impending return of superstar Sidney Crosby, who is practicing daily as he mends from a recurrence of concussion-like symptoms. Crosby could return as early as Sunday against the Boston Bruins, but might wait until the Penguins go on a three-game Atlantic Division road trip next week.
 
"For the most part, we don't change the way we are playing. I think that's the biggest strength of our team," forward Matt Cooke said. "It's enabled us to get through with injuries to Sid, (Kris) Letang and a few others."
 
Bylsma is being forced to juggle his lineup, especially his defensive pairings, on a nearly game-by-game basis.  Defensemen Kris Letang (concussion symptoms) and Deryk Engelland  (undisclosed injury) already were out, and defenseman Paul Martin (undisclosed illness) didn't take part in the morning skate.
 
Because Martin might not play, defenseman Simon Despres was called up from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (AHL), four days after defenseman Brian Strait was recalled. Despres would take Martin's spot on the second power-play unit.
 
The likely Penguins lineup:
 
Chris Kunitz - Evgeni Malkin - James Neal
Steve Sullivan - Jordan Staal - Pascal Dupuis
Matt Cooke - Joe Vitale - Tyler Kennedy
Arron Asham - Craig Adams - Richard Park
 
Brooks Orpik - Zbynek Michalek
Matt Niskanen - Simon Despres
Ben Lovejoy - Brian Strait
 
Marc-Andre Fleury, riding a six-game winning streak, will be back in net after backup Brad Thiessen won for the second time in as many NHL starts, beating Toronto 3-2 on Wednesday. Brent Johnson remains out with an undisclosed injury. Fleury is 8-6 against Florida.
Full Story ›|Email & Share Options ›|Print ›
Posted On Friday, 03.09.2012 / 12:04 PM

By Barry Melrose -  NHL Network Analyst /NHL.com - Melrose Minute

Barry's Best: Eriksson, Orpik, Varlamov

Full Story ›|Email & Share Options ›|Print ›
Posted On Thursday, 03.08.2012 / 11:09 PM

NHL.com - 2011-2012 Situation Room blog

SJ @ DAL - 18:45 of the Third Period



At 18:45 of the third period in the Stars/Sharks game, video review conclusively determined that Tomas Vincour's shot completely crossed the goal line. Good Goal Dallas.
Full Story ›|Email & Share Options ›|Print ›
Posted On Thursday, 03.08.2012 / 11:07 PM

NHL.com - 2011-2012 Situation Room blog

MTL @ EDM - 15:58 of the Second Period



At 15:58 of the second period in the Canadiens/Oilers game, video review conclusively determined that Rene Bourque's shot did not completely cross the goal line. No Goal Montreal.
Full Story ›|Email & Share Options ›|Print ›
Posted On Thursday, 03.08.2012 / 10:02 PM

NHL.com - 2011-2012 Situation Room blog

NYR @ OTT - 17:28 of the third period



Video review upheld the referee's call on the ice that Carl Hagelin's shot at 17:28 of the third period never crossed the goal line. No Goal New York.  Subsequently on the ensuing sequence Jason Spezza scored at 18:33. The Spezza goal stands. Good Goal Ottawa.
Full Story ›|Email & Share Options ›|Print ›
Posted On Thursday, 03.08.2012 / 9:09 PM

NHL.com - 2011-2012 Situation Room blog

TB @ WSH - 5:56 of the Third Period



At 5:56 of the third period in the Lightning/Capitals game, video review upheld the referee's call on the ice that Marcus Johansson's shot was stopped by Dustin Tokarski and never crossed the no goal line. No Goal Washington.
Full Story ›|Email & Share Options ›|Print ›
Posted On Thursday, 03.08.2012 / 8:37 PM

NHL.com - 2011-2012 Situation Room blog

BUF @ BOS - 18:09 of the Second Period



At 18:09 of the second period in the Sabres/Bruins game, video review upheld the referee's call on the ice that Shawn Thornton's shot deflected off Gregory Campbell's stick which was below the crossbar and into the net.  According to Rule 60.5 "The determining factor is where the puck makes contact with the stick. If the puck makes contact with the stick below the level of the crossbar and enters the goal, this goal shall be allowed".  Good Goal Boston.
Full Story ›|Email & Share Options ›|Print ›
Posted On Thursday, 03.08.2012 / 8:16 PM

NHL.com - 2011-2012 Situation Room blog

TB @ WSH - 7:25 of the Second Period



At 7:25 of the second period in the Lightning/Capitals game, video review upheld the referee's call on the ice that Steven Stamkos' centering pass deflected off Ryan Malone's left skate and into the net. According to rule 49.2 "A puck that deflects into the net off an attacking player's skate who does not use a distinct kicking motion is a legitimate goal."  Good Goal Tampa Bay.
Full Story ›|Email & Share Options ›|Print ›
Posted On Thursday, 03.08.2012 / 6:39 PM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - At the Rink blog

Kubina out, Manning in for Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA -- Defenseman Brandon Manning will become the sixth Flyers player to make his NHL debut this season when he plays Thursday against the Florida Panthers.

Manning replaces Pavel Kubina, who is day-to-day with an upper-body injury. Kubina played 20:17 on Tuesday against Detroit, but in the game before that, Sunday against the Capitals, he missed time after being hit in the face by a puck.

The Flyers already are missing veteran defensemen Kimmo Timonen and Andrej Meszaros indefinitely due to lower-body injuries.

Kubina has two assists in seven games since the Flyers acquired him from the Tampa Bay Lightning last month.

Contact Adam Kimelman at akimelman@nhl.com. Follow him on Twitter: @NHLAdamK

Full Story ›|Email & Share Options ›|Print ›
First | Prev | 1168 | 1169 | 1170 | 1171 | 1172 | 1173 | 1174-1179 | Next | Last
Quote of the Day

We have no doubt how he can play. You don't, with four teams that are left, you're not getting here without good goaltending. All great goalies left, and [Bishop] is a top-tier goaltender in this league and he's shown it.

— Lightning coach Jon Cooper on goalie Ben Bishop, who shut out the Rangers in Game 5