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Posted On Monday, 02.06.2012 / 2:08 PM

By Adam Kimelman - Deputy Managing Editor / - Countdown to the Trade Deadline blog

Could Moen be going back to Sharks?

According to a report in the Toronto Star, a return to the San Jose Sharks could be in the future for Montreal Canadiens forward Travis Moen.

The newspaper reports the Sharks are the frontrunner to acquire Moen, who was acquired by the Sharks from the Anaheim Ducks at the trade deadline in 2009. Moen had three goals and two assists in 19 regular-season games and was scoreless in six playoff games with the Sharks.

Other teams likely are interested in Moen, but before he goes anywhere, it's likely he has to prove he's healthy. An upper-body injury has kept the forward out of the lineup since Jan. 21, and while he has resumed light skating, the Star is reporting Canadiens coach Randy Cunneyworth as saying Moen will be out at least another week.

Prior to getting hurt, Moen was having his best offensive season, with his 9 goals and 16 points in 48 games, close to career-bests.

Moen can become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.

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Posted On Monday, 02.06.2012 / 1:02 PM

By Staff -  / - At the Rink blog

Ruff suffers broken ribs; Renney hit by puck

Players sustaining injuries during practices and morning skates is nothing new in the NHL, but on Monday it was a pair of coaches in the line of fire.

Buffalo Sabres coach Lindy Ruff broke three ribs when he collided with defenseman Jordan Leopold during practice.

According to the Sabres website, Leopold lost an edge while coming up on Ruff's blindside and ended up taking him out. Ruff remained down on the ice for several minutes before skating off the ice for treatment.

Ruff didn't address the media Monday, but the Sabres released the following statement:

"Buffalo Sabres Head Coach Lindy Ruff suffered three broken ribs following a collision with Sabres defenseman Jordan Leopold during the team's practice this morning at First Niagara Center. He is expected to be back tomorrow to resume his coaching responsibilities."
The Sabres are off until Wednesday, when they host the Boston Bruins.

Leopold did speak to reporters about the accident.

"I lost my breath. I was looking back and right when it happened and I kind of yelled, 'Are you all right? Are you all right?' And right away, 'No,' so that wasn't a good thing," he said. "I know Lindy's a tough guy, he's played a lot of games in the NHL and played through a lot of injuries. Your body ends up hurting more and more, I think, every day the older you get. That was one of those unexpected ones. Those ones are dangerous."

Meanwhile, according to the Edmonton Oilers' official Twitter feed, "Tom Renney is doing fine & receiving stitches after taking a puck to the head earlier in practice, according to Ralph Krueger."

Krueger is the Oilers' associate coach, but from the sound of things Renney will be perfectly fine to resume his head coaching duties Wednesday night when Edmonton is in Detroit.
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Posted On Monday, 02.06.2012 / 9:00 AM

By Steve Webb -  Special to / - Making of a Royal

Webb discusses his role as assistant coach with L.I.

Technology helps Webb spread message

Steve Webb has used technology to help the kids that he coaches improve. Find out all about his Y Athlete website and what it does to help kids chase their hockey dreams.
Steve Webb was the recipient of the Bob Nystrom Award in 2002 for the Islander that best exemplified hard work, leadership, and dedication on and off the ice. He currently serves as assistant coach to Pat LaFontaine for the Under-16 Long Island Royals Midget National Team.
My experiences in coaching go back to when I took over the Junior Islanders for Bobby Nystrom -- a program he had started 15 years earlier. It allowed kids from Long Island an opportunity to go to the Quebec Peewee Tournament every year and get that experience. Nystrom would run fundraisers to help these kids go on that trip. I'd help out and travel and two years after taking over, Pat (LaFontaine's) son was coming through the system. That was the first time I really started working with this select group of kids -- they were about 12-years-old.

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Posted On Sunday, 02.05.2012 / 11:35 AM

By Dave Lozo - Staff Writer / - At the Rink blog

Laviolette recognizes need to beat Rangers

NEW YORK -- The Philadelphia Flyers have enjoyed mostly success this season. They are 30-15-6 with 66 points, just three fewer than the East-leading Rangers, their opponent Sunday afternoon.

The Flyers, however, have yet to figure out the Rangers. They've lost all three meetings this season when just one regulation win would be the difference between the Flyers sitting in fourth place or atop the conference.

"We haven't had any success against the Rangers," Flyers coach Peter Laviolette said Sunday afternoon at Madison Square Garden. "It's a big game for us. If we're going to win our division, we've got a couple games coming up that are going to have to go in the (win) column."

The Flyers dropped the first meeting to the Rangers at MSG, 2-0, on Nov. 26. The deck was slightly stacked against the Flyers that night, as they were playing their third game in four nights and were without forwards James van Riemsdyk and Jaromir Jagr and defenseman Chris Pronger, who still battling a "virus" at the time and wasn't yet lost for the season with a concussion.

In the second meeting Dec. 23, the Flyers fell behind 3-0 before losing 4-2 at MSG. At the Winter Classic on Jan. 2, the Flyers held a 2-1 lead entering the third period, but the Rangers scored three straight goals to take the victory at Citizens Bank Park.

Despite the negative outcomes, Laviolette saw positives in the last two losses.

"I actually liked the way we played against them the last two games," Laviolette said. "The Winter Classic, we lost about five minutes to start the third period. Other than that, I liked our game. The last time we played in here I liked our game -- just didn't like the scoreboard."

The Flyers are coming into Sunday's contest off one of the stranger games any team has played this season.

The Devils came into Wells Fargo Center on Saturday afternoon and scored the game's first six goals, three of which came on the power play with another coming while shorthanded. The score was 6-0 entering the third period, but the Flyers scored four times to make the finish more interesting before losing 6-4.

The Flyers outshot the Devils 24-1 in the third period. That's the portion of the game Laviolette would like to bottle and use against the Rangers.

"I like to see us pick up where we left off in the third period," Laviolette said. "It was really difficult to get a read on that game. I think 4 goals were specialty teams. Five-on-five, it was tough to find out where we're at. So I'm not sure. We came out and played a strong third period, which is what we wanted to do, so hopefully we can continue that."

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Posted On Sunday, 02.05.2012 / 11:33 AM

By Dan Rosen - Senior Writer / - At the Rink blog

Henrique returns to Devils lineup

NEWARK, N.J. -- Devils rookie center Adam Henrique will return to the lineup Sunday afternoon for the first time since the All-Star break. Henrique has missed the last three games, all Devil wins, with a sore groin.

Devils coach Pete DeBoer said prior to the Devils game against Pittsburgh that he still isn't sure on what line he'll use Henrique. He's played the bulk of his even-strength shifts between Ilya Kovalchuk and Zach Parise.

The Devils had to activate Henrique off injured reserve, and to do that they sent Peter Harrold back to Albany of the AHL.

"We're shooting around some line combinations now," DeBoer said roughly two hours before gametime. "We'll see how he feels after he gets through warmups before we commit to any combinations and how much he'll play, but it's big having him back. He's been a point a game guy practically the entire year. He plays all situations -- PK, PP, regular shift. He's defensively reliable and he can make other players better. We missed him. It's nice to have him back."

Henrique played in the final three games before the All-Star break, but he was held without a point. He missed the two previous games, Jan. 14 at Winnipeg and Jan. 17 at home against the Jets with a groin injury.

Martin Brodeur will start in net for New Jersey after watching Johan Hedberg make 37 saves in a 6-4 win over the Flyers on Saturday.

Pittsburgh goalie Marc-Andre Fleury will play opposite Brodeur. Fleury was brilliant in a 2-1 win at Boston on Saturday. He made 28 saves, including eight in the third period.

The Penguins had to endure a physical battle against the Bruins to pick up the one-goal victory while the Devils jumped out to a 6-0 lead over the Flyers. They essentially put it on cruise control in the third period, which allowed Philadelphia to mount a comeback in the third period.

Pittsburgh coach Dan Bylsma said it's essential that the physicality the Penguins had to use Saturday carries over into the start of Sunday's game.

"Clearly they were two different types of games (Saturday)," Bylsma said. "Did they (the Devils) take their foot off the gas? With back to back games, did they look to conserve a little? Maybe they did. That certainly wasn't the case for our game. Our game got turned up as it went along, the physicality in the game was certainly there from our team, and that's where we have to be right off the hop (Sunday).

"Can we get a team that maybe has to restart after shutting it down for the last half of the game? I don't know if there is much carryover, but I'd like to prove that. I'd like to come right out and prove that there is carryover."

DeBoer doesn't necessarily care how the Devils won Saturday; he just knows it was their third win in a row, and second in as many games against teams that are ahead of them in the standings. The Devils also beat the Rangers in a shootout on Tuesday.

They can make it three straight against the three teams ahead of them in the Atlantic Division standings on Sunday.

"You guys were talking a week ago that we hadn't beaten the best teams in the League and this week I think we've made a statement and have," DeBoer said. "They haven't been textbook wins, but we've found a way to win. Good teams make you look bad in different stretches, and that is what has happened in a couple of them, but full marks to our group for playing shorthanded and finding a way to win games. This is another tough one. It's four in six and a half days here, and we've got to find some energy."

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Posted On Sunday, 02.05.2012 / 11:07 AM

By Dave Lozo - Staff Writer / - At the Rink blog

Eminger still waiting for return

NEW YORK -- Despite being medically cleared to play, Rangers defenseman Steve Eminger will not make his return against the Philadelphia Flyers at Madison Square Garden on Sunday afternoon.

"I just wanted to give Emmy another few days," coach John Tortorella said. "It gives him a chance to have a few more days here until he starts getting into the quickness of the game."

Eminger has been out with a separated shoulder since Dec. 17. His next chance to get back into the lineup will be Tuesday against the New Jersey Devils.

When Eminger does play, he will likely replace rookie defenseman Stu Bickel. The 25-year-old was called up right after Eminger suffered his injury in Phoenix and has acquitted himself well in his first taste of the NHL. But Bickel hasn't played more than 7 minutes in any of the Rangers' last seven games.

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Posted On Saturday, 02.04.2012 / 11:00 PM - 2011-2012 Situation Room blog

DET @ EDM - 19:59 of the First Period

At 19:59 of the third period in the Red Wings/Oilers game, video review upheld the referee's call on the ice that Sam Gagner deflected Ryan Smyth's shot into the net with three tenths of a second to go in the first period. Good Goal Edmonton.
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Posted On Saturday, 02.04.2012 / 10:30 PM - 2011-2012 Situation Room blog

DET @ EDM - 5:41 of the First Period

At 5:41 of the first period in the Red Wings/Oilers game, video review upheld the referee's call on the ice that Jordan Eberle's shot crossed the goal line before the net being dislodged. Good Goal Edmonton.
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Posted On Saturday, 02.04.2012 / 10:06 PM - 2011-2012 Situation Room blog

SJ @ PHX - 8:03 of the Third Period

At 8:03 of the third period in the Sharks/Coyotes game, video review upheld the referee's call on the ice that Boyd Gordon's pass deflected off Lauri Korpikoski's left shin pad and into the net. According to rule 78.4 "if an attacking player has the puck deflect into the net, off his skate or body, in any manner, the goal shall be allowed." Good Goal Phoenix.
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Posted On Saturday, 02.04.2012 / 6:45 PM

By Steve Hunt - Correspondent / - At the Rink blog

With Morrow out, Stars shuffle lines

DALLAS -- The Dallas Stars put captain Brenden Morrow on injured reserve Friday with a combination neck and shoulder issue, which means Glen Gulutzan's team will be without their captain for at least the next week.

"I don't have much on Brenden. His neck was bothering him again, shoulder. He's going to go see the doctor here today and go from there," Gulutzan said before Saturday's game against Minnesota. "That's all I know."

With a vacancy on Dallas' second line alongside center Mike Ribeiro and left winger Loui Eriksson, a 2011 NHL All-Star, it looks like third-line winger Eric Nystrom will be the one to move up as a fill-in for Morrow.

It's a challenge his coach feels he's ready for.

"He's a worker and I think that's going to help (Ribeiro) there too a little bit. With our captain being out, we've got to have other guys step in and do things," Gulutzan said. "When you get injuries, you've got to mix and match and put guys in places that you think they can succeed."

When asked about skating with two new linemates for tonight's game against Minnesota, Nystrom, who spent last season with the Wild, admits it's an opportunity he welcomes. His 15 goals currently rank third on the Stars.

"I'm just excited. It'll be fun. It's a good opportunity to play with a guy like that (Ribeiro). He really loves to dish," Nystrom said. "I've just got to make sure my game stays the same-staying around the net, getting in on the forecheck, playing physical and creating space for (Ribeiro) to do his thing."

Dallas also recalled center Tomas Vincour, who has played 18 games in the NHL this season, from the Texas Stars of the American Hockey League to fill the open roster spot. Vincour will fill Nystrom's spot on the third line alongside Vernon Fiddler and Radek Dvorak.

"He's just going to work," Gulutzan said of Vincour. "It's an opportunity for him to get on a line that likes to work and grind. It's an opportunity for him to play some good, significant minutes."

Tonight's game comes just 13 days after these clubs met at the Xcel Energy Center, a game the Wild won 5-2 by scoring three goals in less than a minute. Dallas expects a similar effort from Minnesota tonight in its building.

"Extremely hard-working team, good defensive team and they're well coached for sure," was how Gulutzan characterized the Wild. "They're going to bring energy into this building that's for sure. They come to work every night and that's the key for us. We're coming to work too."

Dallas forward Michael Ryder, who is tied for the team lead in goals with 18 and will skate in the 600th game of his career tonight, remembers that loss in the Twin Cities well but expects a much better effort this time around at American Airlines Center.

"It was a tough game and we definitely don't forget that. It's getting to the point in the season where we need to get on a little roll and get some points every night. We can't wait until the end of the year. We need to do it right now," Ryder said.

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I think everyone left it out there. Every game this season, regular season and playoffs, we played as hard as we could. We're not out of the playoffs right now because of lack of effort, and that's all that we can ask of each other.

— Predators defenseman Seth Jones after Nashville was eliminated by Chicago in Game 6 on Saturday