Round 3
Stanley Cup Final
Posted On Monday, 11.04.2013 / 1:53 PM

By Tal Pinchevsky - Staff Writer / - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Rangers looking to get revenge, reach .500

NEW YORK -- The last time they played the Anaheim Ducks, on Oct. 10, the New York Rangers closed a three-game stint in California with a 6-0 loss in which they were outplayed badly. Coupled with a 9-2 loss to the San Jose Sharks two nights earlier, the Rangers' season was off to a tough start.

Four weeks later neither team is expecting a repeat of that one-sided affair as the Rangers host the Ducks on Monday at Madison Square Garden (7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, TSN2, RDS).

"I think we had to learn from it," Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh said. "We had to learn what we were doing wrong and realize not all of us were playing the way we need to play for our team to be successful. It was embarrassing and woke us up."

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Posted On Monday, 11.04.2013 / 1:08 PM

By Matt Sitkoff - Contributor / - NHL Live blog

NHL Live talks with Wendel Clark and Kris Draper

The Chicago Blackhawks paid a visit to the White House, where the defending Stanley Cup champions were honored by President Barack Obama on Monday. NHL Live will have that story and everything you need to know about this week's action in the League at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network.

Tickets for the 2013 Maple Leafs vs. Red Wings Alumni Showdown on Dec. 31 at Comerica Park are on sale. We'll talk to two participants, Wendel Clark and Kris Draper, about this great event surrounding the 2014 Bridgestone Winter Classic.

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Posted On Monday, 11.04.2013 / 12:06 PM

By Tal Pinchevsky - Staff Writer / - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Rangers' Callahan to return against Ducks

NEW YORK -- New York Rangers captain Ryan Callahan said he has been cleared to play and will be in the lineup Monday against the Anaheim Ducks (7:30 p.m., NBCSN, TSN2, RDS).

Callahan has not played since breaking his thumb blocking a shot in a 2-0 win against the Washington Capitals on Oct. 16.

"It is 100 percent. It feels good," Callahan said. "The last couple of days of shooting have gone well. It has reacted well. Wednesday is three weeks [since the injury] and that is what we were aiming at. It's ready to go."

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Posted On Sunday, 11.03.2013 / 9:30 PM

By Dan Myers - Correspondent / - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Devils' Volchenkov scratched; Merrill injured

ST. PAUL, Minn. — The New Jersey Devils were without defenseman Anton Volchenkov against the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center on Sunday night due to a lower-body injury.

Volchenkov has three assists and is a minus-2 in 13 games this season.

In his place, the Devils inserted Jon Merrill, a rookie making his NHL debut. A second-round pick of the Devils (No. 38) in the 2010 NHL Draft, Merrill is considered one of the organization's top prospects.

But less than five minutes into his NHL debut, Merrill raced Wild forward Torrey Mitchell into the corner to gather a loose puck when he appeared to lose an edge, smashing hard into the boards. Merrill appeared cut above the eye and needed assistance from two teammates when leaving the ice. The Devils announced at the start of the third period that Merrill suffered lacerations and he did not return to the game.

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Posted On Sunday, 11.03.2013 / 9:23 PM - 2013-2014 Situation Room blog

NJD @ MIN - 7:35 of the Second Period

At 7:35 of the second period in the Devils/Wild game, video review supported the referee's call on the ice that the Minnesota shot deflected off New Jersey defenseman Marek Zidlicky and into the Devils 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 Minnesota.

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Posted On Sunday, 11.03.2013 / 5:58 PM

By Brian Hedger - Correspondent / - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Flames' Berra makes NHL debut against Blackhawks

CHICAGO – The trade that sent Jay Bouwmeester to the St. Louis Blues is about to start paying dividends for the Calgary Flames.

After being recalled from the Abbotsford Heat of the American Hockey League on Saturday, rookie goaltender Reto Berra will make his first NHL start Sunday night against the Chicago Blackhawks at United Center.

"He wants to play and I’ll never try to hold back a thoroughbred," Flames coach Bob Hartley told reporters after his team's skate Sunday. "I know of Reto because of my Swiss connections. This guy was probably the biggest free agent in the Swiss League, and he didn't even sign any contracts over there, [do] any deals. His mindset was to play in the NHL. He came here for a reason and that's why he's in [this] game."

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Posted On Sunday, 11.03.2013 / 2:07 PM

By Dan Myers - Correspondent / - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Wild's Parise to face Devils for first time

ST. PAUL, Minn. — In what seems like a weekly ritual for at least one member of the Minnesota Wild, another prominent player will play against his former team. This time it's Zach Parise going against the New Jersey Devils.

After Parise signed with the Wild on July 4, 2012, Minnesota and New Jersey did not play during the lockout-shortened season. That means Parise will get his first crack against a number of former friends and teammates Sunday when the Wild host the Devils at Xcel Energy Center.

"It'll be a lot of fun," Parise said. "It'll be a little different playing against those guys, knowing all of them and everything. Playing against them for the first time will be different, but I'm looking forward to it. A little nervous, but I'm looking forward to it."

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Posted On Sunday, 11.03.2013 / 1:19 PM - 2013-2014 Situation Room blog

DAL @ OTT - 0:29 of the First Period

At 0:29 of the first period in the Stars/Senators game, video review supported the referee's call on the ice that Jamie Benn's shot did not completely cross the goal line. No Goal Dallas.

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Posted On Sunday, 11.03.2013 / 12:23 PM

By Sean Farrell - Correspondent / - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Senators hoping to 'dig in' and win against Stars

OTTAWA -- In getting ready to face the Dallas Stars on Sunday, Ottawa Senators coach Paul MacLean is encouraged that some of his players started "digging in" during their last game, even though the Senators' winless streak reached four in a row.

Ottawa gave up a team-record 57 shots and blew a pair of two-goal leads in a 5-4 shootout loss against the New York Islanders on Friday. The Senators had a 4-2 lead against the Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday before losing 6-5.

"We didn't cave in and lose the game in regulation, so we got it to overtime and got it to a shootout, so that's what I mean by digging in," MacLean said prior to the game Sunday. "We didn't end up finding a way to lose the game in regulation. We found a way to dig in and at least we got something out of the game. [Sunday] we need to dig in here and find a way to win a game."

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Posted On Saturday, 11.02.2013 / 7:07 PM

By Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer / - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Elias joins Zajac among injured Devils

NEWARK, N.J. -- New Jersey Devils left wing Patrik Elias has sustained upper-body soreness and will not play against the Philadelphia Flyers at Prudential Center on Saturday.

The injury was reported by the Devils after warm-ups.

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Quote of the Day

That was something I've been dreaming of, something I've told myself before the third period I was going to do ... It was an amazing feeling. It's hard to describe. I didn't believe it went in at first but when I saw all the reaction and all the fans going crazy and my teammates going crazy, it's just an unbelievable feeling. I didn't know what to do. I didn't know whether to jump or just skate and do a Theo Fleury. I don't think I'm the same caliber player he is so I couldn't do it.

— Flames forward Mikael Backlund on scoring the overtime winner against the Ducks in Gm. 3