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Posted On Wednesday, 11.13.2013 / 3:00 AM

By Kevin Weekes -  NHL Network Analyst /NHL.com - Weekes on the Web

Improved Mason has been key for Flyers

The Pittsburgh Penguins and Philadelphia Flyers aren't sharing precious real estate at the top of the division standings right now, but this rivalry still will be on display when they face off Wednesday (8 p.m. ET, NBCSN, TSN2, RDS).

The Penguins usually are the team with the star players generating compelling storylines, but I think it's the Flyers who actually have one of the great untold stories of the early part of this season.

Things have been tough for Philly, but one thing a lot of people were questioning coming into the season has been answered. And that's the goaltending.

Steve Mason has retooled his game. I have to give Mason credit and I have to give Flyers goaltending coach Jeff Reese credit. I think we all know that Mason is talented and has the gifts to be a top-flight goalie in the League but he hasn't necessarily been the most focused. He hasn't necessarily worked as hard as he can off the ice in years gone by. He hasn't always practiced with the intensity that you need to be an elite goalie in this League. From all that I'm hearing so far this season, he's been doing those things.

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Posted On Tuesday, 11.12.2013 / 11:46 PM

NHL.com - 2013-2014 Situation Room blog

SJS @ CGY - 1:13 of Overtime

At 1:13 of overtime in the Sharks/Flames game, video review supported the referee's call on the ice that Joe Thornton's shot deflected off Brad Stuart and into the net in a legal fashion. 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 San Jose.

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Posted On Tuesday, 11.12.2013 / 10:07 PM

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TBL @ MTL - 15:22 of the Third Period

At 15:22 of the third period in the Lightning/Canadiens game, video review supported the referee's call on the ice that the puck deflected off Daniel Briere and into the net in a legal fashion. 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 Montreal.

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Posted On Tuesday, 11.12.2013 / 10:01 PM

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PHI @ OTT - 14:19 of the Third Period

At 14:19 of the third period in the Flyers/Senators game, video review supported the referee's call on the ice that Chris Neil's stick was above the height of the crossbar when he deflected the puck into the net. According to Rule 60.5 "An apparent goal scored by an attacking player who strikes the puck with his stick carried above the height of the crossbar of the goal frame shall not be allowed. The determining factor is where the puck makes contact with the stick." No goal Ottawa.

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Posted On Tuesday, 11.12.2013 / 9:32 PM

NHL.com - 2013-2014 Situation Room blog

TBL @ MTL - 17:14 of the Second Period

At 17:14 of the second period in the Lightning/Canadiens game, the Situation Room observed the puck cross the goal line but play continued until 17:50 when a review was initiated. The referee informed the Situation Room that he observed incidental contact in the crease by Lightning forward Tyler Johnson on goaltender Carey Price, if in fact the puck crossed the goal line. Video review confirmed that the puck crossed the goal line. According to Rule 78.5 "Apparent goals shall be disallowed by the Referee when an attacking player has interfered with a goalkeeper in his goal crease." This is not a reviewable play therefore the referee's decision on the ice stands, no goal Tampa Bay. The clock was reset to 17:14.

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Posted On Tuesday, 11.12.2013 / 8:31 PM

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COL @ CAR - 11:39 of the Second Period

At 11:39 of the second period in the Avalanche/Hurricanes game, video review was initiated by the Situation Room because Gabriel Landeskog's shot appeared to go through the net. Further review determined that his shot went over the net. No goal Colorado.

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Posted On Tuesday, 11.12.2013 / 8:09 PM

By Louie Korac -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Coyotes' Vrbata, Hanzal late scratches vs. Blues

ST. LOUIS -- The Phoenix Coyotes will face the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday without veteran forwards Radim Vrbata (lower-body injury) and Martin Hanzal (illness).

Both were late scratches after coach Dave Tippett listed each as a game-time decision at the morning skate Tuesday.

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Posted On Tuesday, 11.12.2013 / 6:40 PM

NHL.com - NHL Live blog

Tribune's Erlendsson discusses the injury to Stamkos

Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune joins NHL Live from Bell Centre to discuss the injury to Tampa Bay Lightning superstar Steven Stamkos and how the team moves on without his services.

"You're never going to replace what Steven Stamkos brings to the ice, but what Tampa has this year is a little more of a structured defensive system," Erlendsson said. "There's a belief in that room that with that system and the way they play defensive hockey, the can still find a way to score three-four goals a night to give themselves a chance to pick up some wins here."

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Posted On Tuesday, 11.12.2013 / 6:37 PM

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Former goaltender Johan Hedberg joins NHL Live

NHL Live is joined in studio by former NHL goaltender Johan Hedberg. Among the topics discussed was his run to the Eastern Conference Final with the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2001.

"For me it was everything I ever dreamt of came true in one day," Hedberg said. "It's probably my most fond memories of my hockey career. I had a blast. We had an unbelievable team. It was so much fun."

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Posted On Tuesday, 11.12.2013 / 6:00 PM

By Arpon Basu -  Managing Editor LNH.com /NHL.com - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Briere returning to Canadiens lineup

MONTREAL -- While the Tampa Bay Lightning are learning to adjust to life without Steven Stamkos, the Montreal Canadiens will be welcoming back a key forward when the two teams face each other at Bell Centre on Tuesday.

Daniel Briere will return to the lineup after missing 10 games recovering from a concussion, and he will be doing so at his natural position of center for the first time this season.

Briere will center a line with rookie Michael Bournival and Rene Bourque, taking the spot of David Desharnais, who will be a healthy scratch for the second time in a week.

"It's never easy to be out of the lineup," Briere said Tuesday. "You kind of feel like you are letting down your teammates, especially when things aren't going well. We had a bit of a bad streak where we lost four games in a row, and you feel a bit like it's your fault because you're out."

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