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Posted On Monday, 11.11.2013 / 12:58 PM

By Dan Rosen - Senior Writer / - 2013 Hockey Hall of Fame HHOF blog

Bettman applauds Shanahan's off-ice contributions

TORONTO -- While praising the five new members who will be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame on Monday, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman singled out his own employee as his "personal favorite."

Brendan Shanahan is the League's Senior Vice President in charge of Player Safety.

"Obviously my personal favorite is Brendan Shanahan, because I think his contributions to the game based on what he's doing now will even exceed what he did in the 21 years he played," Commissioner Bettman said. "He's making a real mark on how the game is played, making it safer for current players and generations to come."

Posted On Sunday, 11.10.2013 / 10:35 PM - 2013-2014 Situation Room blog

WSH @ COL - 17:36 of the Third Period

At 17:36 of the third period in the Capitals/Avalanche game, video review supported the referee's call on the ice that Alex Ovechkin used a distinct kicking motion to propel the puck into the net. According to rule 49.2 "A goal cannot be scored by an attacking player who uses a distinct kicking motion to propel the puck into the net." No Goal Washington.

Posted On Sunday, 11.10.2013 / 8:20 PM - 2013-2014 Situation Room blog

WSH @ COL - 2:50 of the First Period

At 2:50 of the first period in the Capitals/Avalanche game, video review supported the referee's call on the ice that Patrick Bordeleau deflected the puck into the net with his stick below the level of the crossbar. 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 Colorado.

Posted On Sunday, 11.10.2013 / 8:19 PM - 2013-2014 Situation Room blog

NYI @ MTL - 4:10 of the Third Period

At 4:10 of the third period in the Islanders/Canadiens game, video review supported the referee's call on the ice that the puck deflected off Brock Nelson's skate and into the net in a legal fashion. 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 Islanders.

Posted On Sunday, 11.10.2013 / 6:53 PM

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

Panthers send Markstrom to AHL; Nash skates again

Jacob Markstrom entered training camp poised to develop from the Florida Panthers' goaltender of the future into their goaltender of the present. But the signing of Tim Thomas shortly before the season, coupled with Markstrom's slowed development, led the Panthers to assign the 23-year-old to their American Hockey League affiliate in San Antonio.

Markstrom, who hasn't won a game since Oct. 11, is 1-5-3 with a 3.36 goals-against average and .877 save percentage. Despite getting the start in a 3-2 loss on Saturday against the Ottawa Senators, Tim Thomas will be back between the pipes against the New York Rangers on Sunday at Madison Square Garden.

Henrik Lundqvist will start for the Rangers, who will insert Brandon Mashinter for Taylor Pyatt (concussion). Mashinter has been a healthy scratch the past two games for New York.

Posted On Sunday, 11.10.2013 / 6:22 PM

By Dan Rosen - Senior Writer / - 2013 Hockey Hall of Fame HHOF blog

Fred Shero set to join Scotty Bowman in HHOF

TORONTO -- Fred Shero's Broad Street Bullies had a dynasty brewing in the mid-1970s after winning back-to-back Stanley Cup championships, but it was broken up by Scotty Bowman's Montreal Canadiens in 1976.

The Habs went on to start their own dynasty, winning four straight titles, including the first at the hands of Shero and the Philadelphia Flyers and the last, in 1979, against Shero and the New York Rangers.

On Monday, Shero, who passed away in 1990, will join Bowman in the builder's wing of the Hockey Hall of Fame. Ray Shero, Fred's son who is accepting the Hall of Fame honor on his dad's behalf Monday night, is still trying to wrap his mind around the fact that his dad and Bowman will be linked together again, and enshrined together forever.

Posted On Sunday, 11.10.2013 / 6:08 PM

By Dan Rosen - Senior Writer / - 2013 Hockey Hall of Fame HHOF blog

Ray Shero says father knew where game was headed

TORONTO -- Pittsburgh Penguins general manager Ray Shero has always been told his dad was a pioneer in the coaching business. He has the proof at home to suggest that Fred Shero was also a visionary.

"He actually wrote something in his playbook back in '75, 'What hockey would look like in 2020,' and it's pretty amazing in terms of what it was," Ray told on Sunday. "I still have it."

Posted On Sunday, 11.10.2013 / 5:43 PM

By Arpon Basu -  Managing Editor / - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Islanders to face Canadiens without Vanek

MONTREAL – Prized acquisition Thomas Vanek (upper body) is out of the New York Islanders' lineup against the Montreal Canadiens on Sunday.

Vanek was hurt early in the first period of a 5-2 loss at the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday after he fell awkwardly in a collision with Columbus goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky 23 seconds into his first shift of the game. He will be reevaluated after the team returns to Long Island.

"He's pretty sore," said Islanders coach Jack Capuano.

Vanek’s injury allows Brock Nelson to enter the lineup on the Islanders' top line with John Tavaresand Kyle Okposo.

Posted On Sunday, 11.10.2013 / 5:37 PM

By Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer / - 2014 NHL Draft blog

United States wins World Junior A Challenge

Kyle Connor scored the decisive goal late in the second period and Cal Petersen made it stand behind 16 saves when the United States Junior Select Team scored a 4-1 victory against Russia on Sunday in the gold medal game of the 2013 World Junior A Challenge at the Mariners Centre in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia.

The championship triumph was the second straight for the U.S. and the fifth in the eight-year history of the tournament.

Connor, who plays for the Youngstown Phantoms of the United States Hockey League, snapped a 1-1 tie with just 14 seconds left in the second period.

"Our line just got the puck and I got a good pass and just buried it," Connor said. "Me, [Nick] Schmaltz and [Connor] Hurley got in on the forecheck and that was a key for us. I think looking forward and playing our game, getting pucks deep, was critical all tournament."

Posted On Sunday, 11.10.2013 / 5:33 PM

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

Blackhawks look to continue fast start against Oilers

CHICAGO -- Joel Quenneville isn't letting a storyline get in the way of putting his best lineup on the ice.

The Chicago Blackhawks' coach will start his top goalie, Corey Crawford, against the Edmonton Oilers on Sunday at United Center (7:30 p.m., WGN, SNET-W, SNET-EDM), less than 24 hours after earning the win in a 5-2 road victory against the Dallas Stars.

The decision means that struggling 40-year old veteran Nikolai Khabibulin will have to keep waiting for a chance to turn his season around.

"[Khabibulin] definitely got some consideration," Quenneville said during a press conference two hours before puck drop. "I know the last couple of weeks it's been a light schedule, only going like four games a week, so we expect to get him in here real soon."

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