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Posted On Wednesday, 11.20.2013 / 3:00 AM

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

Ovi, Fleury will be key in Wednesday Night Rivalry

This week's Wednesday Night Rivalry will be a great one as two of the most talented teams in the NHL face off when the Pittsburgh Penguins visit the nation's capital to play against the Washington Capitals (8:00p.m. EST, NBCSN).

Sidney Crosby has been putting up points at his typical pace, but one of the real stories at the quarter-point of the season has been Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin, who entering Tuesday night was tied with Alexander Steen of the St. Louis Blues for the League lead with 17 goals.

With 40 goals in his past 42 regular-season games, Ovi is really humming along. The key for him is he's scoring in a lot of different ways right now. When you're a goal-scorer, that means you're giving the opposition fits. It makes it very difficult for them to defend you when you're able to score in so many different ways, because it means you're doing a lot of things right without the puck. I like Ovi's game right now. He's scoring from the middle of the ice, he's scoring from the wing, he got a backhand rebound the other night, we've seen him on his off side, he's scoring around the net on little chip-ins.

Posted On Tuesday, 11.19.2013 / 11:16 PM - 2013-2014 Situation Room blog

CBJ @ EDM - 10:36 of the Second Period

At 10:36 of the second period in the Blue Jackets/Oilers game, the Situation Room initiated a video review because it appeared Nail Yakupov's shot crossed the goal line before the net was displaced. The referee informed the Situation Room that it was a good goal regardless of when the net was displaced since Yakupov was in the process of shooting the puck into the net before the Columbus player displaced the goal. According to rule 63.6 "In the event that the goal post is displaced, either deliberately or accidentally, prior to the puck crossing the normal positions of the goal posts, the referee may award a goal. In order to award a goal in this situation, the goal post must have been displaced by the actions of a defending player, the puck must have been shot (or the player must be in the act of shooting) at the goal prior to the goal post being displaced, and it must be determined that the puck would have entered the net between the normal position of the goal posts. The goal frame is considered to be displaced if either or both goal pegs are no longer in their respective holes in the ice, or the net has come completely off one or both pegs, prior to or as the puck enters the goal". This is not a reviewable play - call on the ice stands, good goal Edmonton.

Posted On Tuesday, 11.19.2013 / 10:19 PM - 2013-2014 Situation Room blog

FLA @ VAN - 2:16 of the First Period

At 2:16 of the first period in the Panthers/Canucks game, the Situation Room initiated a video review because the puck entered the Vancouver net. The referee informed the Situation Room that he had blown his whistle prior to the puck crossing the goal line therefore this is not a reviewable play. No goal Florida.

Posted On Tuesday, 11.19.2013 / 9:24 PM - 2013-2014 Situation Room blog

OTT @ PHI - 9:27 of the Third Period

At 9:27 of the third period in the Senators/Flyers game, the Situation Room initiated a video review to further examine a play at the Philadelphia net. Video review was inconclusive in determining whether Kyle Turris' shot completely crossed the goal line therefore the referee's call on the ice stands - no goal Ottawa.

Posted On Tuesday, 11.19.2013 / 8:47 PM - 2013-2014 Situation Room blog

MIN @ MTL - 2:57 of the Second Period

At 2:57 of the second period in the Wild/Canadiens game, video review confirmed the referee's call on the ice that the puck deflected off Max Pacioretty'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 Montreal.

Posted On Tuesday, 11.19.2013 / 8:23 PM - 2013-2014 Situation Room blog

MIN @ MTL - 18:00 of the First Period

At 18:00 of the first period in the Wild/Canadiens game, video review confirmed the referee's call on the ice that the attempt off Max Pacioretty's skate did not cross the Minnesota goal line. No goal Montreal.

Posted On Tuesday, 11.19.2013 / 7:24 PM - NHL Live blog

Etem talks Stadium Series with NHL Live

Anaheim Ducks forward Emerson Etem joined NHL Live to discuss the NHL Stadium Series game between the Ducks and the Los Angeles Kings at Dodger Stadium.

Etem, a native of Long Beach, Calf., grew up watching the Dodgers, and is excited about the allure and importance of a game between two of the Western Conference's top teams.

"That just adds to the excitement," Etem said. "It's kind of funny. We go over there and it's pretty half and half as far as Ducks and Kings fans, and they come over here and it's pretty much half and half too. I know the fans are excited and, yeah, they're going to be getting rowdy. It's going to be a fun atmosphere and it's going to add to the excitement."

Posted On Tuesday, 11.19.2013 / 7:22 PM - NHL Live blog

Tkachev's highlight-reel goall from the Subway Super Series

NHL Live goes to Overtime to talk about Vladimir Tkachev's highlight-reel goal in Game 1 of the Subway Super Series.

Posted On Tuesday, 11.19.2013 / 6:58 PM - Road to Sochi blog

'Miracle' captain Eruzione sees Sochi success for US

NEW YORK -- Mike Eruzione, in New York City to discuss the upcoming rivalry game at Madison Square Garden on Nov. 30 between Cornell University and his alma mater, Boston University, couldn't help but talk about the upcoming 2014 Sochi Olympics.

After all, Eruzione was the captain of the last United States team to win Olympic gold, at the 1980 Lake Placid Games. Almost 34 years later, he's impressed by the depth and variety of hockey talent that has developed in the U.S. He believes that deep talent pool could help the U.S. capture gold in Sochi.

"I wouldn't want to have to pick the team because there are so many good players," Eruzione told "It's been incredible growth in hockey. When I was playing, it was Minnesota, Massachusetts and Michigan. Now it's Florida, Texas, Arizona, California. Nowhere would we have thought some of these picks are coming out of the places they're coming from. The growth is good, and we're a country now that goes into these tournaments as a favorite."

Posted On Tuesday, 11.19.2013 / 6:11 PM

By Kevin Woodley - Correspondent / - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Canucks' Booth not in lineup against Panthers

VANCOUVER -- David Booth was looking forward to playing against his former team, the Florida Panthers, on Tuesday night. He won't get the chance.

Vancouver Canucks coach John Tortorella is making Booth a healthy scratch for the second time this season. The benching comes two games after Booth was recalled from a conditioning stint in the American Hockey League.

Booth, who has this season and next remaining on a contract with a $4.25 million salary-cap hit, comes out of the lineup because fourth-line wing Dale Weise is ready to return from a sprained left knee.

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