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Posted On Sunday, 12.15.2013 / 8:46 PM - 2013-2014 Situation Room blog

FLA @ MTL - 18:51 of the Third Period

At 18:51 of the third period in the Panthers/Canadiens game, video review supported the referee's call on the ice that Brad Boyes kicked the puck into the Montreal 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 Florida.

Posted On Sunday, 12.15.2013 / 6:01 PM

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

Goaltending has helped Flames exceed expectations

NEW YORK -- In what was supposed to be a rebuilding season for the Calgary Flames, goaltending was the biggest issues during training camp. With longtime franchise goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff retiring after nine seasons in Calgary, there were plenty of question marks surrounding the Flames' crease.

But as the Flames have managed to defy expectations in 2013-14, a major key for them has been the contributions from goaltender Karri Ramo, who will make his third start in four days when the Flames take on the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden on Sunday night.

"Our goaltending has been really solid," Flames associate coach Jacques Cloutier said. "Karri Ramo has been playing extremely well of late. He's a big reason we're able to win games."

Posted On Sunday, 12.15.2013 / 5:47 PM

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

Kings, Blackhawks face off in playoff rematch

CHICAGO -- The Los Angeles Kings and Chicago Blackhawks are ready to pick up where they left off last spring.

Two of the top three teams in the Western Conference will face each other Sunday night at United Center for the first time since Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane scored 11:40 into the second overtime of Game 5, in the same arena, to end their 2013 Western Conference Final series.

Each team is finding ways to win without their top goalie, but the results Saturday were split. The Kings, who are still without goalie Jonathan Quick (groin), beat the Ottawa Senators 5-2 at Canadian Tire Centre before the Blackhawks, playing without Corey Crawford (lower body), lost 7-3 to theToronto Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre to end a three-game winning streak.

Los Angeles also extended its streak of not allowing a first-period goal to 18 straight games and has a record of 13-1-4 in that span.

Posted On Sunday, 12.15.2013 / 5:39 PM

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

Huberdeau out; backup goalies start for Panthers, Canadiens

MONTREAL -- Jonathan Huberdeau missed the Florida Panthers game against the Montreal Canadiens on Sunday with a foot injury.

Huberdeau took a shot off the foot but finished the Panthers' game Friday against the Washington Capitals, taking part in the shootout that gave Florida a 3-2 victory.

Posted On Sunday, 12.15.2013 / 2:00 PM

By Staff -  / - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Flames stick with Ramo in net against Rangers

The Calgary Flames will start Karri Ramo in goal for the second consecutive game Sunday against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden. Ramo stopped 27 shots in the Flames' 2-1 overtime victory against the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday.

Ramo has 131 saves on 138 shots in his past six games. He is 4-1 in his past five, allowing only a goal in each of his victories. For the season he is 6-5-1 with a .907 save percentage and a 2.67 goals-against average in 14 games.

"It's a progression rather than a change," coach Bob Hartley told the Flames' official website. "I think for him, it was important that he got a feel back for the league, size of the rinks, the shooters.

"We have two great students in net. They work very hard with [goalie coach] Clint [Malarchuk], they watch tape, they look at other team's lineup, they work on the ice. It's nice. Plus I think our total team game is getting better also."

Posted On Sunday, 12.15.2013 / 1:07 PM

By Shawn P. Roarke - Senior Managing Editor / - 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship blog

Drouin feels close to return from concussion

TORONTO -- Jonathan Drouin said Sunday that he is getting closer to taking the ice with the Canadian junior national team.

Unfortunately, that won't happen before the Canadians depart for Europe later today. He does, however, plan to skate during the team's run-up to the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship, which begins Dec. 26 in Malmo, Sweden. Canada has a week-long European training camp and also plays three exhibition games.

Drouin has been sidelined for nine days with a concussion, but he has ridden a stationary bicycle for each of the past two days and has not reported any symptoms related to a concussion. Drouin said he has experienced no post-concussion symptoms for the past three days.

"Riding the bike is not the funnest thing, but it is part of the protocol," Drouin said Sunday, the first time he has spoken to reporters since he arrived for the three-day camp on Thursday evening. At that time, he said he was still experiencing light headaches, but was hopeful that they were the result of the flight from Halifax, Nova Scotia. "But, I'm getting used to it and hope to get on the ice soon."

Posted On Sunday, 12.15.2013 / 11:07 AM

By Adam Vingan - Correspondent / - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Orlov's game coming around for Capitals

ARLINGTON, Va. – Washington Capitals defenseman Dmitry Orlov had become all too familiar with the trip from Washington to Hershey, Pa., constantly shuttling between the NHL and American Hockey League during the early portion of the 2013-14 season.

Between Oct. 30 and Nov. 26, Washington recalled and subsequently reassigned the 22-year-old Russian four times without ever having him dress for a game. It was a peculiar situation to be sure, especially considering that the Capitals' defensive corps had been besieged by injuries and that Orlov appeared in 60 games in 2011-12. (An unearthed clause in his contract that stipulated that Orlov could leave for the KHL if he did not accumulate 30 days of NHL service by Jan. 1, 2014, further complicated matters.)

Orlov finally made his season debut on Nov. 30, and through his first six games, he has been silently solid in 17:03 of ice time per game. In Washington's 3-2 shootout loss against the Florida Pantherson Friday, Orlov played his best game to date, flashing glimpses of his potential by using his smooth skating ability and deft puck-handling skills to create several quality scoring chances.

Posted On Saturday, 12.14.2013 / 8:36 PM - 2013-2014 Situation Room blog

CHI @ TOR - 4:44 of the Second Period

At 4:44 of the second period in the Blackhawks/Maple Leafs game, the NHL Situation Room initiated a review because the puck went into the Maple Leafs net. The referee on the ice ruled that the puck was batted by Marian Hossa's glove off Dion Phaneuf's stick and into the Maple Leafs net. According to rule 67.6 "A goal cannot be scored by an attacking player who bats or directs the puck and it is deflected into the net off any player, goalkeeper or official." This is not a reviewable call. No Goal Chicago.

Posted On Saturday, 12.14.2013 / 5:53 PM

By Shawn P. Roarke - Senior Managing Editor / - 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship blog

Canada junior team wins exhibition, 3-0

TORONTO – Canada's hopefuls for the national team that will play in the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship were workmanlike in a 3-0 victory against a collection of local college hockey stars in an exhibition Saturday afternoon at the Mastercard Centre for Hockey Excellence.

Workmanlike was enough for the team's coach Brent Sutter.

"I was pleased with a lot of things," he said.

Connor McDavid scored on a second-period power play to open the scoring. Josh Anderson added a goal in the first 15 seconds of the third period and Charles Hudon finished a strong game with an empty-netter in the final minute.

The two goalies, Zachary Fucale and Jake Paterson, were not severely tested, but handled everything that came their way.

"When you think about it, we've had one practice for an hour long and getting everybody together and quickly go through some things," Sutter said, referencing the late-afternoon session here on Friday. "Some things we weren't able to get done through practice time, but we were able to do it through a meeting and some stuff on the board."

Posted On Saturday, 12.14.2013 / 5:43 PM

By Shawn P. Roarke - Senior Managing Editor / - 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship blog

Canada's Drouin rides bike, making progress

TORONTO – Forward Jonathan Drouin did not play Saturday in Canada's 3-0 victory against a select team of area college players, but coach Brent Sutter said the Halifax Mooseheads star is making process from a concussion sustained eight days ago.

"Everything went good today," Sutter said after the game. "He rode the bike today and had no symptoms. That's a really good thing. [Sunday] we'll get him to go a little bit harder. Then, we'll get him back on the ice overseas if that goes well."

Canada leaves for Europe after a morning practice at the Mastercard Centre for Hockey Excellence here Sunday.

Drouin, who has 50 points this season in Quebec Major Junior Hockey League play, was injured this past Friday after a hit from Adam Erne of the Quebec Remparts. He is expected to be the top offensive threat for Canada in the tournament, which begins Dec. 26.

Bo Horvat, Josh Morrissey, Nic Petan and Griffin Reinhart also did not dress. All except for Morrissey were healthy scratches. Morrissey, a defenseman with Prince Albert in the Western Hockey League, is dealing with general soreness, the coach said.

"Morrissey is still a little banged up, came into here a little banged up and we didn't want to chance that," Sutter said. "He's a little sore, so we figured keep him off the ice for a few days and get him back on the ice when we get over to Europe."

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