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Posted On Tuesday, 11.12.2013 / 1:10 PM

By Barry Melrose -  NHL Network Analyst / - Melrose Minute

Melrose Matchup - Coyotes vs Blues

Posted On Tuesday, 11.12.2013 / 12:54 PM

By Staff -  / - 2013 Hockey Hall of Fame HHOF blog

Hasek hoping for spot in Hall of Fame's 2014 class

While the latest inductees still are enjoying their new spot in the Hockey Hall of Fame, one potential member of next year's Hall induction class already is looking forward to a trip to Toronto in November 2014.

Dominik Hasek, who last played in 2010-11 for Spartak in the Kontinental Hockey League, will be on the Hall ballot for the first time next year.

"I don't exactly know the rules ... when the players are eligible for the Hockey Hall of Fame induction," Hasek told "But I can say that I am not planning to play hockey anymore, so from this point of view I am probably eligible. I know it's a big event and achievement. It would be a great honor."

Posted On Tuesday, 11.12.2013 / 12:20 PM

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

Capitals focused on maintaining momentum

ARLINGTON, Va. -- Despite slogging through the first period of their game against the Colorado Avalanche Sunday, the Washington Capitals seemed poised to stem and perhaps even turn the tide in their favor.

With 4:12 remaining in the second period, Joel Ward took advantage of a fortuitous carom off the end boards to beat Semyon Varlamov to tie the game at 1-1.

Yet it took all of 28 seconds for Washington's half-game of work to come undone. Nick Holden scored the game-winning goal -- his first career NHL goal -- on the ensuing shift as Colorado ultimately secured a 4-1 victory.

"It was a bang-boom-boom play," Ward said of Holden's goal, adding that Holden was his defensive assignment. "For them to come around and score right away, it was definitely a tough one."

Posted On Tuesday, 11.12.2013 / 12:10 PM

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

Devils' Brodeur carries shutout streak into Garden

NEWARK, N.J. -- New Jersey Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur will face the New York Rangers for the first time this season on Tuesday when his team visits Madison Square Garden in what is sure to be a spirited affair before a packed house.

What makes the Devils-Rangers rivalry unique in the eyes of Devils coach Peter DeBoer?

"I think when you live in this community you realize you have lifelong fans of both teams that grow up, a lot of times, in the same household and that's very rare," DeBoer said. "You don't get that situation unless you have two major teams within a metropolitan area, so I think that's what makes this rivalry unique."

Posted On Tuesday, 11.12.2013 / 11:38 AM

By Matt Sitkoff and Steve Mears -  NHL Network staff / - NHL Live blog

NHL Live talks Lightning, welcomes in Hedberg

A day after only one NHL game was played there are 11 on the Tuesday schedule and NHL Live, at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network, will prepare you for the night on the ice. Steven Stamkos is out indefinitely with a broken tibia, and we'll preview the Tampa Bay Lightning's first game without him against the Montreal Canadiens live on our Arena Cam in Montreal with Erik Erlendsson from the Tampa Tribune.

Two-time Stanley Cup winner Chris Osgood will join us from the Detroit Arena Cam to preview the matchup between the Winnipeg Jets and Detroit Red Wings.

Also, stopping by the studio today is former New Jersey Devils netminder Johan Hedberg for a preview of Tuesday's game against the New York Rangers. We'll get the Moose's perspective on the goaltending matchup that sees his former teammate Martin Brodeur face Henrik Lundqvist. Brodeur has recorded shutouts in his last two starts and has allowed just two goals against in his last four. Meanwhile, Lundqvist's Rangers are playing their best hockey of the season and have won six of the last seven games.

Remember to submit your #AskEJ questions through Twitter via @NHLNetwork or @EJHradek_NHL, and join the conversation on Twitter as we ask you to pick the game of the night between the ‪#NHLBlues and ‪#NHLCoyotes, two teams that have won six of their last seven.

Posted On Tuesday, 11.12.2013 / 10:23 AM

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

Lightning recall Brown, Korobov from Syracuse

One day after losing star forward Steven Stamkos and a pair of defensemen to injuries, the Tampa Bay Lightning recalled forward J.T. Brown and defenseman Dmitry Korobov from the Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League on Tuesday.

Brown, 23, has four goals and 10 points with a plus-5 rating in 13 games for the Crunch. He was signed by the Lightning as a free agent on March 28, 2012. In five NHL games (all during the 2011-12 season) he has one assist and a plus-2 rating.

Korobov, 24, has six assists in 13 AHL games and leads the Crunch with a plus-7 rating. Last season he ranked second in the AHL among rookies with a plus-20 rating. Korobov helped lead Syracuse to the 2013 Calder Cup Final, recording a goal and two points in 17 games.

Posted On Monday, 11.11.2013 / 9:32 PM

By Corey Masisak - Staff Writer / - 2013 Hockey Hall of Fame HHOF blog

Shanahan dedicates induction to his father

TORONTO -- The final inductee to be honored Monday night was Brendan Shanahan.

The only player in NHL history with more than 600 goals and 2,000 penalty minutes, Shanahan began his speech by thanking Pat Quinn, Jim Gregory and Kelly Masse from the Hockey Hall of Fame for what he called a "whirlwind weekend."

He congratulated the other inductees, noting that Scott Niedermayer was so competitive and "isn't that nice of a guy" because when all of the inductees tried to flip a puck in the air with a stick the other night, Geraldine Heaney caught it ... and Niedermayer quickly knocked it off with his stick.

Shanahan told an emotional story about his parents. His father passed away when he was 21, and his mother got her driver's license when his dad got sick and would drive long distances to his junior games.

Posted On Monday, 11.11.2013 / 9:22 PM

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

Niedermayer grateful, honored to be inducted

TORONTO -- TSN and the Hockey Hall of Fame picked the right guy to give the testimonial on Scott Niedermayer prior to his induction speech Monday night.

The one choice and the only choice was his brother, Rob Niedermayer, who won the Stanley Cup with Scott as members of the Anaheim Ducks in 2007 four years after losing the Stanley Cup to Scott and the New Jersey Devils in 2003.

"When I think of Scott Niedermayer, I think of a leader. Where ever he has gone he makes people around him better," Rob said. "The way he leads is more by example. He'll say what needs to be said in the dressing room, but definitely he's a guy that will go and show the team what needs to be done. Whenever there was a pressure situation, he was the one who would go make a big play for us. That was a big reason why we won and that was a big reason why he won the Conn Smythe."

Posted On Monday, 11.11.2013 / 8:53 PM

By Corey Masisak - Staff Writer / - 2013 Hockey Hall of Fame HHOF blog

Ray Shero: Flyers, Fred will walk together forever

TORONTO -- After NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman spoke about each of the honorees, Pittsburgh Penguins general manager Ray Shero went to the podium to speak about his late father, Fred, who was a legendary coach of the Philadelphia Flyers and New York Rangers.

Ray Shero began by talking about what his father was like. He quoted Bobby Clarke's eulogy from when Fred passed away in 1990.

He said his father was always preaching the importance of education. He said when others were threatening to leave for the WHA, Fred threatened to leave for law school. Ray also said Fred claimed to be the only card-carrying member of the New York Public Library on the New York Rangers' roster.

Posted On Monday, 11.11.2013 / 8:28 PM

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

Heaney becomes third female to enter HHOF

TORONTO -- Geraldine Heaney is known as the female Bobby Orr. Now she'll forever be linked with the great Boston Bruins defenseman for another reason.

Heaney joined Orr in the Hockey Hall of Fame on Monday night. She also joined Cammi Granato and Angela James as the only females in the Hall. Granato and James were inducted in 2010.

"When I think of Geraldine Heaney I think of a hockey pioneer," Cassie Campbell-Pascall said on the TSN broadcast. "When you're talking offensive defenseman in women's hockey, her name will always be the one that comes up first.

"She's one of my heroes."

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