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Roy, Clark to be honored Saturday night

Sunday, 11.16.2008 / 10:00 PM / The Week Ahead

By Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

Two of the hardest-working athletes in NHL history, Patrick Roy and Wendel Clark, will be honored by their respective teams Saturday night.

Roy, the Hall of Fame goalie for the Montreal Canadiens and Colorado Avalanche, will be honored in a ceremony at Bell Centre prior to Montreal's game against the Bruins. Roy will be the 15th Canadien to have his number (33) retired.

"It's certainly going to bring back a lot of good memories," Roy said. "I'm extremely happy to get back in the Canadiens family. I think that's going to be a great feeling at first because I have a lot of good memories. My first two Stanley Cups were in Montreal. Obviously, when you see your jersey go up, it's for the good things you've done and that's the way I want to see it, or remember it."

Roy, whose 18-year career records include the most regular-season wins (551), most games played (1,029), most minutes played (60,227), most shots against (28,353) and most saves (25,807), also had his No. 33 retired by the Avalanche. He announced his retirement in 2003 and was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in '06.

Clark will be honored at Air Canada Centre prior to Toronto's game against Chicago. Clark is the club’s all-time leader with 34 playoff goals. He scored 260 goals, 181 assists, 441 points and 1,535 penalty minutes during three stints and 608 games in a Leafs uniform. The 14th captain in franchise history from 1991-94 announced his retirement June 29, 2000.

"They're going to hang me from the rafters," Clark quipped. "It's a huge honor. I played a lot of years in Toronto and I'm just really honored that they feel I should go up beside those guys who are already up there."

Clark's No. 17 will join those of Syl Apps, Ted Kennedy, Walter ‘Turk’ Broda, Johnny Bower, Tim Horton, George Armstrong, Charlie Conacher, Frank Mahovlich, Darryl Sittler, Clarence ‘Hap’ Day, Leonard ‘Red’ Kelly and Borje Salming. The Maple Leafs historically only retire numbers of distinguished players that have died or had their career shortened due to tragic or catastrophic circumstances while being a member of the team. Irvine "Ace" Bailey (6) and Bill Barilko (5) are the two represented in this category, and both have banners in their name at Air Canada Centre.

Beginning in the 1993-94 campaign, the hockey club began a practice in which former Maple Leaf greats were honored. A special banner, portraying the player’s image and sweater number, is displayed permanently high above centre ice at the home of the Toronto Maple Leafs. With this custom, the former player’s honored number stays in circulation and is deemed an "honored number."

Ovie heads West - The last time Alex Ovechkin traveled to the West Coast, he was a starry-eyed rookie just looking to fit in with the Washington Capitals.

When he makes his return to California this week, there will be plenty of starry-eyed fans hoping to catch a glimpse of the NHL superstar.

When Ovechkin last traveled across country, he notched his first career hat trick in a 3-2 overtime decision over the Anaheim Ducks on Jan. 13, 2006. Ovechkin makes his trek to the West Coast this week with games in Anaheim Wednesday, Los Angeles Thursday and San Jose Saturday.

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Ovechkin, who has scored at least one goal in four-straight games to boost his season totals to 7 goals and 18 points in 15 contests, is hoping to give those fans along the West Coast something to remember him by.

"I'm looking forward to this trip," Ovechkin said. "Los Angeles, Anaheim and San Jose are great cities and we don't play a lot against these teams. But it's going to be pretty cool time for our team."

Redden or not -- Wade Redden, the longtime Ottawa defenseman, will renew acquaintances with the Senators twice this week.

The Rangers are home to the Senators Monday at Madison Square Garden and play in Ottawa Saturday.

Redden has 2 goals and 8 points with the Rangers. He skated in 838 regular-season games with the Senators, posting 101 goals and 309 assists with a plus-159 rating and 576 penalty minutes.

Redden, a two-time All-Star (2002 and 2004), established a career high in goals (17) in 2003-04, tying for the NHL lead among defensemen that season. In 2005-06, Redden reached the 40-assist plateau for the first time in his career and set a career-high with 50 points. He also tied for the League lead with a plus-35 rating.

Dirty dozen - There are 12 games slated for Saturday, including two inter-divisional showdowns at Bell Centre in Montreal and American Airlines Center in Dallas. Here's a closer look:

Northeast Division

Boston at Montreal - The highlight portion of this Original Six matchup will be prior to the game when Patrick Roy has his jersey retired. Boston snapped the Canadiens' 12-game regular-season win streak Nov. 13 behind a 6-1 triumph. Prior to the victory, the Bruins hadn’t beaten Montreal in a regular-season game since March 3, 2007.

"There's no reason to panic, but we should certainly be concerned," said Montreal forward Alex Kovalev, whose team has lost four of its last five games while being outscored, 18-9. Kovalev has gone five games without a goal and was even demoted to third-line duty in the final period against Boston.

I think that's going to be a great feeling at first because I have a lot of good memories. My first two Stanley Cups were in Montreal. Obviously, when you see your jersey go up, it's for the good things you've done and that's the way I want to see it, or remember it." -- Patrick Roy
The Bruins, meanwhile, have won five of six and stand atop the Northeast Division with 24 points. The team has allowed just 11 goals in its last nine games and its 10 wins through 17 games are the most for the Bruins since 2002-03, when it won 11 of the first 16. The only negative to come out of Thursday's thrashing of Montreal was the cut that left wing Milan Lucic received on his hand following a fight with Mike Komisarek. Lucic was back at it on Saturday against the Rangers, however, and dished out seven hits.

"(X-rays are) negative, but there's so many broken bones in there from before you can't really tell,'' Lucic said.

Pacific Division


Anaheim at Dallas - What's wrong with the Dallas Stars?

The team that exuded so much confidence at the start of the season has plummeted to the bottom of the Pacific Division standings, behind the improving Los Angeles Kings.

"There's no trust, no chemistry," center Mike Ribeiro said. "That's what happens when things don't go well. There's no work ethic. People are trying to do other guys' jobs instead of doing their own. It's trust, and we need to get better at it."

Ribeiro and company did show some life Saturday, snapping a three-game losing streak with a 3-2 decision over the Phoenix Coyotes. Ribeiro was named the game's first star after posting three assists.

"We haven't gotten breaks, haven't earned anything," Brenden Morrow said. "Until we do, we're going to keep puttering around in last place in our division. I don't know. We've just got to keep plugging away."

The Anaheim Ducks have been inconsistent on the power play this season. After converting just one of 25 man-advantage opportunities in their opening seven games, the Ducks went 10-for-28 over the next five. The power-play blues have returned. Anaheim has struck four times in 19 chances over the last six games prior to Sunday's game against Los Angeles.

Air time - Don't forget, the NHL Hour With Commissioner Gary Bettman and co-host Bill Clement airs every Thursday from 4-5 p.m. throughout the season on NHL Home Ice (XM Channel 204 and Sirius Channel 208).

NHL Hour With Commissioner Gary Bettman provides the latest news and events from the highest levels of the NHL. The show encourages fans to submit questions via phone and email. To submit questions to NHL Hour call 1-877-645-6696 or email nhlhour@nhl.com. The archived shows of The NHL Hour, a production of NHL Radio, are available for download on NHL.com via a podcast. NHL Hour is a production of NHL Radio.

Contact Mike Morreale at mmorreale@nhl.com.




Quote of the Day

The groove of being behind a bench is going to be interesting at first, but thank God we have a few exhibition games to get rid of those cobwebs. Overall the excitement of it all and the freshness and coming back refreshed, all those things are going to be assets. If [the players] come ready to give their best effort in practice and games, good things are going to happen. I'm always looking for results. It's not always on the scoreboard. It's winning and building something.

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