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NHL Network doubleheader highlights hectic Saturday

Saturday, 01.07.2012 / 12:53 AM / Schedule
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NHL Network doubleheader highlights hectic Saturday
Fans in the United States can tune in to the NHL Network Saturday for a rematch of last spring's Stanley Cup Final and an Original Six matchup as part of a full day of hockey.
Fans in the United States can tune in to the NHL Network Saturday for a rematch of last spring's Stanley Cup Final and an Original Six matchup as part of a full day of hockey.

The first of 13 games on the schedule features this season's only rematch between the Boston Bruins and the Vancouver Canucks. The rampaging Bruins, who beat the Canucks in seven games for the Cup in June, come into Saturday's 1 p.m. ET start at TD Garden off a 9-0 victory against Calgary on Thursday and are 23-3-1 in their last 27 games. After a slow start. Vancouver has also gotten hot -- the Canucks are now tops in the Western Conference after begin a four-game trip after beating Minnesota 3-0 at home on Wednesday.

Also at 1, Ottawa visits Philadelphia in the opener of a home-and-home series. An hour later, Edmonton ends its seven-game road trip with a stop in Dallas, while at 4 p.m. ET, Columbus visits Los Angeles.

The second half of the NHL Network twin bill starts at 7 p.m. ET, when Detroit makes a rare visit to Toronto. Canadian fans can tune in to the game on CBC's "Hockey Night in Canada."

Three other games also start at 7. Winnipeg continues its road trip in Buffalo in a game that can be seen in parts of Canada on CBC. Montreal hosts Tampa Bay in a game airing in Canada on RDS and regionally on CBC, and New Jersey visits Pittsburgh.

Another three games get under way at 8. Colorado, a 4-0 winner at Chicago on Saturday, tries to make it two wins in as many nights when it visits St. Louis. Phoenix is home to the New York Islanders, a 4-2 loser at Anaheim on Friday, and Carolina tries to build on Friday's 4-2 win against Buffalo when it visits Nashville.

Calgary is back home at 10 p.m. ET to host Minnesota in the second half of the "Hockey Night in Canada" doubleheader. In the last game of the night, Washington tries to end an 11-game, 18-year victory drought in San Jose when it begins a two-game California swing with a visit to the Shark Tank.
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He's a winner. We want winners here, and he's a proven winner. He's won two Stanley Cups. He's 22 years old and been a big part of it. He's got all the right tools. He's got size (6-foot-1, 204 pounds) and strength. He's exactly what we were looking for. He's going to be a big piece of our team for many, many years to come.

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