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Canadian teams honor slain military personnel

Saturday, 10.25.2014 / 8:21 PM / News

NHL.com

The Ottawa Senators, Montreal Canadiens and Toronto Maple Leafs held pregame tributes Saturday to honor two members of the Canadian military who were killed in separate incidents this week, as well as the first responders to those incidents.

The three teams staged a coordinated pregame tribute to Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, who was part of a ceremonial guard at the National War Memorial in Ottawa and was shot and killed on Wednesday; warrant officer Patrice Vincent, who was killed Monday in what authorities have called a targeted hit-and-run incident in St. Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec; and the first responders.

The gunman who killed Cirillo then stormed Parliament Hill, a short distance away, where he was killed in an exchange of gunfire with security forces.


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Predators' Neal feeling right at home in Nashville

Saturday, 10.25.2014 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

Robby Stanley - NHL.com Correspondent

NASHVILLE -- Nashville Predators forward James Neal is quickly becoming the new face of hockey in town after being traded from the Pittsburgh Penguins at the NHL Draft in June.

Neal adjusted well after getting over the unexpected trade, coming to Nashville to start working with his new team.

"When you get traded, it's a shock," said Neal, who will face his former team for the first time Saturday when the Predators and Penguins face off at Bridgestone Arena. "As the summer went on and things are starting to get more and more in place, you just get more and more excited. I love the way our training camp was up-tempo. Guys came in here with a mindset, and everyone wanted to be a better team than last year. We've worked hard for that, and we're going to continue to work at that."

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Around the League notebook for Friday, Oct. 24

Saturday, 10.25.2014 / 2:05 AM / News

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PERRY, GETZLAF LEAD DUCKS TO SEVENTH STRAIGHT WIN

Corey Perry, Ryan Getzlaf, and Sami Vatanen each notched a goal and an assist, including Vatanen’s first career winning tally, to lead the Ducks to their seventh consecutive victory.

* At 7-1-0, the Ducks have matched their best eight-game start in franchise history in terms of both wins (7; 2013-14) and points (14; 2006-07 and 2013-14). Anaheim won seven straight games on three occasions in 2013-14, including a club record 10-game stretch from Dec. 6 to 28, 2013.

* Anaheim has won each of its four home games this season after posting a franchise-best 29-8-4 mark at Honda Center last season.


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Flyers' Coburn, MacDonald out; Lecavalier skates

Friday, 10.24.2014 / 5:46 PM / News

NHL.com

Philadelphia Flyers defensemen Braydon Coburn and Andrew MacDonald each will miss approximately four weeks because of lower-body injuries, the Flyers announced Friday.

Coburn has not played since sustaining a lower-body injury during the Flyers' opening-night loss to the Boston Bruins, but had traveled with the team during its recent three-game road trip with the hope of him returning. He had taken part in the morning skate Oct. 18 before the Flyers' 6-5 overtime win against the Dallas Stars, and again Oct. 21 at the Chicago Blackhawks.

Flyers general manager Ron Hextall said Coburn had a setback in his recovery, according to NJ.com.

MacDonald has three points in seven games and is second in average ice time per game at 22:55.

The absences of Coburn and MacDonald, in addition to the preseason loss of Kimmo Timonen until at least January because of blood clots, leaves the Flyers without three of the top six defensemen they thought they would enter the season with.

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Price, Canadiens won't look back as they face Rangers

Friday, 10.24.2014 / 5:12 PM / NHL Insider

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor LNH.com

MONTREAL -- The Montreal Canadiens went home for the summer after being eliminated in the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs with a major "what if?" hanging over their heads.

What if star goaltender Carey Price wasn't injured in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Final against the New York Rangers? What if Price were able to avoid Rangers forward Chris Kreider sliding at full speed toward the Canadiens crease instead of having Kreider collide into him, straining his knee when his leg slammed into the goal post behind him?

The Canadiens lost the series in six games, and even though Dustin Tokarski came in and performed extremely well under the circumstances, it was not the same as having one of the best goaltenders in the world behind them.

What if?

The answer to that question will never be known, and it won't become any clearer Saturday when Price will be in goal for the Canadiens game against the Rangers at Bell Centre (7 p.m. ET; CITY, TVA).

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Analysis: Chara loss hurts, doesn't destroy Bruins

Friday, 10.24.2014 / 5:03 PM / NHL Insider

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

Before anyone starts planning the Boston Bruins' funeral because Zdeno Chara's knee injury will keep him out of the lineup for four to six weeks, if not more, how about a little perspective.

The Tampa Bay Lightning made the Stanley Cup Playoffs last season despite not having Steven Stamkos in the lineup for 45 games. The Detroit Red Wings made the playoffs last season even though Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk each missed 37 games.

The Lightning and Red Wings overcame those significant losses because they're deep, talented, well-coached teams. They overcame because players who formerly were considered prospects stepped up to become full-time contributors.


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Johnson effort shows these aren't same old Islanders

Friday, 10.24.2014 / 4:46 PM / NHL Insider

Brian Compton - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- One could make a strong case that last season's version of the New York Islanders would have lost to the Boston Bruins on Thursday. After all, the Islanders lost 13 games in 2013-14 in which they led by two goals.

But Islanders general manager Garth Snow shored up the goaltending during the offseason and added defensemen Nick Leddy and Johnny Boychuk a week before the start of the season with hopes of getting his team back to the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Chad Johnson was one of Snow's signings when the free agent market opened July 1. The former Bruins goalie stopped 14 of 15 shots in the third period to help the Islanders hang on for a 3-2 win at TD Garden.

"It might, yeah. It might," Islanders coach Jack Capuano said when asked if it was a game the Islanders would have let slip away in years past. "But I think our guys know systematically and the framework of how we need to play, but at the same time you gotta defend hard. As I tell them, you don't want easy. Nothing easy is worth having. You just go out, you battle every day for each other and I think the hard work pays off. The one that hits the post maybe a year ago, it goes in. But the guys are working extremely hard, they're paying attention to detail and we need some puck luck along the way."

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Coyotes forward Hodgman recalled from AHL

Friday, 10.24.2014 / 4:16 PM / News

ArizonaCoyotes.com

GLENDALE, ARIZONAArizona Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney announced today that the Coyotes have recalled forward Justin Hodgman from the Portland Pirates, the club's American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate.

The 26-year-old Hodgman has appeared in three games with the Pirates this season. The Brampton, Ontario native led the Coyotes with 4-1-5 in five preseason games. His four goals were tied for second most among all NHL players. The 6-foot-1, 196-pound Hodgman recorded 11-15-26 in 49 games with Metallurg, Torpedo and Admiral (KHL) in 2013-14.

Hodgman signed with the Coyotes as a free agent on July 1, 2014.

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Bruins' Chara out 4-6 weeks with knee injury

Friday, 10.24.2014 / 3:01 PM / News

Matt Kalman - NHL.com Correspondent

BOSTON -- Boston Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli announced Friday that defenseman Zdeno Chara will miss 4-6 weeks with a tear in the posterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.

Chiarelli said there are no plans for Chara to have surgery and the captain's return "might be a little bit earlier than four weeks, but a conservative time frame would be 4-6 weeks."

News like that can be discouraging to even the deepest, most talented teams. Coach Claude Julien, however, said he doesn't expect his team to be down in the dumps.

"There's no discouragement in that room," Julien said. "There's no issues there at all to be honest with you. It's more about, 'Hey, it's opportunities for players.' And if we become that bad of a team because of one player, it's not a real good sign for our hockey club. So this is part of sports. It's part of hockey. … You have those things happen. And you know you've got to hope that your team is strong enough as a whole to overcome these things. Did we lose a good player? We did. Is he a big part of our team? Yes he is. But … I'd like to think we're better than that, than feel sorry for ourselves or be discouraged. That's not the case in our dressing room right now."

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Senators, Leafs, Habs to stage coordinated tribute

Friday, 10.24.2014 / 12:24 PM / News

NHL.com

To honor the brave soldiers who lost their lives this past week in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu and Ottawa, and to show appreciation for the men and women whose selfless actions stopped the attackers and aided the victims, the Ottawa Senators, Montreal Canadiens and Toronto Maple Leafs will stage a coordinated tribute Saturday immediately preceding the 7 p.m. ET puck drops at their respective arenas.

The show of solidarity, to be staged simultaneously by the three Canadian teams hosting 7 p.m. ET games at Canadian Tire Centre in Kanata, Ontario, Bell Centre in Montreal and Air Canada Centre in Toronto, will be broadcast live on CBC, Sportsnet ONE, City, and TVA Sports in Canada and on NHL Network in the United States.

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There's no discouragement in that room. There's no issues there at all to be honest with you. It's more about, 'Hey, it's opportunities for players.' And if we become that bad of a team because of one player, it's not a real good sign for our hockey club. So this is part of sports. It's part of hockey.

— Bruins coach Claude Julien on the loss of Zdeno Chara to injury
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