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Canadiens' Andrighetto working hard to reach NHL

Friday, 11.29.2013 / 2:10 AM / AHL Update


Hamilton Bulldogs forward Sven Andrighetto hails from Zurich, Switzerland, but his goal has been to play in the National Hockey League since as far back as he can remember.

"As soon as I knew the NHL existed, I wanted to play there," said Andrighetto, who was a third-round pick (No. 86) by the Montreal Canadiens in the 2013 NHL Draft. "It's the best League in the world, obviously. I want to be a part of that. I want to be one of the best players in the world. It's everyone's dream."

And the kid is all-in to make that dream a reality. They're hockey cliches, but Andrighetto, 20, repeats his mantras with authority: work hard, be ready to learn, get better every day.


Senators' MacArthur excited for Heritage Classic

Sean Farrell - NHL.com Correspondent

OTTAWA -- Clarke MacArthur is really looking forward to finally playing his first NHL outdoor game with the Ottawa Senators.

Forgive him, though, if he doesn't bank on it until he actually sets his skates on the ice Mar. 2 at BC Place, when the Vancouver Canucks play host to Ottawa in the 2014 Tim Hortons Heritage Classic.

MacArthur has come too close in the past only to see his hopes dashed, not once, but twice.

The Senators left wing holds former Buffalo Sabres teammate Maxim Afinogenov accountable for his first missed opportunity to play outdoors in 2008, when Buffalo welcomed the Pittsburgh Penguins to Ralph Wilson Stadium in the inaugural Winter Classic.

"Yeah, I got sent down the day before that game, and called up the day after that game," MacArthur said Thursday after the Senators unveiled their 2014 Heritage Classic uniforms. "Afinogenov had like a groin injury, or a 'so-called' groin injury, so he ended up playing in that game, and then I came back the next game."

Instead of soaking in the one-of-a-kind atmosphere in person, MacArthur watched the game on TV as Penguins captain Sidney Crosby scored the winning goal on Ryan Miller in a shootout.

"I'm like, 'Wow, what a cool experience,'" MacArthur said. "And it started snowing, and it was just, for the guys that were in that game, you take that picture and the whole ordeal, it was pretty neat.

"Yeah, I would have loved to have been there, even just to be up to do the warmups and be a part of the whole thing would have been nice, but that wasn't the way it went down, so hopefully this is the one."


Physical Reaves provides impact for Blues

Thursday, 11.28.2013 / 12:00 PM / Ford Tough Performance of the Week


The St. Louis Blues are considered one of the toughest teams to play against in the NHL because of their physical, grinding style that compliments their collection of highly skilled players.

Ryan Reeves is a big part of the physical identity for the Blues, and not just because he's willing to drop the gloves. Dallas Stars rookie Valeri Nichushkin found that out in the first period of a game Saturday, Nov. 22 against the Blues at Scottrade Center.


Canucks, Senators unveil ticket and jersey details for the 2014 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic

NHL Heritage Classic tickets go on sale to the public on December 5


OTTAWA / TORONTO – The National Hockey League (NHL®), in association with the Vancouver Canucks® and Ottawa Senators®, today unveiled public ticket availability details and the jerseys that will be worn for the 2014 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic™ on Sunday, March 2 at BC Place in Vancouver.

Tickets to the 2014 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic™ go on sale to the public on Thursday, Dec. 5 at 10:00 a.m. PT / 1:00 p.m. ET via Ticketmaster.ca/NHL or 1-855-985-5000.


Daily Primer Nov. 28: Turkey and hockey

Thursday, 11.28.2013 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider


It's Thanksgiving in the United States, but three Canadian teams and the Nashville Predators will take the ice Thursday night.

In a game that will be televised on the NHL Network in the U.S., the Vancouver Canucks begin a four-game road trip against the Ottawa Senators at Canadian Tire Centre (7:30 p.m. ET, NHLN-U.S., RDS, SNET-VAN, SNET-OTT).

Ottawa returns home from a three-game road trip that saw it secure two victories, including a 6-4 win against the Washington Capitals on Wednesday.

"Tomorrow's an opportunity for us to come home, play a very good team in the Vancouver Canucks, and we're going to have to be ready to play," Senators coach Paul MacLean said. "We need to come out and play hard."

Here's a closer look at the action in the NHL on Thursday:


Richter, Neely still excited by Rangers-Bruins rivalry

Thursday, 11.28.2013 / 3:00 AM / NHL on NBC Spotlight

Jon Lane - NHL.com Staff Writer

To dismiss New York Rangers vs. Boston Bruins, an Original Six matchup with roots that go back to 1926, as anything but a rivalry just because they don't reside in the same division is to fail to fully grasp the sheer intensity associated with anything that's New York vs. Boston.

The Rangers and Bruins could be two teams fighting for their Stanley Cup Playoffs lives or trying desperately to avoid the cellar, but to former Rangers goalie Mike Richter, standings and status are moot. Richter recalls his second career road game, an afternoon affair against the Bruins and veteran Rejean Lemelin at the old Boston Garden on Jan. 13, 1990. He faced 37 shots in a 3-2 victory less than 24 hours after a piece of ice hit him in his eye during practice and resulted in a scratched cornea that required him to wear an eye patch for 12 hours.

Richter grew to embrace the essence of the Boston sports fan, especially in the atmosphere created inside the old Garden. Never mind that the Rangers played in the Patrick Division and the Bruins in the Adams Division. This was old-school hockey with Original Six flavor between two teams represented by fan bases that don't exchange holiday greetings.


Prospector Files: Frolunda again boasting top talent

Thursday, 11.28.2013 / 3:00 AM / Prospector Files

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

No European country in the past nine years has seen more top prospects drafted into the National Hockey League than Sweden.

And within Sweden is a junior hockey team that has produced at least one NHL Draft pick in each of the past 16 years: Frolunda. No other club team in the country can match that streak of pipeline popularity. Over that 16-year stretch, in fact, 48 players have been chosen, almost twice as many as Djurgarden (27) and Brynas Gavle (26).

This year's group of budding prospects from Frolunda's team in Sweden's under-20 league is also sure to please.


Rask not just product of Bruins' stingy defense

Thursday, 11.28.2013 / 3:00 AM / NHL on NBC Spotlight

Matt Kalman - NHL.com Correspondent

WILMINGTON, Mass. -- The adulation from the scouting community bestowed upon Boston Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask dates back to before he was a first-round draft pick (No. 21) of the Toronto Maple Leafs in 2005.

And although the native of Finland, who's now 26 years old, has mostly fulfilled the prophecies of his eventual greatness in the NHL, it can sometimes be easy to forget that behind the Bruins' perennially stingy team defense waits one of the premier goaltenders in the League.

The Bruins pride themselves on making hefty shot totals and mouth-watering scoring chances against them as rare as clear roads leaving Boston at rush hour. So although Rask led the League in goals-against average (1.97) and save percentage (.931) as a rookie in 2009-10 and then carried the Bruins to within two wins of the Stanley Cup last season with a 1.88 GAA and .940 save percentage in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, Rask can get lost on the list of Bruins' driving forces behind Norris Trophy-winning defenseman Zdeno Chara, Selke Trophy-winning center Patrice Bergeron and others.


Peplinski relished then-rare Olympic opportunity

Thursday, 11.28.2013 / 3:00 AM / 2014 Olympics

John Kreiser - NHL.com Columnist

The NHL will take a break in its schedule from Feb. 9-25 to allow its players to take part in the 2014 Sochi Olympics. It's something the League has done since 1998.

But a decade before the NHL decided to let all of its players take part in the Olympic Games, Jim Peplinski traded in his Calgary Flames jersey for the chance to play for his country.

The IIHF had given the OK for professionals to take part in the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary, but the NHL was still a decade away from signing on. However, there was no ban on individual teams allowing players to play. Peplinski, a rugged eight-year veteran who had scored as many as 30 goals for the Flames, was offered the opportunity to play because of the close connection between team ownership and Hockey Canada.


Often overlooked, Finland could surprise at Olympics

Thursday, 11.28.2013 / 3:00 AM / 2014 Olympics

Risto Pakarinen - NHL.com Correspondent

Finland always enters major tournaments flying under the proverbial radar, but often ends up being a surprise team.

That happened at the 1998 Nagano Olympics when Finland took bronze. It happened again in the 2004 World Cup of Hockey when Finland played in the final against Canada. In 2006, the Finnish "Lions" returned to the final at the Turin Olympics and then captured another Olympic bronze medal in Vancouver in 2010.

This time around, it seems that Finland has gone from flying under the radar to being in stealth mode.

And that's just the way they like it.

Since NHL players began participating in the Olympics in 1998, Finland is the only team that has been on the podium three times. Canada, Russia, the United States and the Czech Republic have all medaled twice; Sweden has once.

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Once again, it shows character in this dressing room. Once again, there's no quitting in here. We all wanted this so bad and we worked so hard to get home-ice advantage and we weren't going to let this one slide.

— Colorado Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog on his team's OT Game 1 win vs. Minnesota Wild