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Girardi carrying heavy load for depleted Rangers

Wednesday, 11.05.2014 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

Defenseman Dan Girardi believes it's time for the New York Rangers to do a little soul searching.

The Rangers have lost four regulars on defense to either injury or suspension and two straight games entering their matchup against the offensively charged Detroit Red Wings in the "Wednesday Night Rivalry" game at Madison Square Garden (NBCSN, 8 p.m. ET).

Captain Ryan McDonagh (left shoulder separation) and Kevin Klein (foot contusion) were the latest to joinDan Boyle (broken hand) and John Moore (suspension) on the outside looking in.

"It's a big gut-check time for us moving forward with the guys we have out and with new guys coming in," Girardi said.

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Canadiens head to Buffalo seeking answers to slump

Wednesday, 11.05.2014 / 12:30 AM / NHL Insider

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor LNH.com

MONTREAL -- Ten days.

That is all it has taken for the Montreal Canadiens to go from being the toast of the NHL, a team sitting pretty with a 7-1-0 record, to one getting booed in its own building.

The Canadiens have won once since defeating the New York Rangers 3-1 on Oct. 25, a five-game span that has seen Montreal get outscored 18-6, with the exclamation point being laid down by the Chicago Blackhawks in a 5-0 win at Bell Centre on Tuesday.

The Canadiens are 1-3-1 in the 10 days since that win against the Rangers, and what appeared to be a promising start to the season has gone seriously sideways in a hurry.

"Nothing's working for us," center Tomas Plekanec said Tuesday. "I mean, I thought we played hard in the first period, we put pucks to the net. We need to take a step back. We have to stay positive as much as possible and we've got to fight through it.

"We've got to help ourselves, somehow."


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Which amazing goal was better? Tarasenko or Malkin

Tuesday, 11.04.2014 / 2:39 PM / You Decide: Watch and vote

NHL.com Staff

 

St. Louis Blues forward Vladimir Tarasenko took the hockey world by storm Monday night with his amazing goal against the New York Rangers.

After accelerating past three defenders, Tarasenko dekes to the left before coming back to the right and tucking the puck, with just one hand on his stick, past New York goalie Cam Talbot in a move that may well have found its inspiration from Peter Forsberg's famous shootout goal against Corey Hirsch to lift Sweden to the gold medal at the 1994 Lillehammer Olympics.

It also brought to mind a beautiful goal from fellow Russian forward, Pittsburgh's Evgeni Malkin, who zig-zagged past several Tampa Bay Lightning defenders before beating goaltender Dwayne Roloson with a shot to the short side of the net in a game played Feb. 12, 2012.

Which of these amazing goals is better? That's for you to decide! Vote in the poll and have your say.

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Fantasy top 100 forwards: Lightning stacked up front

Tuesday, 11.04.2014 / 12:00 PM / Fantasy Hockey Draft Rankings, Advice and Analysis

Pete Jensen - NHL.com Fantasy Insider

Every Tuesday during the season, NHL.com fantasy hockey insider Pete Jensen will provide you with in-depth forward analysis. From updated weekly top 100 rankings to trending players and more, Jensen will be your go-to guy for fantasy forward advice all season long.

Coming into the season, the Tampa Bay Lightning were a complete team on paper -- from their forward group to their blue line to their goaltending.

Tampa Bay has been ravaged by injuries early on, so the fact that the Lightning are still tied atop the Eastern Conference standings through 12 games speaks volumes about their depth. The injury bug started with prospect Jonathan Drouin in training camp, escalated with defenseman Victor Hedman the second week of the season, and continued with Ryan Callahan, Alex Killorn and Brett Connolly in recent weeks.

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Blues' Tarasenko combining talent with drive, humility

Tuesday, 11.04.2014 / 9:40 AM / NHL Insider

Louie Korac - NHL.com Correspondent

HAZELWOOD, Mo. -- The day after Vladimir Tarasenko scored his first NHL hat trick, the St. Louis Blues held an optional skate. More times than not, top-end players in particular typically are inclined take advantage of an off day.

Not Tarasenko.

If it weren't for Alexander Steen stepping onto the ice at the Blues' practice facility that day, Tarasenko would have been first on the ice. Continuous improvement is what matters to the right wing most.

It wasn't just another workout for Tarasenko, who in a 4-3 win against the Dallas Stars last Tuesday became the first Blues player to score a hat trick on an overtime goal since Brett Hull did it Oct. 9, 1997. Tarasenko was spending time improving his craft by shooting pucks -- lots of them. Wrist shot after wrist shot, snapping off a plethora of pucks. It's what turns good shooters into great shooters.

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Quote of the Day

I don’t know if it was more relief for me that [Stamkos] scored or the power play scored. It was a whole compilation of Alka Seltzer.

— Lightning coach Jon Cooper after Steven Stamkos broke a long scoring drought and Tampa Bay's struggling power play scored four times in Game 2 at Montreal