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Stars' Garbutt suspended two games for kneeing

Thursday, 11.27.2014 / 2:20 PM / Department of Player Safety News

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NEW YORK – Dallas Stars forward Ryan Garbutt has been suspended for two games, without pay, for kneeing Edmonton Oilers forward Taylor Hall during NHL Game No. 319 in Dallas on Tuesday, Nov. 25, the National Hockey League's Department of Player Safety announced today.

The incident occurred at 12:17 of the third period. Garbutt was assessed a minor penalty for tripping.

Garbutt is considered a repeat offender under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and, based on his average annual salary, will forfeit $43,902.44. The money goes to the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund.

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Nationals Park Accessible Information

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Nationals Park offers several accommodations for our guests with a disability. In addition to ADA season options, Nationals Park features wheelchair accessible entrances, accessible ATMs, accessible drinking fountains, elevators, ramps, accessible restrooms, telephones with TDD as well as low vision seating. To request a wheelchair, contact the Guest Services department at 202.640.7580. There are three sets of elevators at Nationals Park. Elevators are located behind section 113 and 134 for access to all levels, and behind Section 120 for Lexus Presidents Club, Norfolk Southern Club Level and Press Box access.
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Jets' Lowry faces Player Safety hearing Thursday

Thursday, 11.27.2014 / 9:33 AM / Department of Player Safety News

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Winnipeg Jets forward Adam Lowry will have a hearing Thursday afternoon with the Department of Player Safety after an incident with Buffalo Sabres forward Patrick Kaleta in a game Wednesday night at First Niagara Center.

Lowry was given a five-minute major and a game misconduct for boarding Kaleta with 5:54 left in the second period.

The Jets won the game 2-1.

The following grounds are being considered for supplemental discipline: boarding. However, the Department of Player Safety retains the right to make adjustments to the infraction upon review.

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LeClair, LaFontaine to ride NHL's Thanksgiving float

Thursday, 11.27.2014 / 8:47 AM / NHL on NBC Spotlight

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The NHL will feature its own float navigating the streets of Manhattan during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 2014 in New York, with former NHL stars John LeClair and Pat LaFontaine riding along.

The parade kicks off Thursday at 9 a.m. ET on NBC, and is the start of the NHL's Thanksgiving events. The float, Frozen Fall Fun, will feature Tom Turkey facing shots from some lucky kids, while LeClair and LaFontaine cheer them on.

Also on the float will be the Madden Brothers, Joel and Benji, of the popular band Good Charlotte. Providing the entertainment for the float, the Madden Brothers will be performing their hit song "Dear Jane."

The Thanksgiving lineup continues on Friday with the Discover NHL Thanksgiving Showdown when the New York Rangers take on the Philadelphia Flyers in the Wells Fargo Center at 1 p.m. ET on NBC.

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Unmasked: Devils' Schneider dealing with workload

Thursday, 11.27.2014 / 3:00 AM / Unmasked

Kevin Woodley - NHL.com Correspondent

As Cory Schneider makes the transition to being an everyday goaltender in the NHL for the first time, a lot of the focus is on the increased workload and the effect a lack of rest can have on him physically.

The New Jersey Devils' new No. 1 goalie started their first 20 games this season, breaking the franchise record set by Martin Brodeur, before finally getting his first night off Saturday against the Calgary Flames. After one day off and one practice, Schneider was back in goal against his former team, the Vancouver Canucks, on Tuesday, and he talked openly about how big the adjustment has been.

Beyond the physical and mental fatigue is a bigger problem, one that jumped out when Schneider returned to Vancouver: As he tries to manage his rest, there is less time to manage his game.

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Predators' Forsberg blossoming into dynamic star

Thursday, 11.27.2014 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

Robby Stanley - NHL.com Correspondent

NASHVILLE -- Rookie forward Filip Forsberg is off to a great start this season for the Nashville Predators and has solidified himself as an early favorite for the Calder Trophy.

Forsberg spent some time with the Predators in each of the past two seasons, playing five games in the 2012-13 season after being traded from the Washington Capitals and playing 13 games in 2013-14. He wasn't able to consistently find a way to produce at the NHL level.

Nashville made the decision to send Forsberg to the Milwaukee Admirals of the American Hockey League to give him more playing time and the opportunity to develop his two-way game. Forsberg credits his time in Milwaukee as a big factor in the success he's had this season.

"I got to play a lot of games," said Forsberg, who leads all NHL rookies with 22 points and is tied for the lead with nine goals. "We played a lot of [three games in three nights] and you really get a feeling of what it takes to be successful every night. I think that's the most important part of the success I've had so far."

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Bruins' Bergeron off to start deserving of Selke

Thursday, 11.27.2014 / 3:00 AM / Trophy Tracker

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

As Los Angeles Kings coach Darryl Sutter noted last season, teams that spend a lot of time playing in their own zone in this era of the NHL say they're playing defense but are typically just getting scored or on relying their goaltender to bail them out.

The best defensive players in the NHL are the ones who avoid having to play it a lot. There is a desire to possess the puck, and a player's ability to keep the puck and win it back have become incredibly valuable commodities.

Forwards, particularly centers, who are strong in all areas of the ice help drive the offense and support the defense. Patrice Bergeron of the Boston Bruins has earned a reputation for being one of the best in the sport at this, and he is the favorite to win the Selke Trophy at the three-quarter pole of the 2014-15 season.

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Novak lurking on edge of center pool in 2015 Draft

Thursday, 11.27.2014 / 3:00 AM / Prospects

Joe Yerdon - NHL.com Correspondent

BUFFALO – With the attention being paid to center prospects in the 2015 NHL Draft, it might be easy to lose track of a player like Thomas Novak.

Connor McDavid, Jack Eichel, and Dylan Strome have all taken turns in the spotlight already this season, but now Novak is starting to make his mark amongst draft hopefuls and drawing rave reviews from those who have watched him closely.

Novak's road to notoriety is a bit different than many his contemporaries.

He's playing in the United States Hockey League for Waterloo after a three-year stint with St. Thomas Academy in Minnesota.

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Flyers' Giroux launching more shots than ever

Thursday, 11.27.2014 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

Philadelphia Flyers center Claude Giroux knows he's the centerpiece of opposition game plans. He sees the best checking forwards and toughest defensemen on the other team 82 games a season.

Despite that he's developed into one of the game's best playmakers during his six full NHL seasons. He's scored 20 goals three times, finished in the top three in the League in points twice and was a Hart Trophy finalist last season.

Most of Giroux's success has come because of his elite-level vision and passing skills.

"I love passing," Giroux said. "I love passing way too much to shoot."

But in order to remain among the game's best, and to continue to confound opponents, Giroux has found a different weapon for his arsenal. As much as he might not like it, Giroux is shooting. A lot.

Giroux is tied with Alex Ovechkin for the League lead with 97 shots on goal.

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Stars' Garbutt to have Player Safety hearing

Wednesday, 11.26.2014 / 3:05 PM / Department of Player Safety News

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Dallas Stars forward Ryan Garbutt will have a hearing Thursday afternoon with the Department of Player Safety after an incident with Edmonton Oilers forward Taylor Hall in a game Tuesday night at American Airlines Center.

Garbutt was assessed a two-minute penalty for tripping Hall near center ice. Hall remained in the game.

The Stars won the game 3-2.

The following grounds are being considered for supplemental discipline: kneeing. However, the Department of Player Safety retains the right to make adjustments to the infraction upon review.

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