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Blackhawks, Bruins set for Stanley Cup rematch

Saturday, 01.18.2014 / 7:30 PM / NHL on NBC Spotlight

Brian Hedger - NHL.com Correspondent

CHICAGO -- The word "respect" was used liberally at Johnny's IceHouse West on Saturday after back-to-back practices for the Chicago Blackhawks and Boston Bruins.

There were times it felt like Aretha Franklin might walk through the door wagging her finger and singing the famed song of the same name. That song, though, wouldn't have really fit the mood of the Blackhawks and Bruins, who will face each other Sunday at United Center (12:30 p.m. ET, NBC) for the first time since Game 6 of the 2013 Stanley Cup Final.

The song "Respect" is about not getting enough of it. These former Stanley Cup Final foes have plenty of it for each other after engaging in a hard-fought, entertaining series last June.

"I think there's always going to be intensity the first time teams play each other [after a Cup Final], but intensity ... it depends what you mean by that," Bruins coach Claude Julien said. "If you're talking about a lot of cheap shots and all that, I don't think that's the case here."

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Daily Primer Jan. 18: Tough turnaround for Ducks

Saturday, 01.18.2014 / 10:00 AM / Features

John Kreiser - NHL.com Columnist

As if playing on the road against the defending Stanley Cup champions wasn't hard enough, the Anaheim Ducks face a team that might be even better just 24 hours later.

The Ducks saw their eight-game winning streak end Friday when they lost 4-2 to the Chicago Blackhawks at United Center. But they didn't have much time to lick their wounds; instead, the Ducks jumped on a plane and headed for a Saturday night meeting against the St. Louis Blues.

St. Louis is four points behind the Blackhawks for the Central Division lead and eight back of the Ducks for first place in the overall NHL standings. However, the Blues have four games in hand on Chicago and Anaheim.

Here's a look at all the action on a busy Saturday.

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Coyotes' Smith trying to live up to Olympic honor

Saturday, 01.18.2014 / 3:00 AM / 2014 Olympics

Jerry Brown - NHL.com Correspondent

Mike Smith
Goalie - PHX
RECORD: 16-13-8
GAA: 2.85 | SVP: 0.911
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- It was an incredible honor, the fulfillment of a boyhood dream and the continuation of a family tradition.

But for Phoenix Coyotes goalie Mike Smith, being selected to represent Canada at the 2014 Sochi Olympics was an additional reason to be concerned with his inconsistent play. Instead of enjoying the moment, it served as another impetus to iron out his problems between the pipes as soon as possible.

Smith got off to an 11-3-3 start and the Coyotes challenged for the best record in the conference. But since a 4-3 overtime loss to the Colorado Avalanche on Nov. 21, the Coyotes' most important player for the past three seasons had three wins in 18 decisions. Three wins in two months. His goals-against average was approaching 3.00 and his save percentage plummeted toward .900, not exactly the credentials any goaltender wants to take into the Olympics.

"You're already trying so hard to win games and putting that added pressure on yourself," Smith said. "Then you get added to the Olympic team and there is even more pressure to perform and do well.

"I'm already one to put enough pressure on myself," he said with a smile. "I don't need other things to add to it."

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Tapped In: Coyle embraces role-model status

Saturday, 01.18.2014 / 3:00 AM / Tapped In

Kathryn Tappen - NHL.com Contributor

Charlie Coyle quickly is making a name for himself in the NHL. Drafted by the San Jose Sharks in the first round (No. 28) of the 2010 NHL Draft, Coyle, 21, has managed the pressures and expectations of being a first-round pick by providing depth at center in Minnesota. And as talented as he is on the ice, Coyle takes time to pay it forward by embracing his persona as a role model to young children.

Kathryn Tappen: You became an instant heartthrob when cameras caught you waving to 5-year old Wild fan Henry during pregame warmups. The clip has more than 2.6 million views on YouTube as the video went viral. Were you surprised at this response?

Charlie Coyle: I didn't expect it to go past just me waving to Henry. I didn't think anyone even saw it. Different guys in the League do that every night, waving to young fans, throwing pucks at the kids. A lot of guys do things like that, which is a nice gesture. I remember being a young kid wanting to wave to an NHL player. So I just tried to do a little something for him and apparently the cameras were rolling. It was such a simple thing and now everyone's talking about it. It was pretty crazy to see.

KT: There’s no question you made Henry's day. His facial expression after you waved was priceless.

CC: A week or two later he came to one of our practices and I got to do a meet-and-greet with Henry and his sister Madeline. It was awesome to meet him. He's a pretty talkative kid. At first he was a little star-struck, but after I sat down with him he talked non-stop and it was a really good time.

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Hockey Day in Canada comes to Lloydminster

Saturday, 01.18.2014 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

For its annual Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada celebration on Jan. 18, the CBC is holding events in two provinces and one city.

Yes, you read that right.

Welcome to Lloydminster, which has the Alberta/Saskatchewan border running through the middle of the city.

"The meridian for it ... 50th Street goes right through town," said Philadelphia Flyers forward Scott Hartnell, who grew up in Lloydminster. "It's weird how it's set up. If there's a bar or restaurant on the Saskatchewan side you have to be 19 to drink; if there's a bar or restaurant on the Alberta side you have to be 18 to drink. All the schooling, even if there's a school on the Alberta side, it's Saskatchewan schooling, their curriculum. The hockey rink is on the Saskatchewan side but you play Alberta teams. There's a lot of tricky things to it."

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Family support made Olympic call sweeter for Sharp

Friday, 01.17.2014 / 3:49 PM / 2014 Olympics

Brian Hedger - NHL.com Correspondent

CHICAGO -- Patrick Sharp cracked a smile Friday morning when asked about the first of his two hat tricks this season, which occurred on his 32nd birthday.

It happened Dec. 27 during a 7-2 victory for Sharp's Chicago Blackhawks, but the reason for his smile was more about who watched it live. Along with his wife, Abby, and two young daughters, Sharp's parents were at United Center to see it.

After an 11-hour ordeal at Calgary International Airport, they eventually made it to Chicago just in time to watch their son score three goals, make a great defensive play that led to another and garner the game's first star recognition.

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Coyotes' Hanzal fined for high-sticking

Friday, 01.17.2014 / 3:32 PM / Department of Player Safety News

NHL.com

NEW YORKPhoenix Coyotes forward Martin Hanzal has been fined $5,000 for high-sticking Vancouver Canucks forward David Booth during NHL Game No. 720 in Phoenix on Thursday, Jan. 16, the National Hockey League's Department of Player Safety announced today.

The incident occurred at 15:55 of the third period. Hanzal was assessed a double-minor penalty for high-sticking on the play.

The fine money goes to the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund.

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History helping Kings prospects learn in the present

Friday, 01.17.2014 / 2:00 PM / AHL Update

Alyssa Dombrowski - Special to NHL.com

If there's anyone who can understand the trials and tribulations of an athlete's first year as a professional, it's a longtime friend who is experiencing the same transition alongside him.

Rookies Derek Forbort and Nick Shore of the American Hockey League's Manchester Monarchs have a history that dates back to when they were teammates in the United States National Team Development Program, capturing a gold medal at the 2010 World Under-18 Championship.

"The first time we met was with the U-17 National Development Program [in 2008-09], where he played in a tournament with us," Shore said of Forbort. "The next year he joined the team full-time, so I got to know him a lot better."

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Craig reports good start to Dodger Stadium rink build

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The rink is taking shape at Dodger Stadium as preparations are well underway for the 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series game between the Los Angeles Kings and Anaheim Ducks on Jan. 25.

Dan Craig, the NHL's Senior Director of Facilities Operations, had his crew working from sunset Thursday to sunrise Friday spraying water to build the first quarter-inch of ice.

Craig told reporters Thursday night that the rink build was going as planned.

"We're right on schedule, right on the hour of scheduling," Craig said prior to the first spray on the rink. "We could have started making ice [Wednesday] night if we got pushed but we didn't need to."

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Blackhawks look forward to visit from red-hot Ducks

Friday, 01.17.2014 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

Even the defending Stanley Cup champions are curious to see how they measure up against the Anaheim Ducks.

The Chicago Blackhawks get that chance Friday, when the red-hot Ducks put their eight-game winning streak on the line at United Center (8 p.m. ET, NHLN, RDS). With a 9-1 win against the Vancouver Canucks on Wednesday, Anaheim joined the 1967-68 Montreal Canadiens as the only NHL teams to have won 18 of 19 games in the same regular season.

The Ducks are six points ahead of the Blackhawks in the Presidents' Trophy race. Each team will be playing its 50th game of the season Friday.

"They're on a roll right now, so it'll be fun to try to get a win from them," Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith said. "When you're on a roll like they are, the rest of the League is going to take notice. When you've got one loss in your last [19] games you've gotta expect something like that to be said, right? They're playing great, so we'd like to beat them."

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It means a lot to us, we're very excited. We're looking to continue to build on [our] top core talent of young players. It's just a great opportunity for us to really build high.

— Panthers vice president of hockey operations Travis Viola after Florida won the No. 1 pick in the NHL Draft Lottery