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Tatar honors late father after game-winning goal

Sunday, 01.12.2014 / 12:31 PM / NHL Insider

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Detroit Red Wings left wing Tomas Tatar kissed his index finger and pointed toward the heavens.

"That game and that goal was for him. I felt he was with us the whole game."
-- Detroit Red Wings F Tomas Tatar on his late father

Moments earlier, Tatar knocked in a rebound with 7:54 left in the game Saturday against the Los Angeles Kings that was anything but an ordinary goal and worth far more to Tatar than just being the game winner in the Red Wings' 3-1 victory.

Goal No. 10 on the season was part of a two-point night for Tatar, who has scored in each of his past three games, and it was for family. Tatar's gesture honored his father Jan, who died Friday in Slovakia following a long illness.

Playing with a heavy heart, Tatar also came through late in the first period by setting up Riley Sheahan's first NHL goal.

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Daily Primer Jan. 12: Ducks seek seventh straight win

Sunday, 01.12.2014 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

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Can the Detroit Red Wings put an end to the Anaheim Ducks' remarkable run at Honda Center on Sunday night?

Anaheim, the only team that has yet to lose in regulation on home ice this season (18-0-2), became the seventh team in NHL history to win 16-plus games in a 17-game stretch (16-1-0) with a 5-3 win against the host Phoenix Coyotes on Saturday.

The Ducks return home to face the Red Wings (8 p.m. ET, FS-D, PRIME), who could be without Daniel Alfredsson (back spasms), Pavel Datsyuk (lower body), Johan Franzen (head), Darren Helm (groin), Jonathan Ericsson (broken ribs), Stephen Weiss (hernia) and Jonas Gustavsson (groin).

Here's a closer look at the action Sunday:


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Rangers' Kreider turning potential into production

Sunday, 01.12.2014 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

Jon Lane - NHL.com Staff Writer

Chris Kreider was an NHL record-setter before he ever played a regular-season game.

Kreider, the 19th player chosen at the 2009 NHL Draft, scored five goals for the New York Rangers during the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs, sparking a run that carried them within two wins of their first trip to the Stanley Cup Final since 1994. He did it despite coming in cold: Kreider signed with the Rangers after the regular season because he was busy helping Boston College win the NCAA championship.

His five postseason goals broke Eddie Mazur's 60-year-old mark for the most playoff goals by a player who had yet to skate in a regular-season game. Though Kreider was used to being a star -- he is a two-time NCAA champion at BC and a goal medalist at the 2012 IIHF World Junior Championship, this was a new kind of fame that found him in a New York minute.

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Fisher helping Predators by adding offense

Saturday, 01.11.2014 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

John Manasso - NHL.com Correspondent

NASHVILLE -- Mike Fisher was talking Thursday to a couple of reporters from Ottawa who have covered much of the 33-year-old center's career.

"Certainly, I've been going well here this last little while," said Fisher, who will celebrate three years with the Nashville Predators on Feb. 10. "Whatever reason, you guys know I've been streaky in the past a little bit. You just take it when it comes."

Lately, Fisher has been doing just that. In Nashville's seven games since Dec. 28, Fisher has four goals and six assists, helping to supply a good deal of the Predators' offense during a 3-2-2 stretch. As a testament to Fisher's streakiness, he had one point in the preceding nine games. The Predators went 3-5-1 during that stretch, a good indication as to what he means to them offensively.

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Canucks still developing mindset to finish games

Friday, 01.10.2014 / 12:42 PM / NHL Insider

Kevin Woodley - NHL.com Correspondent

VANCOUVER -- John Tortorella isn't worrying so much about Xs and Os after watching his Vancouver Canucks give up a goal and blow a lead with the opposing goalie pulled for the fifth time this season.

The first-year Canucks coach dismissed the shootout as a "gimmick" when asked about his team's 4-for-32 futility in the tiebreaker. And he isn't wondering if he has the personnel to beat top teams after giving up 98 shots in weekend losses to the Anaheim Ducks and Los Angeles Kings that left Vancouver with four wins in 13 games against teams above them in the Western Conference standings.

For Tortorella it's all about a mindset, and in his estimation so far the Canucks haven't developed the right one to beat the best.

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Daily Primer Jan. 10: March of the Penguins

Friday, 01.10.2014 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

John Kreiser - NHL.com Columnist

The Pittsburgh Penguins are perfect in 2014. They'll try to stay that way Friday night.

The runaway leaders in the Metropolitan Division will try to go 4-for-4 in the new year when they visit the Edmonton Oilers on Friday night. The Penguins started 2014 with home victories against the New York Rangers and Winnipeg Jets, then opened a Western Canada trip by beating the Vancouver Canucks 5-4 in a shootout Tuesday. The Penguins rallied for two sixth-attacker goals in that game to force overtime after they were unable to hold an early 2-0 lead.


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Lightning's Cooper is Adams leader at halfway mark

Friday, 01.10.2014 / 3:00 AM / Trophy Tracker

Brian Compton - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

NHL.com's midseason edition of Trophy Trackers attempts to project winners of the major individual awards. Today we predict the winner of the Jack Adams Award, an annual award presented by the National Hockey League Broadcasters' Association to the NHL coach judged to have contributed the most to his team's success.

When superstar forward Steven Stamkos broke his tibia in a game against the Boston Bruins on Nov. 11, one had to think the Tampa Bay Lightning were in a whole heap of trouble.

After all, Stamkos had 14 goals in 16 games, helping Tampa Bay race out to an impressive 12-4-0 start after finishing in fourth place in the Southeast Division last season with 18 wins in 48 games.

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Super 16: Goalie depth can be top teams' biggest key

Friday, 01.10.2014 / 3:00 AM / Super 16: NHL Power Rankings

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

The goaltender is often seen as not only the most important position in hockey but maybe in all of professional sports. If a team doesn't have a solid or better goaltender, it is probably losing a lot of games and in the process of trying to find an upgrade at the position.

Another position in the discussion is the NFL quarterback. There is no question having an elite goalie or an elite quarterback gives a franchise an advantage and a piece around which to build.

Where the two positions diverge is in overall depth. There are 32 NFL teams, and not only is the group of elite quarterbacks relatively small, there aren't enough who can provide consistent, competent play for every team to have one, let alone two or three.

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Alumni look forward to Yankee Stadium games

Tal Pinchevsky - NHL.com Staff Writer

NEW YORK -- One of the highlights of the 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic was a spirited pair of alumni games at Comerica Park in Detroit. More than 30,000 spectators paid tribute to some of the greatest players ever to compete for the Toronto Maple Leafs and Detroit Red Wings. Former players for the New York Rangers, New York Islanders and New Jersey Devils won't get to enjoy a similar exhibition, but that doesn't mean they aren't anticipating the upcoming pair of games at Yankee Stadium.

At a private event hosted by the NHL Powered by Reebok Store in Manhattan for York Heating and Air Conditioning, three prominent former players expressed their excitement about the upcoming contests, in which the Rangers will play the Devils on Jan. 26 and then the Islanders on Jan. 29 as part of the 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series.

"I know they're excited and enthusiastic. I don't think you can be anything other than that," Islanders great Mike Bossy said of the current Islanders team. "Just after watching every outdoor game that has been played so far, it's kind of cool, and I'm sure they're extremely excited to be a part of it."


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Reinhart, Ekblad named captains of Top Prospects

Thursday, 01.09.2014 / 4:03 PM / Prospects

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

Forward Sam Reinhart of the Kootenay Ice and defenseman Aaron Ekblad of the Barrie Colts on Thursday were named captains for the 2014 BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game on Jan. 15 in Calgary.

The Top Prospects Game will showcase the Canadian Hockey League's top 40 NHL draft-eligible players for the 2014 NHL Draft, featuring talent from the Western Hockey League, Ontario Hockey League and Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

"I don't think you will find one scout say this game will dramatically influence their position on a specific player, but a good performance always bodes well," NHL Central Scouting Director Dan Marr said via a conference call on Thursday. "The players in this game were voted in by the NHL teams, so now those teams will get an opportunity to see them play."

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For me, it's a great win for our hockey team and for a lot of people back in Columbus, especially our fans in particular … people who have been devoted to this organization, it's big.

— Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards on their win vs. the Penguins in Game 2, the franchise's first-ever Stanley Cup Playoff victory