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With Getzlaf signed, Ducks turn to Perry

Saturday, 03.09.2013 / 12:09 AM / NHL Insider

Curtis Zupke - Correspondent

ANAHEIM – One down, one to go for Anaheim Ducks general manager Bob Murray.

Corey Perry
Right Wing - ANA
GOALS: 7 | ASST: 14 | PTS: 21
SOG: 53 | +/-: 10

Looking relieved after getting captain Ryan Getzlaf under wraps through the 2020-21 season, Murray now turns to fellow franchise cornerstone Corey Perry. The GM was characteristically tight-lipped about negotiations to extend the pending free agent when he spoke with reporters at the first intermission Friday night at Honda Center.

"We're going to attempt to sign him," Murray said of Perry.

"I've never commented on negotiations. I never will. Corey's group, Getzy's group -- none of us want to comment and we have been talking and there is nothing [to say]. I have no update for you."

Blackhawks' historic run comes to an end

Friday, 03.08.2013 / 11:59 PM / NHL Insider

Tal Pinchevsky - Staff Writer

For the first time in nearly a year, the Chicago Blackhawks left the ice without anything to show for their efforts.

The Blackhawks suffered their first regulation loss since last March 25 when they were defeated 6-2 by the Colorado Avalanche on Friday night. The loss snapped three streaks for the Blackhawks, who had won their previous 11 games, had started the season by getting at least one point in 24 consecutive games, and were unbeaten in regulation in 30 straight dating to last season.

Before Friday's game, the last time the Blackhawks had gone home empty-handed was a 6-1 home loss to the Nashville Predators nearly 12 full months ago.

Chicago finished the 2011-12 season with a 3-0-3 run before its historic 21-0-3 start to this one. In all, the Blackhawks went 30 consecutive regular-season games (24-0-6) without a loss in regulation or overtime.

The only team in NHL history to have enjoyed a better run is the 1979-80 Philadelphia Flyers, who set a record for North American professional sports when they went 35 games without a loss, 25-0-10. Overtime had not yet been implemented, and a game that was even after 60 minutes ended in a tie.

Because the Blackhawks lost via the shootout during their run, they couldn't challenge the Flyers' record unbeaten streak. But both teams will be remembered for their respective historic runs.

Predators searching for answers on offense

Friday, 03.08.2013 / 2:35 PM / NHL Insider

John Manasso - Correspondent

NASHVILLE -- When it was pointed out to Nashville Predators general manager David Poile following the team's morning skate Friday that it was averaging fewer than two goals per game, he observed that his questioner did not need to whisper -- everyone around the organization is living with the reality of the offensive woes.

Entering a game Friday against the Edmonton Oilers, the Predators were averaging 1.96 goals per game, not only the lowest in the League but also putting them on pace to become the second team since the NHL began playing 70-game seasons in 1949-50 to average fewer than two goals per game. (The 1953-54 Chicago Blackhawks recorded the lowest output at 1.9 goals per game.)

To that end, Poile began doing what he could to the roster this week with waiver claims for Zach Boychuk (from the Pittsburgh Penguins) and Bobby Butler (from the New Jersey Devils). The Predators also called up 25-year-old defenseman Victor Bartley, who played in the American Hockey League All-Star Game this season. It's possible all three will be in the lineup when Nashville takes on Edmonton on Friday at Bridgestone Arena, although coach Barry Trotz did not tip his hand after the skate.

Holmgren: Blackhawks' run trumps 1979-80 Flyers

Friday, 03.08.2013 / 12:25 PM / NHL Insider

Adam Kimelman - Deputy Managing Editor

Philadelphia Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren played a significant role on the Flyers' record-setting 1979-80 team that went 35 straight games without a loss (25 wins, 10 ties).

But when he watches the Chicago Blackhawks, who have opened this season on a 24-game streak without a regulation loss (21-0-3) and have gone 30 straight games without a regulation loss (24-0-6) dating to the end of the 2011-12 season, he knows which team is more impressive.

The Blackhawks.

After 24 games, Penguins still see work to be done

Friday, 03.08.2013 / 9:20 AM / NHL Insider

Dan Rosen - Senior Writer

PHILADELPHIA -- All Pittsburgh Penguins coach Dan Bylsma has to do to make his point about what happens when his team plays the right way as opposed to what happens when it plays the wrong way is pop in the DVD of the game Thursday night at Wells Fargo Center.

At the halfway point of the Penguins season, that may be exactly what Bylsma chooses to do. There's enough visual evidence to make him go hoarse talking to his team.

"In the first period we just weren't very good in a lot of areas and we gave them more 3-on-2s than they scored on, more opportunities than they scored on," Bylsma said following the Penguins' 5-4 come-from-behind win against the Philadelphia Flyers. "Then you have to look at the flip side of it, where we were very good in the second and that carried into the third."

Despite long odds, Pronger hopes to play again

Thursday, 03.07.2013 / 3:05 PM / NHL Insider

Adam Kimelman - Deputy Managing Editor

VOORHEES, N.J. -- Chris Pronger was adamant that he's not ready to announce his retirement, but the veteran Philadelphia Flyers defenseman understands his chances of resuming his NHL career are very small.

Pronger talked for more than 30 minutes about the medical and emotional issues he's had since he sustained a serious injury to his right eye during a game against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Oct. 24, 2011.

"I don't think you ever know that," Pronger said of his playing future. "I have to continue to work at getting healthy, work at my rehab, doing the various eye appointments and exercises that I've been doing over the last 16 months. … Once I continue to get healthier, we'll see where we're at."

The biggest issue for Pronger is the eye injury, which occurred when he was hit by the stick of the Maple Leafs' Mikhail Grabovski. The injury damaged Pronger's eyesight and both his ocular and vestibular systems, and is one of the causes of his concussion symptoms.

Familiarity could breed contempt for Sabres, Devils

Thursday, 03.07.2013 / 1:36 PM / NHL Insider

Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer

NEWARK, N.J. -- It was only five days ago the Buffalo Sabres were celebrating a shootout victory over the New Jersey Devils at First Niagara Center.

It was an emotional contest, featuring a fight just 27 seconds into the game between Buffalo's Steve Ott and New Jersey's David Clarkson, several roughing minors, and an emotional sequence at the conclusion of overtime and the shootout involving Devils center Adam Henrique.

Just as the horn sounded to end OT, Tyler Ennis received a roughing minor following a brief scrap with Henrique, who had taken exception to Ennis shooting the puck toward him in the New Jersey end of the ice.

It wasn't too long after that when Buffalo goalie Ryan Miller appeared to get under Henrique's skin.

After making a glove save on Henrique's shootout attempt that clinched the 4-3 victory for the Sabres, the All-Star goalie stretched out his glove arm and swatted the puck with a baseball-style swing while shouting toward Henrique. Henrique had a few choice words for the Sabres goalie before heading back to his dressing room.

Henrique was asked if there will be any lingering memories heading into Thursday's game against the Sabres at Prudential Center (7 p.m. ET, MSG-B, MSG-Plus).

Pens-Flyers rivalry captures attention of players too

Thursday, 03.07.2013 / 1:15 PM / NHL Insider

Adam Kimelman - Deputy Managing Editor

When Lindy Ruff was fired Feb. 20 after 14 years as coach of the Buffalo Sabres, it would be expected that he'd want some time away from the game.

Instead, he found himself watching the most compelling television he could find -- the game that night between the Philadelphia Flyers and Pittsburgh Penguins.

Even in his one of his darkest moments, Ruff allowed himself to be captured by what's become the No. 1 rivalry in the NHL today.

The latest edition of the Keystone State clash comes Thursday, when the Penguins visit the Flyers (7 p.m. ET, NHLN-US). It's the third meeting between the teams this season, with the Penguins beating the Flyers 3-1 on opening night in Philadelphia, while the Flyers won 6-5 in that Feb. 20 game in Pittsburgh.

Rebuilt depth has keyed Blackhawks' remarkable run

Thursday, 03.07.2013 / 12:25 PM / NHL Insider

Dan Rosen - Senior Writer

The Chicago Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup in 2010 because their goaltending was solid and their depth players played just as big of a role on a nightly basis as their stars.

Shortly after they paraded the Cup down Michigan Avenue, their goalies and depth were gone, victims of an anticipated and unavoidable purge resulting from salary-cap constraints. The Blackhawks were not even close to being the same team over the next two seasons, and they went one-and-done in the postseason in 2011 and 2012.

They're back now, though, back to being the best team in the National Hockey League largely because of -- wait for it -- excellent goaltending and depth that has taken some pressure off the stars.

Penguins-Flyers rivalry has peaked in the past year

Thursday, 03.07.2013 / 1:00 AM / NHL Insider

Adam Kimelman - Deputy Managing Editor

When the Philadelphia Flyers and Pittsburgh Penguins take the ice Thursday (7 p.m. ET, NHLN-US), it will be the 12th time they've played in the past calendar year -- six regular-season games, and six highly memorable games in the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

The Keystone State Clash has transformed into the most passionate rivalry in the NHL today, drawing attention of not just fans, but people throughout the hockey world.

Here are some highlights from those previous games, starting with the end of last regular season:

March 18, 2012 -- Hartnell down, Flyers up Watch

The Penguins led 2-1 as the game entered the final five minutes of regulation when Scott Hartnell scored to tie it after Evgeni Malkin turned over the puck in the Penguins' zone. Then, as time was running down in overtime, Hartnell took a pass from Danny Briere and beat goalie Marc-Andre Fleury with 0.9 seconds left to give the Flyers a 3-2 win in Philadelphia.

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