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'Try Hockey For Free Day' a smashing success

Saturday, 11.05.2011 / 6:15 PM / NHL Insider

Davis Harper - NHL.com Staff Writer

NEWARK, N.J. – During his first hockey experience three seasons ago, Matty Villacis sat with his father in the Prudential Center and watched the New Jersey Devils. In goal, Martin Brodeur was regularly stoning the opposition on his way to setting five major goaltending records that season.

Matty was mesmerized.

On Saturday, Villacis found himself in the crease of the Devils' Amerihealth Pavilion practice facility, stopping opposition shots much like his hero. Villacis, 10, was one of more than 40 hockey neophytes to take the ice in Newark on Saturday, and one of more than 10,000 nationwide to participate in USA Hockey and NHL's inaugural Come Play Hockey Month initiative. Saturday's Try Hockey for Free Day put a focus on introducing -- or re-introducing, as in Villacis' case -- kids to the sport for the first time.

Great debut for Abbostford’s Kolanos after long layoff

Saturday, 11.05.2011 / 11:46 AM / NHL Insider

Lindsay Kramer - NHL.com Correspondent

The general plan in the mind of Abbotsford Heat center Krys Kolanos on the night of Oct. 28 was to make his mark on a game against Grand Rapids.

After sitting out from the sport for more than 21 months with a hip injury, you'd like people to notice that you're back.

"I was just dialed into the game," Kolanos said. "I knew I wanted to pick up at an even higher level than when I left off."

So much time had passed since he last played, it might have been hard to remember where that bar was set. Kolanos reminded them. He produced a hat trick and a helper in his return against the Griffins, then added a goal and two assists two nights later against Hamilton.

Blues honor World Series champs

Friday, 11.04.2011 / 9:57 PM / NHL Insider

Louie Korac - NHL.com Correspondent

ST. LOUIS -- Tony La Russa and Chris Carpenter have been here before. David Freese is living the life these days.

This is how World Series champions live these days.

La Russa, the St. Louis Cardinals' manager for 16 seasons before announcing his retirement, brought the World Series trophy with him prior to the St. Louis Blues' game against the Vancouver Canucks.

La Russa was joined by National League Championship Series and World Series MVP Freese, along with ace pitcher Chris Carpenter, a Blues season ticket-holder. Carpenter's son Sam also joined the trio and dropped the puck for the ceremonial first faceoff -- one week after the Cardinals defeated the Texas Rangers in seven games to win the World Series.

Despite dubious streak, Red Wings not panicking

Friday, 11.04.2011 / 4:00 PM / NHL Insider

Brian Hedger - NHL.com Correspondent

DETROIT -- The place people call "Hockeytown" hasn't seen anything like this in a long time.

The Detroit Red Wings have had some losing streaks in the past couple of decades, but combining it with the inability to score goals is just dumbfounding. They are currently on a six-game losing streak and averaging just a goal a game in that skid.

The Wings (5-5-1) are also sitting 13th in the Western Conference prior to Friday night's slate of games. Just looking at the conference standings on a dry-erase board inside the Detroit locker room is an exercise in the bizarre. 

Caps hope less time for stars now means more later

Friday, 11.04.2011 / 2:30 PM / NHL Insider

Kevin Woodley - NHL.com Correspondent

A lot was made of Alex Ovechkin's reaction to being left on the bench for the final 87 seconds of regulation as the Washington Capitals came back with a late goal to send the game against the Anaheim Ducks to overtime Tuesday night -- but what about the other 35 minutes and 46 seconds?

That's how much less time Ovechkin spent on the ice -- and how much more often he was on the bench -- through the Capitals' first 10 games compared to the start of last season. Based on his current average, that's almost two full games worth of ice time in the first 10 alone.

With an average ice time of 18:36, Ovechkin is playing almost three minutes less per game then he did last season, and a whopping five minutes fewer than during the 2007-08 and 2008-09 campaigns, when he was logging more than 23 minutes a night.

Habs rested as they eye fourth straight vs. Sens

Friday, 11.04.2011 / 2:27 PM / NHL Insider

Erin Nicks - NHL.com Correspondent

KANATA, Ont. -- With five days of rest and a three-game winning streak on the line, the Montreal Canadiens (4-5-2) are set to get back in action against the Ottawa Senators (7-6-0) at Scotiabank Place. Whether the break served as a pro or a con will be determined Friday night.

The Senators, who saw their six-game winning streak snapped with a 5-3 loss Tuesday to Boston, are anxious to get back into the win column. Goaltender Craig Anderson thinks the Habs will provide the right opportunity. 

Predators relish Rinne's impressive glove work

Friday, 11.04.2011 / 2:07 PM / NHL Insider

Kevin Woodley - NHL.com Correspondent

Pekka Rinne was trending on Twitter in Canada on Thursday after Nashville locked up its Vezina Trophy finalist to a seven-year, $49 million contract. But if there was anyone still wondering what made the Predators' puck stopper worth such a commitment, they should look back at trends from last spring's playoffs.

Among the most entertaining hashtags on Twitter was #ThingsinRinnesGlove.

The list of responses included everything from "Jimmy Hoffa" to "Charlie Sheen's dignity." But as Rinne celebrated his 29th birthday with a contract extension almost six months later, nobody was making jokes involving his glove hand.

Stars look to avoid rust, Avs' road success

Friday, 11.04.2011 / 1:29 PM / NHL Insider

Steve Hunt - NHL.com Correspondent

DALLAS -- By the time the Dallas Stars hit the ice on Friday night at the American Airlines Center, six days will have passed since their last game, a 3-1 win over the Devils last Saturday night.

After having two straight days off following the win over New Jersey, the Stars had a productive week of practice but are now ready to begin the month of November in positive fashion as they face the Colorado Avalanche.

"When you're on a good roll, you kind of want to keep things rolling," Dallas captain Brenden Morrow said. "In a perfect world we may have been playing another game a night or two later, but rest is a good thing too. We've had a couple of days of good practice here with pace. Hopefully that's got us sharp for the opening faceoff tonight."

Boucher expects better from Bolts against Blackhawks

Friday, 11.04.2011 / 12:57 PM / NHL Insider

Lonnie Herman - NHL.com Correspondent

TAMPA, Fla -- Tampa Bay Lightning coach Guy Boucher didn't bother to hide his dismay over the effort his team produced over the first two periods Tuesday night en route to a 4-2 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes in Raleigh.

In response to what Boucher called "lackadaisical play," he put the Lightning through an unusually intense practice session on Wednesday, designed to drive home a point to the players.

"We didn't play the first two periods in Carolina, so we had them play those periods over," Boucher said. "We did specific things that relate to what we didn't do well. The work ethic wasn't there and the competitiveness wasn't there. So, we did the first two periods over. If you count the number of minutes we were on the ice, it was exactly 40 minutes, broken by a three-on-five power play. (Tampa Bay failed to convert on such a power play against the Hurricanes.)

Talent level, history suggests Wings turn it around

Friday, 11.04.2011 / 10:07 AM / NHL Insider

Brian Hedger - NHL.com Correspondent

"You have to think positive and believe in yourself and tell yourselves you are good players. You know, because we are good players. We just got to go out and score some goals." -- Henrik Zetterberg

DETROIT -- In case anybody is subscribing to the theory that opposing defenses and goaltending are the biggest problems for the Detroit Red Wings’ sputtering offense, allow Ken Holland to crumple that notion up and chuck it into the nearest trash can for you.

Detroit's general manager is willing to give credit where it's due for his team's meager six-goal output during its current six-game winless skid (0-5-1), but only to a certain extent. When presented with a version of the "good goalies" theory after Thursday's 4-1 loss to Calgary at Joe Louis Arena, Holland quickly shot it down.
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I downplayed the first one because I thought it's just a hockey game. We just want to win the game; it's against our rival and we want the two points. I downplayed it, but now having gone through the first one I look back and say, 'Geez, that was really cool.' I think as I've grown a bit older I've got a lot more appreciation for what we're allowed to do every day.

— Capitals forward Brooks Laich on the 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic, the second one of his career after 2011 in Pittsburgh