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Penguins prep roster for playoff tuneup

Sunday, 04.10.2011 / 2:35 PM / NHL Insider

John Manasso - NHL.com Correspondent

ATLANTA -- Since Sunday's season finale against the Thrashers represents the proverbial, late-season meaningless game -- his Pittsburgh squad is locked into the Eastern Conference's fourth seed and a match-up with the Tampa Bay Lightning -- Penguins coach Dan Bylsma said that Brent Johnson would start in goal and that he would rest center Jordan Staal and that wing James Neal also would not play.

With Philadelphia's 7-4 win over the New York Islanders on Saturday, Philadelphia clinched the Atlantic Division and prevented the Penguins from having a chance to win it with a victory on Sunday.

As a result, Johnson ended up earning his second start in the last nine games over No. 1 Marc-Andre Fleury and center Mike Comrie, wings Eric Tangradi and Chris Conner were inserted into the lineup with enforcer Eric Godard sitting out. (Atlanta's leader in fighting majors Eric Boulton sat with an injury while rookie Carl Klingberg, the 34th overall selection in the 2009 Entry Draft, was set to make his League debut.)

Staal has played an amazing amount of minutes for a forward in recent weeks, including 25:13 of time on ice on Friday so it seems Bylsma wanted to give him some rest.
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Flyers have faith in Bobrovsky

Sunday, 04.10.2011 / 12:13 AM / NHL Insider

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

PHILADELPHIA -- The Philadelphia Flyers beat the New York Islanders 7-4 at the Wells Fargo Center on Saturday in their regular-season finale to win their first division title since the 2003-04 season.
 
That last division title also came in Game 82, after a game against the Islanders.
 
Their goalie that day was Robert Esche, who allowed three goals on 26 shots in what ended as a 3-3 tie. Esche had been named the playoff starter by then-coach Ken Hitchcock, but was going into his first postseason as a starting goalie on a four-game winless skid.
 
A similar situation is playing out this season, as Sergei Bobrovsky will enter his first Stanley Cup Playoffs as the Game 1 starter, but in his final regular-season game he allowed three goals on 10 shots and was pulled 12:05 into Saturday's game. Bobrovsky will enter the postseason without a win in five games.
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Crawford compiles team MVP-worthy campaign

Saturday, 04.09.2011 / 4:25 PM / NHL Insider

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

"He's got a great disposition about him and he handles all situations. How he's handled preparing himself going into games knowing the workload is big and the time of year is even bigger is a complement to how he approaches the whole game." -- Chicago Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville

CHICAGO -- Blackhawks defenseman Brian Campbell still raises both of his eyebrows when he tells the story of how he learned what goalie Corey Crawford was all about.

"When you're one of the last few guys on the ice and he goes around to each individual guy on the ice and asks them if they need anything else from him, more shots, anything -- he did it to me this year and I was just like, 'Wow, that's awesome and that's a goaltender that wants to get better,' " Campbell told NHL.com. "He did that not just once but a few times to me, asking if I need anything else or if there was anything else he can do. What a great team guy."

Campbell stressed that never before in his 11 years in the NHL has a goalie done such a thing at the end of practice.
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Injured Bolland skates briefly with Chicago teammates

Saturday, 04.09.2011 / 1:51 PM / NHL Insider

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

CHICAGO -- One day after skating on his own for the first time since a reported concussion on March 9, Blackhawks center Dave Bolland joined his teammates on the ice Saturday morning for a quick workout.
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Troubling stretch run continues for Red Wings

Friday, 04.08.2011 / 11:33 PM / NHL Insider

Brian Hedger - NHL.com Correspondent

DETROIT -- They've stormed into the playoffs before and lost in the first round, and then stumbled into the playoffs and won the Stanley Cup.
 
So does it really matter that the Detroit Red Wings aren't streaking to a great finish to the regular season?
 
Does Detroit need to rebound strong on Sunday in Chicago from a lackluster 4-2 loss to the visiting Blackhawks on Friday night at Joe Louis Arena -- and does it even bother them that they're now just 1-3-1 this season against the Hawks?
 
Maybe a little yes and no -- but this one definitely caught their attention.
 
"I've been through it a number of different times and a number of different ways," Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said. "(We've been) on a roll, going in bad, going in wondering if you'll ever win again and my first (year) here we couldn't lose. Six games later, we were done. There's lots of different ways we've gone about our business here and obviously this isn't what you draw up. You don't want to be going into the playoffs the way we have. There's no question about it."
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League reacts to Adam Foote's retirement

Friday, 04.08.2011 / 6:30 PM / NHL Insider

NHL.com

What others are saying about Colorado Avalanche defenseman Adam Foote, who on Friday announced his retirement:

Avalanche president Pierre Lacroix: "Adam was a warrior, a player who gave it everything he had every night. He was an integral part of the team that moved from Quebec to Colorado in 1995 and established a winning tradition in Denver. We thank Adam for helping lay the foundation for this franchise."

Avalanche general manager Greg Sherman: "On behalf of the Colorado Avalanche, congratulations. Your career has been an excellent career and it will come to an end Sunday. You should be proud of what you have accomplished."

Avalanche center Matt Duchene, who has been living with Foote's family for two years: "He's been a huge mentor. There's probably a group of people I can count on one hand -- maybe two at most -- that have been influences on my career, and he's one of them. He's going to be a guy that when I'm hopefully still in Denver and sitting at that table in my retirement, he's going to be a guy that's going to be here. I'm thankful for what he's brought to me. It's amazing to be able to experience and be a part of a great career like that, having him as almost a family member, as an uncle figure. He's been great for me."
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Retiring Foote reflects, ready to play one more

Friday, 04.08.2011 / 5:50 PM / NHL Insider

Rick Sadowski  -  NHL.com Correspondent

DENVER -- Colorado Avalanche captain Adam Foote announced his retirement Friday morning, but the 39-year-old defenseman isn't quite ready to put the finishing touches on a 19-season NHL career.

Foote, who will sit out his 12th consecutive game Friday night against Dallas because of an ankle injury, plans to put on his No. 52 sweater one last time Sunday when the Avalanche close out the regular season against Edmonton at the Pepsi Center.

"I bled burgundy and blue, and it's great that I can retire today in an Avs uniform," Foote said during a news conference at the Blue Sky Grill inside the arena.
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Emery issue makes Ducks' goalie situation murky

Friday, 04.08.2011 / 4:04 PM / NHL Insider

Curtis Zupke - NHL.com Correspondent

"It's just another hand that you get dealt. Obviously we feel comfortable that no matter who we put in the net has proven that they can play NHL-caliber goal for us and stop the puck and give us a chance." -- Randy Carlyle

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Anaheim Ducks coach Randy Carlyle feels comfortable with all three of his goaltenders.

It's a good thing, because he's got some hard decisions to make between the three of them.

Ray Emery is questionable for Friday's game against rival Los Angeles with a lower-body injury, Carlyle said. Emery was not on the ice at the morning skate but worked out and received treatment.

Carlyle said a decision will be made Friday afternoon on Emery. He also said Jonas Hiller and Dan Ellis are options for Anaheim's biggest game of the season.
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Bylsma not counting on having Sid for opener

Friday, 04.08.2011 / 2:46 PM / NHL Insider

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"We've said it before and continue to say it -- he has a couple more steps to go in his rehabilitation before he can even think about returning to play. I don't know how fast that's going to happen, I don't know if that's going to happen. There's no way to even make a timetable." -- Dan Bylsma

Sidney Crosby was on the ice again Friday morning with the Pittsburgh Penguins for the team's morning skate in preparation for Friday night's game against the Islanders, but when, or even if, he might return this season remains undetermined.

The Penguins have two games left in the regular season and will begin play in the 2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs sometime next week. Without providing any kind of definitive answer, Pittsburgh coach Dan Bylsma did not sound optimistic about having Crosby at the start of the postseason.

"We've said it before and continue to say it -- he has a couple more steps to go in his rehabilitation before he can even think about returning to play," Bylsma told reporters. "I don't know how fast that's going to happen, I don't know if that's going to happen. There's no way to even make a timetable. And considering that he has two more steps to go through, it would seem like anything in the immediate future is out of the question."
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Blackhawks solely focused on their game

Friday, 04.08.2011 / 2:38 PM / NHL Insider

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

"We just want to get into the playoffs. That's what we're worried about right now" -- Patrick Kane

DETROIT -- There's no need to go searching for a map of the big picture. The Blackhawks can leave the scoreboard watching for the other teams. They can let their opponent worry about potential matchups.

Their mission Friday here at Joe Louis Arena against the Red Wings (7:30 p.m. ET, VERSUS) is a simple one: Win.

"We just want to get into the playoffs," Patrick Kane said after Chicago's morning skate. "That's what we're worried about right now."
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