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Kane happy to finally score No. 100

Tuesday, 03.15.2011 / 1:54 PM / NHL Insider

Brian Hedger - NHL.com Correspondent

"It would've been nice to get it in Washington (this past Sunday). My family was there, my three sisters and my mom and dad, but none of them (were here). They were just watching it on TV. But it's nice to get it and get it over with." -- Patrick Kane

CHICAGO -- It wasn't exactly how Patrick Kane hoped to score his 100th NHL goal, but it still was memorable for the 22-year-old Chicago Blackhawks star forward.
Kane capped the scoring in a big 6-3 Chicago win against the visiting San Jose Sharks Monday by firing a one-timer from the slot past goalie Antero Niittymaki -- which not only got him to the century mark in goals, but also made him the third-fastest in the Original Six franchise's storied history to do it.
Only Jeremy Roenick and Bobby Hull scored 100 in less time with the Hawks than Kane, whom Chicago selected with the first pick of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.

Brodeur to make eighth straight start

Tuesday, 03.15.2011 / 1:38 PM / NHL Insider

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

NEWARK, N.J. -- New Jersey Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur will make his eighth straight start Tuesday when his team hosts the Atlanta Thrashers here at the Prudential Center.

"Even though we allow goals, we keep it under control when we're not playing that good. I think that makes it easier for me. I know we're able to shut it down and chip back into the game."
-- Martin Brodeur

The choice is not too much of a surprise, particularly when you consider the future Hall of Fame goalie is 14-1-1 with a 1.81 goals-against average in his last 16 starts. The Devils, 22-3-2 in their last 27 games, have been playing playoff-type hockey for quite some time now as they continue their remarkable push to qualify for the postseason.
"What I'm enjoying right now is, regardless of how we play, we're staying in games," Brodeur said. "Even though we allow goals, we keep it under control when we're not playing that good. I think that makes it easier for me. I know we're able to shut it down and chip back into the game."
Seventeen of their last 19 games have been decided by one goal, including 12 of the last 14 victories. Also, the team's last four wins have been determined either in overtime or the shootout.

Young Isles relish showdown with the Rangers

Tuesday, 03.15.2011 / 12:47 PM / NHL Insider

Dave Lozo - NHL.com Staff Writer

"You just see the passion the fans have for it and it really pushes us as players to really want to beat the Rangers. I know the feeling's mutual between them and us, how we want to beat each other." -- Andrew MacDonald on the Islanders-Rangers rivalry

NEW YORK -- When it comes to the rivalry between the Islanders and Rangers, it's not that Frans Nielsen has any hatred toward the team that calls Madison Square Garden home -- it's that the fans do.

"You can talk with a lot of fans at practice or after games, and you can really feel that hate they have," said Nielsen, who is in his third full season with the Islanders. "You want to do it for your fans. You don't want to let them down. Especially when we play in a close game, when you sit on the bench, you can almost follow the fights in the stands. You can see that it's something special."
Defenseman Andrew MacDonald agreed.

Habs GM Gauthier: 'There is will to make game safer'

Monday, 03.14.2011 / 9:40 PM / NHL Insider

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

BOCA RATON, Fla. -- In his letter to his team's fans last week, Montreal Canadiens owner Geoff Molson wrote the team's general manager, Pierre Gauthier, would be present at the annual general managers meetings and would carry out the club's message regarding what it believes is the urgent need for improved player safety across the National Hockey League.
Gauthier said Monday he believes his counterparts around the League are on board and "there is a will to make the game safer."
"A lot of people have seen that we have a great game, we have a fast game and we have really improved the game with our new rules since the lockout, but one of the things that has crept in is there are some collisions at full speed," Gauthier added. "We need to address that fact. We need to adjust. I think there is definitely a will amongst the group here to do something."

Niemi, Crawford face each other tonight in Chicago

Monday, 03.14.2011 / 7:10 PM / NHL Insider

Brian Hedger - NHL.com Correspondent

CHICAGO – They've battled head-to-head almost the entire time they've known each other, only now Antti Niemi and Corey Crawford are wearing different sweaters.

After competing against each other for two years as goalies in the Chicago Blackhawks organization, Niemi and Crawford now find themselves thriving this season starting for different NHL teams.

Niemi signed with the San Jose Sharks last summer as a free agent -- after beating Crawford for a roster spot and leading the Blackhawks to the Stanley Cup. His departure, prompted by the Hawks' salary-cap woes, opened a roster spot in Chicago for Crawford – who spent the previous five seasons with the American Hockey League's Rockford IceHogs.

Isles give fans at NHL Store optimism for future

Monday, 03.14.2011 / 6:42 PM / NHL Insider

Brian Hunter - NHL.com Staff Writer

NEW YORK -- During the question-and-answer session between several New York Islanders and fans Monday afternoon at the NHL Powered By Reebok Store, a question was posed to Kyle Okposo as to what special ingredient the team possesses that has been making it successful. The fan admitted he had only moved to the area and started following the team in January.

"You picked a good time to start watching us," Okposo said, drawing laughter from the crowd. "Nothing happened before then."

While that's not exactly true, the way the Islanders have been playing since mid-December has allowed their fan base to at least put a poor start to the 2010-11 season behind them, if not forget about it entirely.

And when Okposo, linemates Frans Nielsen and Michael Grabner and defenseman Andrew MacDonald appeared at the store as part of a panel hosted by commentator Billy Jaffe, they were greeted by a loud and enthusiastic throng that came out clad in Islanders apparel and eager to support their team.

Bettman discusses concussions, player safety

Monday, 03.14.2011 / 5:46 PM / NHL Insider

Shawn P. Roarke - NHL.com Senior Managing Editor

BOCA RATON, Fla. -- NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman insisted Monday the League is taking the appropriate steps to insure the safety of its players and that concussions do not represent an epidemic, despite highly publicized incidents in the past three months.

Bettman made his remarks at the end of the first of three days of meetings among NHL general managers, who have gathered at the Boca Beach Resort to discuss the state of the game in general, and more specifically the issues of head hits and concussions.

That work, according to Bettman, began in earnest during Monday's session. After a comprehensive report from NHL Hockey Operations, the general managers broke into three smaller groups to brainstorm ideas to make the game safer.

GMs appetite to improve player safety is strong

Monday, 03.14.2011 / 4:40 PM / NHL Insider

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

BOCA RATON, Fla. -- The general managers spent the first day of their annual meetings digesting a comprehensive presentation by the NHL's Hockey Operations Department that examined how and why concussions are caused.
The tone at the end of Monday's meeting here was positive. Many GMs said the appetite to create a safer workplace for the players is strong, but it's essential for them to take a wait-and-see approach for now. That's because there is plenty of debate about player safety, specifically as it relates to head hits, over the next two days.
Nobody can say for certain whether the GMs will recommend any type of rule change or new language for a current rule before parting ways on Wednesday afternoon, but the general feeling on Day 1 is there is a movement to improve the current standards regarding player safety in the NHL.


Study: Concussions from illegal hits down

Monday, 03.14.2011 / 1:22 PM / NHL Insider

Shawn P. Roarke - NHL.com Senior Managing Editor

BOCA RATON, Fla. -- Rule 48, born at last season's General Managers' meetings, was critiqued at the opening session of this year's GM meetings.

According to data compiled and studied by the NHL's Hockey Operations and delivered to the general managers Monday morning, there have been significant changes in the incidence of concussions during the League's 2010-11 season.

The meetings here began Monday and will run through Wednesday.

NHL GMs meetings to focus on head hits, Rule 48

Monday, 03.14.2011 / 6:30 AM / NHL Insider

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

BOCA RATON, Fla. -- The National Hockey League general managers will meet here beginning Monday to discuss the state of the game with an emphasis on player safety, specifically head hits and the impact of Rule 48, which was introduced this past spring.
The meetings will continue through Wednesday.
The NHL has been leading the four major professional sports leagues in concussion protocol since forming the Concussion Working Group in 1997. The League took a proactive step toward curbing concussions last year with Rule 48, which renders illegal any lateral or blindside hit where the head is targeted and/or becomes the principal point of contact.
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