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Penguins not in the mood to make excuses

Sunday, 02.13.2011 / 8:10 PM / NHL Insider

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

NEW YORK -- With a stiff upper lip the Pittsburgh Penguins are acting as if the elephant in the room is not the reason for their current slump.

Sure, any team that's missing Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin would have trouble winning, but the Penguins, who are missing so much more than just their two superstars right now, say the lineup and lack of star power are not the reasons for why they've lost four out of five and gave up 14 goals during a forgettable weekend trip to New York.

They followed Friday's fight-filled 9-3 loss on Long Island with a 5-3 loss to the Rangers at Madison Square Garden on Sunday.

"It shouldn't be," Max Talbot said when he was asked if opponents are finding it easy to play against the Penguins nowadays. "They're (Crosby and Malkin) obviously two of the best in the League and there are a lot of other guys that are hurt, but it's no excuse for us. Everybody in this dressing room has a role, everybody takes pride in playing the right way and we should be able to win some hockey games."
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'The Fighter' goes back to center ice in Boston

Sunday, 02.13.2011 / 1:35 AM / NHL Insider

Bob Snow - NHL.com Correspondent

"I never got the chance to fight in the old Garden – my brother [Dicky Eklund] did. But I did get to fight here," said Micky Ward about his return to the TD Garden, the site of some memorable bouts in his storied ring career.

The life and times of Ward – from nearby Lowell, Mass. -- are the backdrop of the recent box-office hit "The Fighter," starring Mark Wahlberg.

Friday night, the Bruins brought Ward back to center ice for the ceremonial first face-off before the Wings whitewashed the Bruins, 6-1.

Ward was also in attendance two nights earlier when the Bruins-Canadiens battle was more aligned with the pugnacious Ward's experience with pugilism.
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Forsberg his own worst critic in comeback bid

Sunday, 02.13.2011 / 12:37 AM / NHL Insider

John Manasso - NHL.com Correspondent

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Peter Forsberg might be his own worst critic.

Having started the NHL season at Game No. 55, the 37-year-old former Hart Trophy winner hit the ground running this weekend with back-to-back games in Columbus and Nashville on Friday and Saturday -- his first NHL action since 2008 because of chronic foot problems.

He finished minus-2 in each game and without a point to show for his efforts, as the Colorado Avalanche, with just one win in their last 10, officially tied Ottawa as the coldest team in the League in that span.

Under such circumstances, one might think that Forsberg might cut  himself some slack. Not so after Colorado's 5-3 loss to the Predators on Saturday, which followed a 3-1 defeat at Columbus 24 hours earlier.
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Red Wings seek better effort for home fans

Saturday, 02.12.2011 / 4:43 PM / NHL Insider

Brian Hedger - NHL.com Correspondent

DETROIT -- After losing 6-1 to the Detroit Red Wings on Friday night, the Boston Bruins should have ample motivation for the second half of a home-and-home series Sunday.
 
Considering how the Red Wings have left the ice in their most recent home game, they too should have plenty of fire at Joe Louis Arena for the NBC NHL "Game of the Week."
 
Detroit was not only soundly defeated 4-1 by the Nashville Predators in its previous home tilt but in a rare occurrence, Red Wings fans booed them off the ice. The Red Wings aren't lashing back at fans for expressing themselves so vehemently -- just the opposite, actually.
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Forsberg expected to play for Colorado

Saturday, 02.12.2011 / 3:59 PM / NHL Insider

John Manasso - NHL.com Correspondent

NASHVILLE -- A night after making his season debut for the Colorado Avalanche, Peter Forsberg was expected to play for the second time in as many days Saturday against the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena.

The Avalanche did not hold a morning skate and Forsberg, who is being followed by a sizable contingent of Swedish media, was not scheduled to speak to the media until after Saturday's game.
The 37-year-old Forsberg played 17:38 and was minus-2 with one shot in Friday's 3-1 loss at Columbus.
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Familiarity should make Fisher's move smooth

Saturday, 02.12.2011 / 3:49 PM / NHL Insider

John Manasso - NHL.com Correspondent

NASHVILLE -- Usually when the Nashville Predators acquire a new player, coach Barry Trotz takes the personal approach of picking up that player at the airport.

When Mike Fisher arrived Friday night from Ottawa, Trotz deferred to someone else.

"I'm sure someone he knows a lot better than me picked him up," Trotz quipped after the team's morning skate Saturday.

"And a lot prettier, too," interjected Predators television analyst Terry Crisp.
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Leafs continue playoff push against rival Habs

Saturday, 02.12.2011 / 2:20 PM / NHL Insider

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor LNH.com

MONTREAL -- With four wins in their last six games plus an overtime loss to New Jersey the last time out, the Toronto Maple Leafs are playing well enough to start thinking about a potential playoff berth.

Heading into their game Saturday night against the archrival Montreal Canadiens, the Leafs were sitting 8 points out of eighth spot with three teams between them and the Atlanta Thrashers.

"We're trying to just close the gap and see where we can get," said goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere, who will get the start instead of rookie James Reimer against his hometown Canadiens. "Our goal at the beginning of the year was to make the playoffs. Obviously, we haven't chosen the easiest route. But I firmly believe if we keep playing like this, we'll give ourselves a chance."
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Savard still sees Blackhawks as a Cup contender

Friday, 02.11.2011 / 6:16 PM / NHL Insider

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

LAS VEGAS -- Denis Savard believes in his Chicago Blackhawks enough to call them a serious contender if they get into the playoffs.

The "if," of course, is the most essential part of the equation because entering the weekend the reigning Stanley Cup champs are 11th in the Western Conference with 60 points, three back of the eighth-place Flames with Minnesota and Los Angeles wedged in the middle.

"I'm going to tell you this," Savard told NHL.com. "I can tell you that any team that's also in there won't want to play them in the first round.
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Fuhr amused by goalie fights

Friday, 02.11.2011 / 6:09 PM / NHL Insider

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

LAS VEGAS -- Amused and entertained is how Hall of Fame goalie Grant Fuhr would describe his reaction to seeing the recent spate of goalie fights in the NHL.

"You have no full-scale brawls any more, so how goalies end up mad at each other and end up going down the ice is a little bit hard to fathom, but it obviously happens," Fuhr told NHL.com on Friday from Wayne Gretzky's Fantasy Camp. "I think teams have animosity against each other and it creates a little bit of it, but goalies are probably not the ones that should be fighting.

"We never had to worry about it. We had enough big guys that could fight."
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Gretzky talks hockey -- yesterday and today

Friday, 02.11.2011 / 6:09 PM / NHL Insider

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

LAS VEGAS -- The Great One still has a great passion for hockey and follows the NHL as closely as ever, watching as a fan from his home in Southern California. Wayne Gretzky may not be directly involved in the NHL at the moment, but his ties are still everywhere, his hooks still very much connected and his words still magnified more than most, if not all.

This week, at his ninth annual Fantasy Camp in Las Vegas, we had the opportunity to chat with Gretzky about a number of different hot topics inside the game today. Our discussions ranged from concussions and head hits to the trade deadline, playoffs, the upcoming Tim Horton's Heritage Classic and why he thinks there may never be another dynasty like the 1980s Edmonton Oilers.

Gretzky, gracious as always, offered his opinions on all of these topics for NHL.com's State of the Game Q&A with 99.
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