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Change brings Lundqvist shootout success

Monday, 04.04.2011 / 12:04 PM / NHL Insider

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist admitted to having a flashback Sunday afternoon while he was waiting for the shootout to begin against the Philadelphia Flyers.

He was transported back to the last time he played a shootout in April in Philadelphia. It was the final game of the 2009-10 regular season, with the winner going on to the Stanley Cup Playoffs and the loser going home.

That memorable moment is inscribed in each team's history now, as Danny Briere and Claude Giroux beat Lundqvist in that shootout and the Flyers rode the momentum gained in their dramatic win all the way to the Stanley Cup Final. The Rangers were left to trudge home for an earlier start to their summer than they wanted.

What Lundqvist took from the game -- once the initial shock of his season being over had passed -- was a cruel but important lesson.
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Lecavalier injured in Bolts' win

Monday, 04.04.2011 / 12:18 AM / NHL Insider

Brian Hedger - NHL.com Correspondent

CHICAGO – Almost everything went right for the Tampa Bay Lightning on Sunday night at the United Center, but the one thing that didn't cast a potentially scary shadow on the near future for the team.

Bolts captain Vincent Lecavalier caught a high stick from Chicago Blackhawks forward Michael Frolik early in the second period of Tampa Bay's 2-0 win and didn't return to the game. He didn't address the media afterwards and headed to the bus quickly – but Lightning coach Guy Boucher said he was a little worried about Lecavalier's health.
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Schwartz leaves legacy that won't be forgotten

Sunday, 04.03.2011 / 8:31 PM / NHL Insider

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

The incredible legacy left by Yale University senior Mandi Schwartz will last a lifetime.
 
And, really, that's precisely the way good friend and junior teammate Aleca Hughes would want it.
 
On Sunday, a courageous Schwartz lost her two-year battle to acute myeloid leukemia in the presence of family and friends, including her mother Carol, father Rick, brothers Jaden and Rylan and her fiancé, Kaylem Prefontaine.
 
Schwartz, who turned 23 in February, had been battling the dreadful disease since December 2008. The sister of Jaden Schwartz, who was drafted by the St. Louis Blues in the first round in 2010, passed away at approximately 1:35 p.m. ET.
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Injury woes continue for Flyers

Sunday, 04.03.2011 / 6:04 PM / NHL Insider

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

PHILADELPHIA -- The Philadelphia Flyers, already missing All-Star defenseman Chris Pronger, lost two more players Sunday.
 
Before the game, GM Paul Holmgren announced Danny Briere would miss the game due to lower-body soreness. Then in the second period, fourth-line center Blair Betts left the game with a lower-body injury.
 
Holmgren said Briere most likely won't play Tuesday in Ottawa, but said Friday's game in Buffalo is a possibility.
 
"I don't think he is going to play the next game," said Holmgren. "We're going to hold him out another game just precautionary. I would expect him back on Friday."
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Injured winger Williams visits Kings practice

Sunday, 04.03.2011 / 5:15 PM / NHL Insider

Curtis Zupke - NHL.com Correspondent

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- Los Angeles Kings winger Justin Williams made a surprise appearance at the team's practice Sunday as he works his way back from a dislocated shoulder injury.

Williams was seen skating and doing light shooting, nearly two weeks after he suffered the injury on March 21 against Calgary.

"It feels great," Williams said. "It feels good to get back out there and I feel I didn't lose any of my stamina or anything like that with a little bit of skate right there. I just have to get used to it in the next few days."

Williams opted not to have surgery so he could potentially return for the playoffs. He is expected to be out three to four weeks from the time of the injury. 
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Coyotes sign Hobey Baker finalist Andy Miele

Sunday, 04.03.2011 / 2:09 AM / NHL Insider

Jerry Brown - NHL.com Correspondent

One week ago, Andy Miele was on the ice in Manchester, N.H., trying to lead Miami of Ohio to the Frozen Four for the third time. Seven days later he landed in Arizona, preparing for his first NHL practice with a chance to help the Phoenix Coyotes reach the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

The 5-foot-9, 180-pound center, who went undrafted but had the attention of more than 20 NHL teams after leading the NCAA in scoring this season, signed with the Coyotes on Saturday. He arrived in Phoenix Saturday evening and will practice with the team on Monday.

"It's been the most incredible week, but it might have taken a year off my life," said Miele, one of the three finalists for the Hobey Baker Award after collecting 24 goals and 71 points in just 39 games as a senior for the RedHawks. "I can't believe that a week ago I was playing my last college game and this week I'm a pro."
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Schneider starts for Canucks against slumping Oilers

Saturday, 04.02.2011 / 5:16 PM / NHL Insider

Dhiren Mahiban - NHL.com Correspondent

VANCOUVER, B.C. -- The Vancouver Canucks and Edmonton Oilers enter their matchup Saturday night at opposite ends of the League standings.

The Canucks are this season's Presidents' Trophy winners – clinching the feat with a win Thursday against the Los Angeles Kings while the Oilers would ensure the best odds to claim the No. 1 pick in the 2011 Entry Draft with a loss.
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Scuffling Eastern rivals look for reversal of fortunes

Saturday, 04.02.2011 / 2:35 PM / NHL Insider

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

When the New York Rangers and Philadelphia Flyers meet Sunday afternoon in the NBC Sports "NHL Game of the Week" it could very well be a preview of Game 1 of an Eastern Conference quarterfinal series in a couple of weeks.

This matinee at Wells Fargo Arena could mean a lot more for both of these rivals than just a chance for an advanced scouting report. Both clubs are struggling of late and need a change of momentum -- New York needs to secure its place in the 2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs while Philadelphia wants to claim the top seed and home-ice advantage through the first three rounds.
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Referee Bill McCreary ready for career finale

Saturday, 04.02.2011 / 10:21 AM / NHL Insider

John Kreiser - NHL.com Columnist

Bill McCreary's career as an NHL referee comes full circle on Saturday night.

It began on Nov. 3, 1984, when McCreary officiated a game between the Washington Capitals and the visiting New Jersey Devils. More than 27 years later, McCreary will call it a career after he works the game between the Caps and the Buffalo Sabres at Verizon Center.

McCreary will start his 1,737th regular-season game by doing his trademark puck flip before dropping the puck to start the Sabres-Caps game. Add in a record 297 Stanley Cup Playoff contests and McCreary has taken the ice for more than 2,000 NHL games.

Not bad for a former junior player from Guelph, Ont., who turned to officiating when he realized he wasn't going to make the big time as a skater.
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Kings shake up lines in search for offense

Friday, 04.01.2011 / 6:26 PM / NHL Insider

Curtis Zupke - NHL.com Correspondent

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- Winning four out of five games seemingly wouldn't be cause for a shakeup, but Los Angeles Kings coach Terry Murray is looking at the big picture.

One day after a 3-1 loss at Vancouver ended a four-game winning streak, Murray mixed up his lines in practice Friday and had Michal Handzus with Dustin Brown and Dustin Penner while Jarret Stoll centered Ryan Smyth and Oscar Moller in the top-six forward groupings.

Kyle Clifford was with Brad Richardson and Wayne Simmonds while Trevor Lewis skated with Alexei Ponikarovsky and Kevin Westgarth.
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