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Doan nears 300 goals, still seeks elusive hat trick

Saturday, 10.15.2011 / 11:04 AM / NHL Insider

Jerry Brown - Correspondent

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The Phoenix Coyotes advertising slogan for this season is "Hockey the Hard Way," and there is no better description for captain Shane Doan's 16-year march to 300 career goals.

Steady and sturdy, consistent but unspectacular, Doan has done it the hard way.

Off to an uncharacteristically fast start offensively, Doan scored his third goal of the season and No. 299 of his career into an empty net to cap Thursday's 5-2 win in Nashville. With five points in three games, he opened the season with two goals in a 6-3 loss in San Jose, the 38th time he's scored twice in an NHL game.

It's also the most he's ever scored in a game since entering the NHL in 1995. Doan has never had an NHL hat trick. Yup, not a single one.

Penguins, Capitals hoping for playoff rematch

Friday, 10.14.2011 / 6:12 PM / NHL Insider

Corey Masisak - Staff Writer

PITTSBURGH -- The anticipation for the first Stanley Cup Playoff showdown between Alex Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby began years ago, when they squared off at the junior-hockey level.

It began to swell when the two hockey supernovas were drafted by franchises with plenty of postseason history already in place. As they rose to the top of their profession and brought their respective teams with them, the expectations for that first meeting seemed almost impossible to meet.

Then it finally happened and for two weeks during the spring of 2009, the Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins collided in one of the greatest playoff series in NHL history that didn't involve awarding the Stanley Cup at the end. If it was possible, the expectations not only were met but exceeded.

Past two Cup champs different defense approaches

Friday, 10.14.2011 / 2:56 PM / NHL Insider

Dave Lozo - Staff Writer

When it comes to how a franchise goes about defending the Stanley Cup, the Boston Bruins and Chicago Blackhawks are a study in contrasting styles and situations.

Those teams -- winners of the past two Cups -- will meet in what should be an entertaining contest Saturday (8:30 p.m. ET, NHLN-US) at the United Center. But it's fair to say there's very little, if anything, the defending-champion Bruins can learn from what the Blackhawks went through last season after winning the Cup in 2010.

Vokoun's strong game huge in Caps' win

Friday, 10.14.2011 / 9:57 AM / NHL Insider

Corey Masisak - Staff Writer

PITTSBURGH -- Worrying about an NHL veteran goaltender with a resume like Tomas Vokoun’s after one game probably is a bad idea, but he didn't need long to put a sub-par debut with the Washington Capitals behind him.

Vokoun turned aside 39 of 41 shots Thursday to help the Capitals defeat the Pittsburgh Penguins at Consol Energy Center. It was a big improvement from his first game in a Washington uniform, when he yielded five goals in a 6-5 shootout win Monday against Tampa Bay.

"After the last game I said I didn’t have a good game and the guys had an unbelievable game and pulled me through and won the game,” Vokoun said. "Today, hopefully, I helped hold them to stay in the game. This is what a team is all about. It is not always going to be perfect."

Road-weary Rangers used trip as bonding exercise

Friday, 10.14.2011 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

Dan Rosen - Senior Writer

"That's one thing I think we can take out of this. We've been with each other 24/7 the past two weeks, so we've definitely bonded as a team. We got to know the new guys better and they definitely got to know the rest of the guys on the team better. We can take that out of it, and that's good for the experience."
-- Ryan Callahan

The trip was 13 nights if you include taxiing into Terminal B at Newark Liberty International Airport at 3 o'clock Sunday morning.

The New York Rangers boarded their gigantic Delta 767 charter plane six times, including twice on Oct. 2, the day they woke up in Sweden, played in Slovakia and went to bed in Switzerland.

They visited four countries, including Sweden twice, during 12 full days.

They traveled approximately 10,800 miles, or 17,350 kilometers, starting with their trip to Philadelphia on Sept. 26.

The Rangers didn't win either of their two games in the 2011 Compuware NHL Premiere, but at least they gained two points in the standings and an experience that will never be forgotten.

Malkin's Return Encourages Penguins

Friday, 10.14.2011 / 12:17 AM / NHL Insider

Alan Robinson - Correspondent

Evgeni Malkin
Center - PIT
GOALS: 1 | ASST: 3 | PTS: 4
SOG: 5 | +/-: 0
PITTSBURGH -- Evgeni Malkin probably felt like words weren't necessary to describe a game he wasn't certain he would play, only to play it far better than anyone might have expected.
Malkin, held out of Pittsburgh's previous two games with soreness in his surgically repaired right knee, returned at full speed Thursday night and was the best player on the ice for much of the Capitals-Penguins game. All that were missing was a Malkin goal – and a Penguins victory.
"Geno came back and he was flying," said linemate James Neal, who scored twice on Malkin-created goals.

Quick earns road-weary Kings a point

Thursday, 10.13.2011 / 11:15 PM / NHL Insider

Dave Lozo - Staff Writer

NEWARK, N.J. -- Playing their first game after a week-long stay in Europe and a five-day break that included three days in Maryland, the Los Angeles Kings had differing opinions on their energy level during a 2-1 shootout loss to the New Jersey Devils on Thursday night.

Anze Kopitar didn't think the Kings were sluggish at all, that they generated enough consistent pressure. Coach Terry Murray saw it another way, saying his team started strong but "hit a bit of a wall" during the final two periods.

Something on which they both agreed, however, was that goaltender Jonathan Quick was the reason the Kings left Prudential Center with a consolation point. He made 36 saves, including 15 during the third period and overtime, to prevent his road-weary team from leaving empty-handed. 

Knuble, Ovechkin torture Penguins again

Thursday, 10.13.2011 / 10:56 PM / NHL Insider

Alan Robinson - Correspondent

PITTSBURGH Mike Knuble and Alexander Ovechkin of the Capitals are making careers out of tormenting the Penguins, so it's no surprise they made a night of it in Pittsburgh.

In the first of what should be four entertaining and important games this season between the two Eastern Conference rivals, the Capitals and Penguins showed again that no matter the setting or the circumstances, they don't like each other very much.

At least not nearly as much as the Capitals enjoy appearing in Pittsburgh, where they have won eight in a row – and in three different venues: Mellon Arena, Heinz Field and Consol Energy Center.

Jets chairman lauds fans on 'NHL Hour'

Thursday, 10.13.2011 / 8:54 PM / NHL Insider

After watching the National Hockey League depart Winnipeg in 1996 and waiting 15 long years for its return, Sunday's opening night game against the Montreal Canadiens was a mixed bag of emotions for Jets chairman Mark Chipman.

"Exciting on the one hand, very humbling on the other, and then obviously very disappointing with the loss," Chipman said Thursday while appearing as a guest on "NHL Hour With Commissioner Gary Bettman," where the Jets' 5-1 loss to the Habs in their inaugural game back in Winnipeg was just one of many topics broached.

Despite the end result, the fans who made up the first of many sellout crowds to come at the MTS Centre never lost their enthusiasm or stopped displaying their deep appreciation at having an NHL team back in Manitoba.

Messier to run New York City Marathon for charity

Thursday, 10.13.2011 / 4:56 PM / NHL Insider

Dan Rosen - Senior Writer

NEW YORK -- Mark Messier has been running different roads and all kinds of routes near his Connecticut home over the last 30 weeks in preparation for his first big race day.

Messier, the now 50-year-old six-time Stanley Cup champion and member of the Hockey Hall of Fame, announced Thursday from the Empire State Building that he will be running in the 2011 ING New York City Marathon on Nov. 6. Messier will be running for two charities -- the New York Police & Fire Widows' and Children's Benefit Fund and the Tomorrows Children's Fund.

Messier's former Ranger teammates Adam Graves and Mike Richter, as well as fellow Hockey Hall of Fame member Pat Lafontaine, have in previous years completed the famous 26.2-mile race through the five boroughs.
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Quote of the Day

If you want to prove people wrong, you've just got to go out and do it. Yeah, we blew 3-2 series leads the last two years, but no one is going remember that if we go out there on Saturday night and beat these guys and go play in the Stanley Cup Final. We need to get back to work and we'll start to do that tomorrow.

— Ducks forward Kyle Palmieri following a loss to the Blackhawks in Game 6 on Wednesday