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Punchless Wings must find way to score goals

Wednesday, 11.02.2011 / 4:07 PM / NHL Insider

Brian Hedger - Correspondent

DETROIT -- Before the season, the Detroit Red Wings installed more environment-friendly LED bulbs in the goal lights at each end of the rink at Joe Louis Arena.

The thought was to save a little energy while also making the lights a little flashier with LED technology. Based on the past five games, it's starting to look like Red Wings players are doing the same thing by merely lighting the lamps a lot less than normal.

In fact, with just five goals scored in a five-game winless streak, the usually-flashy Wings look like their bulbs are either burned out or short-circuited. They're searching for answers to explain it as much as those outside the locker room and talking about keeping their confidence up.

Hasek pursuing various interests, thinking comeback

Wednesday, 11.02.2011 / 2:53 PM / NHL Insider

Michael Langr - Correspondent

Don't be surprised if you see in the news one day that Dominik Hasek climbed Mt. Everest.

While he's currently stepped away from his hockey career, the veteran goalie has been pursuing a variety of interesting activities.
He played beach volleyball, skied on a glacier in the Alps with Czech Olympic downhill skiing medalist Sarka Zahrobska, crossed Albania by bike (he even thought about cycling through Kamchatka), and in the last weekend he competed with professional drivers while racing at the Lamborghini Super Trofeo Race in Barcelona.

Brodeur declares himself ready, will face Leafs

Wednesday, 11.02.2011 / 11:53 AM / NHL Insider

Dave Lozo - Staff Writer

NEWARK, N.J. -- Martin Brodeur will return after missing nearly three weeks with a shoulder injury to face the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday night at Prudential Center.
Brodeur suffered the injury on Oct. 13 while making a diving save in the first period of a game against the Los Angeles Kings and missed six games. Following practice Wednesday morning, the future Hall-of-Fame goaltender declared himself fit to start.

Ovi, coach address disagreement, move forward

Wednesday, 11.02.2011 / 11:09 AM / NHL Insider

Corey Masisak - Staff Writer

Washington Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau was criticized this offseason by former players for not being willing to reward his role players when they were outperforming his go-to guys.

Well, that wasn't the case Tuesday night. Boudreau called a timeout with 1:27 left against the Anaheim Ducks and his team trailing by a goal.

After the timeout, Boudreau sent out Marcus Johansson, Mike Knuble and Matt Hendricks as his forwards. Twenty-five seconds later there was another stoppage of play, and he deployed Brooks Laich, Joel Ward and Jason Chimera, along with Nicklas Backstrom as the extra attacker.

Sabres hope move to top line spurs struggling Leino

Wednesday, 11.02.2011 / 10:58 AM / NHL Insider

Adam Kimelman - Deputy Managing Editor

Ville Leino
Center - BUF
GOALS: 1 | ASST: 1 | PTS: 2
SOG: 5 | +/-: -4
When Ville Leino arrived in Philadelphia during the 2009-10 season, it took him a while to find his footing.

But once he joined a line with Danny Briere and Scott Hartnell during the 2010 Stanley Cup Playoffs, his offensive production went up like a rocket.

Could the same thing be in store for Leino again?

Leino, who signed a five-year, $27 million contract with the Buffalo Sabres in July, will play against the Flyers for the first time Wednesday (7:30 p.m. Versus, TSN2), and could be poised to have a strong run with some new linemates.

Tortorella: Thornton's comments uncalled for

Wednesday, 11.02.2011 / 12:36 AM / NHL Insider

After having several hours to digest what transpired Monday night, New York Rangers coach John Tortorella is none too pleased with San Jose Sharks center Joe Thornton.

Moments after the Rangers ended the Sharks' five-game winning streak -- all on the road -- with a 5-2 victory at Madison Square Garden, Thornton labeled the Blueshirts as, "probably the softest team we played on the trip. We should have had these two points."

When informed of Thornton's comments after the game, Tortorella was brief.

"Joe said that? Wonderful," was the Rangers coach's response.

Flames duo hope November ignites offense

Tuesday, 11.01.2011 / 5:47 PM / NHL Insider

Aaron Vickers - Correspondent

You can forgive Calgary Flames captain Jarome Iginla if he doesn’t mind seeing the calendar turn from October to November.

He’s never been a big fan of the month.

Traditionally a slow starter, Iginla -- who has just 2 goals through the club’s first nine games this season -- is hoping that a new month brings increased offense for himself and the Flames.

"I'd be lying if I said I wasn't," said Iginla, who also has 2 assists. "I wouldn't say it’s been a great start to the season. I haven’t felt great in too many games. I’ve been through it before and have been through different games and different stretches. Sometimes you get your hot stretches early and sometimes you get your hot stretches late and sometimes the opposite of that is the cold month."

Greatest European scorer of all-time: Jagr vs. Selanne

Tuesday, 11.01.2011 / 3:52 PM / NHL Insider

Michael Langr - Correspondent

Teemu Selanne was creeping up on Jaromir Jagr.

With Jagr struggling to score at the beginning of the season in his return to the NHL with the Philadelphia Flyers and Selanne netting a pair of goals in a mid-October game between his Anaheim Ducks and the San Jose Sharks, the Finnish Flash moved closer to the Czech legend in the record books, just seven goals shy of Jagr's career total.

But by the end of October, Jagr was on a scoring streak, picking up two goals against the Toronto Maple Leafs, another against the Montreal Canadiens and two more against the Carolina Hurricanes. Suddenly Jagr was heating up again, while Selanne was the one who seemed snakebit. Selanne has scored only once in the last six games, and the distance between the two European greats has grown back to 11 goals -- 651 for Jagr to 640 for Selanne.

Loss of Green affecting Capitals in multiple ways

Tuesday, 11.01.2011 / 3:04 PM / NHL Insider

Corey Masisak - Staff Writer

Mike Green
Defense - WSH
GOALS: 3 | ASST: 3 | PTS: 6
SOG: 17 | +/-: 2
ARLINGTON, Va. -- This season the Washington Capitals have their deepest and most talented defense corps since the early 1990s, when Kevin Hatcher, Al Iafrate and Calle Johansson were lighting up opposing goaltenders, and maybe the best group since three future members of the Hockey Hall of Fame in Rod Langway, Scott Stevens and Larry Murphy played together in the 1980s.

Still, if there was any takeaway from Washington's recent trip to Western Canada, it was a reminder of just how valuable Mike Green remains to this club. Green missed both games on the trip -- a 2-1 loss at Edmonton and a 7-4 defeat in Vancouver -- and the Capitals' perfect start to the 2010-11 season was over.

Hiller crystalizes Movember's message in mask design

Tuesday, 11.01.2011 / 10:51 AM / NHL Insider

Justin Goldman - Correspondent

A goalie's mask is not just a vital piece of protective equipment. It's not just a piece of art, either.

A goalie's mask is a powerful weapon that can spread special messages. Through illustrations, it can tell legendary tales, honor historic people and promote important causes.

Anaheim's Jonas Hiller has created just such a masterpiece with his special-edition "Movember" mask, which he's expected to debut after Halloween to help kick off the second year of Movember, a month-long campaign to promote awareness of cancers that affect men through the growing of mustaches, which has been widely supported by NHL players.

Hiller's mask, although it has yet to make its debut, has already gone viral after debuting exclusively on the Goalie Guild website last week.

The one-of-a-kind mask, which was custom painted by Alec Voggel of goalie-mask design company Airxess, remains unique on a landscape known for out-of-the-box designs. It is the first one to not only promote the "Movember" movement, but it is the first one to feature all of a goalie's teammates as well. Each player is depicted by a mug shot and each has a different style mustache airbrushed onto the mug shot.
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