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Memories of last spring run gamut for Flyers, B's

Wednesday, 12.01.2010 / 2:39 PM / NHL Insider

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

"We haven't forgotten. It was a tough way to end the season and they were the team to do it, so the emotion is there for this game. It's a game we need to get back on track with the way things have been going the past couple of games. Yeah, we remember what happened last year." -- Patrice Bergeron

PHILADELPHIA -- The Boston Bruins would like to treat their first regular-season meeting with the Philadelphia Flyers like any other game on the schedule.
 
Unfortunately, however, the team was reminded of their epic seven-game setback against the resilient Flyers on more than one occasion as they made final preparations for Wednesday's game here at the Wells Fargo Center.
 
It marks the first clash between the Eastern Conference rivals since May 14, 2010 -- the night Philadelphia put the finishing touches on their remarkable comeback in the Eastern Conference semifinals. Not only did the Flyers become the first team in 35 years to win a best-of-seven series after losing the first three games, but they also rallied from a 3-0 first-period deficit to win the decisive Game 7 showdown in Boston.

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Oilers will have Hemsky back to face Habs

Wednesday, 12.01.2010 / 1:43 PM / NHL Insider

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor LNH.com

MONTREAL -- The Edmonton Oilers are on their best run of the season with three wins in their past five games, and the bulk of that was done without top winger Ales Hemsky.

But after a three-game absence with a groin problem, Hemsky will be back in the lineup Wednesday night when the Oilers take on the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre.

"It's improved a lot," Hemsky said of the injury. "I still feel it a little bit, but I just have to be smart about it."

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Recent last-minute heroics have saved teams points

Wednesday, 12.01.2010 / 1:13 PM / NHL Insider

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

When NHL coaches talk about having to play the full 60 minutes to earn a victory, they can cite a number of examples in the last two weeks about the importance of playing to the final whistle.

Certainly Toronto Maple Leafs coach Ron Wilson was telling his players that Tuesday night, after he watched Tampa Bay's Martin St. Louis score the game-tying goal in the final seconds of the third period of what ended as a 4-3 Lightning overtime victory.

Dominic Moore won a faceoff in the Toronto end with the puck ending up on St. Louis' stick at the blue line. St. Louis' rocket from the point went through traffic and behind Maple Leafs goalie Jonas Gustavsson with 8.7 seconds left. Simon Gagne's goal 1:15 into overtime gave the Lightning the win.

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Avs excited by Fleischmann's upside

Tuesday, 11.30.2010 / 4:20 PM / NHL Insider

Rick Sadowski  -  NHL.com Correspondent

DENVER -- Already one of the youngest and highest-scoring teams in the NHL, the Colorado Avalanche on Tuesday acquired forward Tomas Fleischmann from the Washington Capitals in exchange for veteran defenseman Scott Hannan.

Fleischmann, 26, was en route to Denver but won't play Tuesday night against the Atlanta Thrashers at the Pepsi Center. He'll make his Avalanche debut Friday in Carolina when Colorado opens a five-game road trip that ends Dec. 11 in Washington.

Defenseman Matt Hunwick, 25, will play his first game in an Avalanche uniform against the Thrashers. He was acquired Monday from the Boston Bruins in exchange for defenseman Colby Cohen, 21, the Avalanche's second-round pick in 2007.
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Capitals see Hannan as missing part in Cup run

Tuesday, 11.30.2010 / 4:11 PM / NHL Insider

Dave Lozo - NHL.com Staff Writer

There has been talk for the past 3-4 years that the Washington Capitals needed a rugged, stay-at-home defenseman to help balance their flashy, offensive ways.

After the Caps acquired defenseman Scott Hannan from the Colorado Avalanche in exchange for center Tomas Fleischmann on Tuesday, Caps GM George McPhee offered an honest answer when asked how long he had been trying to get a defensive defenseman like Hannan.

"Oh, three or four years," McPhee deadpanned.

Hannan, who has been among the Avs' leaders in blocked shots and hits during his three-plus seasons with the team, should provide an immediate dose of grit and toughness to the Caps. With an average of 3:21 of shorthanded ice time per game, Hannan was the Avs' most relied upon penalty killer, something else that made him attractive to the Capitals.

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Penguins waiting on more production from 'Geno'

Tuesday, 11.30.2010 / 3:20 PM / NHL Insider

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

With so many positive streaks going on in Pittsburgh right now, Evgeni Malkin's lack of offense hasn't been an issue. The Penguins have won seven in a row and are 9-0-1 in their last 10 games despite not getting much off the stick of their Russian superstar since his hat trick in Atlanta on Nov. 13.

But as coach Dan Bylsma pointed out prior to the Penguins' 3-1 win at Madison Square Garden on Monday, "Geno" is doing plenty to help the team's cause over this last stretch despite scoring only 1 goal and dishing out 5 assists in the eight games since he lit up the Thrashers in a 4-2 Penguins victory.

"I think we'd all like to see him put up bigger numbers and have the type of season he had two seasons ago, but I see him doing a lot of things better in his game this year than last year," Bylsma said. "The consistency in which he works on the defensive side of the puck is much better. He's a guy we count on in the defensive zone to play against other teams' good players right now as a centerman."

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Hawks dealing with life minus Hossa again

Tuesday, 11.30.2010 / 3:09 PM / NHL Insider

Brian Hedger - NHL.com Correspondent

CHICAGO -- Marian Hossa just can't seem to stay healthy for the Chicago Blackhawks, who again are without an impact player for an extended period.
 
For the second time this season and third time in the past two years, Hossa is injured seriously enough to keep him out for several weeks. This time, it's a lower-body injury that he hurt on Monday in practice colliding with Nick Boynton.
 
Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said after Tuesday's morning skate that Hossa is likely out 2-3 weeks after injuring what appeared to be his right leg.
 
"Things happen like that," said Quenneville, who missed that practice while in Montreal attending the funeral of coaching legend Pat Burns. "It can happen away from the game, too. It's all part of it and you deal with it."
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Bryzgalov has been key to Coyotes' rise

Saturday, 11.27.2010 / 12:15 AM / NHL Insider

Jerry Brown - NHL.com Correspondent

GLENDALE, Ariz. – Three years ago last week, the Phoenix Coyotes had Alex Auld, Dave Aebischer and Mikael Tellqvist battling – mostly, unsuccessfully – for their starting goaltender spot.

That was when Anaheim general manger Brian Burke made good on a promise to a talented young goaltender and put Ilya Bryzgalov on waivers. With Stanley Cup winner Jean-Sebastien Giguere entrenched as the starter and prospect Jonas Hiller waiting in the wings, Burke was willing to honor a commitment and give Bryzgalov the chance achieve his dream of being a No. 1 goalie.

That took exactly 24 hours to happen. With fingers crossed that three teams with poorer records would pass on Bryzgalov, the Phoenix Coyotes had Bryzgalov -- and the answer to their goalie woes.
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Several surprises among first-quarter storylines

Thursday, 11.25.2010 / 9:00 AM / NHL Insider

Dave Lozo - NHL.com Staff Writer

Twenty games does not make a season, but it does serve as a good sample size to examine trends across the League.

So, with a quarter of the season in the history books, it's time to look at seven of the most surprising story lines in the NHL so far this season.

1. Tim Thomas is practically unstoppable

What a difference a year makes.

Goaltender Tim Thomas was left for dead last season. After winning the Vezina Trophy in 2009, his game fell apart. It led to Tuukka Rask taking the starting the job with the Bruins and carrying them into the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

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Fully recovered, Pavelec is fueling Thrashers' surge

Wednesday, 11.24.2010 / 11:54 PM / NHL Insider

John Manasso - NHL.com Correspondent

DULUTH, Ga. --  For most of the Atlanta Thrashers, the NHL season started on Oct. 8.

For goalie Ondrej Pavelec, it didn't really start in earnest until 22 days later. Almost a month after he completed his first start, he's gathering steam to the point where his statistics rank him among the League's top goalies, as he ranked second in save percentage at .942 and in goals-against average at 1.84 after Wednesday's 5-1 victory against Detroit.

The unanticipated delay to Pavelec's season came because of his well-publicized fainting spell two minutes into the season opener. It left him with a concussion, along with the need for him to be hospitalized for several days until doctors determined the cause of the incident.

But now the 23-year-old Czech says that when the puck drops, his fainting spell is the furthest thing from his mind. It shows. In his 12 appearances this season, he has allowed four goals only once, three goals another time and in every other appearance he has allowed two goals or fewer, giving the Thrashers a chance to win almost every night.
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