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Sutter believes players buy-in has sparked surge

Thursday, 03.03.2011 / 10:41 AM / NHL Insider

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

CHICAGO -- Brent Sutter wasn't going to change his theories, even if it cost him his job as Calgary's head coach.
 
"I had to stay the course or else I wouldn't be standing in front of you guys right now," Sutter said after his Flames lost to Chicago 6-4 Wednesday here at the United Center.
 
Instead, Sutter had to wait for the resistance he was getting from his players to subside and hold out hope that the guys in the dressing room would start to hold one another accountable.
 
"If it's only coming from the coach, eventually it gets shut out," Sutter said. "At some point they have to do it inside the room."

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Frolik delighted to contribute to Hawks' win

Thursday, 03.03.2011 / 1:11 AM / NHL Insider

Brian Hedger - NHL.com Correspondent

CHICAGO – The look of relief on Michael Frolik's face was unmistakable.
 
He'd just potted his first goal and point in 10 games with the Chicago Blackhawks and first marker in 33 games dating back to the last time he'd scored on Dec. 17 for the Florida Panthers. It happened with just 1:35 left in the first period of Wednesday night's 6-4 win against the Calgary Flames, giving the Hawks a 2-1 lead and momentum heading into the first intermission.
 
It also gave Frolik a reason to smile – knowing his frustrating scoring slump was over.
 
"I feel so much lighter," said Frolik, who was acquired by Chicago in a Feb. 9 trade that sent forward Jack Skille to Florida. "At first I was like, 'Whew! Finally it went in.' It was a good feeling. I haven’t had that feeling for a long time, so it was good."
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Devils' Parise ready to resume skating

Wednesday, 03.02.2011 / 6:29 PM / NHL Insider

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

NEWARK, N.J. -- For the first time in five months, New Jersey Devils forward Zach Parise can once again lace on the blades.
 
Parise received the positive news after visiting with Dr. Anthony Miniaci, the surgeon who performed arthroscopic surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee, at the Cleveland Clinic on Wednesday. Devils GM Lou Lamoriello relayed the news to the media at Prudential Center prior to Wednesday night's matchup with the Tampa Bay Lightning.
 
"Zach met with the physician today and I spoke to the physician and Zach this afternoon and he's fine," Lamoriello said. "He can begin skating lightly, immediately. He certainly isn't where he has to be with the strength of his leg, which should be another three weeks to get to where it should be. But he'll skate on his time for a minimum 2-3 weeks."
 
It remains to be seen whether or not Parise, who suffered his injury on Oct. 30 in a 3-1 loss to the Los Angeles Kings, will even return this season.
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Campoli looks to be perfect fit with Hawks

Wednesday, 03.02.2011 / 3:15 PM / NHL Insider

Brian Hedger - NHL.com Correspondent

CHICAGO -- Chris Campoli still is a little caught up in the whirlwind of being traded to the Chicago Blackhawks on Monday, but he's ready to get on the ice for his new team.
 
He'll get the chance to do that Wednesday at the United Center, when Chicago hosts the Calgary Flames in a big game between teams separated by just one point in the Western Conference standings.
 
After leaving Ottawa and last place in the Eastern Conference, the puck-moving Campoli is looking forward to joining a heated playoff race -- not to mention a talented corps of puck-moving defensemen.
 
"It was a completely different atmosphere (in Ottawa)," Campoli said following Chicago's morning skate Wednesday. "In Canada, there's a lot of passion for the game, so that's there, but the confidence and the buzz around the (Senators) and lack of success in Ottawa this year kind of deflates that. Here, there's so much excitement. Winning the (Stanley) Cup last year and having another successful season this year, it's exciting to be a part of that. It's a great town, great team and a great group of guys. I just want to fit in well and help us."

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Change in lines has Hawks playing best hockey

Wednesday, 03.02.2011 / 2:04 PM / NHL Insider

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

CHICAGO -- Comments from around the Chicago Blackhawks dressing room suggest the reasons for their current five-game win streak range from chemistry on the new lines and defensive pairings to keeping things simple, and of course, to the ridiculously torrid scoring tear that captain Jonathan Toews is on.

"The easiest thing to say is we're just bearing down. I don't want to say you're not focused in the middle of the season or early in the season, but right now everybody realizes the importance of the situation we're in and it seems like every game is a must-win. I think we're just bearing down, more focused and more concentrated on one game at a time. That's probably been the key to the success." -- Patrick Kane

Yet the one factor that trumps all of them is the focus and wherewithal the Blackhawks have been playing with. They don't want to join the 2007 Carolina Hurricanes and 1996 New Jersey Devils as Stanley Cup champs that failed to make the playoffs the next season, so they're playing with some serious purpose right now.

"The easiest thing to say is we're just bearing down," Patrick Kane told NHL.com. "I don't want to say you're not focused in the middle of the season or early in the season, but right now everybody realizes the importance of the situation we're in and it seems like every game is a must-win. I think we're just bearing down, more focused and more concentrated on one game at a time. That's probably been the key to the success."

The Blackhawks feel they've never been better this season than they are right now. Kane said the feeling they had last season, when they would show up for a game thinking there was no way they were going to lose, almost is back.
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Steckel ready to go in new surroundings

Wednesday, 03.02.2011 / 1:38 PM / NHL Insider

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

NEWARK, N.J. -- It's back to school night for the newest New Jersey Devils center, David Steckel.
 
For the 6-foot-5, 215-pound Steckel, who was traded by the Washington Capitals on Monday in exchange for Jason Arnott and a 2012 second-round draft pick, there's some anxiousness and nervousness as he prepares for his first game in a Devils sweater on Wednesday against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Prudential Center.
 
Now in his fifth NHL season, this is the first time the 28-year-old center has been traded in his career, so there were some butterflies as he sat on the bench answering questions in front of his stall following his second practice.
 
He'll likely center a line with David Clarkson and Vladimir Zharkov to open the game. 
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B's road trip success brings back memories of '72

Wednesday, 03.02.2011 / 10:58 AM / NHL Insider

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

"The last two games, we didn't have the same energy that we did in the first four games, but we found a way. It helps us to build that confidence in the room, that no matter who we face, or no matter what the conditions, we believe in each other." -- Milan Lucic

Winning on the road isn't supposed to be as easy as the Boston Bruins have made it look recently.

The Bruins returned home from their six-game road trip full of smiles and confidence. Well, how else would you expect them to look after they capped a six-game road sweep with a 1-0 win in Ottawa on Tuesday?

"It feels great," Milan Lucic told the Boston Globe following Tuesday's win. "The last two games, we didn't have the same energy that we did in the first four games, but we found a way. It helps us to build that confidence in the room, that no matter who we face, or no matter what the conditions, we believe in each other."
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Odd spot for Samsonov, Allen in team debuts

Tuesday, 03.01.2011 / 4:09 PM / NHL Insider

David Kalan - NHL.com Staff Writer

For a player, getting traded at any point can be an emotional experience. However, few know the emotions Bryan Allen and Sergei Samsonov will deal with Tuesday.

Surely Samsonov and Allen expected that they'd be playing Tuesday when the Florida Panthers played at the Carolina Hurricanes.

They just probably assumed they'd be wearing different uniforms.

In one of the strange quirks of the 2011 NHL trade deadline, Allen and Samsonov -- who were traded for one another Monday -- will face not just each other, but also their old teams when they make their respective debuts with their new teams Tuesday.

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Oilers moving forward without Penner

Tuesday, 03.01.2011 / 2:44 PM / NHL Insider

Robin Brownlee - NHL.com Correspondent

EDMONTON -- Life without Dustin Penner begins for the Edmonton Oilers against the Nashville Predators on Tuesday, and coach Tom Renney knows that's part of the business, difficult or not.

With 19 games remaining, the 30th-place Oilers have to get along without their leading goal-scorer and biggest forward in Penner, who was dealt to Los Angeles before the trade deadline Monday.

"Good to go. That's what we do," Renney said. "That's the dynamic of the game.

"Whether it's in Year 1 of a rebuild or you're in your third year and you're starting to look serious about being a contender, it doesn't matter. The bottom line is a roster is a very dynamic thing. If you get too hung up on movement here, there or anywhere, that can, as a coach, really get in your way and stifle you from doing your job.
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Arnott could hold key to Caps' playoff success

Tuesday, 03.01.2011 / 1:43 PM / NHL Insider

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

As soon as the reports started to surface Monday about Jason Arnott waiving his no-trade clause to go to Washington, pundits everywhere started crowing about how finally the Capitals landed their No. 2 center. A rental for sure, but Arnott's intangibles, including size, experience and skill make him the immediate plug for what has been a gaping hole in the Capitals' lineup.

Could he also be the missing piece in Washington's quest for a Stanley Cup? While it's too early to tell -- don't we have to let the guy at least play a game or two in his new uniform before we pass that kind of judgment? -- history suggests high-end center depth on your top two lines is an absolute must to win the Stanley Cup.
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