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Shanahan discusses All-Star role on "NHL Hour"

Thursday, 12.09.2010 / 8:32 PM / NHL Insider


Brendan Shanahan, a former 600-goal scorer and the current NHL Vice President of Hockey and Business Operations, learned about his role in the 2011 All-Star Game presented by Discover the same way everyone else did -- at a press conference Commissioner Gary Bettman gave during last spring's Stanley Cup Final.

"Sort of one of those things like you pick up a newspaper and say, oh, I guess I'm working on the All-Star Game," a laughing Shanahan told Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly, who filled in as host on Thursday's edition of the "NHL Hour with Gary Bettman."

"That was my heads up to it, and that was during the Finals last year. I've often felt that the best way to come up with good ideas or a solution is not to just be introspective but to reach out to all the people you know and ask questions, and that's what I started doing. I started talking to players who had played in many All-Star Games, I spoke to a lot of my friends who are fans and asked them what they liked and I even spoke to some of the broadcasters."

Coyotes have reversed their fortunes against Wild

Thursday, 12.09.2010 / 5:07 PM / NHL Insider

Jerry Brown - NHL.com Correspondent

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- There was a time when the Minnesota Wild owned the Phoenix Coyotes and Niklas Backstrom was a brick wall they could not beat. But the tables have turned, and now Phoenix is looking for a sixth straight win over Minnesota on Thursday.

The Wild won 10 of 12 meetings against the Coyotes from 2006-09, with Backstom posting three shutouts and tormenting Phoenix. But Phoenix swept all four meetings during its renaissance season in 2009-10 and made it five straight with a 4-2 win in St. Paul on Dec. 1. That win came during a run that has seen the Coyotes collect points in 12 of the last 14 games (9-2-3), with different players taking the scoring lead.

Recently, the leader has been Scottie Upshall, who had 2 goals and an assist in the win over the Wild, continuing a long run of success against Minnesota. Dating back to his days with Nashville and Philadelphia, Upshall has 6 goals and 6 assists in his last eight games against the Wild. Now paired with ex-Wild center Eric Belanger and captain Shane Doan -- who broke out of a long scoring slump with a goal in Sunday's 3-0 win at Anaheim -- the Coyotes have three lines with consistent scoring punch to put on the ice.

Phaneuf healthy and ready to go tonight

Thursday, 12.09.2010 / 3:39 PM / NHL Insider

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

After spending the last five weeks watching hockey, Dion Phaneuf is ready to play hockey.

After suffering a nasty skate cut to his left leg, the Maple Leafs captain will return to the lineup Thursday when Toronto hosts the Philadelphia Flyers (7 p.m. ET, TSN).

Phaneuf hasn't played since Nov. 2, when the skate of Ottawa's Peter Regin cut him deeply; emergency surgery found the cut had nicked a knee ligament, and Phaneuf also suffered an allergic reaction to some medication, which further delayed his recovery.

However, Phaneuf has been skating with the Leafs for a week, and Thursday pronounced himself healthy and ready to go.


Injury news sounds encouraging for Blackhawks

Thursday, 12.09.2010 / 3:07 PM / NHL Insider

Brian Hedger - NHL.com Correspondent

CHICAGO -- Despite missing a few players from practice at the United Center on Thursday morning, there could be some good news on the injury front coming for the Chicago Blackhawks.
There's a chance that all three of their injured forwards -- Patrick Kane (lower-body), Marian Hossa (lower body) and Fernando Pisani (upper body) -- could return to skating on their own next week, when Chicago returns from a two-game road trip to San Jose and Colorado.
"I would say when we return, two or three could all be skating or close to their return (to action)," Hawks coach Joel Quenneville said.

Consistent Knuble confident goals will come

Thursday, 12.09.2010 / 2:27 PM / NHL Insider

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

WASHINGTON -- A broken jaw is not an uncommon injury for hockey players but, as Mike Knuble found out, having it happen in the days leading up to Thanksgiving is about the worst possible time.

Knuble took a puck to the face Nov. 19 against Atlanta and ended up with a broken jaw, but he was back in the lineup for the Washington Capitals seven days later. In between was Thanksgiving dinner at the Knuble household, and it won't be remembered as one of his favorites.

"Eating was hard work. You were eating just to fill your stomach. When was the last time I had just one plate of food at Thanksgiving?" Knuble said. "Never -- I mean, I couldn't even eat the appetizers. That's just not the way to go through Thanksgiving. It was just not as fulfilling to eat. It was work, so you are kind of like, ‘meh.' 

Crosby claims his success is due solely to team

Wednesday, 12.08.2010 / 11:23 PM / NHL Insider

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

"Kuny has made some great plays and Dups is forechecking and creating loose pucks. Hockey is a team game. That never changes. You can't have success without your line, without your team."
-- Sidney Crosby

PITTSBURGH -- Sidney Crosby wants you to believe that he's tearing up the NHL right now because of his teammates -- more specifically, his linemates, Chris Kunitz and Pascal Dupuis.

"Kuny has made some great plays and Dups is forechecking and creating loose pucks," the always team-first Crosby said Wednesday prior to extending his point-scoring streak to 17 games with a pair of goals in Pittsburgh's 5-2 win over Toronto on Wednesday. "Hockey is a team game. That never changes. You can't have success without your line, without your team."

You know what also never changes? The Penguins can't have success without No. 87 doing what he's doing right now.

Add Parent to list of those impressed by 'Bob'

Wednesday, 12.08.2010 / 6:55 PM / NHL Insider

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

Philadelphia Flyers rookie goalie Sergei Bobrovsky can add another individual to his increasing list of admirers this season -- Hockey Hall of Fame goalie Bernie Parent.
The Flyers legendary goalie, who spoke to the media prior to his "Banner Night" at Wells Fargo Center on Wednesday, has been extremely impressed with the 22-year-old Russian, who could be a potential candidate for the Calder Trophy as League rookie of the year.
Parent, in fact, compared Bobrovsky to the late Vezina Trophy-winning Flyers goalie Pelle Lindbergh. Parent was Lindbergh's goalie coach during his four-plus season stint in the City of Brotherly Love in the mid-1980's before a tragic car crash took the young goalie's life in November 1985.

Banner night for Parent as Flyers pay tribute

Wednesday, 12.08.2010 / 4:21 PM / NHL Insider

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer



RECORD: 271-198-121
SO: 54 | MIN: 35,136
TEAMS: Flyers, Leafs, Bruins

PHILADELPHIA -- The Philadelphia Flyers will present Hall of Fame goalie Bernie Parent and his family the original retired number banner that hung from the rafters at the Spectrum prior to Wednesday's game against the San Jose Sharks at Wells Fargo Center.
Parent, who wore No. 1, not only helped lead the Flyers to back-to-back Stanley Cup crowns in 1974 and '75, but won the Vezina Trophy and Conn Smythe Trophy both seasons. The phrase "Only the Lord saves more than Bernie Parent" was becoming a popular catch phrase in and around the Philadelphia area during his time in net.
"With a different goalie we would have won a lot of games but probably not the Cup," said Flyers teammate Bob Clarke in Adam Kimelman's "100 Things Flyers Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die." "We could have taken anybody out, taken any other player off the team and still would have won. Take Bernie off -- we wouldn't have."

Burish feels right at home in Chicago

Wednesday, 12.08.2010 / 3:08 PM / NHL Insider

Brian Hedger - NHL.com Correspondent

CHICAGO -- He's on the Dallas Stars now, but Adam Burish has watched his former team get off to a somewhat-rocky start the season after he helped the Chicago Blackhawks win the Stanley Cup.
The Hawks are 15-12-2 heading into their first meeting with Burish and the Stars (16-8-2) on Wednesday and have key injuries to Marian Hossa and Patrick Kane they need to overcome.
Still, Burish remains a Hawks believer.
"To me, just watching the games, it's there," said Burish, who spent four seasons with the Blackhawks before signing with Dallas as a free agent this past summer. "They still have what it takes to win a bunch of games. It won't be long before they're back to where they expect to be and they'll start running again."


Phaneuf could return to Leafs on Thursday

Wednesday, 12.08.2010 / 1:15 PM / NHL Insider

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

PITTSBURGH -- Toronto captain Dion Phaneuf could be ready to return to the Maple Leafs' lineup as early as Thursday's home game against Philadelphia.

"He could play tomorrow," Leafs coach Ron Wilson said after Wednesday's morning skate here at Consol Energy Center. "We haven't decided yet."

Phaneuf has been out since Nov. 2, when Ottawa forward Peter Regin's skate inadvertently sliced a deep gash into his left leg. He underwent emergency surgery to repair the damage and just this past weekend started skating with the club. He participated in his fourth straight hard practice Wednesday morning.

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The groove of being behind a bench is going to be interesting at first, but thank God we have a few exhibition games to get rid of those cobwebs. Overall the excitement of it all and the freshness and coming back refreshed, all those things are going to be assets. If [the players] come ready to give their best effort in practice and games, good things are going to happen. I'm always looking for results. It's not always on the scoreboard. It's winning and building something.

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