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Boudreau puts slumping Caps through tough practice

Tuesday, 11.23.2010 / 6:44 PM / NHL Insider

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

RALEIGH, N.C. -- There were a lot of tired hockey players in the visiting dressing room Tuesday afternoon at RBC Center.

Washington Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau put his team, losers of three straight games -- two of them 5-0 blowouts -- through a rigorous practice that involved skating, some drills with a heavy focus on skating … and then some more skating.

"It begins with work ethic," defenseman Mike Green said. "Last night was prime example of us not playing -- it was probably one of the worst games we've played in two years. It was a lack of work ethic. Anytime we don't work hard, we get exposed and that's that. Our skill can hide it at times when we slack off, but when we're not working at all it is pretty clear how it affects us."

Added Alex Ovechkin: "It is hard after that kind of game. You expect to win and to take a day off, but we lost and we have to work. It was good practice for us."

Tippett feels streaking Coyotes can get better

Tuesday, 11.23.2010 / 4:57 PM / NHL Insider

Jerry Brown - NHL.com Correspondent

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Dave Tippett would like to see his team clean up the turnovers. He'd like to see them stop digging early holes with poor first periods. And if someone would like to score more than six goals over the next 20 games, he certainly won't complain.

Despite their imperfections, the Coyotes have still won six games in a row, are unbeaten in their last eight and have gone from the basement of the jam-packed Western Conference to three points out of the penthouse heading into Tuesday's game with Edmonton at Jobing.com Arena.

Imagine what would happen if they ever pleased their taskmaster coach. The Coyotes just completed their first road sweep of Western Canada -- beating, in order, Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver -- to stretch their winning streak to within shouting distance of last year's franchise-record 10 straight. That streak started Nov. 21, 2009, and didn't end until after Christmas.

Around the East: Dire straits no longer faze Devs

Tuesday, 11.23.2010 / 3:13 PM / NHL Insider

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

Devils center Travis Zajac used a phrase Monday morning that no player wants to utter only 20 games into the regular season.

"There is nothing to lose anymore," Zajac told NHL.com before the Devils put together their most complete performance of the season to beat the Capitals, 5-0, at Prudential Center. "We're way down in the standings. What's the worse that can happen now?"

Nothing to lose is usually reserved for teams that are out of the playoff race and looking to play spoiler down the stretch. It's not something you normally hear when only a quarter of the season is in the books, but Zajac's point is well taken.

The Devils have only six wins through 21 games and they know that everybody in the hockey world is leaving them for dead. A loss Wednesday against Calgary wouldn't by any means send shockwaves through the League, so instead of worrying about their position in the standings and what people are saying, the Devils are looking at the climb that's in front of them.


Morning-skate injury sidelines Neuvirth -- sort of

Monday, 11.22.2010 / 11:24 PM / NHL Insider

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

NEWARK, N.J. -- Washington rookie goalie Michal Neuvirth went from probable starter to emergency backup to a scratch in a matter of hours Monday, and it created some confusion about the Capitals' goaltending situation.

Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau confirmed after Monday's 5-0 loss in New Jersey that Neuvirth "tweaked something lower body" during the morning skate so he was not able to play. Braden Holtby got the start instead, but the Capitals felt Neuvirth's injury was serious enough that he wouldn't even be able to go in a backup role, so they summoned Semyon Varlamov from Hershey.

Five-year anniversary of first Crosby-Ovechkin game

Monday, 11.22.2010 / 4:13 PM / NHL Insider

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

One of the best rivalries in the NHL surrounds two of the League's marquee players, Alex Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby. It's a major event any time the two players come together on the ice, and never will that battle take more of the spotlight than at the 2011 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic.

However, that rivalry got its start five years ago today.

On Nov. 22, 2005, Ovechkin and Crosby met on the ice as NHL stars-in-waiting for the first time, and neither disappointed.

Crosby scored the third goal in the Pens' four-goal first-period outburst. Ziggy Palffy backhanded a pass off the right wall to Crosby, who kicked it onto his stick at in one stride was at full speed. He split a pair of Capitals defenders, deked goalie Olaf Kolzig out of position and roofed a backhander.


Teams downplay Richards-Subban war of words

Monday, 11.22.2010 / 2:30 PM / NHL Insider

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

"You have to earn respect in this League. It takes a lot. You can't just come in here as a rookie and play like that. It's not the way to get respect from other players around the League. Hopefully someone on their team addresses it, because, uh, I'm not saying I'm going to do it, but something might happen to him if he continues to be that cocky." -- Mike Richards

PHILADELPHIA -- Rookie defenseman P.K. Subban is just doing what he does best on the ice these days for the Montreal Canadiens.
And if that means raising the ire of Philadelphia Flyers captain Mike Richards, then so be it. But keep in mind Subban is tied for the scoring lead among Montreal defenders with 8 points while sporting a plus-6 rating.
It was only six days ago Richards told Montreal radio station Team 990 AM that Subban needed to earn the respect of his peers before engaging in any extracurricular activities on the ice.
"He's a guy that's come in the League and hasn't earned respect," Richards said the day after a 3-0 Flyers loss in Montreal on Nov. 16. "It's just frustrating to see a young guy like that come in here and so much as think that he's better than a lot of people.


Flyers to give Boucher a second straight start

Monday, 11.22.2010 / 1:15 PM / NHL Insider

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

PHILADELPHIA -- Goalie Brian Boucher will be making a second straight start on Monday when the Philadelphia Flyers play host to the Montreal Canadiens at Wells Fargo Center.
Flyers coach Peter Laviolette admitted Boucher's fine performance in the team's 5-4 shootout victory over the Washington Capitals on Saturday, when he stopped 33 shots and denied all three Washington attempts in the shootout, was the reason. The Canadiens have won five of their last six games, including a 2-0 decision over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday.
"Boosh had a really big win for us in Washington," Laviolette said. "I thought he was at his best in the first 10 minutes of the game when we left some holes defensively and he gave us an opportunity to hang around in that game until we got our legs under us. I really liked the way we played the second and third periods, but got into penalty trouble in the end. Boosh played a heck of a hockey game for us and has earned the opportunity to battle (against Montreal)."


Habs salute Burns in pregame ceremony

Saturday, 11.20.2010 / 7:31 PM / NHL Insider

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor LNH.com

MONTREAL -- For about 30 seconds Saturday, you could hear a pin drop in a building filled with 21,273 rabid Montreal Canadiens and Toronto Maple Leafs fans.

Then the moment of silence to honor the life of legendary coach Pat Burns was broken by one Bell Centre fan who simply couldn’t take it anymore.

"Way to go Burnsie!" the fan yelled, putting an end to a brief, yet poignant pregame video homage to Burns hastily put together by the Canadiens following his death Friday after a long battle with cancer.

Anderson recovered from injury, will be in Avs' net

Friday, 11.19.2010 / 4:23 PM / NHL Insider

Rick Sadowski  -  NHL.com Correspondent

DENVER -- Craig Anderson will start in goal for the Colorado Avalanche on Friday against the New York Rangers at the Pepsi Center, his first game since suffering a right knee injury Oct. 26.

"It's a good feeling to get back in there," Anderson said after Friday's pre-game skate. "Now I know I have to give the team a chance to win, just do my part and not try to do too much. Sometimes when you come back from an injury, you try and do too much.

"My job was to get healthy and make sure I was ready to go. I think I've done the work now on and away from the ice. Hopefully the work off the ice is going to turn into positive stuff on the ice."


Booth's busy night puts him in interesting company

Friday, 11.19.2010 / 3:10 PM / NHL Insider

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

After getting hit in the knee late in Wednesday's win against the Thrashers, Panthers forward David Booth wasn't sure if he'd be healthy enough to play Thursday against the Bruins.

His knee was fine, but his arms might be a bit sore today.

Booth fired 14 shots on goal Thursday, becoming just the third player in the past six seasons to take at least 14 shots in a game.

The only players with more shots in a single game since the start of the 2005-06 season were the Capitals' Alex Ovechkin, who had 2 goals on 15 shots Oct 7, 2006, in a 5-2 win against the Hurricanes, and Marian Hossa, who scored 1 goal on 16 shots Nov. 1, 2006 for the Thrashers in a 5-2 loss to the Hurricanes.

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