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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.
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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.

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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.

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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)."

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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.
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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."

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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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Dubnyk ready to take the reins in Oilers' goal

Friday, 11.19.2010 / 3:05 PM / NHL Insider

Robin Brownlee - NHL.com Correspondent

"It's exciting to get an opportunity at any time. When you get a chance to play games in the NHL you have to be grateful, be excited about it and take the opportunity to go and play."
-- Devan Dubnyk

EDMONTON -- It's a daunting task, but Devan Dubnyk isn't quibbling with the timing of taking over as starting goaltender for the Edmonton Oilers now that Nikolai Khabibulin has been put on injured reserve with a groin strain.

Dubnyk, 24, who has 23 NHL games to his credit, will start Friday against the Phoenix Coyotes at Rexall Place with the Oilers in a throes of a five-game winless streak. It's a stretch in which they have been outscored 30-8.

"It's exciting to get an opportunity at any time," Dubnyk said. "When you get a chance to play games in the NHL you have to be grateful, be excited about it and take the opportunity to go and play.
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Detroit's red-hot Cleary trying to play it cool

Friday, 11.19.2010 / 2:33 PM / NHL Insider

Brian Hedger - NHL.com Correspondent

DETROIT – Red Wings forward Danny Cleary isn't wearing the same underwear until his goal streak ends.
 
He's also not taking the same, exact amount of steps from his car to his locker for practices, nor is he eating nothing but fried chicken. Over-the-top superstitious behaviors aren't for him.

He is wearing a new set of wrist bands each game and following the same basic game-preparation model, but not much more during a career-best goal streak of six games and career-best point streak of eight games.
 
"I'm not too crazy," Cleary said after Detroit's morning skate Friday in preperation for a game against Minnesota at Joe Louis Arena. "You try to keep the same routine. You stretch and you do your thing. Then once you get into the game you can't let little things affect your mind if you don't do them the same way. That part … I'm not crazy like that."

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Captain or not, Ladd plans on being the same

Friday, 11.19.2010 / 2:11 PM / NHL Insider

John Manasso - NHL.com Correspondent

"I don't think it changes a thing. I think there's a reason I've been chosen and I don't think it would be good if I changed anything up. I think just going out and approaching things the same way, trying to lead by example, things will take care of itself." -- Andrew Ladd

ATLANTA -- First-year Thrashers coach Craig Ramsay was very careful about whom he wanted to name as the captain of his team.

Ramsay has spoken about the dangers of making a player the captain for the wrong reasons, and while he never mentioned it specifically, the memory of the Philadelphia Flyers stripping Eric Lindros of his captaincy during Ramsay's tenure there as interim coach could not be far from his memory.

On Thursday, one day after Ramsay accused his team of quitting during a particularly ugly stretch of defensive-zone play during a 2-1 loss to Florida on Wednesday, the Thrashers named two-time Stanley Cup winner Andrew Ladd their captain.
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