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Forsberg skates with Avs

Sunday, 01.23.2011 / 6:23 PM / NHL Insider

Rick Sadowski  - Correspondent

CENTENNIAL, Colo. – The South Suburban Family Sports Center, practice rink for the Colorado Avalanche, was packed with fans Sunday, many of whom wore Swedish jerseys and waved small blue and yellow Swedish flags.

They came to watch Peter Forsberg's first official practice with the team, and he didn't disappoint while taking part in every drill during the hour and 15-minute workout. It was a longer and more difficult session than usual, probably because the Avalanche has been outscored 11-3 during a two-game losing streak and has skidded into ninth place in the Western Conference.

The standing room-only crowd of 200-plus fans didn't go unnoticed by Forsberg, who is auditioning for a place on the roster nearly three years after he last played in an NHL game with the Avalanche.

'Puck Gate' continues to befuddle Pronger, Hawks

Sunday, 01.23.2011 / 5:09 PM / NHL Insider

Brian Hedger - Correspondent

CHICAGO -- For a moment, it seemed like "Puckgate," from last season's Stanley Cup Final had finally been solved.

Following a 4-1 win against the Chicago Blackhawks at the United Center on Sunday, Philadelphia Flyers veteran defenseman Chris Pronger seemed to claim that he swiped the puck after Patrick Kane scored the series-clinching  in the Hawks' Game 6 overtime win in Philadelphia.

"Yeah, it'll wind up on eBay at some point," Pronger said, smiling. "All proceeds will go to charity. I have it. It's tucked away somewhere. It's going to go to charity."

Forsberg hopes oft-injured foot allows for a return

Saturday, 01.22.2011 / 3:25 PM / NHL Insider

Rick Sadowski  - Correspondent

DENVER -- His heart still remains in the game, but will Peter Forsberg's oft-injured foot hold up for him to resume his NHL career?

He's 37 years old and hasn't played in an NHL game since the first round of the 2008 playoffs with the Colorado Avalanche, but Forsberg is getting what likely will be one final chance to determine if he's able to perform at a satisfactory level with his former team.

It seemed like old times Saturday morning at the Pepsi Center, where Forsberg skated, stickhandled and shot pucks into an empty net for about 45 minutes with Avalanche center Ryan O'Reilly, who is sidelined with a shoulder injury, and assistant coach Steve Konowalchuk.

Free-falling Kings have work cut out in Phoenix

Saturday, 01.22.2011 / 2:16 PM / NHL Insider

Jerry Brown - Correspondent

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Welcome to a ride on the Los Angeles Kings roller coaster.

The Kings started the season on a major high, winning 12 of their first 15 games and zooming to the top of the NHL standings. Just as quickly, they plummeted back to earth by losing seven of eight games to end November.

December saw another surge upward, when the Kings won nine of 12 and pushed back into the top four of the Western Conference by Christmas. But since then, the roller coaster has headed down again and seemingly has yet to reach bottom.

Ducks' Koivu preparing for emotional return to Montreal

Friday, 01.21.2011 / 6:43 PM / NHL Insider

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor

MONTREAL -- Saku Koivu has had more than his share of emotional moments at the Bell Centre, his triumphant return from cancer to play for the Montreal Canadiens in 2002 probably tops among them.

But Friday afternoon, the Anaheim Ducks center touched down in the city and walked into the building again for the first time since he left for the beaches of California as a free agent after the 2008-09 season, and Koivu came as close as he's come to breaking down emotionally in public.

"It's a really unique and special bond between me and the city of Montreal and the people here," Koivu said to close an opening statement to a room packed with reporters. "That doesn't happen very often. The way they made us feel and what they gave us here, we'll never forget that. I want to thank the people here for that. That was really amazing."

Hawks hope to retain momentum as break nears

Friday, 01.21.2011 / 12:48 PM / NHL Insider

Dan Rosen - Senior Writer

Chicago captain Jonathan Toews is bucking the trend this week and for once he's refusing to abide by the same "one game at a time" cliché heard too often from professional athletes.

The Blackhawks start a stretch of six straight road games coming out of the All-Star break, so Toews is looking at their games coming up -- Saturday at Detroit, Sunday vs. Philadelphia and Tuesday vs. Minnesota -- as a mini three-game series.

Chicago has won four of its last five games and Toews said the team is now starting to realize its potential, that the Hawks have been playing their best hockey of the season. Blowing that momentum now would eliminate the championship vibe that has returned to the Hawks dressing room.

"We're playing well right now and we know there is another break coming up, so it's time to empty your tank, put everything you can into these games," Toews told Thursday. "Everyone says you take it one game at a time, but it's kind of like a little series and we want to set a high standard for ourselves, not let these games get away from us."


Blackhawks beginning to feel like winners again

Friday, 01.21.2011 / 12:02 PM / NHL Insider

Dan Rosen - Senior Writer

They've established consistency in their forward lines and defense pairs. Their goaltenders are giving them a chance in every game. Their coaches have confidence in the role players, all of them no-names to start the season.

Chicago is hoping to celebrate a conference championship in a different sport this weekend, but that Bears buzz has leaked into the Blackhawks' dressing room and the reigning champs in the Windy City, in the NHL, are starting to play like winners again.

The Blackhawks have won four of their last five games, picking up nine out of a possible 10 points during the stretch and 11 out of a possible 16 points in January.


University goalie serves as Sharks' emergency backup

Friday, 01.21.2011 / 3:12 AM / NHL Insider

Nolan Kelly - Special to

VANCOUVER, B.C. -- Jordan White is usually an avid fan of the Vancouver Canucks. Just not on Thursday night.

The 22-year-old goaltender for the University of British Columbia Thunderbirds found himself on the San Jose Sharks' bench at Vancouver's Rogers Arena after signing a one-day amateur tryout contract. The Sharks needed a goaltender in a hurry when Antero Niittymaki went down with a lower-body injury during the morning skate -- too late to get a backup goaltender from their AHL farm team, the Worcester Sharks, in time for the game against the Canucks.

Enter White, the starting goaltender for UBC's Thunderbirds. He wore No. 35 in white and teal as he stepped onto the ice in front of a sellout crowd that included his parents and several friends. White took shots during the warmup, but he didn’t see any action in San Jose's 2-1 shootout victory.

Kane not thinking about Cup-winner vs. Flyers

Thursday, 01.20.2011 / 8:37 PM / NHL Insider

Dan Rosen - Senior Writer

This may be hard to believe, but Patrick Kane actually said that when the Philadelphia Flyers come to Chicago to take on the Blackhawks this Sunday, the goal that no one in either city will ever forget will not be at the forefront of his mind.

Kane, of course, is referring to his overtime Stanley Cup-winner in Game 6 at Wells Fargo Center last June. Or, you know, just the most important goal he has ever scored in his life and maybe will score in his career.

"I really don't know if I will (think about it)," Kane modestly told on Thursday. "I guess you think of the Flyers, the last time we played them that happened, I scored the overtime goal and we won the Stanley Cup, but I guess I'll have to see what the feeling is like. It'll definitely bring back memories from the series."

Flyers have something to prove vs. Hawks

Thursday, 01.20.2011 / 7:49 PM / NHL Insider

Dan Rosen - Senior Writer

Summer without Stanley felt the same as any other for Mike Richards.

"I have done it the last six years, so I'm used to it now, unfortunately," the Flyers' captain told

But never before did Richards get so close, so wonderfully close that he could actually play a game with the Stanley Cup in the building as he did on June 9, 2010.

It was Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final, the night the Cinderella slippers finally slid off the Flyers' skates.
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