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Rangers' rally isn't enough to overcome mistakes

Wednesday, 10.27.2010 / 11:23 PM / NHL Insider

Sergei J. Feldman - NHL.com Staff Writer

NEW YORK -- For the New York Rangers, it was a case of too little, too late.

The Rangers started just fine, scoring a goal 38 seconds after the opening faceoff. And they made it a game in the third period by scoring twice to cut a three-goal deficit to one.

It was what happened in between that ended the Rangers' three-game winning streak, as the Atlanta Thrashers left Madison Square Garden with a 6-4 victory.

"All around it wasn't a great game for us," said forward Ryan Callahan, who set the Garden rocking by putting the Rangers in front before some of the crowd could sit down following the National Anthem. "When you play a game like that, you can't expect to have a good 10 minutes and win it."
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Thrashers' black players earned way to Atlanta

Wednesday, 10.27.2010 / 4:10 PM / NHL Insider

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

Johnny Oduya has had at least two black teammates since 2007, so seeing players around the dressing room that have the same skin color as him is becoming old hat to the Thrashers' defenseman.

"It's starting to get normal," Oduya told NHL.com. "I like that."

He likes it even more right now because in Atlanta he's part of a ground-breaking quartet.

Oduya, Dustin Byfuglien, Evander Kane and Anthony Stewart represent the largest black population on any one team in the NHL today. They started with five, but Nigel Dawes was waived after six games and subsequently re-assigned to the AHL Chicago Wolves.

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Quenneville shakes up Blackhawks' lines

Wednesday, 10.27.2010 / 4:04 PM / NHL Insider

Brian Hedger - NHL.com Correspondent

CHICAGO -- After losing two straight close games, Chicago Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville was not pleased with his team's defensive effort.
 
First he talked about players needing to take pride in keeping pucks out of the net. Then after two days off, the Hawks returned to practice sporting a completely new look heading into tonight's game at the United Center against Los Angeles.
 
Patrick Kane, whose minus-7 rating is worst on the team, was bumped from the top line to the third line with center Dave Bolland and Viktor Stalberg -- who was promoted from the fourth line. Patrick Sharp, whose 8 goals lead the team, was then moved from second line center to left wing on the top line with center Jonathan Toews and Jack Skille -- who was also moved up from the fourth line to replace Kane.

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Tavares-Subban friendship adds something extra

Wednesday, 10.27.2010 / 3:32 PM / NHL Insider

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor LNH.com

MONTREAL -- If New York Islanders center John Tavares ever was wondering when he would get his first opportunity to face his best friend in an NHL game, he only needed to take one look at his cell phone.

On it he would find a series of text messages from Montreal Canadiens rookie defenseman P.K. Subban, some friendly and others a little less so, talking some trash about Wednesday's game against the Islanders at the Bell Centre (7:30 p.m. ET, TSN, RDS).

"Mostly it's him, he's always been like that," Tavares said of the mobile taunting. "I usually try to stay quiet and let my play on the ice speak for itself."

This is not the first opportunity Tavares has had to put that into practice, because he and Subban have grown up together as hockey players.

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Ladd credits increased ice time for scoring run

Wednesday, 10.27.2010 / 3:19 PM / NHL Insider

Sergei J. Feldman - NHL.com Staff Writer

"I think I'm getting a lot of opportunities to play in different situations like the power play and penalty kill. It's been fun to play a lot and be involved all the time. I think that's translated into feeling better out there." -- Andrew Ladd

NEW YORK -- Andrew Ladd has no immediate plans to compete for an Art Ross Trophy or be labeled the League's best player.

Tallying 157 points in 329 NHL games will contribute to that reservation.

But the fourth pick of the 2004 Entry Draft is a two-time Stanley Cup champion and current offensive machine. On a team with more notable names such as Evander Kane, Nik Antropov, Dustin Byfuglien and Tobias Enstrom, it is Ladd who sits atop the Thrashers' scoring list with 8 points in eight games.
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Canes enter home opener brimming with confidence

Wednesday, 10.27.2010 / 3:01 PM / NHL Insider

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

RALEIGH -- The first few weeks of this season have been a new experience for the Carolina Hurricanes' players, but Paul Maurice knows what it is like to have to wait for a home game.

The Hurricanes have played seven games away from RBC Center to start the season and will finally have their home opener Wednesday night against the Washington Capitals. When Carolina first moved into this building, the Hurricanes opened the 1999-2000 season with nine road contests before playing host to New Jersey on Oct. 29, 1999, and Maurice was in his first stint as the team's coach.

"It is going to feel a little weird being at home after being gone for so long," defenseman Jamie McBain said. "We're looking forward to it and I'm sure our fans are as well. It is going to be a crazy night here in Raleigh."

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Selanne passes Bobby Hull in all-time goals

Wednesday, 10.27.2010 / 12:26 PM / NHL Insider

NHL.com

"I've met (Hull) many times, and I never imagined I'd score more goals than him."
-- Teemu Selanne who's 611 career goals moved him past Bobby Hull on the all-time list

When Teemu Selanne decided to return to the Anaheim Ducks for an 18th NHL season, it was inevitable that his climb in the League's record books would continue.

Selanne scored on the power play midway through the third period of the Ducks' 5-2 win over the Stars on Tuesday night, giving him 611 career goals and moving him past the legendary Bobby Hull and into 15th place on the all-time list.

"I've met (Hull) many times, and I never imagined I'd score more goals than him," said the 40-year-old Selanne, who also had an assist to give him 801 points with the Ducks. "It's unbelievable, when you look back at your career, the numbers. Good things happen when you play long.
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How does Stamkos do it? Practice, practice, practice

Wednesday, 10.27.2010 / 9:00 AM / NHL Insider

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

The defense knows Steven Stamkos is on the ice and they know the puck invariably will find him, but still they can't defend it.

The goaltender knows the shot is coming the moment that puck gets reversed, and still he can't get over in time to stop it.

Stamkos' one-timer is one of the single greatest individual weapons in today's game, a virtually unstoppable blast coming off one of the fastest sticks since the days of Brendan Shanahan and Brett Hull.

Twenty-four of Stamkos' 51 goals last season were off one-timers, including 16 from the left side and 14 from inside the left circle. Twelve of those came on the power play.
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Flyers to present Ashbee's family with banner

Tuesday, 10.26.2010 / 5:25 PM / NHL Insider

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

PHILADELPHIA -- The Philadelphia Flyers will present the family of late defenseman Barry Ashbee the original retired number banner that hung from the rafters at the old Spectrum prior to Tuesday's game against the Buffalo Sabres during a pre-game ceremony at Wells Fargo Center.
 
Ashbee, who died in 1977 and whose No. 4 was the first number retired by the Flyers in 1975, was a key cog in turning Philadelphia into a legitimate Stanley Cup contender back in the early 1970's.
 
Ashbee played the final four of his five seasons in the League with the Flyers after then-General Manager Keith Allen dealt Darryl Edestrand and Larry McKillop to the Boston Bruins for his services.
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Myers working his way through slump

Tuesday, 10.26.2010 / 3:21 PM / NHL Insider

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

PHILADELPHIA -- No one ever said the game gets easier in the wake of a Calder Trophy-winning season.

Buffalo Sabres defenseman Tyler Myers is learning that lesson the hard way.

Truth is, Myers has been pressing a bit from the outset in 2010-11, perhaps thinking too much about outdoing a splendid rookie campaign that concluded with the NHL's rookie of the year award. Not only did Myers win coach Lindy Ruff's heart and earn a roster spot as a 19-year-old last season, but he led the team in ice time (23:44), shared second place in plus-minus (plus-13) and was fifth in scoring (48 points).

But the 6-foot-8, 227-pound Myers has hit the proverbial sophomore slump through nine games this season.
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