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Flyers to give Boucher a second straight start

Monday, 11.22.2010 / 1:15 PM / NHL Insider

Mike G. Morreale - 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

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  - 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 - 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.


Dubnyk ready to take the reins in Oilers' goal

Friday, 11.19.2010 / 3:05 PM / NHL Insider

Robin Brownlee - 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.

Detroit's red-hot Cleary trying to play it cool

Friday, 11.19.2010 / 2:33 PM / NHL Insider

Brian Hedger - 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."


Captain or not, Ladd plans on being the same

Friday, 11.19.2010 / 2:11 PM / NHL Insider

John Manasso - 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.

Around the West: Ducks confident despite tough trip

Friday, 11.19.2010 / 10:09 AM / NHL Insider

Dan Rosen - Senior Writer

The mini-slump the Anaheim Ducks are going through hasn't driven away the confidence they gained during their six-game winning streak in early November.

The Ducks picked up only two points and scored just four goals during their three-game road trip this week, but they wake up Friday to find themselves only one point behind the first-place Los Angeles Kings in the Pacific Division race. The fact that they have four games in hand on the Kings hammers home how important it is for them to get back on the winning track during their upcoming three-game homestand, which starts Friday against Columbus.

"I wouldn't say content, but we're happy with the way we've been battling back," Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf told "We're aware that we have quite a few games in hand on a lot of teams, so we have to win and get points in all of these games. It's going to mean a lot when you get to that February run and you're not having to make up points, teams are having to make them up on you."


Plekanec quietly emerging as a top center

Thursday, 11.18.2010 / 2:49 PM / NHL Insider

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor

"Of course it would be nice to get the recognition, but I like it this way. In Montreal you get that recognition every second of the day. So I wouldn't say it bothers me, but of course it would be nice." -- Tomas Plekanec

MONTREAL -- If you ask the average hockey fan to name the top 10 scoring centers in the NHL, names will come fast and furious.

Sidney Crosby? No-brainer.

Steven Stamkos? Of course.

Henrik Sedin? Obviously.

But how many fans would know Tomas Plekanec of the Montreal Canadiens sits in a tie for eighth among NHL centers in points going into Thursday's games? Or that he was tied for 12th among centers last season, alongside such superstars as Eric Staal, Pavel Datsyuk and Vincent Lecavalier?

Preds hungry as Canadian road trip continues

Thursday, 11.18.2010 / 2:32 PM / NHL Insider

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor

MONTREAL -- The Nashville Predators arrived in Montreal on Tuesday on the heels of an embarrassing 5-4 loss to the Maple Leafs in Toronto, where they allowed four power-play goals in a row in the second period.

On Wednesday, Predators coach Barry Trotz addressed his players about its lack of discipline in allowing a season-high eight power plays to the opposition, and then proceeded to put them through a practice they won't soon forget.

"It wasn't very fun to be a Nashville Predator yesterday," Trotz said with a grin on Thursday morning.

Mercifully, Trotz gave the players the morning off in advance of their game Thursday night against the Canadiens at Bell Centre.

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